Saturday, June 12, 2010

Why Do Some People Call GOP Senatorial Candidate Sharron Angle Wacky?

Supporters of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) were gleeful about the upset victory of Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle (left) in the Nevada Republican primary. Now, the incumbent's record will not be the only issue; the challenger's views will also provoke scrutiny. Consider the following:

• Angle "wants to abolish the Education Department and repeal the 16th Amendment that established the federal income tax. She has said Social Security and Medicare are 'broken and bankrupt' and should be privatized." A position statement of Angle's referred to "the Social Security system" being "transitioned out."
• Angle feels that alcohol should be illegal, stating,“I would tell you that I have the same feelings about legalizing marijuana... I feel the same about legalizing alcohol. The effect on society is so great that I’m just not a real proponent of legalizing any drug or encouraging any drug abuse."
• Angle is against fluoridation of the water supply, believing that fluoride could contain dangerous substances despite denials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
• Angle proposed a bill that would require doctors to tell women about the link between breast cancer and abortion, despite the denials of such a link by the American Cancer Society.
• Angle suggested that Yucca Mountain be open to nuclear waste followed by "invit[ing] scientists to do research and development in a secure test site environment, as well as mentoring students who would come to UNR and UNLV to study under these great minds."
• Angle supported a prison drug rehabilitation program involving prisoners taking saunas and massages, based on a Church of Scientology idea.
• Angle believes that it is unacceptable for two parents to work: " a traditional home one parent stays home with the children and the other provides the financial support... That is the acceptable and right thing to do. If we begin to expand that, not only do we dilute the resources that are available, we begin to dilute things like health care, retirement, all the things offered to families that help them be a family."

According to The Plum Line, Reid's strategy will be to use Angle's words to paint her as "a complete whack job." That may annoy Angle, who stated in an interview, "I'm tired of some people calling me wacky."

1 comment:

nyscof said...

Fluoridation Ineffective & Harmful, studies show

New York State Department of Health dentist J. V. Kumar published national statistics in the July 2009 JADA which show similar cavity rates regardless of water fluoride content, However, dental fluorosis rates increased along with water fluoride levels. See analysis “Fluoridation No Benefit; Definite Harm,” by Kathleen M. Thiessen, Ph.D., SENES Oak Ridge, Inc., Center for Risk Analysis here: