Mark Steyn: The Great “Contraception Misdirection”
posted at 11:14 am on February 19, 2012 by Rovin
Mark Steyn writes in the National Review about this Potomac Two-Step by the Obama administration to take the voters eyes off the reality of an American Economy heading perilously off the cliff. The cold, hard facts are in Obama’s 2013 projected budget—and his “full steam ahead” spending policies—designed to send this nation into perpetual and irreversible debt:
A universal birth-control mandate is a curious priority for a dying republic.
Have you seen the official White House version of what the New York Times headline writers call “A Responsible Budget”? My favorite bit is Chart 5-1 on page 58 of their 500-page appendix on “Analytical Perspectives.” This is entitled “Publicly Held Debt Under 2013 Budget Policy Projections.” It’s a straight line going straight up before disappearing off the top right-hand corner of the graph in the year 2084 and continuing northeast straight through your eye socket, out the back of your skull, and zooming up to rendezvous with Newt’s space colony on the moon circa 2100. Just to emphasize, this isn’t the doom-laden dystopian fancy of a right-wing apocalyptic loon like me; it’s the official Oval Office version of where America’s headed. In the New York Times–approved “responsible budget” there is no attempt even to pretend to bend the debt curve into something approaching reentry with reality. link
Please take the few moments to read Steyn’s complete two-page article at NR Online, while I leave you with the last two paragraphs of his article:
Glenn Reynolds, the Instapundit, distills the current hysteria thus: “It’s as if we passed a law requiring mosques to sell bacon and then, when people objected, responded by saying ‘What’s wrong with bacon? You’re trying to ban bacon!!!!’”
Americans foolish enough to fall for the Democrats’ crude bit of misdirection can hardly complain about their rendezvous with the sharp end of that page-58 budget graph. People are free to buy bacon, and free to buy condoms. But the state has no compelling interest to force either down your throat. The notion that an all-powerful government would distract from its looming bankruptcy by introducing a universal contraceptive mandate would strike most novelists as almost too pat in its symbolism. It’s like something out of Brave New World. Except that it’s cowardly, and, like so much else about the sexual revolution, very old and wrinkled.
If we can not see through these outright deceptions and distractions on the part of Obama and the Democrats, (and their fawning liberal media), how many more Contraception Cons will they be running in the coming months ahead? Keep your eyes on the ball folks, because, IT’S STILL THE ECONOMY—STUPID!