“When you repeat a lie…people actually start to believe it as fact. ”
Glenn Beck, Fox News, December 18th
I am so glad he got this in just in time for this year’s hypocrite quote of the year contest.
As Mario Piperni points out on his blog
“Beck’s entire on-air existence appears to be based on a couple of quotes attributed to Adolph Hitler.”
“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it”
“All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach.”
Hypocrisy, hypocrisy, hypocrisy.
Republicans don’t seem to understand the concept of hypocrisy. But they were consistent about one thing until this year. They have been trying to kill Medicare since its inception. This year it is politically advantageous to scare seniors about losing Medicare so the Republicans are now against any cuts (But not really).
thinkprogress reports that John McCain’s has gone righteous about the proposed cuts to Medicare. He is protesting the proposed $491 billion in reductions to Medicare and Medicaid. These reductions to Medicare are aimed at preserving the programs and extending them to other seniors.
Meanwhile in the real world during his campaign last year McCain proposed cutting $1.3 trillion from Medicare over ten years.
thnkprogress notes “In October 2008, the McCain campaign announced that the Senator would pay for his health plan “with major reductions to Medicare and Medicaid…in a move that independent analysts estimate could result in cuts of $1.3 trillion over 10 years to the government programs.” ..continue reading
How much will it take to wake up Americans especially seniors to realize that the far right winguts and their corporate sponsors are not interested in them when it comes to health care reform?
Sarah Palin, one of my favorite wingnuts and intellectual dimwits, stirred up all grandmas and grandpas with her “death panel” declaration last week.
It turns out that like Gingrich she was all for end of life planning (which is what she now calls “death panels”) while governor of Alaska. In fact in April of 2008 Alaska had a Healthcare Decisions Day when she proclaimed the following:
“WHEREAS, Healthcare Decisions Day is designed to raise public awareness of the need to plan ahead for healthcare decisions, related to end of life care and medical decision-making whenever patients are unable to speak for themselves and to encourage the specific use of advance directives to communicate these important healthcare decisions.”
“WHEREAS, one of ..continue reading
Matt Taibbi had a great post on Gingrich and his polar opposite positions on the health care issue. His blog is here.
A few months ago Gingrich praised a hospital in Wisconsin for getting the end-of-life directives (basically the same as those proposed in the health care reform plans) right. He said:
“More than 20 percent of all Medicare spending occurs in the last two months of life. Gundersen Lutheran Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin has developed a successful end-of-life, best practice that combines: 1) community-wide advance care planning, where 90 percent of patients have advance directives; 2) hospice and palliative care; and 3) coordination of services through an electronic medical record. The Gundersen approach empowers patients and families to control and direct their care. The Dartmouth Health Atlas has documented that Gundersen delivers care at a 30 percent lower rate than the national average ($18,359 versus $25,860). If Gundersen’s ..continue reading