If this be terrorism…
posted at 1:53 pm on August 7, 2009 by CK MacLeod
The Washington Post‘s business columnist Steven Pearlstein has added a subtle new rhetorical wrinkle to the campaign of clever, disarming understatement and reasoned discourse that has so far characterized the pro-Obamacare campaign. According to Pearlstein, if you claim that any of the various versions of Obamacare threaten a government takeover of health care, or that the higher cost estimates for the Democratic plans are more realistic than the lower ones, you’re a “political terrorist” (a designation that may helpfully distinguish you from those of us who favor terrorism just for the fun of it).
To emphasize the sheer out of this universe total and complete lunacy of longtime political co-conspirators Barney Frank and Rush Limbaugh, who both believe that the endpoint of health care “reform” is some version of a single payer system, Pearlstein tries to bring things down to Earth:
Under any plan likely to emerge from Congress, the vast majority of Americans who are not old or poor will continue to buy health insurance from private companies, continue to get their health care from doctors in private practice and continue to be treated at privately owned hospitals.
“Under any plan likely…”: Now, all of the plans that were originally being seriously considered by the Democrats, including our Truly Great Leader (TGL), offered robust “public option” rainbows leading right to the Frankian pot of single payer gold. Much of the discussion of the last month or two has been about pushing the public option back or watering it down. So, one translation of Pearlstein’s argument might be “Terrorism works!”
Keep this in mind: If you’re not with Pearlstein and the TGL, then you are the moral equivalent of Osama bin Laden – or maybe Ulrike Meinhof for you distaff extremists. That might make Pearlstein a Special Forces warrior, a veritable GI Joe of Health Care – either that or just another remote control attack drone.
cross-posted at Zombie Contentions