It's so predictable, and so gutless. Allegedly "smart" people embrace a stupid, wrong-headed idea, one that those with an ounce of common sense have warned will be a disaster. Then when the predicted consequences begin to occur, those very same geniuses express their outrage that the thing they supported was enacted in the first place, and proceed to recite all the things that have happened, the very problems they were told would happen.
Here's a good example. The weasels at the Chicago Tribune, Barack Hussein Obama's hometown paper, published an unintentionally hilarious editorial on Monday, entitled Truth, consequences and Obamacare. Here's a few excerpts:
President Barack Obama's signature accomplishment is teetering. The Obamacare website is a national punch line. Millions of Americans, repeatedly reassured by Obama that they could keep their doctors and health plans, are discovering that they can't. Their insurance policies are being canceled. The price of new coverage is substantially higher. The new coverage may force them to choose new doctors. And the law says they have to buy insurance or pay a fine.
People are deeply concerned, and for good reason. This is, as Democratic Sen. Max Baucus famously predicted seven months ago, a "train wreck."
No wonder worried Democratic lawmakers are pelting the White House with suggestions for various changes to Obamacare. Among them: Rescind those cancellations and allow consumers to keep their coverage, even if it doesn't meet Obamacare mandates. Extend the coverage enrollment period and delay the law's mandate that everyone obtain insurance or pay a penalty.
Gee, what a shocking turn of events! Shouldn't "accomplishment" be in quotation marks in that first sentence? Wait there's more:
The administration has delayed the insurance mandate on employers. Meanwhile, the stream of carve-outs for special pleaders continues to grow. The latest: a break for some labor unions and businesses on a $63 tax for each person in a heath plan, imposed to compensate insurance carriers that wind up with larger costs than anticipated. Last week, Obama apologized to people who are losing their health insurance despite his repeated assurances to the contrary. "I am sorry they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me," he told NBC News.
People don't need an apology — heartfelt or, as this one appeared, grudging. They need to know their health coverage isn't in jeopardy.
"Grudging?" While that word may be somewhat applicable, it's not the first one that springs to mind for me. "Phony" seems more on point. "finding themselves in this situation?" On last Sunday's show, I told you that George Will captured what has happened when he said "Bill Clinton said 'I feel your pain.' Barack Obama says 'I not only feel your pain.I caused it.'"
Here's the real money quote from the Trib's attempt to distance itself from the narcissistic, thin-skinned, completely unqualified radical leftist that they endorsed not once, but twice. It's a gut buster:
An essential first step: Accept that government doesn't know what's best for everyone. That people can decide what coverage they need and can afford. A strong marketplace offers choices for every wallet. Obamacare's rules curtail those choices. Why, for instance, should only people under age 30 be eligible to purchase lower-cost "catastrophic" insurance? Pinching Americans' coverage choices is one big reason this law doesn't work.
Republicans will have to be constructive. They've talked "repeal and replace," but the public has no idea what they would offer as a replacement.
Democrats will have to avoid being defensive. It was a mistake to attempt such a massive government intrusion on a marketplace and a mistake to do so without anything close to a public consensus.
Whoa whoa whoa--It was a mistake for government to take over health care on a one-party vote? Duh. It wasn't a "mistake!" It was the mother of all income redistributionist schemes, central to Obama's promise to "transform" America to conform to his radical leftist vision. Are you guys just figuring that out? Why did you people endorse this jackass in 2012, allowing his acolytes to run around falsely proclaiming that the 2012 presidential election was a referendum on Obamacare? These braniacs are shocked--SHOCKED!!--to learn that gambling is going on!
If the public has no idea what the Republicans have to offer, it's because alleged journalists like the democrat apparatchiks who work at the Tribune haven't reported on the ideas that they have presented, such as continuing the high-risk pools that previously existed in 34 states, allowing the purchase of health insurance across state lines, medical savings accounts and tort reform. Obama's socialist scheme was completely incompatible with any of those common-sense reforms.
This editorial is a perfect example of the fact that those who purport to be the smartest people in the room, so insightful and so well-informed that they are qualified to tell the rest of us what to do, actually don't have the slightest clue what's going on. The dullards at the Chicago Tribune should have been on to Barack Obama in 2003. I was, and so were many of you. Now, suddenly, after all the damage he's done, they've figured it out.
God save us from all these "smart" stupid people.