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Barack Obama’s Arrogance vs. Honest Debate

Posted by Larry Doyle on August 8, 2009 11:24 AM |

There is no doubt that of all the items on Barack Obama’s agenda, his desire to revolutionize our system of health care is of highest priority. His problem right now is the fact that he is losing the debate across all public opinion polls. He knows it and his Democratic colleagues know it.

Obama and his Democratic constituents are faced with the political predicament of whether they want to risk their political futures by ramming health care legislation against the will of the American people.

Prior to making that decision, Obama and the Democratic leadership are trying to reframe the debate in an attempt to sway public opinion. They are entitled to elevate the debate in any manner which they choose. Debate is the essence of democracy.

The public is also entitled to their voice. The public is sending strong and vocal messages to Washington on this topic.

Against this backdrop, I was more than a little surprised to view a vdeo clip of President Obama at a recent rally in Mclean, VA.

Not that Barack Obama needs my advice, but his tact in this forum will not resonate with those currently unsupportive of his health care proposition. In short, I know arrogance when I see it. Our President displays tremendous arrogance in his demeanor and delivery at this rally. In fact, he is not very Presidential. Please review President Obama stating, “Don’t Want The Folks Who Created the Mess to Do a Lot of Talking.”

Leaders welcome debate. They don’t shy away from it. In fact, if we were to silence those who created messes in our political and economic system, Washington would be a very quiet town.

Thoughts, comments welcome and appreciated.


  • Sunnybearandpud

    How will the government clean up Health Care, when the government will not take part of the responsibility of being one of thee main factors of making and allowing this mess? This is similar to Murdoff whom was the only one (which I find difficult to believe) that created the last wave of financial crisis. The Government knew from the beginning and the government is still using the very same programs that said to have caused the mess, but….now has added additional dicey programs. The Government will not punish itself for taking part of the scheme and they know the citizens after awhile will look the other way. The bottom line, the Health Plan agenda is yet another part to help complete government s agenda of control/socialism. The sad part, everyone in the U.S. will live through this type of mess again, only on a grander scale that will be more harmful then the last. No one is going to make the Health Care Industry “ including “ the physicians, hospitals, pharmacies do what is correct. When you have a hospital that makes 400% profit from an item, you have problems; I know I worked for the physicians /hospital. Eventually all of these actions will self implode.

  • fiscalliberal

    First of all, I find Obama to be cocky, arrogant and shallow. He realy needs to get out of campaign mode and start doing some work. When he is on notes, he gets that smirk kind of like George Bush did.

    That said, the right wing is going around saying things like the following quoted in Open Left:

    “It’s not 1994 Anymore (or 1984 for that matter)
    by: Daniel De Groot
    Thu Aug 06, 2009 at 01:00

    Noted conservative intellectual Arthur Laffer on CNN Tuesday:

    If you like the post office and the department of motor vehicles and you think they’re run well, just wait until you see medicare, medicaid and health care done by the government.

    He’s not a moron, just deceitful.” Medicare, medicaid are now run by the government. In fact 40% of the health bill is paid by the government when you add veterans and government enployee’s

    This type of thing gets picked up by the media and effectively throws sand into the publics eye’s precluding rational discussion.

    Private Enterprise has had 12 years since they beat Hillary and we should not expect any thing more from them. We need to find a way to cover the gaps.

  • lizzy

    Typical Obama lies. I guess he didn’t read the CBO evaluation of the costs of wonderful plan. I’m stil stuck at how they plan to reduce Medicare spending by 50% as the baby boomers enter retirement age. Euthanasia anyone, as suggested by Zeke Emmanuel.

  • coe

    This video is very disheartening, but somewhat to be expected. President Obama, who has never actually “run” anything in his life worth mentioning, is, of course, now “running” our country…he seems to be at his best when he is attacking others to blame for prior mistakes (though we all know the causal realities are much more complex) and espousing his ever present liberal/socialist agenda. I really don’t believe Americans, as a whole, want many elements of this platform to be implemented. Parts, sure, but not the whole script. As for health care, the reality is that when costs spiral out of control, and insurance companies essentially make medical judgements, and many fall outside of the umbrella of protection – it’s safe to say the current system is flawed…to presume the government can fix it is yet another sign of pure arrogance and misplaced confidence in the beaurocracy of federal programs…I continue to be dumbstruck by the span of Obama’s social reengineering of the American way…my impression is that there is minimal confidence out there in real life – particularly as it might relate to the attendant “costs” of all these initiatives, and Americans are slowly but surely getting mad as hell and don’t want to take it anymore…

    I really happen to believe that honest debate is predicated on mutual respect…and this respect should always allow for differing points of view…the world and our society has become so morally jaded that there is little to no “respect” for the positions of others (or at least whose opinions differ from our own), none for authority, none for core values, little to none for the value of human life. Yet hope is there, because for every arrogant Obama-like leader, there are thousands of decent people with the right stuff…stop the madness, LD, stop the madness!

  • Larry Doyle

    We’re trying, Coe, we’re trying. You hit the nail on the head in terms of the general lack of respect within our society.

  • Kathy

    Larry, the Republican party is sending paid thugs to open democratic (small d) forums to shut down public discourse. They seem to be afraid of letting the people make their own decisions.

    I want health care reform. I’m tired of spending 20% of my income on health insurance that does not really insure me or my family.

    I think the real arrogance is with the disloyal opposition, which which rather resort to strong-arm tactics on an issue of huge national import simply to reinforce its political position.

    • getfitnow

      And what would you call the behavior of SEIU and ACORN members that have been called upon by BO to show up and “push back hard”? The video clips I’ve seen are of concerned Americans from across party lines that want their questions answered. And then you have these congressional reps not prepared to do that and, in some cases, take it as an insult to be asked.

      I’m all for some changes, but throwing the baby out with the bath water is asking for trouble. They couldn’t even project a budget for a few weeks for “clunkers”. Nothing tells me that government can manage this overhaul.

  • TeakWoodKite

    LD, I have been attempting to incorporate the wonderful articles you compose on the Feds crowding out the market and “competing” for funds. It appears to me that irregardless of what the “public” “revenue neutral” option turns out to be, will it not create problems in a similar fashion?

    What can we expect when the monetary impact of more borrowing and at the same time undercutting the businesses competing for those dollars “comes home to roost”.?

    Will the Chinese be happy about financing our HC system as well?

  • Larry Doyle

    TWK….at some point the bill comes due and it is growing both in terms of principal and future interest.

    The Chinese know that the Fed and Tsy want to monetize our debt and create inflation. For that reason, they have told Tsy to issue more TIPS (Treasury Inflation Protected Securities).

    • TeakWoodKite

      more TIPS ;
      Would that not increase the pressures on price of them? and in some way dilute the people who have invested in this “vehicle”?

      How does this inflation fit in with the 1.5 to 2 trillion in health care dollars looking for a home?

  • Larry Doyle

    Yes….it would likely negatively impact the prices of outstanding TIPS. Although, there are times when supply can actually create demand, meaning, if the environment is conducive people will want to buy the product.

    The health care costs will only increase the deficit which will drive up interest rates.

  • JP

    LD, question re: TIPS…I understand that interest payments are linked to the CPI, but there is nothing that protects the principal from inflation, correct? Are they as effective combating inflation as they seem on the surface?

  • Larry Doyle

    JP….TIPS are a bond and thus subject to fluctuations in interest rates. If interest rates spike for whatever reason, including inflation, then TIPS like any other bond will decline in value.

    That said, as far as bond investments go, TIPS are as good as it gets to get some protection from inflation.

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