Nine months ago, Obama seemed like the world’s greatest bamboozler. I mean, he came out of nowhere, had a weak resume, a lot of nagging questions, yet he won the job of president of the United States, the most powerful and important job in the world. And never before held by a black man. Yet he over came that obstacle and others. Many people thought he was going to be a miracle worker because he seemed so confident and smart.
Of course, many of us where not fooled. But that’s another story. Obama fill has his fans, but his poll numbers are dropping like a stone and even his supporters are asking questions. Check out this article by Camille Paglia.
Obama’s aggressive endorsement of a healthcare plan that does not even exist yet, except in five competing, fluctuating drafts, makes Washington seem like Cloud Cuckoo Land. The president is promoting the most colossal, brazen bait-and-switch operation since the Bush administration snookered the country into invading Iraq with apocalyptic visions of mushroom clouds over American cities.
You can keep your doctor; you can keep your insurance, if you’re happy with it, Obama keeps assuring us in soothing, lullaby tones. Oh, really? And what if my doctor is not the one appointed by the new government medical boards for ruling on my access to tests and specialists? And what if my insurance company goes belly up because of undercutting by its government-bankrolled competitor? Face it: Virtually all nationalized health systems, neither nourished nor updated by profit-driven private investment, eventually lead to rationing.
I just don’t get it. Why the insane rush to pass a bill, any bill, in three weeks? And why such an abject failure by the Obama administration to present the issues to the public in a rational, detailed, informational way? The U.S. is gigantic; many of our states are bigger than whole European nations. The bureaucracy required to institute and manage a nationalized health system here would be Byzantine beyond belief and would vampirically absorb whatever savings Obama thinks could be made. And the transition period would be a nightmare of red tape and mammoth screw-ups, which we can ill afford with a faltering economy.
Yes, there is no way government health care can run in this country as socialized medicine, which is what Obamacare would become as they have imagined it. It would bankrupt us, and rationing would be very fast and very brutal. And the ham handed way they are trying to shove this down the public’s throat is turning most people off.
So today, faced with all these Townhalls where people are screaming at Congressfools, Obama has decided on doing his own town halls with cherry picked supporters who are bussed in before a sprinkling of regular people are let in so he can say it’s not all pre-screened. He had one today and has two more after that. Based on today’s laughable effort, he is far from the master salesman. Even Jon Stewart made fun of him.
He started off today’s town hall with a bunch of false statements. The biggest being that the Healthcare plan wouldn’t cost anything. That’s a bald faced lie. His other claim that there are no “death panels” is meaningless. When people talk about that stuff they’re not referring to what’s in the bill but what the inevitable result of this monstrosity would be. In countries where they have socialized medicine like Japan, the UK, Canada, they are cutting off older patients and others they deem unfit or too expensive for the service. The wait times for operations are deadly, the quality of service is even worse.
We live in the age of the internet. People can look this stuff up. The facts are out there. Obama can spin it all he wants, but the public is increasingly less interested in what he has to say because they have seen how wrong, and how utterly foolish his administration has acted regarding the bank crisis, the auto industry. The trust isn’t there. And besides, he lies.
Let’s hope Obamacare goes down in flames and his administration soon follows.
UPDATE: Sure enough, Obama was caught bussing in supporters to that town hall yesterday. Told ya.