Friday, October 11, 2013

GOP cuts off its nose to spite its face

"What do you hate more: poverty or Obama?" Well, that's certainly an easy question for Republicans, isn't it? 26 states - all controlled by Republicans - refuse to expand Medicaid solely in order to thumb their nose at the President of the United States.

And the really crazy thing about this? 23 of those states - all but three - are already mooching off the rest of our country. Nearly all of them, hating government as they do, are getting more from America than they're contributing to it. Incredible, isn't it?

I'm sorry to say that my state, Nebraska, is one of those red states which is refusing to expand Medicaid. But as least we're apparently one of the few red states which pays our fair share, rather than mooching from blue states.

Sure, you don't like to pay taxes. Who does? (Unless you agree with former Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes: "I like paying taxes. With them I buy civilization.") But we pay for uninsured people already. As Mitt Romney said, we don't just let them die (although Republicans cheered that idea in the GOP debates last year).

Republican politicians in these red states are harming their own people just for spite. Well, Republicans in Congress have been deliberately sabotaging the economic recovery - deliberately sabotaging their own country - just for political advantage (and now, when that didn't work, for spite, too).

The Republican Party in general is throwing a hissy fit, and you really have to wonder how long it will take them to come to their senses.

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