People often ask me why I am so interested in politics. The answer I most often give is that it’s because politicians can be so much fun!
I decided, after Joe Wilson’s now-infamous outburst during President Obama’s address to the joint sessions of Congress, to do a little research on Rep. Wilson himself…
… More specifically, I wanted to learn more about his voting record.
As I’m sure no one will be shocked to read, I have found that Joe Wilson is a complete hypocrite.
I know, I know- who isnt these days?
Wilson’s hypocrisy, however, is in direct relation to his supposed views against those who are not legally in this country receiving government-funded medical treatment.
Given this information, I was surprised to learn a very different bit of data about the South Carolina Representative.
Joe, it seems, actually supports the idea of federal tax dollars being used to pay for the medical treatment of illegal immigrants.
You see, there’s this law called the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 that contains a provision requiring an annual amount of $250,000 be set aside for the sole purpose of reimbursing hospitals who treat illegal immigrants. The legislation was initially to run from 2003 through 2008, but was recently extended into 2009, with talk of making it permanent.
When this Act came up for a vote in Congress, Joe Wilson voted “Yay”, as in, yes, to pass it.
So… let me get this straight:
Joe Wilson, who is an opponent of the Health Care Legislation in large part due to the fact that he believes the vicious rumors claiming that illegal immigrants will receive free, government-funded health insurance, decides to lose his freakin’ mind, jumping up and shouting “You Lie!” during the portion of Obama’s speech in which Obama is very truthfully debunking that particular myth…
… This same Joe Wilson who, while claiming he is being victimized by the left for his adamant opposition to government-funded health care for those who are not legally in this country…
Voted in support of the use of federal tax dollars to pay for the medical treatment of those very same illegal immigrants.
It’s a mouthful, but it’s all true, I can assure you.
Never a dull moment on Capitol Hill!