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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Breaking! Conservative Derp

WRM is a commentator with a lot of cred.  Vitus Read his book Power, Terror, Peace, and War. Which was largely good.  V. Recently decided to follow him on the T.  Above is the first tweet I see.  The article referenced is here.

Well, I read the NYT's article on Medicare overcharging this AM: "Sliver of Medicare Doctors Get Big Share of Payouts".  The equivalent of "US health care system incentivizes bad behavior", above, is, in the NYT article,
There’s a lot of potential for whistle-blowers and justified worry for fraudsters,” said Steven F. Grover, a lawyer who represents whistle-blowers who sue doctors and hospitals who they claim have committed fraud against the Medicare program. “There’s going to be a lot of litigation over this,” he said.
One should read both articles; the Mead one is short.

The previous couple of posts in this blog, below, talk about the new American fascists (as opposed to, um, Obama...).  Vice President Wallace's 1944 screed says of the American Fascists of the time "Their newspapers and propaganda carefully cultivate every fissure of disunity...Their final objective toward which all their deceit is directed is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection"

The NYT article manages - somehow (maybe by using a technique knows as "reporting") - to avoid garnering evidence form it's sources that "US health care system incentivizes bad behavior".

Clearly Mead is crafting his piece to further pry open the fissure of American disunity which is the controversy over healthcare, and to add to the world yet another Randian call for ridding the world of evil government.

There are many ways to skin a cat - and also to write about a complex event.  It's hard enough to present the facts.  It's easy, lazy, disingenuous, and deceitful to craft the description of an event solely to deceive and propagandize, and to proselytize one's politics.

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