December 16, 2009
Health Reform Whoppers
The White House Council of Economic Advisers just released a report arguing that the reforms before Congress would reduce the growth in health costs, cut the federal budget deficits and produce thousands of dollars in benefits for the average family. The problem is that just a few days earlier a report from the president's own chief health care actuary concluded that the bill the Senate is considering would actually increase U.S. health spending by $234 billion over the next 10 years and hurt seniors' access to care.
But then, reformers have generally had trouble telling fact from fiction.
Obama's continual repetitions of the "You Lie!" meme with regard to anyone who dares question him would seem to be motivated more by projection than a regard for the facts. But then our post-partisan, post-racial President seems to believe that going on the offensive while playing the victim is the best defense.
At some point, his tactics seem to depend upon the assumption that really brazen lies are less likely to be challenged. In a political atmosphere where simple disagreement is framed as an "attack", he may have a point.
On the other hand, when your own party begin to accuse you of telling "bald faced lies", you may have a credibility problem.
Posted by Cassandra at December 16, 2009 12:12 PM
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Democrats complaining about Xerxes, I Won!, the Lord of the Lies, doing what he has always, and will always, do is akin to lemmings in the middle of the pack suddenly asking, "Hey, where are we going anyway?" as they begin to freefall.
Posted by: DL Sly at December 16, 2009 02:07 PM
Clearly, you only oppose Obama because you are racist.:)
Posted by: a former european at December 16, 2009 03:13 PM
"...his tactics seem to depend upon the assumption that really brazen lies are less likely to be challenged."That bunch really does not know much about us, do they? Even Alstair Cooke's cousin Cletus stays informed enough to know they lie.
320 days and a wake up.
Posted by: bthun at December 16, 2009 03:40 PM
Obama caught in a lie?
Dog bites man.
No film at eleven...
Posted by: BillT at December 16, 2009 11:52 PM
Are they so accustomed to addressing fools, lemmings, and like-minded left wing nuts that they just don't realize there are many of us that actually can think on our own? Are they so surrounded by admirers and "yes" men that they can't see how ridiculous they are starting to look to the rest of us? Do they feel so insulated and protected by the MSM who will never actually confront them on the idiosy of this stuff that they're actually dillusional? Normal, intelligent, pragmatic, people with common sense don't exist? What's next? Will they blame a rogue teleprompter that made the President say these things?
Posted by: Dave B at December 17, 2009 01:16 AM
"At some point, his tactics seem to depend upon the assumption that really brazen lies are less likely to be challenged."
That principle is known as the "Big Lie"...
Posted by: camojack at December 17, 2009 03:38 AM
Are they so accustomed to addressing fools, lemmings, and like-minded left wing nuts that they just don't realize there are many of us that actually can think on our own?
Next question, please...
Posted by: BillT at December 17, 2009 04:32 AM
Apparently, they have forgotten for whom they work. They seem to be operating under the mistaken assumption that they work for "The One." Let's remind them next November that they are accountable to us.
Posted by: Dave at December 17, 2009 07:16 AM