Saturday, August 8, 2009

Just Palin Crazy

Well, that didn’t take long.

There was some speculation about how long it would take before Sarah Palin burst back onto the stage with another wonderful performance of just plain OMG craziness, so if you had two weeks in the betting pool, you win. Here she is chiming in on healthcare reform yesterday:

The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s “death panel” so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their “level of productivity in society,” whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.

In one respect, she’s right; such a plan would be evil. That’s why nobody — well, at least nobody with a measure of sanity — is talking about such a thing.

By the way, we already have “panels” who make decisions about whether or not someone is worthy of healthcare. They’re called insurance companies, and they can deny you coverage for any reason they so choose, including pre-existing conditions — such as Down syndrome — or even your ZIP code.

When Ms. Palin gave her farewell performance, one of the things she famously said was for people to “quit making things up.” The message was for the news media, but it sounds like she needs to take her own advice. And when she went after the tabloids for writing about her family, she left out the fact that she has used every opportunity to drag her family out on the stage with her as props. Yet here she is again, bringing out her son Trig.

There are a couple of conclusions you can draw from this little kinderspiel; either Ms. Palin is incredibly stupid and incapable of understanding the basics of the proposals being put forth, or she thinks that people who read her stuff are gullible enough to believe her. Or both.