4. Genentech Speaks Washington's Language
The nation's hardworking public servants in Congress are really speaking Genentech's language.
We aren't kidding you. They literally are.
According to the New York Times, lobbyists working for the biotech company, now a part of Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding, penned statements for more than a dozen representatives during debate over the health care bill earlier this year. The statements ultimately ended up in the House's official record.
The Times estimates that 42 House members picked up some of Genentech's talking points, including 22 Republicans and 20 Democrats. So at least the company was bipartisan in its ghostwriting.
Or, more likely, they were just covering all their bases.
Either way, emails uncovered by the Times show that the Congressional statements were based on information sent from Genentech employees to the company's lobbyists. Those very same lobbyists, of course, are no strangers to lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Genentech's political action committee and Roche have made contributions to House members, including some that have filed statements in the Congressional Record. Evan Morris, head of Genentech's Washington office, told the Times there was no link between the contributions and the statements.
Yeah, right. And we have a monument to sell you in Washington.
"I regret that the language was the same. I did not know it was," Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., (D., N.J.) told the Times, adding that he said he got his statement from his staff and "did not know where they got the information from."
Well, now you know, congressman. And so do we.
Dumb-o-meter score: 80 -- It may have been profane at times, but at least the yelling in the Town Halls this summer was authentic.