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The power that a sharp turn of phrase can have in catalyzing public opinion is amazing - consider how Sarah Palin's "Death Panels" characterization transformed the health care debate last summer. There are two news stories right now that are doing similar damage to the White House. First, there is the story of the White House jobs website, Recovery.gov, that remind us how political machinery loves phony numbers to add to the bragging power of politicians.
It comes as little surprise that the recipients of the stimulus money have been, to put it indelicately, cooking the books. Both ABC News and the Washington, DC Examiner have been monitoring the spending as posted on the government's recovery.gov website and have found egregious errors, including money being spent in non-existent congressional districts and public entities claiming the stimulus money saved their entire workforce.
That's a story that puts the credibility of the Hope & Change White House in doubt on the most important issue in the country. Far more dangerous for the Obama Bolsheviks, though, is the new recommendation that women start receiving Mammograms at age 50 instead of 40, sending a shiver of Death Panel fear through the Democrats' Soccer Mom base.
Two Republican Congresswomen argued at a press conference today that the advisory board's recommendation is a glimpse into what health care would be like if Democrats can pass their reform plans.
Suddenly, the essential truth of Sarah Palin's pithy encapsulation of the hazards of government controlled health care glimmer with clarity for those who had previously believed Democrats claims that the idea of Death Panels was just a nasty invention of haters on the right.
This is obvious even to the White House, which sent Kathleen Sebelius out to pooh pooh the new recommendations today.
"The U.S. Preventive Task Force is an outside independent panel of doctors and scientists who make recommendations. They do not set federal policy and they don’t determine what services are covered by the federal government," said Sebelius in a written statement.
Of course, therein lies the crisis for ObamaReidPelosi. Because we don't yet have Obama Care, these are only recommendations from an independent panel. The White House wants to turn these folks into a Death Panel, giving them the full power to transform their ideas into commands! All of the nation's breast bearing creatures now understand.
"Our policies remain unchanged," she said of the federal government. " Indeed, I would be very surprised if any private insurance company changed its mammography coverage decisions as a result of this action."
With the president on tour in Asia, further linking his brand to that of a weaker America, the undoing of the Obama Presidency is gaining speed.