Republicans have become political terrorists

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    Friday, August 7, 2009

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    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.

    There are lots of valid criticisms that can be made against the health reform plans moving through Congress -- I've made a few myself. But 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.

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    The Republican lies about the economics of health reform are also heavily laced with hypocrisy.

    While holding themselves out as paragons of fiscal rectitude, Republicans grandstand against just about every idea to reduce the amount of health care people consume or the prices paid to health-care providers -- the only two ways I can think of to credibly bring health spending under control.

    When Democrats, for example, propose to fund research to give doctors, patients and health plans better information on what works and what doesn't, Republicans sense a sinister plot to have the government decide what treatments you will get. By the same wacko-logic, a proposal that Medicare pay for counseling on end-of-life care is transformed into a secret plan for mass euthanasia of the elderly.

    Government negotiation on drug prices? The end of medical innovation as we know it, according to the GOP's Dr. No. Reduce Medicare payments to overpriced specialists and inefficient hospitals? The first step on the slippery slope toward rationing.

    Can there be anyone more two-faced than the Republican leaders who in one breath rail against the evils of government-run health care and in another propose a government-subsidized high-risk pool for people with chronic illness, government-subsidized community health centers for the uninsured, and opening up Medicare to people at age 55?

    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. Republican leaders are eager to see us fail that test. We need to show them that no matter how many lies they tell or how many scare tactics they concoct, Americans will come together and get this done.

    If health reform is to be anyone's Waterloo, let it be theirs.

    Read the entire article... washingtonpost.com
     
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    and anyone who disagrees, needs to be reported and put in re-education camp, got it.
     
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    Thanks for PROVING Pearlstein's point...:clap2:

    Ever hear of Pavlov's dogs?...
     
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    you are a fine example of un American.. you are not someone I know. you are a hater, a class and race warrior,, sucks to be you.
     
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    The last time Conservatives got this riled to take action was April 19, 1775
     
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    Dems aren't used to having any sunlight on their lies about "Health care reform" How did you expect them to react?
     
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    There are 265 Democratic House members and 59 Democratic Senators with 2 more supposed Independents that vote with the democrats.

    In the house one only needs 218 votes to pass a bill and 51 in the Senate. SOMEONE explain HOW the Republicans are doing ANYTHING to stop bills from being passed.

    It requires that 11 Senators vote with a solid Republican block or for 48 House members to vote with a solid block of republicans. SOMEONE, ANYONE, explain this to me? HOW in the hell can the Liberals STILL blame the Republicans for failing to get their agenda passed?

    Have our National Press reporters, writers and anchors all gotten so STUPID they can make these claims?

    Why is it that when someone protests what the Liberals want they are terrorists, but when they protested what the Conservatives wanted they were patriots? Come on explain it to me?
     
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    do I's get a reward for my explanation?
     
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    democwats want what they want only theywant to call it "bipartisan" cause they don't have the balls to take responsibility for their actions.. they must absolutely must have somebody other than themselves to blame..how's that sound toya?:eusa_angel:
     

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