“We can’t have people gaming the system”, claims Obama when asked about the health care bills requirement that everyone purchase insurance.  The fine and possible imprisonment for tax evasion is one of the many odious features of this draconian policy being imposed on this great nation’s people.  But it was Hillary Clinton, not  Barack Obama who promised to do this during the election. In fact, he was able to convince many voters that he was the more centrist candidate by opposing Clinton’s demand that everyone be mandatory enrolled.  Yet this statement has yet to be brought up during this healthcare controversy.

This debate occurred after John Edwards had fissled out,  and it was their “sitdown ” event where they spent much time discussing healthcare reform.  Hillary Clinton had actually been the candidate that had been pushing for the windfall profits tax, stating “I would take those profits and use them for creating green energy jobs”. 

Even though Obama favored heavy taxes on energy companies as well, the focus was on Clinton who made it an early staple of her campaign.  Even though her original 2001 appeal was stronger among of the traditional centrist  demographic, she seemed determined to outdo Obama on the hard left front as well.  This was a dreadful mistake, as the polarizing comments by her husband (though not really racist) and the media’s embracing of Obama made her the establishment candidate, and therefore not cool.  Even Fox news was often siding with Obama when it appeared that Hillary was in control of the contest.  Sean Hannity railed against Clinton for trying to change the rules in the “beauty contest” primaries in order to get those delegates seated for her.  Glenn Beck called him “a nice guy” frequently during the beginning of his run.  “I don’t know much about him, but I like him”, and “can we get out of this pattern of Bush Clinton Bush Clinton” showed that even Beck was a little soft on him early on. 

During the Clinton Obama debate, Clinton asked Obama why his plan would leave off 15 million people.  Obama responded by saying that he wanted to make sure that every child was enrolled, because children did not have a choice in the matter.  That was actually a fairly reasonable and interesting point, and most of us preferred this position to hers.  She countered with “If you don’t go in to it going for universal coverage, than you’ll get nickeled and dimed to death on the bill”. 

Here Obama snapped back “What do you want me to do, fine them?”  We agreed with him, it was absurd to make people buy health insurance.  Many of the people who voted for him said things like “Obama is right, you can’t make people buy health insurance.”  One Obama supporter who watched the debate said “Look at those lines in Britain to see a doctor, we don’t want that here.” 

How did people forget this?  Well, the Republican leadership, instead of trying to prove their edginess to the Tea Party by saying dopey things like “this will break him” and yelling “you lie”, could have done a little research on things like and built a media savy case on this debate.  How could his backers defend healthcare mandates based on ethnic or moral grounds when their beloved  Obama spoke against it? 

Oh we know, “the media is protecting Obama, the media would ignore it”.  Those excuses are tired.  They had enough media exposure to get elected, they should have found a way.  We don’t elect conservatives to play the victim!

The reason may have been that they were more into the dramatic effect of framing of  Obama as a socialist, something that though makes sense, is hard to really nail him on to those who are on the fence.  Instead of looking for soundbites on talk shows, maybe a little elbow grease on this stuff would have dislodged some of the moderate support for the bill.  Much of the support for this monstrous policy is for based in the people’s liking Obama and the idea of him succeeding, not the policy itself.

The Tea Party and town halls handled the energy, emotion, and organization, the senators and congressman need t be creative, constuctive and PROFRESSIONAL.  They are not talk show hosts.  Their job is to govern and lead.

In order to beat Hillary Clinton, Obama said that he would not fine people for being without health-insurance. Now that he is the president, he is benefitting from collective national amnesia.

Here is the Febuary 26, 2008 debate in question. . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fKr2qAg72E


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  1. Aida Solis
    March 20, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Excelent points James! Obama fooled everybody. But the proof of how he was going to govern was always there,He was the most far left liberal in the senate. All you had to do was look at his voting record.. Republicans blew it big time, they should have focussed on his policies, and forget the other stuff..Now we have to deal with this healthcare crap,and bankrupt this country in the process.. Hopefully we might be able to challenge this in court, if it goes through.

  2. Jamison
    March 22, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Just shared on FB

  3. Ron Barclay
    March 23, 2010 at 3:08 am

    Subj: Cairo Speech

    An American responds to Obama:

    Barack OBAMA, in his Cairo speech, said: “I know, too, that Islam has always been a part of America’s story.”
    Oh, yeah? Since when?
    Dear Mr. Obama :
    Where were those Muslims that were in America when the Pilgrims first landed? Funny, I thought they were Native American Indians.
    Where were those Muslims that celebrated the first Thanksgiving day? Sorry again, those were Pilgrims and Native American Indians.
    Can you show me one Muslim signature on the United States Constitution? Declaration of Independence? Bill of Rights?
    Didn’t think so.
    Did Muslims fight for this country’s freedom from England ? No.
    Did Muslims fight during the Civil War to free the slaves in America? No.
    In fact, Muslims to this day are still the largest traffickers in human slavery. Your own half brother, a devout Muslim, still advocates slavery himself, even though Muslims of Arabic descent refer to black Muslims as “pug nosed slaves.” Says a lot about what the Muslim world really thinks of your family’s “rich Islamic heritage,” doesn’t it Obama?
    Where were Muslims during the Civil Rights era of this country? Not Present.
    There are no pictures or media accounts of Muslims walking side by side With Martin Luther King, Jr. or helping to advance the cause of Civil Rights.
    Where were Muslims during this country’s Woman’s Suffrage era? Again, not present. In fact, devout Muslims demand that women remain subservient to men in the Islamic culture. So much so, that often they are beaten or killed for not wearing the ‘hajib’ or for talking to a man who is not their husband or a direct family member. Yep, the Muslims are all for women’s rights, aren’t they?
    Where were Muslims during World War II? They were aligned with Adolf Hitler. The Muslim Grand Mufti himself met with Adolf Hitler, reviewed the troops, and accepted support from the Nazis in killing Jews.
    Finally, Mr. Obama, where were Muslims on Sept. 11th, 2001? If they weren’t flying planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon or a field in Pennsylvania, killing nearly 3,000 people on our own soil, they were rejoicing in the streets in the Middle East. No one can dispute the pictures shown from all parts of the Muslim world celebrating on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and other cable news networks that day. Strangely, the very “moderate” Muslims whose asses you bent over backwards to kiss in Cairo, Egypt on June 4th were stone cold silent post 9-11. To many Americans, their silence has meant approval for the acts of that day.
    And THAT, Mr. Obama, is the “rich heritage” Muslims have here in America .
    Oh, I forgot to mention the Barbary Pirates. They were Muslim.
    And now we can add November 5, 2009 – the slaughter of American soldiers at Fort Hood by a Muslim major who is a doctor and a Psychiatrist who was supposed to be counseling soldiers returning from battle in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    That, Mr. Obama is the “Muslim heritage” in America . And with that, you can KISS MY ***!!

  4. Cindy
    March 28, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    The Cli-Bama Tag Team Health Care Plan…


    “In many years of studying American social policy, I have never read an official document that seemed so suffused with coercion and political naivete … with its drastic prescriptions for controlling the conduct of state governments, employers, drug manufacturers, doctors, hospitals and you and me” Professor Martha Derthick (op-ed written against the plan in 1993)

    Looks like she finally got her way & we now have HillaryCare.

  5. April 20, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    in my opinion, your writing is very good and very useful

  6. George
    August 4, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Hello , I believe we should not have to buy something that we dont want to buy nor that it is constitutional to do so. This is only being used to control the American people by one political party or individual. And I would encourage all fifty states to pass a law against them forcing people to do it. What are we going to put everyone into debtors prison to pay for it also. It seems theres enough murdurers , thieves, and other assorted criminals out there the last I heard without putting poor people into jail to pay an imposed health care tax. Pathetic! I would also encourage all the states as well as mine Pennsylvania to work on it immediately. Sincerely ; George

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