What makes Steele’s column especially hilarious is that it’s about health care for senior citizens–actually, it’s an attempt to scare senior citizens–but it never mentions that Medicare is “a government-run health-care system.” One would think that the Washington Post’s intrepid editors would have force Steele to cut or modify Steele’s lie about Obama’s “government-run” plan, and one would hope that the Post’s editors would ask Steele to point out the Medicare–the program he wants to “save”–is precisely such a plan.
Think Progress does what Fred Hiatt and the Washington Post can’t do, which is to point out that for the past two decades Republicans have repeatedly attempted to axe Medicare spending, and those plucky bloggers apparently even spent five minutes with a high-tech tool (not Tom Friedman) called “Teh GOOGLE,” and dig up recent interviews in which Steele actively and openly called for cuts to medicare. Because bloggers don’t fact check.
Finally, Yglesias thinks long ball:
So congratulations to Fred Hiatt for landing such a buzzworthy piece of nonsense for his publication and I hope the right-wing enjoys the giant tax hikes we’ll be enacting down the road once they show the political world that any attempt to trim Medicare spending, no matter how modest, will be savaged by opportunists on the other side.
Now that the RNC has declared fully-funded medicare today, fully funded medicare tomorrow, fully funded medicare FOREVA, you can almost feel the heartbreak among glibertarians and fiscal conservatives everywhere. Must feel good getting used like that, because they keep on letting it happen.
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Props to Ben Smith for quickly calling BS on Steele.