Jesse Jackson, Jr. opens mouth, inserts foot

March 24, 2010

First it was Congressman Dingell (D-Jurassic Age) committing the Kinsleyan gaffe of accidentally telling the truth, now it’s Illinois’ Jesse Jackson, Jr., who admitted on the radio that the passage of ObamaCare will mean cuts to other social programs:

Let me be clear:  There’s probably going to have to be a significant reform of other social programs as the Federal Government assumes more responsibility for health care for the nation’s people, there are other social programs that are probably going to undermine some elements of social cohesion, there’s no doubt about that.

You can bet that “reform,” in this case,” means “cuts.” Just as will now happen to Medicare. Otherwise, how could they “undermine social cohesion?” You can translate that last as “people who will be damned angry when their benefits get cut to pay for this fiasco.”

I wonder who the next “progressive” will be to inadvertently speak truth to the real power, the People? And no fair guessing Biden; he’s a given.


“Control the people?” Dingell’s gaffe

March 24, 2010

Michael Kinsley once said that the definition of a “gaffe” is when a politician accidentally tells the truth. Michigan representative John Dingell (D-MI) may well have committed one when he said during a radio interview that ObamaCare’s benefits will take time to implement because it takes a while to control the people:

Let me remind you this [Americans allegedly dying because of lack of universal health care] has been going on for years. We are bringing it to a halt. The harsh fact of the matter is when you’re going to pass legislation that will cover 300 [million] American people in different ways it takes a long time to do the necessary administrative steps that have to be taken to put the legislation together to control the people.

And in case you don’t believe your lying eyes, here’s audio, courtesy of Hot Air:

At least he’s an honest statist, unlike his leader in the White House. Even if he didn’t mean to.

I’ll give Mr. Dingell half a point for being right about the Republicans: in the time they controlled Congress, they really did not do much to address problems in the health care system, thus ceding the issue to the Social Democrats*. However, it is an absolute untruth to say they have presented no plan during the current debate nor offered any cooperation. Republicans regularly asked to be included in negotiations and drafting, but were mostly excluded in repeated acts of high-handed arrogance. Ironic, to say the least, given the Democrats used to whine about being cut out when Tom Delay was Republican Majority Leader.

And they have a plan. It has been available for months. It was presented ably at the so-called “health care summit” with the President and the congressional Social Democrats, particularly by Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI). So, for Dingell to claim the conservatives have done nothing to help is … well, he either hasn’t been paying attention or he’s lying.

Maybe John will accidentally tell us the truth one day.

*(I’ve decided it’s wrong to refer to the Democrats as a “liberal, democratic party.” They are neither liberal in the classical sense of the phrase, nor are they really democratic these days. Instead, the Democratic Party is more of a statist, progressive party with much more in common with European social democratic parties. Hence it seems more accurate to call them “Social Democrats.” Or maybe “Progressive Statists,” as the mood takes me. Regardless, they’re sure not the Democratic Party anymore.)

LINKS: Sister Toldjah.