by Jeff Woods
Here's Sen. Mae Beavers giving a scary interview in which she displays an alarming ignorance about state and national issues. As her interviewer murmurs "uhuh, uhuh" indulgently, the chairwoman of the Senate Judiciary Committee begins by explaining her legislation challenging national health care reform:
"You would have a choice as to whether or not you want to take the national health care or your own insurance policy," she says as if there actually is a "national health care" that somebody's forcing us to buy.
It's "more or less telling the federal government, stay out of our business, let us buy our own health care," she adds.
Later, she offers her meandering thoughts on the state budget, bizarrely claiming we once enjoyed a $1.5 billion surplus and now suffer a $1.2 billion shortfall--both of which are false.
"It seems kinda crazy when we look at three years ago we had a $1.5 billion surplus. I voted against the budget then and said we need to save that money and also at that time gave huge increases to some of the commissioners and now we're cutting some of the employees. ... This year we're looking at a $1.2 billion shortfall. So I think we've got to be very careful not knowing what the future holds."