Archive for September, 2009
September 10, 2009
The President’s healthcare assertions simply do not match the facts
Congressional democrats and the nation’s progressives have become suddenly overwhelmed with a new sense of decorum and civility. Must be a change in the air.
The same congressmen and senators who booed, hissed and hollered “untrue” during George W Bush’s joint session speech on the critical state of Social Security are now mortified at the thought of a solitary member of congress openly challenging the veracity of a presidential assertion. The progressive talk show hosts and bloggers who slandered Bush’s character and integrity, with every insult and obscenity they conjure up, now express shock that the word “liar” would enter America’s political discourse.
Conservatives are, however, expected to exhibit a higher degree of dignity than liberals and progressives. So Congressman Joe Wilson’s interruption of President Obama was inappropriate, and his apology entirely in order.
That said, Mr Obama’s statement “The reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally”, like many of his assertions regarding “healthcare reform”, was cloaked in Clintonese. Not technically an outright falsehood, but plenty of gray area in which to maneuver.
And when President Obama’s statements flat out don’t equate with the facts, well it’s just good, old fashioned “Political Gamesmanship”