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Obama Defies Dictionary Definition of Taxation
Common Sense 2020 ^ | 2009-09-21 | LukeAmerica2020

Posted on 09/21/2009 7:24:50 PM PDT by CyberRBTmail

President Obama and ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos had a minor debate Sunday (September 20th) over whether the president’s health care plan includes a tax increase, leading the host to look up the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of taxes. (video below)

In the interview, Stephanopoulos pressed the president on his plan to require people to purchase health insurance.

“Under this mandate, the government is forcing people to spend money, fining you if you don’t. How is that not a tax?” asked the host.

VIDEO: Obama Defies Dictionary Definition of Taxation


TOPICS: Government; Health/Medicine; Politics
KEYWORDS: georgestephanopoulos; obama; obamacare; stephanopoulos

1 posted on 09/21/2009 7:24:51 PM PDT by CyberRBTmail
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To: CyberRBTmail

Obama just cannot stop lying about what and who he is.


2 posted on 09/21/2009 7:26:27 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: CyberRBTmail

Fines are illegal under the US Constitution - Article 1.


3 posted on 09/21/2009 7:28:45 PM PDT by DownInFlames (C)
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To: CyberRBTmail

I’ve seen this clip replayed on Fox umpteen times and something strikes me wrong about it.

I have NEVER in my life heard anyone refer to Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “Merriam’s” The dictionary was written by Daniel Webster and Merriam was just a latter day editor. People around me have always called it “Webster’s”, or Merriam-Webster’s.

Anybody else want to weigh in on this? Have you ever heard anyone call the dictionary “Merriam’s”?


4 posted on 09/21/2009 7:28:50 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Although i refused to watch any of Obama’s stump speeches yesterday on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and Univision, I did catch a few of them on YT.

The one presented here strikes me as quite peculiar. First, Stephanopoulos talks almost every day with Rahmbo in the WH. Second, why did he call it Merriam’s instead of the Merriam-Webster dictionary? And third, who just happens to have a dictionary with them during an “hard-ball” interview with the President.

IMO, it was STAGED!!! He needed one of the five propaganda interviews to SEEEEEEEM tough.


5 posted on 09/21/2009 7:34:36 PM PDT by CyberRBTmail
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To: CyberRBTmail

It depends on what the meaning of “tax” is. If you rule the world, you can change the dictionary. *rolling eyes*


6 posted on 09/21/2009 7:39:18 PM PDT by madison10
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To: CyberRBTmail
I don't know...me thinks George may be coming off his high, so to speak. The Merriam's remark is just Obama....being Obama...clueless. (I still get a chuckle that the spellchecker flags “Obama”, the spellchecker questions this fool! Spellchecker VS teleprompter...
7 posted on 09/21/2009 7:45:25 PM PDT by goodtomato (I'm blessed!)
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To: CyberRBTmail
This did look kind of staged. I don’t doubt that Stephanopoulos planned it. I even suspect that the White House might have known this was coming. Obama’s response wasn’t prepared either, though. Which makes me think maybe the White House asked Stephanopoulos not to go there.

Still, Stephanopoulos just gave Obama a platform to spout misinformation. He didn’t actually challenge Obama with real facts from the actual bills that have been proposed. Instead of going to the dictionary, Stephanopoulos should have gone to page 32 of Baucus’ “Chairman’s Mark of the “America’s Healthy Future Act of 2009.” There he would have found this:


The consequence for not maintaining insurance would be an excise tax.

Stephanopoulos let Obama misinform his viewers. He let Obama say it wasn’t a tax, even though the actual bill calls it a tax. The dictionary was an irrelevant prop. It enabled Obama to dismiss the truth without actually facing the truth from the bill itself.


From the desk of
cc2k:

8 posted on 09/21/2009 8:18:42 PM PDT by cc2k (Are you better off today than you were $4,000,000,000,000 ago?)
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To: EagleUSA

it’s the crack, it’ll make a person say ANYTHING


9 posted on 09/21/2009 8:22:21 PM PDT by MissDairyGoodnessVT ("I never knew there were Martians in my garden...." J.Edgar Hoover,Fmr. Director, F.B.I.)
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To: MissDairyGoodnessVT
it’s the crack, it’ll make a person say ANYTHING

ROTFL
10 posted on 09/21/2009 8:27:52 PM PDT by CyberRBTmail
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To: CyberRBTmail

;0


11 posted on 09/21/2009 8:35:22 PM PDT by MissDairyGoodnessVT ("I never knew there were Martians in my garden...." J.Edgar Hoover,Fmr. Director, F.B.I.)
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To: CyberRBTmail

He does, however, perfectly fulfill the dictionary definition of arseh0le.


12 posted on 09/21/2009 9:36:21 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (w)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Using the dictionary is a stretch?
George should have used [Orwell’s 1984] Eleventh Edition of the Newspeak Dictionary. Not calling a tax a tax is doubleplusgood.


13 posted on 09/22/2009 7:13:21 AM PDT by beefree
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