Most of the libs on this board instinctively knew that conservatives in general and Sarah Palin in particular were, once again, playing on the common man's fear. Fear tactics. The fear card. A skill conservatives honed so well during the Bush, Jr. years (like red/orange/yellow/blue/green terror alerts and Guantanamo offensives and shouts of Obama being a "Muslim, schooled in a radical madrassa!"). Ok. It's Just Desserts time for that politico-bitch and fearmonger Sarah Palin. Her outright falsehoods and distortions are starting to catch up with her. -------------------- From PolitiFact.com, a 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner PolitiFact's Lie of the Year: 'Death panels' Of all the falsehoods and distortions in the political discourse this year, one stood out from the rest. "Death panels." ... Sarah Palin posted it on her Facebook page. Her assertion that the government would set up boards to determine whether seniors and the disabled were worthy of care spread through newscasts, talk shows, blogs and town hall meetings. "As more Americans delve into the disturbing details of the nationalized health care plan that the current administration is rushing through Congress, our collective jaw is dropping, and we're saying not just no, but hell no!" Palin wrote. "The Democrats promise that a government health care system will reduce the cost of health care, but as the economist Thomas Sowell has pointed out, government health care will not reduce the cost; it will simply refuse to pay the cost. And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's death panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil." It wasn't the first time opponents of the Democratic plans for health care had raised the specter of euthanasia. In February, the conservative editorial page of the Washington Times compared plans for more funding for health information technology with eugenics programs instituted in Nazi Germany. House Republican Leader John Boehner issued a statement July 23 that said, "This provision may start us down a treacherous path toward government-encouraged euthanasia if enacted into law." Palin's statement then launched the health care debate into overdrive. The term was mentioned in news reports approximately 6,000 times in August and September, according to the Nexis database. By October, it was still being mentioned 150 to 300 times a week. The phrase "death panels" appears to be original to Palin. A search of news databases showed no use prior to her Facebook posting. On Aug. 10, PolitiFact rated Palin's statement Pants on Fire. In the weeks that followed, health care policy experts on both the right and the left said the euthanasia comparisons were inaccurate. Gail Wilensky, a health adviser to President George H.W. Bush, said the charge was untrue and upsetting. Two independent polls showed that about 30 percent of the public believed death panels were part of health care reform, both the week after Palin made the comment and a month later. PolitiFact | PolitiFact's Lie of the Year: 'Death panels'