Funny how I wrote about The Oneness of All Things yesterday, and right away there was a slew of stories about Republicans demonstrating their proficiency at appreciating The Oneness of All Things.
On July 16, 2009, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) asked Judge Sonia Sotomayor, “where do we stand in this country when 80% of the rest of the world allows abortion only before 12 weeks?” However, the very previous day, he stated, “we don’t want judges to consider legislation and foreign law that’s developed through bodies, elected bodies outside of this country.”
And here’s Coburn again, in one of those guerrilla theater pieces with an ensemble cast that Republicans do oh so well:
Fearing that health reform is getting closer to passage, the right-wing is escalating its rhetoric by issuing dire warnings of its consequences.
Interviewed by the Washington Times, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) was asked if “government-run health care” will “end up killing more people than it saves?” Coburn responded, “Absolutely.”
A couple of right-wing congressman voiced similar doom-and-gloom rhetoric on the House floor yesterday:
Rep. Steve King (R-IA): “They’re going to save money by rationing care, getting you in a long line. Places like Canada, United Kingdom, and Europe. People die when they’re in line.”
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX): “One in five people have to die because they went to socialized medicine! … I would hate to think that among five women, one of ‘em is gonna die because we go to socialized care.”
What qualifies that for an OATs award is this piece of perspective by Democratic Rep. Joe Courtney of Connecticut:
When I listen to the hysterical descriptions of what is in this legislation, I would remind many members to look at themselves in the mirror. Because what they are presently entitled to as members of Congress is exactly what this legislation is proposing to create for all Americans.
Then, there’s Texas Governor Rick “If At First You Don’t Secede” Perry with a strong performance:
In March, Texas Gov. Rick Perry rejected $555 million in federal stimulus money that would have expanded unemployment benefits for Texans. Perry argued at the time that accepting the stimulus dollars would force the state to expand eligibility to include thousands of low-wage workers — including part-time employees like single mothers, college students and senior citizens — which Perry bemoaned would burden tax payers with “higher taxes and expanded obligations.” When explaining the decision, Perry told Fox News, “this was pretty simple for us.” But now Perry is reversing his decision. Texas has asked the federal government for a $170 million loan to ensure the state is able to continue paying out unemployment benefits…