This is the FRAME that wins 2012

“Can you govern yourself, or do you need a Federal Czar to govern your life for you?”

That question should be asked of every interested person who might vote in the next few elections. Everyone.

“Can you find a doctor, a light-bulb, or control the flow of your toilet, or should one of our Federal Czars take that decision out of your hands?”

When framed in this fashion, the answers to these questions probably have a 75-25 pro-freedom response rate, even in today’s electorate.

This “frame” (see Lakoff and Overton Window)  articulates the central message that all Republicans, conservative Democrats, the Tea Parties/Patriots, as well as the think tank types should be shouting from the hilltops.

Once brought to consciousness in this philosophical context, virtually every “self-government” policy initiative can be promoted on the foundation of “self-government”. Most Americans are hard-wired to agree with the conservative view on this. [Read more...]

Climate Email Hackers = Galileo / Barbara Boxer = Inquisitor

Sadly, science has always been far more politicized than we want to admit. That said, let’s look at Dan Henninger in a WSJ article and video, and his view on the “Climategate” issue.

Next, let’s see what CA Senator Barbara Boxer says about the leak of the emails.

SEN. BOXER (D-CA): “I’ve been looking at these e-mails, even though they were stolen, they are now out in the public and we are now out looking through these e-mails…This is a crime, and I would ask unanimous consent to place into the record section 1030 of U.S. Criminal Code:

‘Fraud and related activity in connection with computers having knowingly accessed a computer without authorization’ it goes on, calling it a crime, so part of our looking at this will be looking at criminal activity”


Boxer video here

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If the Tea Party Movement, 9-12 folks, and C4L types want to have some fun, they should get on Facebook & Twitter and start a social media campaign for Obama to a) Pardon the Hackers for their contribution to “scientific debate” and the “scientific method,” and b) Lobby the Nobel Committee to award them some “Science Prize” for the same contribution(s).

Here is the frame. The Hackers are Galileo, and their detractors are the Inquisition.

Framing the Health Care Debate in Republican’s Favor

Today’s lesson in Framing is brought to you by the word “Rationing” and the number “3″.

Here is how it works. There is no reducing health care costs in America with out rationing. It’s just that simple. Observe.

Rationing, the Unspeakable, But Honest Solution

The honest solution is a word that cannot be spoken: rationing. Our system already rations health care based on the individual’s ability to pay. Insurance companies ration some tests and procedures based on age, risk factors and what often seems like whim. This ad hoc rationing doesn’t work very well, and nothing in any of the reform bills even tries to address the basic consensus that makes spending continue to rise: Put a lid on everybody else’s costs, but don’t touch mine.

The writer is 100% correct on “rationing.” In a rich nation where either the government or the insurance company pays for care, the main driver of costs is going to be our massive overutilization of health care. We all want PSAs, mammograms, not to mention the massive over use of testing driven by law suits and defensive medicine.

No rationing, no savings.

So here is how Republicans can frame the debate, and steal this issue from the Democrats.

Here is the simple question to be asked by every Republican at every town hall meeting.

“Who do you want rationing your health care? The Government, the insurance company, or you? Wouldn’t you rather be the one in control of rationing your own care? That’s our plan, and we’ll start you off with a $4,000 tax credit to do so.”

America over-utilizes health care. Each of us are better suited to control that utilization than any bureaucracy, be it Government or Private.

A cartoon from the 50s lays it all out for you

Dated to be sure, and a little hokey, but it lays it all for you right around the 2:45 mark.