Tom Cotton, the still wet behind the ears freshman senator from Arkansas, seems to be trying to burnish his foreign policy credentials. Cotton is the main author of the letter sent by 47 Republican senators to the government of Iran. Fresh on the heels of that, he headed off to hobnob with the captains of the defense industry. Of course, those patriotic Americans are overjoyed at the prospect of a war with Iran, because that would mean that they get to outfit your kids with their weapons, so your kids can get killed, and they, along with Senator Cotton, can get rich.
But long before Tom Cotton became a household name, he was a largely unknown member of the U.S. House Of Representatives from Arkansas. He wasn’t worried about international affairs too much; he was just part of the Republican noise machine, lying about the Affordable Care Act. In a town hall meeting in November, 2013, Cotton had some interesting advice for one of his constituents.
A voter submitted a question for Cotton, via Facebook, in which she says that her old insurance plan, a “high risk pool”-type plan, had been cancelled. She says that she really needs her health insurance, but she refuses to use the Healthcare.gov website or exchange. Rather than advise her to try and find an insurance plan that would help her, Cotton says that she should not use the exchange. He goes on to say that he tried to use the exchange himself, only because he knew it wouldn’t work, and he wanted to prove a point. Then he said:
I certainly wouldn’t put my Social Security number or my tax information in there right now until I’m 100% confident that it’s not going to be stolen by Russian mobsters and I’d have my identity stolen and sold on the black market internationally.
Russian mobsters? At least he gets points for being original.
Here’s the video clip, via YouTube:
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