One of the things I’ve been seeing in the news media, particularly stoked by various conservatives, is that the problems with the Healthcare.gov website means that the Affordable Care Act is bad. Obviously, one is the same as the other, or at least they’d like you to think so. One is a website, the other is a law. But since it’s tough – you know, to report real facts – to grasp, particularly when your level of understanding of technology amounts to “press button, get a cookie!”, they’d rather just keep going with that. In an effort to be helpful, I thought I’d give them some more examples they can use for their “total failure” conflation.
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One of the stories over the past few years has been the efforts of various Republicans to re-write citizenship laws outlawing “birthright citizenship” to the children born here to undocumented immigrants. The most recent attempt was in January of this year. Each of them has failed, which is why some have even discussed changing the Constitution. Why that? Because they don’t have a leg to stand on. I’d like to introduce them to someone.
One of the things I used to hate when I was looking for work was the phrase “You’re overqualified.” What it really meant was that I was too educated, too old, or too expensive. Oh, and that I wasn’t getting the job. I’m not looking for a change at the moment, but in reading the recent reports, I realize that there’s another career I should probably cross off my list of “opportunities:” Washington news correspondent.
One of the aspects of my job during field season is to educate people, in particular stressing why it’s not a good thing to feed wild animals. You’re not really doing them a favor, and it’s sometimes harmful.
I really should set a better example.
Remember Mitt Romney’s infamous “47%” comment? Well, last month there was an article which said that the largest increases in food stamp aid were in … Republican-heavy counties. There’s a statement at the end which shows the massive disconnect that conservatives have:
The increase in food stamps in those strongholds doesn’t mean Romney will lose votes, said Michael Franc, vice president for governmental studies at the Heritage Foundation, a Republican-leaning research organization in Washington.
“We’re talking about people who got pretty hammered by the economic meltdown,” he said. “It’s a temporary hand-up, not a permanent condition of life. They’ve gotten help, but it’s been something they’ve requested very reluctantly.”