THE ANGLE FOLLIES, CONT’D…. Sharron Angle, the strikingly ridiculous Senate candidate in Nevada, is already on record demanding the elimination of two cabinet agencies — the Departments of Education and Energy. It looks like we can now add a third to the list.
Here’s the Nevada Republican talking to a local NPR affiliate last month, talking about her desire to privatize the Department of Veterans Affairs.
ANGLE: He’s 87 years old and has Parkinson’s and we have to pay more and more for his health care. I know he pays over $800 a month in prescription drugs that we can’t get through his VA nor through Medicare — they just won’t cover those things. And I know lots of seniors —
BECKER: Should they cover those things?
ANGLE: No, not if you’re working towards a privatized system. And he can pay for them. That’s my whole point.
As Greg Sargent explained, “It isn’t entirely clear what Angle’s overarching policy prescription is here. She says it’s proper that the VA isn’t covering her father’s prescription drugs ‘if’ we ‘are working towards a privatized system.’ It’s hard to read that as anything but an endorsement of the idea.”
For good measure, it’s also worth noting that in the same interview, Angle also argued, “The idea of privatizing and getting out of Medicare and Social Security is not up for grabs.”
In other words, she not only wants to eliminate these bedrocks of American society, Angle considers the matter non-negotiable.
And before we go, let’s also note that Angle condemned Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) yesterday, saying he “has pretty much waterboarded our economy for the last year and a half.”
Substantively, that’s obviously ridiculous — Reid backed the recovery effort that rescued the economy from a tailspin — but simply as a matter of rhetoric, aren’t Republicans supposed to like waterboarding?