Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Party of Financial Responsibility

Well, it is a day ending in "Y", that means there must be some tale of GOP fiscal management to discuss.

The RNC spent more than $340K at a semi-annual meeting in Honolulu in Jan., the latest example of the party spending lavishly on itself while GOP officials worry they won't have enough money to take advantage of a promising national landscape this fall...The $340K documented in FEC filings does not include airfare for each staffer, which could amount to tens of thousands more.

That is more than they will spend in some key House races, including one that is contested in Hawaii.

But we are talking about Republicans:

Federal law enforcement agencies have launched a criminal investigation into the use of American Express cards issued by the Republican Party of Florida to elected officials and staff...the IRS is also looking at the tax records of at least three former party credit card holders — former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio

Oh no, not Teabagger heartthrob Scott Brown Marco Rubio!

Fortunately, there is one Republican dedicated to real reform, Nevada Senate Candidate Sue Lowden.

I’m telling you that this works. You know, before we all started having health care, in the olden days our grandparents, they would bring a chicken to the doctor...I’m not backing down from that system.

Giving your chicken up for someone else to choke doesn't sound like a great health care scheme, but it does sound like a typical RNC reimbursable expense.

[cross-posted at Firedoglake]


Montag said...

I would think that Lowden's proposition has some, uh, inherent faults in it.

Today, most people are prevented by local ordinances from keeping chickens, and even fewer would even know how to kill and dress a chicken.

So, what's the next possible avenue to satisfy this chicken-based economy? One would have to go to the supermarket and buy, say, prepackaged fryers at, say, $5 each. So, a doctor's visit these days would probably cost, umm, nominally $125, so, the hapless patient would then have to purchase, oh, on discount day, twenty to twenty-five chickens. Which, when presented to the doctor, would probably be met with a frown, because the doctor would have to buy a new freezer.

And, there's also the distinct possibility that some or all of the chickens would be contaminated with salmonella, and twenty-five of them all at once would greatly increase the doctor, or the doctor's family of coming down with food poisoning, which would spawn a personal injury lawsuit costing the patient much, much more.

Now, lessee what it would take to satisfy Lowden's chicken-barter principle if, say, one had a brain tumor requiring surgery, hospitalization, chemotherapy and rehabilitation therapy....

The mind boggles. Mostly at the woman's simplemindedness.

StonyPillow said...

The Florida RNC American Express -- don't go bone without it.

Unknown said...

Chickens for health care in the 21st century?

Only in GOP bizzarro universe would this proposal fail to be hysterically funny.

This shit is so stinky, I don't even think the GOP rube base will mistake it for chocolate mousse.

Gordon said...

The Repugs have been chokin' the chicken, that's for sure.

Anonymous said...

Why do the Republicans have to go to an exotic foreign country like Hawaii in the first place?

pansypoo said...

what can i get for a pig? a cow?

Montag said...

what can i get for a pig? a cow?

These days?

One-half of a colonoscopy, I'd guess. :)

Anonymous said...

Republicans spend on themselves lavishly and return to their home state to cut teachers from the payroll, close schools, slash and burn their local budgets unmercifully.
What a corrupt bunch! vox

pansypoo said...

i have no cow or pig. or chicken. i hae rhubarb, which i made into tart cookies. wuld that get me a mammogram?

Major Woody said...

I call fowl.