Lawsa Mercy! it's all just spiraling out of control!
You might also have missed that it's pretty much accepted by Leftists without squalling these days that Sarah Palin's Death Panels are going to be necessary. But don't worry.
That's not going to happen for about, meh, ten years because we don't have a spending problem. Why worry? Especially if you're only 30? Or a politician with a separate health care plan than Obamacare?
The Death Panels, aka IPAB, are only the beginning. There's at least another "independent" panel made up of unelected appointed "experts" called the USPSTF.
Because, as you'll recall, Obama says we don't have a spending problem.
And we should be good for about 10 years before the roof caves in, at which point it's pretty inevitable that everyone who's been scamming the rest of us is going to get socked with a huge VAT tax or something so monstrous that no one will have any sort of freedom equivalent to what we have now.
It'd just be nice if these same political leaders who are unworried about an enormous spending problem and its consequences a few years from now would feel that way about mining the extensive energy resources under the ground of this country. "It'd take too long to develop new oil wells or fracking sites."
So for your morning coffee enjoyment, here are a few comparative quotes:
Dem. Tom Harkin at Hot Air:
First of all, I want to disagree with those who say we have a spending problem. Everyone keeps saying we have a spending problem. And when they talk about that, it’s like there’s an assumption that somehow we as a nation are broke.Hot Air again:
During recent budget negotiations, Obama reportedly said he doesn’t believe the government has a spending problem.Reason Mag:
Here's Steve Benen, at Rachel Maddow's blog: "Sorry, Boehner, spending isn't the problem." Or New York magazine's Jonathan Chait: "There really isn't money to be cut everywhere....The spending cuts aren't there because they can't be found." Or Mother Jones' Kevin Drum: "We don't have a spending problem. We have an aging problem."Punditwire:
....January 8 issue of the Economist that made me realize that Mr. Obama was entirely right. We don’t have a spending problem; we have a tax problem.("I don't have a weight problem," the obese man said, licking his ice cream cone. "I have a height problem.")
There is ample evidence that the U.S., compared to the rest of the world, is not overtaxed.Obama:
And, so, we don’t have an immediate crisis in terms of debt. In fact, for the next ten years, it’s gonna be in a sustainable place.GOP.gov:
PELOSI: “It's almost a false argument to say we have a spending problem.
•HOYER: “Does the country have a spending problem? The country has a paying for problem.
•HARKIN: “Is it a spending problem? No.”
The top 50% of earners pay all the taxes. The top 25% pay 80% of the taxes. The top 10% pay 70% of taxes. The top 5% pay more than 50% of taxes. The top 1% pay 30% of taxes.Reality (USA Today)
Palin's "4 Pinocchio" claim of an unelected Death Panel disparaged by WaPo:
Palin is seizing on a completely different entity to justify her provocative use of the phrase “death panel” three years ago. But the IPAB in no way resembles the “death panel” that she claims would decide whether her parents or her baby with Down Syndrome are worthy of care. Instead, it is a tool—subject to oversight and approval by Congress—to try to rein in the soaring cost of Medicare.
Words have consequences, and Palin is fooling herself if she thinks she can justify such inappropriate terminology to describe an effort, however imperfect, to address a serious problem that politicians on both sides of the aisle say they want to solveUm, wait. Famed sour Leftist Paul Krugman admits:
Eventually we do have a problem. That the population is getting older, health care costs are rising…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…. …. We’re going to need more revenue…Surely it will require some sort of middle class taxes as well.. We won’t be able to pay for the kind of government the society will want without some increase in taxes… on the middle class, maybe a value added tax…And we’re also going to have to make decisions about health care, doc pay for health care that has no demonstrated medical benefits . So 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.Famed cheerful Leftist Robert Reich:
"We're going to have to, if you're very old, we're not going to give you all that technology and all those drugs for the last couple of years of your life to keep you maybe going for another couple of months. It's too expensive...so we're going to let you die."....., .What that means, less innovation and that means less new products and less new drugs on the market which means you are probably not going to live much longer than your parents.Or let's just simplify it to this. Obama in 2006, running for President:
Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America's debt limit."Obama today:
we don’t have an immediate crisis in terms of debt.So just remember.
Pro choice only refers to abortion, not health care or food choices or guns.
Worrying about the future only refers to developing alternative fuels like algae in your gas tank, not about fracking or new oil wells.
And a Death Panel is only a Death Panel if we say it is, not if you're, you know, like dead, or something.
But when you do get slammed by the Death Panel (or IPAB or USPSTF) because you're over, say, 60, at least you'll be able to go out with the boobs you want, eh?
Seems like kinduva waste. Just sayin.