Things You Already Knew Because You're Smarter Than Me

Here's Krugman's take on the mobs swarming the healthcare townhalls being held by the recently on-recess members of Congress. I don't cite the man much, but there were two items of note in the article:

"Astroturf organization" - A fake grass-roots organization.

and this bit:

There was a telling incident at a town hall held by Representative Gene Green, D-Tex. An activist turned to his fellow attendees and asked if they “oppose any form of socialized or government-run health care.” Nearly all did. Then Representative Green asked how many of those present were on Medicare. Almost half raised their hands.

Healthcare is a complicated issue, made all the more so when it butts up against the other challenge we face as Americans - ignorance.


Cinderella said...

Haha, Gene Green. He had mean parents.

thegameiam said...

There are allegations of astroturfing flying around all over the place - I certainly get the impression that the pro-health-insurance-reform types are much more centrally-directed than that anti-health-insurance-reform types. Here is an interesting pictorial synopsis of Speaker Pelosi's appearance in Denver.