Sylvia Allen, Elected State Senator, Makes Even Jan Brewer Seem Compassionate

We suspect that Allen probably would help most anyone (well, probably not an undocumented immigrant) out with a bite to eat if he or she knocked on her front door and asked nicely.

But, Jeez, the quotes from this elected official in this morning's Arizona Republic are cold-blooded enough to make even Governor Jan Brewer seem (almost, not quite) like Mother Teresa.

The piece was about the growing support of Republican state legislators for the governor's recent proposal of saving about $1 billion next year by eliminating healthcare coverage for 280,000 Arizonans.

(We wrote about this last month in the aftermath of the Tucson Shootings.)

The writer quoted Senator Allen as saying, "This isn't the only time in our history when people had to choose between food and medicine," adding that her parents had to make similar choices.

Allen, who sells real estate for a living, noted that, stop the presses, "well people" can do more to keep themselves healthy and avoid the need for government support for medical coverage.

Sure, and those who get sick and don't have the money to seek proper medical care? Apparently, tough luck.

Everyone knows that times are tough in Arizona, belts are tightening, lots of people are struggling.

But we also are reminded of Mahatma Gandhi's famous quote: "A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members."

The state of Arizona basically treats its weakest members like shit, and Sylvia Allen and her mind-set are not in the minority down at the Legislature. 

The state senator has gotten on our radar screen previously -- she's a "birther" (questioning President Barack Obama's nation of origin), and in 2009, she called for opening up uranium mining in Arizona by assuring "environmentalists" that the Earth is but 


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