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Mark Steyn on dressing for dissent over healthcare


Do you disagree with Barack Obama’s healthcare reform proposals? If so, Mark Steyn argues you’ve been identified by the White House as members of “a sick, deranged, un-American mob” that’s responsible for derailing the debate over the reforms. Even worse, Steyn suggests, the Obama administration plans to silence you at all costs, including encouraging citizens to report any “fishy” correspondences about healthcare straight to the White House. The height of the administration’s paranoia, as far as Steyn is concerned, came when Senator Barbara Boxer suggested opponents of the Obama plan were too “well-dressed” to be real. “Apparently, the health care debate now has a dress code,” Steyn writes. “Soon you won’t be able to get in unless you’re wearing Barack Obama mom-jeans, manufactured at a converted GM plant by an assembly line of retrained insurance salesmen.”

Orange County Register

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  1. I guess if you are a republican apologist that is one slant on it.

    • Steyn is not exactly slanted… more upside down in many cases. I've found the White House to be incredibly dull and reserved on this, while Congress (a bit) and Republican operatives (a TON) are going overboard. Sad, because there's such an opportunity to improve insurance in the US without going crazy, but non-crazy isn't seen as an option.

  2. Steyn misstates a couple things:
    1. the White House didn't say the "un-American" thing, that was the House Speaker and House Majority Leader
    2. The Obama administration likely isn't trying to "silence" people by asking for reports about misinformation, they are likely gathering information for their "Reality Check" website. ( I wonder if Steyn has any examples of people actually being "silenced"? He can't honestly believe, after seeing the videos of people shouting at senators and representatives at town hall meetings, that people are being "silenced". Even Obama is holding town hall meetings this week.

  3. Steyn is the poet laureate of Orange County.

  4. Whatever, as long as its K. Whyte signing Steyn's paycheck and not me.