by: the Common Constitutionalist
I was watching Fox News over the weekend. The host was interviewing the governors of both Iowa and Florida. Rick Scott is the republican governor of Florida and Iowa’s Terry Branstad, also a republican.
Both are considered to be fairly conservative and pro-growth republicans.
They discussed the employment situation in their states as well as the other states that most recently elected republican governors. I believe 7 in all.
They each gave fairly good, straight forward answers as to why, in all seven states that republicans were elected, the unemployment rate actually went down. The answers weren’t as direct as I’d like but they both did a fair job.
Then the topic turned to the Obamacare Medicaid expansion as it pertains to the states. States would have the opportunity to greatly expand their Medicaid roles, ostensibly paid for, in part or whole, by the feds.
More than a few states, run by republicans say they will refuse the expansion, knowing full-well that, after a few years and just like virtually every other federal program, the states would be left holding the bag, as it were.
In other words the feds would cease to fund the program and the states would therefore be financially responsible for the increased membership. Neat trick. The feds do it all the time. After all, they’re just looking for the sound bite.
Anywho, the host asked both of them, one at a time, if reports were true that they would refuse the expansion of the Medicaid program.
I watched anxiously, or should I say, with great anxiety, for what seemed like a painfully long time, just hoping for a straight answer. Neither provided one.
They both, Branstad more than Scott, pontificated and bloviated about jobs, Obamacare and who knows what else.
I found myself leaning ever forward, on the edge of my chair, straining to keep my composure. It was a losing battle.
I finally just began to yell at the TV. “Why can’t either of you just answer the question?! It’s a simple question, requiring a simple answer! All of these politicians are the same! They just won’t answer a question!”
We don’t curse in our house, but I’ll tell you, I sure wanted to.
Evidently I was so loud, I woke my sons up, whom I allowed to sleep in that morning. They were not appreciative.
This just demonstrated, once again, why politicians don’t appear to be trustworthy.
Is there some sort of class or school they attend to learn how to just talk out their collective butts until the clock runs out? That is how it always ends, does it not? The host will finally say, “ Ok, we’re out of time, thanks for coming on”.
Thanks for what? We didn’t learn a dang thing! I still have no idea whether either Florida or Iowa will or won’t sign on to the expansion. (Florida evidently will not participate. Why couldn’t he just say so?)
Through experience, I know this is not a good sign. More often than not, when a supposedly conservative politician won’t give a straight answer, it means they will be voting or siding against the folks that put them in office.
I’ve heard it many times when calling a politician to see how they will vote on an issue or bill. When it’s 12 hours before the vote and their aids say they haven’t decided yet, you can bet it ain’t gonna be good.
For this reason, despite their lack of conservative bona fides, people love “The Donald” (Trump) and also Chris Christie of New Jersey. They tell it as it is and pull no punches and are all the more popular for it. Why is it that other politicians can’t see this?
I can’t be the only one that feels this way!
Just stop lying, hedging, dodging and generally irritating your constituency and you’ll be loved for it.
I thought I might feel better after that, but I don’t.