Saturday, September 12, 2009

Obama v Wilson: Who was more insulting?

Rep Wilson was not the only one that showed incivility with his "You Lie" comment.

Only moments before, Obama - in a prepared speech, not a spur of the moment outburst - said that his opponents were liars. He didn't say that his opponents were exaggerating or inaccurate of their claims were hyperbole he called them liars.

Some of people's concerns have grown out of bogus claims spread by those whose only agenda is to kill reform at any cost. The best example is the claim, made not just by radio and cable talk show hosts, but prominent politicians, that we plan to set up panels of bureaucrats with the power to kill off senior citizens. Such a charge would be laughable if it weren't so cynical and irresponsible. It is a lie, plain and simple.

It may be hyperbole to call panels that withhold care on groups of people death panels. However it is true that there would be panels that would withhold care based on cost; life expectancy and benefit to society. Perhaps Obama would prefer to use the Orwelian acronym NICE.

There are also those who claim that our reform effort will insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false – the reforms I'm proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally. And one more misunderstanding I want to clear up – under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws will remain in place.

It was at this point that Congressman Wilson called Obama a liar. The fault with Wilson's statement was not the content -- Obama was disingenuous -- the fault was in his timing. Illegals were not be exculded from health care and abortions were covered. If you find Representative Wilson's comments to be abhorrent then how can you not find fault with Obama who just moments before called his critics liars? I find Obama's worse, as it was planned in advance, and was directed at more than the politicians who opposed him but American citizens as well.


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