"Eventually everyone who was in that nursing home will die,
-- Florida state Sen. Dennis Baxley (R-Ocala), defending 14 deaths during Hurricane Irma, after 4 emergency calls were made to Gov. Rick Scott without response.
No, really, he said that. And yes, this is a now officially a nominee for Quote of the Year.
Ladies and gents, meet your Florida Republican Party! Steeped in philosophy. Of course, what they understand is that we ALL will eventually die -- so that explains the Trump Policy in Puerto Rico, which is just rushing the date up a bit, perhaps to make room for all those in the Northern California wildfires.
And in Hurricane Harvey. And the Pacific Northwest wildfires. And the four Green Berets killed last week which Trump as yet to mention. As he hasn't yet mentioned the California fires either. And Trump trying to get rid of health care, period. It's a Lion King animated cartoon sort of thing, the Circle of Life. Or maybe more Woody Guthrie-related, harkening back to that Weavers song I've been posting, "So Long, It's Been Good to Know You."
Or maybe it's just Dickensian. Decrease the surplus population and all that Bah, Humbug stuff. Though, of course, if one carries this philosophy to its logical, full conclusion, that we ALL will eventually die, it decreases the entire population....
But it does make one thing more clear. No wonder Republicans tried to make such a big deal about the non-existent "Death Panel." They thought it was a waste of time, and had a better plan to save money naturally, as God intended.
UPDATE: There's a "fun" addendum to all this. A friend of mine who knows a good deal about Florida politics told me a Fun Fact about State Senator Dennis Baxley (R-Ocala). It turns out that the dear man himself owns six funeral homes! So, it's in his best interest to look forward to people dying. No wonder he's okay with all those deaths! It's where get his business...
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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