A spokesman, Steward Pidditee, from The Heritage Foundation (a conservative think tank) appeared on "The Rachael Maddow Show" shortly before election day to support Romney's 20% tax cut for millionaires and the even larger tax cut Romney proposed for corporations. He said the resulting decrease in revenue would be offset by eliminating welfare. Maddow asked him if this includes cutting corporate welfare. Stew said, "No that would be the same as a tax increase and we oppose all tax increases." Maddow pointed out that the government spends four times more on corporate welfare than on all of the welfare programs that help poor people. Maddow then said, "Even if you eliminated every program that helps poor people, and let all of the poor people starve, the savings wouldn't cover your tax cuts for the rich." Stew Pidditee responded, "That's why we also need to make cuts in entitlements." Rachel Maddow said, "That's why Americans reject your ideas and will re-elect President Obama. The agenda being put forth by The Heritage Foundation stinks and will be rejected by the voters." Stew Pidditee said, "Our polls indicate that Romney will win by a landslide." Maddow said, "Your proposals stink and so does your math. Our polls indicate Obama will receive over three hundred electoral votes and also win the popular vote."
After Romney lost, The Heritage Foundation realized that they really do stink in the eyes of the voters. But their conservative stink tank has always smelled like rotten hypocracy. I don't have time to discuss every instance of their stinking hypocracy so let's examine one issue -- the individual health care mandate.
Google "Heritage Foundation" and go tho their home page. On the Heritage Foundation home page use their own search engine by entering "health care mandate" in the search block in the upper right corner. Here is some of what you will see:
Obama's Individual Health Care Mandate is Unconstitutional
December 11, 2009
The Heritage Foundation and the American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ) recently released legal analysis calling into serious question the constitutionality of the Congress's plan to force all citizens to purchase health insurance. These conservative institutions argue that the unprecedented idea, a mandate that all Americans be forced into a contractual agreement with a private party for health insurance, is not a constitutionally permissible activity by the federal government.
It's interesting because it appears that the Heritage Foundation OPPOSES the individual mandate.
Now let's go to Wikipedia and search "health care mandate" on their unbiased site. Here is a portion of the results:
An individual mandate to purchase health care was initially proposed by the politically conservative Heritage Foundation in 1989 as an alternative to single-payer health care. From its inception, the idea of an individual mandate was championed by Republican politicians as a free-market approach to health-care reform. The individual mandate was felt to resonate with conservative principles of individual responsibility, and conservative groups recognized that the health care market was unique. Stuart Butler, an early supporter of the individual mandate at the Heritage Foundation, wrote:
If a young man wrecks his Porsche and has not had the foresight to obtain insurance, we may commiserate, but society feels no obligation to repair his car. But health care is different. If a man is struck down by a heart attack in the street, Americans will care for him whether or not he has insurance.
An individual health-insurance mandate was initially enacted on a state level in Massachusetts. In 2006, Republican Mitt Romney, then governor of Massachusetts, signed an individual mandate into law with strong bipartisan support. In 2007, a Senate bill featuring a federal mandate, authored by Bob Bennett (R-UT) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), attracted substantial bipartisan support.
During Governor Romney's 2008 Presidential campaign, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) praised Governor Romney's ability to "take some good conservative ideas, like private health insurance, and apply them to the need to have everyone insured."
So, in reality, The Heritage Foundation originated the idea of an individual heath care mandate in 1989. They supported Governor Romney's individual health care mandate and so did Senator Jim DeMint.
But now because it was passed by democrats it is suddenly something they oppose as being unconstitutional. They define hypocrisy! And they just hired Jim DeMint, a fellow hypocrite, to help them clean up their image. I don't see how throwing another turd into the cesspool is going to make it smell better. Jim DeMint stinks just like the Heritage Foundation.
Mother Jones Magazine published Jim DeMint's seven craziest moments.
Click on the link below to see the context of each moment:
1. DeMint says gay people and unmarried women having sex shouldn't teach your children.
2. DeMint says God doesn't like big government.
3. Jim DeMint doesn't want women talking about abortion on the internet.
4. DeMint says America turning into Iran after President Obama's election (or maybe Germany?).
5. DeMint put a hold on National Women's History Museum.
6. DeMint confuses Chicago teacher strike with violence in the Middle East.
7. DeMint falsely accuses President Obama of taxing Christmas.
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