Saturday, September 18

Koch derangement syndrome on full display

By Steven Hayward of Powerline.


No sooner do I note the predictable banality of New York Times editorial “writers,” if such human beings actually exist (as opposed to a subjunctive cliché-generating computer), than the Times offers up more evidence of the proposition.

Yesterday the Times gave in to its KDS (Koch Derangement Syndrome), complaining about TV ads that Americans for Prosperity are running.  This paragraph is especially hilarious:

In one typical example, the group’s ad against Representative Gary Peters of Michigan, a Democrat who is running for an open Senate seat, is full of distortions and lies. It accuses Mr. Peters of lying when he said the law bars cancellations of insurance policies. Mr. Peters happened to be right, as millions of people who once faced losing all insurance after they got sick now appreciate. The 225,000 Michigan residents who the ad said received “cancellation notices” were actually told that they could change to a better policy; they were not told they could no longer have insurance, as the ad implies.

The canard that the cancellation of your existing policy (the one you were promised you could keep if you wanted to) by Obamacare merely means you are being given the “opportunity” to “change to a better policy” is the equivalent of saying, “our confiscation of your car merely means you can upgrade to a better car, like, hey—maybe a BMW!  Why do you want to keep riding around in that pickup truck anyway.”

I suppose Times editorialists think we’re stupid.  On the other hand, considering the people in New York who make the Times their Sunday sacrament (and elect politicians like Anthony Weiner and Bill DeBlasio), maybe they’re right about their core audience.