I know I’m not the only one who sees the irony here…

When Tom Grimes lost his job as a financial consultant 15 months ago, he called his congressman, a Democrat, for help getting government health care.

Then he found a new full-time occupation: Tea Party activist.

….This month, he mobilized 200 other Tea Party activists to go to the local office of the same congressman to protest what he sees as the government’s takeover of health care.


The Tea Party vehemently wants less [government involvement] — though a number of its members acknowledge that they are relying on government programs for help.

Mr. Grimes, who receives Social Security, has filled the back seat of his Mercury Grand Marquis with the literature of the movement, including Glenn Beck’s “Arguing With Idiots” and Frederic Bastiat’s “The Law,” which denounces public benefits as “false philanthropy.”

“If you quit giving people that stuff, they would figure out how to do it on their own,” Mr. Grimes said.


She and others who receive government benefits like Medicare and Social Security said they paid into those programs, so they are getting what they deserve.

“All I know is government was put here for certain reasons,” Ms. Reimer said. “They were not put here to run banks, insurance companies, and health care and automobile companies. They were put here to keep us safe.”

Oh, and remember the crazy militia guy who encouraged his fellow Patriots to smash up Democrats’ office windows?

Vanderboegh’s post describes health care reform as “Nancy Pelosi’s Intolerable Act.”…. As for Vanderboegh, his health care is already covered. He’s got private health insurance through his wife’s employer and he’s also receiving Social Security disability payments from the federal government….

How many of these right-wing jackasses are vehemently opposed to government handouts at the same time they’re happily accepting them for themselves?

Shorter wingnuts:

Government benefits for me = It’s my due.

Government benefits for anyone else = Socialist takeover!