Sunday, February 8, 2009


Charles Krauthammer's op-ed last Friday starts off with Rovian politics. Accuse your opponents of your own failings:

So much for the president who in his inaugural address two weeks earlier declared "we have chosen hope over fear." Until, that is, you need fear to pass a bill.

No, fear-mongering is exploiting the terror attacks of 9/11/01 to mount support for an unnecessary war. Fear-mongering is cooking the intelligence to persuade Americans that Saddam Hussein had nuclear weapons. Fear-mongering is "
We don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud."

Here is a graph showing the facts:

The U.S. economy lost
2.6 million jobs in 2008. According to the President, another 2.8 million people had to take part-time work instead of full-time work - think about the strain on their health care, let alone the rest of the tough decisions they need to make. These are hard, verifiable facts, that we all are aware of.

Mr. Krauthammer, when President Obama says "A failure to act, and act now, will turn a crisis into a catastrophe" - that's not fear-mongering, that's reporting.

No comments:

Post a Comment