The battle continues between the Obama administration and those Americans who oppose big government health care. This week the president made an appeal to religious people, saying it is a moral obligation to provide health care to those who do not have it and criticizing those who oppose his plan:
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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: There's been a lot of misinformation in this debate and there are some folks out there who are frankly bearing false witness. These are all fabrications that have been put out there in order to discourage people from meeting what I consider to be a core ethical and moral obligation, and that is that we look out for one another.
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"Talking Points" somewhat agrees with the president. Americans should look out for each other, but there are smart ways to do that and not so smart ways.
President Obama's health care vision is confusing. It also may bankrupt the nation. That does not sound smart to me. The American people do not want to invest trillions of dollars in a big government program that is confusing. That would be insane. If President Obama could articulate exactly how the trillion-dollar investment would help all Americans, I believe he might succeed in his quest to make health care more accessible to all.
Americans are a generous people. We give more money to the poor than any other country on Earth. But if you harm the fundamental economy of the nation, you are hurting far more people than you are helping, and that is what the president does not seem to understand.
It is a fact that since the president has been in office, the United States has spent more money than at any other time in history, and now he wants another trillion-dollar entitlement. The president says in the long-run it will all be cost efficient, but the Congressional Budget Office says that's baloney. So Americans are rightly skeptical.
On Thursday, a Pew study states that just 49 percent of Americans hold a favorable view of the Democratic Party. That is down from 62 percent last winter.
The bottom line: Wild government spending has many Americans very concerned.
Once again, "Talking Points" does not oppose improving the nation's health care system, but it can be done in a smart way with strict federal oversight on insurance companies, more competition and tax breaks for folks and employers who buy health insurance.
The far left doesn't want to hear it because those loons want income redistribution and see government-run health care as a way to do that. But clear-thinking Americans understand this whole deal is screwed up. The country needs a fresh start on health care.
And that's "The Memo."
Pinheads & Patriots
Thirty-seven-year-old model Liskula Cohen was smeared on the Internet. A blogger called her all kinds of terrible names trying to do damage to the woman's reputation. Well Ms. Cohen sued Google to find out the identity of the person who was sliming her, and she won. Ms. Cohen now knows the name of the woman who attacked her, but she has not made the name public, preferring to deal with it behind the scenes, a charitable action. For that, Liskula Cohen is a patriot.
On the pinhead front, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has made a number of commercials for the Japanese market:
Is Arnold a pinhead? You make the call.
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