From the “you can’t make this sh*t up” files we have the news that a member of Congress recently brought up the tired “birther” conspiracy — and also claimed that Obamacare is racially prejudiced against white people.
Congressman Ted Yoho (R-FL) pretty much exposed the whole reason the GOP keeps playing the “Obama wasn’t born here” card when they’re in front of constituents — because in staunchly white, conservative districts, it works. Earlier this month, Florida’s freshman representative from the 3rd District told the people he represents at an event in Gainesville that he would support a bill proposed by Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) that if passed, would have Congress investigate the President’s birth certificate.
In this same meeting, he also made the comment that the tax on tanning beds in the Affordable Care Act would be “racist” because if he were to use a tanning bed, he would be “disenfranchised because I got taxed because of the color of my skin.” Now, I want to write this comment off as a poorly worded bad joke, and perhaps it was. Then again, if you look at the district he represents, it has 2 of the 4 remaining “dry” counties in Florida and is an overwhelmingly white, conservative area where remarks like this play to those who get all of their news from Fox and AM talk radio.
While most Republicans with any political sense decided to finally drop the birth certificate issue after the President released it, both Rep. Stockman and Rep. Yoho apparently didn’t get the memo — or decided to just ignore it on freshman orientation day. Perhaps they have concluded that Texas’ Congressional District 36 and Florida’s Congressional District 3 are safe for at least the next ten years (if not longer) and that they can say or do just about anything — except maybe “being caught with a dead girl or a live boy” as Gov. Edwin Edwards’ famous quote goes — and still keep their job.
The problem that politicians like Rep. Stockman or Rep. Yoho present to the GOP is that they aren’t overly concerned with keeping their jobs, because as long as they stay on the far right, they can be assured of being returned to Washington every two years for the foreseeable future. They really can’t be bought with pork for their districts or bullied over government spending for their constituents. As the saying from The Dark Knight goes: “Some men aren’t looking for anything logical, like money. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.” Or maybe just get a really good tan without the “burden” of “racist” taxes. Oy vey.
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