Herman Cain's Commentary Archive 2009-2012

August 22, 2010

Dems scramble for a new message since the nation still hates ObamaCare

August 22, 2010
By Herman Cain

Three cheers for! The liberals tried to keep it secret, but thanks to Politico, they are busted! The Health Care Deform legislation has bombed with even their liberal constituency. And now they are trying to spin - as in distract, deceive and lie – their way to public acceptance of bad legislation.

As expected, the mainstream media is providing plenty of distractions so people will not focus on this critical story, and cause Democrats to get “beat up” again during the August recess as they did in 2009. If they have the nerve to even face their constituency, they may as well get ready for another whupping.

Distractions such as the president’s vacations, the proposed mosque in New York City, slow processing of damage claims from the BP oil disaster, a special session of Congress to spend more money we do not have, a research project paid for by taxpayers to determine the effects of cocaine on monkeys, speculation that Hillary Clinton might be Obama’s running mate in 2012, the president’s low approval ratings and many more stories might be interesting. But not critical.

National security, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, our stalled economy, tax increases on January 1, 2011, Social Security and Medicare, an exploding national debt and the impact of the health care legislation are critical stories we ought to hear about in the news every day. But we don’t.

We should hear stories everyday telling us that:
  • There is no such thing as a “jobless economic recovery” as the administration is claiming. Just ask the nearly 15 million people who cannot find jobs! The administration’s economic policies are not working.
  • Raising taxes on any group in any way is going to make our economic situation worse! Just look at history.
  • The Social Security system, Medicare and Medicaid are economic disasters and getting worse. The new health care legislation is another disaster.
  • The national debt is unsustainable according to the Congressional Budget Office and a lot of other smart people in this country, but none of them appear to be in the Obama Administration or congressional leadership.
The article reports (emphasis mine):
“The confidential presentation (prepared by Senate Democrats, senior staff and an official with the White House) provided to POLITICO by a source on the call, suggests that Democrats are acknowledging the failure of their predictions that the health care legislation would grow more popular after its passage, as its benefits became clear and rhetoric cooled. Instead, the presentation is designed to win over a skeptical public and to defend the legislation — in particular, the individual mandate — from a push for repeal.”

The health care legislation has not grown more popular because a growing number of people are not as stupid as the president and the Democrats think we are. In fact, it was clear that a majority of voters did not agree with the legislation before it was passed, but the president and the Democrats forced passage anyway. And now, they are trying to put lipstick on that pig!

Repealing the health care legislation is more than just a push. A majority of voters polled firmly believe the health care legislation should be repealed. Representative Michelle Bachman (R-Minnesota) has already introduced repeal legislation, even though it will go nowhere with this Congress and this president.

Thus, we have one more big reason to remember in November.
The last page of the secret presentation encourages Democrats to barrage voters with a long list of benefits, use complex language or insider jargon, and say the law will reduce costs and deficit.

In other words, distract, deceive and lie.