Former congressman blows whistle on how Republican party strong-armed members into approving massive prescription drug profit program for Big Pharma

Sunday, November 15, 2015
By Paul Martin

by: Ethan A. Huff
Sunday, November 15, 2015

Today’s Republican Party, to put it bluntly, is a joke. The so-called party of conservatism has lost its way, and former Republican congressman Tom Tancredo has decided to part ways and become an Independent, a decision that largely hinges on what he says is rampant and unapologetic corruption by Republicans in constantly pushing the special interest agenda of the pharmaceutical industry.

In a recent op-ed piece for Breitbart, Tancredo bares all on how he and other members of Congress were threatened into supporting massive prescription drug programs under the Bush Administration that represent the very antithesis of what the Republican Party is supposed to represent. These programs, defying the Republican Party platform, greatly expanded the size and reach of government while increasing both spending and debt to massive proportions.

The administration of George W. Bush, he writes, concocted the massive Medicare prescription drug program as a way to buy votes for Republicans, particularly from elderly voters in Florida who tend to swing the deciding vote in one direction or another. The program was recognized as irresponsible and a great financial burden to taxpayers, but the Republicans didn’t care; as long as it brought in the votes, it was fair game.

Having served in Congress for 17 years, Tancredo says these and other diversions from the Republican Party platform were, and continue to be, commonplace and are the rule rather than the exception. Now, acting as a type of whistleblower, Tancredo wants the world to know that he’s had enough of all of the lies and corruption that have perpetually destroyed this once-great political party.

“I was incredulous about the fact that the most intense lobbying I had ever seen undertaken by our ‘leadership’ was not an effort to limit government or the dollars it spends; it was to do just the opposite,” Tancredo writes, noting that he was routinely threatened by Bush operatives and others whenever he deviated from their corrupt agendas.

The Republican Party is dying because it’s no longer truly Republican

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