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Let's say you get sick today and it takes four months in the hospital to recover. Your employer knows its a serious condition and fires you. At the end of the first month your medical benefits are over and you are unemployed. How do you pay for the remaining three months you have to go in the hospital? So you worked and paid a lot of your paycheck into the system faithfully for years, and the moment you need it, your insurance gets cut off. So when you get out of the hospital you have no job, everything you own is gone, you owe $600,000, you are bankrupt and have no credit, you can't rent an apartment or buy a house or car, and you live in a homeless shelter. Seem fair? It would be like paying homeowner's insurance for twenty years and then the day your house burns down your agent shows up and says, "We don't want to pay for this. Your policy is cancelled." Of course an insurance company could not do this because they are regulated. An employer, on the other hand, has no such regulations. They can fire you for using the company insurance if they want the purpose of which is to keep their future premiums low. This is why we are going to pass a law called, Christian's Law that will prohibit employers from doing this.
There is a common logical fallacy known by the Latin term, non sequitur. If you were to go online and look up this term it would likely be explained by simply showing a Terry Goddard campaign commercial.
Hands down my favorite Goddard commercial is his own version of the Willie Horton ad that sunk Dukakis in the 1988 Presidential election. Goddard essentially blames Jan Brewer for a recent prison escape in this ad, as if the Governor was the head of the prison security detail or was standing in a guard tower with a machine gun and a floodlight watching the prison fence that night. For those of you who may have missed the commercial, it states that lax procedures allowed some prisoners to escape and the way private prison corporations get away with this is by calling the governor. Also a lobbyist for the private prison is an advisor to the governor and Brewer’s campaign has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from this corporation. So the storyline is that a private corporation wanted some convicts to escape from their prison and go on a killing spree, so they called the governor for help. To further their nefarious scheme they gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to Brewer’s gubernatorial campaign—even though she has never campaigned for governor until just now. And since she knows one of their lobbyists, she is somehow completely guilty of this grand conspiracy. Case closed! Talk about non sequitur.
This commercial is so patently absurd and nonsensical that it is practically an endorsement for Jan Brewer. Brewer has been in political office since 1983; with that much public material to pick through a sixth grader could make Mother Theresa look like Charles Manson. If this is the best they could do, she must be doing a great job. Conversely, if she is doing a bad job and this is all Goddard and his entire campaign staff could come up with, they must not be too bright.
Goddard’s website states that as attorney general he has taken on drug cartels, meth dealers, etc. Wow, he did his job! What else could he do? That would be like a police officer saying, “As a policeman I wrote speeding tickets; therefore, you should make me mayor.” Goddard goes on to state that he will use his experience as attorney general to build Arizona’s economy. There is absolutely no relationship between those two things. Relevant experience would be Jan Brewer becoming the chairwoman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in 1996, inheriting a 165 million dollar deficit and turning it into one of the financially strongest counties in the nation by 2002. Inheriting the Governorship of Arizona with debt and crazy bookkeeping then improving it dramatically would be another example of pertinent experience.
If anyone can make sense of Terry “non sequitur” Goddard’s campaign commercials, please write in and illuminate the rest of us.
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