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Child abuse

Malkin dope-slaps the moonbats:

When a family and Democrat political leaders drag a child down to Washington at 6 in the morning to read a script written by Senate Democrat staffers on a crusade to overturn a presidential veto, someone might have questions about the family’s claims. The newspapers don’t want to do their jobs. The vacuum is being filled. If you don’t want questions, don’t foist these children onto the public stage. Fight your battles like adults and stop hiding behind youngsters dragging around red wagons filled with your talking points.

As does Steyn:

Over the weekend, I posted a couple of things re Graeme Frost, the Democratic Party’s 12-year old healthcare spokesman. Michelle Malkin reports that the blogospheric lefties are all steamed about the wingnuts’ Swiftboating of sick kids, etc.

Sorry, no sale. The Democrats chose to outsource their airtime to a Seventh Grader. If a political party is desperate enough to send a boy to do a man’s job, then the boy is fair game. As it is, the Dems do enough cynical and opportunist hiding behind biography and identity, and it’s incredibly tedious. And anytime I send my seven-year-old out to argue policy you’re welcome to clobber him, too. The alternative is a world in which genuine debate is ended and, as happened with Master Frost, politics dwindles down to professional staffers writing scripts to be mouthed by Equity moppets.

But one thing is clear by now: Whatever the truth about this boy’s private school, his family home, his father’s commercial property, etc, the Frosts are a very particular situation and do not illustrate any social generality – and certainly not one that makes the case for an expensive expansive all-but universal entitlement.

So executive vice-presidents’ families are now the new new poor? I support lower taxes for the Frosts, increased child credits for the Frosts, an end to the “death tax” and other encroachments on transgenerational wealth transfer, and even severe catastrophic medical-emergency aid of one form or other. But there is no reason to put more and more middle-class families on the government teat, and doing so is deeply corrosive of liberty.

And, if the Democrats don’t like me saying that, next time put up someone in long pants to make your case.

Of course, this isn’t really about the Frosts per se. It’s about what it’s always about: incrementalism. The Left knows that A) the only way to give their pro-nanny state arguments the necessary voltage is to short-circuit logic by appealing to cheap emotionalism, and B) the only way they’re ever going to get our health care system properly bureaucratized and nationalized is through a long, step-by-step process. The needless expansion of SCHIP is just one of those steps, with more inevitably to follow…down precisely the wrong road, as I’ve said before.

So in the spirit of fighting fire with fire, here’s a new tack we ought to consider taking, proferred by Rudy Guiliani in yesterday’s Repug/Death Eater debate:

If we implement HillaryCare, Canadians will have no place to come for their health care.

What, don’t the libs even CARE about the poor Canadians and their desperate need for access to quality health care — as opposed to the passionless, by-rote mediocrity doled out by FedGovBureaucracy Inc? Don’t they have any FEELINGS? The evil, heartless bastards!


4 thoughts on “Child abuse

  1. Back to the issue at hand: President Bush encouraged 9 states to cover not only kids but poor adults too, mostly poor parents under SCHIP when Republicans controlled congress. Now he’s cynically playing politics trying to look fiscally “responsible” by scuttling the whole program. That won’t happen but it will cost Illinois alone an extra $75 million to push these adults into Medicaid according to the Chicago Tribune, by far a more expensive program to both Illinois and federal taxpayers than SCHIP.

    That makes no financial sense at all. But then our whole hodge podge healthcare system which is twice as expensive as most other countries in the world doesn’t either. Hopefully it will make no political sense either when the American people kick the Republican party to the curb next year.

  2. Oh look! You must have been linked by The Duhhh Report or Salon again, Mike. Don’t you feel special?

    I know I do.

    Go ahead markg8, say the little something stupid that sends me looking for the ban key. I know you tried real hard with your first post, but you didn’t quite make it.

  3. I love you guys here at Cold Fury. Thanks for kicking ass.

    What I don’t understand about this whole health care BS is why they keep trying to shove this socialism crap down our throats when they should just approach it with a lot more common sense.

    For instance, why does it cost $400 just to show up in an emergency room to have them tell you there’s nothing wrong with you? That kind of irrationality is the stuff we should fix right off the bat.

    And the best place to start is TORT REFORM!!! Get the trial lawyers and liability insurance costs out of our health care system for God’s sake.

  4. Tort reform would be a good idea, but I think our medical costs have a whole lot more to do with Medicare, Medicaid, and the American tendency to consider employer paid healthcare benefits as part of their wages.

    Whole Foods is heading in an encouraging direction with their health savings plan. By making the individual responsible for their own health again, not only does the company save money, but the employees, by shopping around, help lower healthcare costs overall. Competition is a good thing, especially in the medical field.

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