Sunday, March 7, 2010
Bring on the tinfoil hats
And it's equal opportunity tinfoil this morning -- people calling in on the Republican line to foam about impending socialism, Democrats calling in to rant about the lack of a public option and Obama selling out to corporate interests, and various oddballs calling in on both lines to spin their 9/11 conspiracy theories. Occasionally Teh Stupid manages to achieve new depths. One of the highlights this morning was someone calling in to point out that "the government has never made a profit at anything." Well, duh. Government is by definition a nonprofit. It's not supposed to make money. That's why it's the government.
There was also a call or two from folks teetering on the edge of senile dementia with their fears about socialized medicine ruining their Medicare or VA benefits, proving that some veins of stupid never stop flowing.
The most bizarre part is seeing Rick Scott sitting there pontificating about reforming health care. This guy is the sleazeball who was CEO of a company that got nailed bigtime for Medicare fraud a few years ago. He's talking up the private sector, of course, and criticizing the proposed healthcare reforms. It's so weird -- the man should be sitting in a prison cell somewhere, not sitting there in a suit being treated as a respected expert. Fortunately, several callers have actually pointed that out.
I wonder occasionally just how thoroughly discredited a person has to be before he or she can no longer market him or herself as an expert on anything. When someone gets called out on lie after lie, and also ends up being wrong over and over again, why does anyone bother listening to anything that person has to say? And wouldn't it be nice if these various talking heads who serve as fronts for astroturf organizations had to wear coveralls with company logos on them like Nascar drivers so we'd all know immediately just where their vested interests lay?