Monday, November 09, 2009

John Barrasso and the Art of Contradicting Oneself

I just heard Sen. Barrasso (R-WY) make the following two-faced argument (summarized) on Hardball:

I do want to vote for health care reform, but I want it to be centered around the patient and doctors, not around the government--as the Democratic plan is.

Then, one minute later, he said, in so many words:

Obesity is a problem in this country for one third of Americans and yet this health reform plan does not do anything to address the costs associated with obesity.

There you have it: On the one hand the duplicitous senator complains about the fact that health care choices should not be dictated by the government; on the other hand he complains that the government does not have any wording in the plan to address obesity. Well done, Senator! I guess that is the same kind of logic that allows one to say that medical decisions should be left between a patient and his or her doctor, while having the government legislate against the constitutional right of a woman to choose to have an abortion.

You know, Senator, there is another thing that the plan does not address, and it probably should: the ability of a senator to make consecutive non-conflicting statements in the space of a minute.

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