Friday, March 05, 2010

Can't you realize this bill is garbage?

Charles Krauthammer has a way with helpful analogies. Take Dear Leader's mystification at the kerfuffle over his little ObamaCare bill, for example. After all, when the American people are asked about separate elements of the bill, they seem to support them. How can we help Obama to understand the rabid reaction against the whole cornucopia?

Imagine a bill granting every American a free federally delivered ice cream every Sunday morning. Provision 2: steak on Monday, also home delivered. Provision 3: a dozen red roses every Tuesday. You get the idea. Would each individual provision be popular in the polls? Of course.
However (life is a vale of howevers) suppose these provisions were bundled into a bill that also spelled out how the goodies are to be paid for and managed -- say, half a trillion dollars in new taxes, half a trillion in Medicare cuts (cuts not to keep Medicare solvent but to pay for the ice cream, steak and flowers), 118 new boards and commissions to administer the bounty-giving, and government regulation dictating, for example, how your steak is to be cooked. How do you think this would poll?

According to the latest CNN poll, about 3 to 1 against. Which is exactly the same proportion of folks who, according to Rasmussen, feel that the country is headed in the wrong direction. Coincidence?

When you try to foist so much garbage onto the American people, at some point they come to realize that it's, well, garbage.


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