A post by Pat
Dick Durbin and others claimed insurance companies and “people like them” were behind the townhall protests. This was to discredit the angry turnout as manufactured and counterfeit. Today the drug industry announced they are spending $150 million for TV ads to back the White House healthcare plan.
Taking the ‘manufactured’ charge at face value, insurance companies are contemptible for acting in their corporate interest, but not drug companies. (Not today anyway.) Shouts of individual Americans who go to townhall meetings are to be silenced while slick big government propaganda may intrude into our homes.
U.S. drugmakers stand ready to spend $150 million to help President Barack Obama overhaul health care this fall, according to numerous officials, a staggering sum that could dwarf attempts to derail Obama’s top domestic priority.
The campaign, now in its early stages, includes television advertising under PhRMA’s own name and commercials aired in conjunction with the liberal group, Families USA.
Additionally, the industry is the major contributor to Healthy Economy Now, which recently completed a $12 million round of advertising nationally and in several states. The ads were made by firms with close ties to Democrats and the White House and generally reflected the administration’s changing rhetoric on health care
By the White House tally, overall advertising so far by PhRMA and other supporters of the bill has swamped efforts by opponents. Republican strategists concede it would be extremely difficult to match an effort of the size PhRMA is planning.
The Truth is our defense against the charges of corporate interests buying the voices at townhall meetings. The other side has no defense against charges that their indignation is hypocritical. Big money backs big government for big power. There is something far more valuable than money backing the individual voices of citizens speaking out at townhalls. It is the spirit of liberty.
The flowery phrases of the left are shallow and trite. They play on sentiment to achieve a deceitful end. Common speech is common sense, unpolished yet infused with the wisdom of real life. “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for”—get lost. “I am the mob” has arrived.