Dumbass Quote of the Day

Rep. Paul Broun of Georgia may have pulled into the lead in the competition for the title of Dumbest Right Wing Legislator with this argument for why the health care reform bill should not pay for sex change operations (which it doesn’t do, by the way):

“I don’t want to pay for a sex-change operation,” Broun told town hall attendees, presumably referring to a proposal, scrapped by the Obama administration late last month, that would have allowed gender confirmation surgeries to be covered under Medicare and Medicaid. “I’m not interested. I like being a boy.”

Two moronic arguments in one statement. Not being interested in changing your gender has nothing to do with whether other people can. And not liking it does not mean your tax dollars can’t pay for it. The list of things I don’t want my tax dollars to go for is very long. I don’t want it paying for the most bloated “defense” budget in the history of the world. I don’t want it paying for any more wars against countries that have done nothing to threaten or harm us. I don’t want it paying for tax breaks for companies that are setting records for high profits, or to pay for corn-based ethanol. That is not an argument against any of those programs, though.

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  • Chiroptera

    I like being a boy.

    That may be, but he still needs to grow up.

  • tuibguy

    I would rather have health insurance pay for gender corrective surgery than for chiropractic, but it seems that I don’t get a line-item veto, either.

  • “I don’t want to pay for a sex-change operation,”

    I don’t want to pay for another motherfucking hellfire missile. But I will.

  • matty1

    “I’m not interested. I like being a boy.”

    This seems to be an example of a common attitude among wingnuts, everything is either forbidden or compulsory. They seem unable to fathom the idea that letting other people be gay/trans/atheist etc. is not the same as requiring them to be.

  • Artor

    Broun doesn’t need an operation to give him some balls, he needs one to give him some brains. Unfortunately, the technology hasn’t advanced enough to do that.

  • angrymudcrab

    @ #4 matty1:

    The reason is because they aren’t dealing with gay/trans/atheist people. Our needs or opinions are irrelevant to them. They see the world in a very binary way. You are either serving their god, the source of all that is good and right, or you are serving the devil, the source of all that is evil and wrong. You look at a homosexual or a transperson and see a single person with wants and needs. They look at that same person and see a puppet dancing on satan’s strings. You permit gays to marry and you are giving satan a victory. You permit transpeople to transition and you are giving satan a victory. You don’t put forth your greatest effort to bend the state to “god”‘s commands, you are giving satan a victory. Ephesians 6:12 puts forth their mentality very clearly, and when the passage says powers and principalities they don’t mean a principality like Lichtenstein, they mean satan and his buddies. This is why they are so resistant to the most basic concessions. Letting gay people do their thing isn’t letting people live their lives to the fullest, it is abandoning them to the grasp of hell. This is why I think advancing atheism is probably the best way to make society better, because a lot of our worst problems are derived from religious people who actually try to live their lives by their religion.

  • I don’t want to pay for Rep. Paul Broun of Georgia.

  • criticaldragon1177

    Ed Brayton

    Does he actually think that Obama supported the bill for him, or something?

  • As stupid as Broun is, he’d still need a lobobomy to be in Rep. Gomer’s league

  • How’d he get to be a Rep for Georgia when he doesn’t know that the Bubble supports sex change: when Gnawd Almuchtie created a clone from Adam’s rib, obviously with the same DNA as Adam (probably called Evan pro tem), and then changed his sex (and, I guess, its name to Eve) so Adam could bonk her in the Gen 1:28 approved manner.

    Or maybe he thinks that Gnod will do it for free?…