Magazine September 7, 2009, Issue

The Week

(Roman Genn)
  • New left-wing slogan: Dissent is the highest form of tastelessness.
  • Congressmen’s town-hall meetings on the president’s health-care plan have caused a backlash of un-American fury. It comes from liberals, outraged that anyone could oppose President Obama’s intention to hog-tie one-sixth of the economy. We have decided that it is good for you; how could you disagree? National health-care plans may impart a patina of security and egalitarianism. In practice, they degrade care, impose red tape and crushing expense, and habituate the public to the national teat. Ordinary Americans, conservative and otherwise, are right to be suspicious of such plans;

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