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The 2010 "Lie" of the Year Goes To...
The Looking Spoon ^ | 12-17-10 | Jared H. McAndersen

Posted on 12/17/2010 6:25:10 PM PST by The Looking Spoon

Author's note to moderator(s): This post has been pulled twice for "not linking to the original source." A mistake has been made...TWICE! I promise you it links to the original source!!!!!!!!!

Please see the line at the end of the blockquote "Read the rest at PolitiFact." The link is there!!! Twice now!

If there is a concern this post doesn't promote conservatism I beg you to actually read it!!! Note how "lie" is in quotes, I'm mocking Politifact!!!

The link to the original url the analysis of the article comes from is in the usual place up top (The Looking Spoon). This is how I had it originally. I checked the links, and they work.

If this is not satisfying proper posting requirements PLEASE DM me and educate me on where I went wrong!!!


In the spring of 2009, a Republican strategist settled on a brilliant and powerful attack line for President Barack Obama's ambitious plan to overhaul America's health insurance system. Frank Luntz, a consultant famous for his phraseology, urged GOP leaders to call it a "government takeover."

"Takeovers are like coups," Luntz wrote in a 28-page memo. "They both lead to dictators and a loss of freedom."

The line stuck. By the time the health care bill was headed toward passage in early 2010, Obama and congressional Democrats had sanded down their program, dropping the "public option" concept that was derided as too much government intrusion. The law passed in March, with new regulations, but no government-run plan.

But as Republicans smelled serious opportunity in the midterm elections, they didn't let facts get in the way of a great punchline. And few in the press challenged their frequent assertion that under Obama, the government was going to take over the health care industry.

PolitiFact editors and reporters have chosen "government takeover of health care" as the 2010 Lie of the Year. Uttered by dozens of politicians and pundits, it played an important role in shaping public opinion about the health care plan and was a significant factor in the Democrats' shellacking in the November elections.

Readers of PolitiFact, the St. Petersburg Times' independent fact-checking website,also chose it as the year's most significant falsehood by an overwhelming margin. (Their second-place choice was Rep. Michele Bachmann's claim that Obama was going to spend $200 million a day on a trip to India, a falsity that still sprouts.)

By selecting "government takeover' as Lie of the Year, PolitiFact is not making a judgment on whether the health care law is good policy.

The phrase is simply not true.

Said Jonathan Oberlander, a professor of health policy at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill: "The label 'government takeover" has no basis in reality, but instead reflects a political dynamic where conservatives label any increase in government authority in health care as a 'takeover.' "

Read the rest at PolitiFact.


Lie of the year? If there was a kid who failed kindergarten, and the school insisted that he be passed on to the next grade over the teachers protests that he never learned the basics, and therefore will be on the path to being illiterate as an adult, would that school say the teacher is telling the "lie of the year" because the child is not yet the grown-up idiot his teacher promises he'll be?

How do I know this isn't the lie of the year?

(See the video where Barney Frank touts a public option as a foot in the door to single payer at the original post here or at YouTube)

Well, I can start with Bawney up there...

"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."
-C.S. Lewis-

...and I can end with the fact that mankind wasn't born yesterday.

KEYWORDS: healthcarereform; obamacare; politfact

1 posted on 12/17/2010 6:25:13 PM PST by The Looking Spoon
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To: The Looking Spoon
Please do not continue re-posting pulled threads. Your previous threads were pulled for a valid reason. Since the majority of this blog piece is material from another blog other than your blog, you should have linked directly to that blog instead of your blog.

Always directly link to the original source of publication rather than your blog unless you have written the entire blog piece, article, etc.

Adding a link and attribution at the end of an article is not proper attribution nor the appropriate place for a link to the original source of publication.

I will wait a few minutes to pull this thread to insure that you have had a chance to read it.

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