Thursday, July 23, 2009

Obama's Ethics

July 23, 2009 Posted by Scott at 5:58 AM | Powerline

There was an overwhelmingly fictional quality to President Obama's press conference last night from his opening remarks on. Promoting his national health care reform plan, whatever it is, he endlessly asserts a set of talking points that would be demonstrably false if we had the text of a plan to check it against, such as the House's thousand-page monstrosity.

When he is about to unleash a whopper of special magnitude, Obama emits a tell-tale sign. He prefaces it with "let me be clear" or "understand this." Last night he achieved such "clarity" twice in his opening remarks. First:

[L]et me be clear: If we do not control these costs, we will not be able to control our deficit. If we do not reform health care, your premiums and out-of-pocket costs will continue to skyrocket. If we don't act, 14,000 Americans will continue to lose their health insurance every single day.

Translation: My plan -- whatever it is -- will of course add markedly to the record spending and related deficits we are already racking up, not to mention the tax burden that the federal government will impose on the economy.


[L]et me be clear: This isn't about me. I have great health insurance, and so does every member of Congress. This debate is about the letters I read when I sit in the Oval Office every day and the stories I hear at town hall meetings.

Translation: This is all about me. I seek to make my mark as the Democratic president who achieved the socialist dream other Democratic presidents had only dreamed of. I mean to put them in my shadow.

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