Republicans have been talking out of both sides of their mouth for weeks. One moment, they’ll tell you that Government can’t do anything right. They’ll say that the only way to fix our health care woes is by using the glorious power of the free market. They’ll also mention that we can’t possibly afford it. The very next second, they’ll defend the 100% Government run health care plan known as Medicare and they’ll be damned if they’re going to let anybody cut benefits, regardless of cost.
Enter Michael Steele. Never before has this shifty dynamic been so accurately exposed. NPR’s Steve Inskeep really challenged him on this notion and Steele got himself into a bit of a pickle:
At one point, Steele tied himself into knots trying to explain his view on the proper role of government after saying that “there are issues in the insurance market that we can regulate a little bit better”:
INSKEEP: Wait, wait — You would trust the government to look into that?
STEELE: No, I’m talking about the private — I’m talking about citizens. I’m talking about — (CROSSTALK)
INSKEEP: Who is it you — You said it is something that should be looked into. Who is it that you think should look into that?
STEELE: Well, who regulates the insurance markets?
INSKEEP: That would be the government, I believe.
STEELE: Well, and so what. Now wait a minute. Hold up. You’re doing a wonderful little dance here and you’re trying to be cute. But the reality of this is very simple. I’m not saying the government doesn’t have a role to play. I’ve never said that. The government does have a role to play; it has a very limited role to play.
INSKEEP: Mr. Chairman, I respect that you think I’m doing a dance here. I just want you to know that as a citizen, I’m a little confused by the positions you take because you’re giving me a very nice nuanced position here —
STEELE: It’s not nice and nuanced. I’m being very clear.
Yes, clear as mud. This is what happens when all you do is tell lies. You tell old people what they want to hear and then you tell the rest of us something else. When those two ideas don’t jive you get the above. You can listen to the whole thing here: