Friday, May 15, 2009

Don't kill the goose!

America's goose has, after all, been laying golden eggs for more than two hundred years. Killing her--and what's worse, killing her with gobbledygook--is what the peerless Peggy Noonan worries about in the Wall Street Journal today. Here's what she says in part:

'The other day I was watching "Morning Joe" on MSNBC, and Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, came on from Washington to talk about health care. A reporter on the set, Andrew Ross Sorkin of the New York Times, asked a few clear and direct questions: What is President Obama's health care plan, how would it work, what would it look like? I leaned forward. Finally I will understand. Ms. Sebelius began to answer in that dead and deadening governmental language that does not reveal or clarify but instead wraps legitimate queries in clouds of words and sends them on their way. I think I heard "accessing affordable quality health care," "single payer plan vis-à-vis private multiparty insurers" and "key component of quality improvement." In any case, she didn't answer the question, which was a disappointment but not a surprise. No one answers the question anymore.'

It gets better. Read it. Blue skies! -- Dan Ford

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