Of Palin, Death Panels, & Clunkers

When Sarah Palin stepped down as Alaska’s governor last month, I commented at the time that we should wait and see what she does with her life. Unlike some commentators, I didn’t consider this decision foolish. Instead, I was interested in seeing how she proceeded, and prayed that she would listen to the Lord for her future. Was she to stay in politics or take another path?

Since then, she has quite effectively, I believe, used her Facebook page to express her views. If you go to her page, you can see that some of those views are quite detailed, focused on studies gleaned from scholarly sources. She is forcing those who thought she was a lightweight to reassess.

When she declared that Obama’s healthcare plan incorporated “death panels,” she was roundly criticized (from both right and left) for her unsophisticated analysis. However, she was right. Any government agency set up to determine who receives treatment and who does not is, in effect, making life and death decisions.

The voices were shrill in opposition to her comment, but she touched a nerve—primarily because she was speaking the truth. As a result of the rising concern over that issue, a provision that would have created those panels was stricken from one of the bills.

Palin performed a great public service by speaking out as she did. And the protests at the townhall meetings have now put the entire “public option” [a euphemism for government-controlled healthcare] in jeopardy. I’m not convinced it is really dead yet: it may resurrect in a different form, so vigilance is still necessary.

In related news, another Obama initiative, the Cash-for-Clunkers program, is manifesting its true nature—that of another bloated, unrealistic, inefficient government program. Car dealers who were promised reimbursement within 10 days are not receiving their money. Only a miniscule amount has trickled down from the bureaucracy. Whatever happened to that 1 billion dollars that was originally approved? Remember how they said that wasn’t enough, so another 2 billion dollars were added? The initial 1 billion still hasn’t been used.

And these are the people who want to run healthcare?