We all love those stories of where some cocky kid, bully, person gets what's coming to them. You know, when karma catches up. When the pie gets thrown in the face of the arrogant agitator. When...okay, you get the point. The Wall Street Journal has just provided us with such an event.
The fact-check website PolitiFact recently picked the phrase "the government takeover of health care":
You're kidding right? That's exactly the question the Wall Street Journal asked. And in an extensive editorial today, they let Politi-"fact" have it. Here's some excerpts:
PolitiFact's decree is part of a larger journalistic trend that seeks to recast all political debates as matters of lies, misinformation and "facts," rather than differences of world view or principles. PolitiFact wants to define for everyone else what qualifies as a "fact," though in political debates the facts are often legitimately in dispute.
Ooooh. That's good. As a person who still believes that "world views" exist, my heart just fluttered. Some more please:
Evidently, it doesn't count as a government takeover unless the means of production are confiscated. "The government will not seize control of hospitals or nationalize doctors," the editors write, and while "it's true that the law does significantly increase government regulation of health insurers," they'll still be nominally private too.
How does that pie taste?
As long as the press corps is nominating "lies of the year," ours goes to the formal legislative title of ObamaCare, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. For a bill that in reality will raise health costs and reduce patient choice, the name recalls Mary McCarthy's famous line about every word being a lie, including "the" and "and."
I just got a thrill up my leg.