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Cheering Death—Tea Party/Republican Party Candidates Tell You Who And What They Are

Let us appreciate some folks in the crowd at the Republican debate last night cheering the idea of an uninsured person dying just as we welcome Rick Perry’s lack of concern — and the crowd’s roaring approval—that any of the 234 people he has executed may have been innocent.

Let the American people have clear choices in 2012 and we can decide as a nation what we want.

If you think that Social Security is unconstitutional as does Rick Perry, then you can support Mr. Perry for President and let the stock market and that steady 40 hour job you’ll always be able to count on provide for your retirement.

At least these Tea Party/Republican Party candidates don’t pretend they care and then do nothing.  They tell you who and what they are.

September 13, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , ,


  1. That is sick, sick, sick! Few people know that in Texas a law is already in place that if a patient is considered indigent, including those on Medicaid, that they can be removed from life support even against the family’s wishes.

    Comment by Theresa Pye | September 13, 2011

  2. Yeah, I’m a little surprised at how brazen the Right has become.
    I mean, we always KNEW how they felt about the old, the infirm, children, etc., but they weren’t allowed to say it.

    Not sure how any of this is consistent with a pro-life position, but… Partisan politics isn’t about consistency, I guess.

    I’m not sure what it’s about anymore.
    Taking out your worst nightmares on those weaker than you, maybe?

    Comment by Katydidknot | September 13, 2011

  3. That was some sick crap last night!

    Comment by Spinny Liberal | September 13, 2011

  4. True, but be careful. It would be unfair to characterize that as if the crowd in general shared this sentiment. At best, a very small handful of people yelled out. There’s some kooks in ANY crowd. However, I am disappointed that none of the candidates reprimanded said handful of cheers and took them to task.

    Comment by Nunya | September 13, 2011

  5. Theresa, I think you’re referring to a portion of the Texas Advance Directives Act. Would you please cite the section that addresses the financial condition of the patient?

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | September 14, 2011

  6. @Matt: I think she was referring to Texas’ futile care lawis contained in the Texas Advance Directives Act, yeah.

    Here’s a decent law review article about it: http://www.law.uh.edu/healthlaw/perspectives/2007/(CM)TXFutileCare.pdf

    It was passed in 1999 and amended a few times since then. Essentially, it gets attacked from the right AND the left – the pro-Lifers saying it enables euthenasia by hospitals, essentially, and the left saying it kills the poor.
    In the words of the law review article: “Futile-care laws effectively disregard a patient’s directive or family member’s decision, and instead, place control of end-of-life matters in the hands of physicians and hospital ethics committees.”

    Any claim that the hospital committee is taking the patient’s financial situation into consideration is guesswork on the part of the critic, I’d say.

    Comment by Katydidknot | September 14, 2011

  7. “Any claim that the hospital committee is taking the patient’s financial situation into consideration is guesswork on the part of the critic, I’d say.”

    I agree, and it’s guesswork that accuses someone of a very serious ethical violation (and possibly a crime) without evidence.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | September 15, 2011

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