Joe Wilson: Healthcare Hypocrite
As we look deeper - something those on the right invariably do not - we see that many, if not all who sit on the GOP benches are, indeed, hypocrites when it comes to healthcareUSA.
Why, you ask?
Because - they are insured in the same way that Barack Obama wants the rest of Americans to be insured - yet consistently vote against the American people and they have the support of those who raise placards and clone themselves four fold.
Cut the man some slack. He's passionate! I know this because he told me, in the sole message that blazes across his campaign Web site: JOE WILSON IS PASSIONATE ABOUT STOPPING GOVERNMENT RUN HEALTH CARE!
Except that he's not—at least not when it comes to his, and his family's, government-run health care.
To be fair, Wilson has been consistent in his policymaking if not his personal life: according to his last congressional opponent, Wilson voted 11 times against health care for veterans in eight years, even as he voted "aye" for the Iraq War (during the debate on the war vote, he even called one Democrat "viscerally anti-American"—several times). He voted to cut veterans' benefits—not his own—to make room for President George W. Bush's tax cuts. He repeatedly voted for budgets that slashed funding to the Veterans Administration and TRICARE. And perhaps most bizarrely, he refused—repeatedly—to approve Democratic-led initiatives that would have extended TRICARE coverage to all reservists and National Guard members, even though a disproportionate number of them have served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan─and many lost access to their civilian work benefits when they did so.
Now, I ask - why would that be? Cost? Seems that this is what is being said all along - the cost is just too great for the American economy - yet, those who say this also say that the war in Iraq and Afghanistan must continue.
Joe Wilson is now a hero to - well, Um, you know - those Americans on the right who have a distinct problem with a Democrat in the White House.
He is a hero of media making - not uncommon in the US I have to admit - but, I also have to admit, not quite for the right reasons either.
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