Today's Douche of the Day is Rep. Rob Woodall, (R-Ga), who recently tried to explain to senior citizens at a town hall meeting in Dacula, Georgia why he wanted to take away their Medicare.
One woman asked what she would do without Medicare since the company she retired from provided no retirement pension. Woodall chided her by saying, "Hear yourself, ma'am. Hear yourself. You want the government to take care of you, because your employer decided not to take care of you. My question is, 'When do I decide I'm going to take care of me?'"
Another woman tried to explain to Woodall that the Republican plan to provide vouchers to pay for health insurance wouldn't cover her health insurance in the same way that Medicare does. At that point, Woodall hinted that if she and others want "socialized medicine" that they are free to move to Canada or some other country with socialized medicine. Wow.
What's even more sad than Woodall's comments are the senior citizens in the room who stood up and applauded Woodall's comments, apparently agreeing with Woodall's self-righteous need to condemn those who desperately depend on Medicare. Oh my, Jesus would be so proud.
Remember that while Woodall and his fellow Republicans are decrying those who won't "take responsibility for themselves", they are all making salaries over $100,000 per year paid for by us, the taxpayers. They also receive their health benefits and a life-long pension paid for by, yes, you guessed it, us, the taxpayers. Oh, and don't forget that they also regularly vote themselves pay raises and increases to their pensions. To say that their actions smack of hypocrisy is a gigantic understatement; in fact, we need to invent a new word for something bigger than normal hypocrisy. We need a word to describe huge, gigantic hypocrisy committed by people who have absolutely no shame, much less a sense of morals or ethics.
In 2006, some retired members of Congress received annual pensions of over $60,000, while the average pension for retired Congress persons was $35,000. Those sums don't sound like a lot, but when you add in their Social Security payments of another $20,000 to $30,000 per year, some retired Congress persons are hauling in anywhere from $90,000 to $50,000 per year, all on the taxpayer dime. How many retired people do you know in your community who would kill to receive an annual paycheck of $90,000, or even $50,000? Most seniors receive less than $20,000 per year in Social Security payments, and are currently being asked to contribute more and more for their Medicare coverage.
And while Woodall clearly earns our Douche of the Day honor today, his spokeswoman, Jennifer Drogus, is also deserving of an honor for her comments. When contacted by The Huffington Post for her comments regarding the town hall meeting, Drogus said, "We consider overall the town hall pretty good stuff. Folks who were misinformed and guided by the scare politics of the left hopefully left better informed." A statement that stupid is not enough to win full Douche of the Day honors, but for her cruel stupidity, Miss Drogus is clearly deserving of being named a "Douche-ette of the Day". It's not as great as winning "Douche of the Day" honors, but it's a close second.
And so to all you folks in Georgia who have voted for Woodall, especially you retirees, and who are even, inexplicably, considering voting for him again, all we can say is you'll get everything you deserve, and not in a good way. Unfortunately, the rest of us have to pay for your stupidity as well. So if not for yourselves, at least for the rest of us, please get your heads out of your asses.