Fear, not reason

August 17, 2009 at 1:28 pm 4 comments

Excellent points by the always great Leonard Pitts on the use of fear instead of reason.

Healthcare foes use fear, not reason

Fear is the most powerful enemy of reason. Both fear and reason are essential to human survival, but the relationship between them is unbalanced. Reason may sometimes dissipate fear, but fear frequently shuts down reason.” — from The Assault on Reason by Al Gore

“I’m afraid of Obama!” — woman at a Town Hall meeting on health care reform

… And no, that’s not patriotism. It is the cynical behavior of people who have little faith in their ability to win the debate. So they pick a fight and try to win that instead.

via Healthcare foes use fear, not reason – Leonard Pitts Jr. – MiamiHerald.com.


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  • 1. Health care -- how do we move forward  |  August 17, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    As much as they would like to make the insurance company their target, you have to ask yourself would you rather have the government as your insurer with its rules or a private insurance company. The private insurance company you can take to court, complain to the government, or ask your employer to intercede on your behalf.
    If it is the Federal Government and you don’t like it… who is going to stand up for you?

  • 2. mathgeneration  |  August 17, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    There are many cases that are vs. USA, and the USA doesn’t always win.

  • 3. Sammy  |  August 19, 2009 at 9:09 am

    All obama will do is outsource anyways. Just think about the all the lobbyists flocking to Washington DC because of obama’s reckless over-spending of $2 TRILLION in just 6 months, which alone is increasing the National Debt by 20%.

    Politicians take people’s money and reward the large corporations, in this case companies in the health care industry, since they have the money to more effectively lobby politicians. In the end smaller businesses will be hurt.

    Politicians will only reward companies that will be in their best political interest. Honestly, when can you really trust politicians since they are basically professional liars, and being president just means you are the best liar of the time. Why not just give the money directly from the people to the companies and take politicians in government out of the equation?

    obama is going to recklessly spend TRILLIONS of tax payers’ money just to give insurance to about 25% of those who do not have it. Over 50% of people’s income go towards taxes, just imagine how many more people will afford health care insurance if their income is almost doubled because of dramatic tax cuts.

    Competition is what is needed. It lowers prices of products and services, along with developing new innovations. All of which will benefit consumers. You need to remember that monopolistic tendencies can also apply to government.

    The reason why the cost of insurance is high is because politicians in government mandate insurance companies to increase their premiums to pay for ridiculous things. In addition, politicians put up regulations so that Americans are not allowed to get insurance from another state and use the coverage in their own state. This reduces competition making it more expensive for people to get insurance. On top of that medical professionals are not allowed to freely practice their profession in any US state without taking a long and tedious licensing process. This again increases the cost of medical insurance.

    In the end, the problem with most economic issues is too much government intervention of the economy by politicians, who will only tend to do things for political self interest. Just like how obama nationalized GM to pander to its unions. Politicians can barely run government, yet people think they can run a multi-national auto manufacturing company?

    The solution is SMALLER government, LESS spending, and LOWER taxes.

    • 4. mathgeneration  |  August 19, 2009 at 11:49 am

      “Competition is what is needed.”

      If you truly agree with what you said, then you know the following facts. Most states have very little or NO competition in the current system. The smaller states are completely run by Blue Cross Blue Shield. For example, if you are in North Dakota, there is no other option.


      That’s what the public option is about. It provides competition, it provides options where right now there currently are none. Places like ND are monopolies for BCBS, and that’s surely not free enterprise either.


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