Far be it from NewsBusters to support more government social-program spending. Still, my antennae went up when I heard AARP's Nancy LeaMond dismiss a half-trillion in Medicare cuts as mere "scalpel" wielding. LeaMond, AARP Exec. VP, made her blithe statement while defending her organization's endorsement of ObamaCare to Joe Scarborough on Morning Joe today.
Which made me wonder: just who is Nancy LeaMond? Click, Wikipedia, click: whaddayaknow? Turns out that before coming to AARP, LeaMond was a senior Clinton administration appointee and a top Dem congressional staffer. Surprise, surprise!
Here's the Wiki passage:
She began her career as the Chief of Staff to U.S. Congresswoman Mary Rose Oakar. On March 18, 1993 she was nominated by President Clinton to serve as Assistant U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) for Congressional Affairs. She served as Chief of Staff to [Clinton admin] U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky.
In the course of her appearance, LeaMond characterized cuts to Medicare under the AARP-endorsed plan, estimated at half-a-trillion dollars over 10 years, as mere "scalpel" wielding. Observed Scarborough sardonically: "that's a pretty big scalpel."
Rush likes to call the NAACP the NAALCP, the 'L' standing for liberal. Should we start calling AARP "AARDP"?