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Krugman Lets Cat Out of Bag: Palin Was Right on Death Panels

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RUSH: Paul Krugman gave away the game. Paul Krugman, New York Times columnist, was on This Week with Christiane Amanpour yesterday during a discussion about the Obama debt commission report. We have three sound bites and he is godlike to the left, he's an economist, a Nobel prize winner. When Krugman speaks, left-wingers listen, bow down, gesticulate, I mean they fall all over themselves. This guy is a god to them.

KRUGMAN: They should have said, "Okay, look, Medicare is going to have to decide what it's going to pay for. And at least for starters, it's going to have to decide which medical procedures are not effective at all and should not be paid for at all." In other words, it should have endorsed the panel that was part of the health care reform. If the commission isn't even brave enough to take on the death panels people, then it's doing no good at all.

RUSH: Whoa ho-ho-ho-ho! In other words, it should have endorsed the panel that was part of health care reform if it's not brave enough to take on the death panels people. Are you thinking, "Well, what does he mean by this?" All right, well, Christiane Amanpour says, "Look, what's gonna happen? I mean are you clear on where a compromise is gonna be? It's gotta be discussed before the end of the year, no?"

KRUGMAN: No. Some years down the pike we're gonna get the real solution, which is gonna be a combination of death panels and sales taxes. It's going to be that we're actually gonna take Medicare under control and we're gonna have to get some additional revenue, probably from a VAT.

RUSH: I mean this is the guy they all bow down and genuflect toward, folks, and he said death panels and a national sales tax, that's VAT. "Some years down the pike we're gonna get to the real solution, which is going to be a combination of death panels and sales taxes." There it is. Sarah Palin was right and that's why they flipped out and had a panic reaction when the phrase was first used. And here's more. Christiane Amanpour says, "So where do you see the British economy going?"

KRUGMAN: We're going to have Cameron-type austerity in this country, not as a deliberate policy, but because the state and local governments are going to be slashing their spending. There's going to be no further aid coming from Washington. We're in Herbert Hoover territory in the United States for sure.

RUSH: We're already there, thank you, Barack Obama. Barack Obama Hoover. We live in Hooverville, death panels, VAT tax, fait accompli. He let the cat out of the bag. He speaks for a lot of leftists.

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RUSH: Now, folks, I don't talk about a whole lot of other people on this program, as you know. I very seldom mention by name anybody at MSNBC because they're a nonfactor. I mean, they're entertaining and they're out there, but in terms of the number of people they reach... zilch, zero, nada. They're not a factor. I don't talk too much about the columnists at the New York Times because they don't interest me. I'm not prone to allowing myself to be distracted by such people, but in the case of Paul Krugman there are always exceptions to this, and Krugman is an exception. Not just because he's a columnist for the New York Times. He is godlike to many Democrats. He is godlike to many on the left. He is the brainchild behind Quantitative Easing. Paul Krugman, if the truth be known, might be one of the stealth influences on Ben Bernanke at the Federal Reserve. Paul Krugman has been suggesting for years, at least the last two, that the problem with Obama's stimulus is it hasn't been enough. We haven't spent enough, and FDR did not spend enough. In Krugman's view we haven't put Keynesian economics to the true test. And he's got a vested interest in government spending, government salvation, government savior being illustrated. Of course it can't, it never has been, it's not possible for government to create wealth. Just doesn't happen.

Now, Paul Krugman is 57 years old. In terms of Mars missions he may be shovel-ready. But I just want to point out to you two weeks ago Paul Krugman was saying that we need a major war to get us out of the recession, because Keynesian spending didn't do it. We needed a major war, like World War II. Iraq, not good enough because that was Bush's war. Afghanistan, not good enough because that was Bush's war. Maybe what he had in mind is a civil war, because when he now starts telling the truth about Obamacare, there are going to be a lot of people in the White House and on the left going, "My God, Paul, have you lost your mind? We're trying to keep this a secret. We think we've succeeded in beating back this whole notion that there are death panels here," and of course anybody with any common sense knows that this is a dead ringer for the British health care system and rationing of health care, if this thing is not repealed, if it holds up. There's only one way that this could ever be paid for and that is by health rationing and the people that get rationed out of health care are the elderly. People stop being human beings and they're looked at clearly and simply as dimes and quarters.

Is there any financial sense in investing whatever would cost to prolong an elderly person's life by a year or two, or should that money be spent elsewhere on a young person's health care or some other social program? Inexorably when the government is in charge of this, human beings stop being human beings. My biggest argument with liberalism is it dehumanizes people. For all the talk about compassion and love and tolerance, liberalism dehumanizes a society, and in the eyes of liberal leaders, human beings stop being human beings and they're pieces on a chessboard or a chalkboard or what have you. They're to be interchanged and exchanged or gotten rid of, pulled off the board. There's no question there are death panels in the Obamacare bill. Everybody knows it. Now, Krugman has let it out of the bag. But when Sarah Palin used the term "death panels," Krugman wrote a piece, it was August 14th, 2009, in the New York Times, and he called Sarah Palin and other conservatives lunatics for suggesting that there were death panels in Obamacare. He referred in that column, August 14th, 2009, he referred to the death panel claim as a complete fabrication, a smear. He used that term twice and "lies" three times, and stated that it was being promoted by a lunatic fringe. He has mocked death panels as a lie in numerous other editorials. And yet yesterday on ABC again here is Paul Krugman.

KRUGMAN: No. Some years down the pike we're gonna get the real solution, which is gonna be a combination of death panels and sales taxes. It's going to be that we're actually gonna take Medicare under control and we're gonna have to get some additional revenue, probably from a VAT.

RUSH: Now, this, folks, if there were a competent reporter on that program -- this is This Week with Christiane Amanpour -- if there were a competent reporter on that program a red flag should have gone up immediately. "Mr. Krugman, death panels? You yourself, sir, have written that anybody who says there are death panels in the health care legislation are lunatic fringe or liars." It's clear as a bell here if you just wait, if you're just patient, liberals will eventually slip up because they can't remember to whom they've told what lie. If you lie routinely, which is what liberals and liberalism have to do, you better keep it up because you can't remember who you've told what lie. You have to assume everything you've said is a lie and remember everything you've said so you can say it consistently. Well, this is huge. Not just because Krugman works at the New York Times. That's part of it. But because he's a Nobel Prize winning economist, he is somebody that the left listens to for economic advice.

So now we have it. Palin was right. You're never gonna see this in the Drive-By Media. You're never gonna see anybody saying this other than on this program or places like it. But there you have it. No, I didn't need Krugman to validate that there are death panels in there. My point in doing this is to simply illustrate that they lie. They lie and the reason they lie is when we are right. Truth is the greatest threat these people face. Truth is the biggest enemy they've got. And now he's out there saying that death panels are a cost saver. Even back in March, there's a YouTube video of Paul Krugman talking about how death panels will save money, death panels and now a VAT tax. So there you have it. Just another illustration of who these people are, how they lie, what they lie about and why. But the simplest thing to realize who these people are is they lie. If you can just get your arms around and accept that everything else is simple.

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