Rep. Chris Smith Unplugged

Has Congressman Chris Smith of New Jersey told you recently about his views on abortion and how President Obama’s “focused health care reform” proposals would fund abortions in addition to deleteriously affecting “those with cancers… [and] their unborn children” and how it would do “grave injury to those who are sick”? If not, then enjoy this clip:

Never mind Sarah Palin’s ridiculous “Death Panels” meme that was flogged to boredom by the mainstream media —sheesh, that’s so last month’s old news. The Democrats’ wimpy, industry-prostituted healthcare reforms now grinding through the congressional sausage factory have been re-branded as the “Abortion Industry Bailout Bill of 2009” — a heinous piece of legislation according to Congressman Smith that will “cause hundreds of thousands of additional abortions per year” — apparently through a wickedly clever combination of marketing, public subsidies and government funding of mysterious “new venues” (for abortions).

Oh, you may think Rep. Smith is a crackpot, but he confidently asserts he’s got “empirical evidence” on his side verifying that flaunting wads of cash in front of “vulnerable women” who feel they have absolutely “nowhere else to turn” has been proven to “tip the scales” in favour of incentivizing them to expeditiously liquidate their fetuses rather than turning to a local “pregnancy care center.”

Rep. King is also a bit ticked off at the all the political “bickering” in Washington that started immediately after January 20th and would prefer instead to characterize his vehement disagreement with the Obama administration simply as a matter of “standing up for fundamental human rights”…

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12 responses to “Rep. Chris Smith Unplugged

  1. Ti-Guy

    I can’t bear watching these clips anymore. It’s like listening to not-too-bright children…minus the charm.

  2. takedeadaim

    So to make sure i get this right:

    Its wrong to ensure women can afford an abortion because, i quote, they’re “at the point of vulnerability”.

    But it’s RIGHT if we ensure women at that same point of vulnerability can’t afford an abortion.

    You see, women are very vulnerable when they’re in that, you know, delicate state. And if they find out they can afford an abortion, they might get one.

    Thanks for the morality lesson, Chris. Noted.

  3. Ian

    And NJ has been sending him back to congress for 25 years? Suddenly the poll that said 1/3 of the population thought BO might be the antichrist doesn’t seem so rouge afterall.

  4. ..I just returned from visiting my brother in the U.S., University educated (Vanderbilt, Washington University Medical School), self-employed, and he’s recovering from a blood clot in his leg.

    No insurance means no stay in hospital, n/w/s doctor recommendation, and his now pre-existing condition means no future insurance likely without nationalized healthcare. If he could get insurance – average cost, about $13,000.00 per year.

    Anyone in the U.S. who says the system isn’t seriously broken is a liar. I’m so sick of the right-wing puppets of the healthcare and insurance industry lying to the public – truly the worst of political dishonesty. And truly an embarassment to conservatives in Canada (which I’m sure is at least a little bit of the point R/T).

    On the other hand, when I ask my brother why he doesn’t move back to Canada – his advice – I’d rather live broke, than leave an estate to my children.

    ..but these “hot button” bullshit issues, like abortion and euthanasia are an affront to the American people who need serious discussion to resolve a serious issue.

  5. Navvy

    “I’d rather live broke, than leave an estate to my children.”

    Can you elaborate on that? The US has an estate tax, we just pay tax on income from an estate. What’s your brother’s issue?

  6. His opinion is if you’re seriously ill, life and death stuff, the standard of medical care in the U.S. is much superious to that in Canada – so, in Canada, you don’t pay for care, but your more likely to die. In the U.S., you’ll live, but the bills will bankrupt you.

    So – you can live broke, or die and leave your money to your kids.

  7. (err. “superior”)

  8. Ian

    “So – you can live broke, or die and leave your money to your kids.”

    Man that is some seriously twisty (and statistically indefensible) logic.

  9. Ti-Guy

    His opinion is if you’re seriously ill, life and death stuff, the standard of medical care in the U.S. is much superious to that in Canada – so, in Canada, you don’t pay for care, but your more likely to die.

    This generalisation is completely meaningless. I suspect he’s not telling you the real reasons he remains in the US: he’s got his, so screw everyone else. Or maybe it’s just the weather…

    Which I don’t condemn morally necessarily, but having lived in the 3rd World, I’ve learned that that comes with a lot of negative consequences: Security issues and garrison mentalities, class/caste/race resentment, private wealth/public squalor, official corruption, the list goes on.

    Most importantly though; in the long term, it fails. The US is already done for; we’re just waiting for the rigor mortis to set in.

  10. Navvy

    Ian beat me to it. Apparently your brother’s American education isn’t doing him much good either.

  11. Patient outcomes are as good or better in Canada than in the U.S., so even that is bullshit.

    http://www.openmedicine.ca/article/view/8/1

  12. Rob — I’d rather live broke, than leave an estate to my children.

    Sorry, but I too am completely mystified by this statement. If simply read on its face, this declaration seems quite weirdly spiteful towards your brother’s children.

    So, he’d rather live in a cardboard box than have his kids inherent anything… and that’s the reason he elects to remain in the USA where he’s apparently been fucked over and denied coverage for his medical condition.

    Try as I might, I simply cannot get my head around this argument that conflates catastrophic medical coverage with the imaginary “death tax” and whatever else is going on there…

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