PatriotPost.US Digest Â· Friday, December 18, 2009
The Foundation "The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse." --James Madison
Barack Obama's teleprompter gave him a rather poor choice of words to describe the government's efforts to hijack health care: "We just had a very productive session about the final stages of health care reform in the Senate. And from the discussions we had, it's clear that we are on the precipice of an achievement that's eluded Congresses and presidents for generations, an achievement that will touch the lives of nearly every American."
That's only too true -- we are on the precipice. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary defines it as "1 : a very steep or overhanging place; 2 : a hazardous situation."
And about that precipice... Obama sat down for an interview with ABC's Charlie Gibson Wednesday, in which he warned, "If we don't pass" this gargantuan expansion of the federal government, "the federal government will go bankrupt." Didn't he just tell Republicans to "stop trying to frighten the American people"? But he continued, "This actually provides us the best chance of starting to bend the cost curve on the government expenditures in Medicare and Medicaid." Furthermore, he claimed, "[I]f we don't do this, nobody argues with the fact that health care costs are going to consume the entire federal budget."
So, spending $1 trillion dollars is going to keep the federal government from going bankrupt? The suspense is killing us -- will someone please nominate this guy for the Nobel Prize in Economics?