A lecture from U.S. Representative Jason Chaffetz is that poor people must prioritize their purchases to afford healthcare insurance. That may mean giving up their iPhones. What is right and wrong with that message?
First of all, Chaffetz is a representative, a servant to his constituents including the poorest. Affordable healthcare for all Americans is not an option; it is a necessity. It might be said that having an iPhone is an optional luxury. However, that is not always true. It may be a necessity for performing a job and for communicating with the family while at work.
The arrogance of Republican politicians to lecture citizens is unacceptable, and I will labor to explain why.
First, who is Jason Chaffetz?
"Some of his political positions include opposition to the Affordable Care Act, same-sex marriage and the scientific consensus on climate change. He has expressed skepticism over mandatory vaccinations and pledged to hold hearings to determine their safety."
What are his qualifications?
"Jason E. Chaffetz is the U.S. representative for Utah's 3rd congressional district, first elected in 2008. He is a member of the Republican Party.
Born: March 26, 1967 (age 49 years), Los Gatos, CA
Education: Chaffetz graduated from the BYU College of Fine Arts and Communications in 1989, with a B.A. in communications.
Spouse: Julie Chaffetz (m. 1991)
Office: Representative (R-UT 3rd District) since 2009
Parents: John Chaffetz, Margaret A. Wood
Children: Ellis Chaffetz, Max Chaffetz, Kate Chaffetz"
His background is eclectic in that he was raised Jewish and then converted to Mormon. His family includes prominent Democrat, Kitty Dukakis, who was married to his father.
By standards that I explain in How to Select an American President and in related articles about qualifications for U.S. Representatives, Jason Chaffetz is woefully unqualified. He is a professional politician who has done nothing else in his life except to carry bags for a billionaire, Jon Huntsman.
If Chaffetz and Republicans want to debate, let's talk about the requirement to end poverty in America. Let's talk about the necessity to ensure that all citizens have the minimum set of tools and training to be employable and to pursue their highest peak for personal development. Let's not lecture poor people while serving as a deficient and ineffective Congressman.
"Chaffetz walks back remarks on low-income Americans choosing health care over iPhones
By Eugene Scott, CNN"
Arrogance is unbecoming, however consistent with being a Republican politician.