I read something in the Post this morning about some of President Obama’s upcoming broadcasts:
“…requiring people to get health insurance and fining them if they don’t would not amount to a backhanded tax increase. “ I absolutely reject that notion,” the president said.”
I have all sorts of issues with this statement, surprise, huh?
First, “requiring” Americans to purchase something from a for-profit industry, like that of the insurance industry, is kind of like “requiring” Americans to purchase almost anything else – new cars, a home, any consumer product. How ridiculous.
Second, on that same premise, even if healthcare reform becomes a reality, the powers-that-be are promising that there will still be choice; choice in providers, choice of insurers.
Seems like “choice” is the key word here – are we a democracy or a dictatorship?
Finally, the President says he “absolutely rejects [the] notion” that this insurance purchase requirement is comparable to a tax.
Got news for him: he can “reject” all he wants, he’s wrong. Yup, the almighty Obama not only could be wrong, but in this instance he certainly is. And, of course, referring to this as a “notion” throws the ball right back and demonstrates the President’s consideration of any who disagree with him. Notion, indeed. I believe it’s pretty clear.
Regarding Afghanistan, the Post says, “He has no deadline for withdrawing U.S. forces and pledged there will not be an indefinite American occupation.”
Um, if there’s no deadline, doesn’t that, by default, mean that it’s indefinite? Let’s say, for example, that I have an article due by October 1st – that’s a deadline, and it must be finished by then. If there is no deadline, then I can submit my piece at any time – which means it’s indefinite, right?
Sheesh. I sure wish politicians would get it together. I know. Fat chance.
The problem is that, even if they don’t start out believing that they have all the answers and are infallible, they soon become that way – possibly they merely believe all the hype in the press.
Says a lot for our elected officials, doesn’t it? Seems like none of them are as bright and as concerned about our welfare as they try to show. Surprise. Again.