At Speaker Pelosi’s weekly press briefing a sympathetic reporter asked this set-up question:
How concerned are you about the tone of the political debate, in terms of people talking about anti-government rhetoric and so on and the possibility of violence?
Ms. Pelosi appeared to be near tears as she spoon fed this response to the adoring reporters :
Well, I think we all have to take responsibility for our actions and our words. We are a free country, and this balance between freedom and safety is one that we have to carefully balance.
I have concerns about some of the language that is being used because I saw this, myself, in the late ’70s in San Francisco. This kind of rhetoric was very frightening, and it created a climate in which violence took place.
So I wish that we would all, again, curb our enthusiasm in some of the statements that are made, so that understanding that some of the people — the ears that it is falling on are not as balanced as the person making the statement might assume.
But, again, our country is great because people can say what they think and they believe. But I also think that they have to take responsibility for any incitement that they may cause.
One could say she got all wee-weed up. Perhaps Ms. Pelosi was referring to this, said by President Obama in July, at a prime time press conference called to sell government health care:
“Right now, doctors a lot of times are forced to make decisions based on the fee payment schedule that’s out there… So if your child has a bad sore throat, or repeated sore throats the doctor may look at the reimbursement system and say to himself, ‘You know what? I make a lot more money if I take this kid’s tonsils out,’”
In an August town hall, another event contrived to hype government health insurance, Obama suggested that physician diagnoses are driven by greed for money:
Let’s take the example of something like Diabetes…Right now if a family care physician works with his or her patient to help them lose weight, modify diet…they might get reimbursed a pitience, but if that same diabetic ends up getting their foot amputated, that’s 30,000, $40,000, $50,000 immediately the surgeon is reimbursed.
The American College of Surgeons issued a public rebuttal that said in part:
President Obama got his facts completely wrong. He stated that a surgeon gets paid $50,000 for a leg amputation when, in fact, Medicare pays a surgeon between $740 and $1,140 for a leg amputation. This payment also includes the evaluation of the patient on the day of the operation plus patient follow-up care that is provided for 90 days after the operation. Private insurers pay some variation of the Medicare reimbursement for this service.
Speaker Pelosi herself hasn’t been muted in her vilification of private citizens who showed up at town halls to protest ObamaCare. In July she said
They’re carrying swastikas and symbols like that to a town hall meeting on health care.
We were reminded of these recent photos, taken of protesters wielding incendiary signs in Ms. Pelosi’s home district of San Francisco. Presumably these folks would be loyal Pelosi voters:
Finally, former reprobate comedian, now Senator Al Frankin appeared on the Dave Letterman show to joke about execution in this 47 second video: