Monday, August 10, 2009

Pelosi Botoxes the body politic ~ By Roger Hedgecock

By Roger Hedgecock Posted: August 10, 2009 1:00 am Eastern © 2009 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi can hardly blink (and the cosmetic surgery tax to pay for Obamacare died nanoseconds after the thoughtless congressional sponsor was reminded of Madame Speaker's obsession) so she knows the power of Botox, a poison that tightens skin and reduces wrinkles. Nancy has spent the last week injecting American politics with one poisonous shot after another of rhetorical Botox to firm up support and eliminate the wrinkles of opposition to the increasingly unpopular Obama health insurance "reform." Protesters showing up at lawmakers' district "town hall meetings" were first denounced by the speaker as "Brooks Brothers suits" shilling for the insurance industry. Opposition to Obamacare, she said, was just "a mob" and was "Astroturf" rather than real "grass roots" opposition. By the end of the week, shouted questions by constituents made them "terrorists." At the White House, the organizer in chief was miffed that Americans would spontaneously organize to oppose his "reform" scheme, calling for his supporters to strike back "twice as hard." But the Botox didn't work. Each time Pelosi increased the dose, ratcheted up the rhetoric, ordinary Americans just got madder. Even the lap dog American media could find no evidence of insurance industry funding for the confrontations going on in congressional districts all over the country. People looked like everyday Americans – not a Brooks Brothers suit in sight. People didn't like being labeled "a mob" when trying to get an answer to basic questions like, "If this "reform" is so necessary, why is Congress exempt? Why are labor unions' health plans exempt? How can you vote to pass a bill you haven't read? Why are illegal aliens included? How can the "reform" save money when you want to spend more than a trillion dollars over 10 years to implement it?" Most lawmakers couldn't or wouldn't answer these and other questions posed by knowledgeable constituents who were independents, Democrats and Republicans – many of whom had never attended such a meeting before. But Obama supporters did strike back. [READ THE COMPLETE COLUMN]
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