They castigated Sarah Palin, because she coined the term "Death Panels" in describing Obamacare's "Independent Advisory Board."
". . . And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s 'death panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their 'level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.They ridiculed her, attacked her sanity, her intelligence, and her integrity. They denied that there would be anything like a death panel involved in Obamacare. They claimed it was nothing more that "end-of-life-counseling" and that any claim to the contrary was a lie.
Here is a video recording of Paul Krugman made at a Q and A session following a speech he gave last week.
Much of what he says in the first minute is garbled, but he does assert that an 80+% debt to GDP ratio is not a "crisis level" (that is his projection of the debt level 10 years from now)--wishful thinking anyone? Wait till Obamacare gets fully enacted. Here's a transcript of that he said beginning at 1:00 (minute):
"Eventually we do have a problem. That the population is getting older, health care costs are rising, all of that . . . slowing . . . there is this question of how we’re going to pay for the programs. The year 2025, the year 2030, something is going to have to give."Death panels and sales taxes . . ." How very curious that we are now hearing from the grand professor of liberal economics and one of the loudest voices in pushing Obamacare and amassing a huge national debts, the same words that we conservatives have been waring against since Obamacare first raised its ugly, destructive, anti-capitalism head from the slimy pit of Democrat dreams.
This is Stein's Law. Herbert Stein . . . um . . . 'if something can't go on forever, it will stop.' So something will have to give and we don't know how it will be done.
My vision on how it ought to be done is that we’re going to need more revenue and probably in the end--surely in the end--it will require some sort of middle class taxes as well.
So in the end, we won’t be able to pay for the kind of government the society will want without some increase in taxes, not a huge one, but some increase in taxes on the middle class, maybe a value added tax, something like that. And we’re also going to, really have to make decisions about health care, not pay for health care that has no demonstrated medical benefits.
So, God forbid, the snarky version... which I shouldn’t even say because it will get me in trouble is death panels and sales taxes is how we do this.
But it's not that far out of reach. Even there, it's not this huge, impossible adjustment; the only thing major required is the politics. So if we had reasonable men and women with a shared interest in making American society work in Congress, we need to stick around the table." [my emphasis]
BUT, Krugman isn't alone in this "startling" admission (startling only to those gullible liberal idiots who stood in rapt attention as their demigoguing demi-god Obama and his henchmen and women in the Democrat Party leadership sold their lives and their futures down the river (River Styx, I believe it was).
Oh no, former "Car Czar" Steve Rattner, a semi-regular guest on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" has also admitted the truth, after months of sneering at Sarah Palin's characterization and basking in the resultant approbation of pseudo-conservative (and former Republican congressman) Joe Scarborough and his Moon-calf co-host Mika Brzezinski (whose primary function on the program appears to be making juvenile faces at the camera and interjecting bovine banalities as the adults at the table discuss serious issues), and their liberal friends.
From an op-ed he published in the New York Times back in September:
Published: September 16, 2012
WE need death panels.
Well, maybe not death panels, exactly, but unless we start allocating health care resources more prudently — rationing, by its proper name — the exploding cost of Medicare will swamp the federal budget.
But in the pantheon of toxic issues — the famous “third rails” of American politics — none stands taller than overtly acknowledging that elderly Americans are not entitled to every conceivable medical procedure or pharmaceutical. [emphasis added]
Is that not precisely what we conservatives were cautioning against time and again as Madame Speaker Pelosi and her Democrat Dragoons frog-marched Obamacare through the House without allowing Republicans the opportunity to suggest amendments and by brute force and . . . creative . . . use of the House rules?
She herself confessed she hadn't read it and famously stated (some would say infamously stated) that "But we have to pass the [health care] bill so that you can find out what’s in it....” Are not those words the words one might expect from a dictator rather than an elected representative?
On June 20, 2012, Jonathon Capehart reported in the Washington Post, that at a lunch on Capitol Hill with opinion writers, Pelosi attempted to defend her infamous statement, she told the White House propaganda staff . . . I mean the opinion writers . . .
"In the fall of the year, the outside groups...were saying ‘it’s about abortion,’ which it never was. ‘It’s about ‘death panels,’’ which it never was. ‘It’s about a job-killer,’ which it creates four million. ‘It’s about increasing the deficit’; well, the main reason to pass it was to decrease the deficit.” [did a damn good job of that last, didn't it Madame (former) Speaker?] [emphasis added]Well Madame former Speaker, YOU LIED--at least according to the above two luminaries of liberal economics and avid advocates in support of Obama care.
Fewer choices and greater expense.
My 87-year old mother is currently facing a decision whether or not to begin dialysis treatments. It is a rough go, 4 hours a day, 3 days a week--needle tracks up and down her arms, strict dietary structure, and all the associated emotional trauma associated with it . . . but at least she has a CHOICE.
With Obamacare and the "Independent Advisory Board"--death panel--we who are just beginning our journey into late middle-age will not face that choice, will not have that option presented to us. Our "choice" will be made by a bunch of nameless, faceless bureaucrats who have no interest in whether we live of die, only on how much money a given treatment will cost balanced by the cold assessment of actuarial tables from which they will evaluate our relative worth to society. Our "choice" will be taken away from us and in it's place, an injection of morphine and a quick death (hospice) probably spurred on by an ambitious government-paid healthcare worker.
Oh, it will all be done with a warm, caring smile and what little compassion each person called upon to do it can muster, but have no doubt, when your "usefulness to society" is deemed no longer above a certain standard, you will be advised that "WE" can no longer afford to provide you with the level of healthcare you require . . . bon voyage.
Ours will be the first generation whose "choice" (in this case, the choice to live) has been taken from us. You know, I always thought liberals loved "choice," but I understand now that they love "choice" only as it applies to their ability to behave irresponsibly. Only as long as liberals get to make that "choice" is "choice" a good thing. When offered the ability of "choice" in public schools with a voucher program, liberals recoil and clearly, when discussing someone else's "choice" over what level of healthcare to receive, liberals believe government, not the individual should make that desicion. So why don't we all just be a good little citizen-slaves and die.
It's a grim scenario and it's a grim situation with which we are all now faced. Our fundamental freedom, the right to chose how we live our lives and how we leave our lives has been taken from us. Like guns, like schools, like politically incorrect speech, like so-called "hate-crimes," bit by bit our freedoms and liberties--guaranteed to us, protected for us, and bequeathed to us by our Founding Fathers in the Constitution--are being taken from us.
It's a bi-partisan political problem.
The problem we have in America (well one of the problems--we have so many, mostly liberal driven) is that we conservatives keep telling Americans the truth. We keep warning the voters that the policies Democrats (and liberal RINO Republicans) advocate lead to ruin. We keep cautioning them that proposals like Obamacare (and ending "The Bush Tax-Cuts" and expanding the national debt to record levels, etc) will have grave consequences for them . . . and they keep believing the lies the liberals and their propaganda organ, the MSM, tell them.
It is only subsequently, after it is too late, that they discover the truth; conservatives were right and what they had been told by the press and the liberals was a lie. Yet the next time a similar situation arises, they repeat the same mistake--they believe the lies once again and heap ridicule on conservatives, parroting what they hear from the Democrat Party Ministry of Propaganda (formerly known as "The Fourth Estate.")
The average low-information voter has yet to fully understand that the former Fouth Estate is now firmly entrenched inside walls of the Democrat camp and, with the exception of a very few voices--like Fox News Channel, Rush Limbaugh, and a few conservative bloggers (like me)--what they are being told by the MSM comes straight from the offices of the Democrat National Committee, MoveOn.org, and the Oval (Offal?) Office.
Sarah Palin was right. Not only was she right, she knocked it out of the ball park . . . and for that she was castigated, ridiculed, mocked on programs like Saturday Night Live, The View, and Bill Maher, and pushed to the side by her own gutless party leadership as being too toxic.
I suggest that our gravest problem isn't what liberals do, leopards can't change their spots (nor demons their horns). No, our gravest problem today is the absolute lack of intestinal fortitude in the leadership of the Republican Party.
The Republican Party leadership is comprised of spineless old ladies who are more afraid of offending a press-corps (a press-corp that holds them in absolute and utter contempt) than they in upholding their oaths of office and adhering to the principles of of our Founding Fathers and those who put them in office.
The real problem is a Congress filled with professional politicians who are more concerned about keeping their jobs than they are in standing up for what they know is right.
I can hear Boehner, McConnell, Graham, and McCain now, "We've got to protect our phoney baloney jobs, gentlemen." "Harumph, harumph, harumph . . ." [courtesy of Mel Brooks in "Blazing Saddles"]
Long Live Our American Republic!!!!