NY Gov. David Paterson Is Really Anti-Markets and Georgia Rep. Lynn Westmoreland Is Really Stupid


Democratic New York Gov. David Paterson was on The Colbert Report the other day. Here's what he had to say about free markets:

The free market would destroy health care as we know it. It has been a problem in terms of the deficit. We've run up $490 million in this year alone. I think it hasn't helped in terms of business because jobs have been offshored and sent overseas. So I think there are two different theories [of government] but we've seen the example of one of them after the last eight years and we probably wouldn't want four more years of the same thing.

More here (I can never get Comedy Central links to embed properly).

I'd love to see the destruction of health care as we know it—especially given that the public sector spends a majority of the money for it, and George W. Bush blew the doors out with the Medicare prescription drug benefit, etc. Paterson's sort of anti-market demagoguery strikes me as stupid, but it's really not a good sign for the Empire State if its chief executive is still talking like Mario Cuomo.

Also on TCR, a hilarious interview update with Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.), who really should be kept away from heavy machinery and cars. Westmoreland is the idiot who called Barack and Michelle Obama "uppity" and famously couldn't name the 10 Commandments despite sponsoring mandated displays of same. A snippet:

Colbert: You have not introduced a single piece of legislation since entering….This has been called a "Do-Nothing Congress." Is it safe to say you're the do-nothingest?

Westmoreland: Well, there's one other do-nothingerer. I don't know who that is, but they're a Democrat….

Colbert: You co-sponsored a bill requiring the display of the 10 Commandments in the House of Representatives and the Senate….What are the 10 Commandments?

Westmoreland: What are all of them?

Colbert: Uh-huh.

Westmoreland: You want me to name 'em all?

Colbert: Yes.

Westmoreland: Mmm…Don't murder. Don't lie. Don't steal. Uhh…I can't name 'em all.

Vastly entertaining video here.