Theodore's World: "Obama snares Palin, Media in wide blame-game net" by Caroline Baum

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August 23, 2009

"Obama snares Palin, Media in wide blame-game net" by Caroline Baum

Obama Snares Palin, Media in Wide Blame-Game Net

When the political winds shift -- when a party is voted out of power or a policy is panned by the public -- Washington turns to its favorite pastime: the blame game.

And so it is with President Barack Obama, who tripped on his sprint to the health-care-reform finish line. Voters, it seems, want to understand a little more about what ObamaCare will mean for them, what it will do to the doctor-patient relationship, and what it will cost future generations in higher taxes and, yes, rationed supply.

Rather than examine the public’s concerns, the plans’ inconsistencies or the sheer irresponsibility of trying to ram something this big and complicated through Congress without a small-scale trial, the Obama administration is pointing fingers. Lots of them. Most of the targets are just plain silly.

1. Conservative groups

When liberal activists, including trade unions, Acorn and, protested against anything and everything President George W. Bush said or did, it was called grassroots democracy.
When conservative groups encourage supporters to attend town hall meetings and make their sentiments known to their congressmen, it’s un-American, disruptive and the work of right- wing extremists.

Madame Hypocrite

Where was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, when President George W. Bush was being compared to Adolf Hitler and the Nazis? She was a “fan of disrupters” in those days, as she told anti-war protesters at a January 2006 town hall meeting in San Francisco. Pelosi only developed a thin skin (too much plastic surgery?) when the Democrats took control of the executive and legislative branches of government.
The effort to blame right-wing groups is transparent. If my feedback on a recent column is indicative of the political persuasion and demographic distribution of the protesters, these are ordinary Americans energized by the debate, frustrated at not having a voice and motivated to exercise their right of free speech. Attempts to smear opponents and shut down debate are, well, un-American.

2. Insurance Companies

Garnering support for health-insurance reform by demonizing insurance companies is a cheap shot, albeit one that resonates with the public. After all, these are the faceless bureaucrats who deny or pay claims in a seemingly arbitrary manner and refuse or cancel coverage if you cost them too much money.

Stubborn Facts

Facts are stubborn things, this White House is quick to remind us. And in this case, the facts don’t support the vilification.
If insurance companies were gouging the public, the evidence would show up in one of two places, according to Graef Crystal, a compensation expert in Santa Rosa, California, and occasional Bloomberg News columnist: excessive executive pay or excessive returns to shareholders.
His analysis of five major health insurers shows just the opposite: below-market pay and below-market shareholder returns.
“There’s no case here for undue enrichment of shareholders” or over-compensating CEOs, Crystal finds.
Health care needs a major overhaul, but that’s no reason to make scapegoats out of insurance companies.

3. The Media

I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard Obama point the finger at the media at his town hall meeting last week in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Fishing Expedition

The president, defending the White House’s fishing expedition for “fishy” e-mails on health-insurance reform (suspended this week by popular demand), blamed the media for “distorting what’s taken place.”
Is this the same media that was in the pocket for candidate Obama and waltzed us through the honeymoon? If Bush had been as reliant on his teleprompter as Obama, or said “Cinco de Cuatro” when he meant “Cuatro de Mayo,” the press would have been all over him for being inept.
Sorry, Mr. President, you have no idea what it means for the media to distort what’s taken place. The long-gone Bush administration is getting more negative press than you are.

4. Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin, the recently retired governor of Alaska, 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate and Democrat’s favorite whipping boy (or girl), created a stir with a reference to death panels on Facebook. Palin said she didn’t want her parents or Down-Syndrome baby to “have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide” what kind of medical care should be allocated to these less productive members of society.

Blame the Democrats

This is the same Sarah Palin whose foreign policy experience was summed up during the campaign by her ability “to see Russia from land here in Alaska.” This is the same Sarah Palin credited with changing the terms of the debate? C’mon. That’s too laughable to address.
Besides, there’s a kernel of truth in what she said. Like all goods and services, medical care is a scarce resource that must be rationed. The only question is how: by the market (price) or by government mandate.

If government is doing the rationing, what exactly will bureaucrats use to determine who gets what care and who doesn’t?

Opposition to fast-track health-insurance reform is coming from Obama’s own party. Senator Kent Conrad, Democrat of North Dakota and one of six Finance Committee members involved in bipartisan negotiations, said on Fox News Sunday that the goal is to “get this right,” not meet some “specific timetable.”

He said the Senate lacks enough votes to pass a bill with a public option. “To continue to chase that rabbit, I think, is just a wasted effort.”

There’s always room for one more -- the Democrats -- on Obama’s blame-game list.


Wild Thing's comment........

When I first read this article my reaction was sheesh what an article. I was thinking of how there is no one in the criminal lib media or worse, in the GOP, that will come out and tell the truth like this author. Good for Baum .

The GOP are too chicken to come out and slam Obama, they are afraid to be called racists. Sarah can give a rats behind what the libs or the media thinks of her, so she speaks her mind. The GOP of course refuses to defend her, because they are gutless.

I really think those of the liberal elite who think she lacks intellectual depth are walking right into her trap.
Heh heh

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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Posted by Wild Thing at August 23, 2009 05:47 AM


The McCainiacs threw Sarah under the bus and the Baracksheviks are doing the same... We need a THIRD PARTY real bad to take back OUR country, big time!

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at August 23, 2009 11:25 AM

Couldn"t agree with you more, about the Liberal Elite & Media walking into the trap.
They are riding high now, why I don't know with subscriptions and viewer numbers going into the tank, but their day is coming. People are waking up to what's going on here.
I went to another Tea Party event, Friday. You cannot believe the horn honking support given by the drivers going by.
There are about 4-5 thumbs up given to every middle digit.
Great Picture of Sarah, by the way.

Posted by: SEAN. at August 23, 2009 12:37 PM

There's an old saying Senator Conrad, if it aint broke don't fix it. But some how these clowns have a one track mind, and follow their leader Nazi Pelosi, like lemmings over the cliff.

Health Care like a good car that sputters now and again but gets to your destination in one piece, needs a tune up not a complete engine re-build.

Sarah Palin saw right through this sham, government Health Care reform. She did what no democrat can do and that is read the bill, and realized that there is indeed a 'Death Panel' there is indeed a , 'Special Needs' section in the bill and considered it an outrage and said so then obama claims she made this up, he lied his ass off trying to convince the lemmings who support this that it is not in there. But like the spaghetti sauce, 'its in there'. It is rather the government taking control of personal freedoms and liberty than reforming anything.

Posted by: Mark at August 23, 2009 12:40 PM

Sarah scares the Democrats. They attack herb which gives her even more credibility. I wish I knew what her plan is. Hopefully she will ru in 2012. Right now it looks like the peobable candidates are Romney, Gingrich and Huckabee. I would not have to vote fr any of the guys. Sarah Palin is my hope for getting America back on the right track.

Posted by: TomR at August 23, 2009 01:37 PM

Darth, they sure did and Meghan McCain is even
worse then her Dad. What a vile person Meghan
has been.

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 23, 2009 11:39 PM

SEAN, thank you, I like the knowing
look she has in it.
That is awesome about what you did
Friday and the horn honking and thumbs
up reaction. So wonderful.

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 23, 2009 11:46 PM

Mark, that was good! "But like the spaghetti sauce, 'its in there'."
If people would realize like you said that
it really is about government taking
control of personal freedoms and not
really about wanting to give people some
kind of health care. whew outrage would
zoom even more then it is already.

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 23, 2009 11:53 PM

Tom, I agree, if those are the three
we are forced to pick from I will not
be voting.

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 23, 2009 11:54 PM