Benedict Arlen: G.O.P. killed Jack Kemp
Posted by danishova on May 4, 2009
Time to retire, Arlen. Desperation is a most unattractive trait.
The Washington Times reports on an exchange with Bob Schieffer:
Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Democrat, said part of the reason he left the Republican Party last week was disillusionment with its healthcare priorities, and suggested that had the Republicans taken a more moderate track, Jack Kemp may have won his battle with cancer. [snip]
Mr. Specter continued: "If we had pursued what President Nixon declared in 1970 as the war on cancer, we would have cured many strains. I think Jack Kemp would be alive today. And that research has saved or prolonged many lives, including mine."
Read the rest here.
Indeed, this shameless demagoguery defies logic. If a nationalized health system is such a wonderful thing, why hasn’t Great Britain found the cure for cancer?
UPDATE: Ed Morrissey has the video, and notes:
It’s also a grotesque lie. During Republican control of Congress, federal spending on health research and regulation increased 46% after inflation, from $49 billion a year to $72 billion a year, or about 7% increase each year. That’s almost the same rate of increase as Defense spending got in the same period (48%), when we actually had a real war on our hands, and not a political contrivance for excusing federal spending.