For Alan Grayson, a liberal rebel, 'die quickly' was tame
Rep. Alan Grayson said the Republican healthcare plan was for sick people to 'die quickly.' He is bringing a new style of raw confrontation to Congress.
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In one typical exchange, he asked the CEO of AIG the names of the “20 to 25 people” involved in the credit-default swaps that played a part in AIG’s collapse.Skip to next paragraph
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Edward Liddy: …I do not know those names. I don't have them all at my command.
Grayson: Well, how can you propose to solve the problems of the company that you're now running if you don't know the names of the people who caused that problem?...
Liddy: I'm just not going to do that, sir, because that will provide—that'll be the—that could be a list of people that we could do—individuals who want to do damage to them could do that. It's just not…
Grayson: Well, listen, these same people could now be working right now today at Citibank. Is it more important to protect them, the ones who caused the $100 billion loss, or protect us? Which is more important to you right now?
In what could be this Congress’s most extreme case of strange bedfellows, Grayson has teamed up with libertarian Republican Ron Paul to back a bill calling for an audit of the Federal Reserve. House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D) of Massachusetts has backed the bill.
In an interview with Phil’s Stock World, he called the Federal Reserve’s activity “the story of the millennium. There are very few stories you can ever write about where the numbers involved have 13 digits in them.”
Some call him a conspiracy theorist. Many liberals call him a hero.
But one thing seems clear. He could well be the congressman least likely to apologize for his words.
He did apologize Wednesday, though it was not the apology Republicans might have been hoping for.
Citing a Harvard study that estimates 44,000 Americans die every year because they don’t have health insurance, he said: "I apologize to the dead and their families that we haven't voted sooner to end this holocaust in America."