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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

GOP 2015 Primary Parade (Charade): Rand Paul

When the surrounding environment changes, this guy changes his colors to blend and match. The guy imaged below who also changes his colors.  Rand Paul figuratively changes his colors to attract attention and to capture the minds of the gullible: to blend and match

Rand Paul's latest issue...his claims of people "gaming" the disability systems and securing unwarranted benefits. Paul is erecting the classic GOP slippery slope: fabricate an issue, attack it, turn votes on it and consequently people suffer. Classic GOP.... Now watch social media as Fox News and ravishing conservative sycophants pick-up the issue and run with it like Forrest Gump.

MSNBC's Steve Benen captured the Nascent Paul moment. As is always the case with Benen, he leveled facts and data at the Paul "issue." The candidates 'false' issue crumbles under the slightest of scrutiny. As you read the introduction to the Benen piece (below), take a look at the eyes of the subject in the image.

Do you notice something about the visual?

U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), a 2016 Republican White House hopeful, speaks to a group of state legislators at Murphy's Diner in Manchester, New Hampshire on Jan. 14, 2015. (Photo by Brian Snyder/Reuters)

U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), a 2016 Republican White House hopeful, speaks to a group of state legislators at Murphy's Diner in Manchester, New Hampshire on Jan. 14, 2015. 

Brian Snyder/Reuters

Do you recognize the visual?


Rand Paul takes on disability claims

Of all the people Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) could have complained about, he picked people who receive disability benefits?

Actually, yes. At an event in New Hampshire this morning, the unannounced presidential candidate suggested many Americans who rely on disability insurance don’t actually deserve it.
“The thing is, in all of these programs there’s always somebody who’s deserving, but everybody in this room knows somebody who is gaming the system.  

“What I tell people is, if you look like me and you hop out of your truck, you shouldn’t be getting your disability check. Over half of the people on disability are either anxious or their back hurts.  

Join the club. Who doesn’t get up a little anxious for work every day and their back hurts? Everybody over 40 has a little back pain.”
Let’s unpack this a bit. First, the Republican senator’s statistics appear to be off – as the Huffington Post reported, “In its latest annual report, the Social Security Administration says 14 percent of disability beneficiaries suffered ‘mood disorders’ and 27.7 percent had diseases of the musculoskeletal system or connective tissue, which would include back pain.”

But more important is the implicit argument that Americans on disability are committing some degree of fraud, “gaming the system,” and receiving benefits they do not deserve.

And on this point, Rand Paul doesn’t seem to know what he’s talking about.

Read more here

Paul knows the issue will resonate. It will not resonate due to empirical data from research nor archived data. It will resonate with the target GOP 2016 Primary voter because it touches that conservative paradigm regarding "takers." No one exemplifies the mindset better than Mitt Romney via his 47% Boca Raton high-end per plate remarks!

Paul, the consummate chameleon, will ride his newly discovered 'false issue', as far as it will take him into this year's GOP nomination scrums.

If you are receiving any form of disability payment, you may find Paul's political ploy reprehensible. Often campaign issues via the GOP tend to turn on those who benefit most from programs they use as fodder for primary voters. Paul dare not take his disability payments abuse issue into the General election should the GOP lower itself to a nomination of the plagiarizing, bigoted Senator from Kentucky.

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