Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Only Time Republicans Care About Mental Health

Mental health care is not high on the agenda of many Republicans. Gov. John Engler had no compunction at all about storming into Lafayette Clinic in the middle of the night to evict mentally ill patients because he wanted to cut the state's role in mental health.

But ever since Jared Lee Loughner murdered six people, including a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl, earlier this month, Republicans have become experts on mental health. He's mentally ill! He has to be. He wasn't influenced by hate-filled political rhetoric, phrases like "Second Amendment remedies," or cross-hairs on district maps. He's mentally ill!

So the right thing to do would be to make sure there's plenty of mental health care available for troubled individuals. That is, if you really believed mental illness drove Jared Lee Loughner to political assassination and attempted assassination.

Yet what does Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer do in the wake of the mass murders -- propose cutting mental health care.

In what world does that make sense?

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