Friday, September 11, 2009

Thomas Sowell on Pres. Obama's Health Care Speech

I really like Thomas Sowell. His recent article is about Pres. Obama's health care speech. Here are some of the best parts.

To tell us, with a straight face, that he can insure millions more people without adding to the already skyrocketing deficit, is world-class chutzpa and an insult to anyone's intelligence. To do so after an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office has already showed this to be impossible reveals the depths of moral bankruptcy behind the glittering words.

Obama can deny it in words but what matters are deeds-- and no one's words have been more repeatedly the direct opposite of his deeds-- whether talking about how his election campaign would be financed, how he would not rush legislation through Congress, or how his administration was not going to go after CIA agents for their past efforts to extract information from captured terrorists.

One of the secrets of being a glib talker is not getting hung up over whether what you are saying is true, and instead giving your full attention to what is required by the audience and the circumstances of the moment, without letting facts get in your way and cramp your style. Obama has mastered that art.
Con men understand that their job is not to use facts to convince skeptics but to use words to help the gullible to believe what they want to believe. No message has been more welcomed by the gullible, in countries around the world, than the promise of something for nothing. That is the core of Barack Obama's medical care plan.

Mandates by politicians are what have driven up the cost of insurance already. Politicians love to play Santa Claus and leave it to others to raise prices to cover the inevitable costs.

While your thinking about the government and health care. . . Check out this video I found at Conservatives for Patients' Rights.

This video tells the story of people stuck in government health plans in Britain and Canada.


OneMom said...

I first became of Thomas Sowell about six years ago when I was researching what possibilities we were facing with Hannah's language difficulties (he wrote a book on Late Talking Children). It was not until later that I became aware of him as an economist and excellent writer about political issues.

Applied Christianity said...

That's true. His son didn't talk at all until he was three or something like that. I have never actually read any of his books, but my husband has read lots of them.

Karen said...

When my father passed away, I found in his belongings a notebook where he kept newspaper clippings of current events and commentaries. Thomas Sowell's articles were in there often. I could tell my dad really enjoyed his writings. Since then, whenever I see something of his in the newspaper, I stop to read it. I've grown to like him, too. I didn't know that he has written books, I might need to check that out.

Applied Christianity said...

My husband really like Vision of the Annointed and Conflict of Visions.