Paul Krugman: Death Panels and the Apparatchik Mindset:
The Wall Street Journal isn’t really confused on this point… it understands the difference between rationing care and limiting public spending on care. The point, however, is to confuse readers… think that spending controls on Medicaid are the same thing as having bureaucrats pronounce death sentences on the middle class…. I understand what’s going on here. What I don’t understand is the mindset…. At some level they have to know that they’re engaged in an act of grotesque cynicism. Do they admit that to themselves? Do they rationalize it by saying that truth is a secondary consideration when you’re engaged in a crusade against the evils of big government? Have they mastered true Orwellian doublethink, managing to believe things they know aren’t true? Inquiring minds want to know.