Why worry about death panels, when she’s gonna kill us all with stupidity?

From Joan Walsh at Salon:

I’ve been writing about “town hells” and anti-health care reform hysterics, as well as the crazy Birthers, for a few weeks. Every few days, I think: Maybe we’re giving these fringe folks the oxygen they need; maybe we should ignore them. But it all got even loonier today, and it can’t be ignored.

Alex Koppelman wrote about it immediately: Sarah Palin (or her handlers) posted a message on Facebook decrying the “death panels” she says – wrongly, bizarrely, viciously — Obama’s health care reform will establish. She also claimed such panels might well have ended the life of her son Trig, born with Down’s Syndrome.

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Where to start? It would be funny if it weren’t so sad, and if Palin wasn’t a contender for the Republican nomination in 2012 (trust me, she is too unhinged to prevail, but she’ll get a lot of attention.) Palin’s entire statement is so ignorant, so bollixed rhetorically and morally, it hurts to read it. The next time any Republican apologist tries to claim the “town hell” turnouts are spontaneous, let’s remind them: OK, sure, it’s spontaneous alright; spontaneous combustion super-ignited by the most stupid and divisive lies we’ve seen in a long time.


I’m especially disappointed in the media. Sure, I sit and watch the stalwarts of the MSNBC lineup rant about it all, but I see too little sober, straightforward mainstream media reporting about how completely inaccurate, ideological and dangerous the GOP assault on health care reform is. The Washington Post’s Steven Pearlstein’s excellent and fair assessment of Republican lies about Obama’s plan was a crucial exception.


Here’s some of what Pearlstein said:

    “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…


Let me go beyond Steven Pearlstein and say: Most of the health care screamers are sadly uninformed. and some are hugely driven by lies and racism. Maybe more disturbing, the fact that the last GOP nominee for vice president falsely claims that Obama is going to create “death panels” shows the Republican Party has has arrived at a point of abject shame. John McCain’s multi-faceted service to his country was obliterated by his choice of Palin last August, which almost catapulted her to vice president but certainly propelled her into national GOP leadership. McCain’s decline is sad, but it needs to be called out constantly.

From Political Punch at abcNEWS:

When we last heard from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin she was — not without some justification — beseeching some members of the media to “quit making things up.”

But in a post on her Facebook Page today, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee seemed to take some liberties of her own.

She questions Democratic promises that the health care reform plans will reduce the cost of health care, invoking economist Thomas Sowell, saying the only way to cut costs is to refuse treatment.

“And who will suffer the most when they ration care?” Palin asks. “The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.”

One can question whether there will by necessity be any rationing decisions that will need to come as a part of health care reform […] but pictures of government bureaucrats forcing euthanasia upon seniors — and, now, children with Down syndrome — because they’re not productive members of society are not part of any reasonable debate on the facts of the matter.


Asked specifically what the former governor was referring to when painting a picture of an Obama “death panel” giving her parents or son Trig a thumbs up or down based on their productivity, Palin spokeswoman Meghan Stapleton responded in an email: “From HR3200 p. 425 see ‘Advance Care Planning Consultation’.”

That’s a curious reading of page 425 of the House Democrats’ bill, which refers to “advance care planning consultation,” defined as a senior and a medical practitioner discussing “advance care planning, if…the individual involved has not had such a consultation within the last 5 years.”


Palin refers in her statement to Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., who in a speech on the floor of the House, Palin said, described the “Orwellian thinking of the president’s health care advisor, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the brother of the White House chief of staff. … I commend her for being a voice for the most precious members of our society, our children and our seniors.”

Bachmann’s speech was based on an op-ed article in the New York Post, titled “Deadly Doctors,” by the former lieutenant governor of New York, Betsy McCaughey, that took a number of leaps of fact when discussing the academic writings of Ezekiel J. Emanuel, health-policy adviser at the White House’s Office of Management and Budget and a member of Federal Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research.

We vetted the factuality of McCaughey’s op-ed HERE.

Palin-Bachmann-McCaughey, a triumvirate of stupid bathed in estrogen.


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29 responses to “Why worry about death panels, when she’s gonna kill us all with stupidity?

  1. I think both sides have taken essentially the same tactics. Labeling each other with invectives, giving their supporters a ‘playbook’, and attempting to use the media to their advantage. All of this is okay. It is okay because in America we have the right to freedom of speech, assembly and freedom of the press. These are rights that thousands have given their lives to protect.

    The debate on health care which consumes nearly a fifth of the national economy and involves everyone is something that we should openly debate and understand the intended and unintended consequences of before we change an entire system.

    It is important to provide better access, bend the cost curve so that health care is affordable (and not just through shifting costs by taxing), and improving the quality of the care delivered.

    We are a country that leads the world in health care innovation. We have to zealously protect that aspect. No other country in the world is positioned to take our place if we take our eye off this important work.

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    • is calling lies lies and a liar a liar “labeling each other with invectives?” there’s a serious debate to be had, but it’s not serious debate when one side does nothing but spew bullshit. health care innovation will not come to a screeching halt if there is universal health care in this country. much of the research is done by government entities, such as the national institutes of health, while the pharmaceutical companies are feverishly trying to develop the next boner pill.

      • About this statement: We are a country that leads the world in health care innovation

        Not necessarily true.
        How many times have health care innovations been available in Europe for many years before the US gets around to them???

        Also innovation does not equal access.
        If something is great, but not accessible, it is not great.

        • fran,
          i looked at some of the articles at the website the commenter linked it, and i didn’t think it was worth my time or effort to refute what s/he said any further. in fact, i should have just deleted the comment as spam, as the comment is identical to the latest post over there.

  2. The GOP puts their lies out there and then the media makes sure to advertise the dissent to the nth degree.

    • exactly. i understand wanting to be fair to both sides, but when one side spews only bullshit and untruths, that’s just perpetuating the bullshit, not shedding light on the subject.

      • Hopefully, the majority of Americans can see it for what it truly is….BS!!

      • The thing is, journalism isn’t supposed to be about balance. It’s supposed to be about fact.

        If my opinion is that the sky is purple and that cows are two-legged animals that say “Quack!” a journalist shouldn’t just let me ramble about my gibberish … the reporter should point out that the sky is, actually, blue and that I’m thinking of ducks.

        “Fair and balanced” isn’t even an appropriate aspiration for a news agency. Just because someone with a big name has something to say doesn’t mean it should get airtime, unless it’s fact-checked and rebutted.

        This crap bothers me.

  3. jeb

    Why? Why do we have to listen to this lying quitter? She has no capacity for rational thought. She is a hate monger and a fear monger. She quit on the people who elected her and now she’s citing Batshitmann. She’s like really bad jock itch; irritating and just won’t go away.

    • because the members of the msm live in the same dc bubble as the politicians, and they think she’s a refreshing change of pace. the rest of us all know people like princess, and we know she’s nothing but a backstabbing, lazy, moronic, and uninformed opportunist.

  4. I don’t understand why we have to listen to any of them who are out of office.. I get why we have to listen to Boehner, Cantor and the like.. but Newt, Palin (now), and some of the rest aren’t even in office, so why do we have to see them all the damn time and why is their opinion so valuable?

    Palin has always been a liar, but this was just so blatant no one could ignore it, maybe now they will finally realize she can’t open her mouth without lies falling out and start to really look at the crap she says.

    She was also accused in federal court this week of bribery charges… so maybe thats what got her off her rocker just a little more than normal.

    • because the morons on tv are too lazy to do actual reporting, so they look to morons like princess to fill their airtime. it’s so much easier than in-depth reports of the really important stuff.

  5. Nonnie dahlink…. I must ask a favor of the Queen of the photoshop.

    Would you be so kind as to draft me a little graphic???

    I am looking to make a sign & need a basic template… here is the concept….

    A giant bandaid with the text
    GOP HEALTH PLAN on it.

    I want to make such a poster for a local town hall meeting.

    Because for all the crapola the GOP is spewing…. Princess Sarah’s being the most bullshittiest….
    the truth of the matter is *they got nothing*.

    they are not offering diddly squat. For 52 million uninsured Americans living like as if they were in a 3rd world country the GOP does not have a damned thing to offer. Oh maybe talk of a tax break. That will be a big hit with unemployed people, or those who lost it all in a medical bankruptcy. But even a $2000 tax break would not even come close to covering the average surgery– which runs $15 to $25,000 bucks.

    Yes folks the GOP has a bandaid for us!!!!

    Socialized medicine
    or unsocialized destitution, with perhaps a tax break…..

    these are our choices???

    Is this a no brainer or what?
    It also just occurred to me that the GOP health care plan is a lot like the GOP budget- that had no numbers.

  6. “Palin-Bachmann-McCaughey, a triumvirate of stupid bathed in estrogen.”

    Wow. Usually when I complain about hormones messing up thinking, I kvetch about “testosterone poisoning.”

  7. I thought we had it bad with Gordon Brown, but god forbid we ever ger a leader of Palin’s mindset.

    The NHS may be bankrupting us, but at least we all get good healthcare from it.

    • hello mick,
      welcome to the raisin! 😀

      can someone with no mind have a mindset? whatever the case, i don’t wish anyone like princess sarah on anyone.

      when people are down on their luck, others say to them well, you still have your health! there’s a reason for that. no matter what else happens to you, if you’re healthy, there’s still hope. without health care, how can ordinary people hope to achieve anything or have any security whatsoever?

  8. I don’t know what “vapid” means but isn’t Sarah pretty?

  9. I was talking about this one with my wife last night.

    I think that this is a perfect example of her using Trigg as a prop. In case you forgot, he’s the son with Down Syndrome that she heroically carried to term because she’s such a wonderful human being. Would you like to take her picture now? No, from the other side.

    The thing is, I admire people who care for handicapped children. I know some people who have accepted huge responsibilities in this category. Most of them, though, don’t expect to be praised on international news every day for it and don’t bring it into every conversation.

    • this wonderful mother who cares so much for her baby traveled from texas to wasilla after her water broke at the end of a high-risk pregnancy. every time she talks about how much she loves that baby, i think of how she risked his life before he was even born. any responsible woman would have stayed in texas and delivered there. she not only risked the life of her child, but the lives of other passengers on the plane. if she had started to deliver, the plane would have had to land. she’s either one of the most selfish women on the planet, or something else was going on that we don’t know about.