Whatever Obama says tomorrow in his speech to Congress (does this man do anything other than give speeches?) will certainly be received, revered, and raved over by the media and in blog world. However whatever he says will sound inevitably like a response to Gov. Palin’s words today. But none of it will matter because if Sarah says it, it simply MUST be incompetent drivel, or else written by someone else. First the facts.
She talked about the “death panels” and laid out a clear rationale for why such concerns are justified:
The fact is that any group of government bureaucrats that makes decisions affecting life or death is essentially a “death panel.” The work of Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, President Obama’s health policy advisor and the brother of his chief of staff, is particularly disturbing on this score. Dr. Emanuel has written extensively on the topic of rationed health care, describing a “Complete Lives System” for allotting medical care based on “a priority curve on which individuals aged between roughly 15 and 40 years get the most chance, whereas the youngest and oldest people get chances that are attenuated.” He also has written that some medical services should not be guaranteed to those “who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens…. An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia.”
Such ideas are shocking, but they could ultimately be used by government bureaucrats to help determine the treatment of our loved ones.
If that wasn’t enough the Wall Street Journal published an Op-Ed piece by the terrible horrible no good witless Sarah Palin. In it, she made a full frontal assault on Barack Obama’s leadership and the solutions offered by the Democrats in Congress:
Let’s talk about specifics. In his Times op-ed, the president argues that the Democrats’ proposals “will finally bring skyrocketing health-care costs under control” by “cutting . . . waste and inefficiency in federal health programs like Medicare and Medicaid and in unwarranted subsidies to insurance companies . . . .”
First, ask yourself whether the government that brought us such “waste and inefficiency” and “unwarranted subsidies” in the first place can be believed when it says that this time it will get things right. The nonpartistan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) doesn’t think so: Its director, Douglas Elmendorf, told the Senate Budget Committee in July that “in the legislation that has been reported we do not see the sort of fundamental changes that would be necessary to reduce the trajectory of federal health spending by a significant amount.”
Way to go Sarah, but you know it will do no good to point out inconvenient facts to liberals. After all it doesn’t matter at all what Sarah says, because she’s Sarah. Just look at some of the responses to her Op-Ed:
NILE GARRITSON: A year ago she couldn’t name a single news publication she reads.
Now, ironically, she has had two op-eds in newspapers catering to the elite establishment she pretends to stand against.
She obviously didn’t write this. People who write clearly and succinctly don’t talk in such a jumbled and incoherent manner.
Or maybe this:
RAFAEL KRONZON: Why is a housewife from Alaska allowed to write a column in the WSJ? Quitter.
Sexist maybe? How about this:
MAVIS DARLING: I’m amused at all you people who think Sarah Palin actually wrote that article herself. I guarantee you somebody else wrote that article, and whoever it was had to explain everything to Sarah in childish terms, over and over again, so that she could understand it. That woman is not bright enough or well educated enough to write a cohesive, rational essay.
Now honestly, I don’t know if she wrote this entirely on her own or not, but it wouldn’t surprise me if she did and it doesn’t bother me if she didn’t. Most politicians have writers (even “Teh One”), but that isn’t the point really. Is this what our national discourse has come to? No not really. It hasn’t come to this, it’s always been this for the liberal left. Unable to argue based on logic and policy the left always goes back to its standard approach of demonizing the opposition, insulting those who disagree, and disparaging any who oppose you.
Sarah Palin is red meat to liberals, who ostensibly should be the greatest defenders of a self made woman with a supportive husband carving out a career. Instead she is attacked relentlessly for no discernible reason from the right and the left. Most of this is due to nothing else other than her gender, as I am certain that no man would receive the criticism that she does. The hypocrisy and intellectual bankruptcy of the left is baffling, but unexpected. Rather than engaging ideas, they engage people and have perfected the politics of personal destruction.
But either way it doesn’t matter. In the words of the folks at Hillbuzz:
And perfectly timed to set the discussion before Dr. Utopia’s speech tomorrow…yet another ‘historic oration of historic importance” that will say little, clear up nothing, and ramble on for an hour as Dr. Utopia enjoys not only hearing his own voice, but making Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi pop up repeatedly like whack-a-moles behind him.