A light supper, a good night's sleep, and a fine morning have often made a hero of the same man who, by indigestion, a restless night, and a rainy morning, would have proved a coward.
- Chesterfield, English Statesman and Author (1694-1773)
Today, the Supreme Court is expected to hand down its ruling on the constituionality of Obamacare, so in my second post in the Obama vs. Obama series, I will compare and contrast Obama the exaulted teleprompter reader with Obama the sociopathic sellout and demonstrate how the president’s split personalities have manifested themselves in his “signature achievement.”
From the moment Obama took office, while the economy grew worse and worse and the job picture for Americans bleaker by the day, instead of addressing the economy, his Democrat-controlled Congress was completely consumed with trying to invent Obamacare and then pass it. While Congress was stuck in the mire of the health care swamp, most Americans were angry, saying, “Forget all that and get this economy turned around!”
By the time the fourteen-month ordeal was finally over, any hopes supporters may have had for a national celebration over Obamacare’s passage were dashed. The widespread unpopularity of the bill was undeniable, as shown in this list of all the major polls from March 2010:
And over two years later, Obamacare is still unpopular by a wide margin to this very day:
Obamacare, a bill so convoluted, it’s chief architect Nancy Pelosi dismissed questions about the details of the bill by saying, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” In other words, don’t bother us with the details, you pesky little peons, we know what’s best for you better than you do.
But just as bad as the bureaucratic nightmare of placing the government in control of one-sixth of the nation’s economy may be, creating enough redtape to hogtie all the businesses in America, just as bad as all that is the reality of the spineless president who sold out the ideals he campaigned for in exchange for a place in history as the man who socialized American medicine.
Obama of the Most Transparent Administration Ever:
A minute after he took office, the White House website declared his administration would become “the most open and transparent in history.” By the end of his first full day on the job, Obama had issued high-profile orders pledging “a new era” and “an unprecedented level of openness” across the massive federal government.
Obama the Sellout:
Special backroom deals made with Big Pharma and Big Unions selling out the interests of the public at large in order to buy the the favor of these well-monied lobbyists. Congressional requests for a range of documents relating to meetings and negotiations over the health care law were denied by the White House. So much for the transparency we were promised.
source: Daily Caller
Beyond the sleezy and underhanded way Obamacare was passed against the will of the people, how about the two most important parts of Obamacare that Obama campaigned on?
Obama the Campaigner, mocking the Insurance mandate:
If a mandate was the solution, we could try that to solve homelessness by mandating everybody buy a house. The reason they don’t have a house is they don’t have the money. – Candidate Obama, February 5, 2008
source: CBS Minnesota
Obama the Sellout:
I’ll leave it to Adam Green of the liberal group Progressive Campaign Committee, who said it quite well: “President Obama should frankly feel ashamed that he promised Americans a public option, got people to believe real change was possible, and then never truly fought for it – instead, pushing an insurance mandate that he specifically campaigned against.”
source: USA Today
Obama the Ultimatum Giver:
“Any plan I sign must include an insurance exchange, including a public option to increase competiton and keep insurance companies honest.” – President Obama, July 18, 2009
Obama the Sellout:
You hear that Congress? Obama the Bold will not sign any plan that doesn’t include a public option and yet, with his own party controlling both houses of Congress, he did exactly that, caving on the public option and proving how empty this president’s words are when he gives an ultimatum.
Forget the Obama-worshiping apologists and their lame analogies trying to compare the Obamacare mandate to car insurance laws, you can choose not to drive and you can choose instead to walk or ride a bus, but tomorrow we will see if the Federal Government can force every living, breathing citizen in the nation to either buy into Obamacare or face IRS fines and imprisonment. Tomorrow, we will see if the Supreme Court believes there should be any limits left to restrain the power of our Federal Government.
For now then, let’s enjoy a supreme moment of irony in the chronicles of Obama vs. Obama, when Teleprompter Obama was attacking Hillary Clinton for supporting an individual mandate:
source: NY Daily News
May the same Obama who ridiculed Hillary’s support of the mandate only to embrace it in the end see his signature achievement undone by that very same mandate that he once mocked.