Here’s a picture I took yesterday at the Circleville Pumpkin Show…

I’ve seen these nice folks (from the Tea Party-inspired “Ohio Project“) at festivals all summer long trying to get their anti-healthcare petition signed. I’ll cover their ridiculously selfish and uninformed petition in more detail in another post. For now I just wanted to share this picture and quickly discuss the skewed logic of their endeavor.

At the Newark Strawberry Festival (which was probably one of the worst festivals I’ve ever attended in my entire life) the Ohio Project booth was appropriately located across from the vendor selling over-sized confederate flags.

Today they were between a corn dog stand and a cart selling cheese pizza. Kind of out of the way but still with a steady flow of traffic.

I tried to engage the woman at the booth in polite conversation long enough to convince her to give me a copy of the petition they were having people sign. I really was being a pretty nice guy considering the crazy and nasty nature of their signs and message but I still couldn’t convince her to let me have a copy of the petition.

Her excuse was: “we’ve had way more people signing our petition than we expected”. But I’m pretty sure it was the fact that my daughters were both wearing Strickland/Brown stickers on their jackets.

The last time I saw these “Stop FORCED Healthcare” people at a festival I politely tried to point out that we were currently surrounded by people who would directly benefit from the healthcare reform laws they were angrily fighting against.

For example the guy who owned corn dog stand would now be able to get a small business tax credit to help cover the costs of his and his empoloyees’ insurance.

And his kid, who was currently waiting in line for another funnel cake, couldn’t be rejected for insurance just because he has diabetes.

And if that kid decided to go to college instead of taking over the family business, he could continue to be covered on his father’s insurance until he was 27.

And when the corn dog stand owner hits 65 and gets Medicare coverage, he’ll actually be able to get medical treatment where he lives because the healthcare reform legislation extends Medicare payment protections to small rural hospitals.

The last time I saw these people I tried to explain to them that there is no ambiguity about what’s in the new legislation if they had just taken the time to read it – or read one of the MANY summaries presented by every news outlet in country. And if they HAD bothered to do that they would clearly see how many parts of the bill would be very helpful to themselves and their neighbors.

I decided not to waste my breath this time.