Daniel L. Gardner: For voters it may be the economy, but for some politicians it’s politispeak
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What a difference a year makes. September 10, 2009, President Obama reiterated claims the healthcare bill would lower healthcare costs. September 10, 2010, President Obama said, “As a consequence of us getting 30 million additional people health care, at the margins that’s going to increase our costs—we knew that.”

That’s Obama politispeak, Obama saying at any given moment whatever is politically expedient. The fact that during the yearlong debate the President insisted legislation would not raise healthcare costs speaks volumes about his political prowess or the American voter’s naïveté or both.

Recently, several insurance companies have reported having to raise healthcare rates from one to nine percent due in part to new regulations under Obamacare, turning mild-mannered Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius into a Chicago-like thug. Writing to America’s Health Insurance Plans, an industry trade group, Sebelius said, “there will be zero tolerance for this type of misinformation and unjustified rate increases.”

And, just what is she or her boss going to do about said “misinformation and unjustified rate increases?” Is she going to take her ball and go home? Actually, she’s keeping a list of insurers “with a record of unjustified rate increases” and will use that list to bar the ‘bad’ insurers from Obamacare’s “insurance exchanges” in 2014. In essence, Sebelius is saying, ‘Talk bad about us, and we won’t let you play.”

The continuing saga we loosely refer to as the ‘healthcare debate’ is not the only realm where Obama uses his politispeak to befuddle critics and bedazzle voters. He and his acolytes continue to frame the tax debate in terms of a battle between the nefarious super rich and the middle class.

President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, Vice President Biden et al continue to tout only 2-3 percent of the richest taxpayers will have to pay higher taxes after Democrats allow their Bush tax cuts to expire.

While Obama’s politispeak is at least technically correct this time that only 2-3 percent of taxpayers will pay more in taxes, nearly 50 percent of all small businesses will face huge tax increases beginning January 1, 2011! Ouch!

“According to IRS data, fully 48 percent of the net income of sole proprietorships, partnerships, and S corporations reported on tax returns went to households with incomes above $200,000 in 2007,” Kevin Hassett, director of economic policy studies and a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and Alan Viard, a resident scholar, wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed September 3. Oops!

That raises a question: Do Obama, Pelosi, and Biden know raising taxes on the top 2-3 percent of taxpayers also raises taxes on nearly 50 percent of all small businesses? If they know, then they are proposing raising taxes on small businesses in the midst of the greatest recession since the Great Depression. If they don’t know…well, that would explain why the economy has been spiraling out of control since Democrats captured the Congress four years ago.

The more we know, the clearer our choices in November.

Daniel L. Gardner is a syndicated columnist who lives in Starkville, MS. You may contact him at , or interact with him on the Clarion-Ledger feature blog site http://www.clarionledger.com/section/blogs06
comments (2)
« YellowHammerFlicker wrote on Friday, Sep 17 at 01:45 PM »
Why can't we just tell the truth? Personally I'm about tired of the lies.

PolitiFact: "For Most People, Premiums Would Stay About The Same, Or Slightly Decrease." According to PolitiFact.com: "The CBO reported that, for most people, premiums would stay about the same, or slightly decrease. This was especially true for people who get their insurance through work.

PolitiFact: 10-13% Premium Increase Is For Individual, Subsidized Market. But more than half of those people -- 57 percent, in fact -- would be eligible for subsidies to help them pay for the insurance. People who get subsidies would see their premiums drop by more than half, according to the CBO.

FactCheck.org: "Only 2 Percent" Of Those Reporting Business Income Face Higher Taxes Under Demoratic Proposal. The vast majority of individuals who report business income or losses are not making upwards of $200,000 a year. In fact, only 2 percent of all those reporting business income in 2009 will earn enough to fall in the top two brackets
« rjack112 wrote on Thursday, Sep 16 at 12:12 PM »
It's all part of their anti-free market agenda. They won't be happy until the government controls everything.