Here come the secret Hillarycare papers Update“P.S.” identified
posted at 4:20 pm on January 18, 2008 by Bryan
Judicial Watch has been getting them from the Clinton Library. You know, the one paid for by millions of dollars from people that the Clintons won’t identify.
The papers are interesting. It’s not hard to see why the Clinton machine wanted this one kept in the dark.
• A June 18, 1993 internal Memorandum entitled, “A Critique of Our Plan,” authored by someone with the initials “P.S.,” makes the startling admission that critics of Hillary’s health care reform plan were correct: “I can think of parallels in wartime, but I have trouble coming up with a precedent in our peacetime history for such broad and centralized control over a sector of the economy…Is the public really ready for this?… none of us knows whether we can make it work well or at all…”
Because we wouldn’t want the public to know that the Hillarycare cabal might have been a bunch of clueless, power hungry statists.
• A “Confidential” May 26, 1993 Memorandum from Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) to Hillary Clinton entitled, “Health Care Reform Communications,” which criticizes the Task Force as a “secret cabal of Washington policy ‘wonks’” that has engaged in “choking off information” from the public regarding health care reform. The memorandum suggests that Hillary Clinton “use classic opposition research” to attack those who were excluded by the Clinton Administration from Task Force deliberations and to “expose lifestyles, tactics and motives of lobbyists” in order to deflect criticism. Senator Rockefeller also suggested news organizations “are anxious and willing to receive guidance [from the Clinton Administration] on how to time and shape their [news] coverage.”
So they were using police state tactics in the service of taking over 1/7th of the US economy in peacetime to deal with a mostly manufactured controversy. But don’t call them “liberal fascists,” because that would be wrong.
As Michelle says:
Spying on jihad suspects? Bad.
Spying on health care opponents? Good.
Update: Suitably Flip finds that P.S. is Paul Starr.