‘THE PARTY OF K-N-O-W’…. Rep. Paul Broun (R) of Georgia, one of Congress’ most transparently ridiculous members, generated some attention for himself after the State of the Union address. Responding to President Obama’s remarks, the right-wing lawmaker proclaimed, “Mr. President, you don’t believe in the Constitution. You believe in socialism.”
Yesterday, in a radio interview, Broun pushed the envelope a little more.
“The Republican Party is the party of K-N-O-W. We know how to lower the cost of health care. We know how to take care of the uninsurable. We know how to put patients in charge of their health care and have a market-based, patient centered health care system that’s not going to kill jobs like ObamaCare is going to do. And we know how to stimulate the economy. We know how to create jobs in the private sector. We know how to prevent this huge government takeover of health care as well as all of society.”
Now, I suppose the first temptation is to note how spectacularly wrong Broun is on the substance. The poor guy just seems to have no idea what he’s talking about, getting policies backwards. The “government takeover” line has already been labeled the “lie of the year,” and with good reason.
But let’s put all that aside. Arguably the more interesting claim here is that Broun and his Republican colleagues have unlocked long-sought answers to a variety of pressing national needs. The GOP, Broun boasts, knows all kinds of things — how to lower health care costs, how to bring coverage to the uninsured, how to create jobs, and how to grow the economy.
That’s great news, isn’t it? House Republicans had the majority for 12 years, and never got around to actually sharing this knowledge, and for the last four years, could have shared these incredible insights, but chose not to.
But today’s a new day, and Paul Broun can solve all kinds of complicated problems. I’m glad to hear it.
So, Mr. Broun, can you share this grand knowledge with the rest of us, or do you have secret plans to address our ills?