Congressman Joe Wilson, R-S.C., should not have called the president of the United States a liar during the middle of a joint session of Congress. There are boundaries for decorum that should not be crossed, and Wilson crossed those boundaries. He was quick to apologize. He should have.
Wilson called the president a liar after 30 minutes of … well … a series of distortions, half-truths and lies. He should not have done it there, but I cannot really blame him.
Wilson’s outburst came right after the president said the Democrats’ health-care legislation does not cover illegal aliens. The legislation, in fact, specifically excludes illegal aliens from coverage. But the Democrats killed a Republican amendment that would have required doctors to inquire about citizenship. It is like telling a kid that it is against the law to drink, but then specifically not enforcing the law, nor providing any money or manpower to enforce the law.
President Obama’s canard on illegal aliens came moments after saying “no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions.” The Democrats have, however, already given away the game.
Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee were able, by one vote, to include specific language in H.R. 3200, the Democrats’ health-care legislation, prohibiting funding of abortions. Henry Waxman, chairman of the committee, recessed the committee, then, upon reconvening, held the vote again, and the amendment died by one vote.
The Democrats now hide behind the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits government funding of abortions specifically funded through the Department of Health and Human Services. What the Democrats fail to mention is they have structured H.R. 3200 so that any funds for their health-care plan will not come through the Department of Health and Human Services’ appropriations process. Therefore, the Hyde Amendment would not apply, and abortions can be funded.
It is no wonder Joe Wilson lost his cool.
Then there is the matter of the deficit and taxes.
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