I know people have complained about NPR at times and that sometimes it appears that do not have a backbone. However, I listened to Steve Inskeep interviewing Michael Steele and I was so excited that I had to call my wife to see if she was listening to it.
You have got to listen to this:
Scroll down on the link and you can read the transcript.
Steve Inskeep does not hold back on Steele, calling out his hypocrisy, backtracking, etc... Michael Steele actually goes on the defensive and accuses Inskeep of twisting his words. Nice taste of his own medicine.
Steve Inskeep calls out Steele about his op-ed on how he praised a government run medicare program, stating that we need to keep it, but that he speaks out in giving others the same benefits. Steele has all the Republican talking points, but Inskeep was ready to lock, load, and fire.
Michael Steele call medicare a "valuable program" and Inskeep repsonds by making it known that Steele just referred to a government program as "valuable". Of course, that's when Steele's backtracking begins. Then, Steele refers to making cuts in medicare. Then, he says "I'm not saying I like or dislike Medicare".
Steele was vague throughout, as usually, offering nothing but talking points. Inskeep calls him out on his "nuances".
Steele even siad he favors cuts in medicare!! One of their talking points against Obama and the Dems!!
The quotes could go on and on.
You must hear it to believe it.
It wasn't even a KO. The ref would have stopped it before it was over...TKO!!!
BRAVO NPR!! BRAVO!!
Here is part of the transcript:
INSKEEP: So you would be in favor of certain Medicare cuts?
Mr. STEELE: Absolutely.
Isn't one of their attacks on Obama about him wanting to cut parts of medicare?
Mr. STEELE: Sometimes it is, and sometimes it isn't. It depends on the type of treatment and the medicines that are at stake. And I've had this same experience my own self where I - you know, I've needed a certain type of, you know, medication and it, you know - the insurance company is like, well, you can have it, but we'll only pay for this amount or this portion. I don't like that any more than I like the government doing it.
My point is, you know, if the government's going to do, it's going to do it 10 times worse and it's going to be more pronounced than the private insurers. And I don't - I think that's a feature we can fix right now. And sure, there are issues in the insurance market that we can regulate a little bit better and that we can control better to maximize the benefits to the consumers. That's something that, yeah, we can rightly reform and fix. If the...
INSKEEP: Wait a minute, wait, wait. You would trust the government to look into that?
Mr. STEELE: No. I'm talking about the - I'm talking about private - I'm talking about...
INSKEEP: Who is...
Mr. STEELE: ...citizens. I'm talking about...
INSKEEP: You said that's something that should be looked into. Who is it that should look into that?
Mr. STEELE: I'm talking about those who - well, who regulates the insurance markets?
INSKEEP: That would be the government, I believe