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Failure, lies from Obama White House

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From page A11 | February 28, 2014 |

I have a question for my liberal friends who still think Barack Obama is a great president. Why has he tolerated the lies, and there is no other word for them, of Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius?

I’m not talking about predictions for the Affordable Care Act that were simply off the mark. These were comments that she denied ever making. This is not just a case of too much enthusiasm. Mrs. Sebelius is the leading spokeswoman for the system that is turning health care on its head.

It should be apparent to even Obama’s most loyal supporters that the health care plan is a monstrous failure that will take years to sort out. Meanwhile, millions of Americans have been notified that their health insurance has been canceled. But the Health and Human Service secretary claims that “Obamacare” is a glowing success, in spite of the fact that her measure of that success would be 7 million people enrolled by the end of March.

Another emphatic statement that Sebelius made was that there would be no loss of jobs because of Obamacare. When it was demonstrated that, in fact, many workers were let go, she insisted that she never said otherwise.

If you’re thinking that this is a “he said, she said” situation, you might want to look online, where you can find videos of Sebelius making the exact forecasts she now denies ever having made.

There are several major problems related to her dishonesty: First, how does someone who has been found to be, well, a liar, keep her job as head of the agency in charge of the most disruptive system ever forced on the American people? Next, what does this have to say about the cheery optimism of the president himself when he knows the Affordable Care Act looks like a total failure? Perhaps most worrisome is the possibility, no, probability, that Obama and his crew are just starting their attempt to enlarge the role of government in our lives.

Once again, I’ll mention the hero of the left, the late Saul Alinsky, who wrote the infamous “Rules for Radicals,” the blueprint for the imposition of socialism in this country. Obama has quoted Alinsky, who offered the rule, “Say one thing and do another.”

I’m not sure whether the president is trying to impose single-payer health care, in which all medical services are in the hands of the government, but there’s no question that he’s off to a good start. Except there’s one major roadblock: poll after poll says that the Affordable Care Act is not popular with the American people. If you believe the worst of Obama, you might think that he knew there would be a multitude of problems, because then he could say that the only solution to the medical mess would be full-blown socialized medicine.

I’ve always been extremely skeptical when it comes to conspiracy theories, but you have to wonder whether Kathleen Sebelius was advised to deny what she had earlier claimed. If you work in the Obama White House, you know that the first rule is not to make the president look bad. If that entails sacrificing your integrity, it just comes with the job.

Bud Stevenson, a retired stockbroker, lives in Fairfield. Reach him at [email protected]

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  • Tax PayerFebruary 28, 2014 - 5:36 am

    Yep, exactly. This president makes Nixon look like a saint!

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  • Tax PayerFebruary 28, 2014 - 5:40 am

    He is going for the single payer system for Health care as well as government control over every faction of our lives. Socialist to the highest level.

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  • Danny BuntinFebruary 28, 2014 - 8:04 am

    Name one socialist initiative this president has championed/signed into law?

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  • patrickFebruary 28, 2014 - 3:29 pm

    I agree with you taxpayer but it seems you have stirred up the Obama freaks. I think i'll just sit back and watch.

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  • Danny BuntinFebruary 28, 2014 - 3:52 pm

    @Patrick: Care to try and attempt to answer the question that TaxPayer doesn't want to answer?

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  • rlw895February 28, 2014 - 4:17 pm

    But Danny, everyone KNOWS Obama is megalomaniacal socialist tyrant, all evidence to the contrary notwithstanding. He hides it well, but just watch, in the last three years of his presidency he's going to steamroll congress and the Supreme Court and install a government that controls everything about our lives. It's all a secret plan being carried out by Obama operatives who have infiltrated all of our institutions. Your request for evidence shows you've been duped. You just aren't very smart I guess.

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  • Mr. SmithFebruary 28, 2014 - 5:05 pm

    RLW: Either you and Mr. Buntin have both been "duped" or you haven't been paying attention. Demanding proof of what has been played out publicly in the media for months re: the Obamacare debacle is tantamount to demanding proof that bears relieve themselves in the woods, or that the Pope is Catholic.

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  • Danny BuntinFebruary 28, 2014 - 5:45 pm

    @Mr Smith: A socialist would not keep the Insurance industry in the picture, as the ACA does. Somebody who favors business over the welfare of the people would do that. So the notion that the ACA is a socialist plan fails on just that simple red flag alone.

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  • Mr. SmithFebruary 28, 2014 - 6:25 pm

    Mr. Buntin: So those who concocted the ACA favored business over the welfare of the people? Socialist or not, the Obama administration does NOT favor business. The welfare of the middle class APPEARS not to be on Obama's main agenda as well. Unless things change rapidly.

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  • rlw895February 28, 2014 - 11:37 pm

    Mr.S: Seems to me Danny asked a question that would be simple enough to answer if you wanted to, or could.

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  • patrickFebruary 28, 2014 - 6:19 pm

    it's all the fault of bush' the republicans and fox news. he is supposed to be leading the country. he was not elected supreme leader. he contradicts himself every time he gets on a talk show. it's all on tape. you can look it up yourself.

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  • DanielFebruary 28, 2014 - 6:22 am

    Libs accept lying from thier side, since politics is their religion (most have none), the ends justifies the means. They've just manufactured in their delusional world, that our side as just more evil than their evil lying side.

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  • Danny BuntinFebruary 28, 2014 - 8:05 am

    Nice little projection you have going on.

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  • rlw895February 28, 2014 - 9:41 am

    Yeah, Danny, and he doesn't have much time left. What will it take to make the Obama-is-socialist crowd see the truth?

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  • Danny BuntinFebruary 28, 2014 - 10:03 am

    @rlw895: I visit my grand parents twice a week, and every time I come over they have FoxNews tuned in. This is the only time I watch this station. All I hear is leading/speculative questions with no facts, and some say dialogue. The same people who are living off the "New Deal", and getting more then they put in, are being brainwashed by the biggest fraud ever to exist. They actually believe that this station is looking out for their best interests. The commercials are either selling gold or silver, or showing how you can get a catheter/undergarments at no cost to you (Tax payer funded).

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  • rlw895February 28, 2014 - 4:23 pm

    Fox makes lots of money by attracting an audience for those ads.

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  • Mr. SmithFebruary 28, 2014 - 8:07 am

    Folks: Obama's "fundamentally-changed America" has arrived. I just hope we don't see rioting in the streets. If we don't see rioting, it will be because Obama and crew are administering mass anesthesia via unilateral, some say unlawful, alterations and delays to various parts of the "law of the land" so as to ease past these critical times while America realizes they have "been had."

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  • CD BrooksFebruary 28, 2014 - 8:34 am

    Yeah right Mr. Smith. Do you have any idea the disaster being created by the Conservatives and religious groups? Do you understand that Americans don't like that? Are you aware that the Tea Party is attempting to drive them even further in that direction? Whatever Obama does will fall far short of the un- Constitutional havoc the GOP is trying to force down the country's collective throat. The injustice perpetrated on women, gay and minority citizens will knock the Republican Party out of existence. Bet the house.

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  • Mr. SmithFebruary 28, 2014 - 8:49 am

    Well, good morning, CD. I see the Obama anesthetic is still doing its job. Hope you don't feel too bad when it wears off. LOL!

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  • Danny BuntinFebruary 28, 2014 - 8:53 am

    "some say unlawful"? That sums up your post perfectly. Are you the parrot for "some"?

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  • CD BrooksFebruary 28, 2014 - 9:06 am

    Danny, he's using the "Marci school of CPR" trying to breathe life into his Party. They're all ready DOA and even with all his college degrees. Mr. Smith is clueless. I'm flummoxed at the ign*rance and denial frankly. How can such good people want to hurt others? Ugly.

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  • Mr. SmithFebruary 28, 2014 - 9:08 am

    What part of "some say illegal" don't you get Mr. Buntin? Geez! You guys are unbelievable this morning. Maybe the rarity of abundant rainfall has thrown "some" folks off their game.

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  • CD BrooksFebruary 28, 2014 - 9:18 am

    Sorry Mr. Smith I can't laugh off prejudice. I've tried to get all of you to address the shenanigans but you keep avoiding it. That tells me more than I wanted to believe.

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  • Mr. SmithFebruary 28, 2014 - 10:10 am

    Are you playing the race card on me, CD? You and Buntin and RLW are exhibiting the very essence of the nastiness of liberal democrats this morning. My comments obviously hit you guys right in the.....breadbasket. Have a great day! Oh. And Buntin--do your own freakin' research.

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  • CD BrooksFebruary 28, 2014 - 10:17 am

    Mr. Smith, brilliant deflection and feigned audacity! No, every one of you are bringing it down on yourselves by your silence.

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  • rlw89February 28, 2014 - 12:18 pm

    Mr.S: "Liberal nastiness?" Me? Where? IMO, the "race card" isn't played enough. It would be out there in the open, all the time for people to see and discuss. Implying and inferring gets us nowhere.

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  • Danny BuntinFebruary 28, 2014 - 12:41 pm

    @MR Smith: "And Buntin--do your own freakin' research."? Seeing that you provided no specific topic for me to research, I am left with nothing. All you do is scream the sky is falling, and when I ask you for a little detail you tell me to "do my on freakin research". Your argument has run its course and is bankrupt, because its foundation is nothing more then a talking head that leads you around like a puppet

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  • Danny BuntinFebruary 28, 2014 - 9:44 am

    @MR Smith: Maybe if you could go into a little detail of what you mean, and couple that with a few facts. Other then that, all I read from you is blah blah blah, of which some of that blah blah blah might be unlawful, at least that is what some say. What is the blah blah??? Their are plenty of things to disagree with on this admins policy, but until you get out of the bubble and deliver some details - its nothing but white noise for the sake of noise.

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  • rlw895February 28, 2014 - 9:56 am

    Mr.S: You have an anti-Obama answer no matter what happens, riots or no riots. Did it ever occur to you that is a sign of irrationality?

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  • Mr. SmithFebruary 28, 2014 - 10:29 am

    No, RLW. It is a sign of being analytical.

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  • rlw895February 28, 2014 - 11:57 am

    Mr.S: An analytical person keeps an open mind and allows for alternative explanations. For example, "no riots" might mean something other than "Obama and crew are administering mass anesthesia..." You really are beyond hope, you know, short of a "significant emotional event." Seek new vistas.

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  • Mr. SmithFebruary 28, 2014 - 12:22 pm

    RLW: My "anesthesia" theory is as good a possibility as any if there are no riots, but I am not unwilling to entertain other possibilities. Perhaps the stark realities we think we see of the trainwreck known as Obamacare are just illusions. Maybe Reid was correct when he pronounced the almost daily Obamacare horror stories false (I think he said "lies," but whatever). Sebelius, Reid, Pelosi and Obama are the ones beyond hope if they truly believe the baloney they are spouting. I think it more likely that they are "whistling past the graveyard."

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  • Danny BuntinFebruary 28, 2014 - 12:54 pm

    They are lies. Those plans were cancelled by the insurance companies, because they(ins) altered the plan, which voided the grandfathering-in of the plan, or just outright cancelled it for their own reasons.. The latest lie by Foxnews about the woman who pays the same as before, but with more coverage. Couple that with the fact that she will not be cancelled with that plan. The coverage by Fox did not mention any of that, they just repeat my coverage was cancelled and then blame this administration. All of these horror stories have been debunked. But you would not know that, because you are not interested in the truth. Where was your outrage when insurance companies did this on a daily basis?????

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  • rlw895February 28, 2014 - 12:12 pm

    I'm having a hard time making sense of Bud's column. I can understand Sibelius being an easy target. But Obama is simply following some good political advice: "When you're swimming with sharks, don't bleed." Sibelius made some errors, but rather than fire her and have to go through the months of controversy as to why and then the whole confirmation process for a successor, who's to say Obama wasn't wiser to keep her and task her with correcting the mistakes? As for Bud's fear of "the possibility, no, probability, that Obama and his crew are just starting their attempt to enlarge the role of government in our lives," it's unfounded. Obama doesn't have much time left now to remake America, especially with all of our checks and balances, even if he wanted to, and there is no indication he does. Is the fear-mongering going to continue right up to the day Obama leaves office? At what point in Obama's eight years will people come to realize the fear being pushed on them is to make them stop thinking and to work (and vote) against their own interests?

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