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The boy who cried wolf

September 23, 2009

This week at the UN, Barack Obama told the world that unless we act now, there’s going to be irreversible climate change.

Two weeks ago, he told a hastily-gathered joint session of Congress that we needed to pass health care legislation right now because we’re in the middle of a crisis.

That’s the way it has been for the entire eight months of this administration.  “Stimulus” bill.  Appropriations bill.  Confirm Sibelious right now or we’ll have a swine flu epidemic. (By the way: where is she in this health care debate?) Confirm Sotomayor right now–no time to look into her background.

In the story of the boy who cried wolf, eventually the people get tired of the false alarms and don’t respond when a true emergency happens.  Maybe he didn’t learn that story in Indonesia.

In the end, he’s beginning to sound a lot like a TV pitchman.  Act now and we’ll send you a second one–absolutely free!  The problem with his pitches is that it isn’t free and the true costs are unknown–and maybe even unknowable.

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