Mr. Obama also insisted that Democrats had been receptive to many Republican ideas on health care and had included some of them in the legislation, and he suggested that a failure to sufficiently explain the merits of the bill to the American public was a main obstacle to moving forward.
This was yesterday in the New York Times.
He’s still on the line that he didn’t explain it well enouugh. That we are just too stupid to understand what he and his Socialist buddies want.
And that they accommodated the Republicans and it’s their fault it’s dragged on this long.
And that completely shutting out the Republicans totally is including their ideas.
Ah, the ways of the Ideologue.
Completely uninterested in reality, only interested in their own arrogant ideology.
They are right and we are wrong.
And if they hammer enough, long enough, we’ll give in.
“I’m reminded that when it came to the health insurance reform in particular, I sought out and supported Republican ideas from the start. So did you,” Mr. Obama said, singling out the chairman of the Finance Committee, Senator Max Baucus of Montana, who spent months working with a small bipartisan group struggling to draft a compromise health measure.
“Max Baucus — where’s Max? I think he can testify to spending a little time listening to Republican ideas,” Mr. Obama said. “You considered hundreds of Republican amendments and incorporated many of their ideas into the legislation that passed the Senate. So when I start hearing that we should accept Republican ideas, let’s be clear: we have. What hasn’t happened is the other side accepting our ideas.”
So where’s the Portability?
Where’s the Tort Reform?
These were “Republican ideas”.
Oh, right, the Democrats voted every single thing the Republicans offered, especially these two, down REPEATEDLY and with extreme partisan prejudice.
But don’t worry, it’s the Republicans fault for the Health Care bill having a near fatal heart attack.
“I would just suggest to this caucus, if anybody’s searching for a lesson from Massachusetts, I promise you the answer is not to do nothing,” he said. “The American people are out of patience with business-as-usual. They’re fed up with a Washington that has become so absorbed with who’s up and who’s down that we’ve lost sight of how they’re doing. They want us to start worrying less about keeping our jobs and more about helping them keep their jobs. And they want to see their business done in an open and transparent way.”
And the last months of the last Health care debate were anything but that. It was the most partisan, least “transparent” debate in living memory.
But that’s still not their fault.
Rasmussen 1/22/10: Sixty-one percent (61%) of U.S. voters say Congress should drop health care reform and focus on more immediate ways to improve the economy and create jobs.
Last week, New York Times columnist Bob Herbert wrote: “Who is Barack Obama? Americans are still looking for the answer, and if they don’t get it soon — or if they don’t like the answer — the president’s current political problems will look like a walk in the park. … Mr. Obama is in danger of being perceived as someone whose rhetoric, however skillful, cannot always be trusted. He is creating a credibility gap for himself, and if it widens much more he won’t be able to close it.” (Tony Blankley)
President Obama again in NY Times: “If the Republicans say that they can insure every American for free, which is what was claimed the other day, at no cost, I’d want to know…”
There’s that extremist condescension again.
No one has suggested it could be done for free, but let’s be snotty and childish about it, like most Liberals.
This one sentence shows he’s not really serious about anything he’s said about “transparency” or “republican ideas”.
Which is ultimately true.
The Agenda is the Agenda.
And they want to infect the whole economy with it, heedless and regardless.
That’s very Transparent, Mr. President.
“You know, maybe I’m naive — I’m still counting, Evan (Byah-D IN), on the notion that good policy over the long term is good politics,” the president said. “If — if you do the right thing, and you explain it clearly and you do it openly, I’m confident that the American people — you can have an adult conversation and say, ‘This is not going to be easy, this is not going to be painless, we’re going to be struggling for a while. But our future is bright.’”
The American People have spoken. You just didn’t like what we said, so you treat us like children and say if we badger and hammer them enough and pull enough parliamentary tricks along the way eventually they’ll have to love us.
Or Else. 😦
Ity’s kind of like your mother badgering you to eat your vegetables.
Mama Government wants you to swallow their Health Care.
It’s for your own good. 😦
We’ll just wear you down, like the relentless erosion of a cliff by a stream. Eventually we will get you to bend to our will.
That’s very Transparent, Mr. President.
And if they don’t, oh well, we will win somehow, anyhow, in the long run.
Anyone feel like celebrating?