September 12, 2009

RIP VAN STIER?:

What Ever Happened To 'Cool'? (Max Stier, September 12, 2009, NY Times)

After promising to restore faith in our government and make it "cool" and "competent," you slighted our public servants by derisively referring to them as "bureaucrats" in an effort to appease those who worry about a government takeover of health care.

On Wednesday, you told Congress and the American people, "I will make sure that no government bureaucrat or insurance company bureaucrat gets between you and the care that you need."

At a town hall meeting in Grand Junction, Colo., on Aug. 15, you said, "I don't want government bureaucrats meddling in your health care."

It seems that you are willing to use -- at least for the sake of health-care reform -- the misguided language that government workers are incompetent and can't be trusted. It's a flawed strategy that only perpetuates the lack of trust in our government and reinforces negative stereotypes.


Did this guy sleep through the past thirty years? The Second Way is dead--no one trusts government to be more competent than the private sector at delivering services.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 12, 2009 7:15 AM
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