Thursday, October 29, 2009

Cheap shots make you look bad

'I appreciate the candor of left-wing congressmen from Massachusetts. The other day, Barney Frank said, “We are trying on every front to increase the role of government.” Well, of course — and thank you for the frank (Frank?) acknowledgement! Frank was also the guy who said that a “public option” plan in health care was “the best way to reach single-payer.” He proceeded to say it was not only the best way but “the only way.” Again, of course — and thank you.'

Sloppy argument makes you look bad. Barney Frank actually said something completely different from what is quoted out of context above. He said "We are trying on every front to increase the role of government in the area of regulation". I might not like that, but it's a very different point than the one ascribed to him above. It makes me sad when supposedly authoritative individuals at leading institutions like the National Review pass on bullshit non-existent talking points.

There is more than enough red meat (pun intended) to get your teeth into with this congress without making up stuff.

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