As the old joke goes:
How can you tell if a politician is lying? When his lips move…
Unfortunately, there aren’t very many politicians that this doesn’t apply to. For instance –
In response to last week’s speech, er, sales pitch by the President to Congress, Investors Business Daily Editorials listed these “misconceptions” (I would call them misleading or half-lies) that the President mentioned during the address:
- "The uninsured . . . live every day just one accident or illness away from bankruptcy. These are not primarily people on welfare."
- "Many other Americans . . . are still denied insurance due to previous illnesses or conditions that insurance companies decide are too risky or expensive to cover."
- "There are now more than 30 million American citizens who cannot get coverage . . . every day, 14,000 Americans lose their coverage."
- "We spend one-and-a-half times more per person on health care than any other country, but we aren’t any healthier for it."
- Rising health care premiums are "why American businesses that compete internationally — like our automakers — are at a huge disadvantage."
- "Finally, our health care system is placing an unsustainable burden on taxpayers. . . . If we do nothing to slow these skyrocketing costs, we will eventually be spending more on Medicare and Medicaid than every other government program combined."
- "On the right, there are those who argue that we should end the employer-based system and leave individuals to buy health insurance on their own. . . . I believe it makes more sense to build on what works and fix what doesn’t, rather than try to build an entirely new system from scratch."
- "Nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have."
- "If you lose your job or change your job, you will be able to get coverage. If you strike out on your own and start a small business, you will be able to get coverage. We will do this by creating a new insurance exchange."
- "Some of people’s concerns have grown out of bogus claims . . . The best example is . . . that we plan to set up panels of bureaucrats with the power to kill off senior citizens. . . . It is a lie, plain and simple."
- "There are those who also claim that our reform effort will insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false — the reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally."
- "My health care proposal has also been attacked by some who oppose reform as a ‘government takeover’ of the entire health care system . . . Unfortunately, in 34 states, 75% of the insurance market is controlled by five or fewer companies. . . Without competition, the price of insurance goes up and the quality goes down."
- "Despite all this, some . . . argue that these private (insurance) companies can’t fairly compete with the government. And they’d be right if taxpayers were subsidizing this public option. But they won’t be. . . . (The public option) would . . . keep pressure on private insurers to keep their policies affordable and treat their customers better . . ."
- "I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits — either now or in the future. Period. And to prove that I’m serious, there will be a provision in this plan that requires us to come forward with more spending cuts if the savings we promised don’t materialize."
- "The only thing this plan would eliminate is the hundreds of billions of dollars in waste and fraud as well as unwarranted subsidies in Medicare that go to insurance companies — subsidies that do everything to pad their profits and nothing to improve your care."
But the politicians aren’t the only ones that have problems. This past week, ACORN was exposed as being less than trustworthy. Sure, the workers caught on video giving advice how to illegally game the system have been fired, but that doesn’t dispel the facts that it happened. With past allegations of voter registration fraud, and now this, their funding has been pulled by the Senate. While there are people who do depend on ACORN to get by, the fact is that this particular organization is about as shady as they come. While ACORN has stated that the undercover film crew was turned away from at least two other offices, it only took one office to look the other way and break the law. The fact is – it shouldn’t have happened in the first place.
This is only a couple of examples that are fairly current in the news cycle. There are many, many more, ranging from political payoffs, financial scams, and outright criminal actions. I have touched on some of these in previous posts. What amazes me is that this stuff is continually happening, and very few people seem to care about it, at least until recently.
The 2010 mid-term elections will definitely be a barometer on the mood of the nation toward the direction of the “hope and change” that the current administration is taking us.
And if the Tea Parties are any indication, there will definitely be a change. And unless I miss my guess, one of the political parties will lose their majority.