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Politicians today fail the past ones

Published 9:40am Wednesday, November 27, 2013

“Four score and seven years ago.” — Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address, the greatest speech ever given by an American president.

“We have nothing to fear, but fear itself.” — Franklin D Roosevelt, 1933 first inaugural address.

“The buck stops here.” — Harry Truman, 1952, an example of a president accepting responsibility.

“Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” — John Kennedy, 1961 inaugural address, one of the greatest statements ever made. In those days a Democrat was really a Democrat, not a bleeding heart liberal.

“We have to pass it to see what’s in it.” — Nancy Pelosi, one of the stupidest and most arrogant statements ever made by a speaker of the House.

“What does it really matter?” — Hillary Clinton, response to questions on what she knew about the attack on Benghazi. Another stupid comment.

“If you like your insurance policy, you can keep it. If you like your doctor you can keep him.” — Barack Obama, two of the greatest lies ever told by an American president.

“I didn’t know anything about it.” — Barack Obama, Fast and Furious, Benghazi, IRS scandal, NSA scandal, failing Obamacare roll out.

We have a president who appears to have no knowledge of what going on in his administration.

If any public corporation had rolled out an initial public offering that failed as badly as Obamacare has, the CEO would have been fired along with every officer who worked on the program. If the company survived the stockholders would have replaced the entire board of directors.

This administration, in all its “wisdom,” gave the Obamacare roll out program to a foreign company. When it failed, no one was fired! Instead hundreds of millions more were paid to the same company, to correct its own mess.

There are questions that must be answered.

Why was this program awarded to a foreign company?

Were there no American companies qualified to develop the program?

Didn’t the White House want to provide American jobs?

If a private sector subcontractor had done such shoddy work, they would have been sued to recover costs and damages. I doubt anything will be done to recover our wasted tax money. Obamacare has nothing to do with health care. It is a brazen attempt at government control.

Under Obamacare, you will pay more, wait longer, suffer more, get less and die younger.


Don Sorensen
Albert Lea

  1. Scott Bute

    Relax Don, the only one left defending this regime and its signature issue “Obamacare” is Wayne Thorson. Need I say more?

  2. Nikki Kirsch

    Wayne’s not the only one left, sorry. First of all, to say that your included Obama quotes are “two of the greatest lies ever told by an American president” is pretty ridiculous for obvious reasons. Secondly, there are many questions that need to be answered when it comes to the roll-out of and the ACA itself for many people. For one, where you get your ‘information’ from to form your questions in your letter? Let me help you find accurate information on which to base your opinions and hopefully find answers for your questions. It’s exactly the same information the Representatives receive and it comes directly from those involved and other experts on the topic.
    House Oversight and Gov’t Reform Committee on Web Site Implementation, Panel 1. Nov 13, 2013 (Part 2 with Panel 2 is also found here):
    There are at least 20 other House Committees dealing with many aspects of the ACA and another section of the website dedicated to ALL of the Supreme Court’s activities related to the ACA.
    You can’t tell me I’m wrong and expect me to agree (or even not to laugh) when you’re opinion and reasons for finding it that way are based on inaccurate information at best. Nor can I take seriously any opinion that starts with cherry-picked ‘greatest hits and flops’ quotes that are either so famous or so bad that to include them, especially as some sort of proof that Democrats are not like they once were, is insulting. Furthermore, to then take a quote of “I didn’t know anything about it,” apply it to several major topics and then say that he doesn’t know what its happening in his administration is ridiculous, slanderous and just plain not correct. President Obama did say that he didn’t know just how not ready the website was and went on to say that he should have known, and that the fault falls squarely on him. He repeated that several times in just one statement. Which is sort of like your Harry Truman example, ” “The buck stops here.” — Harry Truman, 1952, an example of a president accepting responsibility.” Oh wait, that was intended to show how different past Democrats are from the Obama administration. I could go on and on and on….do me a favor, c-span!

  3. Scott Bute

    Nikki, I’m convinced that they wanted the website to fail do to the fact that this whole nightmare is about a single payer government controlled healthcare system which Obama was quoted as wanting in the first place way back when the bill was being debated. Nancy Pelosi once stated stupidly, “We have to pass the bill to see what is in it.” Now that the country is starting to see what free healthcare is going to cost them and millions are having their policies cancelled, they are rightly rejecting Obamacare in large majorities.

  4. Nikki Kirsch

    I don’t think anyone expected free healthcare, that’s why it’s called the AFFORDABLE Care Act, not the FREE Healthcare Act.
    Could I ask you Scott if your aversion to this plan is because you think the single payer model is flawed and our previous/current system is the best way to provide all people who want and need accessible healthcare? Or is it because it was President Obama who made it happen and its Democratic ideology behind it, (even though Mitt did it first)? Or that you fear the government being in control of your bodily functions?

  5. Scott Bute

    Nikki, Romneycare in Massachusetts is a mess. He lost to Obama because of Romneycare. The country does not want government socialized medicine PERIOD! Even liberal bastions like the NY Times and CNN are creaming the Obama administration over this disaster. Every poll shows that as the American people are learning what’s in this law, they are overwhelmingly opposed to it. It aint just us conservatives anymore! Liberal folks like to keep their plans, doctors and yes their money just like anyone else. The biggest reason I oppose Obamacare is that it attacks religious freedom, marriage, and is the largest expansion of abortion in history. When your government laws are opposed to God’s moral law, you are in big trouble. Yes the healthcare industry needs reforms, but Obamacare isn’t the answer.

  6. Nikki Kirsch

    Randy, We absolutely AGREE that the government has absolutely no right to be involved in making our healthcare decisions. But, I don’t think the insurance companies do either. Also, the insurance companies are who you need to talk to about your doctor potentially no longer being in your network, not the ACA. The reason I posed that last question is because it’s not the Democratic party that wants to take away healthcare rights, it’s aim is to expand them by regulating insurance companies. It is the conservatives that advocate government control of church-approved health decisions. Which is wrong. End of story, PERIOD.
    Where did you receive your first hand knowledge of socialized healthcare? Other than the entitlement benefits of being covered by Medicare, Medicaid or Veteran’s Benefits, there is no option like it in America, so I wonder where you may have come into contact with it. If you have such knowledge than you should be enlightening us with your expert advice gained while in such a system, because we “experts in nothing” need to know why it is we shouldn’t be for it.
    “I cannot fathom calling it a benefit when 60 year old pay for maternity coverage and birth control while the young get fleeced by the government paying for services they will never use”. I don’t know how you can say that paying premiums into a single payer type system is any different the pre-ACA fee-for-service system. I believe the statistic is more than HALF of our pre-ACA premium pays for the very sick and uninsured. The only way to make sure you don’t pay a cent of someone else’s care is to hire your own personal staff of medical professionals and pay all treatment costs out of pocket. The medical fees and insurance premiums have those costs built in. Furthermore, the young aren’t being “fleeced by their government” because they’re not paying their premiums to the government, they’re paying the insurance companies. And these are services they’ll never use because everyone, except the dead, will get old and it doesn’t matter what age you are, you can always get sick or injured. Young people need insurance because- barring any illness which is definitely not impossible- one accident could cost you your entire future,literally. Forget bankruptcy or life-long insurmountable debt, that would be getting off cheap, without insurance you WILL be denied coverage and therefore you WILL be denied services and treatment. But, that is what the ACA ensures we will no longer have to face. For the vast majority of Americans the ACA does make insurance affordable, and for millions it means they don’t have to choose between life saving treatment and homelessness. Those that are losing their plans are losing them because they are not adequate. Furthermore, plans have been changed and cancelled without warning forever, it’s nothing new, many of those plans would have been cancelled anyway and the insurance companies are using the ACA as an excuse. How does this take away freedom or control, reward the financially connected, or develop a voting base of people dependent on handouts? The ACA isn’t a handout. And if it was, don’t you think ALL people, no matter their status, deserve healthcare that THEY pay for? Right now YOU are paying for those who cannot, and the bill is multiplied exponentially because of ER visits replacing preventative and ongoing care. You’re right that many people have forgotten that they are the government, but I haven’t.

    Scott, how does healthcare attack marriage? Is abortion now a covered service? If birth control will not be covered, then the little blue pill better not be, either. Does having the option of available birth control put your soul in jeopardy?

  7. Scott Bute

    It attacks marriage by penalizing people who marry by combining their incomes thereby making it impossible for them to receive the Obamacare subsidy that people making less would get. So, you live together, your incomes are separate and you qualify for the subsidy. You do the right thing and get married, you won’t qualify. Some are even considering divorce so they won’t be penalized.
    Secondly, it massively expands abortion by enlarging the pool of potential customers. The Lozier Institute estimates that up to 111,500 more abortions per year will take place through Federal premium tax credits and Medicaid expansion for plans that cover abortions. These laws mean that 5.7 million girls and women could gain abortion coverage under Obamacare. Planned Parenthood, which performed 334,000 abortions in 2011 was one of the biggest cheerleaders for Obamacare. Little wonder, they stand to increase their 1.2 billion dollars in revenue exponentially with the massive amounts of new “customers” coming into the system.
    Whether or not you believe contraception to be immoral does not change the fact that Obamacare expands it to millions of new “customers”. Many Christian based businesses’ will now be forced to provide coverage to their employees for contraception, sterilization and the morning after pill thereby violating their deeply held religious beliefs. And that is a direct attack on their religious liberty.