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Listening to a Liar (Thomas Sowell)
Townhall.com ^ | September 8, 2009 | Thomas Sowell

Posted on 09/07/2009 9:06:20 PM PDT by jazusamo

The most important thing about what anyone says are not the words themselves but the credibility of the person who says them.

The words of convicted swindler Bernie Madoff were apparently quite convincing to many people who were regarded as knowledgeable and sophisticated. If you go by words, you can be led into anything.

No doubt millions of people will be listening to the words of President Barack Obama Wednesday night when he makes a televised address to a joint session of Congress on his medical care plans. But, if they think that the words he says are what matters, they can be led into something much worse than being swindled out of their money.

One plain fact should outweigh all the words of Barack Obama and all the impressive trappings of the setting in which he says them: He tried to rush Congress into passing a massive government takeover of the nation's medical care before the August recess-- for a program that would not take effect until 2013!

Whatever President Obama is, he is not stupid. If the urgency to pass the medical care legislation was to deal with a problem immediately, then why postpone the date when the legislation goes into effect for years-- more specifically, until the year after the next Presidential election?

If this is such an urgently needed program, why wait for years to put it into effect? And if the public is going to benefit from this, why not let them experience those benefits before the next Presidential election?

If it is not urgent that the legislation goes into effect immediately, then why don't we have time to go through the normal process of holding Congressional hearings on the pros and cons, accompanied by public discussions of its innumerable provisions? What sense does it make to "hurry up and wait" on something that is literally a matter of life and death?

If we do not believe that the President is stupid, then what do we believe? The only reasonable alternative seems to be that he wanted to get this massive government takeover of medical care passed into law before the public understood what was in it.

Moreover, he wanted to get re-elected in 2012 before the public experienced what its actual consequences would be.

Unfortunately, this way of doing things is all too typical of the way this administration has acted on a wide range of issues.

Consider the "stimulus" legislation. Here the administration was successful in rushing a massive spending bill through Congress in just two days-- after which it sat on the President's desk for three days, while he was away on vacation. But, like the medical care legislation, the "stimulus" legislation takes effect slowly.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that it will be September 2010 before even three-quarters of the money will be spent. Some economists expect that it will not all be spent by the end of 2010.

What was the rush to pass it, then? It was not to get that money out into the economy as fast as possible. It was to get that money-- and the power that goes with it-- into the hands of the government. Power is what politics is all about.

The worst thing that could happen, from the standpoint of those seeking more government power over the economy, would be for the economy to begin recovering on its own while months were being spent debating the need for a "stimulus" bill. As the President's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, said, you can't let a crisis "go to waste" when "it's an opportunity to do things you could not do before."

There are lots of people in the Obama administration who want to do things that have not been done before-- and to do them before the public realizes what is happening.

The proliferation of White House "czars" in charge of everything from financial issues to media issues is more of the same circumvention of the public and of the Constitution. Czars don't have to be confirmed by the Senate, the way Cabinet members must be, even though czars may wield more power, so you may never know what these people are like, until it is too late.

What Barack Obama says Wednesday night is not nearly as important as what he has been doing-- and how he has been doing it.


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1 posted on 09/07/2009 9:06:20 PM PDT by jazusamo
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2 posted on 09/07/2009 9:09:19 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
If this is such an urgently needed program, why wait for years to put it into effect? And if the public is going to benefit from this, why not let them experience those benefits before the next Presidential election?

Heh heh heh. Gotcha Barry!

3 posted on 09/07/2009 9:13:12 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (ObamaCare! When "natural causes" just isn't good enough!)
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To: jazusamo

Exactly.

Obama tried to rush Congress into passing a massive government takeover of the nation’s medical care before the August recess— for a program that would not take effect until 2013!

Whatever Obama is, he is not stupid. If the urgency to pass the medical care legislation was to deal with a problem immediately, then why postpone the date when the legislation goes into effect for years— more specifically, until the year after the next Presidential election?


4 posted on 09/07/2009 9:13:56 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: jazusamo

BTTT!


5 posted on 09/07/2009 9:14:08 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: jazusamo

I cannot listen to a single syllable from the silvery lips of Obama.

He is such a 100% deceitful lying Marxist, that he is intolerable and deeply offensive.


6 posted on 09/07/2009 9:16:18 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember (When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer; george76

Yep...Zer0 and his flunkies are trying to convince everyone it’s an emergency. It isn’t!


7 posted on 09/07/2009 9:16:48 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
As is his normal, Thomas Sowell has distilled the essence of the issue with just a few words and analysis that is crystal clear and dead on target.

I wish this man was my President!!!

8 posted on 09/07/2009 9:17:16 PM PDT by cpdiii (roughneck, oilfield trash and proud of it, geologist, pilot, pharmacist, iconoclast.)
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To: All
SNIPPET from post no. 1:

"What Barack Obama says Wednesday night is not nearly as important as what he has been doing-- and how he has been doing it."

9 posted on 09/07/2009 9:18:40 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: jazusamo

It took 0 six months to pick a dog.


10 posted on 09/07/2009 9:20:34 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: jazusamo

Thanks jaz for the ping. Another right on the mark article by Dr. Sowell.

I know many journalists, bloggers, editorialists etc. read Dr. Sowell as faithfully as we do as I see Dr. Sowell referenced often in other writers articles, so I’m certain these words will be spread far and wide.


11 posted on 09/07/2009 9:22:03 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...Call 'em What you Will, They ALL have Fairies Living In Their Trees.)
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To: jazusamo

“Listening to a Liar”

For me the whole government has come down to these two things:

1. I don’t believe them!
2. I don’t trust them!

As a result I want to give them as little of my money as possible and want to prevent them from enacting any new laws until some semblance of confidence is restored.


12 posted on 09/07/2009 9:24:59 PM PDT by aquila48
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To: jazusamo
[Obama] wanted to get this massive government takeover of medical care passed into law before the public understood what was in it. Moreover, he wanted to get re-elected in 2012 before the public experienced what its actual consequences would be.

Sowell knows his customer.

13 posted on 09/07/2009 9:25:36 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: FormerACLUmember

Add me on.


14 posted on 09/07/2009 9:26:06 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: jazusamo
My car broke down--let me in to use your phone.

No, really, trust me, would I lie to you.

It's an emergency--hurry up.

Is it because I'm African American?

Open your door, racist.

Open your door--or the IRS will confiscate it.

And your organs.

No, I don't care if you're still alive.


15 posted on 09/07/2009 9:28:23 PM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Kenya)
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To: aquila48

Exactly! It’s a sad state of affairs when we can’t trust our elected officials and that’s what it’s come to.


16 posted on 09/07/2009 9:28:35 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
There are lots of people in the Obama administration who want to do things that have not been done before -- and to do them before the public realizes what is happening.

Lots of people in media who want the same things and they're doing their best to keep the public blithely unaware.

I thank God every night for voices like Thomas Sowell. May God bless him always.

17 posted on 09/07/2009 9:30:55 PM PDT by elizabethgrace
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To: jazusamo

“The only reasonable alternative seems to be that he wanted to get this massive government takeover of medical care passed into law before the public understood what was in it.

Moreover, he wanted to get re-elected in 2012 before the public experienced what its actual consequences would be.”

Yup.


18 posted on 09/07/2009 9:31:10 PM PDT by Bhoy
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To: PhilDragoo

That’s it in a nut shell, Phil.


19 posted on 09/07/2009 9:32:11 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: cpdiii
I wish this man was my President!!!

So do I.

20 posted on 09/07/2009 9:32:35 PM PDT by FreeKeys ("The last hope of human liberty in this world rests on us." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: george76

And he still hasn’t chosen a church.


21 posted on 09/07/2009 9:32:36 PM PDT by Tidbit
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To: jazusamo
NAILED IT!
22 posted on 09/07/2009 9:34:02 PM PDT by paltz
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To: jazusamo

Wisdom! ... So why don’t most black people revere this man and his so clear wise commentary?


23 posted on 09/07/2009 9:38:04 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Dems, believing they cannot be deceived, it is impossible to convince them when they are deceived.)
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To: jazusamo

Sowell is just a racist!


24 posted on 09/07/2009 9:40:07 PM PDT by lonestar (Obama is turning Bush's "mess" into a catastrophe.)
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To: jazusamo
The proliferation of White House "czars" in charge of everything from financial issues to media issues is more of the same circumvention of the public and of the Constitution. Czars don't have to be confirmed by the Senate, the way Cabinet members must be

My guess is that with this singular folly by Obama of appointing so many extra-constitutional 'Czars', that the ultimate fallout will be of 'Czars' being outlawed as presidential 'advisors' in the future.

This is what happens when one branch blatantly abuses its constitutional powers

25 posted on 09/07/2009 9:40:26 PM PDT by Mr_Moonlight
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To: jazusamo

Brilliant!


26 posted on 09/07/2009 9:40:44 PM PDT by Nasher
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To: MHGinTN

I don’t know the answer but suspect it’s because he says they have to take responsibility for their actions and there’s no free lunch.


27 posted on 09/07/2009 9:43:11 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Sowell hits another homerun!


28 posted on 09/07/2009 9:45:35 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, just wait till it is free! "~ PJ O'Rourke)
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To: jazusamo
..Zer0 and his flunkies are trying to convince everyone it’s an emergency. It isn’t!


29 posted on 09/07/2009 9:45:36 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: jazusamo

bttt


30 posted on 09/07/2009 9:47:09 PM PDT by Auntie Mame (Fear not tomorrow. God is already there.)
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To: Mr_Moonlight

Agreed, he’s exploited a process to the point of circumventing the separation of powers.


31 posted on 09/07/2009 9:47:53 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: MHGinTN
So why don’t most black people revere this man and his so clear wise commentary?

Because he doesn't tell them that all their problems are someone elses fault and he doesn't promise to take away from other people to give to them.

32 posted on 09/07/2009 9:48:02 PM PDT by Prokopton
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To: jazusamo

Sowell hits it again. I’m sure he can forget about a Christmas card this year from obamma!


33 posted on 09/07/2009 9:49:04 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: smoothsailing

Excellent graphic and it fits perfectly.


34 posted on 09/07/2009 9:51:30 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: FormerACLUmember
"lying Marxist"

I find it surprising to say this, but Obama appears to be a bigger liar than Bill Clinton. And that's saying something.

35 posted on 09/07/2009 9:53:08 PM PDT by driftless2 (for long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion)
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To: jazusamo

“Sowell-Man” bump


36 posted on 09/07/2009 9:54:12 PM PDT by Christian4Bush ("A community organizer can't start bitching when communities organize." - Rush, 8/5/09)
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To: jazusamo

Mark


37 posted on 09/07/2009 9:55:03 PM PDT by sport
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To: jazusamo
The most important thing about what anyone says are not the words themselves but the credibility of the person who says them.

Oui.

How can Marxist Obama know, for example, that the provisions of the legislation will allow you to keep your doctor and medical plan? (Or, for that matter, that the plan will "save" money?) Or any of the Big Con promises that he makes with such facility?

He knows NOTHING for sure-zies about the ultimate contents of the bill that will arrive on his desk.

Thus, isn't saying what it says and what it will and will not, do nothing less than ...ahem... a lie? And, prima facie would this not be a deliberate, look-you-in-the-eyes-while-smiling-in-order-to-deceive-you kind of lie?

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38 posted on 09/07/2009 9:58:40 PM PDT by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: jazusamo
Agreed, he’s exploited a process to the point of circumventing the separation of powers.

And guess who isn't going to like that one bit? Yep .. Congress. Congress, whether Dem or Pub or Lib or Conserv or whatever isn't going to like having *their* authority stepped on by some mere extra-constitutional orders from the executive branch.

After the Dem Love Fest of retaking two out of three branches of government wears off, it'll be the Dem Congress who turns on their Dem Executive leader first, for cutting them out of the equation with these 'Czars' ... you heard it here first :)

39 posted on 09/07/2009 9:59:41 PM PDT by Mr_Moonlight
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To: jazusamo

This gentleman is made of awesome.

Everything I’ve ever read or heard by him has been spot on.

I’d love to be added to your PING list please.


40 posted on 09/07/2009 10:00:23 PM PDT by PowerPro (2009 - Conservative Revolution Reborn (Go Palin!))
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To: Seaplaner

Correct, he doesn’t know how any of the proposed bills will affect us and he definitely lies.


41 posted on 09/07/2009 10:05:58 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
Mr. Obama.....we do not believe you or any in your administration or the mainstream media. You can no longer expect us to be fooled by you cadence of speech, manner of gesticulation, or your striking a Musoliniesque pose with the perfect prism of light striking your face.

We simply do not believe you. That is something you will never be able to retrieve.

42 posted on 09/07/2009 10:06:25 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter
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To: PowerPro

Welcome to the Sowell ping list, you’re on.


43 posted on 09/07/2009 10:07:26 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
If the urgency to pass the medical care legislation was to deal with a problem immediately, then why postpone the date when the legislation goes into effect for years-- more specifically, until the year after the next Presidential election?

If this is such an urgently needed program, why wait for years to put it into effect? And if the public is going to benefit from this, why not let them experience those benefits before the next Presidential election?

These are obvious, basic questions that the Democrat "mainstream" reporters - - the only "journalists" who have direct access to Gibbs, Ubama, and the White House - - will never ask. Why do you suppose that is?

44 posted on 09/07/2009 10:10:58 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: jazusamo
He tried to rush Congress into passing a massive government takeover of the nation's medical care before the August recess-- for a program that would not take effect until 2013!

Pretty much says it all.

45 posted on 09/07/2009 10:14:48 PM PDT by T. Buzzard Trueblood
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To: driftless2

I swear, Hillary would have been an improvement over Obama.


46 posted on 09/07/2009 10:17:07 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember (When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.)
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To: Lancey Howard

IMO the enemedia is going to regret the day they’ve supported this fraud unconditionally.


47 posted on 09/07/2009 10:17:29 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Thomas Sowell rocks


48 posted on 09/07/2009 10:18:05 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com ............. http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: george76

“Whatever Obama is, he is not stupid.”

Well, he’s not very bright, either.

Everything he has was handed him because he (a) has negro blood, (b) can speak English without sounding like an American negro, and (c) is a leftard.


49 posted on 09/07/2009 10:27:32 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: jazusamo

This is huge if Sowell is right ...

Where does it say implementation doesn’t happen soon?


50 posted on 09/07/2009 10:29:30 PM PDT by OldNavyVet
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