Ten Times Yoho Bungled Bigly
Sandy Parker, an Indivisible Gainesville member was shocked by some of Rep. Ted Yoho’s statements at recent Town Halls. So, he did some investigation and found out that there are many times when the things that Yoho has said boggles the mind. Here are the Top Ten Ted Yoho moments.
1) Ted floats the nutty idea that citizens should be allowed access to the same weaponry as the military to make it a fair fight when the government needs to be overthrown. Stick around for the weird lottery and poison analogy.
2) Ted appeared on PBS and confidently declared: “It’s been proven over and over again Medicaid has the worst outcomes in the industrialized world as far as the quality of health care.” False, ruled PolitiFact. Oh well.
3) That time Ted bragged about depriving a boat full of Cuban refugees their opportunity for “liberty and freedom.”
4) When Ted starts a sentence with, ““I’ve had some radical ideas about voting and it’s probably not a good time to tell them,” buckle up, because we’re headed off the beaten path. “But you used to have to be a property owner to vote.” Make America 1793 Again?
5) Okay for me but not for thee: Ted Yoho and his wife received food stamps (now called SNAP) when they were first married. “I know the importance personally of having to go on food stamps,” he said. But he was upset that the House voted down a measure to cut SNAP by $20 billion over the next decade.
6) “I ran on limited government, fiscal responsibility and free enterprise,” Yoho said, “but when you’ve got programs that have been in place and it’s the accepted norm, to just go in there and stop it would be detrimental to our sugar growers.” Sugar growers like the billionaire Fanjul brothers. Yes, that is pretty much the definition of crony capitalism, which, last time I checked, was something Tea Party folks were against. By the way, they retained their generous subsidy. In the very same bill, Yoho got part of his wish, a $5 billion cut to SNAP.
7) Sometimes a Yoho quote speaks for itself: “I thought I might need to get to a sun tanning booth so I can come out and say I’ve been disenfranchised because I got taxed because of the color of my skin.”
8) Yoho scheduled a gun event on the one year anniversary of Sandy Hook. Seriously.
9) That time Ted made his civics teacher proud and, on live national television, announced that a congressman “reports to the President.”
10) Ranking numbers two through nine was a bit tough, but number one? No problem. Yoho went way off the reservation during the debt ceiling crisis of 2013 and actually thought that the US defaulting on its debt (by not raising the debt ceiling) would end in anything other than catastrophe. Take it away, Congressman: “I think the creditors that we owe money to around the world would say, ‘You know what? They’re getting their house in order.’”