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So, the headlines will tell us Obama won on Obamacare, but did he? The larger story may be that the Supreme Court ruled the mandate was constitutional not as a part of the Commerce Clause, but by defining Obamacare’s mandate as within Congress’ powers to tax the citizenry. Viewed in that light, there can be no denying that Obamacare is the largest tax increase in American history.
Up until this point, Barack Obama stringently denied that Obamacare was a tax increase, twisting logic to an extreme rarely witnessed, even for a politician.
Even long-time Democrat loyalist George Stephanopoulos tried to get Obama to state the plain and obvious fact:
STEPHANOPOULOS: Under this mandate, the government is forcing people to spend money, fining you if you don’t. How is that not a tax?
OBAMA: Well, hold on a second, George. Here — here’s what’s happening. You and I are both paying $900, on average — our families — in higher premiums because of uncompensated care. Now what I’ve said is that if you can’t afford health insurance, you certainly shouldn’t be punished for that. That’s just piling on. If, on the other hand, we’re giving tax credits, we’ve set up an exchange, you are now part of a big pool, we’ve driven down the costs, we’ve done everything we can and you actually can afford health insurance, but you’ve just decided, you know what, I want to take my chances. And then you get hit by a bus and you and I have to pay for the emergency room care, that’s…
STEPHANOPOULOS: That may be, but it’s still a tax increase.
So you have to love the irony that the same Obama who refused to call Obamacare a tax increase ended up winning the case for its constitutionality by an administration legal defense arguing Obamacare was indeed a tax!
So Obama won, but I wonder how that victory tastes now that Obamacare has been officially branded for the tax increase it is and with the albatross of the most unpopular piece of legislation in recent history hanging heavier than ever around Obama’s neck.
This battle has only just begun, and opponents can now rally against Obamacare, calling it for exactly what it is:
“Repeal Obama’s Health Care Tax”
Again it calls to mind the ad Obama used against Hillary during the Democrat primaries:
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.
There’s no shortage of race-obsessed liberals high fivin’ and doing a little touchdown dance in their homes tody as we find out that Herman Cain no longer is willing to subject himself to the sleaze and character assassination that’s been hurled at him from the moment he became the Republican frontrunner for the nomination.
Twenty years later, and the media is still as intolerant and bigoted towards a conservative black man as they were when they tried to torpedo the confirmation of the second black justice to the United States Supreme Court.
Justice Thomas said it this way:
This is a circus. It is a national disgrace. It’s is a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves and it is a message that unless you kowtow to an old order you will be lynched, destroyed, caricatured rather than hung from a tree.
So sad that so many believe there is only one way for blacks to think and vote and if a black person dares to break from the lockstep, they will be targets of ugly racial slurs, many of which come straight from their own people, calling the black conservative “race traitors” or “illegit” or a “sellout” or an “Uncle Tom”.
Check out this ugly piece of hate:
— T (@truthrose1) December 3, 2011
It’s the same kind of mentally diseased logic we saw Janeane Garofalo spewing on MSNBC: they are so race obsessed they can actually believe things like if an African-American candidate is not doing well among Republicans, it’s evidence of racism, and then just one month later, here comes Herman Cain as the front runner, and somehow, that’s even more evidence of racism! There is something truly wrong with how some of these people’s brains work, everything boils down to race for them, like when Chris Matthews was astounded he actually forgot Obama was black for an entire hour during one of his speeches. It seems even two years after becoming president, Matthews would just watch Obama speak and marvel at how black Obama was the entire time. Look at his blackness, he’s just so . . . black!
Some of the worst of what we saw was the black on black crime perpetrated against Hermain Cain, fellow blacks despising another black man of great accomplishment for no reason than the fact they don’t see eye to eye on politics:
Cornell West, professor at Princeton:
I think he needs to get off the symbolic crack pipe.
Rev. Al Sharpton:
So I would assume he is either socially ignorant or playing games to get votes.
Harry Belafonte, has been singer of a one-hit wonder from the 50s.
It is very hard to comment on someone who is so denied intelligence.
Yes, because if it’s a contest of intelligence, I’ll take the singer of the novelty song “Day O” over the brains of a Herman Cain who accomplished all this in his life:
* Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics.
* Master’s degree in Computer Science.
* Mathematician for the Navy, where he worked on missile ballistics (making him a rocket scientist).
* Computer systems analyst for Coca-Cola.
* VP of Corporate Data Systems and Services for Pillsbury (this is the top of the ladder in the computer world, being in charge of information systems for a major corporation).
***All achieved before reaching the age of 35. Since he reached the top of the information systems world, he changed careers!
* Business Manager. Took charge of Pillsbury’s 400 Burger King restaurants in the Philadelphia area, which were the company’s poorest performers in the country. Spent the first nine months learning the business from the ground up, cooking hamburger and yes, cleaning toilets. After three years he had turned them into the company’s best performers.
* Godfather’s Pizza CEO. Was asked by Pillsbury to take charge of their Godfather’s Pizza chain (which was on the verge of bankruptcy). He made it profitable in 14 months.
* In 1988 he led a buyout of the Godfather’s Pizza chain from Pillsbury. He was now the owner of a restaurant chain. Again he reached the top of the ladder of another industry.
* He was also chairman of the National Restaurant Association during this time. This is a group that interacts with government on behalf of the restaurant industry, and it gave him political experience from the non-politician side.
***Having reached the top of a second industry, he changed careers again!
* Adviser to the Federal Reserve System. Herman Cain went to work for the Federal Reserve Banking System advising them on how monetary policy changes would affect American businesses.
* Chairman of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank. He worked his way up to the chairmanship of a regional Federal Reserve bank. This is only one step below the chairmanship of the entire Federal Reserve System (the top banking position in the country). This position allowed him to see how monetary policy is made from the inside, and understand the political forces that impact the monetary system.
***After reaching the top of the banking industry, he changed careers for a fourth time!
* Writer and public speaker. He then started to write and speak on leadership. His books include Speak as a Leader, CEO of Self, Leadership is Common Sense, and They Think You’re Stupid.
* Radio Host. Around 2007—after a remarkable 40 year career—he started hosting a radio show on WSB in Atlanta (the largest talk radio station in the country).
***He did all this starting from rock bottom (his father was a chauffeur and his mother was a maid).
When you add up his accomplishments in his life—including reaching the top of three unrelated industries: information systems, business management, and banking—how much of an ignorant asshole does Harry Belafonte have to be to say that a man such as Herman Cain, with a resume such is that, is somehow a man of “denied intelligence”?
All Americans, whites, browns and blacks especially should take pride in the accomplishments of this great man. As bad as it was to see the way the MSM cheerleaded so hard for the community organizer because of how he fits their stereotype of how blacks should think and vote, it is an absolute travesty, it is the death of journalism right before our eyes to see the very same media work so hard to destroy a man of great accomplishment because he dare to be *gasp* a conservative black man.
Herman Cain bio: http://www.israpundit.com/archives/40345
quote sources: “High-Tech Lynching” video