It is no surprise to find out that politicians have been known (on occasion) to stretch the truth just a bit. During his election campaign, President H. W. Bush famously told the American people there would be “No New Taxes”… and later reneged on that promise. Shortly thereafter Bill Clinton with the most serious of faces told American People “I did not have sex with that woman”. That later turned out to be untrue… but it was by no means the first time a politician had lied to save his career. Bush 41 paid a political price for his misstatement; Clinton, aside from losing his law license, emerged from his “misstatement” with a political legacy largely intact.
President Obama has recently been caught in his own mis-statement. During the long campaign for heath care reform, Obama clearly explained to the American people that health care reform (and the fees associated with it) were not taxes. In fact, Obama told George Sephanopoulos in an interview “For us to say that you’ve got to take a responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase.” When Stephanopoulos pointed to a dictionary to explain that a fee charged by the government met the definition of a tax, Obama replied by saying, “I absolutely reject that notion.”
But that was when Obama was willing to say or do anything to get the American people on his side (incidentally, the American people sided against Obamacare by significant margins… cries which fell on deaf ears in Congress). Now that the law is in place, the administration’s tune has changed. In a recent brief by the Justice department defending the constitutionality of the health care law, Eric Holder (Obama’s Attorney General) is arguing that the provisions requiring people to pay fines is “a valid exercise” of Congress’ taxing power.
Furthermore, in order to get enough votes to pass the bill, Obama ‘promised’… in the form of an executive order… that the health care plan would not fund abortions… an order which has now been violated by his own administration in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Mexico. I can hear a bunch of liberals reading this begin to whine: ”But that wasn’t really a promise… it was just an executive order that can be rescinded at any time“… REALLY. That’s your argument? In the real world… a piece of paper saying your legislation won’t fund abortions is a promise it won’t fund abortions… and Obama has just lied to the American people about it.
Jeffery Kuhner in the Washington Times actually makes a great point about what Obama is doing to the country with this renege on abortion funding: bottom line… it’s an ugly thing:
Pro-lifers are now compelled to have their tax dollars used to subsidize insurance plans that allow for the murder of unborn children. This is more than state-sanctioned infanticide. It violates the conscience rights of religious citizens. Traditionalists – evangelicals, Catholics, Baptists, Muslims, Orthodox Jews – have been made complicit in an abomination that goes against their deepest religious values. As the law is implemented (as in Pennsylvania) the consequences of the abortion provisions will become increasingly apparent. The result will be a cultural civil war. Pro-lifers will become deeply alienated from society; among many, a secession of the heart is taking place.
And this is from the president who was supposed to UNITE the country. Yet another lie told us by a fawning media.
Now, what affect will these lies have on the Obama administration? Well, if history is any indicator, I think it reasonable to say that the American people don’t like to be tricked into supporting a politician or piece of legislation. They don’t like to feel like they were used… feel like their vote or support valued so cheaply by politicians wanting to make a quick political “buck”. Its one thing if a politician lies about his personal life… it is quite another when he lies about his policies. If you look at the Bush41 comparison, Obama’s re-election chances are not good. Given his record not just on the economy… but on the basis of his own standards of performance… he deserves to loose.
via Changing Tune, Administration Defends Insurance Mandate as a Tax – NYTimes.com.