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Cuccinelli Perpetuates Right-Wing Lies

As has been pointed out on Blue Virginia, Ken Cuccinelli's new book continues to spread lies that are part of the right wing mythology that demonizes the least among us, equating compassion and care of the weak and the sick with some sort of evil plot. Cuccinelli wants to equate raw greed and hatred of government with good public policy.

One lie Cuccinelli repeats is that somehow Social Security is a "subsidized government benefit." That's a blatant lie. Social Security is now, and has been from its inception, a self-funding, social pension insurance program. In fact, it has been a cash cow for the government which has used the revenue from Social Security taxes to add money to the Federal operating budget.

In another lie, Cuccinelli calls Medicaid "outright welfare," contending that it "makes people dependent on government." Just who are these "deadbeats" that Cuccinelli wants to be thrown onto their own devices to survive? Let's look at facts, not right-wing lies.  

According to the Congressional Budget Office, 64% of Medicaid spending in 2011 was for older Americans in nursing homes who had used all their own funds prior to getting Medicaid and for people with severe physical or mental disabilities. Do Cuccinelli and his radical ilk promote throwing those people out on the street? About 20% of Medicaid spending went to poor children. Shall we just let them grow up, if they get to grow up, with no health care at all? Only about 16% of Medicaid money went to adults. In Virginia, Medicaid isn't even given to childless adults, and parents are only covered if they make $6,600 or less annually, which is far below the Federal poverty level.

I, for one, am sick and tired of people like Cuccinelli dressing up their selfishness and social darwinism in conservative politics. These people aren't conservative. They're radical, They're dangerous to the social fabric that knits this nation together. They're an affront to my religious faith that teaches me that I am my brother's keeper, that charity to others is a moral responsibility I should welcome. There is only one solution for the poison they spew. They need to be retired from public office.

Cantor Endorses Class Warfare on the Sick

Eric Cantor made an appalling admission when he spoke recently to the College of American Pathologists. After decrying - yet again - the health care reform that was passed by Congress, Cantor then admitted that the insurance companies he loves so much ration care based on their desire for profits and the income and health status of potential customers.

Cantor railed against what he said will inevitably be future government rationing of health care because of increasing cost, yet at the same time he admitted, "I think that the fundamental nature of our system of third-party payer is the problem," that insurance companies ration that care right now, based on a person's income.

So, what is his "magic" solution for this serious dilemma? It's more of the same horror that got us into a situation where 50 million or more Americans don't have access to the health care they need...the private, for-profit insurance industry. To Cantor, rationings of health care can be cured by having more "competition" among insurers. That's absurd on its face. The situation now is that no for-profit insurer is going to give a policy to old, sick people. After all, that's why Medicare came into existence in the first place. And, are they going to go after a "market" of poor, sickly American citizens? Hardly. After the elderly, the next largest group of chronically ill people are the poor and the unemployed.

What Cantor is advocating is that the United States remain a nation where income and class status determine one's life span and quality of health care. As he himself put it, "We're not for everyone having the same outcome guaranteed."

That's the Republican philosophy in a nutshell, though they don't usually slip up and state it as openly as Cantor. They are Social Darwinists who believe that those who have money are more deserving that those without it, that the poor and sick somehow deserve their fate and lifting them up will weaken the "deserving rich."