Monday, February 05, 2007

Hypocrisy abounds as critics begin to line up against Edwards.

Yesterday I reported that news agency Reuters had posted a misleading headline regarding Democratic presidential candidate and former U.S. senator John Edwards' health care plan. The headline said Edwards wanted to raise taxes to pay for health care, leaving out the fact that Edwards' plan calls for repealing the Bush tax giveaways to the very wealthy.

Today's headline about the presidential hopeful states he is offering universal health care, which is more accurate. But already the GOP is rising up to denounce the plan using the usual round of dishonest attacks.

The proposal drew immediate fire from Republican critics, who said Americans would reject any candidate who runs on a platform of higher taxes and more government.

"The 2003 Bush tax cuts produced one of the broadest and strongest economic expansions in the nation's history," said Pat Toomey, president of the anti-tax group Club for Growth.

"It is mind-boggling that John Edwards would seek to derail that expansion for the sake of his big-government, collectivist schemes."

The labels of "tax and spend", "communist" and "big government" would be laughable, if they weren't so tragically hypocritical. Toomey's political party has presided over the largest government in American history, which has intruded far into our every day lives to spy on us and read our mail without warrants; arrest and detain us without charge; torture us; and use military circus trials in which secret, often fabricated evidence may be used. And the government under George W. Bush has sent the federal debt to levels so astronomically high as to bankrupt the country for generations to come.

In fact, while proposing hundreds of billions of dollars in borrowed money to pay for the Iraq war, Bush is demanding even further cuts on domestic spending.

Yet we're supposed to believe that repealing ill-considered tax giveaways to the top 1-5% to pay for health care coverage is tantamount to communism?

Such criticism is hypocritical in the extreme. And we'll be seeing it increase exponentially as the 2008 presidential season kicks into high gear.

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