Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Branding Reproach of Communism

A spectre is haunting us, one at least as terrifying as anything sketched in the pages of The Communist Manifesto -- the spectre of workable, cost-effective public policy:

Democrats on a key Senate Committee outlined a revised and far less costly health care plan Wednesday night that includes a government-run insurance option and an annual fee on employers who do not offer coverage to their workers.

The plan carries a 10-year price tag of slightly over $600 billion, and would lead toward an estimated 97 percent of all Americans having coverage, according to the Congressional Budget Office, Sens. Edward M. Kennedy and Chris Dodd said in a letter to other members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. The AP obtained a copy.
Upon these forbidding findings, the scramble to lie, obfuscate, and generate fresh excuses for opposing better policy at lower cost takes on renewed vigor and urgency.

The hearths are firing up; let no smithy or forge stand idle.

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