The following column appeared in my Examiner.com page.
President Barack Obama bravely faced down a packed town hall consisting of Teddy Ruxpin and the Care Bears yesterday. Noticeably absent were regular Americans who dislike socialism. This despite the fact that they flock in massive numbers to every other town hall meeting across the nation, and public opinion polls show a clear majority of Americans are against Obama’s health care plan. Magically, however, they were unable to show up to the town hall meeting of all town hall meetings where the man, the myth, the legend of socialized medicine and community organizing would be there to answer their questions.
A telling sign of the obvious staging was the “spontaneous” outburst of “yes, we can” from the robotic sea of sycophants. A ululation not heard since the days of the 2008 campaign, “yes, we can” is the calling card of any liberal in good standing. Given the fact that Obama’s approval rating in the latest Rasmussen poll has fallen below 50%, it is improbable that Obama could find a totally random sampling of people where there was unanimous worship of our own deity-dictator.
Among the highlights of this love fest was Obama’s statement that government-run healthcare would be a good idea because the post office is failing miserably while UPS and Fed Ex are doing fine.
Pause for a moment as the sound of a record needle scratching across vinyl can be heard.
The exact quote from the president:
"UPS and FedEx are doing just fine. It's the Post Office that's always having problems."
See the glorious leader inadvertently extol the virtues of the free market system here.
The Post Office, on track to lose over $7 billion just this year is quite the example to hold up as a testament to the efficiency of government-run programs. It’s almost as if the president was reading a certain Examiner.com column that urged readers to sign up for Obamacare if they were fond of the post office.
A similar slip from the lips of a conservative in public life would have resulted in insults and invective heaped upon the head of the speaker. Their very intelligence would be questioned and ridiculed. With Obama, however, it is reported as an aside, an exception to the stunning intellect and brilliance of this bold visionary.
Consider also that this slip occurred in the ocean of aforementioned sycophantic pilgrims on a journey to see their political messiah. In front of an adoring crowd, the “one we’ve been waiting for,” couldn’t even cobble together a coherent argument on the virtues of government run programs. It’s like Gorbachev and Reagan all over again! Not to spoil the ending, but the optimistic guy promoting freedom and capitalism wins in the end!
Now, to be fair, there are many possible reasons for this verbal slip. The administration would have you believe that Obama was trying to make the point that government-run health care would not put private insurers out of business. We already know, however, that Obama’s intention is to do so eventually. He has already told us repeatedly that he can’t go to a single payer system overnight but that is the long-term goal. His nuanced denials of that as his stated goal that pepper his speeches in 2009 are for the most part still consistent with his previous statements. For example, Obama points out that single payer is not “in this bill” or he will ramble about the infeasibility of transitioning to single payer immediately. Note that those are not denials of his ultimate goal. In other words, yesterday he was for single payer government health care, today he isn’t, but tomorrow is looking like it will be cloudy with a 100% chance of socialized medicine.
Another possible reason is a coup d’état by the TelePrompter. Obama probably wasn’t reading from a TelePrompter at that exact moment, but you never know.
Previously, a TelePrompter tricked Obama into lying to a graduating class of future Russian economists (also known as Obama’s economic advisors.) Reading intently from the TelePrompter at the school in Moscow, Obama remarked:
“I don’t know if anybody else will meet their future wife or husband in class like I did, but I’m sure that you’re all going to have wonderful careers.”
In reality, Obama met his wife at work. The Politico writes:
But the truth is that the couple met not “in class” but at a law firm in Chicago, Sidley Austin, in 1989. Obama was a summer associate (essentially a legal intern) there and Robinson was an attorney completing her first year at the firm. Both attended Harvard Law School, but Michelle graduated in the spring of 1988, while Barack Obama did not arrive at the Cambridge, Mass., campus until that fall. ??
At the time, there were whispers that the TelePrompter sabotaged him. You’ll also remember that the TelePrompter did “commit suicide” not long after that by crashing to the ground during one of Obama’s speeches. Sounds like Oliver Stone should begin writing the screen play for this conspiracy-laden romp through modern politics.
During the Care Bear packed town hall meeting, Obama was hit with such hard ball questions as this gem from a “totally random girl” in the audience who also happens to be the daughter of a prominent Obama donor and delegate to the Democratic National Convention last year:
“I saw -- as I was walking in, I saw a lot of signs outside saying mean things about reforming health care. How do kids know what is true, and why do people want a new system that can -- that help more of us?”
This tough question from a hard-nosed independent thinker sent the President of the United States into a rant about how he opposed “death panels.” His position was strengthened by the endorsement of his plan by the AARP. Of course, shortly after Obama emphatically cited their endorsement, they went on the record to say that they hadn't endorsed it. (Another meaningless slip by an otherwise honest and brilliant man.) He spoke of not wanting to pull the plug on grandma, but not too long ago, he told us that grandma might need to just forego surgeries and take pain pills for what ails her. Consider this quote from the president during his Reality Show Special on ABC on June 24th:
“End-of-life care is one of the most difficult sets of decisions that we're going to have to make. But understand that those decisions are already being made in one way or another. If they're not being made under Medicare and Medicaid, they're being made by private insurers. At least we can let doctors know and your mom know that, you know what, maybe this isn't going to help. Maybe you're better off, uhhh, not having the surgery but taking, uh, the painkiller.”
Perhaps a new government program will then be started to deal with the massive throngs of geezers addicted to pain killers as a result of the new Obamacare? Thus the “difficult end of life” issues will become a “circle of life” where pill-pushing drug dealers will forego the street corners and instead post themselves at the local nursing home.
Whatever the case may be, we can be sure that even though Obama lies about things as silly as how he met his wife and as serious as his true intention regarding government-run health care and whether there will or won’t be a tax increase, he sure isn’t for death panels. At least today he isn’t. Tomorrow, all bets are off.