Posts Tagged ‘2005 State of the Union’

Democrats Censure Joe Wilson In Spite of Own Lies And Hypocrisy

September 15, 2009

I – like most Republicans – understand that Rep. Joe Wilson exercised something less than great judgment in his outburst during the Obama speech to the Congress.  But for some reason I just can’t muster up the outrage that Democrats bitterly cling to.

Barack Obama himself actually started the “You lie!” war in his speech:

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.

To which I can only blurt out, “You lie!”

When Obama appoints Ezekiel Emanuel as his health policy adviser who is on the record saying just this year:

The Complete Lives system justifies preference to younger people because of priority to the worst-off rather than instrumental value.”

And:

Treating 65-year olds differently because of stereotypes or falsehoods would be ageist; treating them differently because they have already had more life-years is not.”

And when Obama appoints a regulatory czar like Cass Sunstein who is on record saying:

“I urge that the government should indeed focus on life-years rather than lives. A program that saves young people produces more welfare than one that saves old people.”

And:

Other things being equal, a program that protects young people seems far better than one that protects old people, because it delivers greater benefits.”

Well, I think that Republicans are more than justified in pointing out that the president who calls them liars is actually the one who is the liar.

That, and the fact that it is now a matter of fact that when Joe Wilson shouted “You lie!” as Obama said that illegal immigrants would not be covered, it was Joe Wilson who was telling the truth.  The Democrats have SINCE began to deal with that reality.

But in any event, the Democrats today decided they would make a public spectacle out of demagoguing a man who had twice apologized for not apologizing.

Nancy Pelosi initially said she would move on after Wilson publicly apologized for his emotional outburst.  And Barack Obama – the allegedly offended party – accepted the apology.

Or did he?

Did the president decide to bury the hatchet in Joe Wilson’s head?  Because somebody’s hatchet men suddenly went on the warpath on Joe Wilson.  It’s kind of nice to put on the face of the One who is loftily above partisanship while your thugs go out on the attack.  For example:

Rep. Joe Wilson’s outburst last week drew new recriminations from his colleagues Tuesday, with a member of the Congressional Black Caucus suggesting that a failure to rebuke the South Carolina Republican would be tantamount to supporting the most blatant form of organized racism in American history.

Making an obvious reference to the Ku Klux Klan, Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., said Tuesday that people will be putting on “white hoods and white uniforms again and riding through the countryside” if emerging racist attitudes, which he says were subtly supported by Wilson, are not rebuked.  He said Wilson must be disciplined as an example.

Given Hank Johnson’s racist statement, it is rather ironic that the Ku Klux Klan was created by Democrats to thwart the rise of the Party of Lincoln in the South.  And that the Democratic National Convention of 1924 was so dominated by the Klan that it went down in infamy as “the Klanbake.”

And that just dovetailed right along with New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd who could have sworn she heard Joe Wilson use a polite euphamism for “nigger” in Joe Wilson’s remark:

But, fair or not, what I heard was an unspoken word in the air: You lie, boy!

Well, sure it’s fair, Maureen.  Everyone knows that liberal journalists are allowed to make up facts and assign the harshest possible motives to their stories.  It’s called propaganda.  And mainstream journalists embrace it like lovers for their ideology and their party.

For liberals like Hank Johnson and Maureen Dowd, facts don’t matter.  Their souls swim in a sea of lies.

Democrats couldn’t help but assign racist motives to a statement that had nothing to do with race.  Because that is just the kind of vile, racist, brain-diseased cockroaches that they are.

The House voted that it was a breech of decorum for Wilson to shout, “You lie!”  And it was.

But this, apparently, was NOT a breech of decorum for the most partisan and most nakedly ideological Party and politicians in American history:

Some transcribed highlights from Democrat Rep. Pete Stark’s remarks on the House floor toward President George W. Bush:

The Republicans are worried that we can’t pay for insuring an additional 10 million children. They sure don’t care about finding $200 billion to fight the illegal war in Iraq. Where you going to get that money. You gonna tell us lies like you’re telling us today? Is that how you’re going to fund the war. You don’t have enough money to fund the war or children. But you’re going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the President’s amusement…

…But the President Bush’s statements about children’s health shouldn’t be taken any more seriously than his lies about the war in Iraq. The truth is that Bush just likes to blow things up in Iraq, in the United States, and in Congress.

Apparently, any reasonable person is supposed to be able to understand why the two words spoken by Joe Wilson were horrendous, but the ugly and hateful accusations that accompanied the charge of lying were not.

Democrat Barbara Lee is quoted from the House floor as saying:

“I have been appalled by the growing evidence that the President may have lied about the reasons for invading and conquering Iraq.”

And let us not forget Democrats by the dozens booing and shouting “NO!” at George Bush during his 2005 State of the Union address must not have been a breech of decorum either.

Democrats rudely interrupted President Bush to jeer and applaud their own obstruction of crucial legislation to try to fix Social Security:

And the Gateway Pundit shows that one of the jeering Democrats was one Barack Hussein Obama.

So you’re just going to have to pardon me for not thinking, “My gosh, these Republicans are just so awful!  Good thing the Democrats are the party of wonderfulness.  No Democrat would ever do anything nasty like that!  They need to hold that awful Republican responsible!”

Because I have a brain – and the thing actually works.

That separates me from congressional Democrats.

President Obama himself suggested that a formal rebuke of Mr. Wilson would be a distraction from the larger debate. “I mean, it just becomes a big circus instead of focusing on health care,” Mr. Obama said.

So let’s just realize that even President Obama is pointing out that Congress has important business to attend to, but that DEMOCRATS are refusing to do their duty in favor of the demagoguery and partisanship of the “big circus.”

James Clyburn, who has been the lead rabble-rouser in the witch hunt, had this to say:

This is not a partisan stunt,” said Clyburn, whose district in South Carolina adjoins Wilson’s. “I do not participate in partisan stunts, and I think every member here knows that. This is about the proper decorum that should take place on the floor of the United States House of Representatives.”

But every member probably knows that Clyburn was in fact such a player in “partisan stunts” that he once said that good news in Iraq amounted to a problem for Democrats.  If every member of Congress doesn’t realize that hoping for your own side to lose a war for the sake of partisan political advantage is anything less than the most gross and contemptible sort of partisan stunt, then this country is surely doomed.

Not to mention the fact that James Clyburn – who is clearly so interested in “proper decorum” now – didn’t give a fig about it when it was Democrats who were repeatedly violating that decorum.

Democrats have the power to force through whatever resolution they want.

But anyone who thinks that it’s anything other than a partisan distraction and witch hunt by a nasty group of Democrat politicians is a fool.

For what it’s worth, if I were a Republican, I would be inclined to vote to censure Joe Wilson for his out-of-bounds comment.  But I would only do so if every episode of the Democrats’ vile conduct over the last eight years were read into the record so we can appreciate just who these self-righteous hypocrite accusers truly are.

Joe Wilson’s ‘You Lie!’ Over Illegal Immigrants Most True Statement During Obama Speech

September 11, 2009

When Barack Obama said in his speech, “The reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally,” a sole Republican – Rep. Joe Wilson – burst out, “You lie!”

Wilson’s outburst was immediately denounced by the Republican leadership for its crudity and lack of statesmanship, and Wilson immediately apologized.  But Democrats just as immediately pounced on Wilson’s outburst as a foil to depict the Republican Party as “partisan” even as they depicted Obama as transcending such partisanship.  Democrats were so bent on playing rhetorical judo against the Republicans over Wilson that the news coverage of the “You lie!” statement literally surpassed Obama’s actual speech.

CNN also notes:

While it was the most attention-getting, Wilson’s shout wasn’t the only demonstration of displeasure made by Republicans during the speech.

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, wore a sign around his neck that said, “What bill?” And when Obama asked Republicans to share their health reform ideas with him, a small group raised up a stack of papers above their heads.

The former protest marks the fact that, when Obama says “his plan” will or won’t do something, it should be pointed out that “his plan” or for that matter the Democrat’s plan in fact does not exist.  There’s no bill.  There’s no plan.  The latter points out that – while Obama and Democrats have repeatedly accused the Republicans of being the “party of no,” they have in fact officially submitted over two dozen of their own bills pertaining to health care in C0ngress.  It is blatantly dishonest for liberals to claim that Republicans haven’t attempted to contribute their own bills and ideas.  The fact that Democrats have shut Republicans out without debate is hardly the same thing as claiming that Republicans haven’t contributed anything.

It also doesn’t matter to most in the mainline media that Democrats loudly and repeatedly booed George Bush in his 2005 State of the Union – as this snippet reveals.  Partisanship and rude behavior only appear to count against Republicans.  The crap river only flows in one direction with the mainline media bias.

I’m sure everyone’s familiar with the rhyme, “Liar, liar, pants on fire.”  Someone’s pants are clearly on fire here.  The only question is whose: Joe Wilson’s or Barack Obama’s?

Mark Tapscott of the Washington Examiner, along with the Congressional Research Service, know whose pants are on fire:

Well, Mr. President, that idea must have been tucked under a stack of background briefing papers over there in the corner of the table because the Congressional Research Service (CRS) says this about H.R. 3200, the Obamacare bill approved just before the recess by the House Energy and Commerce Committee chaired by Rep. Henry Waxman, D-CA:
“Under H.R. 3200, a ‘Health Insurance Exchange’ would begin operation in 2013 and would offer private plans alongside a public option…H.R. 3200 does not contain any restrictions on noncitzens—whether legally or illegally present, or in the United States temporarily or permanently—participating in the Exchange.”

CRS also notes that the bill has no provision for requiring those seeking coverage or services to provided proof of citizenship. So, absent some major amendments to the legislation and a credible, concrete enforcement effort in action, looks like the myth on this issue is the one being spread by Obama, Reid, Pelosi, et. al.

The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) knows whose pants are on fire:

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Tuesday, the Congressional Research Service (CRS), the “research arm” for the United States Congress, issued a report validating an analysis by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), that illegal aliens would be able to receive benefits under the House health care reform bill, America’s Affordable Health Care Act of 2009 (H.R. 3200).

The report, Treatment of Noncitizens in H.R. 3200, states definitively, “H.R. 3200 does not contain any restrictions on noncitizens – whether legally or illegally present, or in the United States temporarily or permanently – participating in the Exchange.”  H.R. 3200 establishes a Health Insurance Exchange which would provide individuals and small businesses with access to health care plans, including the “public option” to be managed by the government.

CRS also confirms FAIR’s assessment that the House bill does not include a mechanism to prevent illegal aliens from receiving “affordability credits” that would subsidize the purchase of private health insurance. CRS specifically noted the absence “of a provision in the bill specifying the verification procedure.” Because the language is ambiguous, all CRS could reasonably conclude is that any eligibility determination would be the responsibility of the Health Choices Commissioner.

The CRS analysis comes after weeks of denials by Members of Congress that illegal aliens could receive benefits under the House bill. These denials were echoed by countless media and health care “experts” who dismissed public concerns as myths, or as politically orchestrated attacks.

“Case closed. Illegal aliens will be eligible to participate in the health care program offered by the House bill unless Congress acts to amend the bill,” stated Dan Stein, president of FAIR. “The loopholes and omissions in the House bill are not there by accident,” continued Stein. “These loopholes were intended to extend benefits to illegal aliens while allowing Members of Congress to deny those facts to the American people.”

The House Ways & Means Committee had the opportunity to include language that would have barred illegal aliens from enrolling in the proposed public option or receiving the affordability credits, but chose not to. An amendment offered by Rep. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) would have applied the same eligibility verification procedures for coverage under H.R. 3200 that have been used for years to prove eligibility for Medicaid. That amendment was rejected by a party-line vote.

So, the bill would allow illegal immigrants to buy insurance on the national health insurance exchange, which is direct confirmation that “our reform effort will insure illegal immigrants.”  It’s really quite straightforward, all the media obfuscation to the contrary.

And Democrats have blocked every republican effort to prevent illegal immigrants from benefiting from the ObamaCare bill even as they have claimed that illegal immigrants won’t receive any coverage.

At least one Reuters journalist understands whose pants are on fire, given the title of his article, “Health Bill Could Benefit 6.6 Million Illegals“:

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — As President Obama addresses the nation on health care reform, a new analysis by the Center for Immigration Studies estimates that 6.6 million uninsured illegal immigrants could receive benefits under the House health reform bill (H.R. 3200). While the bill states that illegal immigrants are not eligible for the new taxpayer-funded affordability credits, there is nothing in the bill to enforce this provision.  Congress defeated efforts to require the use of the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) program. More than 70 other programs of this kind use SAVE.

The report is available at http://www.CIS.org/IllegalsAndHealthCareHR3200.

And while Democrats may never publicly acknowledge the truth, a number of them are now aware of whose pants are really on fire:

Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., was criticized for interrupting Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress to accuse the president of lying about his health care reform plan prohibiting coverage for illegal immigrants. Wilson quickly apologized, and the White House accepted the apology.

Wilson apologized again Thursday morning, though he also says a massive loophole could wind up in the health care bill: no requirement to prove citizenship for health care coverage.

Among three House committees to pass bills for health reform, only one expressly bans federal funding for proving health coverage to illegal immigrants.

“The Congressional Research Service has indicated that indeed the bills that are before Congress would include illegal aliens,” Wilson said. “And I think this is wrong.”

Indeed, the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service study found that the House health care bill does not restrict illegal immigrants from receiving health care coverage.

House Republican Minority Leader John Boehner amplified the complaint that without proof of citizenship, illegal immigrants could be insured.

“There were two opportunities for House Democrats to make clear that illegal immigrants wouldn’t be covered by putting in requirements to show citizenships,” he said. “Both of those amendments were, in fact, rejected.”

In the Senate, Democrats in the so called “Gang of Six,” a group of bipartisan senators on the Senate Finance Committee which is the last panel yet to release its bill, began moving quickly to close the loophole that Wilson helped bring greater attention to.

Again, since there is no bill, we can’t know whether or not the loopholes that currently would allow illegal immigrants to get access to ObamaCare will be closed or not.

We can know that Democrats repeatedly refused to provide such closure of loopholes even over repeated Republican efforts to seek such closure.

And we also can know whose pants were on fire Wednesday night:  not Joe Wilson’s, but Barack Obama’s.

Joe Wilson’s emotional outburst was rude, unstatesmanlike, and politically stupid.  But it also had the virtue of being quite true in what amounted to a sea of half truths that amounted to whole lies.

Even the liberal mainline Associated Press was forced to declare in it’s fact check which in fact is the title of the article: “Obama uses iffy math on deficit pledge.”