The top scoring link on the r/politics front page today is a news report from boston.com.  The story is about a senator form Massachusetts who is accused of hypocrisy by his political opponent.  Scott Brown was voted into power on the promise that he would oppose Obama’s Affordable Care Act, and has since voted to repeal it 3 times.  Despite his open opposition to the Act, he has admitted to using it to insure his 23yr old daughter onto the family health insurance.  His Democratic opponent has argued that he is using the benefits of the Act while trying to vote against it so other families can’t do the same.  Senator Scott Brown is still adamant he is in opposition to the Act, despite using it to benefit his family.

A significant portion of the 1817 comments argue in opposition to the article, saying he would a fool if he didn’t take advantage of the act.  Others state that he can’t be seen as hypocritical as he’s just making use of a law that’s in place. A lot of these sorts of comments make it clear that while they don’t think hypocritical is the right criticism to use, they still don’t like Brown or the fact that he opposed the law in the first place.  Other redditors do criticise him for being hypocritical, charging him with taking advantage of the ignorance of others by using the benefits of the law to his advantage while trying to take those benefits away from his constituents.  Some comments offer a closer examination of Brown’s actions while in office, including a detailed breakdown of his actions in opposing the law in the first place.

 
In second place today is a self post from a redditor who is trying to bring attention to presidential candidate Ron Paul’s idea to change the railroad pension system.  The link explains in brief the changes Paul plans to make, which all appear to be negative, and a link to a petition against the changes along with a plea for support on behalf of railroaders and their families.

954 redditors commented on this one.  Many ask about or suggest motives behind Paul’s meddling, including his want to ‘mess with’ the unions or simply because it gives him more publicity.  Users suggest reasons why the unions are a threat to government power, particularly republicans.  Others bring up and discuss the idea of cutting Congress members pension funds and see how they like it.

 

The third most upvoted link today is a report from the Los Angeles Times.  It tells us about a ruling by the Oklahoma Supreme Court which rejected a proposed law to consider any fertilized egg as a person.  Personhood Oklahoma’s move would have made all abortions illegal without exception and restricted birth control options for women, the article reported.  It was deemed unconstitutional and unanimously voted against.

There were 589 responses to this story.  People discuss the idea of whether judges are being politically active or just following the law, with some dryly observing that they are only seen to be ‘activist’ if they make a ruling that people disagree with.  Many redditors criticize the bill, claiming It violates women’s rights amongst other things, an unsurprising sentiment for a left-wing community such as Reddit.   A lot of users also compare the different negative reasons why particular states make it onto the r/politics front page, complaining about various political moves by the far right.

 

 

 

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