It seems like only yesterday when we were told that ObamaCare was dead. Remember? It was the conventional wisdom which came down to us right after Scott Brown, the Massachusetts Republican, was elected to fill the U.S. Senate seat that had been long held by Teddy Kennedy. With Brown’s election, the Democrats no longer had a 60-vote filibuster-proof Senate. You remember all that, right?
Well, so much for conventional wisdom.
And remember, a while back, when Bill Clinton told us that the “era of big government is over”?
Too bad he forgot to tell that to Presidents Pelosi, Reid and Obama.
And while we’re traipsing along Memory Lane, perhaps you’ll recall when Barack Obama told the American people that 50-plus-one was not good enough for him – not when it came to big, important legislation … like healthcare reform.
And he meant it. Right up until he didn’t.
He also told us ObamaCare would bring down the cost of healthcare. Tell me when you stop laughing.
And he promised each and every one of us that under ObamaCare, if we were happy with our insurance plan, we could keep it. Really? What happens when the company you work for finds out it’s cheaper to pay the fine than pay for everyone’s insurance? Well, Bunky, what happens is you get booted from the insurance plan you like.
But Obama was close. He said you can keep it. In reality you can’t keep it. Hey, let’s not make a big deal over an apostrophe and the letter “t”.
During the campaign, candidate Obama said the “public will have five days to look at every bill that lands on my desk” before he signs it into law. He signed ObamaCare 36 hours after it was passed. What’s 3 and 1/2 days among friends?
But the biggest lie of all was that Barack Obama was different from all the pols who came before him. This wasn’t Carter or Mondale or Dukakis or Gore or Kerry, we were told. When we looked at Obama we were seeing the future. And with the help of his loyal base, the lamestream media, we were fed a fairy tale about how the Great Barack Obama was post-partisan. They told us that if we elected him we’d be “turning a new page.” They portrayed him as a messiah, a saint, and as Evan Thomas, the resident thinker at Newsweek put it, “a sort of god,” Barack Obama, according to Barack Obama and his pals in the press, was a transformational figure in American politics.
Now we learn that all this is close to the truth, but not quite the truth. In reality, he’s not a new politician. He’s an old politician. And he’s not post-partisan. He’s partisan. The fact is Barack Obama is nothing more than an old style Chicago politician with a nice smile.
Oh yeah, now we’re being told that by November the American people will forget all about how he got healthcare reform passed into law. How he rammed it through both houses of congress. That no one really cares about “process” – which in this case means buying off senators for their votes, giving your union pals a big tax break, and giving God-knows-what to Congressman Stupak for selling out his principles.
In other words, by Election Day we morons will be so thrilled with the benefits of ObamaCare that our anger over the whole sordid mess will be gone and the election won’t be a bloodbath for the Democrats. Normally I don’t repeat myself in the same column, but tell me when you stop laughing.