Saturday, August 29, 2009

GOP Leader Claims He'll "Be Danged" If He Loses His Social Security to Socialism

The folks over at FireDogLake have been doing a fantastic job around the health care issue and have provided everyone with yet another example of how the Republican leadership just doesn't seem to get it. At a town hall meeting in Minnesota a member of the city council -- LeRoy T. Schaffer -- stood up and went on a rant about why he doesn't support health care reform (most of which is very difficult to understand). One part that comes across clearly, however, is when he tries to cast health care reform as socialism by claiming:
I’ll be danged if I am going to give up my Social Security because of socialism, and I'll be danged if I am going to give up my Medicare because of socialism!
Of course, we could talk about how the right wing has just been trying to call everything socialism in an attempt to evoke memories of the Cold War when there was supposedly the threat of the Russians taking over the world. I mean, heck, most of the Republican Party's leaders have been referring to the programs that Schaffer wanted to keep as socialism for decades. What I want to focus on, however, is the fact that the Republicans have gotten so involved in trying to use scare tactics that their arguments aren't making any sense. In the case of LeRoy T. Schaffer, for instance, he's essentially arguing that he's against health care reform because he thinks giving people the choice for a public option would ... wait for it ... take away people's choice for a public option. Here's the video of his rant:

As I've said before, I perfectly understand how there will be some differences of opinion on how we should move forward on this legislation. The scare tactics and crazy rants of people like LeRoy Schaffer, however, serve as a prime example of how the Republican leadership is refusing to actually participate in a legitimate discussion and will do anything it takes to disrupt the conversation. America deserves better.

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