Sunday, September 27, 2009

Quote Of The Week

OBAMA: George, the fact that you looked up Merriam's Dictionary, the definition of tax increase, indicates to me that you're stretching a little bit right now. Otherwise, you wouldn't have gone to the dictionary to check on the definition.

Barack Obama, 9/20/09

Okay, now let me put the comment into context. This is the section of the interview with George Stephanopoulus that contains the quote.

STEPHANOPOULOS: You were against the individual mandate...

OBAMA: Yes.

STEPHANOPOULOS: ...during the campaign. 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.

OBAMA: No. That's not true, George. The -- for us to say that you've got to take a responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase. What it's saying is, is that we're not going to have other people carrying your burdens for you anymore than the fact that right now everybody in America, just about, has to get auto insurance. Nobody considers that a tax increase. People say to themselves, that is a fair way to make sure that if you hit my car, that I'm not covering all the costs.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But it may be fair, it may be good public policy...

OBAMA: No, but -- but, George, you -- you can't just make up that language and decide that that's called a tax increase. Any...

STEPHANOPOULOS: Here’s the...

OBAMA: What -- what -- if I -- if I say that right now your premiums are going to be going up by 5 or 8 or 10 percent next year and you say well, that's not a tax increase; but, on the other hand, if I say that I don't want to have to pay for you not carrying coverage even after I give you tax credits that make it affordable, then...

STEPHANOPOULOS: I -- I don't think I'm making it up. Merriam Webster's Dictionary: Tax -- "a charge, usually of money, imposed by authority on persons or property for public purposes."

OBAMA: George, the fact that you looked up Merriam's Dictionary, the definition of tax increase, indicates to me that you're stretching a little bit right now. Otherwise, you wouldn't have gone to the dictionary to check on the definition. I mean what...


Source

First, the administration calls anyone opposing his views as crazy, hysterical, wrong, far-right. Supporters of the administration accuse any opponents as racist. Now Obama accuses George Stephanopoulos, who is about as far left as you can get, as "stretching" when he confronts him with the actual definition of a tax.

It has gotten to where there is not a debate. There is only opposition to Obama and Obama ignoring the opposition and doing whatever in the Hell he feels like doing. If confronted about this, he simply gives whoever it is the finger and goes about his business. The arrogance is getting old real fast.

The one bright spot from all of this is that the honeymoon between him and the media may be ending as evidenced by this exchange. As I said, it's hard to get left of Stphanopoulos. I think the fringe media is getting just as tired of the arrogance and "go to Hell" attitude of this administration as the rest of us.

As an aside, I was watching Fox News Monday morning and there was a debate over this exchange and whether it is a tax increase. Bob Beckel, liberal Fox analyst and Obama apologist, was arguing that Stephanopoulos was wrong and this was not a tax increase. Once he ran out of arguments for how this was not an increase in costs to tax payers, he resorted to making fun of Stephanopoulos' name. Considering that Stephanopoulos is Greek, how is this not racist?

6 comments:

Z said...

Typical Beckel; when he fights Hannity and runs out of anything HE thinks legitimately backs up his nonsensical viewpoints, he resorts to saying Hannity's called someone names or never lets him talk or something like that, right?

This TAX thing reminds me of "it depends on what IS is".

By the way, Beamish just commented on that Sweaty Obama pic I had posted asking for captions: He says "but, seriously, what's bugging Obama the most is that on his first day in office, he found out that there really isn't a remote control hurricane maker."
I knew you'd love that, too!!xx

Always On Watch said...

That BHO rebuked Stephanopoulos is significant! After all, Stephanopoulos is a dyed-in-the-wool Dem.

Clearly, BHO will not allow for any opposition. He's got delusions of tyranny.

MK said...

"Once he ran out of arguments for how this was not an increase in costs to tax payers, he resorted to making fun of Stephanopoulos' name."

Typical of the left, always play the man, never the game.

Chuck said...

Z, you can't get more partisan than Beckel. He will defend Obama no matter what he does

AOW, amazing the Stephanopoulos rebuked him, he is definitely far left

MK< shoot the messenger

cube said...

Perhaps we are seeing a tiny penlight at the end of the daily media BO tongue bath tunnel.

Chuck said...

Cube, I was thinking this morning that if the media turns on him (which they could) he's in deep doo-doo. They're propping him up now