Sunday, September 13, 2009

"Gang of Six": The privileged few holding up health reform

Just dug up some interesting info on the "Gang of Six" Senators on the Finance Committee who are holding up passage of health reform with a public option; all data is from U.S. Census Bureau 2008 numbers:

These six states(Iowa, New Mexico, Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming and Maine) total less than 3% of the U.S. Population (2.75% to be exact), and 5 of the 6 states are over 90% white* (with the sole exception of New Mexico with its sizable Native American population - 84% white). Each state has a black population of LESS THAN 3%, which comes in at under one-fourth of the 12% black population of the country as a whole.

* Max Baucus' Montana is 0.7% black (less than 1%), while Kent Conrad's North Dakota shows a black population of just 1.1%.

TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION IS TYRANNY - these red-state czars cant be allowed to block progress for America! Call your Senators, and these six Senators, at 202-224-3121 or toll-free at 1-877-264-HCAN (4226). Then pick up a shiny new union-made yard sign to show your support for "Health Insurance Reform NOW" at

"They can't stop us. Let's get this done!"

- President Obama to 10,000 cheering supporters at Minneapolis health care rally, 9/12/09.


  1. To clarify: the TOTAL black population of all of these six states combined represents less than ONE-TENTH OF ONE PERCENT of the total U.S. black population. Diversity on parade!

  2. The Gang of Six Senators are as follows:
    Chairman Max Baucus, Montana Democrat
    Sen. Kent Conrad, North Dakota Democrat
    Sen. Jeff Bingaman, New Mexico Democrat
    Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican
    Sen. Mike Enzi, Wyoming Republican
    Sen. Olympia Snowe, Maine Republican

  3. Unfortunately the Gang of Six is pedestalized and backed by corporate greed, civilian suspicion, racism, partisan loss, fear and ignorance multiplying the 6 by thousands, millions.