The newly elected and Republican controlled House will take up their first major bill of the new session, therefore it is gifted with HR2, “The Repeal of the Jobs-Killing Obamacare” (According to THOMAS, HR 2 is the only occurrence of the word “killing” in the official title of a bill in the past 22 years) or some other misleading title. This is all part of their campaign slogans of “Taking Our Country Back” and “The People Have Spoken”, even though the repeal of the HCR bill polled way down the list in many exit polls. (Job creation was number one, shouldn’t that be their first bill?)
(Aside: When I was a youngster, to use the word or to call someone a liar would warrant a punishment worse than what the perpetrator received. [something Joe Wilson never learned] So with that in mind and with respect to my parents, I will use the term “Invalid Statements” in this post. You may see it as a lie, or in some cases just simply “crazy talk” [No Shelly, I’m not talking about you]? Call it whatever you like.)
During debate and passage of the bill we all heard many “Invalid Statements” from the “”, “getting arrested and doing prison time” if one didn’t purchase health insurance to “rationed care” and “cutting Medicare.” The list was long and wrong.
One of the many problems of original passing the bill was that the “Invalid Statements” were allowed to linger and be repeated for days before they were refuted. They had Dr. Luntz, we had Mr. Putz getting out the sound bites and arguments. (Political sound bites on television news now average 7-9 seconds- Monkey Cage, leaving little time for explanation.) We were always on the defense not the offense. This needs to change. We need the bumper sticker slogans.
We now have what amounts to another debate on HCR and we need to be better prepared for it this time. When ever you hear an unfounded lies, oops, “nugatory phrases ” please post and if possible find a link refuting it. Let’s make this argument be based on facts and reality.
If you can’t find a link discrediting the falsehood, post the statement and we can all work on finding a link. Here is your chance to have a hand in becoming a wordsmith and sloganeer. If you have one, great, post it.
This will be our clearing house. This is your chance to discredit their false assertions. Do not allow them to linger and become talking points.
We all need to become firefighters. Let’s put out the brush fires before we have to fight forest-fires–this time.
- “CBO – Repealing HCR Would Add to Deficit” and related posts (bobcesca.com)
- Anti-HCR Judge Should Have Recused Himself (crooksandliars.com)
- Senate Dems see opportunity with health care repeal push (washingtonmonthly.com)