Friday, August 7, 2009

Steven Pearlstein Calls It What It Is.

Today, Steven Pearlstein, Business Columnist for the Washington Post, wrote a piece of such force and clarity that I feel it is a must-read.

He calls the Republicans trying to sabatoge ANY health care reform exactly what they are:

Political Terrorists.

The GOP opposition to health care reform isn't about "saving you from socialism." It's about insuring (no pun intended) profits for their corporate cronies, hoping to bring down Democrats in the process.

As Pearlstein notes:
The recent attacks by Republican leaders and their ideological fellow-travelers on the effort to reform the health-care system have been so misleading, so disingenuous, that they could only spring from a cynical effort to gain partisan political advantage. By poisoning the political well, they've given up any pretense of being the loyal opposition. They've become political terrorists, willing to say or do anything to prevent the country from reaching a consensus on one of its most serious domestic problems (emphasis mine).
Pearlstein goes on to say:
...there is no credible way to look at what has been proposed by the president or any congressional committee and conclude that these will result in a government takeover of the health-care system. That is a flat-out lie whose only purpose is to scare the public and stop political conversation (emphasis mine).
To the Main Stream Media:
What the GOP and the health care industry are doing is not political discourse.

It's sedition, and it should be reported as such.

h/t to Huffington Post and The Washington Post

1 comment:

Grace said...

“Health reform is a test of whether this country can function once again as a civil society -- whether we can trust ourselves to embrace the big, important changes that require everyone to give up something in order to make everyone better off. “
That sums up the difference between the Democrats & the Republicans.
You're right, it is a must-read. Thank you for posting it.

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