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. —President Barry SoetoroUndoubtedly the funniest interview segment that Barry Soetoro has done to date, the George Stephanopholus interview on Sunday 20, 2009, entitled the “Health Care Blitz on every channel except Fox,” had to be hands down funniest. In it President Barry Soetoro attempted to replace Merriam’s Dictionary with his own Orwellian Worldview and definition of what a tax is. I gleefully yelled at the television screen; No, you lie, you lie, you lie as the president straight faced called George Stephanopholus and Merriam’s Dictionary a lie. (see transcript)
According to the president anyone who uses a reputable source of meaning, one that has been in use for centuries on end, that person is stretching the truth. Sooo does that make the president the only authority for meaning now, the divine LOGOS? Watch out next there’ll be a “Meaning of Words” Czar.
In this one interview President Soetoro showed God and everyone watching, why no one can win an argument with a Liberal Democrat. Democrats make up language and definitions like thick rope bridges stretched out over wide canyons of misinformation only to burn the bridges behind them as they run across so that no one else can get any footing (understanding) or join them across on the other side of a conversation for a reasonable and logical conclusion to a debate. (see 2:37mins video)
So should one bring their own rope or ladder (a dictionary) a Liberal Democrat will either cut it in two or kick it off the side of the cliff before everyone can arrive at a truthful conclusion to an argument. Exactly the method president Soetoro demonstrated by cutting Stephanopholus off on last Sunday.
Here are snippets of the exchange where President Soetoro does his level best, “That depends on what is, is” impression of Bill Clinton!
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.
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...
Lost in all of that Barry Soetoro bull? Here’s a general translation of what he said.
Translation: Obama: How is that not a tax? Well, hold on a second, George. Your perception of reality is serious skewed. Almost like a Republican!
Here’s what I want you to believe, people like you and I pay on average of $900 dollars [annually] on higher Health Care premiums because of stiffs who are uninsured. Now what I've said is if someone is a poor stiff then we should all be responsible for paying for poor stiffs.
On the other hand, the way we intend to hide that cost from the tax payer is to bamboozle them with phony tax credits, we've set up an exchange scam, and you are now part of a big pool to make it so confusing no one will understand that government is taking their money.
But if someone who is not a poor stiff exercises their God given freedoms to decide and doesn’t want government to take their money, then that person is hit but a bus you and I have to pay for their healthcare expense just like they were a poor stiff.
But, we’re going to prevent that freedom of choice by making people pay for themselves. That may sound like a tax to you but it isn’t. It’s just allowing people to be responsible for themselves. You know like making people carry their own burdens. It’s like auto insurance everybody is forced by the government to have auto insurance and nobody realizes that, that is a tax!
And George for us to say that every American has got to take 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.
Huh? Well Mr. President the Associated Press did a fact check of your statement against the language of the Democratic bills in both the House bill and the Senate Finance Committee proposal and they say for you to mandate that Americans carry Health insurance and for you to fine Americans if they don’t do it, that is a tax. (see story)
Memo to President Barack Obama: It's a tax. Obama insisted this weekend on national television that requiring people to carry health insurance — and fining them if they don't — isn't the same thing as a tax increase. But the language of Democratic bills to revamp the nation's health care system doesn't quibble. Both the House bill and the Senate Finance Committee proposal clearly state that the fines would be a tax.
And the reason the fines are in the legislation is to enforce the coverage requirement.
"If you put something in the Internal Revenue Code, and you tell the IRS to collect it, I think that's a tax," said Clint Stretch, head of the tax policy group for Deloitte, a major accounting firm. "If you don't pay, the person who's going to come and get it is going to be from the IRS."-- Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, AP News
It all sounds like Obama hopnosis to me! And by the way hopnosis by definition is Barry Soetoro’s attempts to redefine reality on his word alone. Redefinitions above the facts and completely separate from any traditional meaning such as those found in a dictionary!