John Bolton

John Bolton

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Life and Death Decisions No Longer Above Obama's "Pay Grade"

Being elected President IS quite a promotion. But Obama is going too far if he thinks that makes him "God's partner!"

Readers may recall the presidential forum at Saddleback Church where Pastor Rick Warren asked then Senator Obama “at what point does a baby get human rights?” Obama's stumbling, bumbling (no teleprompter) answer was that such a question was "above my pay grade." (video)

Apparently Obama has had a quite a promotion. In a conference call on health care with 1,000 Rabbis Obama told them:

"We are God's partners in matters of life and death," Obama said, quoting from the Rosh Hashanah prayer that says that in the holiday period, it is decided "who shall live and who shall die."
Goodness! Sounds like DEATH PANELS to me!

And some of the rabbis thought it was quite odd that the background music which played while the rabbis were on hold waiting for Obama was 'Deutschland uber Alles,' a classic German militarist anthem praising the Kaiser. It's only one small step away from "Sieg Heil."

"Bearing False Witness":

Later, Obama delivered a similar message to an online program (audio) set up by the National Council of Churches. In it, he claimed that "There are some folks out there who are, frankly, bearing false witness" about the Dems proposed health care bill.

Death Panels?

He insisted that it was an "extraordinary lie" to suggest that there would be "death panels" to decide who gets care and who dies. Sarah Palin has already debunked that nonsense and the Senate acknowledged the problem by removing that provision in their version of the bill. And what's more, we have Obama's own words in an interview he gave to the New York Times on April 28 in which he discussed end of life care:

THE PRESIDENT: So that’s where I think you just get into some very difficult moral issues. But that’s also a huge driver of cost, right?

I mean, the chronically ill and those toward the end of their lives are accounting for potentially 80 percent of the total health care bill out here.

Q:So how do you — how do we deal with it?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I think that there is going to have to be a conversation that is guided by doctors, scientists, ethicists. And then there is going to have to be a very difficult democratic conversation that takes place. It is very difficult to imagine the country making those decisions just through the normal political channels. And that’s part of why you have to have some independent group that can give you guidance. It’s not determinative, but I think has to be able to give you some guidance. And that’s part of what I suspect you’ll see emerging out of the various health care conversations that are taking place on the Hill right now.

Free Care for Illegals?

Obama also claimed that the health bill would not cover illegal aliens. But he constantly cites the number of 47 million uninsured in this country, 12 million of which are here illegally. He's also cited a "basic standard of decency" (video) which would continue to provide illegals with care on demand at taxpayer expense.

But what really puts the lie to this no-illegals pledge is the fact that when Republicans offered amendments to the House bill which would "increase safeguards to ensure taxpayer-funded benefits do not go to individuals who are not lawfully present in the United States." Democrats voted against it.

Keep Your Doctor?

Once again, Obama repeated the pledge that "If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan." The problem is that Fact Check.Org and numerous other analysts pronounce that it's just not so.

Tax Payer Funded Abortions?

Obama also claimed that abortions were not part of the bill. Yet even the New York Times analysis admits that it's highly likely that abortion would be covered once the bill is implemented. For the best indication of Democrat's real intentions we look again to the amendments offered by Republicans in the House. Congressman Stupak (R-MI) offered an amendment banning taxpayer funds for abortions. Democrats voted it down.

Obama His "Brother's Keeper"

In wrapping up his laundry list of misleading charges, Obama made this statement:

"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: that is, that we look out for one another; that is, I am my brother's keeper, I am my sister's keeper. And in the wealthiest nation in the world right now we are neglecting to live up to that call."
That statement rings completely hollow as we gaze at the photo of his half brother George Hussein (at right) who still lives on less than $1 per day in a shack in Africa.

One would think that someone who sees himself as a "partner to God" would be a little more careful with the truth and might also take his own family responsibility more seriously. Unless of course he's nothing but a lying charlatan out for political power; not to help people!

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