We’ve all seen clips of how Barack Obama talks and talks when he doesn’t have the aid of his teleprompter. He rambles, stumbles, and fills the air with “here’s the point,” without ever really making the point.
His stumbles are no more apparent than when he’s asked to defend policies that are simply indefensible. No one can intelligently or honestly defend socialism. That’s why it has failed over and over and over again. Yet those like Obama who are bent on government control will continue to try.
On Friday, Obama took to the road to tour a battery factory and talk about jobs. After the tour, he put together one of his townhall pep rallies complete with questions from the audience.
As he stumbles and stammers to take a “question from a woman so things will be balanced,” he received the following question from one of the factory’s employees: “In the economic times that we have now, is it a wise decision to add more taxes to us with the health care, because we are over-taxed as it.”
Now this question is about as simple as it gets. Americans ARE overtaxed! Income tax rates are too high, then there’s the gasoline tax, taxes on services, other “fees”, and more and more and more. Obama’s health care plan adds even more taxes and targets those people who could be using that money to hire people, invest in capital, and expand factories. Of course, all of that gets in the way of the socialist goals of wealth distribution and government control.
Guess how long it took Obama to “answer” the question. About 17 minutes! And, he still didn’t answer it. Of course, he starts off by saying there is a lot of “misinformation” out there. Misinformation about how big our tax burden is? Is he kidding?
Of course, that video is only Part 1 of his answer to a single question. He goes on from there:
As Anne Kornblut describes in the Washington Post:
He then spent the next 17 minutes and 12 seconds lulling the crowd into a daze. His discursive answer – more than 2,500 words long — wandered from topic to topic, including commentary on the deficit, pay-as-you-go rules passed by Congress, Congressional Budget Office reports on Medicare waste, COBRA coverage, the Recovery Act and Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (he referred to this last item by its inside-the-Beltway name, “F-Map”). He talked about the notion of eliminating foreign aid (not worth it, he said). He invoked Warren Buffett, earmarks and the payroll tax that funds Medicare (referring to it, in fluent Washington lingo, as “FICA”).
Kornblut notes the audience member who was yawning midway through the speech, and she adds, “But Obama wasn’t finished. He had a ‘final point,’ before starting again with another list — of three points.”
Here’s part three of the speech in case who are still following along with what he’s saying:
All in all, you have the fact that Obama cannot answer a simple question about the tax burden facing America. Then there is the massive debt he is stacking up and the newly passed unconstitutional health care bill that will add even more taxes and debt. Oh wait… Obama’s newly established entitlement program will be “different” than all those other big-government entitlement programs… it will be efficient, streamlined, run underbudget, and not be corrupt. How quickly I forget.