cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
Our debate over health care and how it ought to be reformed has devolved to the point where the kettle is calling the pot black.
Some in the government are using deceptive practices to make us think this will be cost-neutral or even save money over the long pull. That is a blatant falsehood. That relies on us "suspending our disbelief" as one candidate for president said recently.
A member of the House of Representatives has been rebuked for calling out during the president's speech to say, "You lie!", even though the president was not presenting us with the truth.
Insurance companies and their lobby are equally as good at the "art" of obfuscation giving us sound bites that deliver an emotional point devoid of flesh.
The din of political rhetoric to which we've become accustomed during campaigns is now standard fare 24/7/365. There is no rest from the diatribe of both sides in a political battle that has impacted, and will continue to impact, each and everyone of us. The 85% who are quite satisfied with their current health care situation will be the losers while the 15%, many of whom don't want health insurance and the balance of whom have catastrophic care albeit in hospital ERs, will theoretically benefit.
We have devolved as a society, as well. We are subjected to this nonsense on such a regular basis, that there is no longer a recognized truth. As with oral sex no longer being considered sex by too many of our students, there is coming a point after which there'll be no truth left in the discussion of health care.
Our elected leaders, in large degree, are the real purveyors of disinformation; dare we say, they lie on a regular basis. They expect, and largely receive, a pass when they tell their falsehoods, when they tell half-truths, when they quote phrases out of context.
Most of us were raised to understand that there was truth and there was a lie; there was no in between. You either told the truth or you were lying.
The parsing that passes for wisdom has taken us to the point where we're very close to no longer having any black and white, where there are no facts, only popular myth repeated often enough to become the "truth" for the masses.
The pot is calling the kettle black. The pot and the kettle are both being disingenuous. The pot and the kettle are engaging in half-truths. The pot and the kettle ought to know better, and used to know better until they convinced themselves that the end justifies the means used to achieve the end.
The masses will have to assume the role of the adults in this scenario; we can no longer rely on the institutions we've created to do that on our behalf.