Hypocrisy, thy name is TEApublican!
If you haven’t heard of Greg Collett, he’s the 41-year-old TEA Party candidate vying for a seat in the Idaho State House of Representatives who told ABC News last month that he is against almost all government programs, including Medicaid. He then went on to acknowledge that his 10 children are all on Medicaid.
Of course after making his outrageous statements he was deluged with negative comments on his personal web page and he decided that some damage control might be in order so he took to the keyboard to explain why it was not hypocritical for him to do this. His long-winded explanation did him no favors. If anything, it only serves to make him look even worse.
Here’s an excerpt:
[box type=”shadow”]Let me set the record straight. Yes, I participate in government programs of which I adamantly oppose. Many of them, actually. Am I a hypocrite for participating in programs that I oppose? If it was that simple, and if participation demonstrated support, then of course. But, my reason for participation in government programs often is not directly related to that issue in and of itself, and it certainly does not demonstrate support. For instance, I participate in government programs in order to stay out of the courts, or jail, so that I can take care of my family; other things I do to avoid fines or for other financial reasons; and some are simply because it is the only practical choice. With each situation, I have to evaluate the consequences of participating or not participating.[/box]
You can read the rest here. Be forewarned, you might want to make a snack — you’re going to be reading for a long, long while.
If you, brave soul, do decide to read the whole letter, you’ll notice that only one paragraph into his “explanation” Collett insinuates that not only was he unfairly attacked but that those who did so were somehow rude and guilty of an ad hominem attack. He writes, “I am responding to the article, not to explain myself to those who find it acceptable to disparage me, but rather for those who would like to learn the truth and reasoning behind my decisions.”
Acceptable to disparage him? How can he not see that it is perfectly justified? He says that all government programs take our money unfairly and do things with it of which we disapprove and should therefore be eliminated and yet he participates in one which not only returns most if not everything that he pays in taxes and then says that it is unacceptable to call him on it!
Of Obamacare he makes the specious argument, “Those who insist that the taxpayer will end up footing the bill have also just inadvertently lost all standing for arguing the need for a public welfare program for health care. If uninsured individuals just end up getting bailed out by taxpayers, why do we need programs like Medicaid or “Obamacare”?
The answer to that is simple, the cost of care at the point where it has become an emergency is much greater and those higher costs are passed on to everyone through higher premiums for those who do have insurance and who get the preventive care that keeps the cost of their own health care down. If he is not aware that the ER is the most expensive way of obtaining health care then he is not qualified to be the garbage collector let alone a government official.
He goes on to list some of the things that he sees as over reach by the government but which he still uses, if you are drinking or eating anything you may want to wait until you swallow to read this or you may damage your computer. He says,
“I am against marriage licenses, but I still got one to get married; I am against the foster care program, but I became a foster parent; I am against property taxes, but I own property and pay the tax; I am against federal ownership of land by the Forest Service and BLM, but I use the land for hiking, backpacking, camping, and fishing; I am against national parks, but I visit them; I am against driver’s licenses, vehicle registration, license plates, and mandated liability insurance, but I comply with all of them to drive; I am against public funding of transportation systems, but I still use them; I am against building permits, fees, and inspections, but I get them as needed; I am against public libraries, but my family uses them.”
What it really comes down to is that this man is the king of hypocrisy and he is completely blind to it, he appears to actually believe the ridiculous things that he says and there is likely no cure.