Boston Globe is forecasting Obamadrama in welfare will wear well with the American voter in November. The golden tongue of disingenuousness Barack Hussein Obama will make the difference.
“DEMOCRATS WERE euphoric as President Obama signed the nation’s new health care law yesterday, and with good reason. As Vice President Joe Biden was caught whispering to his boss, “This is a big f***in deal.
Yes indeed. The United States is finally on its way to near universal health coverage. And a president whom conservative talking heads deride as in over his head and sinking fast has just secured a historic accomplishment.
When Massachusetts shocked the nation by sending Scott Brown to the US Senate, Republicans thought they had thwarted Obama’s health care hopes. Certainly it wasn’t just their 60th Senate vote that Democrats had lost. They had also surrendered control of the narrative, with unseemly legislative sausage-making obscuring the larger health-care issues.
After Brown’s victory, however, Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and congressional Democrats doubled down and found a way to move forward despite the setback. But though Democrats have won the immediate legislative struggle, they haven’t yet prevailed in the larger war for national opinion. With the Tea Partiers fuming with anti-government fury, conservative state officials thumping hoary states’ rights tubs, Republican congressfolk and presidential hopefuls vowing repeal, and former GOP standard-bearer John McCain threatening an extended senatorial sulk, the public battle promises to rage on.
To win the broader victory needed to secure the law, Democrats need to wage a full-scale persuasion campaign. That means repeatedly reminding people of the protections and benefits the new law will bring them. It also means defending the law against hyperbolic attacks from those who see super-heated opposition as their path back to political power.
As Obama showed in the last few weeks, and particularly with his masterful performance at the bipartisan health-care summit, he is eminently capable of that.
His task should be made easier by the way opponents have approached health-care reform. From the start, they have thrown any stone within reach at the legislation. The sillier of the conservative TV and radio types have denounced it as a headlong plunge into socialism. Elected Republicans, meanwhile, have regularly decried it as a government takeover of health care, an unaffordable, deficit-swelling boondoggle that will propel the country down the path to ruin.
The bill isn’t any of those things. It’s liberalism, to be sure. But socialism? Only if one doesn’t know what the word signifies. The charge of a government takeover of health care would be true if the law established a single-payer system. It doesn’t. Why, it doesn’t even include the robust public option liberals had wanted.
As for cost, the Congressional Budget Office found the law will actually help reduce the 10-year deficit. And though opponents insist that’s only because costs are backloaded, the CBO says the measure would also cut the deficit significantly in its second decade, thereby giving the lie to that charge.
“Overall, for a bill that expands coverage to more than 30 million people, it is a remarkably fiscally responsible bill,’’ said James Horney, director of federal fiscal policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a progressive thinktank.
Don’t expect inconvenient facts to impede its opponents, however. Having once hoped to inflict a Waterloo-like low on Obama by scuttling health-care reform, they are now intent on turning his March success into November defeat.
And yet, with a specific law for Democrats to defend, that will prove harder than the GOP thinks; a critique based on caricature and scare-tactics usually grows weaker in the face of well-presented facts. Further, as soon as the corrective reconciliation legislation passes the Senate, the worst of the offputting special deals will be gone.
Meanwhile, most major pieces of the law, and particularly the protections against insurance-company abuses, poll well with the public. It’s no coincidence that Obama highlighted some of those in signing the law yesterday.
“We think we will win on the actual specifics in the bill,’’ said US Representative Edward Markey of Massachusetts. The bet here is that Markey is right — provided the president stays on the offensive as salesman-in-chief for the landmark new law.”
Comment: I think the pundits with their friends at the Boston Globe are right. Americans today prefer Marxism to Christianity, being diapered to the risk of wearing pants. Sexfun if far more important than any interest in becoming a responsible, thinking adult. Who wants to spend time worrying about solving problems, anyway?….Most Americans under age 50 have no awareness of a yesterday. This truth is not new to the country. Somewhere around 80 years ago columnist H. L. Mencken claimed, “No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people.”
Marxist health care rule is here to stay. Good people will oppose it as they should. But, there are countless more Americans who have been programmed already by the American government as it exists to steal, rip off from, con, extort from those who actually produce wealth, who will know more about fleecing from Obamacare than reading about it.
The vast majority of inner city black America has lived in a plantation culture for countless decades anyway. One plantation manager, one Democrat Party which provides goodies in exchange for the black vote. More and more Americans seek the nanny aspects of the plantation life. Being disingenuous is a way of life….a free expression of the culture.
Nearly 45% of the voting American public pays no federal income tax at all. Why will these and more people of their thinking vote for a moral and ethical America, when they can vote for Obama to rob more from the rich to expand their right to be indolent?
“Fear” in God is gone in America. Women ignore liberty in favor of security. More men are living and acting out in an ever more feminizing culture which disdains liberty as well as adulthood in favor of security…..the safety from the nanny government.
Who in American teaches self reliance and responsibility these days anyway? Certainly no one in the schools!!
I think Mass. Representative Markey is probably right. Today people are afraid of adulthood.