GOP Hypocrisy in Action

The New York Post reported today on a suspected denial of service attack on the New York state website meant to handle enrollment in the health care exchanges.  But buried within that article is a quote from attorney Greg Crawford, a man with Crohn’s disease who will potentially receive significant benefit from the Affordable Care Act:

“I’m not a big fan of the government taking over all this stuff politically, but I’m going to benefit from it tremendously as an individual, and I just wish it would work,” he said.

I do not know Crawford’s political affiliation, but this statement certainly sums up the way the GOP approaches government and the services and resources that the government provides. In their world view, the government should stay out of our business and not provide any services, unless it affects me.  We see this with the government shutdown, we’ve seen this with gay marriage, and we’ve seen this with funding for stem cell research.  We’ve witnessed how Republican governors who were vociferously opposed to bailouts are first in line to take credit when bailouts are successful.  We’ve watched as members of Congress voted against funding for rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy do a 180-degree turn when there’s a natural disaster that affects their own states or districts.

Crawford’s statement, apparently oblivious to the irony embedded therein, is just one more manifestation of the self-centeredness of today’s GOP.

Poor Newt

Poor Newt. No, really, I mean, poor Newt.  Reuters is reporting that Newt’s network of intertwined  consulting companies and associated book and DVD sales is mired in debt, alongside the $4.8 million in campaign debt.  Consequently, Newt’s empire is facing bankruptcy in Atlanta bankruptcy court.

Reading the reporting, one can’t help but wonder how much advantage Newt and his various wives have taken of the American legal system in order to build out the empire.  One also can’t help but wonder how much Newt will actually suffer as a result of his fast-and-loose wheeling and dealing.

Read the Reuter’s reporting:

The Dark Ages Live

The state that brought you the practice of burning witches at the stake has come up with something for the 21st century.  The practices in use at the Judge Rotenberg Center as part of “treatment” for autistic and other non-verbal children are downright barbaric.  Electric shocks are being administered as punishment and behavior modification.

The video is graphic and disturbing.

There’s a petition effort underway to stop these practices.  Please read what Change.org has to say, and sign the petition:

Argentina Bests U.S., 2-0

While politicians in the U.S. are still busy squabbling about women’s health issues that sane people believed to have been settled decades ago, Argentina has now passed a law making sure that gender identity rights are protected.  Sex-change surgery or hormone therapy are now required to be provided by both public and private health insurance.

Same-sex marriage was made legal in that country a couple of years back.

“We’re number one.” Yeah. Right. It rings kinda hollow.


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ACTUP=UNF?

It only took sixteen years.The ‘Silence = Death’ message of the AIDS activist organization ACT UP was a little too unpalatable for its time. The slogan was formulated in response to the Reagan administration’s failure to acknowledge the disease or devote any resources to finding a cure. Back then, it was all but impossible to rustle up any interest in the subject of AIDS.

But flip the pages of the calendar forward a sixteen or so years, and we now see a slightly soft-pedaled variation of that same message – ‘Apathy is Lethal‘ – as a cornerstone of the United Nations Foundation’s campaign to stem this global epidemic. It seems the world view is now virtually identical to the view that the AIDS activist visionaries of the ’80s were professing. Tragically, the delay in adopting such awareness has cost many millions of lives.

I don’t care how sorry anyone now feels for the bumbling old coot. Can anyone still say with a straight face that Reagan wasn’t evil, down to his core? Wouldn’t it be safe to say, since his administration did absolutely nothing regarding AIDS, that ‘Reagan is Lethal’?