I have a theory that my idealistic friends who still trust Obama do so because they only tune in on what he is saying when they hear him saying something they agree with. This works with a trustworthy person — even a small sample of what they say will be consistent with everything else they say. So you can get away with tuning in here and there and now and then.
However, Obama has no conscience and says whatever he thinks people want to hear in order to get them to give him their votes, money, power and labor. This is who he is and his training in the tactics of Saul Alinsky greatly refined his technique. Therefore you must listen to Obama practically 100 percent of the time to notice his flip-flops, mutually exclusive positions on issues and his outright betrayals and treacheries. And, it turns out, the Wall Street Journal listened to 100 percent of what Obama had to say at his healthcare reform town halls last week and had this to say:
Over the past week, President Obama has held three town-halls to make the case for his health-care plan. While he didn’t say much that he hasn’t said a thousand times before, his remarks did offer another explanation for the public’s skepticism of ObamaCare. Namely, the President contradicts himself every other breath. Consider:
He likes to start off explaining our catastrophe of a health system. “What is truly scary—what is truly risky—is if we do nothing,” he said in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. We can’t “keep the system the way it is right now,” he continued, while his critics are “people who want to keep things the way they are.”
However, his supporters also want to keep things the way they are. “I keep on saying this but somehow folks aren’t listening,” Mr. Obama proclaimed in Grand Junction, Colorado. “If you like your health-care plan, you keep your health-care plan. Nobody is going to force you to leave your health-care plan. If you like your doctor, you keep seeing your doctor. I don’t want government bureaucrats meddling in your health care.”
Mr. Obama couldn’t be more opposed to “some government takeover,” as he put it in Belgrade, Montana. In New Hampshire, he added that people were wrong to worry “that somehow some government bureaucrat out there will be saying, well, you can’t have this test or you can’t have this procedure because some bean-counter decides that this is not a good way to use our health-care dollars.”
So no bureaucrats, no bean-counters. Mr. Obama merely wants to create “a panel of experts, health experts, doctors, who can provide guidelines to doctors and patients about what procedures work best in what situations, and find ways to reduce, for example, the number of tests that people take” (New Hampshire, again). Oh, and your health-care plan? You can keep it, as long your insurance company or employer can meet all the new regulations Mr. Obama favors. His choice of verbs, in Montana, provides a clue about what that will mean: “will be prohibited,” “will no longer be able,” “we’ll require” . . .
Maybe you’re starting to fret about all those bureaucrats and bean-counters again. You shouldn’t, according to Mr. Obama. “The only thing I would point is, is that Medicare is a government program that works really well for our seniors,” he noted in Colorado. After all, as he said in New Hampshire, “If we’re able to get something right like Medicare, then there should be a little more confidence that maybe the government can have a role—not the dominant role, but a role—in making sure the people are treated fairly when it comes to insurance.”
The government didn’t get Medicare right, though: Just ask the President. The entitlement is “going broke” (Colorado) and “unsustainable” and “running out of money” (New Hampshire). And it’s “in deep trouble if we don’t do something, because as you said, money doesn’t grow on trees” (Montana).
So the health-care status quo needs top-to-bottom reform, except for the parts that “you” happen to like. Government won’t interfere with patients and their physicians, considering that the new panel of experts who will make decisions intended to reduce tests and treatments doesn’t count as government. But Medicare shows that government involvement isn’t so bad, aside from the fact that spending is out of control—and that program needs top-to-bottom reform, too.
Voters aren’t stupid. The true reason ObamaCare is in trouble isn’t because “folks aren’t listening,” but because they are.
Once people start listening to Obama enough to find out this is his modus operandi all the time — so it’s never a question of WHETHER Obama will betray you, but WHEN — well, I predict a widespread epidemic of fierce moral urgency when people lose their hope Obama will change and finally see that the only thing real about him is his lust for power.