Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Last evening, Sarah Palin penned an OP/ED for the Wall Street Journal regarding health care. Hours before President Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress, the White House released a series of talking points, and one of them was particularly notable:
On Gov. Palin's Attacks
Every non-partisan organization that has looked at her claims say they are false. And the ideas in her op-ed are both scary and risky. Eliminating Medicare and giving our seniors vouchers instead is a bad idea that we shouldn't adopt.
-Sarah Palin stated nothing in her OP/ED about eliminating Medicare.
-Medicare already funds optional private insurance for seniors under the Medicare Advantage (Part C) program.
-Stating her ideas are "both scary and risky." What would be so scary and risky about tort reform and opening up insurance competition across state lines?
These are the same old talking points we have seen for months. This is a feeble attempt to blame someone else for incompetent leadership both in Congress and by the White House. The president will have 60 Senate seats once Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick appoints a Senator to replace Ted Kennedy.
So with the votes, why has his plan failed? It has failed because his attempt to rush it through before the August recess brought tremendous negative attention to the plan. Why would a president want to rush something through in a panic when he has 60 votes? Quite obviously, it was rushed because the American people would soon realize what total garbage this plan is. And they did.
Thanks to the works of people like Gov. Sarah Palin and others, the truths of what ObamaCare would be, and, even worse, what it could turn into. This is where the death panels come in. No bill would ever use the term "death panels"; that would be political suicide. The "death panels" would be simply a negative externality resulting from the passage of the bill. Economics is the study of how a society allocates its scarce resources. The very nature of the laws of supply and demand guarantee that there will be rationing. "Death panels" was a way to describe what rationing is to the average American. It worked, and, dare I say it; it seems to be rather accurate as well.
Even scarier, are the rambling ideas that are being floated around in congress. Public Option, CO-OPS, triggered public option, etc. These are all nonsensical terms and no one knows how bad the effects of these programs could be. As we have seen over the last month, the American people do not want them. The inability to stand on principle is staggering, and also quite scary.
And most comical is this notion floating about that Palin did not write today's OP/ED. Noted Palin-obsessed lunatic Geoffrey Dunn is perpetuating this insane notion. This was hilarious enough on its own, in that The Huffington Post would actually publish his response. Now, even the White House is getting on board with it!
"Even Gov. Palin in the essay that, I don’t know, she wrote herself" - the official wryly continued, drawing laughter from reporters - "as she considered all of the complexities of this issue, acknowledged at the front end that there is a significant health care crisis. That alone is important."
Is this a joke? This is what the White House has turned into? They are either totally incompetent, or absolutely terrified of this woman. For the White House to question the authorship of a piece written by a former governor with a degree in journalism, simply because they think she talks funny is truly amazing.
Their Pravda style propaganda is sickening.
Obama and his cronies have no clue what being president is about, and it is sickening.