Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) demonstrated how stupid he is when he called for our surgeon general to head our efforts against Ebola. Why does that make him stupid? Because we don’t have a surgeon general at the moment. Why don’t we have a surgeon general at the moment? Because Republicans are engaging in their usual obstructionism when it comes to Obama nominees.
“Why not have the surgeon general head this up? I think that’s a very legitimate question. At least you have somebody who has a medical background who’s been confirmed by the United States Senate. It begs the question, what does the surgeon general do? Why aren’t we empowering that person?”
Oh, well, gee, Congressman, could it be that you people were upset with Obama’s choice of a surgeon general because the NRA didn’t like the guy, and threatened to score the confirmation vote?
What’s worse, though, is that Republicans then got busy blaming Obama for their decision to block Dr. Vivek Murthy. MSNBC says that Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) said that the President really ought to nominate people they actually can confirm. Apparently, Obama didn’t do that, so the ball was dropped on his side, and not the Senate’s. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) said that they blocked Dr. Murthy’s appointment because, “he wasn’t a healthcare professional, he was an anti-gun activist.” According to Cruz, Obama simply picked the wrong person for the wrong reasons. Thanks, Obama.
For the record, Dr. Murthy’s credentials and expertise as a healthcare professional are not in dispute, which means it’s the GOP’s fault that we have no surgeon general at the moment. Regardless of who’s to blame, though, Chaffetz really ought to be aware that we don’t have a surgeon general.
Chaffetz did try to cover for that later on, by telling The Huffington Post that he was referring to the Office of the Surgeon General, and not a person. However, as the Daily Kos points out, his comment, “who’s been confirmed by the United States Senate,” leaves little doubt as to what he was talking about.
Then he doubled down on his concerns that Obama appointed an Ebola czar. He’s also forgotten that the GOP clamored for an Ebola czar, then decided that Obama had gone about appointing said czar all wrong. They wanted a czar, then they wanted Obama to be a leader and coordinate all the interagency responses himself. Or something. One never knows with Republicans -including Jason Chaffetz!
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