Sunday, July 19, 2009

Call Obama's Bluff

Obama and his supporters continually point to the folly of betting against him. In poker, one gains notoriety by winning and, if the streak lasts long enough, creates fear in opponents. The longer one wins the more reluctant are his fellow contestants to challenge him, thus making the art of the bluff more potent at each hand. All it takes, however, is one good slap down on a high ante, and the winner is instantly transformed back to that of his collective table. Remove the mystification and you can once again play with a mere mortal.

The people who applaud the destructive notions of this president use his past successes as a shield, warning opponents not to even try to stand in the way. That strategy has been effective, but as Obama continues to raise the stakes, people as well as leaders are beginning to become emboldened. Less and less willing are they to let Obama simply rake in the pot.

Case in point: This past weekend at the National Governors Association Conference in Biloxi, Mississippi, angst was the emotion du jour as the nation's governors expressed their disdain over the attempts of the federal government to saddle their states with unfunded mandates. While it would be more comforting if they were dead set against socializing medicine at all, an ally can be an ally even for the wrong reasons. If the governors can rally the states to derail this insanity currently making its way through the House of Representatives, I'll take it, one way or the other.

The plan to socialize medicine is coated in a multitude of layers of "feel good" designed to hypnotize the masses into not only accepting it, but clamoring for it, and the plan so far has been working just as drawn up. Combine the slick packaging with the clever advertising - on alleged "news" programs, no less - and people are convinced that it's the greatest thing ever. But when clear-headed outlets align with those who will ultimately bear the brunt of the damage this will cause, it becomes a road strewn with downed limbs that Obama and his ilk must traverse.

Despite Obama's outright contradictions of the Congressional Budget Office estimates of the overall cost of socialized medicine, others are digging in their heels and making known to even more people the perils of the plan. And while Obama bemoans the tactics of his foes as "fear mongering", it is more like an accurate warning.

Imagine a group of kids playing ball and one hits the ball into the neighbor's yard full of snarling pit bulls. All but one of the kids tells the one who hit the ball that it's simply too dangerous and out of the question to hop the fence and retrieve the ball. The lone dissenter tells the hitter that the other kids are using fear tactics and that he should get the ball, and tells him that the pit bulls aren't really there anyway. Clearly, if the hitter hops the fence, he's dead.

And now comes the news that the White House is going to deliberately delay publishing their midsummer budget update - usually released in mid-July - until after Congress recesses August 7th. Why would they do this? has that answer:

The administration's annual midsummer budget update is sure to show higher deficits and unemployment and slower growth than projected in President Barack Obama's budget in February and update in May, and that could complicate his efforts to get his signature health care and global-warming proposals through Congress.

The release of the update—usually scheduled for mid-July—has been put off until the middle of next month, giving rise to speculation the White House is delaying the bad news at least until Congress leaves town Aug. 7 on its summer recess.
How long the mainstream media can continue in its role as wing man for Obama remains to be seen, but one thing is clear. Starting with the governors of all fifty states, someone has to call his bluff and end his reign at the table. One defeat, that's all I ask. Then let's find out just how much mettle the man really has.

Stop Universal Health Care now.

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