Wednesday’s Presidential address to a joint session of congress was interrupted by an unusual shout by Rep Joe Wilson of SC. When Obama stated that illegal aliens would not be given coverage under Obamacare,Joe shouted,“You lie!!”The following day,under pressure from the party leadership he called the White House and apologized for his lack of civility. He may have had a slip in civility,but was he correct in his assessment?
We have been listening to claims and counter claims repeatedly over the summer about what is and what is not part of the healthcare proposals before congress. There have been a lot of “bait and switch”tactics about the various bills,but the only bill currently presented and released by committee is the one crafted in the house. This 1000+ page monstrosity has been accused of containing most every onerous proposal possible by its opponents while the supporters claim none of these things exist in the bill. For example,some say there is no “death panel”in the bill although that has been claimed by numerous opponents. Can both claims be right?
First the illegal aliens claim. Obama is right in that the bill does have a small provision that states that persons not legally in the US are not authorized care under its provisions. Unfortunately Joe Wilson is more correct that under that bill millions of illegal aliens would receive healthcare under its provisions. How could this be? Well,although the bill specifically excludes the illegals it also specifically denies the right of healthcare providers to check for illegal status or eligibility under the plan.
Two provisions were proposed by Republicans in the house to require proof of legal residency for care under the bill and both were defeated by the Democrats in pure party line votes. Why,if illegals were not to be eligible for care,would anyone specifically want to deny the right of providers to determine if persons were legally here in this country in order to receive such care?
Well,the simple answer is that the claims that illegals would not be authorized care is disingenuous at best,and an outright lie at worst. It is obvious that the crafters of this bill intended,1) to allow illegals to receive care under its provisions and 2) to be able to deny that they did so.
What? Does this mean our Democratic leadership is actually lied to us? Yes Dorthy,politicians do lie from time to time and this tome is full of such distortions that are designed specifically to mislead the American public. Why do you suppose there was such a push to approve it without even reading it back in late July? It is plain and simple. The writers did not want this thing exposed to the “light of day”.
How about death panels? If illegals will indeed be treated under the bill,do they also exist? Well,yes and no. There is mandatory “end of life counseling”required under the bill,but nothing says anything about denial of treatment for elderly or terminal patients. However,the “footprints in the sands”indicate just such panels will exist.
Rahm Emanuel,Obama’s chief of staff,has stated as much on occasions. Even more revealing are statements of his brother Dr Ezekiel Emanuel who has been appointed to two key positions:health-policy adviser at the Office of Management and Budget and a member of Federal Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research. According to him in an article in last years “Health Affairs,Feb 27,2008,“Vague promises of savings from cutting waste,enhancing prevention and wellness,installing electronic medical records and improving quality are merely ‘lipstick’cost control,more for show and public relations than for true change.”In other articles he outlined how to control costs by denying treatment to the elderly infirm and the very young,both of whom are not of the same value to society as youthful basically healthy adults. Since Obama has promised to control the cost,and these are the persons he has employed to show him how to do so,what do you think? Yes Dorothy,right again.
Then Obama wants you to believe that he will not cut care to the elderly,and he will find enough savings from eliminating abuse in current Medicare and Medicaid to pay for it. And are we to believe the tooth fairy and the easter bunny are going to pop up and give you a check for a zillion dollars too?
If the federal government can find the aproximately 20% of waste and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid why haven’t they already done so? If he is not planning to cut care to the elderly why is he citing to remove 500 Billion from those two programs to fund Obamacare?
The federal government came up with Social Security back in the 30s and promised it would never be the monster that it has become. It is currently bankrupt and has had to be rescued by additional taxes repeatedly. Same for Medicare and Medicaid,and the good old U.S. Post Office as well. The truth is that government has no profit motive and is thus inept at doing anything in a fiscally effective manner. After all,when they overspend they can simply raise taxes or borrow money that they have no intent on ever repaying.
Government has no money to do anything for anyone that they do not first steal from someone else through taxation or deficit spending. Why would an alert American public want to turn over one seventh of our economy to them? Answer. We wouldn’t,that’s why they hid it in a 1000+ page monster bill and pressed the congress to pass it without reading it. John Conyers,chairman of the House Judiciary Committee,even ridiculed anyone advocating they “Read the bill!”saying it would take “two days and two lawyers”to do so.
Keep firmly in mind what the people that push this bill are doing. They are playing the American public for fools and trying to push what they know is an abomination (or perhaps Obamination?) on us. Why do you think Obama is pushing for immediate action on something that will not take place until 2013,conveniently right after his reelection campaign?
There is no emergency requiring fast action to buy a product produced by proven snake oil salesmen America. The fact that they are trying to push this off on us is reason enough to remove them from office at the first opportunity. Thank you Joe Wilson for having the guts to recognize a shell game for what it is and call,“Liar,Liar,Pants on Fire!“
The blatant hypocrisy of the US news media and a huge number of members of the American public in recent years is truly unbelievable. Over the past eight years there have been numerous examples of “Bush bashing”that have been extreme by any rational calculations. George W Bush is not my personal favorite president of a lifetime,but the extremes I see are truly hard to understand. How can you reconcile the vile venom that has been spewed on the last president with the fawning treatment of the current one?
You Obama supporters,be honest now. Read the following and tell me how you would have reacted:
If George W. Bush had made a joke at the expense of the Special Olympics,would you have approved?
If George W. Bush had bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia,would you have approved?
If George W. Bush had visited Austria and made reference to the non-existent “Austrian language,”would you have brushed it off as a minor slip?
If George W. Bush had filled his cabinet and circle of advisers with people who cannot seem to keep current on their income taxes,would you have approved?
If George W. Bush had been so Spanish illiterate as to refer to Cinco de Cuatro in front of the Mexican ambassador when it was the fourth of May (Cuatro de Mayo),and continued to flub it when he tried again,would you have winced in embarrassment?
If George W. Bush had miss-spelled the word “advice”would you have hammered him for it for years like Dan Quayle and potatoe as proof of what a dunce he is?
If George W. Bush had burned 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to go plant a single tree on Earth Day,would you have concluded he is a hypocrite?
If George W. Bush administration had okayed Air Force One flying low over millions of people followed by a jet fighter in downtown Manhattan causing widespread panic,would you have wondered whether they actually get what happened on 9-11?
If George W. Bush had been the first President to need to have a teleprompter installed to be able to get through a press conference,would you have laughed and said this is more proof of how inept he is on his own and is really controlled by smarter men behind the scenes?
If George W. Bush had given Gordon Brown a set of inexpensive and incorrectly formatted DVDs,when Gordon Brown had given him a thoughtful and historically significant gift,would you have approved?
If George W. Bush had given the Queen of England an iPod containing videos of his speeches,would you have thought this embarrassingly narcissistic and tacky?
If George W. Bush had failed to send relief aid to flood victims throughout the Midwest with more people killed or made homeless than in New Orleans ,would you want it made into a major ongoing political issue with claims of racism and incompetence?
If George W. Bush had ordered the firing of the CEO of a major corporation,even though he had no constitutional authority to do so,would you have approved?
If George W. Bush had proposed to double the national debt,which had taken more than two centuries to accumulate,in one year,would you have approved?
If George W. Bush had the proposed to double the debt again 10 times within years,would you have approved?
If George W. Bush had reduced your retirement plan’s holdings of GM stock by 90% and given the unions a majority stake in GM,would you have approved?
If George W. Bush had spent hundreds of thousands of your tax dollars to take Laura Bush to a play in NYC,would you have approved?
If George W. Bush had attempted a government takeover to replace the American Health Care system with one that is failing everywhere in the world where it is in use would you have approved?
If in doing the above if George W. Bush had stared directly into the TV camera and said to the American public,“If you like your doctor,you can keep him,and if you like your current health care plan you can keep it”while telling his supporters that this was only a preliminary step to eliminating all non-governmental health plans would you have said he was a liar? Would you have approved?
If George W. Bush had created as many as three dozen “Czars”with undisclosed authority,no congressional oversight and no accountability,a policy which was criticized by his own party as being unconstitutional. Would you have approved?
If George W. Bush had requested Americans to “rat on”their neighbors who forwarded e-mails critical of the administration,a policy reminiscent of totalitarian regimes of the past. Would you have approved?
So,tell me again,what is it about Obama that makes him so brilliant and impressive? Can’t think of anything? Don’t worry. He’s done all the above and more in just 5 months —so be patient you’ve still got three years and seven months to come up with an answer!
Before anyone comes to the wrong conclusion,I did not write this article. I certainly wish I had because it expresses my thoughts better than I could do myself. It was from an e-mail that has been widely quoted and that I have seen first posted in late Nov ’08. I suspect that a lot of others feel the same way so I have reprinted it here.
My thanks for it go to the author:Larry Sparks of Hoover Alabama.
I will respect the Office which he holds,and I will acknowledge his abilities as an orator and wordsmith and pray for him,BUT that is it. I have begun today to see what I can do to make sure that he is a one-term President!
Why am I doing this?
* It is because I do not share Obama’s vision for America;
Bottom line,my America is vastly different from Obama’s,and I have a higher obligation to my Country and my God to do what is Right!
For eight (8) years,the Liberals in our Society,led by numerous entertainers who would have no platform and no real credibility but for their celebrity status,have attacked President Bush ,his family,and his spiritual beliefs!
They have not moved toward the center in their beliefs and their philosophies,they never came together nor compromised their personal beliefs for the betterment of our Country,but they always expect us to leave our beliefs behind or we are called intolerant,or racist!
They have portrayed my America as a land where everything is tolerated except being Christian or Conservative.
They have been a vocal and irreverent minority for years;they have mocked and attacked the very core values so important to the founding and growth of our Country!
They have made every effort to remove the name of God or Jesus Christ from our Society!
They have challenged capital punishment,the right to bear firearms,and the most basic principles of our criminal code;they have attacked one of the most fundamental of all Freedoms,the right of free speech!
They are willing to give away our beautiful free country to illegals;people who enter this country illegally and then expect the overburdened taxpayers to support them or better yet,give them our Social Security benefits without complaining. Now,news has leaked that the illegals will be counted in the 2010 census. Another way for Obama and the Democrats to steal elections.
I am sure many of you who read this think that I am going overboard,but I refuse to retreat one more inch in favor of those whom I believe are the embodiment of Evil!
PRESIDENT BUSH made many mistakes during his Presidency,and I am not sure how history will judge him. However,I believe that he weighed his decisions in light of the long established Judeo-Christian principles of our Founding Fathers!!!
Majority rules in America ,and I will honor the concept;however,I will fight with all of my power to be a voice in opposition to Obama and “his goals for America .”
I am going to be a thorn in the side of those who,if left unchecked,will destroy our Country!! Any more compromise is more defeat!
I pray that the results of this election will wake up many who have sat on the sidelines and allowed the Socialist-Marxist anti-God crowd to slowly change so much of what has been good in America!
“Error of Opinion may be tolerated where Reason is left free to combat it.” (Thomas Jefferson)
God bless you and God bless our Country!!!