CBS "news anchor" Katie Couric recently whipped out her "reporter's
notebook" and closed her newscast with a pro-"health care reform" poem:
"Twas just weeks before Christmas, and what do you know? Sen(END ITAL)ate
Democrats are once again praying for Snowe.
"They won 60 votes to start the debate, but they're back to square one
… and they just have to wait.
"Wait for blue dogs like Nelson and Lincoln … who say a public option
would mean the economy sinkin'.
"Wait for Joe Lieberman … who says it won't pass … and hope Mary
Landrieu can change her mind fast.
"The Republican votes right now total zero … but a trigger could make
one woman a hero.
"The moderate who hails from the land way up north … could save Harry
Reid's Christmas with a deal she brought forth … urging government
plans for when private ones fail.
"To think: both sides happy? Can both sides prevail?
"At this point no compromise looms within sight … that means after
Thanksgiving … it's on with the fight.
"Enjoy your turkey and know we'll be here … to help make this tough
topic … just a little more clear."
Good grief! What a relief that we have nonpartisan "journalists" like
Couric to help us navigate this "tough topic."
Couric's "poem" explicitly supports "health care reform." She clearly
wants the sides to come together and produce something . She never questions the presumed need for "reform," much less
suggests it wrong indeed unconstitutional for the federal
government to take money from taxpayer A and give it to B (who may or
may not be a taxpayer or, for that matter, even a citizen) because B
lacks health insurance.
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President Barack Obama promises to reject any health care "reform" that
"adds one dime" to the federal deficit. The Congressional Budget Office,
nonpartisan and generally respected by both sides of the aisle,
estimates that the health care plan now under debate in the Senate
would, indeed, achieve this objective.
In the classic Mel Brooks comedy "Blazing Saddles," the hero warns an
alcoholic gunslinger, played by Gene Wilder, that if he continues to
drink, he will die. To this, Wilder replies, "When?" As to the alleged
"budget neutrality" and the CBO's corroborating estimate, one needs only
The CBO looks at the cost of ObamaCare in the first decade
. What's the problem? The spending
begins in 2013. But the ObamaCare "revenue" from taxes and supposed
cuts in Medicare begins right away. So for four years, money comes in
and builds up, with none going out. For the next six years, "revenues"
continue, but then payouts begin.
By limiting the cost estimate of ObamaCare to only its first decade, we
voila! achieve Obama's objective of not
adding a "dime" to the deficit. The following decade and the decades
beyond are when ObamaCare blasts off toward deficit-exploding costs, not
even remotely "paid for."
Today the number of viewers watching nightly network news shows
continues to decline, but Couric's "CBS Evening News" broadcast still
attracts some 6 million daily viewers. And CBS works very closely with
the influential New York Times. What appears on the front page of the
Times often finds its way into the CBS newscast that evening. The two
organizations even do joint polling. While the Times considers itself a
nonpartisan conveyer of news, its editorial page inevitably sides with
liberal, pro-Democratic Party positions on virtually every issue of
President Barack Obama owes his election, in no small part, to the major
media's cheerleading on his behalf. "Reporters" favor
government-provided universal health care, Big Government and the
corresponding belief that government exists to "redistribute" money and
goods to the "deserving" in essence portraying Americans as
insufficiently charitable to take care of the needy without government
(although this was the intention of the Founding Fathers).
The mainstream media not only are "pro-choice" on abortion but also
believe that it is backed by a constitutionally protected right.
Notwithstanding the election of the first black president of the United
States, who defeated an odds-on favorite female contender for the
nomination, the major media still believe racism and sexism remain big
problems. They support "racial and ethnic and gender diversity" and
government's use of power to achieve it. They consider peace the absence
of war especially if the war began during a Republican
administration. They have a naive trust in diplomacy even as our enemies
grow more aggressive, a reluctance to recognize evil, and a respect for
"world opinion" above our own national security. They consider
Republicans and conservatives not just wrong but sinister.
As we "journalists" like to say, that's a wrap.