Congressman Joe Wilson's rude outburst tells much about his lack of qualifications for the position he holds.
Like many conservative Americans, he seems woefully ignorant of the economic history of our country. The single thing that made America great economically has been the creation of a large middle class earning decent living wages.
The industrial revolution created vast industries such as steel, mining, railroads, textiles and automobiles. But these industries were built with the cheapest labor that could be found: desperate immigrants, rural migrants from farms to the cities and child labor. Our society was one of the "haves" and the "have nots."
One of the largest employers in the early 20th century was the textile business. But as in other big national industries, most employees were paid starvation wages. Along came a basic liberal program of the Roosevelt administration, creating the rights of collective bargaining on the behalf of workers. Unions then ended starvation wages and created a strong middle class. Other social programs such as the GI Bill, Social Security and Medicare have enhanced that lifestyle for the benefit of the whole country.
Now, in pursuit of the old cheap labor, manufacturing has been virtually removed from our shores. Unemployment is rampant in the United States. The starvation wages now are being paid in China and a multitude of Third World countries. A United States of haves and have nots is returning, and conservative congressmen are crying "socialism" while protecting the economic interests of their benefactors.
This brings us back to Joe Wilson. He also fails to see that insurance is for rare but catastrophic events like your house burning down. The need for health care is routine. Why should there be a middleman in health care who adds no value to the system but reaps large rewards to the tune of $3 billion per year?
My guess is that these folks help the likes of Joe Wilson get re-elected.