…about health care. Apparently, the legislators decrying health care reform with the loudest voices, have chosen to receive state financed health benefits worth up to $733.00 a month- and they’re on the run.
From Mike Dennison at The Missoulian:
Legislative officials agreed Friday to a Lee Newspapers request to release the names of all legislators accepting health insurance benefits from the state, revealing that all but seven of the 150 lawmakers chose to receive the health benefits, worth up to $733 a month.
Within hours of the information’s release, the Montana House refused to consider a bill putting into state law that the information on lawmaker health benefits should always be made public.
Don Pogreba had this to say from Intelligent Discontent:
As always, Representative Knox best represented the values of today’s Republican Party. He voted against the blast motion on SB 284 today, despite championing transparency about state spending two days earlier:
But let’s not end with Representative Knox today. Another well-known champion of liberty has apparently been seduced by the Marxist wiles of state bureaucracy and largesse. Even Representative Derek Skees has been transformed from a Galtian hero into a puppet of the state, gladly accepting benefits he knows to be socialistic.
I see chickens circling the henhouse- and the sun is going down…
It’s an inbred GOP problem, not confined to MT.
“By GLENN THRUSH | 11/15/10 9:54 PM EST Updated: 11/16/10 7:59 PM EST
A conservative Maryland physician elected to Congress on an anti-Obamacare platform surprised fellow freshmen at a Monday orientation session by demanding to know why his government-subsidized health care plan takes a month to kick in.”
Does whitened sepulcres come to mind or does that violate the Church/State or HIPPA stuff? The mind boggles.
Republican Andy Harris, an anesthesiologist who defeated freshman Democrat Frank Kratovil on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, reacted incredulously when informed that federal law mandated that his government-subsidized health care policy would take effect on Feb. 1 – 28 days after his Jan. 3rd swearing-in
Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1110/45181.html#ixzz1HjMONJqr
Respectfully, you are arguing apples and oranges here.
1)There is a difference between democratically elected representatives accepting benefits previously voted to their position and the federal government mandating health insurance on every individual in the nation. You can’t just cry socialism and hypocrisy every time a Republican votes for the existence or application of any government service.
2)Most of the beef comes from the 10th Amendment argument that rights not implicit in the Constitution or Bill of Rights are therefore delegated to the states and shouldn’t be dealt with at the federal level. So even if they voted for no health insurance or complete health insurance coverage, it wouldn’t be hypocrisy since it would be dealt with at the appropriate level of government, at the state level.
The beef here is largely the continued intrusion of the federal government into domains and rights held by the states. If those state legislatures want to take actions on an issue they disagree with the federal government taking action on, it doesn’t make them hypocrites.
Ah, but it does when deliberate misinformation becomes a staple of the Legislature’s GOP diet- especially when it involves me personally…. Then I reserve the right to John Swift as much as I like. 😉
Perhaps I made less attention in previous years, but never have I witnessed so many blatant lies spoken by our legislators. While I’d imagine it is not confined to the right, the deception is so pervasive that I’d be hard-pressed to recall a lie from a democrat this session.
Agreed. Simply terrifying.
So Big Hole National Battlefield Monument is just another whining Federal guilt-ridden pork barrel tribute to the indigenous people? States Rights have not always been right, as U.S. History clearly shows. And some folks still feel that ‘error’ (as they see it) has no right to exist.
VERITAS is Harvard’s motto and they still awarded Bush Jr an MBA. Where was Jeremiah when he was needed?