A Hyperbolic Hatch Lays An Egg
by Charles Lemos, Mon Nov 02, 2009 at 11:55:50 AM EST
Pass healthcare reform and we destroy the two party system. That's the charge Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch is making today. To begin with, I am not really sure that a two-party system is worth saving if one of those parties is today's GOP. Better to go the way of their antecedents, the Know-Nothings and the Whigs, if all the GOP can muster is no after no while promising more tried and failed free market economic policies. To suggest that the GOP is a party of limited government and fiscal discipline flies in the face of an eleven trillion deficit that is a legacy of reckless tax cuts for the wealthy and even more reckless spending on perpetuating an empire that long ago lost its raison d'être .
From The Hill:
The healthcare reform proposals before Congress threaten the existence of the two-party system, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) alleged Monday morning.
Hatch asserted that the health bills, which he believes represent a "step-by-step approach to socialized medicine," will lead to Americans' dependence on Democrats for their health and other issues.
"And if they get there, of course, you're going to have a very rough time having a two-party system in this country, because almost everybody's going to say, 'All we ever were, all we ever are, all we ever hope to be depends on the Democratic Party,' " Hatch said during an interview with the conservative CNSNews.com.
"That's their goal," Hatch added. "That's what keeps Democrats in power."
That claim led Hatch to suggest that some Democrats are "diabolical" in their pursuit of health reform.
"Do I believe they're that diabolical? I don't believe most of them are, but I think some of them are," Hatch said. "Maybe diabolical's too harsh of a word, but the fact is, they really, really believe in socialized medicine."
If catering to needs to the American people is diabolical, then by all means call me diabolical.
Update [2009-11-2 19:22:29 by Charles Lemos]: Not to be out done by a United States Senator, Congresswoman Virginia Foxx of North Carolina today posits that passing health reform is a greater threat to our country than any terrorist right now in any country. More on this from Think Progress.