Berry: I am a liarWritten by Thomas Berry | | firstname.lastname@example.org
I admit it. I am a liar. I have been lying, I am lying, and I will continue to lie about Obamacare. After all, that great bastion of truth and integrity, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada), says so.
“… there’s (sic) plenty of horror stories being told. All of them are untrue, but they’re being told all over America. The leukemia patient whose insurance policy was canceled [and] could die without her medication, Mr. President, that’s an ad being paid for by two billionaire brothers. It’s absolutely false. Or the woman whose insurance policy went up $700 a month – ads paid for around America by the multibillionaire Koch brothers, and the ad is false. We heard about the evils of Obamacare, about the lives it’s ruining in Republicans’ stump speeches and in ads paid for by oil magnates, the Koch brothers. But in (sic) those tales, turned out to be just that: tales, stories made up from whole cloth, lies distorted by the Republicans to grab headlines or make political advertisements. Mr. President, these two brothers are trying to buy America . . . I don’t believe America is for sale.”
Well, then, I’m a liar. I was lying when I read a letter from my doctor, whom I like, explaining that he is closing his practice just two days after Sen. Reid’s pronouncement of judgment. I’m lying when I read another letter, this from my health insurer, joyfully announcing that I won’t be forced by Obamacare to change or give up my policy, which I like, in order to meet its mandates until Sept. 30, 2015. I was lying; because, surely, the President spoke truth when he promised without any conditions that I could keep my doctor and my coverage if I liked them. Chico Marx’s immortal question comes to mind: “Who ya gonna believe? Me, or your own eyes?”
So upon what record of truthfulness and honor does Sen. Reid claim so omnisciently that those who have been hurt by Obamacare are all liars? One that includes telling proven lies in 2012 about Gov. — and fellow Mormon — Mitt Romney allegedly not paying his income taxes, after claiming in 2010 that paying income taxes was voluntary and while refusing a McClatchy Newspapers request to disclose his own returns.
Other examples include: Stating last August that Congressional Budget Office analysis shows that “Obamacare will save lots of money,” claiming in December 2011 that few millionaires are small business owners who create jobs and that most millionaires in business are lawyers and hedge fund managers, and claiming last month that non-defense spending cuts reduced the federal deficit by $2.6 trillion. All three of these claims were proven false by hard data.
To be fair , Sen. Reid did offer a retraction within a couple of hours of calling millions of Americans liars. Or did he? Judge for yourself:
I can’t say that every one of the Koch brothers ads are a lie, but I’ll say this . . . the vast, vast majority of them are . . . And it’s time that the American people spoke out against this terrible dishonesty of these two brothers, who are about as un-American as anyone that I can imagine . . . The Koch brothers are spending hundreds of millions of dollars telling Americans that Obamacare is bad for them. It’s easy to do if you have no conscience and are willing to lie like they are . . .”
Really? Look again at the accuser’s own record of unconscionable lies and “terrible dishonesty.” And let’s not overlook one of His Mendacity’s few real accomplishments, being repeatedly ranked by Judicial Watch among the top ten most corrupt politicians in Washington. He earned this honor by, among other offenses, repeatedly using his office and power to funnel millions of taxpayer dollars to his family and their business enterprises.
Sen. Reid damns the Koch brothers for “trying to buy America” while he himself openly buys power, and claims “America is not for sale” while acting as if he can buy off anyone to exploit for personal gain. Do you think he would be so critical of the Kochs or the oil industry if either benefited him or his family? Hardly.
But since the “gentleman” from Nevada wants Americans to speak out against lies, let us do so and hold Sen. Sherrod Brown and Rep. Marcy Kaptur to account for their complicity in the circus of of tyrannical and destructive lies that is Obamacare.
Tags: Chico Marx, Congressional Budget Office, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, Mormon – Mitt Romney, multibillionaire Koch brothers, Nevada, Obamacare, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada), Senator Sherrod Brown