A thoughtful article over at the Cato Institute Web site by Alan Reynolds exposes the smear campaign against Sarah Palin and her observation about "death panels."
The smear involved linking her comment to the language for "end-of-life counseling" in the House health care reform package, when in fact Palin was referring to the overall end result of such reform.
Her words: "Government health care will not reduce the cost; it will simply refuse to pay the cost. And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course."
Palin's comments were more directed toward trusted Obama health care adviser Dr. Ezekiel Emmanuel than they were to the House measure. Emmanuel is a longtime advocate for rationing health care primarily to people aged 15 to 45 and letting the young and the old fend for themselves. (Which is basically Hitlerian, but if you mention that, you get the Palin treatment by the traditional media.)
The moral of all this, besides the obvious manipulation of truth by the media, is that we "useless eaters" (thank you, Adolph, for the term) need to unite and defeat Obamacare, but I fear we may be too late. We already opened the hen house door and let the fox(es) in by thinking the Democrats could produce the world's first universal free lunch.
Now we have to pay for it.