Yes, it’s official. The political right wingnuts are daft. The question that looms before us is: will the entire Village dance to their tune and sing their songs?
I’m still trying to wrap my head around the Delaware Republican voters’ choice of Christine O’Donnell over Mike Castle for their candidate for the Senate. She’s run so often for Delaware Senatorial openings that she’s not exactly a fresh face to the good people of the state. She was as nutty in 2006 and 2008 as she is today, except perhaps as time has gone by, we have learned more about her and the nut and acorn pile has grown.
Then yesterday I read something that I had to reread a couple of times to believe. It was Mike Huckabee’s statement the other day at the Value Voters Summit in which he said that he didn’t believe that the new health insurance plan should include folks with pre-existing conditions. Good Old Mike likened insuring people with pre-existing conditions to insuring houses that have burned down. (I’m not making this up.) He explained it this way: [Here]
It sounds so good, and it's such a warm message to say we're not gonna deny anyone from a preexisting condition..Look, I think that sounds terrific, but I want to ask you something from a common sense perspective. Suppose we applied that principle [to] our property insurance. And you can call your insurance agent and say, "I'd like to buy some insurance for my house." He'd say, "Tell me about your house." "Well sir, it burned down yesterday, but I'd like to insure it today." And he'll say "I'm sorry, but we can't insure it after it's already burned." Well, no preexisting conditions.
Huckabee’s analysis is pretty interesting, isn’t it? It was as if Huck was comparing an eight-year old child with diabetes with a burned out house or a mother of three young children with breast cancer to a broken down barn? Nifty, eh? I bet those value voters just ate it up.
Basic to this kind of Huckabee thinking is a fundamental selfishness and it’s rampant right now. Sanity, a sense of citizenship, compassion and humanity have fled the collective consciousness of these wingnuts. Paul Krugman pointed this out in his Monday NYTimes column titled “The Angry Rich.”
And among the undeniably rich, a belligerent sense of entitlement has taken hold: it’s their money, and they have the right to keep it. “Taxes are what we pay for civilized society,” said Oliver Wendell Holmes — but that was a long time ago.
Of course, what has enraged the well-to-do is the prospect of Congress allowing the Bush tax cuts to the rich to return to where the rates were during the Clinton years. As Krugman pointed out, for a while GOP strategists were trying to sell us on the old Hoover idea that money of the rich “trickles down” to the lower income folks or as Alan Simpson calls us, the “lesser people.” Of course, that plan didn’t work for Hoover and today it appears that even the present GOP strategists have been forsaking that tired old line.
The new line from the GOP, even heard on the House floor, is that half a million isn’t so much money because look at one’s expenses--upkeep on one’s mansion, high property taxes, private school tuition, cars, vacation homes and so on.
Yes, this is a terrible line and an even worse morality. It is particularly heartless when unemployment rates are at about 10% with 43 million Americans living below the poverty line. The question is: will the GOP get away with it?
What say you?...