We all know about Nigerian scammers. We all probably remember getting emails from Nigeria asking for help in getting a bank to release funds.
There is even a Wikipedia entry called “Nigerian Scam”:
While the scam is not limited to Nigeria, the nation has become associated with this fraud and it has earned a reputation for being a center of email scam crimes. Other nations known to have a high incidence of advance fee fraud include Ivory Coast, Benin, Togo, South Africa, Russia, Pakistan, the Netherlands, and Spain.
So there is nothing weird or contrived, for Ted Cruz to crack a cutting joke, as he did:
You may have noticed that all the Nigerian email scammers have become a lot less active lately. They all have been hired to run the Obamacare website.
It seems Cruz’s words were so effective that Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA) had to figure out a way to use them against him. Cartwright has reasoned that, because Nigeria and Kenya are both on the African continent, and there are people who say that Obama was born in Kenya, that Cruz must have been making some kind of allusion to the President’s alleged origins. So he said on the Ed Show,
Jokes about Nigerian scammers, you know, I wonder how much off the cuff that really was, and how calculated it was to appeal to Sen. Cruz’s base, many of whom believe that the president is from Africa.
Cartwright said this while pretending to objectively discuss how Ted Cruz was hurting the Republican brand.
In the meantime, the Affordable Care Act is, in fact, pretty much inviting Americans to be victimized by scammers as they try to find affordable health insurance coverage.
Citizens of the 34 states that chose not to create their own exchange (and thus must use the federal Healthcare.gov website) can search for application assistance at LocalHelp.Healthcare.gov. On this page, users are prompted to enter their location. Users then will receive search results comprising the entities available to assist in the users’ respective areas.
Except they include people who are not available. PJ Media Journalist, David Steinberg, found this warning with the results: “Application Assisters listed on this page may still be completing federal and state certification requirements.”
Calling up the Healthcare.gov help line and asking questions got him only a written answer that was read to him over the phone:
Application assisters listed on this page may still be completing federal and state certification requirements. They are obligated to let you know if they are certified or not if you contact them. If they are not certified, they cannot help you.
No one would tell Steinberg if this was simply a database of everyone who has applied to be an “assistor” (isn’t the correct word supposed to be “assistant”?), or if there was some other more narrow criterion. Unless this person lets you know that he or she is not certified, you could end up giving your private data to an unauthorized stranger—led to do so by the healthcare.gov website. I doubt any of these scammers would be either Nigerian or Kenyan.
The American scammers are bad enough, especially the ones in the government right now.
In the midst of real negligence, incompetence, and needlessly inflicted suffering, all Democrats can do is make up stupid racist accusations to try to divide the country and evade their responsibility.