All politician lie; the very best-trained of them lie by telling the truth; the most canny of them lie by innuendo and disingenuousness, both of which can pass the lying’s subject matter expert, Karl Rove’s “sniff test.” The very worst and stupidest of the politicians lie in a manner that will almost immediately be caught. Happily for Americans – but sadly for the Liberals – President Obama often falls into the latter category.
A case in point; during President Obama’s August 11, 2009, Portsmouth, NH staged and scripted “Town Hall” meeting President Obama conjured up mythical support for ObamaCare.
We have the AARP on board because they know this is a good deal for our seniors.
“We have the AARP on board because they know this is a good deal for our seniors,” the president said.
At another point he said: “Well, first of all, another myth that we’ve been hearing about is this notion that somehow we’re going to be cutting your Medicare benefits. We are not. AARP would not be endorsing a bill if it was undermining Medicare, okay?”
The AARP hasn’t endorsed any plan yet.
The country’s largest advocacy group for Americans over 50 issued a statement after the event saying, “While the President was correct that AARP will not endorse a health care reform bill that would reduce Medicare benefits, indications that we have endorsed any of the major health care reform bills currently under consideration in Congress are inaccurate.”
Busted! Hell, Busted in less than 24 hours and deemed so blatant a lie that even ABC felt that they had to refute it.
But President Obama was apparently on a roll in Portsmouth – to where, Americans do not know. Not satisfied with falsely claiming the support of the AARP for a healthcare plan that their clients are largely dead set against, President Obama went on to claim not only Republican support for ObamaCare, but actual Republican sponsorship of parts of it!
The irony is that actually one of the chief sponsors of this bill originally was a Republican — then House member, now Senator, named Johnny Isakson from Georgia — who very sensibly thought this is something that would expand people’s options. And somehow it’s gotten spun into this idea of “death panels.” I am not in favor of that. So just I want to — I want to clear the air here.
What a coup for President Obama! He got to proclaim GOP sponsorship for controversial provisions – this was in regards to the end-of-life counseling amendment to the bill – in front of the MSM.
Of course it was either a lie or a foolish error. Even more surprisingly than ABC above, MSNBC has the truth of this matter:
U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today denounced comments made by President Obama and his spokesman regarding Isakson’s alleged connection to language contained in the House health care bill on “end-of-life counseling.”
Isakson vehemently opposes the House and Senate health care bills and he played no role in drafting language added to the House bill by House Democrats calling for the government to incentivize doctors by offering them money to conduct “end-of-life counseling” with Medicare patients every five years. Isakson also strongly opposed the House bill language calling for doctors to follow a government-mandated list of topics to discuss with patients during the counseling sessions.
By contrast, Isakson took a very different approach in July during the Senate HELP Committee hearings on the Senate version of the health care bill. Isakson’s amendment to the Senate bill says that anyone who participates in the long-term care benefit provided in the bill – if they so choose – may use that benefit to obtain assistance in formulating their own living will and durable power of attorney.
Isakson’s amendment, which was accepted unanimously by all Republicans and Democrats on the Senate HELP Committee, empowers the individual to make their own choices on these critical issues, rather than the government incentivizing doctors to conduct counseling on government-mandated topics. Isakson ultimately voted against the Senate health care bill.
“This is what happens when the President and members of Congress don’t read the bills. The White House and others are merely attempting to deflect attention from the intense negativity caused by their unpopular policies. I never consulted with the White House in this process and had no role whatsoever in the House Democrats’ bill. I categorically oppose the House bill and find it incredulous that the White House and others would use my amendment as a scapegoat for their misguided policies,” Isakson said. “My Senate amendment simply puts health care choices back in the hands of the individual and allows them to consider if they so choose a living will or durable power of attorney. The House provision is merely another ill-advised attempt at more government mandates, more government intrusion, and more government involvement in what should be an individual choice.”
Busted again! Worse, busted in less than 24 hours and refuted by MSNBC, President Obama’s and his Liberals’ propaganda corps. Ouch! That’s about as bad as it gets.
I’m going to do my utmost best to remember this the next time I’m set to rant about the Liberal bias of the bulk of the MSM. They apparently do have lines that they won’t cross.
What real support that there was for ObamaCare is crumbling under the weight of American values and President Obama can’t even successfully conjure up mythical support for it either without his previously adoring and tame media exposing his lies.
Our war for America is nowhere near over, but American steadfastness is holding firm in the face of the enemy and President Obama and his Liberals are beginning to break apart as they dash themselves against our lines. Today is a very good day for America and Americans.