Given the title of this post, I can understand how many of you may want to skip reading it, as when I imagine Representative Wittich’s brain, I picture something from the worst childhood nightmare, but it may be worth the read to get a sense of how Representative Wittich makes his decisions.
Yesterday, during the ongoing debate about Medicaid Expansion in Montana Representative Wittich took to Twitter to argue that Montana taxpayers are opposed to the proposed expansion. Supporting his claim, he offered this piece of evidence:
— Art Wittich (@ArtWittich) March 25, 2015
The link is to an Astroturf site named Uncover Obamacare, which reports that Montanans in eight swing legislative districts oppose Medicaid expansion, according to an organization called the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA):
A majority of the voters polled expressed concern that expanding Medicaid in Montana could endanger state funding to education, public safety, and other health care programs. In House District 93, for example, 78 percent of all voters said these potential cuts to state priorities make them less likely to support Medicaid expansion.
Let’s start with the obvious. These poll results are less plausible than Senator David Howard’s hairpiece. When you press release for a poll repeats the same talking points used in right wing scare ads run in the same districts you’re targeting, you might have a credibility problem. When your poll doesn’t list its questions or methodology, you might have a credibility problem. When your poll results only appear on your own Astroturf web site, you might just have a credibility problem.
And you certainly have a credibility problem when your “poll” is conducted by the FGA. When you research who the Foundation for Government Accountability is, you see another tentacle of the Koch Brothers operation to undermine public policy. According to Sourcewatch, the FGA has close ties to the ALEC, the organization that allows “corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line.”
And there you have Art Wittich’s mind when it comes to critical legislation: a brain that only listens to “evidence” that supports his pre-existing mindset, no matter how absurd that evidence is. A brain that works at full speed when it comes to demonizing the poor, but seems stuck in reverse when it comes to evaluating the merits of sensible federal programs that will help the state and its people.
And that’s no brain at all.