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For sale at the Rand Paul for President website:

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Ha ha ha ha ha! Be the first to review this product … I dare you!

Gotta say, $15 seems awfully steep for something that a piece of electrical tape can do for 5 cents.

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Rand Paul Is Lying

Stop the presses: Rand Paul claims when his son signed up for Obamacare, he was “forced” onto the Kentucky Medicaid rolls:

The senator briefly flashed a blue-and-white insurance card before launching into a diatribe about his son’s travails: “We didn’t try to get him Medicaid…They automatically enrolled him in Medicaid,” Paul said. “For a month they wouldn’t talk to us because they said they weren’t sure he existed. He had to go down to the welfare office, prove his existence, then, next thing we know, we get a Medicaid card.”

Paul then extrapolated from his son’s experience to make a general point about Kentucky’s health exchange: “Most of the people in Kentucky are getting automatically enrolled in Medicaid.”

Paul is lying.

The Affordable Care Act allowed states to automatically add residents who already receive other social services, such as food stamps and other health programs, to the Medicaid rolls. But Kentucky chose not to take advantage of that provision of the law. The state is notifying some residents of their eligibility for Medicaid, but Paul’s son would have needed to actually apply for Medicaid in order to receive a Medicaid card.

Midkiff couldn’t discuss the Paul family’s specific troubles due to confidentiality laws. But her general description of the state’s exchange clearly contradicts Paul’s story. When a Kentuckian visits Kynect, the state’s health insurance website, she’s asked to provide basic information about herself—age, location, income, number of dependents, etc.—to determine whether she qualifies for the Medicaid expansion or other insurance subsidies. The website is designed to encourage people who are eligible for Medicaid to apply, but it doesn’t force anyone onto the Medicaid rolls. The applicant would still have to actively choose to enroll in a specific Medicaid plan.

Rand Paul is lying.

Of course, it wouldn’t be the first time.

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The Crazy Uncle Party

News flash: The Republican Party is not the Daddy Party. It’s the Crazy Uncle party:

In February, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) sent out an urgent message to his supporters. The subject was the United Nations Small Arms Treaty, a pact under consideration by the UN that would wipe out Americans’ Second Amendment rights. If it were to be ratified by the Senate, Paul wrote, it would allow the government to “CONFISCATE and DESTROY ALL ‘unauthorized’ civilian firearms.” And that would be just the beginning. Once implemented, the treaty it would mandate that all guns be registered with the international body, paving the way for “full-scale gun CONFISCATION.”

Wow that sounds really bad! And also a little crazy! Turns out Paul forgot to check Snopes, which debunked this SPAM e-mail conspiracy waaaay back in spring 2010.

This would be funny if it weren’t so sad. Many years ago when I worked in the communications office of a national recreation area, I got a call from a crackpot AM radio host. He asked if I would go on the air and talk to his listeners about how the recreation area was under the jurisdiction and governance of the United Nations.

I was dumbfounded. “What the hell are you talking about?” I asked.

He went on to explain that because a portion of the recreation area was a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve — something we thought of as an honor, fer crissakes — it was not subject to U.S. law but was instead subject to United Nations authority. Having helped put together all sorts of talking points for our director’s annual begging trip budget request before Congress, I knew this was ridiculous. I just laughed at the guy and said no thanks and hung up.

This was about 17 years ago, long before I knew about black helicopters and tinfoil hats. These ideas were on the fringe, they were written off with a laugh and a chuckle, maybe even a “bless his heart.”

And now we have a sitting United States Senator promoting this crap because he’s too lame to hit Snopes.com. He’s going to believe whatever the National Association for Gun Rights — a group to the right of the NRA — tells him. What a state of affairs this is.

Rand Paul is an idiot and a crackpot, and he should be mocked for his stupidity. But we should all be worried. As David Sirota writes in Salon today, our country is run by psychopaths and sociopaths:

The first revelation came from Dr. Nassir Ghaemi of Tufts University. In his recent book, “A First-Rate Madness,” he went beyond merely restating the old adage that anyone crazy enough to run for public office probably shouldn’t occupy that office. Instead, the book sheds light on what Ghaemi calls an “inverse law of sanity,” whereby tumultuous times like these actually reward and promote political figures who are “mentally abnormal [or] even ill.”

Now comes a new study from Switzerland’s University of St. Gallen showing that the most successful of the global financial elite probably pose more of a menace to society than known psychopaths.

As the website Newser reported, the researchers “pitted a group of stockbrokers against a group of actual psychopaths in various computer simulations and intelligence tests and found that the money men were significantly more reckless, competitive and manipulative.” Even more striking, the researchers note that achieving overall success was less important to the stock speculators than the sadistic drive “to damage their opponents.”

Do you really think Rand Paul signed on to that letter because he believed United Nations goons were going to take everyone’s guns as soon as the U.S. Senate voted on a non-existent piece of legislation? I mean, you’d think a member of the Senate would have at least asked if such a piece of legislation was coming up for a vote, no?

Or was he just exhibiting that “sadistic drive” to damage the opposition?

As always, we’re left with the “stupid or evil” question.

Honestly, does it even matter?

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Who Thinks Like This?

[UPDATE] 2:

Just looking at the comments I’m … well, stunned. I simply don’t understand people whose default position seems to be a fear that all of our nation’s problems will be solved by calling in the law. Aren’t you people the ones telling us the free hand of the market solves everything? Why do you assume the American people will call in the National Guard to fix every problem like, for example, a shortage of rural doctors? Why wouldn’t your default position be that we’d reach for market-based solutions and incentives (which is what we’ve done?) Or perhaps reach for other government solutions, such as funding doctor recruitment programs at the National Health Services Corps? I mean, it’s like your worldview is so narrow, you can only imagine the government as having a narrow police state enforcement function.

Again: what the fuck is wrong with you people?
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[UPDATE]:

The headline says it all: Health Insurers Making Record Profits as Many Postpone Care. Yes Libertarians, please run on how health care is not a “right” and health insurance is completely necessary.

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Rand Paul is a nutwagon. Via Digby, who transcribed his rant equating healthcare with slavery:

With regard to the idea of whether you have a right to health care, you have realize what that implies. It’s not an abstraction. I’m a physician. That means you have a right to come to my house and conscript me. It means you believe in slavery. It means that you’re going to enslave not only me, but the janitor at my hospital, the person who cleans my office, the assistants who work in my office, the nurses.

Basically, once you imply a belief in a right to someone’s services — do you have a right to plumbing? Do you have a right to water? Do you have right to food? — you’re basically saying you believe in slavery.

I’m a physician in your community and you say you have a right to health care. You have a right to beat down my door with the police, escort me away and force me to take care of you? That’s ultimately what the right to free health care would be.

Oh my God. Who thinks like this? Is he fucking nuts or what? No one is saying this at all. Free healthcare? Where? Where does he get this shit, from Aqua Buddha? Has someone been hitting the bong a little too hard lately?

What Rand Paul is really saying is: if you think you have a RIGHT to healthcare, that means you will FORCE ME TO TREAT YOU. You will HUNT ME DOWN and force me to be your monkey and give you glasses.

And trust me, I would not go near that guy, not if he were the last breathing optometrist or ophthalmologist or whatever the fuck brand of medicine it is he allegedly practices because swear to God the guy is crazy and I don’t want crazy treating me for anything. Dude you are the last physician I’d want touching me, I promise you. So put down the crack pipe, dude, and chillax. No one is forcing you to do anything.

Who the hell thinks this way?

You know what my problem with Libertarians is? They’re a bunch of whiny babies. Whaaaah! Because someone, somewhere, feels they should be allowed to access our healthcare system at the same fair price as everyone else without some insurance company flunky telling them they can’t, suddenly it’s all about Rand Paul being oppressed! His freedom has been infringed upon and the jackbooted liberal thugs are gonna come and force him to give people glasses.

Grow the fuck up, already. People are dying because of assholes like you, folks who harp on about your precious freedoms, like the freedom not to treat someone (anyone in particular, perhaps? Hey, based on your past comments about the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it’s a fair question.) Why dream up crazy-assed scenarios like the police breaking down your door forcing you to treat someone? What the hell is wrong with you? People are dying, do you even get that? That’s not an abstraction either, that’s called reality. If you don’t want to do your job, fuck off, we’ll find someone else who can. You’re not the last physician on earth.

Get over your damn self. Jerk.

Here’s the video:

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