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Why do Republicans Love Chickens?

In the year before the 1929 Crash, a Republican named Herbert Hoover was running for president against the great FDR and his campaign slogan was, “A chicken in every pot and a car in every garage.” Today, we have a Republican Sue Lowden campaigning against the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid with the slogan “bring a chicken to the doctor.” What is there about chickens that Republicans love so much?

Herbert Hoover did not like what FDR would try to do to rebuild the economy. So he promised that if he, Hoover, were elected we would have "a chicken in every pot." Well, as everybody knows, the Great Depression prevented many of us from having any chicken at all. And I need not even mention the car.

Once FDR got into power, he instigated a long run of progressive government that led to a sturdy middle class. Not chicken feed, but full-blown prosperity for all. Eventually, conservatives turned the tables on liberals and made government more conservative, a development that culminated in the most conservative government of George W. Bush, and to the terrible depression currently engulfing the country.

But Sue Lowden, who is challenging Harry Reid for the Nevada senate seat, thinks she has a better solution to our healthcare problems than the healthcare legislation Reid successfully shepherded through the Senate. No need to worry about the entire healthcare system, she believes. Just pay your doctor with chickens, or some other form of barter. Maybe you think this was a one-time blooper. No, Sue Lowden is sticking to her guns - I mean chickens:

On Monday, [Sue] Lowden doubled down on the barter idea. "Let's change the system and talk about what the possibilities are. I'm telling you that this works," Lowden said. "You know, before we all started having health care, in the olden days, our grandparents, they would bring a chicken to the doctor. They would say I'll paint your house."

What do I do if my doctor does not like chicken? Maybe I can give him pork? No, my doctor is Jewish, so I can't do this. Should I change doctors? Perhaps it would be wise to ask possible doctors whether they like chicken? It could be they are vegetarian. What then?

I have tougher questions. A long time ago I had a triple bypass operation. I'm wondering, How many chickens is a triple bypass worth? Where would I get all these chickens? How would I deliver them? Also, what would the doctor do with so many chickens? Would he have to add storage space in his office? Would he charge extra chickens because his business expense increased?

What would a chicken-based economy be like? Republicans don't ask such tough questions. They don't want to get complicated. Simple solutions are best. A "chicken in every pot" will kill a depression. In recent years, Republicans got sophisticated. They translated "chickens" into "tax cuts." How do you cure a depression? "Tax cuts." How do you provide employment? "Tax cuts." How do you reduce the deficit? "Tax cuts." Very simple. No need to worry about anything else.

Along comes brilliant Lowden. She, like many other Republicans, can't stand the complexity of a healthcare bill that takes a couple of thousands of pages to present. All solutions must be simple. How to do it? "Tax cuts" used to work for almost everything. But probably not so much now. So she figures she'll get back to the original idea by making her slogan, "A chicken for each doctor."

Neither "chickens," nor "tax cuts," nor any other simple-minded expression can solve the complex problems we face today. Majority Leader Harry Reid understands this, which is why he worked so hard to deliver healthcare reform legislation that improves the healthcare system - not just certain aspects, but the SYSTEM AS A WHOLE. Sue Lowden, on the other hand, forgets about the entire system, and sticks to her "chicken" solutions.

Sue Lowden is a good Republican. She believes in the same simple solutions as those advanced by Herbert Hoover: "a chicken in every pot" and "a chicken for every doctor." When you get tired of "chicken" have a "tax cut."

Posted by Paul Siegel at April 23, 2010 3:20 PM
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The best thing about this article is that one of the sponsered links is for Campbell’s Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Posted by: Jim Buckley at April 23, 2010 5:14 PM
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The Republicans are offering a chicken in every pot.

The Democrats are offering pot in every chicken.

Posted by: jlw at April 23, 2010 5:31 PM
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Paul, You guys on the left really like to put the right down for anything that’s said, while those on the right didn’t make a such a big deal of Biden’s F bomb, or the many times he has said stupid things. Or they didn’t make a really big thing of Pelosi’s we have to pass the bill to see what’s in it remark, even you guys on the left should have been appaled by that remark. Who in their right mind would want to buy something before they know what they’re buying. I have to say the right did report these matters but didn’t really go to the extremes that comentators like Olbermann, Maddow, and Ed at times go to or even those lefties on this blog. I guess maybe those on the right didn’t think the Chicken remark was all that newsworthy or maybe they understood the real meaning to the phrase. To haggle, to barter, to compromise on a price for services.

Posted by: MAG at April 23, 2010 5:48 PM
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Thanks for the laugh Paul. Politics sure can pretty damned silly sometimes. Its a good bet Lowden owns stock in Tyson Foods. And by the way my doctor charges $75chickens and 99eggs for an office visit.

Posted by: Rickil at April 23, 2010 8:43 PM
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“I guess maybe those on the right didn’t think the Chicken remark was all that newsworthy or maybe they understood the real meaning to the phrase. To haggle, to barter, to compromise on a price for services.”

The scary thing MAG is that we have had conservatives here on watch blog seriously suggest bartering as an answer to the health care problem in this country. After all it worked a century ago why not now.

Paul’s remarks are just a way of showing how this type of thinking would work on a national scale. With for profit hospitals. With Doctors trying to support a sizable staff and pay off education loans. Perhaps the doctor can pay off those loans with chickens or whatever to, I’m sure the banks would be for it.

BTW I can’t speak for everyone but I knew exactly what this candidate was saying regarding bartering for services and I still just chuckled to think that this repub running for a national office actually thought this suggestion was a break through on the health care issue. I understand she is searching for ideas, searching for an answer that would suit her ideology and have a positive impact on the health care problems facing the country. But I still chuckled that she would actually show the extent of her ability to address an issue that has been so hotly debated this past year and that was the best she had to offer on the subject.

When you think about it the remark probable wasn’t that newsworthy to someone hung up on the teleprompter scandal that wasn’t or the birther movement but to those of us that get a chuckle out of those types it was just another in a long line of remarks. Pretty much like those on the right do with Biden and others.

Posted by: j2t2 at April 23, 2010 9:15 PM
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I heard Jeffrey Dahmer was Republican. he said it tastes like chicken.

I was talking to a Palestinian today who just came back from Saudia Arabia, where his wife had gotten a great job, and he had tried to visit his parents in the Gaza. He couldn’t get in. He left a year ago, and now spoke with much more radicalism. He isn’t a radical, it’s just that there is greater anger in his thinking.

We started a discussion of the Palestinian issues and ,of course, soon ended up talking about propaganda and even ventured into Godwin’s law.

The thing about campaign slogans, and even political antagonisms, they can speak to some kind of truth even without being true. Some people long for yesterday, some people long for progress. Even if neither happens, both sides will claim they are closer to the truth.

Posted by: gergle at April 23, 2010 9:38 PM
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Sue Lowden has no clue. Even if she had said,haggle,shop, negotiate etc. Its still a stupid remark. Check ups do not cost that much. Minor illnesses do not cost that much. The big expenses in health care are for heart surgery,dyalisis etc. Very few could afford to pay these out of pocket. Thats why insurance must be part of the picture barring single payer.

Posted by: bills at April 24, 2010 6:19 AM
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Lowden, Bachmann, Palin, Cheney, Coulter…what rock do these people crawl out from under?

Posted by: Marysdude at April 24, 2010 8:54 AM
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What do you think Insurance co do. They negotiate for the best possible price. What is the problem with leaving out the middle man. Is it a problem for the lefties to talk for themselves?

Posted by: MAG at April 24, 2010 9:54 AM
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Well then MAG wouldn’t it stand to reason that the individual whether they be leftie or rightie would be bartering with the doctor from a very weak position? How about the Pharmacy for the prescription, the Lab for test results while you are sick? Is this what you are defending?

So lets go through this once more. You take you sick or injured kid to the Doctor and then try to negotiate a fee lower than the Doctor’s normal fee. Seems to me you can tell him you will reschedule an appointment with another Doctor and wait a day or three, you can hang tough on the lower price you have deemed to be what you are willing to pay for the treatment of your sick or injured kid, which doesn’t seem to be a position of strength to me, or you can offer to sell him life insurance if you do that, or fix his car if you do that or build him a new office if you do that, right? You do know however the first time you tried that with me I would start at a much higher price than the regular office visit as you would be wasting my time with these negotiations when I could be treating patients.

How does this lower the cost of health care, which is the point of Lowden’s remark?

Posted by: j2t2 at April 24, 2010 12:10 PM
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Hey MAG, before I’d point out Biden’s gaffes, I’d cue up anything, anything, GWB said in his 8 years.

Posted by: Ray at April 24, 2010 12:28 PM
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Yeah, but Biden’s gaffes are generally harmless, and sometimes even funny…hmmm…maybe some of them are more deliberate than error?

Posted by: Marysdude at April 24, 2010 12:45 PM
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Paul Siegel is, what we in the business refer to as, a teet.

What sort of moron would compare a Senate race in Nevada with a Presidential Race prior to Great Depression? First of all, it was not FDR’s Marxist approach that got us out of the Great Depression, it was World War II. Read a history book every now and then, instead of Vegas rag sheets that are owned by the Harry “No Negro Dialects” Reid campaign.

Reid is a joke, his only prayer is to nit pick and scrounge for any shred of impropriety that he can find with Lowden. He is a mobster-financier and was named in connection with mobsters that owned both the Tropicana and the Stardust. Like all sleezy Democraps, he slithered his lying, cheating way out of those messes and has been cheating his way ever since.

Reid is going home, where he belongs because of his philosophy: Every individual must be sacrificed to do everything for the state, while the state will never do anything for the individual. Reward the slacker i.e. Karl Marx

George “Clonewolf” Cloney

Posted by: George Cloney at May 24, 2010 5:35 PM
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