Wednesday, September 30, 2009

GOP has nerve to blast 'die quickly' comment

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 5:14 PM

Quick question: where do some Congressional Republicans get their nerve? Specifically, where does North Carolina Congressman Patrick McHenry get his? Yesterday, Rep. Alan Grayson, a Democrat from Florida, said the Republican alternative health care proposals amounted to telling Americans, “Don’t get sick,” and if they do get sick, to “die quickly.” OK, he’s over the line, but considering the incredible number of lies we heard all summer from the GOP about killing granny and death panels and so forth, Grayson’s comments are pretty small potatoes.

But oh, no! The Republicans won’t stand for it! They’re outraged! They’re acting as if Grayson peed on their mamas’ graves or something, and no one is more outraged than good old Patrick McHenry, one of his party’s designated hatchet men, who is demanding that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi officially rebuke Grayson. Others are demanding that Grayson apologize for his lack of decorum (after they defended Rep. Joe Wilson for yelling at the president of the United States, for crying out loud).

As ThinkProgress points out, these guys have more nerve than sense, and they offer a list of outrageous and absurd, death-invoking claims Congressional Republicans have made in Congress about Democrats’ health care reform proposals. Our favorite, of course, is famously wacked-out Rep. Virginia Foxx — part of the N.C. GOP’s Three Congressional Stooges, along with McHenry and Myrick — who claimed Dem proposals would mean people would “be put to death by their government.” Pretty soon, when you look up the word “crybaby” in the dictionary, you’ll see a picture of the GOP elephant symbol.

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