This is a very harsh commentary about Republicans and health care from Steven Pearlstein at the Washington Post. He writes a regular business column, which usually has, not surprisingly a pro-business slant. But, today, Pearlstein goes off on the GOP:
As a columnist who regularly dishes out sharp criticism, I try not to question the motives of people with whom I don’t agree. Today, I’m going to step over that line.
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.
There are lots of valid criticisms that can be made against the health reform plans moving through Congress — I’ve made a few myself. But there is no credible way to look at what has been proposed by the president or any congressional committee and conclude that these will result in a government takeover of the health-care system. That is a flat-out lie whose only purpose is to scare the public and stop political conversation.
Rarely do we see traditional media types use the word “lies,” let alone “flat-out lies.”
This column should be a wake up call to others at the Washington Post who merely regurgitate the flat-out lies of GOP leaders without challenging or exposing them.