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None so Blind

They say that there's a health care "debate" going on, but frankly, I don't see it. Debates traditionally involve two sides---each presenting and defending arguments which are then judged by an impartial arbiter for effectiveness, and a winner determined on merit.What's happening in Washington these days is more akin to a circus sideshow or an awful science fiction movie. The type where you see the inevitable conclusion unfolding before your eyes but are powerless to intervene. That's because what's going on in Washington is not a debate. It's a fiction. A drama. A staged passion play.

On the one side, we have the Democrats, defenders of the Narrative that despite our life choices and natural abilities, we should all be treated the same with our outcomes all predetermined by government fiat. On the other side, we have the Press, defenders of the Democrats. Where are the Republicans?

Outside the theater, clamoring for entrance.

The problem with today's "debate" on health care is that the case against government's injecting itself into the equation is not being made effectively. The Democrats are insisting that such intervention is necessary and the Press instructs everyone else that this of course is the correct choice. Regular, everyday, common Americans who aren't necessarily plugged in to the blogosphere never get a chance to even hear alternative arguments, let alone understand them. The sad reality is that too many people still rely on their local 6 o'clock news for information or, worse (to the great joy of Democrats) tune out completely.

There's no other way to explain this jarring statement as reported today by Erica Werner of the AP:

White House spokesman Dan Pfeiffer said later that aside from congressional Republicans, "there has not been a vocal opponent to this point" prior to the release of the insurance industry report.

You remember that insurance industry report, don't you? The one released by AHIP which estimated that your family's premium by 2019 under the Baucus bill would be about $4,000 more than expected?

Does the White House (via their mouthpiece du jour, Mr. Pfeiffer) honestly believe that there have been no vocal opponents to the various Democrat plans being floated around Washington except for AHIP? That's impossible to defend. What's really happening is that the White House is using the AP to create that impression in the minds of Americans who aren't following this too closely that there's really "nothing to see here" and that this is all a fait accompli.

We'll find out in 2010 (sooner in NJ and VA) whether this strategy will pay off for Democrats. Judging by the great urgency with which they're authorizing all these trillions of dollars in spending, I'd bet that even they realize it's all about to go up in smoke and that their window of opportunity to destroy American's capitalist foundations is closing quickly.

Not quickly enough.


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Comments (9)

It doesn't matter what real... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

It doesn't matter what reality is, Albert - what matters is how it can be spun.

Thus, there's no possible alternatives to the health care 'crisis' in the US (which doesn't seem to be viewed as a horrible crisis by the people it effects) and the ONLY solution is to have government take it over.

It'd be nice to get folks into Congress who don't see their position there as being dependent on doing 'something' - which seems to translate out to "Spend lots'o'bucks on the crisis du jour!" - but more dependent on doing the RIGHT thing in the most economical way.

The calls to swap out the dollar as the world reserve currency is the equivalent of a warning call from a credit card company for late payments. We've GOT to stop spending so much, and the fools in Washington just don't get it.

Instead, they tout how much money we'll save having government do everything. It's worked so well for AmTrak, the Post Office, Cash For Clunkers... sure, why not throw health care into the mix?

It's not about reality - it's about spin.

It doesn't matter what r... (Below threshold)
jim m:

It doesn't matter what reality is, Albert - what matters is how it can be spun.

After Chernobyl there was no dramatic increase in the number of deaths due to cancer. However, the rate of cardiac related death skyrocketed.

We have the same government here now. Make mistakes. Lie about them. Make more lies to cover up the first lies. etc.

From my perspective, Obama ... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

From my perspective, Obama et al seem to be attempting to 'herd' the U.S. into government run healthcare (while it's not the immediate objective - it is the final one).

The talk of 'healthcare crisis' is pushed to attempt to drive people into accepting that the government needs to do something.

Why is it that a political ... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

Why is it that a political ferret like Rahm Immanuel - the White House Chief of Staff - is directly involved in the flurry to reduce the Senate bill to writing by next week?

What special skill does he bring to the party and why the hell is he drafting legislation?

Not to put too fine a point... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

Not to put too fine a point on it, how do you think Democrats would have reacted if Carl Rove had been directly involved in drafting the Patriot Act? Immanuel is a political advisor and Obama's chief hatchet man. He has nothing to do with the Senate.

That line sums up the left'... (Below threshold)
Alicia Amberg:

That line sums up the left's philosophy - "despite our life choices and natural abilities, . . by government fiat" - that's excellent writing.

"Where are the Republica... (Below threshold)
Steve Green:

"Where are the Republicans? Outside the theater, clamoring for entrance."

Where are the Republicans? In the back of the theater, yelling out catcalls and throwing stones and otherwise acting like children.

Glad to have you onboard at... (Below threshold)
Eddie:

Glad to have you onboard at wizbankblog Albert. If today's postings are any indication, you should have a long and glorious future in your future.

Steve's having flashbacks a... (Below threshold)
epador:

Steve's having flashbacks again and getting confused. Time to restart the Seroquel.




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