Wittich Tells Whoppers; Trashes Mainstreet GOP Member

Art Wittich, sick and tired of serving the public.

Art Wittich, TEA Party state senator

On March 4th, Rep. Jesse O’Hara, a longtime Montana GOP pro-jobs, pro-mainstreet legislator, wrote a thoughtful piece standing up for teachers, schools, and rural healthcare, and criticized the Tea Party Extremists in his own party as a bunch of hijackers, singling out a few individuals such as Art Wittich.

In the piece, he writes:

Somewhere along the way, extremists have anointed themselves the arbiters of all things Republican. The failed leadership team of Sens. Art Wittich and Jason Priest, along with their mouthpieces, Jeff Essmann and Edward Walker, illustrated their 10-year plan to purge the party in a series of leaked emails….

….The Republican Party I began with would never gut Montana services so brutally that classrooms are crowded, schools are shuttered, roads aren’t paved, predators walk the streets, rural health care disappears and infrastructure collapses…

Predictably, Art Wittich this week responded with a vitriolic personal attack on O’Hara, belittling O’Hara for being a teacher “who leaves his beach chair only to collect his teacher’s pension and state healthcare benefits.”  Wittich also makes the sketchy and borderline-racist claim that anyone in Montana who does not have health insurance is “able but not willing to work.”

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are about 150,000 Montanans without health insurance–and 100,000 of these are employed. Another 32,000 are not actually in the labor force–that’s because they either aren’t old enough to have a job, are retired, are a stay at home parent, or disabled, or in the military. Only 13%–20,000 of the uninsured–are without work, and unless Wittich has asked every single one of those people whether or not they are willing to and looking for work, well….

Wittich also says that moderates like O’Hara joined Democrats in legislature to give Title X planning funds “to Planned Parenthood to perform abortions.”  In fact, the federal government provides money to family planning clinics, like Planned Parenthood, local county clinics, and others, so that women and men who do not have health insurance can get care at reduced rates, or in some cases free, depending on their family income at the time of their visit. Title X allows these clinics to supplement birth control, breast and cervical cancer screening, testicular cancer screening for men, and other reproductive health services.

This program does not pay for abortion care. It is against federal law for the funds to be used for abortions. From the Consolidated Appropriations Act, Pub. L. No. 108-7 (2003)

(“[A]mounts provided to said [Title X] projects under such title shall not be expended for abortions, that all pregnancy counseling shall be nondirective, and that such amounts shall not be expended for any activity (including the publication or distribution of literature) that in any way tends to promote public support or opposition to any legislative proposal or candidate for public office”). See also, 42 C.F.R. § 59.5 (Title X projects must “[n]ot provide abortion as a method of family planning”).

So what O’Hara might have said, that would have been fully accurate, is that Wittich is not only an extremist, but is also a liar, and an asshole.  I will say it here.

Posted: March 14, 2014 at 7:16 am

3 thoughts on “Wittich Tells Whoppers; Trashes Mainstreet GOP Member

  1. Greg Strandberg

    Sounds like O’Hara is a reasonable fellow, but I really have to question the basic intelligence of some of these other people.

    I’ve taught in classrooms with 50 students when I was in China and the vast majority learn nothing in that setting. I don’t think we’re close to that number in Helena, but even something like 30, in a class of 8-year olds? That’s just asking for disaster.

    These folks are coming from areas where infrastructure is sorely needed, and yet they won’t pave roads?

    Again, I have to question the intelligence of these people, and even how they made it so far in life. I’m not sure what jobs these people have, but how is it they were employed by others, made money, and even were able to pay taxes?

    All of those things requires a certain level of aptitude. Hell, high school students can do that stuff, but these folks? I don’t know, maybe we need some reporting on it.

    Most of all, however, I’m reminded of my toddler at home. You constantly have to be watching them to make sure they’re not doing something stupid, about to break something important, or even stick a fork into a light socket.

    Yeah, they’ll do these things if you’re not watching. And those plastic safety things overt the socket? Folks, they can take those right out as if they were never put there in the first place. Safety checks mean nothing to the mindset of this age-group.

    Eternal vigilance is what it takes with them, and the price of that is your freedom – I can’t do anything else, it takes so much effort watching them to make sure they don’t burn the house down. Of course the price of freedom is indifference, and thankfully when it comes to our toddlers in Montana we’re not indifferent about them.

    Instead we do the right thing and keep them home, where they can be safe. I’d urge the people of Montana to keep these toddlers home come next January.

  2. Publius II

    Speaking of watching toddlers, so must citizens keep watch on a-holes like Wittich, and maybe he’d like to try getting along on the bottom rung of
    the ladder and remember ‘there go by the grace of God’ all of us….heartless a-hole he be!

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