Republican Health Care: Only the Best for Staffers

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Remember Trent Wisecup, chief of staff for Republican Representative Joe Knollenberg, who called said that a protester was "Not a citizen" and who called supporters of Speaker Pelosi un-American?  Well, it turns out that poor Trent is suffering from what he calls a "mood-swing disorder," and is being put on paid leave until he feels able to return.

Normally, I’d be tempted to just make fun of the fact that Trent’s disorder seems notably absent from the DSM-IV and criticize a "heartless" Republican for keeping $160,000/year government job while he rails against bureaucracy.  But, here, the hypocrisy goes much deeper. The same Representative who generously gave Mr. Wisecup paid leave has voted quite differently when it comes to American families. In his illustrious career, he has:

  • Voted against expanding the SCHIP program
  • Voted against the Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Voted against insurance parity for mental health

Providing adequate health care and resources for mental illness? Wasteful, socialistic nonsense…unless you are a member of Congress or one of his staffers.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a seventeen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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