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September 30, 2009
Dem Congressman: 'GOP wants you to die quickly'
How refreshing. A Democrat who speaks his mind and demonstrates an ignorance so profound, his colleagues will probably congratulate him. Jonathan Allen of Politico reports:
Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) warned Americans that "Republicans want you to die quickly" during an after-hours House floor speech Tuesday night. I can already hear the defense;" Yeah, but Republicans say the same things - only worse." This is perhaps the dumbest defense ever devised. It begs the question - so, you want to ape the absolute worst tactics of your opponents? How idiotic is that?This Grayson fellow is evidently not the brightest bulb in the room. But he sure has a way with words, doesn't he?
His remarks, which drew angry and immediate calls for an apology from Republicans, were highlighted by a sign reading "The Republican Health Care Plan: Die Quickly."
Veteran Tennessee Republican Jimmy Duncan abandoned customary reticence to chastise Grayson.
"That is about the most mean-spirited partisan statement that I've ever heard made on this floor, and I, for one, don't appreciate it," Duncan said.
"It's fully appropriate that the gentleman return to the floor and apologize," said Rep. Marsha Blackburn, another Tennessee Republican.
But none was forthcoming from Grayson - a freshman Democrat from a competitive district - who said the first part of the GOP approach to health care is: Don't get sick.
"If you get sick, America, the Republican health care plan is this: Die quickly," he said.