Thursday, June 23, 2011

Another pro-lifer who's lying

In the sorry state America is now in - perhaps our death-spiral - Teapublicans such as Rand Paul don't really believe in life:

Mary Jane Koren, a geriatrician and vice-president of the Commonwealth Fund, noted that seniors often suffer health problems and are put in nursing homes after falling down. Poor nutrition leads to decreased muscle strength, meaning a higher chance of falling—and weaker seniors are more likely to be gravely injured in such a fall. Koren noted that by 2020, the annual cost of medical care for seniors who fall is expected to reach $54.9 billion—many magnitudes more than the approximately $2 billion per year the federal government spends on nutrition assistance for senior citizens.

Senator [Rand] Paul, however, explicitly rejected this logic. “It’s curious that only in Washington can you spend $2 billion and claim that you’re saving money,” he said. “The idea or notion that spending money in Washington somehow is saving money really flies past most of the taxpayers.” Instead, Paul touted the “nobility of private charity” as opposed to government-funded “transfer programs.” He suggested privatizing Meals on Wheels and other government assistance for hungry seniors
The simple premise that's missing from Paul's "logic" is that this anti-hunger program saves money if you assume you actually want to save lives.  Paul wants to cut taxes so bad that he doesn't care whether old people die.  And they voted for him.

Of course, in Teapublican world, seniors should have planned better.  If they had just taken care to be more economically viable, they wouldn't have to choose between food and medicine.  Losers!

If you vote for Republicans, this is what you get.  Good luck with that.

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