Two Wrongs Do Not Make A Right
Unfortunately, and probably too late, reality is going to reveal that the health care reform legislation working its way through Congress will not be deficit neutral, and that claims it will be are nothing more than political posturing premised on improbable and/or na´ve accounting assumptions.
Within hours after the Senate passed its version of the health care bill the Democrat Party began a new public relations campaign aimed at suppressing the negative public reaction that will undoubtedly accompany this impending revelation by saying Republicans are hypocrites when they criticize the Obama administration's continuing unsustainable deficit spending because many Republicans supported the 2003 Medicare expansion that was financed with deficit spending.
This is one of those rare occasions where I find myself in agreement with a Democrat Party position. It is indeed hypocritical to criticize something you previously supported. But my agreement on this point should not be construed as support for continued deficit spending by either party. In fact, I find the Democratic Party's logic that they are somehow entitled to greatly expand our deficit because the Republicans once did to be blatantly illogical. Two wrongs do not make a right.
I also believe this newly launched Democrat public relations campaign is but one more example the current administration is not in touch with the majority of Americans. Polls show that most Americans are no longer willing to pay for increased government spending financed by either deficits or increased taxes, a position I believe will be made abundantly clear beginning with the 2010 elections.
- Ed Stewart
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