I‘ve long said that state legislatures are where you find some of the dumbest and craziest elected officials and here’s a perfect example. During a debate over the expansion of Medicaid, Maine state House Minority Leader Ken Fredette actually cites the book Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus and refers to how his “man brain” sees the whole thing differently from his political opponents, who apparently all have women brains.
As I listen to the debate today and earlier debate on this bill, I can’t help but think of a title of a book, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. And it’s a book about the fact that men sort of think one way in their own brain, in their own world. And women think another way in their own brain and in their own world. And it really talks about the way that men and women can do a better job at communicating. Because if you listen to the debate today, in my mind — a man’s mind — I hear two fundamental issues. From the other side of the aisle, I hear the conversation being about: free. ‘This is free, we need to take it, and it’s free. And we need to do it now.’ And that’s the fundamental message that my brain receives. Now, my brain, being a man’s brain, sort of thinks differently, because I say, well, it’s not — if it’s free, is it really free? Because I say, in my brain, there’s a cost to this.
Here’s the video: