While Virginia’s Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli crusades against crimes that appear to arouse his ideological err, what should be a crime is the selective focus of Virginia’s tax money and manpower hours towards crimes that are cherry-picked for review based solely upon political/ideological grounds.
Virginia’s AG has teamed up with Richmond city officials to investigate a video showing a supposedly wealthy Russian drug smuggler being informed by a government employee about how to apply for Medicaid.
While the investigation may be legitimate, it fits the profile of cases that Cuccinelli has based his tenure as AG on, and a lot of taxpayers dollars.
If you recall the way the Reagan administration attacked the “welfare queens” of the 1980s then you can see that the Republican playbook hasn’t changed too much.
Is Medicaid perfect? No. Can Medicaid be reformed? Sure. But what people like Cuccinelli and his followers want is to underhandedly eradicate Medicaid altogether while insisting that reforms are their only goal.
It’s time for Virginians to wake up to the awful truth: many of the Tea Party political representatives want nothing more than to turn back the clock in Virginia to the pre-FDR era.
For all of its faults, the social safety nets that have been put into place have been pivotal to helping millions of Americans each year from slipping into poverty, or worse.
Social welfare programs like Medicaid, therefore, are pivotal components of society in the U.S. today. Politicians like Ken Cuccinelli, however, are not.