Using “feel-good” rhetoric and positive words to sell legislative ideas is nothing new. Remember the PATRIOT Act? Who could vote against the PATRIOT Act, especially right after 9/11.
Anyway, at least with the health care bill now moving through Congress, at least we still have time to stop bad things from happening. The National Taxpayers Union has put together a great one-page flier illustrating how often President Obama and those in Congress who want to further expand government control over health care use positive rhetoric about choice, freedom, and competition while in a count of the actual words contained in the bill, words like taxes, regulation, and penalty are used far more frequently. That’s a fairly succinct illustration of the rhetoric vs. reality on the health care issue. Might be something useful to print and bring/hand out at town hall meetings.