Commissioner Wilkinson, You’ll Turn Down Federal Health Insurance, Right?

I’ve been out of commission with work and whatnot for a while, so I’m just now taking a moment to remark on the big Tea Party Fest that the Tea Party festers held a couple of Saturdays ago in the rain. I couldn’t help noticing this from The Ledger story:

County Commissioner Randy Wilkinson had just stepped up to the podium at the TEA party protest Saturday in Lakeland when plumber Charles Paleveda of Tampa – who’s nicknamed himself “Charlie the Plumber” – stomped toward the stage, waving his American flag.

“I am angry!” he barked from beneath his U.S. Marine Corps cap.

“And you should be!” Wilkinson replied, to cheers.

Organizers estimate about 2,500 people attended the event at Lake Mirror Amphitheater, held in conjunction with protests across the country Saturday, including a massive march on Capitol Hill.

Now I love Randy, for his wackiness and, it should be said, his willingness to annoy the power structure of both parties and business establishments. But, now that he’s running for Congress on the Tea Party platform, I want him to commit to refusing to accept the health insurance the federal government will provide for him and his family if he defeats Dennis Ross and Lori Edwards. You’ll do that, right Randy?

Because Dennis spoke before the earlier Tea Party gathering back in the spring, I guess that I should put the same challenge to him. Come to think of it, any Republican running on the Tea Party platform should be required to say whether they’ll allow me to provide health insurance to their families with my money. Principles, folks, principles. Come on, prove to me that conservatives exist. Live up to your rhetoric for once.

16 thoughts on “Commissioner Wilkinson, You’ll Turn Down Federal Health Insurance, Right?

  1. Come on, Mr. Townsend, a little perspective, a little clarity.
    Why single out Randy for your comments? Look, no way I’m happy with ObamaCare, I hope it dies. While you’re at it in your criticism, why not include all those politicians in Washington DC, and their wonderful health care. Your point in the article?
    Let’s criticize Randy, give him less chance of success? That’s not right.

  2. Come on, Mr. Townsend, a little perspective, a little clarity.
    Why single out Randy for your comments? Look, no way I’m happy with ObamaCare, I hope it dies. While you’re at it in your criticism, why not include all those politicians in Washington DC, and their wonderful health care. Your point in the article?
    Let’s criticize Randy, give him less chance of success? That’s not right.

  3. Billy, I love it. I am supporting Randy for Congress, and this is a great post and a great question that I will not hesitate to ask him.

  4. Billy, I love it. I am supporting Randy for Congress, and this is a great post and a great question that I will not hesitate to ask him.

  5. Dear Billy “the Kid”,
    If the current system remains in place, I will deny the cadillac health care coverage given to the U.S.Congress. Billy, even I am not indispensable (in case you were wondering after all the rollickin’ good times we’ve had together). Maybe I’ll make you my Press Secretary. Can you bow and scrape a little more? You did once say, if my memory dosen’t fail me, that “you made me a legend”? Just think what you could do for my rep. in D.C. Hey, I’ll get you together with my cousin, Mark Enderle, who was acting head of Quality and Performance for the V.A.(the whole shootin’ match). He turned down a multiple nomination as Deputy Secretary of Health for Obama cause I told him you might be coming up there to solve the Health Care Crisis with us. He said he’s coming down to campaign for me so I’ll introduce ya’ll and you can go ahead and get started. Yours truly…Your next Congressman!

  6. Dear Billy “the Kid”,
    If the current system remains in place, I will deny the cadillac health care coverage given to the U.S.Congress. Billy, even I am not indispensable (in case you were wondering after all the rollickin’ good times we’ve had together). Maybe I’ll make you my Press Secretary. Can you bow and scrape a little more? You did once say, if my memory dosen’t fail me, that “you made me a legend”? Just think what you could do for my rep. in D.C. Hey, I’ll get you together with my cousin, Mark Enderle, who was acting head of Quality and Performance for the V.A.(the whole shootin’ match). He turned down a multiple nomination as Deputy Secretary of Health for Obama cause I told him you might be coming up there to solve the Health Care Crisis with us. He said he’s coming down to campaign for me so I’ll introduce ya’ll and you can go ahead and get started. Yours truly…Your next Congressman!

  7. Randy,

    Can I be in charge of the music for the ObamaCare documentary that you will champion on your way to Washington?! :-D

  8. Randy,

    Can I be in charge of the music for the ObamaCare documentary that you will champion on your way to Washington?! :-D

  9. If he denies the government healthcare, will you hand over 60% of every penny you make to a govt. bureaucrat to provide to the needy as he sees fit? Principles. It’s funny that you wish a congressman to turn down healthcare, want Entire city and county governments to save millions (30mil i believe you said) by no longer providing healthcare to there employees then turn around and support Obamacare. No Congressmen don’t deserve healthcare, nor county employees, but both should be taxed to give healthcare to those who have no interest in working whatsoever? Sounds like a far cry from Capitalism to me.

  10. If he denies the government healthcare, will you hand over 60% of every penny you make to a govt. bureaucrat to provide to the needy as he sees fit? Principles. It’s funny that you wish a congressman to turn down healthcare, want Entire city and county governments to save millions (30mil i believe you said) by no longer providing healthcare to there employees then turn around and support Obamacare. No Congressmen don’t deserve healthcare, nor county employees, but both should be taxed to give healthcare to those who have no interest in working whatsoever? Sounds like a far cry from Capitalism to me.

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