Greensboro N&R: “Rucho’s rant can’t disguise his incredible lack of historical perspective”

A new Greensboro News & Record editorial takes state Senator Bob Rucho to task for his tweet/rant of the other day and his subsequent ineffective effort to defend it. You really should check out the entire editorial, but here’s a brief sample:

“Rucho’s rant can’t disguise his incredible lack of historical perspective. World War II cost this country $4.1 trillion in 2011 dollars, the Congressional Research Service calculated then.

That was just to fight and win the war. It did not count the costs of rebuilding Europe and much of East Asia and the Western Pacific or, as noted in the $5 billion-a-year figure above, the continuing cost of veterans benefits.

The human costs of losing more than 400,000 military personnel aren’t included, either. Nor is the lost potential income those dead soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen represented: the heroes who didn’t come home to raise their children or to care for their aging parents….

Rucho’s notion that Obamacare is more expensive to Americans than all that is nonsense. Worse, it’s dangerous nonsense because it illustrates the irrational depth of hatred toward the health care law held, not only by Rucho, but by others of like attitude. He is an influential member of his Republican majority in the state Senate. His assessment of Obamacare — that it will have a greater negative impact on our country than World War II, the Soviet Union and terrorism — informed his decision to deny qualified North Carolina residents expanded access to health care under Medicaid and to bar North Carolina from operating health care exchanges.

So it’s important to know how leaders like Rucho think and on what basis they’ve made important decisions for the people of North Carolina. It is ill-informed, distorted thinking. Can someone who so profoundly misunderstands the past be trusted to lead this state into the future?”

Read the entire editorial by clicking here.



  1. LayintheSmakDown

    December 20, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Actually, Rucho is more right than you are willing to admit. The costs of Obamacare will quickly outstrip $4 Trillion. Heck to Obama that is only like what 2.5 to 3.0 years?

  2. Alan

    December 20, 2013 at 9:07 am


    Your comments, and support, for Rucho certainly leave you out on the fringes. The GOP needs to get over it. The ACA is established law, and will continue to be so for along time to come. No amount of foaming at the mouth, and screaming about liberty & tyranny will change it. This is an argument the GOP lost, and I would have thought the outcome of the last election would have hammered that point home, but apparenlty not. I expect the GOP to run on repealing “Obamacare” in the next election, and I hope they do run on it, as another loss awaits them.

    PS. Not only were Rucho’s comments uninformed and just plain wacko, they were deeply offensive to a lot of people. The fact that he doesn’t have the intellect, or decency, to acknowledge such a huge gaff and apologize, speaks volumes about him, and those who support his statements.

  3. dw

    December 20, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Why are health care stocks soaring? Who takes the credit for this? Investors must be pretty stupid to invest in a health care system that is doomed to failure or repeal. The market has spoken and those on the wrong side of this look increasingly desperate. Time to march on Wall Street and protest private enterprises benefitting from ACA. Is free enterprise getting screwed by the ACA?

  4. Alan

    December 20, 2013 at 10:35 am


    On what basis, other than opinion, do you believe the ACA is “doomed to failure or repeal”. That may well be a wish of the right, but very, very, unlikely to happen.

    I think free enterprise is doing just fine…

  5. DW

    December 20, 2013 at 11:09 am

    I agree with you, just my sarcasm based on the desperation of the critics. My point is that the market has committed to the future of the ACA and it will not be undone but a handful cry baby lunatics. The market demonstrates that ACA programs benefit private enterprise. You would have to have your head in the sand not to see. Unfortunately, the best and the brightest are not elected to public office and this article is evidence.

  6. Alan

    December 20, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    DW, you have to forgive me, I’m obviously not all that bright :-)….

  7. ML

    December 20, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Funny how dw’s sarcasm is lost on the thread bc it is spot on what you’d expect a trained civitas troll to say.

    Btw Alan, I have resolved not to respond and enable the trolls here. Who’s coming with?

  8. Alan

    December 20, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    ML, I’d love to join you, but what fun would I have without antagonizing the trolls?

  9. LayintheSmakDown

    December 20, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Alan, I will be willing to get off Obamacare and accept as established law as soon as liberals in say NC accept and no longer mention VIVA as it is established law, the tax cuts in NC as established law, UI employment changes as established law. Your turn……

  10. LayintheSmakDown

    December 20, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    ML/Alan/PW trolls,
    I’ve got 5 bucks that you will be back trolling people as usual. Otherwise there is nothing to say as when logic and reason is posted here it destroys liberalism.

  11. Alan

    December 20, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    LSD, you seem to forget that we’ve all seen your “logic and reason” at work on this site.

    Difference is, NC will replace a lot of the tallibagger laws once they’re thrown out of office,unless of course you manage to rig the election in your favor, but oh, that’s already been done….

  12. LayintheSmakDown

    December 21, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Ahh haa haa! Tallibagger, glad to see you liburuls are thinking up new names to call people, let us know when you get out of sixth grade.

    And you were this close to getting 5 bucks!

    Oh, here is some more logic for ya’: Barry the Messiah seems to agree with me that Obamacare is not established law. Otherwise why would he be breaking the law?


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