News from the Swamp, the Big Lie, and the Alpha Jackass Awards

PatriotPost.US The BIG Lie

"[H]ealth insurance reform will not add to our deficit over the next decade, and I mean it. ... I am very worried about federal spending." --Barack Obama Oh, well, in that case...

On Cross-Examination

"The last time the president made grand promises and demanded passage of a bill before it could be reviewed, we ended up with the colossal stimulus failure and unemployment near 10 percent. Now the president wants Americans to trust him again, but he can't back up the utopian promises he's making about a government takeover of health care. He insists his health care plan won't add to our nation's deficit despite the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office saying exactly the opposite." --Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC)

This Week's 'Alpha Jackass' Award "I'm rushed because I get letters every day from people that are being clobbered by health care costs, and they ask, 'Can you help?' ... If you don't set deadlines in this town, things don't happen. The default position is inertia. ...[T]he stars are aligned and we need to take advantage of that." --Barack ObamaRx on the rush to pass his health care monstrosity by August

Gaffe of the Week "The reforms we seek would bring greater competition, choice, savings and inefficiencies to our health care system." --Barack Obama

News From the Swamp: Deceitful Deficit In the midst of the push for spending $1.5 trillion to nationalize health care, the Obama administration has delayed releasing its summer budget update. Usually released in mid July, the update was pushed back into August. Ah, transparency. There are numerous problems with the budget, not the least of which the rosy outlook on future years' GDP. "Obama's current forecast anticipates 3.2 percent growth next year, then 4 percent or higher growth from 2011 to 2013," reports the Associated Press. "Private forecasts are less optimistic, especially for next year." Needless to say, downward revisions in growth and revenue projections would mean much higher budget deficits than previously stated. Obama has promised to "cut" the deficit in half over his first term. But dropping from $1.8 trillion to $900 billion is hardly something to celebrate. And why admit the bad news before he has the votes for health care?