Political Animal


July 06, 2012 4:18 PM ObamaCare, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid

By Ed Kilgore

I wouldn’t normally devote any time, even on a Friday afternoon, to the ravings of Ted Nugent. But hell, his latest rant was published in an actual newspaper—the favored newspaper, in fact, of the conservatives of our nation’s capital—and articulated something deep within the conservative id.

In a tirade on the perfidy of John Roberts, Nugent built up to this awful anathema:

Obamacare will now join Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid as another unaffordable, unsustainable, runaway, unaccountable social program.

If I had the money, I’d love to set up a Super-PAC that would help Nugent proclaim this message to the American people.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • Josef K on July 06, 2012 4:29 PM:

    the favored newspaper, in fact, of the conservatives of our nationís capital

    To be fair, what pundit with even the slightest speck of self-respect would willingly contribute to this rag?

    Okay, I know Nugent isn't a pundit, but still.

  • Neildsmith on July 06, 2012 6:31 PM:

    Unaffordable... That's only if you are under 50. If you are over 50, then SS, Medicare, and Medicaid are a solemn compact with people who have funded it for their entire working lives. See - that was easy.

  • esaud on July 07, 2012 9:20 AM:

    In a sane world, it would be political suicide for a politician to go anywhere near Nugent.

    But no, at the same time that the Romney's captivated the media with their crocodile tears about what a meanie Hilary Rosen was for pointing out Ann Romney never had a job, Mitt was thrilled to get Nugent's endorsement.

    This example ought to be in the dictionary under "media double standard".

  • zandru on July 07, 2012 11:51 AM:

    Helping Nugent Proclaim his Message

    You know, I'm not so sure this would actually be a good idea. Except among my librul base acquaintances, nobody I've run into in a business setting seems to think Social Security is going to exist for them, anyway - and they of course resent having to pay it.

    Any termination of Medicare/SS always comes with the caveat that it won't apply to the folks currently on it - who are, not coincidentally, the groups most likely to vote. Also, the group which comprises nearly all the Tea-Baggers. If SS is discontinued for their children, big whoop. The ungrateful bastids...

    Moreover, Medicare reimbursement rates keep getting lower and lower, to where it's becoming hard for the olde folkes to find an MD who will take them. "Medicare for all" sounds good - until you find out that all of the doctors in your area are "no longer accepting patients."

    I seriously think that the current to the "third rail" has been shut off. Not only have politicians been "touching" it, they've started ripping it out for the copper.

  • ninjanurse on July 07, 2012 12:08 PM:

    Isn't Ted Nugent old enough for Medicare and Social Security? Does he send back the checks?