Again and again on the campaign trail, he repeated the same mantra. The words might vary ever so slightly, but the message was the same:
Let me say this again: no family earning less than $250,000 will see any form of tax increase. Period.
Every time Old Man McCain would say that Obama was going to raise your taxes, the smooth, slick, suave young senator would smile disarmingly and repeat the promise in that deep, reassuring voice of his.
Do you remember that? Does it remind you now, perchance, of a certain vilified cowboy ex-president’s dad swearing to all the political gods in 1988,
Read my lips: no new taxes.
And now Geither says,
We’re going to have to do what’s necessary.
Of course they are. We — John McCain, Sarah Palin and everybody who voted for them — knew that all along. The savvier Obamanistas knew it too, and just kept their mouths shut about it so the rest of Obama’s supporters — those poor, gullible fools who actually believed their charismatic young hero — could be led down the primrose path.
Now Obama is saying the government isn’t going to take over private health care. Some of you poor fools probably believe him. Because a lot of us don’t, he’s got Linda Douglass of the White House Health Reform Office doing damage control at the White House blog. Amid the sunshine and roses propaganda, there is even an appeal to good patriotic Americans to report to the White House anything they see on the internet that “seems fishy” (politicospeak for “calls a snow job a snow job”):
There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to email@example.com.
Big Brother is watching you. And me, no doubt, after somebody e-mails firstname.lastname@example.org to report me.
In the post, Douglass refers to a video that purports to show that President Obama wants to end private insurance…but of course that’s just misinformation from the kind of people you’re supposed to report to the White House for further observation.
Watch the video and make up your own mind. In it, Obama says clearly back in 2003 that government health care wouldn’t completely replace employer health coverage immediately. Not immediately, but eventually. There would be a transitional period.
Blog links on thegood-cop-bad-cop tax farce later — have to go do kid stuff now.