by Teri O’Brien
Clash Daily Guest Contributor
Being well-informed in the Age of Obama is like being the only grownup in a room full of four year olds who still believe in the Tooth Fairy. Every day you find yourself bombarded by an incessant series of inaccurate, deceptive half-truths or even blatant falsehoods, from the moral and intellectual pygmies that pass as our leaders. You know that they are lying, and you know that they know that they are lying. Yet you are expected to watch supposedly serious people masquerading as journalists, not only refuse to challenge this baloney, but cheerfully celebrate it, and help con millions of Americans in the process. There hasn’t been such a corrupt, partisan media, a bunch of pathetic, slobbering sycophantic toadies to the Regime since Stalinist Russia.
That’s why I don’t blame anyone who didn’t watch Tuesday night’s State of the Union liefest, starring the aforementioned Dear Reader, who indeed does have a gift, as he bragged to Sen. Harry Reid. His gift is the ability to read ridiculous, barefaced lies from his TelePrompTer, glibly, appearing, at least to the low-info crowd, eloquent and sincere while doing it.
Because I watch so you don’t have to, I can report that last night’s performance was no exception. The Emperor had no clothes (and not in the way that Chicago Sun-Times “serious” reporter Lynn “Obama Girl” Sweet would hope), and unfortunately, there was no child to yell “You lie!” as Rep. Joe Wilson did so well back in the day.
Where to begin describing this mess? This guy sells more Whoppers than Burger King, and I’m not going to bore you by making you listen to every single one. It’s sort of like what Mr. Justice Holmes said about the rules of evidence; that is, they are a concession to the shortness of human life, and so is limiting a list of last night’s deceptive statements. Let me list my favorites. If you are interested, here’s the transcript.
“Already, the Affordable Care Act is helping to slow the growth of health-care costs.”
Seriously? I don’t think so. From Forbes:
Premiums have increased by an average of $3,065. And they’re about to go up even more, as Obamacare takes effect during the president’s second term.
At the end of 2012, Mark Bertolini, the CEO of Aetna, the third-largest health insurer in the country, warned that many consumers would face “premium rate shock” with the advent of Obamacare’s major insurance regulations in 2014. He predicted that unsubsidized premiums would rise 20 to 50 percent, on average.
For some people, premiums would double. “We’re going to see some markets go up as much as 100 percent,” Bertolini told Bloomberg News.
Aetna isn’t the only company forecasting higher health-insurance premiums. In California, Blue Shield has asked regulators to approve premium increases of up to 20 percent. Obamacare’s new regulations were a factor in the request. A spokesperson for the company said the new law “will bring a lot of volatility” into the market.
A shock? Not to those who’ve been paying attention. When Obamacare was making its way through Congress, the Congressional Budget Office warned that premiums in the individual market would increase by 10-13 percent.
But wait. Didn’t the One tell us in 2008 that the average family’s health insurance premiums would go down $2500? See above re that “gift” thing.
“Let’s agree, right here, right now, to keep the people’s government open, pay our bills on time, and always uphold the full faith and credit of the United States of America.”
Oh yes, Mr. Fiscal Responsibility, he of the trillion dollar per year deficits. Speaking of the deficit, didn’t he promise to cut it in half by end of his first term? Never mind. As long as we’re being all grown up and fiscally responsible, perhaps you might want to get on the blower to Harry Reid, and when after he’s done telling you how much he’s been enjoying your rhetorical brilliance, mention to him that the Senate hasn’t lived up to its legal obligation to pass a budget in over four years. In addition, there’s that first-time in U.S. history credit downgrade on his watch. Way to hold up that full faith and credit, my man!
“Tonight, I propose working with states to make high-quality preschool available to every child in America.”
Isn’t this the same guy who killed a school choice program for poor kids trapped in failing D.C. schools to please his union buddies? He has as much credibility on the issue of quality education as he has on skeet shooting.
“Tonight, let’s declare that in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty, and raise the federal minimum wage to $9.00 an hour.”
I’ve never understood why these leftist idiots, who can’t buy a clue when it comes to understanding free enterprise, don’t propose raising the minimum wage to $100,000 a year. Better yet, why not $250,000 a year? Then they could pay more taxes and help eliminate that deficit that Obama is so concerned about. They actually believe that if they raise the minimum wage to $9.00 an hour, poor people will have more money to spend. Wrong. They will have no jobs. I guess that doesn’t matter, though. More food stamps for all!
“All this work depends on the courage and sacrifice of those who serve in dangerous places at great personal risk – our diplomats, our intelligence officers, and the men and women of the United States Armed Forces.”
I’ll give him this. The demagogic screeching conclusion promoting his anti-2nd Amendment scheme, reminiscent of a Leni Riefenstahl documentary, was an especially nice touch. It probably woke up all the people who fell asleep watching this disaster.
Teri O’Brien is America’s Original Conservative Warrior Princess, and host of The Teri O’Brien Show, which debuted on Chicago’s radio home for Rush Limbaugh, and now airs in the cutting edge world of online media, She is a yoga-practicing, 2nd Amendment-loving, bench pressing Mac girl geek, attorney, provocateur, author, and dangerous thinker. Learn more at http://www.teriobrien.com.