Let’s name all the things wrong about this statement: “Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) lamented in a closed-door meeting Wednesday that his staff can get rich as lobbyists while he is “stuck here making $172,000.”
For starters Jeff Simon doesn’t know what he’s writing about, and his post misses the point even if it is on the mighty WaPo. It’s also out of context. It’s out of the context in which the remarks were made, and it’s out of context EVEN IN THE ARTICLE IT LINKS TO. Here’s the context, for those of you able to read at better than an 8th-grade level: “…at a closed-door conference meeting this morning in the Capitol basement as they discussed a proposal to reverse the ruling, some lawmakers were more concerned about their own well-being.” And: “…Representative Frank Lucas of Oklahoma… warned colleagues the change would amount to a 7 percent cut to their paychecks.” And: “Representative Joe Barton of Texas said that he had never been a wealthy man. The change, he estimated, would cost him $12,000. “That’s a burden. And it’s a burden on our staff, too.”
Frankly, those remarks by Reps. Lucas and Barton are a gigantic gob of spit in the faces of every American who would like to be exempted from being forced to buy health insurance through the proposed health-care exchange thingamajigs. The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, is going to cost people more money -unless those people happen to be elected members of Congress, or work for elected members of Congress. Congresscritters and their staffers get a special subsidy so that they don’t have to pay for more expensive health insurance out of their own pockets. How dare you, Joe Barton and Frank Lucas? You should both be run out of Washington DC, tarred, feathered and riding a rail.
Apparently Phil Gingrey was as incensed as I am, and offered up his remarks in an expression of an utter “lack of sympathy” for Congress and staffers. Well, good for Gingrey. Eff those guys -and their staffs. Gingrey’s so-called “lament” about his salary was probably sarcastic -he makes “only” $172,000 -the same as those whining pukes Barton and Lucas. You want to know what Gingrey meant? Add “Boo-freakin hoo” anywhere in his statement.
Anyone who knows anything about Phil Gingrey knows that he has not only been a staunch opponent of Obamacare, he’s been demanding that Congress, the White House, and all staffers be subject to the exact same treatment under Obamacare as the rest of America. When HR 3200 (the first version of ObamaCare) was being marked up in 2009, Gingrey offered an amendment that would have made all federal employees – including the President and Congress and staff- subject to the exchanges. His opposition to the special exemption for Congress has not wavered. Unlike his spineless, crapweasel colleagues Lucas and Barton, he is willing to bite the same bullet as the rest of America.
I can’t claim to know the exact context, or tone, or spirit in which Gingrey offered his so-called “lament.” I wasn’t there, and it was a closed-door meeting -they’re leaky, but there’s no transcript. But two staffers who were there leaked to National Review’s John Strong to feed him the quote. Those staffers are either the chief of staff or the legislative director for the mealy-mouthed narcissists Lucas and Barton. Barton’s Chief of Staff is Ryan Thompson, and his LD is Michael Weems. Lucas’ Chief of Staff is Stacey Glasscock, and his LD is Courtney Box. Two of those four people think it’s more important to embarrass Phil Gingrey than to have to pay what the rest of America is going to have to pay for Obamacare. And they’re willing to play right into the Democrats’ hands in order to preserve their special exemption that you and I will never get.
Tar. Feathers. And a rail.