You might be familiar with MoveOn.org, a left-wing organization – oops, excuse me, a “progressive” organization – that pushes its agenda through (among other things) getting citizens to sign petitions. If you look at their petition website today, you’ll see that it calls for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to resign, for Pennsylvania to give up on its voter ID law, and for Texas and Tennessee to expand Medicaid. Don’t worry, MoveOn hasn’t forgotten Arkansas — they also have a petition calling for continued funding of Arkansas’s ‘private’ option:
Huh? Yes, I was surprised too. The private option: a liberal agenda item? Say it ain’t so!
MoveOn’s petition explains who the heroes and villains are in this scenario. As they note, “the Private Option is under attack by some in the legislature. Some of the more conservative members of the House of Representatives and Senate would like to derail the Private Option.” So let me think – if the more conservative members of the legislature oppose this program, then what conclusion might we draw about the politics of the legislators who support it? A very difficult question…I’ll have to ponder this.
Look, clearly the best conclusion to draw here is that MoveOn is staffed by unsophisticated activists who are too stupid to understand how the private option works. After all, they’re not from Arkansas, and they probably don’t understand the details of what’s happening in our state! Perhaps it’s better to rely on true-blue conservatives like Rep. Charlie Collins who explained that the private option will “replace Obamacare” and is a “conservative solution” to Obamacare. Or Speaker of the House Davy Carter who told us that “the Arkansas legislature has led the fight against ObamaCare and turned a losing hand into a winning one. A vote for the private option in Arkansas is a vote against ObamaCare.”
Yeah, that’s the ticket. There’s no way that a couple of smart Republicans like those guys could have ever been misled into carrying out a program that violates their principles of smaller, better government. I say that our conservative elected officials are way, way smarter than a bunch of out-of-state Internet nerds! I say that all that spending on the private option will actually save us money! I say our legislators who passed the private option last year deserve not just cheers, but a standing ovation! Yeah! Now, who’s with me?