When I was younger, and trying to decide which political party represented me the best, I can remember the first thing that always seemed to annoy me about Republicans was their blatant hypocrisy. I’d see them talk about being “fiscally conservative,” yet they always ran up giant deficits whenever they controlled the White House. I saw them go on and on about “small government,” then I’d see them support laws that sought to restrict a woman’s Constitutionally protected right to have control over her own body.
It just seemed on every big talking point they used, their actions almost always contradicted it.
Even the notion of trickle-down economics made absolutely no sense. At a young age even I understood that businesses created jobs when demand determined that more jobs were needed. Tax breaks had little or nothing to do with it.
But by far the most pathetic hypocrisy from the GOP that I’ve seen recently was Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell’s statement suggesting that if “Obamacare” were to be repealed (which he still thinks that it should be) that Kentucky might still keep their exchange.
In other words, he still wants to repeal a law that he’s actually seeing work within his home state. A state which didn’t try to sabotage the law like many other states mostly controlled by Republicans did.
But it’s not just him, Kentucky’s junior Senator Rand Paul has now joined McConnell’s hypocrisy by suggesting that Kentucky might keep their state exchange even if “Obamacare” is repealed.
And, of course, he still thinks the law should be repealed.
Paul said, “I think the real question that we have in Kentucky is people seem to be very much complimenting our exchange because of the functionality of it.”
He then went on to suggest that it’s the uncertainty of how the law will impact local hospitals that worries him.
Perhaps, and this is just using a little common sense here, more people seeking medical care means there’s an increase in demand which will then lead to more hospitals being built. More hospitals being built means, more jobs.
But both Paul and McConnell’s comments are almost comical. While neither will outright compliment the law (that would be political suicide for a Republican), they’ve both essentially said that the law is working in Kentucky – while still pushing for a full repeal of that very law.
Well, I guess not a “full repeal” considering it seems both want to keep it for Kentucky.
You know, since it’s working.
These are the kinds of stories that even some of the best satire writers couldn’t come up with. Two senators from the same state calling for the repeal of a law they both basically admit is working well in their state.
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