They Are Telling Us Who They Are: Sen. Tillis’ Aide Says the Quiet Part Out Loud

A while ago, some asshole with a blog noted that cruelty is an ideology:

But I think this misses the ideological component to this… consider, instead, healthcare. A fair number of conservatives don’t have a problem with our current system. Why? Because they believe those who have problems paying for it likely deserve it. If they worked hard, saved more responsibly, were better liked by their neighbors, and had a church that would help them, then healthcare wouldn’t be a problem. If they were good people–and good people, oddly enough, seem to be disproportionately white evangelical Christians–then they would not be receiving this misfortune (or, at least, would have the previously mention support systems). Besides, we know how those people are. This is an abhorrent melange of Ayn Randian libertarianism, Prosperity Gospel, and racism.

Put another way, what many people see as cruelty, they see as a just order. Like racism (and in part, derived from it), the cruelty provides a powerful organizing principle for understanding the world around them. Someone can’t afford healthcare? It’s their fault.

Well, if you think I was engaged in hyperbole, an aide for Republican Senator Tom Tillis just gave it up (boldface mine):

Over the past 20 years, Veals beat cancer three times, and her fight included struggles to get care and medical bankruptcy.

When her husband was furloughed in March because of the coronavirus pandemic, Veals worried about losing her health insurance, so she reached out to lawmakers for help.

“I wanted answers because the thought of having no health care and possibly getting sick with COVID is extremely frightening,” she said recently.

During Veals’ calls, she came across a Washington, D.C., staffer for Tillis. Frustrated by his lack of empathy, she started recording her calls.

“You’re saying that, if you can’t afford it, you don’t get to have it, and that includes health care?” she asked.

“Yeah, just like if I want to go to the store and buy a new dress shirt. If I can’t afford that dress shirt, I don’t get to get it,” he replied.

“But health care is something that people need, especially if they have cancer,” Veals said.

“Well, you got to find a way to get it,” he responded.

When she asked the staffer what she’s supposed to do, he said, “Sounds like something you’re going to have to figure it out.”

After this delightful exchange came to light via an undeniable recorded phone call, the aide in question was disciplined, but don’t think for a moment he is an aberration. This is who Republicans–not just Trump–are.

There have been and are Democrats who aren’t much better, but anyone who has been watching Republicans for a while knows this is just a case of saying the quiet part out loud. This is how their rank-and-file think.

In November, don’t empower them. Your life might depend on it.

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4 Responses to They Are Telling Us Who They Are: Sen. Tillis’ Aide Says the Quiet Part Out Loud

  1. It’s all numbers on the bottom of the spreadsheet to them. Nothing else matters.

  2. ProNewerDeal says:

    Hello Mike. Sorry to somewhat-OT in the comments, but would love your take on this study

    fwd Pathologist Dr Chris Martenson (twice-weekly iirc) COVID Sep08 podcast reviewing a new study from Israel that sufficient VitaminD is correlating with lower COVID prevalence rate. (IMHO consider mentioning the study in Links)

    TX Physicians’ group has this risk index of common tasks . For example bars, & churches with 500+ attendees are a high-risk 9/10.

    What if any are the implications of the Vitamin D study with respect to the activity risk index? Can a person who supplements with Vitamin D3 (& doing other “preventative maintenance” actions including good nutrition/vegetables, exercise, etc) & has no risk factors (obesity, immuncompromised etc) “afford” to take somewhat higher risk? How does this advice change relative to the current 1-week prevalence level of new confirmed-COVID tested within the week in the population, for instance at the German “warning” 50/100K, & at the “safe” 10/100K level where “high risk” activities like bars/church/gyms/(schools?) are “safe enough”.

    In my County in IL last weekly report is at the risky 98/100K level. (Side note: I wish the US would do serious mitigation measures including a nationwide lockdown with UBI & universal masks for 6 weeks or as long as needed to crush to 25/100K or at least 50/100K prevalence, but I don’t see that occurring, even with JoeTheBiden winning the Nov election)

  3. ProNewerDeal says:

    US Society is a Catch-22. With a cruel oligarchy with a minimal safety net, anyone with under $500K or for sure $100K in net worth should seriously consider working multiple jobs & 60+ hours/week to provide more in that safety buffer net worth. Even in cases of absurd extreme Type 1 Overqualified Underemployed, like STEM PhDs doing UberEats food delivery.

    However, if the job(s)/gig(s) are excessively COVID-risky, than that extra money plus much/all of existing net worth could easily be extorted & annilihated by the Medical Mafia Industrial Complex if one contracts COVID during work, even for those with “good health insurance”.

  4. ProNewerDeal says:

    When running tonight I listened to the Kyle Kulinski/SecularTalk podcast, he nailed it “I don’t want to see any elected Democrat who is anti-MedicareForAll grandstand for the media about this Tillis staffer. Biden’s own health bill ASPIRES to cover 97% of Americans. So in the BEST CASE scenario even if Rs & lobbyists don’t worsen his plan, 3% of Americans will be uncovered. Thus, Biden & other anti-MedicareForAll Ds agree with the Tillis staffer that purchasing healthcare is morally the same as purchasing a fancy dress shirt, they are not just at callous & frank in admitting it like the Tillis staffer”.

    Side note: A great example on why Kulinski is a far superior pundit to any of the incompetent, gaslighting, and/or low IQ clowns on CNN/msNBC/Fox

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