Jewish World Review
Sept. 22, 2009/ 4 Tishrei 5770
Speaking of lying
With all the accusations about lying of late, I thought
it a good idea to see what some great minds had to say on the subject.
These quotes shed some interesting light:
"A lie gets halfway around the world before the
truth has a chance to put its pants on." Winston Churchill
"An exaggeration is a truth that has lost its
temper." Kahlil Gibran
"What I tell you three times is true." Lewis
For several weeks, President Obama has been relating
whoppers to push his health-care agenda along does anyone believe the
government will make costs go down? but the truth is finally getting its
Sure, opponents of Obama's vision have exaggerated some
of its various shortcomings, but folks worry there's truth in the
exaggerations. There may not be death panels, but government-run systems ration
Nonetheless, Obama keeps relating his whoppers, hoping
they'll become true.
Which brings us to the origin of such whoppers:
"Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each
man wishes, that he also believes to be true." Demosthenes
"No one lies so boldly as the man who is
indignant." Friedrich Nietzsche
"It is hard to believe that a man is telling the
truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place." H.L.
Obama said on video a few years back that a government
insurance option was the best way to attain a single-payer government system, a
system he prefers.
Many folks worry that that is what he is up to now
that he hopes to grease the skids to enable an eventual government takeover.
They worry because his speeches drip with indignation.
They worry that he believes massive government intrusion is the only way to
insure the uninsured -- that he believes he is on a moral crusade.
They know that if they were in his shoes trying to
sell something most Americans don't want they'd probably be slinging the
And folks are becoming wary of Obama's justifications, as
these quotes help illustrate:
"There are lies, damned lies and statistics."
"People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a
war or before an election." Otto von Bismarck
"Beware of the half truth. You could end up holding
the wrong half." author unknown
After years of broken promises, is there anyone who
believes the government will pay for a new program with cost savings from an
We know Obama's yarn-spinning has been in high gear. If
his monstrosity of a government "solution" were to go through, we
know many of us would end up holding the wrong half.
Our costs would certainly go up. The quality of our care
would certainly go down.
The truth is that the government already accounts for
half of the $2 trillion America spends annually on health care. Excessive government
intrusion is the cause of much of our current mess.
More of the same is not "meaningful reform."
Obama says his opponents offer no ideas, but that is
baloney. There are numerous ideas and innovations that can unshackle the mess
our health-care system has become.
There are simple ways to unleash individual choice and
true competition. Why can't I buy a policy from insurance carriers in other
There are good ideas to rein in out-of-control lawsuits.
Why does a surgeon have to pay several hundred thousand dollars a year for
There are several creative, cost-effective ways to extend
portability, cover folks with pre-existing conditions and cover the uninsured
that don't require excessive government meddling.
We live in the era of Google an era of massive gains
in creativity, efficiency and productivity and most folks know there are
better ways to go than the tired old government "solutions" Obama is
This is why we're fired up, Mr. President. Our car needs
a new muffler and you want to replace the motor with one that doesn't run
nearly as well.
It is not ignorance or racism or even politics that
motivates most of us. To borrow from Harry Truman, we're not trying to give you
We're just screaming our concerns and you think it is
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