Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Senate Republicans: Drug company victims not a "priority"

Did I call this right or what? All year long, Senate Republicans have used the budget as an excuse to avoid dealing with other issues- and just yesterday, they did it again. Funny how the House can take the time to work on matters that are of great concern to the citizens of Michigan, but the Senate just can't walk and chew gum at the same time, apparently. Thought they were supposed to be the "more experienced" chamber and could handle such things.

Or perhaps they just want to obstruct progress. If nothing good comes out of that chamber, then they can turn around and blame others when nothing good ever happens for the people of Michigan. Notice that pattern? Anyone?

This time, it's lack of action on the drug company immunity bill, which we mentioned just recently here. Go read for the full story. Basically, Michigan residents may miss out on the Vioxx award from Merck because of our one-of-a-kind, restrictive laws. At the time, I said "Senate Republicans will use the budget problems as an excuse". Why? Because that is what they do, time and time again.

Yesterday, Senate Democrats, with the help of Michigan Citizen Action and Progress Michigan, hit the AP with a story about the push to address this matter, and just like the talking doll with the string on its back, Matt Marsden uttered the those magic words that he feels explains why the Senate just can't find the time to help the people of this state. 

Matt Marsden, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop, R-Rochester, said the drug immunity bill isn't a priority at this time because the Senate is focused on repealing an expanded tax on services before it takes effect Dec. 1.

"Isn't a priority". It was April that I noticed that was the key phrase they would use, and here it is the end of the year, and they are still using it, and they are still using their own budget obstruction as an excuse.

I guess the next question someone should ask is: When will Michigan's citizens be a "priority" for Senate Republicans?

Find a new excuse Matt. You have turned this one into a cliché at this point.