Not Only is ObamaCare Lethal….
It’s Debt would destroy this country…
Folks… Sarah Palin has destroyed any chance Obama will be re-electable in 2012 and she did it with Facebook Notes and the Truth.
The following article by D.K. Jamaal says it in a nutshell:
D.K Jamaal, Progressive Examiner
September 2, 4:49 PM
Sarah Palin stands on stage during the election night rally on
November 4, 2008 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Getty images)
It’s not even 2012, and Sarah Palin, the “lightweight” Caribou Barbie stupid dumb right-wing inexperienced unqualified unaccomplished religious wacko birther enabling nut that came from Wasilla, has already defeated President Obama.
She has trounced Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.
She has trumped MoveOn, ACORN, and Obama’s mass army of volunteers at Organizing for America.
She has out-demagogued the three stooges of MSNBC Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews, and Rachel Maddow.
Oh, and she did it with Facebook notes.
Read that again: she did it with Facebook notes.
The notion that Obamacare would include panels making end-of-life decisions for Americans had floated unnoticed in the ether for months, before Palin’s Facebook note dated August 7, 2009 – ominously warning of “Obama’s death panel” stocked with “evil” government “bureaucrats” who would deny care to the “sick, elderly, and disabled.”
Now, let’s keep in mind that Mrs. Palin is (should be?) little more than a celebrity curio at this point.
She holds no elected office.
She is not a party official, nor the head of any chartered political organization. She is not a Fortune 500 businesswoman, not a powerful member of the prognosticating pundit class, not a cited academic authority.
She is a private citizen. But, oh, what a private citizen!
Sarah Palin speaks at the Republican Governors Association
conference November 13, 2008 in Miami, Florida.(Getty images)
How should those who disagreed with this private citizen’s assessment of the health care debate have responded to her allegations? Simple.
They should have ignored her, as they would do any one they really considered a rube with no credibility and no power.
But many Obama supporters aren’t that intelligent, and the ones who are know Sarah Palin is nobody’s village idiot.
That’s why they — stupidly — tried to silence her so viciously. Oops.
Palin-the-puppetmaster uttered “death panel” and the left-wing, right on cue, went running after the thrown bone, tails wagging and tongues slobbering in hyperventilation.
The self-defeating inability of Democrats to ignore the Palinator magnified the “death panel” claim.
They kept Palin squarely in the mainstream, made “death panels” the talk of the town. And by the time you hear something enough it becomes true. Seniors were scared. Independents were worried. And the debate was completely hijacked.
Palin distracted health care progressives at a time when we should have been explicating an optional government plan to compete with predatory private insurance companies as the pragmatic alternative to socialist single-payer and the laissez faire rapaciousness preferred by Wall Street-Washington oligarchs.
Democratic talking head Paul Begala got a lot of press by summing Palin up as a “whack job” and a “lightweight.”
In the meantime, Palin kept releasing healthcare killing Facebook notes – spreading conservative anti-Obamacare articles (August 8 and 9), doubling-down on death panels (August 12), accusing reformists of wanting to ration health care (August 13), and pushing tort reform (August 21).
As the arguments gained traction, and as Obamacrats continued bending to the big pharamaceutical lobby in compromising away real reform, liberals – instead of pushing back with relentless, focused talking points for price controls, public options, and mandates – frothed at the mouth, launched sexist attacks against Palin, and denigrated town hall protestors.
The result of all this?
Counseling is out of the proposals – just like Sarah Palin the Lightweight of Wasilla wanted. And as an added bonus, the neglected public option is now off the table, with the President unwilling to fight for it. Government ability to bargain for lower drug prices? Denied. Consumer ability to buy cheaper drugs from other countries? Gone. A universal mandate? Obama wouldn’t even support that in the primaries.
PERRY, GA – DECEMBER 1: Sarah Palin arrives at a campaign rally for Republican
incumbent Sen. Saxby Chambliss, on December 1, 2008 in Perry, Georgia. (Getty)
So that’s all folks. There goes real health care reform.
I wish I, a private citizen, could write some Facebook notes and get the kind of health care bill I wanted.
It is, as Hillbuzz.com put it, “truly, truly remarkable.”
If Palin can manage to throw Obama off message with Facebook, I shudder to think what Palin can accomplish with the entire right-of-center electoral apparatus behind her at the top of a national ticket.
When the Democratic Congress finally passes its Palinized, Obamagutted health care non-reform bill with nothing in it resembling cost control, competition, or anything remotely progressive, the epitaph should read:
“Here lies health care reform: killed by Facebook, buried by Obama.”
By Facebook. By Sarah Palin’s Facebook notes.
You don’t have to agree with Palin’s policies to be wowed by this — or to get a kick out of seeing the misogynist, working class-hating East Coast manchild geeks get their butts handed to them by this PTA mom. This is populism at its most stunning.
Whack job? Depends on your politics.
But lightweight? Ha! Whatever you say, Begala.
See you in 2012, private citizen Palin. Do your thang, babe. Lightweight your way right to the Oval Office.
Take a look at this article from Pajamas Media:
Like Napoleon in Spain, a short-run victory on ObamaCare could prove disastrous for the president in the long term.
History is full of examples of conquests that seemed easy and tempting, but later turned out to be gigantic blunders. One of them was Napoleon’s decision to invade Spain in 1808 and put his elder brother Joseph on the throne. That was the first great miscalculation of his career.
I strongly suspect that Obama’s decision to “reform” American health care by thoroughly politicizing it will become his Spain — a short-run victory that will in the long run prove disastrous for him.
Napoleon and Spain
In 1808, Napoleon was the master of continental Europe. To his south, Spain was officially an ally, but it was a nation long past its age of military power. The Spanish army was no match for the French and Napoleon was certain he could easily crush it, capture Madrid, and send the corrupt King Charles IV packing. Under the conventions of warfare at that time, once you had beaten the enemy army and taken the capital city, fighting ceased and the victor could enjoy the spoils of war. Napoleon, the great conqueror, couldn’t resist this piece of low-hanging fruit.
Things did not go according to Napoleon’s plans. Defeating the Spanish army was easy enough, as was the business of putting Joseph on the throne. But afterward, the country erupted in partisan warfare that gave us the word “guerilla.” French garrisons and supply trains were attacked. Spain was drenched in blood and the drain on French resources and manpower was debilitating. For Napoleon, conquering Spain was a self-inflicted wound that turned gangrenous.
Obama and health care
In early 2009, Barack Obama was in much the same position as Napoleon in 1808. He sat in the White House with overwhelming power in Congress to enact his initiatives for remaking the United States to suit his egalitarian, statist vision. Obama and his Democratic shock troops captured the auto and financial industries in blitzkrieg campaigns in the spring. He seemed invincible — and then he decided to launch a summer offensive to take over health care. Ever since, the fighting has been fierce.
Exactly what will happen on this front is uncertain, but let’s assume that in the fall, Obama’s forces — reinforced, re-energized, and inspired by the loss of Field Marshal Kennedy — ram through some variant of ObamaCare. (As I argued here, the details won’t matter very much.) Then they will be able to savor their victory — right?
Probably not. Here’s why I think such a victory will be like Napoleon’s “victory” in Spain.
In the past, every advance of the welfare state has been politically successful (and by that, I certainly don’t mean they were good policies) for this reason: government programs delivered concentrated, visible benefits to people while the costs were widely dispersed among taxpayers and consumers.
Social Security, for example, has been a political success because the benefits are tangible and well-publicized, creating a strong political constituency for continuing and expanding it. Of course, there are no free lunches and Social Security meant taking money away from workers. The Social Security taxes, however, are cleverly hidden by the device of withholding. Grandma Green sees her check, but the working people who were taxed to pay for it never saw their money.
That’s why Social Security has been a political sacred cow. Economists and policy wonks have been criticizing it for decades, but to no avail.
As “public choice” economists have long understood, even terribly inefficient and wasteful government programs will survive if they have concentrated benefits and widely diffuse costs. The beneficiaries will fight much harder to keep the goodies coming than the people who pay the resulting higher taxes and prices will fight to end the program. In fact, the latter usually don’t even know that they are being mulcted.
The list of programs like that is enormous: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, sugar price supports, export subsidies, protective tariffs, pro-union le
Why ObamaCare is different
Now think about ObamaCare. It’s different than all those welfare state policies in a crucial respect: it will create concentrated, visible costs for people, but the benefits will mostly be intangible and diffused. That isn’t a politically successful model. Instead, it’s likely to create a national uprising, just as Napoleon’s invasion of Spain did.
ObamaCare is an attempt to provide expansive health care benefits for millions of people who previously made do with much less, while simultaneously bringing down total health care spending. That will inevitably lead to the kinds of denial of treatment decisions and rationing by waiting list that are found in Britain and other countries with heavily politicized systems. Americans won’t react with indifference when grandma can’t get a hip replacement because some federal panel has decreed that it wouldn’t be cost-effective. Never before has a government program here created large numbers of people who will see themselves as terribly victimized by it.
Let’s imagine a hypothetical conversation between Grandma Green’s daughter and her congressman, whom we’ll call Representative Frump.
Daughter: “My mother needs a hip replacement to be able to regain mobility and enjoy life, but some bureaucratic panel said she can’t have it. You voted for ObamaCare even though we both wrote to you to explain why we were against it. What do you have to say?”
Congressman Frump: “Well, too bad about your mother, but you’ve got to keep in mind that under our reformed system, we are now insuring millions who used to be uninsured. That’s a great step toward social justice for America!”
Concentrated cost versus an abstract benefit. That defense won’t play in Peoria. It probably won’t even play in San Francisco, Boston, or Washington, D.C.
Guerilla warfare to come
The political insurgency will be fueled by cases like Grandma Green’s. Every adverse medical outcome that can plausibly be blamed on ObamaCare will be used to fan the flames. Congressmen and senators who voted for the legislation will be the equivalent of the vulnerable French garrisons and supply trains in Spain. They’ll be attacked repeatedly and many will fall. Political ads built around instances like the conversation above will take a large toll of Democratic loyalists.
Worse yet for the left, Americans who would never have thought about the damage that other parts of its collectivist, anti-individual agenda are doing to the country will become receptive to such messages. Many who were drawn into the insurgency because they dislike ObamaCare will come to understand that it is only one of hundreds of federal programs that harm people, waste money, and make us poorer. In short, ObamaCare will help catalyze opposition to statism itself.
Another similarity to Napoleon’s peninsular campaign will probably be the efforts at suppressing it. One of Goya’s most famous paintings depicts a French firing squad executing Spanish rebels. Doing that might appeal to some of Obama’s staff, but the actual tactics will involve increasing harassment from the IRS, the Federal Election Commission, and other federal bureaucracies capable of making life miserable for those who publicly criticize ObamaCare and its defenders. Like the firing squads, those efforts will only make the resistance more determined.
Could ObamaCare actually be driven out, as the French were from Spain? The conventional wisdom has been that if it passes, we’ll never get rid of it. I’m not sure about that. True, bad laws are hardly ever repealed, but for the reasons I’ve given, ObamaCare is going to be uniquely vulnerable. Combined with the outrages that other aspects of Obama’s statist, authoritarian agenda will keep producing, the United States is going to experience the political equivalent of the uprising against Napoleon.
That uprising has already begun and if ObamaCare is enacted, it will intensify greatly. The political combat will be vicious. My hunch is that Obama will regret that he roused the still-substantial portion of the American populace that prefers liberty and individual responsibility to subservience to the nanny state.
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Gateway Pundit: Breaking: Patients With Terminal Illnesses Die Early Under British Health Care System
BlackListed News: UK HEALTH SYSTEM: PATIENTS WITH TERMINAL ILLNESSES MADE TO DIE PREMATURELY
theblogprof: Single-Payer Hell: Patients With Terminal Illnesses Made To Die Prematurely Under British Health Care System – NHS Death Panels are real!
Free Republic: Sentenced to death on the NHS
Liberty’s Army: Forecasting Death in the UK: Fasttrack to Death with the NHS Pathway Policy
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NewsBusters: French Health Care Expert: France’s System Broken, Should Copy US; Media Yawn
Right Pundits: France’s Disastrous Universal Healthcare
Wall Street Journal: France Fights Universal Care’s High Cost
Right Voices: Hey MSM, You Forgot To Report That France’s Health Care System Broken and Should Copy US!
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Telegraph: ‘Cruel and neglectful’ care of one million NHS patients exposed and Sufferers pull out teeth due to lack of dentists
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The Weekly Standard: Choosy Moms Don’t Choose Socialized Medicine
Wellsy’s World: Canadian health system “not sustainable,” looking to privatize
Tiger Hawk: Canadian brain surgery
Ann Coulter, Townhall: Liberal Lies in National Health Care: Second in a Series and Take Two Aspirin and Call Me When Your Cancer is Stage 4
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American Spectator: Honoring Teddy By Opposing Health Care
Indian Country Today: Trahant: The double standard of government-run health care: Indian Health Service
HoodaThunk?: The single-payer healthcare system in our own backyard.
Right Angles: Single-payer horror stories Goodtimepolitics: 1,200 Veterans Falsely Told by VA They had Fatal Disease and Birth on pavement ‘after being refused ambulance’
The Atlantic: Whip Counting: Blanche Lincoln Opposes Public Option, Sort Of
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