Clearly some in the GOP are being taken out of their “everybody I don’t like is Hitler” comfort zone, which then leads to messes like this:
The comment came during an exchange about the effect of preventive services on health care premiums under the Affordable Care Act. Sebelius disputed Rep. John Shimkus’ (R-IL) claim that offering prevention benefits without cost sharing would increase beneficiaries’ health care expenses. “There is no free lunch, Madam Secretary!,” Shimkus charged. “When you mandate coverage, it is rolled directly on premiums, premiums increase, that is paying for these services!” Sebelius responded by arguing that investing in prevention could decrease costs down the road.
Shimkus grew visibly agitated by her explanation and tried to compare Sebelius to the leaders of North Korea. But rather than referencing the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Shimkus likened the Secretary to the “Republic of Korea” or South Korea, America’s ally in the region. “Alright, I got it. We’re just going to agree to disagree. It’s like talking to the Republic of Korea or something,” he said.
So are you happy liberals? Now instead of a stupid and horribly inappropriate comparison, you got a stupid and horribly inappropriate comparison that also insulted one of our closest allies. It would be easy to blame John Shimkus here, but Real US Americans understand that Shimkus is the victim, victimized by self-appointed liberal you-can’t-keep-comparing-everything-to-Hitler-it-makes-you-guys-look-like-idiots police, who are just like
the Gestapo um, the, uh, the Checkers in the Soviet Union! Yeah, the Checkers!
So lay off, thought Checkers! Let John Shimkus and his fellow Republicans go back to comparing everybody they don’t like to Hitler, as God intended!