Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Obamamercial does not a townhall make: Manufactured Bliss

Today's New Hampshire infomercial for health care reform hosted by none other than his high holiness himself was touted as a town hall meeting by the AP and other mainstream media outlets. If you think a town hall meetings are more often a love fest of clapping, hand holding, give me an Amen type of event, then quite frankly you have never been to a real town hall meeting. More often than not they consist of several points of view all having a say in consideration for deliberation.

The hypocrisy of dismissing the real town hall meetings, while producing a made for television health care rally and calling it a town hall meeting is just a humorous side note. The scary thing is how he was able to rifle through a litany of in your face lies, and get nothing but enthusiastic applause. I know for some people, it's the reality they want to believe in, but it just is not the reality we know and see every day at bars, at the water cooler, and even sometimes on the nightly news.

From the AP article:
"Obama sought to dispel talk that his ultimate goal is a single-payer federal health care system, like that in countries such as Canada."
Sorry!. That is a straight up lie! If you don't believe what you read in print, then you can see it and believe it here, along with the follow up from Obama's insiders.

I first saw this video here http://www.michaelgraham.com/

This event was so overproduced, and so overly sanitized that even the President seemed to be embarrassed.
"The encounter was so friendly, in fact, that by the end Obama was even asking for skeptical questioners to come forward — to no avail."
"Toward the end of the session, Obama went so far as to ask people to give him skeptical questions. The best he got were queries about why he doesn't chastise Congress more and where the nation would find the additional doctors and nurses it needs."
Manufactured Mandate? Manufactured Consensus? Manufactured Support? You won't see those words in the mainstream media.
"He singled out the charge that the Democratic health care legislation would create "death panels" to deny care to frail seniors. Former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has said the Democrats' legislation includes "death panels" that could deny care."
Focusing on this sound bite is a red herring. It is intended for you not to think through the implications of the proposed health care reform. Mainly because, if you thought through for a moment the idea of everyone getting every test they wanted, or every procedure they thought they needed on demand and immediately, you would see the logistic impossibilities. It hearkens back to Nancy Pelosi's promise of Cap on cost, No cap on benefits. Ultimately you have to reign in costs, and every other society that has attempted this social experiment has ultimately imposed some form of rationing. If you don't want to call them death panels, well fine, Obama doesn't like that term either. However, it amounts to the same thing.
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