Lenar Whitney: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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First there was Sarah Palin, then Michele Bachmann, and now there is Louisiana State representative and Congressional candidate Lenar Whitney.

With a face and hair like a Long Island Medium and a reputation of being “one of the most conservative” politicians in Louisiana, Lenar Whitney will certainly be a thorn in the side of both parties.

Here is what you need to know:

1. She Says Climate Change Is an Elaborate Hoax

GLOBAL WARMING IS A HOAXhttp://www.LenarWhitney.com Conservative for Congress Lenar Whitney denounces Global Warming as a myth, designed to give more power to the executive branch, while increasing taxes in a progressive's dream to regulate every aspect of American life ­ from our lightbulbs to our thermostat.2014-06-25T21:55:22.000Z

One of the most notable and publicized tenets of Whitney’s platform is that climate change, or “global warming,” is one of the most elaborate hoaxes in human history. In her campaign video above, which has been viewed more than 83,000 times, Whitney says that any 10-year-old could disprove climate change with a simple household thermometer, despite the consensus of the scientific community.

2. She Said Obama Is Too Busy ‘Drinking Beer & Playing Pool’ to Handle Immigration

How to Deport 11 Million Illegal Immigrantshttp://www.LenarWhitney.com We cannot grant amnesty to 11 million immigrants who are in America illegally. We need to secure the border – an absolute shut down. By cracking down on employers who hire illegals and ramping up our proof of citizenship requirements for welfare/medicaid, slowly and surely immigrants will find the exit door and go home.2014-07-21T15:14:52.000Z

In a baffling campaign video, Whitney explores the nuances of immigration policy by simply discussing how to deport all “11 million illegal immigrants.” One of the most interesting moments of the video comes 15 seconds in when Whitney claims President Obama is spending too much time “drinking beer and shooting pool” to address the problem.

Whitney believes that if the United States could “shut down the border between North and South Korea,” then it should be possible to do that between the United States and Mexico. She does not mention that there are 1.2 million land mines around that border, which kill an estimated 1,000 civilians a year by accident.

3. She Recently Fled an Interview

Whitney was recently thrust into the national public spotlight after being interviewed by David Wasserman for the Cool Political Report. Wasserman has interviewed more than 700 congressional hopefuls, and in his words Whitney was the “most frightening candidate I’ve met in seven years.”

In a column for the Washington Post, Wasserman wrote that Whitney “froze” when he asked her to name a scientific report that backed up her ideas on climate change. Then, when he asked her about the manufactured Obama birth certificate controversy, she was reportedly “whisked” from the room by her campaign consultants.

In the tweet shown above, Whitney combats Wasserman’s telling of the situation.

4. She Opposes Medicaid Expansion & Has a Concealed Carry Permit

Medicaid Expansion is Not the Solutionhttp://www.LenarWhitney.com A little under 500,000 Adults in Louisiana, including those on disability, currently participate in the Medicaid program. It's not really alot of people…about 11% of the total population. But the majority of Medicaid participants are children…about 722,000 of Louisiana's ONE Million kids are enrolled. Yep, you heard me right. That's just over 70% of the children in the state! But the purpose of Obamacare's "Medicaid Expansion" is not to insure more children. It's to open up the program to more adults – whether they have children or not. Expansion would ensure Medicaid coverage to every citizen of Louisiana who makes up to 138% of the federal poverty level. That's about $32,000 per year for a family of four. Experts estimate that this would make about 650,000 more Louisianians eligible for Medicaid. So…if we accept Medicaid Expansion, almost 1.9 Million People would qualify for Medicaid — that's about 40% of the state! Healthcare is expensive! How on earth could we afford to pay for that? Well Liberals say "Don't worry! The federal government will fund everything." However, that's not exactly true. First, Medicaid only pays hospitals and doctors, on average, about 60% of the Medicare rates for their services. And how do they make up for that massive loss in revenue? You guessed it! They charge the rest of us who buy private insurance. Now imagine how much rates would increase, if we were to double the recipients of Medicaid! Secondly, and most importantly, the federal government doesn't cover all of the costs. True, Washington would cover a whopping $900 Million dollars of it — but there would still be about 50 Million Dollars that would fall on the shoulders of Louisiana. But the worst thing is that the Federal funding diminishes in just a few years. Eventually, Louisiana would have to pay a big part ourselves. Estimates range from $900 Million to $2.1 Billion Dollars over 10 years! Washington DC runs deficits of almost 1 Trillion Dollars every single year. And let's be honest, Democrats aren't the only ones responsible. Since Bush took office in 2000, the federal debt has skyrocketed from Four Trillion to almost $18 Trillion Dollars…in just 14 years! Conservatives want EVERYONE to have good healthcare and health insurance… young, old, poor, rich. Everyone. And we mean that! But when our only plan is to make 40% of Louisiana dependent for their healthcare on a federal government headed for bankruptcy. Well, we think that is Heartless! What happens when the Federal Government finally runs out of money? America needs free market driven healthcare reforms that would drive down costs and give every American the opportunity at having world class health care. And Medicaid Expansion is not the solution.2014-05-19T02:25:31.000Z

Some of the other issues Whitney has spoken out on have been the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and gun control. In the video above, she clarifies her stance in opposition of Medicaid expansion by saying that the expansion doesn’t insure children, only more adults, perhaps not realizing the legislation now allows children to stay on their parents’ insurance plan until they’re 26.

She’s a gun-carrying member of the NRA and vocal opponent of any gun control legislation, saying on her website that she will “never vote to expand federal gun laws. Period.”

5. She Owned a Dance School for Over 30 Years

Whitney and her husband are both small business owners in Houma, Louisiana. For 34 years she owned and operated a dance studio, and her husband owns a sign shop.