I just got through watching a video of Speaker Richardson and Rep. Alicia Thomas Morgan debating over Peachcare from crossover day. Richardson said something that struck me as hypocritical.
While responding to Morgan, Richardson said:
It is time that we put some restraints on this program to bring it in conformity with what the people of Georgia want to do, the people from whom we take the money by threat of force and imprisonment to pay for this program…
Now take that line to what we are witnessing right now over the debate of the 2007 supplemental budget. Richardson isn’t willing to apply the same standards to spending and pork and that is incredibly hypocritical.
Don’t get me wrong, I actually agree with him on PeachCare and about healthcare not being a right, which he goes on to say toward the end of the clip, but you have to apply the same standards across the board whether it’s cutting eligibility for PeachCare or for pork projects across the state. Neither are a right and the taxpayers expect the same standards.