Joe Klein isn’t as smart as he thinks he is

Drudge proves himself to be a good sport by linking to a Joe Klein post at Time Magazine’s website, in which Klein savages Drudge. Drudge is probably more than a good sport, though. He’s smart, too, because all that the post does is make Klein look like an idiot. Here is Klein’s post, in its entirety:

I know this is old news, but this guy is shameless. The headline, with a photo of a three-quarters crazed Hillary, is HEALTH INSURANCE PROOF REQUIRED FOR WORK but the linked story says this:

At this point, we don’t have anything punitive that we have proposed,” the presidential candidate said in an interview with The Associated Press. “We’re providing incentives and tax credits which we think will be very attractive to the vast majority of Americans.”She said she could envision a day when “you have to show proof to your employer that you’re insured as a part of the job interview — like when your kid goes to school and has to show proof of vaccination,” but said such details would be worked out through negotiations with Congress.

How stupid does he think we are? Answer: Extremely dumbolic.

I’ll have more about Clinton’s health plan in this week’s print column.

Ah, Joe. I don’t know how to tell you this, but your post shows that Drudge’s headline was entirely accurate. Drudge says Hillary would have “health insurance proof required for work.” And Hillary says she can easily imagine the day, under her plan, when “you have to show proof to your employer that you’re insured as a part of the job interview.” Now, I know I’m not as smart as a writer at an intellectual hot spot like Time Magazine, but even my limited mind has figured out that Drudge’s summary and Hillary’s quotation say the same thing.

I assume Joe is trying to make the point that Hillary’s requirement that adults enter her health plan as a precondition of employment is entirely innocuous because we already require kids to show proof of vaccination to go to school. That’s not a very good point, either. First off, a lot of people are very resentful of this requirement, feeling that vaccinations are more dangerous than the risk of disease. I happen to disagree with them, as I’m very pro-vaccination, but their attitude already goes to show that many people are less than thrilled by having the government push them around in a medical sense for them to gain entry somewhere.

But Joe also ignores the public safety issue involved here. The reason kids have to show proof of vaccination is to prevent the spread of deadly epidemic diseases of the type the used to ravage the school populations in America (polio being the most obvious example). Hillary, however, is saying that her dream is to see every private employer become a government agent by withholding employment opportunities from adults who haven’t meekly lined up for their doctor’s appointment under Nanny Hillary’s Care.

How stupid does Klein think we are?

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  • http://www.gwbush.blogspot.com Dubya

    Thank you! You took the words right out of my mouth.

    The really obnoxious thing about this, to me at least, is that Klein has the gall to call Drudge “shameless.” Yeah, well, what about Klein? He’s a lefty Clinton-supporter who pretends to be objective, while writing for an anti-Bush, anti-conservative, anti-Republican magazine that pretends to be balanced.

    Also, remember when Klein was going around lying to his colleagues in the media about not being the author of Primary Colors (which was actually a good book, by the way) just to sell more copies? Talk about shameless and dishonest…

  • Marguerite

    This woman’s contempt for the ability of normal people to a) know what is best for them and their families and b) their ability to find solutions – is jaw-dropping. I find ‘Hillarycare’ an obnoxious title for how to destroy the best medical care on the planet – unless the ‘care’ references her own self-love. Then it fits perfectly. Just as those who want to advance suicide by compromising the medical professionals who write prescriptions for death, Hillary compromises the employers by making them, as you wisely point out, agents of the state.

  • Tap

    This really worries me. If we adopt a socialized health care system, where will the Canadian MP’s go???

    http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070914/belinda_Stronach_070914/20070914?hub=Health

  • JJ

    The funny thing is that most of the responses on the link you provided seem to think that Joe is still suffering from his old rectal-cranial condition. He seems certainly to have influenced people, but he may have fallen down a bit on the “winning friends” part of it.

    I live in a world, as most of us do, of anecdotal evidence, which in this case means what I can see with my own eyes. I do it near the Canadian border, too; and one thing these old eyes have noticed is exactly as Tap says: there sure do seem to be a whole lot of Canadians hanging around the hospital, and the various specialist’s offices that cluster around it.

    Can this possibly be because our system is as bad as Hillary (named for Edmund Hillary, y’know) finds it to be?

  • Danny Lemieux

    “Joe Klein isn’t as smart as he thinks he is”. So? Joe Klein is a member of the Liberal/Democrat/Left. It’s like saying “the sun sets in the West”.

  • zhombre

    Yeah, I agree with Danny. The liberal-left side of the political spectrum harbors the presumption that they are smarter and better equipped to govern than anybody else and those who do not accept the liberal consensus do so out of intellectual and moral deficits.