What do Joe Donnelly, Brad Ellsworth, and Baron Hill have in common?  They have decided to enter into the ranks – 52 in all – of the Blue Dogs, or more accurately, as newer members of Congress are called the “Blue Pups.”  Just what is a Blue Dog?  The Blue Dogs are a group formed in 1995 in response to the Democratic losses of 1994 – although they haven’t barked too much until recently.

Blue Dogs call themselves moderate to conservative members of the Democratic Party who, according to Pete Geren  have been “choked blue” by “extreme” Democrats from the left.  Hmm, wonder where the “Red Rovers” are – you know, those Republicans who have been strangled by the right-wing of the Republican party?

Part of the Blue Dogs’ motivation in opposing President Obama’s health care proposals may be attributed to the vast contributions they have attracted from medical interests, who are spending an additional $1.3 million a day on lobbying. The Washington Post reported:

The Blue Dog group has set a record pace for fund raising this year through its political action committee, surpassing other congressional leadership PACs in collecting more than $1.1 million through June … More than half the money came from the health care, insurance and financial services industries.

Of course, Donnelly, Hill, and Ellsworth aren’t the only offending members of Congress.  Evan Bayh of Indiana has decided that his bread is better buttered by the medical insurance and pharmaceutical companies and has opposed many of the components of President Obama’s health care reform plan under the guise of working for the “citizens of Indiana.”  The ads, of course, have been paid for by big Pharma.

Senator Bayh’s wife Susan, a former Lily pharmaceutical executive, received $2.1 million over the last several years for serving on the boards of health-related firms like WellPoint, the nation’s largest insurer, based in Indianapolis.  Kind a hard to bite the hand that feeds you.

WellPoint alone accounted for the biggest single source of Susan Bayh’s board income, paying her $976,000 in cash, stock options and stock awards from 2006 to 2008, according to Equilar, a California-based executive-compensation research company.

Blue, purple, or green – it really doesn’t matter.  It is pretty apparent from where their dog food comes, and, as long as their dog bowl is full, well, again, why bite the hand that feeds you.

Joe Donnelly

Brad Ellsowrth

Brad Ellsworth

Baron Hill

Baron Hill


About Charlotte A. Weybright

I own a home in the historical West Central Neighborhood of Fort Wayne, Indiana. I have four grown sons and nine grandchildren - four grandsons and five granddaughters. I love to work on my home, and I enjoy crafts of all types. But, most of all, I enjoy being involved in political and community issues.
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  1. Gregg says:

    You’re right, Charlotte. Lets replace these guys with Republicans!!!

    Why are there no moderates left in the GOP? Because the far right forced them out or they were replaced by MODERATE/BLUEDOG Democrats.

    Sounds like you’d like Chris Chocola, Mike Sodrel and John Hostettler back in Congress.

  2. Hank Scorpio-Steinbrenner says:

    Well said Gregg! It dismays me to see the far left still thinks it has some sort of “ownership” on the label of Democrat. Especially in light of the fact that it has been moderate Democrats who have been the most successful Democrats in our history.

  3. Gregg:

    No I don’t want the Repubs back. But it seems to me that the three mentioned should be a little more open about why they are opposing oBama’s health insurance reform.

    They are getting money from the big companies, so for them to act like they are following their constituents and their consciences is baloney.

  4. Hank SS:

    The left does not have a lock on the party; what I was getting at is the reasons behind their non-support of Obama’s plans. Money talks, and I know that this is true for both sides.

  5. Iceironman says:

    The northeast contains leftist repubs, Olympia Snow, Mccain is center????

    If you think Obama is going after healthcare for the little guy, wrong. It leaves 1/6 of our economy subject to unioniztion. Money does talk and look where Obama spends his time talking and pandering to???? SEIU????

    Got to love the money we are spending on ACORN

  6. Iceironman says:

    Google “acorn prostitute” Not one major media outlet will touch this. And you think there is no bias????? Only Fox and Conservative talk shows tell the truth

  7. Hank Scorpio-Steinbrenner says:

    Then at a minimum you could at least consult; where you would see that none of the three Indiana Blue Dogs you mentioned have taken significant money from the insurance industry, insurance isn’t among the top 5 contributing industries for any of the three for the last two cycles. More to the point, in the case of Congressman Donnelly labor groups are the most significant contributors; if anything his less then full support stands to cost him not help him. There are reasons to disagree with the President that aren’t ulterior of sinister; not everybody who doesn’t fall in line is evil.

  8. Ice:

    And your point on the video? The workers were fired – there is corruption almost all groups. I would imagine if I took the time I could find plenty of corruption in right-wing groups as well.

    Oh wait a minute – the biggest corruption was the Republican president of the United States lying and manipulating facts to get Congress’s approval to send troops to Iraq when Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. Wow, imagine – no WMDs. Talk about corrupt.

  9. Hank SS:

    It looks like Donnelly hasn’t gotten as much as Ellsworth. Ellsworth has received roughly $10,500 from health related companies or industries.

  10. Iceironman says:

    Charlotte, you are off the deep end. So, you can find repub corruption, do it. I am talking facts, not fiction. ACORN is getting 6 billion a year, and you say everyone can be corrupt.


  11. Ice:

    I said almost all groups are corrupt. Where were you when Cheney’s Halliburton was ripping off the American taxpayer by cheating on contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan? I didn’t hear a word.

    Your reality is that if a Democrat or a group affiliated with Democrats or Obama does something, it is corrupt – if it is a Republican or a group affiliated with Republicans, you stand silent.

    And exactly what is it that you do to fight corruption? Talk about it?

    If you are going to stand on your pedestal and preach, I suggest you tell me that you have been to Washington to lobby or visited your congressperson to complain or written letters demanding change.

    While it is well and good to rail at corruption, it takes action. How often do you show up to protest or carry a sign that disagrees with the corruption?

  12. Iceironman says:

    Charlotte, I have called my senate and congressmen. In fact, I have called outside my district and they wont allow those calls. I will say this, if I show up at Washington, or my local rally against spending, I am labeled a Nazi, mobster, racist, terrorist etc.

    You show me a tape of Haliburton, purposefully, and willingly telling its workers to rip off the USA, go get em!!

    I also have not railed on Rangles tax cheating.

    Acorn is being brought on charges in 14 states. about 30 workers have been convicted in voter fraud, 12 folks in FL were just arrested. And they are doing our census??

    These people on the tape were seen talking about human sex slavery to 13 year old illegal immagrants. And the best you can do for America is say everybody does it???? We are not talking about tax problems, or numbers not quite adding up. We are talking about slavery, prostitution, lieing, purposly cheating tax payers. And here is what an investigation into Acorn in Washington DC said

    House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. has backed off his plan to investigate purported wrongdoing by the liberal activist group ACORN, saying “powers that be” put the kibosh on the idea.

    That is a quote, the powers that be.

    Any corruption you prove on this site, I will stand behind you. But America cant do with “everybody does it” anymore.

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