I know I’ve beaten down this term like a dead horse but…..
Wanna know why we have huge health care bills? (Hint: George W. Bush or Barack Obama ain’t the only reason)
And mix it with this (Thanks Nahum):
Barack Obama needs to edit his work
As you know, BDK is unemployed, but occasionally tutors a poor high school soul on how to write stuff. One of the things I remind them to do is proofread their work, its strange because after I skimmed over Barack Obama’s Inaugural Address, it was rife with the silliest mistakes. It was a such a grandiloquent and lofty speech I couldn’t pass these errors over. Thus, I made some edits so hopefully those who caught the errors can get a better picture of what he really wanted to say. Here’s an excerpt of what I have so far. (Inserts are underlined.) Excerpt of rough draft can be found here…..
Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions, who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short, for they have forgotten what this country has already done, what free men and women profligate congressmen and congresswomen can achieve when imagination reconciliation is joined forced for common Democratic purpose and necessity for courage backdoor political deals.
What the cynics majority of Americans, fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them, that the stale current political arguments that we have consumed us ignored for so long, no longer apply because Nancy and I refuse to listen to them.
The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small even bigger, but whether it works bribes, whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage,care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. whether it helps give Rep. Jim Costa an unfair allocation of water, present Rep. Suzanne Kosmas more NASA funding, and gives Rep. Bart Gordon $100 million of other people’s money.
Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end balloon uncontrollably in size.
And those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account freely given to congressmen without convictions, to spend wisely more money, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day utter secrecy, because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government pass this monstrosity of a bill.
Nor is the question before us whether the market government is a force for good or ill that nobody in their right mind can now f*** with. Its My power to generate take other people’s wealth and expand diminish freedom is unmatched.
But this crisis healthcare bill has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market government can spin out of control. That is why I have removed the watchful eye. The nation I cannot prosper long when it favors only the if I listen prosperous the majority of the American people.
The success of our economy my government has always depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product a genuflecting media but on the reach of our prosperity Chinese-funded debt; on the ability to extend opportunity pork to every willing heart – spineless politician– not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good the legacy of both Nancy and me.
Read the article here.
Here’s a great quote talking about Obama’s latest verbal chicanery:
Obama was reduced to suggesting that his health-care reform was indeed popular because when you ask people about individual items (for example, eliminating exclusions for preexisting conditions or capping individual out-of-pocket payments), they are in favor. Allow me to demystify. Imagine a bill granting every American a free federally delivered ice cream every Sunday morning. Provision 2: steak on Monday, also home delivered. Provision 3: a dozen red roses every Tuesday. You get the idea. Would each individual provision be popular in the polls? Of course.
Random switcharoo here: I get my conservative writing from Jewish World Review mostly because I can read entire articles on one page. (Townhall you have failed me, anyone else know of a better website?) I find it slightly amusing that its called JWR as if it speaks for all Jews; maybe they think their view is the correct one and as such should be considered the proper “Jewish” view. While I happen to agree with most of it, I do think this could present itself to be slightly dangerous for all faiths. Happens all over the place now, c’est la vie….
But, take someone like Ann Coulter who is emphatic about her belief that Jesus Christ is savior of humanity (The message I have no problem with, the delivery ehhh….) Her posts show up on JWR yet I am pretty sure Christ to them was a crazy dude who couldn’t hold his carpentry business together. This “entanglement” of religion and politics I feel is the more dangerous one. By conflating politics (usually conservative) with their religious faith (Christian mostly, but sometimes Jewish as seen here), people are inevitably forced to compromise tenets of their faith (Salvation?!) for the emphasis of other areas of faith (moral laws). While I can’t speak for the Jewish faith, certainly this happens with Christians all the time.
Stephen Carter writes (from God’s name in Vain):
When a religion enters poltics, it at once finds itself bombarded with demands for compromise. The message must be softened, or hardened, or omitted altogether…..A religion that becomes too settled in the secular political sphere, happily amassing influence and using it, is likely to lose its best and most spiritual self.
The separation of church and state was originally designed to keep the influence of government/politics out of faith. Christians should definitely be mindful of this in the future…..