Thursday, September 17, 2009

Hypocrisy Alert: Protesting "Big Government" While Using "Socialized" Transportation and Medicine

Representative Kevin Brady (R-Tex) wrote a letter to the DC Metro system complaining about what he describes as less than a "basic level of transit":

These individuals came all the way from Southeast Texas to protest the excessive spending and growing government intrusion by the 111th Congress and the new Obama administration. . . .These participants, whose tax dollars were used to create and maintain this public transit system, were frustrated and disappointed that our nation’s capital did not make a great effort to simply provide a basic level of transit for them.
Oh, boo hoo. Rapid transit is a wonderful service "up here" in Northern cities. But this isn't really the hotbed of Tea Party activity challenging government programs that improve society -- rather than those which start unnecessary wars.

Hypocrisy Alert: Protesting "Big Government" While Using "Socialized" Subway Transportation and Medicine
Brady also laments the fact that elderly marchers -- including veterans -- had to take taxis. But isn't this better than using socialized subway transportation? As David Kurtz at TPM observes, the taxi users were simply relying on "free market solutions." I guess the personal isn't political after all.

Also, why are elderly people who are (very likely) on Medicare and TRICARE (government healthcare for seniors and veterans) protesting government-sponsored healthcare while demanding more services from a government-run transportation system? Perhaps they oppose big government unless they need big government.

Finally, Brady voted against the stimulus, which included money to make improvements to the DC Metro system. The irony, contradictions and hypocrisy continue!

2 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Brady also laments the fact that elderly marchers -- including veterans -- had to take taxis.

What happened to their jets?

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Socialized jets....

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