From Hope and Change to Fear and Deception
They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but our new President is anything but old, and he has a lot of new tricks in his bag. And he seems to be running circles around the old guard in Washington, D.C. While President Obama campaigns for his euphemistically titled “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009,” other items on his wish list are shaping up behind the scenes, away from the scrutiny of most Americans. Unless you take the time to read the entire 800 pages of proposed legislation, and unless you have the time to become an investigative reporter, the possible consequences of this latest government “stimulus” bill are unknown. And in the Obama Administration, that seems to be by design.
We all know that Hillary Clinton was unable to garner support for her universal health care plan. Tom Daschle learned that lesson well. He now has a book, “Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis, in which he states that the only way to implement universal health care is to bury it in some other piece of legislation and get it through Congress before anyone knows what hit them. So what is in the “Stimulus” plan? Hidden deep within this legislation are plans for one of many new government agencies. From an article on http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601039&refer=columnist_mccaughey&sid=aLzfDxfbwhzs, “One new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective. The goal is to reduce costs and “guide” your doctor’s decisions (442, 446).” Basically, Daschle is advocating the rationing of health care, based on cost effectiveness. He even states in his book that seniors must become more accepting of age-related illnesses and not expect to have them treated. After all, they are going to die soon, anyway.
Another behind-the-scenes power grab buried within the “stimulus” is the yet-to-be-named Census Bureau Director who will report to the White House rather than to the Commerce Secretary. Does this sound like a good idea to you? Even some in Chicago, home of Blago, are wondering what is going on. In the Chicago Daily Observer, reporter Carol Felsenthal asks whether Rahm Emanuel should be running the census. That’s an excellent question.
Then we have the naming of Senator Judd Gregg as Commerce Secretary, taking away a swing Republican vote from the Senate. President Obama is always thinking about how to move his agenda forward. What better way to get a filibuster-proof Senate, and to appear to be bi-partisan in the process, than to remove Judd Gregg from the equation. It is unlikely that Gregg will be replaced with another Republican in 2010.
It seems that when it comes to playing politics, Obama is a master. His hope and change have, in reality, become fear and deception. Many of you have been sounding the alarm, and it seems we have only scratched the surface of what this new President is willing to do to implement his vision of government. We must stay alert and stay on the offensive against this onslaught. Let’s hope that by the end of four years that we will still recognize our country. When President Obama campaigned on “change,” it is clear that most voters had no idea what he meant.