Speaking of the rigors of health insurance reform, Mitt Romney, Mormon pseudocyborg, has been having himself one h-e-double-hockey-sticks of a time trying to explain why he now hates, hates, hates the Massachusetts insurance-mandate law he signed into law. The one with a favorability rating among us Massholes of approximately 83%, which you’d think would be something a presidential candidate might want to brag about — except that the dread “Obamacare” was supposedly based on the Commonwealth’s little experiment (for better or worse), and therefore, anathema to those committed Republican primary voters, a/k/a ‘the 27-Percenters’. Willard’s latest dodge is to assert that “If I were president, on Day One I would issue an executive order paving the way for Obamacare waivers to all 50 states”. Jonathan Chait at the New Republic has “A Better Idea“:
…So [Romney’s] argument here is that health care policy, like real estate, comes down to three things: location, location, location. Some states will choose health care systems that promote freedom, and other states will choose health care systems that destroy it, like, um, Massachusetts.
Hmm. I don’t think this argument is going to hold up. I think Romney needs to try another tack. He should say that he destroyed the freedom of the people of Massachusetts because the people of Massachusetts do not deserve to live in freedom. This would be in keeping with the long-standing Republican position that Massachusetts is not part of America. Indeed, he destroyed freedom in Massachusetts as a warning to the rest of America that it should cherish its freedom to show up the the emergency room without health insurance and pay for their life-saving treatment by handing over their entire net worth, as the Founders intended.
And speaking of shameless Republicant liars, Jim Newell at Gawker reports on James O’Keefe’s latest scam:
Conservative prankster James O’Keefe, the artless cad behind heavily edited video “stings” on NPR, ACORN, and other enemies of the state, has been paying for all of his work on his and his buddies’ credit cards. Apparently it costs a lot of money to carry a camera and act like a jackass — $50,000, as it happens! So won’t you be a peach and give him $50,000, or perhaps even $1 million? This is James O’Keefe’s plea in an email to supporters.
O’Keefe explains that he and his friends have “hit a wall” after “running up major credit card debt” to finance their projects. He writes that it “cost us about $50,000 when all is said and done to produce the NPR video,” which is incredible, and “If you help us raise over $50,000, it will go toward our next video — after we pay off our credits cards, of course.” What other information could you possibly want from this notorious liar?
And then he asks for a million dollars: “If you help us pass $100,000 — we can do two new videos… And if by some chance, we raise $1,000,000 — we could expose 20 disturbing cases of government abuse and corruption. But, all I’m worried about is $50,000 right now.”
Checkbooks out, people. James O’Keefe needs to meet his 29% APR minimums on several credit card accounts.
I guess O’Keefe’s loudest promoter, Andrew Breitbart, wasn’t smart enough to demand his HuffPo earnings up front, or surely he’d be ‘networking’ for Jimmy the Weasel. Which leaves just one time-tested solution for a penniless cad. After all, Christine O’Donnell is still on the market, and she’s got all sorts of money-soliciting tricks to share with the right (Right) catch…