Thursday, April 21, 2011

Chuck Roger: Obi-Wan Berwick Rears His Head Again

Roger's in The Thinker on Berwick going Free Marketeer.

Berwick's sudden conversion to a non-rationing mentality must not be trusted for a microsecond. The doctor once advocated "a cap on total spending, with strictly limited year-on-year growth targets." There's no way around the fact that the statement blesses government-enforced rationing. In fact, in a June 2009 interview, Berwick flat-out asserted, "The decision is not whether or not we will ration care-the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open."

I noted two weeks ago that Berwick's "cavalier dishonesty illustrates the deep-seated contempt that [he] has for truth." But Berwick is also afraid. The man is unwilling to try to defend his ridiculous earlier positions. Yet Dr. Donald Berwick almost surely still "loves" British-style rationing and detests the free market. But the doctor is counting on his powers of "influence" being so strong that "weak-minded" Americans don't notice his duplicitous behavior.
Remember the Doc's made his fortune as Showman and Evangelist. His contempt for us is that of PT Barnum.

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