Newt On Health Care Reform: Vote Was “Worthy Of Hugo Chavez”

Posted by | March 22, 2010 19:53 | Filed under: Top Stories

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich issued a statement saying the health care reform bill is more akin to what is done under Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez than how things should be conducted in the USA.

The Obama-Pelosi-Reid machine combined the radicalism of Alinsky, the corruption of Springfield and the machine power politics of Chicago. Sunday was a pressured, bought, intimidated vote worthy of Hugo Chavez but unworthy of the United States of America.

Newt repeats the conservative talking point that Congressman Alcee Hastings of Florida said, “We make up the rules as we go along,”  which is from a heavily edited clip that originated in the office of Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner. But the full quote was of much broader context, and was never part of the clip that went viral:

“I wish that I had been there when Thomas Edison made the remark that I think applies here. ‘They ain’t no rules around here, we’re trying to accomplish something.’ And therefore, when the deal goes down, all of this talk about rules – we make ‘em up as we go along. And I’m here now 18 years and a significant time under the leadership of the Republicans, who at no time, even when they claim all they did for the prescription drugs, they left that big old donut hole in. And they never talk about that they did not pay for it, while they are here now claiming that they are fiscal conservatives.

So once again we are busy comparing a democratically elected body doing what they were elected to do with someone conservatives view as an evil dictator.

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