Barack Obama, The Great Prevaricator

I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I’ve heard more blatant lies than I heard in tonight’s speech by President Barack Hussein Obama as he addressed a Joint Session of Congress.

As you know I examined the current health care bill with great scrutiny. I’ve read the entire bill. Twice. I wrote extensive posts about H.R. 3200 over the course of 12 days and 17 posts.

As I watched President Obama on the television and listened to lie after lie pour out of his mouth, I couldn’t help but wonder what is becoming of our great country. There stood the President of the United States addressing the entire legislative branch of our government and all I could feel was disgust. I have disagreed with many presidents over many different topics spanning the years, but not once did I feel the sheer, utter, disgust I felt as I watched him tonight.

I suppose I am skewed by a little thing called the truth. The truth has a crazy way of pointing a spotlight on lies. Falsehoods are easy to catch when a net of truth is surrounding them. This evening’s speech was filled with lies, falsehoods, and an overall contempt of the American people.

That’s why I am going to be analyzing the President’s speech. Line by line, word by word, I am going to point out each and every lie the President told. I am going to present the truth so you too can see the falsehoods. By the time I am done you will realize the level of contempt that President Obama and his staff have for the average Americans who are actually paying attention to what they’re doing in Washington, D.C.

For reference you are going to need to make sure you’ve read America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 (if you followed my earlier posts this won’t be an issue for you) and the President’s Speech to the Joint Session of Congress on Health Care.

His speech contained a little more than 5,700 words, so you should be able to read it in short order. Tonight I will cover the introduction of his speech (basically the first seven paragraphs) and tomorrow night I will continue to expose every lie contained in the remainder of the President’s speech.

The President opened his speech by talking about the economic crisis and how things were when he took over. He then goes on to say that recovery is still many months away but adds,

I can stand here with confidence and say that we have pulled this economy back from the brink.

The brink of what? The possibility of success?

Seriously people. Look at the numbers. When he took office he says he faced “a trillion-dollar deficit” (his words, not mine). By the end of 2008 the federal debt stood at $9.98 trillion, which was an increase of $1.035 trillion from 2007. So yes, he was facing a trillion-dollar deficit (for the previous year) when he took office. What he failed to tell you is that the increase from 2007-2008 was the single largest increase in federal debt, over the course of one year, in the history of the United States. Well, until this year.

The estimated federal debt for this year (2009) alone, will be $2.8817 trillion. President Obama states he faced that trillion-dollar deficit because “too many initiatives over the last decade were not paid for — from the Iraq war to tax breaks for the wealthy. I will not make that same mistake with health care.”

He can’t afford too, he’s already adding almost $3 trillion to the national debt THIS YEAR ALONE, and that doesn’t include health care or anything else he comes up with over the remainder of his presidency. The increase during this year alone amounts to more than 28% of the debt that existed before he “walked in the door of the White House”. I suppose it’s easier for him to keep looking in the rear-view mirror blaming other people than to face the reality of what lies ahead because of his own actions.

Early in the speech, President Obama says,

I am not the first President to take up this cause, but I am determined to be the last. It has now been nearly a century since Theodore Roosevelt first called for health care reform.

Did President Teddy Roosevelt call for health care reform?

The Progressive Party of 1912 was formed when the Republican Party split after Roosevelt lost the nomination to William Howard Taft. From Wikipedia:

The party was funded by publisher Frank A. Munsey and its executive secretary George W. Perkins, a leading financier. The platform called for women’s suffrage, recall of judicial decisions, easier amendment of the U.S. Constitution, social welfare legislation for women and children, workers’ compensation, limited injunctions in strikes, farm relief, revision of banking to assure an elastic currency, required health insurance in industry, new inheritance taxes and income taxes, improvement of inland waterways, and limitation of naval armaments.

Pacifist Jane Addams, a leading supporter, was stunned to discover she had to endorse a platform that called for the building of two new battleships a year. Perkins, a board member of U.S. Steel, was blamed for blocking an anti-trust plank, thus shocking reformers like Gifford Pinchot who saw Roosevelt as a true trust-buster.

The result was a deep split in the new party that was never resolved. Roosevelt’s philosophy for the Progressive Party was based around New Nationalism, which was the belief in a strong government to regulate industry and protect the middle and working classes. New Nationalism was paternalistic in direct contrast to Woodrow Wilson’s individualistic philosophy of “New Freedom”.

The Progressive Party platform called for “required health insurance in industry”. That’s it. Roosevelt was not out there stumping the campaign trail, delivering speech after speech, or even addressing a Joint Session of Congress on the topic of health care reform. Truth be told, Theodore Roosevelt wasn’t even President (he served from 1901-1909) when the Bull Moose Party (aka the Progressive Party of 1912) set their platform agenda, and coincidentally voters elected Woodrow Wilson and hence tossed the idea of “required health insurance in industry” out the window.

When President Obama invokes the name of Teddy Roosevelt in the debate about health care, it’s nothing but a smoke screen to distract you from the truth. Since 1912, the American people have rejected government controlled health care. That’s just the cold, hard, truth.

The truth seems to be something very hard to come by with President Obama and his administration. When Barack Obama first emerged on the national stage I wanted to like him. I really did. He’s young, he’s energetic, he’s highly spirited , why wouldn’t I like him? I liked Bill Clinton for the same reasons. I disagreed with Clinton on most issues, but I liked him. Then I noticed something about Barack Obama.

Every time I heard him speak, I heard discrepancies. Every transcript I read contained misleading innuendos and lies. Throughout the campaign the lies just seemed to grow and grow, yet he was never held to any accountability, by the media or anyone else, of any kind.

It’s amazing that a man who has been proven to tell so many falsehoods, has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to prevent the disclosure of his birth records, and has accused anyone who reveals falsehoods in his statements of spreading “misinformation”, has not been held accountable for his own actions.

When will it be enough? At what point will the mainstream media pull their heads out of his rear and start asking questions? Exactly how far are we going to let him go in destroying the fabric of our country? Think about it and ask yourself, “When will you tell President Obama to cut the crap and start demanding answers?”

See you tomorrow night.

It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.
Thomas Jefferson

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