...plus Mormons and the ACORN time machine!
Too many tabs—time to clear the queue! Here's a handful of right-wing disconnect:
Daugaard Headlines Huffington Post: Governor Dennis Daugaard is getting national press as the latest Republican governor to reject the chance to boost his local economy and save lives by accepting the Medicaid expansion offered by the Affordable Care Act. Governor Daugaard says those over 40,000 South Dakotans who would benefit from the Medicaid expansion are all able-bodied adults who can pay their own way. Governor Daugaard insists that South Dakota already covers children and the disabled. HuffPo counters:
Although South Dakota does provide Medicaid coverage to some adults with disabilities and some children, the benefits are available only to very poor people. A single adult with a disability who earns more than $674 a month or owns more than $2,000 in assets can't qualify for coverage, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Children can't get benefits from Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program if they come from families with incomes above 140 percent of poverty, which is $26,726 for a family of three this year [Jeffrey Young, "Dennis Daugaard, South Dakota Governor, Rejects Obamacare Medicaid Expansion," Huffington Post, 2012.12.05].
If I were on my own, $674 a month might get me a place to live and noodles in Spearfish. I'm pretty sure it wouldn't get me health insurance that would keep me out of bankruptcy.
Judge Junks Jindal Vouchers: Governor Louisiana Judge Tim Kelley declared Governor Bobby Jindal's school voucher program unconstitutional. Alas, the decision wasn't based on the silliness of spending public dollars to promote the mythology of creationism. Nor did it say the state can't do vouchers at all; in Louisiana, vouchers can't come from the Minimum Foundation Program, which the Louisiana constitution dedicates to public schools. But conservative Judge Kelley joins the voters of South Dakota and Idaho in kicking ideologically motivated education "reform" in the shins.
More Religious Whackos Coming to Southern Black Hills: Some rightwingers who want to disconnect themselves completely from the culture are flocking to our fair state. Warren Jeffs's fundamentalist polygamist cult of fundamentalist Mormons is adding buildings to its compound 15 miles southwest of Pringle. The Texas attorney general is trying to confiscate their over two-square-mile compound in Texas. Some of the fundie Mormons may bring their child brides to join the couple-three hundred cultists hiding out here. Secluded polygamy and brainwashing of young girls... that's what you get when you let discrimination against women masquerade as theology.
Time Travelers Rig Obama Election: Public Policy Polling finds that 49% of Republicans say that ACORN stole this year's election for President Obama. That's down just three points from the 52% of Republicans who said the same thing right after the 2008 election... when the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now still existed. ACORN filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on November 2, 2010.