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“Astroturf” on the Left?

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Organizing for Big Government

Standing Together via the WhiteHouse.gov Website

(UPDATED 8/15/09 – More “grassroots” supporters of government-run health care are showing up with professionally printed Obama-campaign style placards.  Follow the gallery link below to view these images, as well as some screenshots of Craigslist ads paying as much as $16 an hour for people interested in “Working for Change”.  That’s right, paying people to go SELL government-run health care.  Unbelievable.)

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Written by ericcvorst

August 15, 2009 at 10:30 am

Opposition to Single-Payer System Grows

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On Monday, 8/10/09, Rasmussen reported that 57% of Americans oppose the single-payer health care system being proposed by Obama, while only 32% are in favor of such a system.  Further 52% believe this will result in a lower quality of care, while only 13% believe quality of care would improve.

Why do our politicians continue working towards forcing this bill through the legislative process?  Why are Democrats and major media outlets portraying open civilian protest against this bill as being contrived and “fake”?  It is clear that the more people have time to read the bill (available in HTML and PDF download, with summaries of key issues), the more opposition grows.  There is little doubt that it is for this reason alone that attempts were made to pass the current bill in only 2-3 weeks’ time.  As more citizens begin to learn the truth about what is in this bill, one can only hope that opposition continues to strengthen in volume and intensity.

While our politicians don’t have time to read the bill, we obviously do … and we should.

Written by ericcvorst

August 11, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Obama Decries “Boogeymen”

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In an attempt to save his stalling efforts to nationalize health care, President Obama has stepped up his rhetoric in the hopes of calming fears.  He’s seen the polls continue to crater, whether they are reflecting his personal popularity or public sentiment over his proposed health care plan.  It seems the only polls rising are those reflecting people who are happy with their current health care.  This should not come as a surprise, as the more people learn about the hidden gems in this 1,000+ page leviathan, the more they realize how far-reaching and permanent its effects will be on their personal freedoms and liberties.

Once again, he’s anchored one of his main arguments in a false dilemma: “What is truly scary is if we do nothing.”  Clearly, the vast majority of Americans agree that there are problems with our current health care system.  However, an increasing majority of Americans also agree that Obama’s solution would result in an outcome that is worse than what we currently have.  Further, they understand that there is a difference between fixing something and completely replacing it with something new.  They know that if you want to only want to remodel your living room, you don’t burn your house down and rebuild it from scratch.

In spite of the fact that Obama’s main impetus has been to scare Americans into action (see also: The Stimulus, Cap and Tax), he turns and levels charges of fearmongering against his opponents.  In one breath he will assert that it is “truly scary” if we do nothing, and in the next breath he will claim his opponents are attempting to “scare and mislead the American people.”  Does he not see that this empty argument could be reversed and still be as substantial?

“It is truly scary if we act too quickly and make too many vast changes to our health care system.  If you disagree, you’re simply trying to scare and mislead the American people.”

Further, he seeks to mischaracterize opposition to his proposals by calling them “wild misrepresentations that don’t bear any resemblance to anything that’s actually being proposed.” (emphasis added)  Let’s take a quick look at a couple of those “wild misrepresentations”:

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Written by ericcvorst

August 11, 2009 at 1:44 pm