If the Obama re-election campaign has not yet made you feel like you want to take a shower, then you are either not paying attention or you have an incredible tolerance for lies. Make no mistake, Obama, the Democrats in Congress and the party's celebrity-funded Super PACs will do whatever is necessary to hold on to the power they feel slipping through their fingers. And that includes outright lies.
Not mistakes. Not distortions. Not factual errors. Not mendacities. Lies!
Democrat Leader Harry Reid took to the floor of the Senate and lied through his smirking teeth about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. "The word it out that he hasn't paid taxes in a decade," Reid said in that smarmy voice of his. He offered no proof of this scurrilous allegation, and when challenged on it he simply shrugged and said someone told him.
The latest filth to come oozing out of the president's re-election mud hole is a television commercial being run by Priorities USA Action, the pro-Obama super PAC run by former administration mouthpiece Bill Burton and defended by another former administration mouthpiece, Robert Gibbs, who now works for the campaign (but they don't coordinate, because that would be wrong).
The ad is running in Iowa, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Florida, and on the Internet. It depicts former steelworker Joe Soptic earnestly speaking into the camera about how he lost his job after GST Steel closed its doors in 2001. Bain Capital, the private equity firm formerly run by Romney, was part of a group that had taken over the Kansas City area steel company. Soptic blames Romney, not only for the loss of his job, but also the loss of his wife, who subsequently died of cancer.
"When Mitt Romney and Bain closed the plant," Soptic tells us, "I lost my health care, and my family lost their health care. And a short time after that my wife became ill. I don't know how long she was sick, and I think maybe she didn't say anything because she knew that we couldn't afford the insurance, and then one day she became ill and I took her up to the Jackson County Hospital and admitted her for pneumonia, and that's when they found the cancer, and by then it was stage four. It was...there was nothing they could do for her, and she passed away in 22 days. I do not think Mitt Romney realizes what he's done to anyone, and furthermore I do not think Mitt Romney is concerned."
The Washington Post gave the ad four Pinocchios, the same rating they gave Reid's comments on the Senate floor. It seems the Obama slime machine conveniently overlooked a few little factoids: 1) of the $75 million put into the original 1993 deal by several investors, Bain Capital put in a mere $8 million; 2) Romney left Bain Capital in 1999, a full two years before the GST plant was closed; 3) Mrs. Soptic had health insurance through her own employer after her husband lost his job; and 4) she did not die until 2006, five years after the closure of GST Steel.
In the midst of all the lies being told by Barack Obama and his minions, here is the unvarnished truth about health care. If you remember nothing else, remember this. No employer or insurance company can tell you that you cannot have a medical procedure. They may not cover it and that may be a hardship. You might have to mortgage your home or take on some other form of financial burden. You might have to turn to a charity or work out some sort of payment plan. But in the United States of America, no one can dictate that you cannot have health care.
However, when the federal government takes over our health care system — and that is the ultimate goal of Obamacare — they will be the only game in town. No competition and therefore no place else to turn. They will send you home with an aspirin and an excuse: you're too old; you're too sick; you're too whatever. It happens everywhere government-run health care is the law of the land.
It is not the Mitt Romneys of the world who kill sick people. It is the Barack Obamas. Don't buy their lies.
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