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We all know we have our "Rights", right?  That we have a God-Given Righttm to buy whatever low quality, dirt-cheap, semi-safe, sweatshop slavery made product that we have our hearts set on - and there's nothing - BUT NOTHING - that the big bad Obama Nanny State could, or should, do about it.

Our Right to Buy weak useless cheap defective SHIT is ABSOLUTE.  Inviolate. It. Can. Not. Be. Abridged.

It's like the Tea Party 2nd-and-half-ish Amendment.  Or something.

So sayeth Marsha Blackburn (R-Bullshitistan)

“Some people like to drive a Ford, not a Ferrari,” Blackburn had quipped at the hearing. “And some people like to drink out of a red Solo cup, not a crystal stem. You’re taking away their choice.”

I will always go to the mat and fight for freedom, free people, free markets,” Blackburn insisted. “And I think for the federal government to come in and take away the choice that people have had in the health care market and say, ‘Hey, we don’t like what you’ve been buying, we’re going to make you buy this.’”

What’s the next thing going to be? You can’t buy that Solo cup? You can’t buy an inexpensive blouse? You can’t buy a pair of shoes that cost less than another pair?

She added: “So do they think that the federal government is going to become the determiner of the cost and set prices of everything that you can buy at a quality that they say is worthy? Come on! This is absolutely ridiculous. I am not going to sit here and let them get by with this.

Here's the sad thing about Ms. Blackburn.  It may come as a shock to her I know, but the simple honest truth is the Government has been "getting away" with requiring products sold to consumers in this nation have at least a Minimum Level of Quality for quite a long time.  About 100 Years.

And there's good reason why.

{This was originally written yesterday, but I already had a rec'd diary up that day - and this other rec'd diary was inspiried by Blackburn albiet from her making the same comments during a House Hearing w/ Sec. Sebellius instead of on Fox News.  Apparently she said the same thing about 3 or 4 times, so it was clear she was trying to create a "Meme" with her "Fords,  Ferraris and Red Solo Cup" crack - it was a Dog Whistle to the Toby Keith Shit-Kicker Club - it just  didn't work.)

I don't usually like to put words and thoughts in other people's heads, but since Ms. Blackburn has so much unused rental space in her frontal lobe - I doubt she'll feel that crowded.

If someone wanted to by a set of really cheap shoes - how exactly does Ms. Blackburn think those shoes happen to be made available at such a cheap rate?  Who would have made those shoes?  Under what conditions?  At what wage?

Might those really cheap shoes have been made at an (ex) factory like this one?

Two months after the collapse of a factory in Bangladesh, new building inspections have revealed that six out of every 10 factories there are unsafe.

More than 1,000 people were killed when pillars supporting the Rana Plaza factory building gave way.

Most of the clothing produced in Bangladesh is sold in Europe and the US but, as Yalda Hakim reports from Dhaka, factories that have been declared unsafe are still full of workers.

Marsha Blackburn says she'll "Go to the Mat for Freedom", but not apparently for THOSE PEOPLE'S Freedom.  

For those who say what happens in China or Indonesia or Bangladesh couldn't possibly happen here in the Great State of America - it already has. 102 Year ago (which is exactly where the GOP wants to "Return" us too, the great age of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire)

So the reality is there's a cost to those knockoff Jimmy Choos that Marsha Blackburn would like to benefit from, but never actually pay herself. There's a reason we actually have Quality Standards for workers and products in America.  Because without them, there is a cost - In Blood.

She's seems to think cheap products just sort of "happen". Like magic.  And the government shouldn't do anything like require that those products aren't going to Collapse or Explode because who cares who might be hurt by that?

The government shouldn't be checking to make sure we don't have Salmonella in our food, because when has that ever happened lately?  It's not like a bunch of Private companies would ever let their processing conditions get so bad that such a thing would occur would they?

    . Chicken - Salmonella Heidelberg
    . Tahini Sesame Paste – Salmonella Montevideo and Salmonella Mbandaka
    . Live Poultry – Salmonella Typhimurium
    . Live Poultry – Salmonella Infantis Salmonella Lille, Salmonella Newport, and Salmonella Mbandaka
    . Cucumbers – Salmonella Saintpaul
    . Chicken – Salmonella Heidelberg
    . Ground Beef – Salmonella Typhimurium
    . Small Turtles – Salmonella Sandiego, Salmonella Pomona, and Salmonella Poona

    . Peanut Butter – Salmonella Bredeney
    . Hedgehogs – Salmonella Typhimurium
    . Mangoes – Salmonella Braenderup
    . Cantaloupe – Salmonella Typhimurium and Salmonella Newport
    . Ground Beef – Salmonella Enteritidis
    . Live Poultry – Salmonella Hadar
    . Live Poultry – Salmonella Montevideo
    . Live Poultry – Salmonella Infantis, Salmonella Newport, and Salmonella Lille
    . Dry Dog Food – Salmonella Infantis
    . Raw Scraped Ground Tuna Product – Salmonella Bareilly and Salmonella Nchanga
    . Small Turtles – Salmonella Sandiego, Salmonella Pomona, and Salmonella Poona
    . Restaurant Chain A – Salmonella Enteritidis

And it's not like we've had a bunch of pharmaceutical products that have caused heart attacks, strokes and deaths - even when used properly - have we? (Hint: Like VIOXX. MERIDIA, AVANDIA [Increases risk of heart attack by 43%], CHANTIX [increase risk of suicide] or CRESTOR [cases of Kidney failure] )

And more..

11/01/2013     a) Giant Eagle b) Candy Place       a)Slaw, salad & combo meals b)Candy corn       a) Listeria monocytogenes b)Undeclared allergens     Giant Eagle

10/31/2013     Trader Joes       Southwest Salad       Undeclared soy     World Class Distribution, Inc.    

10/31/2013     PENTAX       Gas/ Water Valves       The OF-B194 gas/ water valve has been found to have a manufacturing defect which may prevent users from turning off the CO2 gas flow during an endoscopic procedure     PENTAX Medical Company    

10/28/2013     Taylor Farms       Spinach antipasti salad       Listeria monocytogens     BI-LO    

10/28/2013     Taylor Farms       Spinach Antipasta Salad       Listeria monocytogenes     Winn-Dixie    

10/28/2013     Shaw’s, Supervalu and more       Various Salad Products       Listeria monoctogenes     Taylor Farms Tennessee, Inc.; Taylor Farms Maryland, Inc.; Taylor Farms Florida, Inc. (“TFFL”); Taylor Farms Illinois, Inc. (“TFIL”); & Taylor Farms Texas, Inc. (“TFTX”)

10/26/2013     Chef Solutions, Mrs. Weavers, Reser's, more       Multiple Refrigerated Ready-To-Eat Products       Listeria monocytogenes     Reser's Fine Food    

10/25/2013     Price Chopper, Trucchi’s, Shaw’s and more       Salad and Slaw Kits       Listeria monocytogenes     Taylor Farms Tennessee, Inc. & Taylor Farms Maryland, Inc.    

10/25/2013     Kraft and Polly-O       Cheese       Premature spoilage     Kraft Foods Group     Select to View Firm Press Release Select to View Image of Product Label
10/25/2013     Taylor Farms       Broccoli Crunch Salad       Listeria monocytogenes     Winn-Dixie

And then it's not like we've ever import other types of CHEAP products from all over the world such as Children's Toys laced with Lead Paint or Toothpaste with Antifreeze.  I mean, if people want those products at those prices - they should have them and give up the right to complain about minor issue like Brain Damage or Kidney Failure.  That's what FREEDOM is all about right? Accepting your responsibility for letting yourself get fucked by someone elses naked slovenly greed.  Barbarians Need Discipline and Only the Shiny Candy-coated God-Like MARKET can provide that discipline using negative re-enforcement.

The Market Will Provide ALL.

Or so it was written in Thessalonians wasn't it?

Yeah, anywho, the case would be different if the Low-Cost High-Deductible Health Care Plans that have been cancelled by insurance companies own choice (not Obamacare) lately were actually useable insurance or anything.  I mean, buying these plans is like purchasing a car that doesn't have brakes, or wheels, or an engine.  Sure, it's only $50 a month but when you actually try to Drive IT it's gonna cost you $100,000 and you're going to Lose Your House.

"She's paying $650 a year to be uninsured," Karen Pollitz, an insurance expert at the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation, said. "I have to assume that she never really had to make much of a claim under this policy. She would have lost the house she's sitting in if something serious had happened. I don't know if she knows that." [...]

Okay, but can't we be outraged that Ms. Barrette will have to fork over $591 a month for a replacement plan? Actually, no, because she has other and better options than the costly plan Blue Cross Blue Shield wants to put her in. She [can] get real insurance that covers all essential health benefits for well under $200 a month. [...]

To put these two plans in perspective, let's imagine that Ms. Barrette's luck runs out and she receives a diagnosis of breast cancer that will cost $120,000 to treat.

Under her current junk plan, she would probably receive no more than a few hundred dollars of benefits for doctor visits and drugs.  It wouldn't cover her surgery, her chemotherapy, her many expensive medications, or the repeated diagnostic tests she'd likely require. She would end up with probably $119,000 of unpaid medical bills. With the Humana plan, those bills top out at $6,300 a year, no matter what.

So, Marsha Blackburn thinks buying this kind of junk insurance that happens to have a financial hand grenade with it's pin half-way pulled out attached to it is a "Right"?  Seriously?  Does she also think buying a '74 Ford Pinto the with Special Napalm Trunk Extension as some kind of "Right" too?

That's Free-dum?

Sure, fine. Of course it is, in Teabagistan.  Why not?  What was I thinking?  Caveat Sucktor. Suckers get what they deserve in Somalia, Rhodesia and other third world Teabagistan Nation States like, y'know, Texas.  How could I ever think otherwise? 'Murica Fuck Yeah.

Now, get off my lawn and take your dead underage factory worker corpses with you - Hippie.


9:28 AM PT: Guess what's even worse?  Blackburn can't come up with this dumb hick bullshit on her own, she was plagarizing Toby Keith.

Now a red solo cup is the best receptacle

For barbecues, tailgates, fairs and festivals

And you, sir, do not have a pair of testicles

If you prefer drinking from glass

A red solo cup is cheap and disposable

And in 14 years they are decomposable

And unlike my home, they are not foreclosable

Freddie-Mac can kiss my ass. Woo!

Read more: Toby Keith - Red Solo Cup Lyrics | MetroLyrics

And now to cleanse the delicate palette of all who were brave enough to listen to that - here's someone make an actual real argument against Nanny-State over protectiveness - George Carlin.

Originally posted to Vyan on Sat Nov 02, 2013 at 08:28 AM PDT.

Also republished by Three Star Kossacks, Hellraisers Journal, Invisible People, In Support of Labor and Unions, and Anti-Capitalist Chat.

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