Websters vs Obama: It’s a tax … no it isn’t

My guess is Fox couldn’t have pressed him any harder on this … but then we will never know will we. Stay with it … its fun to watch Democrats fight.

George Stephanopoulos pressed the President on an insurance mandate for all Americans … and penalties for those who don’t buy into the program. Set aside the argument that the government cannot mandate that people have health insurance anymore than they can mandate that we all eat healthy. George wonders how this is not a tax increase on the middle class … why he even went to the dictionary.

The One’s response … I don’t care what the dictionary says … it’s not a tax increase. Nuance!


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  1. SoundOffSister on September 20, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    This video is even more humorous than you think.  In order for Congress to mandate that all have insurance, Congress needs to point to some section of the Constitution that permits said mandate.  This can't be supported by the power to declare war, or the power to regulate interstate commerce, or any of the other powers in Article 8 except one… the power to tax.  The drafters of Obamacare know this, which is why the "you must have insurance, or you will have to pay a fee" section of all proposed bills is done as an amendment to the tax code

    Didn't President Obama teach constitutional law?

  2. Bill on September 20, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Who ya gonna believe to define taxation, Webster or Obama?? The body langauge shows that the snake oil pitch fully pegged Stephanopoulos’ BS meter.? It reminds me of Clinton redefining the word ‘is’.

  3. Odonna on September 21, 2009 at 7:11 am

    Such an amusing exchange.  I give George the win on this one. 

    Even more amusing when the president says, "You can't just make up that language and decide it's called a tax increase." 

    This is exactly what the Left does with language all the time!  The definition of "marriage" includes same-sex couples if they want it to; political payoff is called "economic stimulus", one government insurance option is "competition" and "choice"  (as opposed to 1300 insurance companies if they just freed up  interstate commerce); terrorists are…you get the picture.   Orwellian times.

  4. Dimsdale on September 21, 2009 at 11:04 am

    One of the keys to being an effective smarmy politician is not looking or sounding like a smarmy politician.
    Our young president has failed to do so.? If he says the sun is out, I double check by looking out the window…
    Constitutional Law taught by an affirmative action adjunct or whatever is not the same as that same law taught by a legitimate professor.?? And that is my considered opinion until I see his Columbia grades…

  5. fhc on September 21, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    You know, its as if it was explained to Obama that he had to dance around the tax issue but he doesn’t quite get why.? It appears more every day that he? is not that bright. But I’m guessing the real problem is that Obama does not have an integrated personality.? Examine his upbringing and it makes sense.? He has picked up bits and pieces from disparate sources but cannot integrate them.? We are now unfortunate witnesses to the result of pouring disparate ingredients into an empty vessel:? a muddled mess.? Therefore, the lack of coherence when off script.? There is no “there” there.? Compare and contrast the views of Rev. Wright, Bill Ayars and Penny Pritzker.? You couldn’t find three people with less in common if you tried.? Yet each has disturbingly influential ties to Obama.? This all makes him far worse and more dangerous than a mere empty suit.? He’s an egomaniac willing to use and be used by anyone who will advance Obamafication.????? 2010 can’t come quickly enough.

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