February 22, 2011
from huff post “sarah palin answers questions from business group in front of mainstream media” beth fouhy and frank eltman:
“Palin said the landmark health care bill Obama signed into law last year gave her heartburn. She also defended her much-criticized claim that the law would lead to federal “death panels” determining who would receive care. Provisions of the law that were dropped called for voluntary end-of-life planning.
“My question was, ‘Who are these faceless bureaucrats on a panel who will decide?'” Palin said. “Will it be my baby with Down syndrome, who maybe somebody may judge him as not having that level of productivity somebody else may have? So maybe if rationed care is part of this, maybe he wouldn’t receive the care.”
Palin also noted the recent increases in the price of food and mocked Michelle Obama to make her point. The first lady is encouraging mothers to breast-feed their infants as part of her campaign to reduce childhood obesity – an effort that has drawn scorn from some conservatives.
“No wonder Michelle Obama is telling everybody you better breast-feed your babies,” said Palin, who as governor declared October 2007 Breastfeeding Awareness Month. “I’m looking and say, ‘Yeah, you better because the price of milk is so high right now.'”
Two things: 1. i was bothered when i first heard sarah refer to herself and other women as “mama grizzlies.” in fact, if sarah really believed that line of thinking she would realize that a mama grizzly would do exactly what she quotes the “death panel” would do: that is she would not keep a ‘cub’ that would be a burden to her family and her species. in other words “maybe somebody may judge him as not having that level of productivity somebody else may have?” well, yeah, actually. i don’t mean to sound cold and heartless, just pointing out the contradiction. nature is holy. the picture of a mama grizzly is not something to invoke lightly.
2. speaking of nature, what about its most holy concoction: a mother’s milk. why would another mother (especially an advocate for breastfeeding) attack someone for encouraging breastfeeding as a way to promote healthy habits early? and only a fool would do so by invoking a completely unconnected topic: the price of milk. ms. palin, food prices all over are going up because of droughts in russia and now china, and because the price of fuel has gone up – to name a few reasons. food prices have nothing to do with our sister’s initiative to promote the same thing you so adamantly promote. you’re starting to give us girls a bad name, could you maybe tighten it up a bit honey?