GOP Rep. Roe: ‘Rabid Socialists’ in Congress Will Take U.S. ‘Into Oblivion’
February 28, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Freshman Congressman Phil Roe (R-TN) spoke at a Republican Womens Club Lincoln Day Dinner on Friday repeating GOP talking points opposing healthcare reform and the deficit, although he was perfectly fine with the huge deficit under the Bush administration. But what stood out in his remarks was the assertion that he has uncovered “rabid socialists” in Congress whose goal is to destroy America by spending the nation “into oblivion.” Apparently Roe is following in the footsteps of the former Commie hunter Sen. Joseph McCarthy.
Roe, a retired obstetrician/gynecologist has appeared on Fox News numerous times during his first term, to trash President Obama’s plan to reform our broken health insurance system.
During his Lincoln Day speech, he presented himself as a small town Conservative who when arriving in the Washington big leagues, was shocked to find big city liberals and Socialists running amok:
Roe told the crowd of Republican women that when he went to Congress, “I thought being a conservative was normal,” but quickly found that about 100 members of congress are “rabid socialists” who want to spend the U.S. “into oblivion.” Roe declared, “The only way to get these addicts off of spending” is to take control of congress, “and we are going to get back in control this fall.”
Roe did not complain about federal spending when former President George Bush came into office with a $230 billion surplus and quickly blew through it with a $1.35 trillion tax cut in 2001, a $1.5 trillion tax cut in 2003, and massive spending on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
President Obama came into office inheriting a fiscal meltdown, after Bush and a Republican led Congress in 2001-2006 spent the country into oblivion, leaving a deficit of nearly $1.3 trillion, before the stimulus spending to stave off a depression.
Roe also suggested that President Obama treated Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad more fairly than Republican lawmakers, during the recent healthcare summit at Blair House:
“The freshman congressman told the audience that when President Barack Obama offered to meet with Iranian Prime Minister Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, there were “no preconditions,” but that was not the case when the president held a “summit” with Republican leaders to discuss health care on Thursday.”
This is not the first time Rep. Roe has used fiery and radical language to play to a right-wing crowd. He spoke at a tea party last year comparing Obama to a King, suggesting the country would have to stage a revolution against Obama:
“It’s not about firecrackers. It’s about 56 people standing up declaring themselves independent of a king and we might have to do it again,” Roe said to a crowd of teapartiers.