8 Colossal Jackasses From the Right-Wing Fringe: Just-Stop-Being-Poor Edition
Sure, there was plenty of tomfoolery and dickishness on display over at CPAC this week—what with Trump’s immigrants-are-coming-to-steal-jobs remark and Paul Ryan claiming poor parents don’t love their kids. But asinine comments were made elsewhere in the right-wing lunasphere. Some doozies:
1. Fox Business commentator’s advice on the poor: “Stop being poor.”
The Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi may have found the greatest jackass of them all recently when he interviewed Fox Business commentator Todd Wilemon. The subject was healthcare and the oft-repeated, totally erroneous claim that the U.S. has “the greatest healthcare system in the world.” This assertion should only be made with the addendum: "if you can afford it." In fact, the U.S. ranks 37th in the world for healthcare, so,yes we're in the top 40, and hooray, we're ahead of Slovenia. Take that, Slovenia! It’s gotten to the point where international relief doctors who usually helicopter supplies into war-torn, impoverished countries and refugee camps are now starting to fly those supplies into places like Knoxville, Tennessee.
But have no fear. Wilemon had a great solution for these people who just “want a free lunch,” and who “refuse to pay.” When Mandvi pointed out that they are not "refusing to pay," but just aren't able to afford healthcare because they are poor, Wilemon said, “If you’re poor, just stop being poor.”
Great idea! Why didn't we think of that?!
Watch the whole hilarious clip here.
2. Megyn Kelly scoffs at atheist’s claim that the cross is a religious symbol.
Somebody was not paying proper attention in Sunday school, and has been very, very naughty. We’re talking to you, Megyn.
There is a steel beam cross in the center of the World Trade Center memorial. It was found in the wreckage and seen as a miracle by some Christians. The activist group American Atheists are suing to have the cross removed, claiming that as an inherently religious symbol, it has no place in a publicly funded monument. They point out that people of multiple faiths, and even those without faith at all, died in the disaster.
“The cross is Christian," said David Silverman of the American Atheists during his appearance on the Kelly Files. "It was installed in a religious service on consecrated ground, which makes it a working shrine on public land in the World Trade Center, and we think the atheists who also died on 9/11, and the Muslims and the Jews, should all have their equal presence,”
Nope, Megyn Kelly said. The cross is not religious. It's just a historical artifact. Nothing Christian about it. Tough luck, atheists, Jews and Muslims.
Got it, the cross is not Christian. Next week: the Bible, not a book.
Watch the entire interview posted online by Cruciefiction.
3. Josh Miller, Obamacare hypocrite: 'I got mine, so bite me!'
Another prime cut of jackass raised its braying head this week in the person of State Representative Josh Miller of Arkansas. Such a man might, at first glance, inspire some sympathy. He was paralyzed in a car accident, and he was uninsured at the time. Fortunately for him, his medical treatment was paid for by personal assistance coverage from Medicaid. Naturally, an experience like that would really convince someone of the value of Medicaid and healthcare for all. Wait, what? No?
Astonishingly, Miller voted against the expansion of Medicaid, which would have given poor people in his state the same coverage he recieved in his hour of need. In an interview with the Arkansas Times, he explained why. "My problem is two things," Miller said. "One, we are giving it to able-bodied folks who can work ... and two, how do we pay for it?"