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The Genuine Outrage of Obamacare Opponents

There are days when I really miss reading a “dead-tree” newspaper, sipping coffee as I read the news.  Yesterday, after an early morning hike with my Dad and his friends to celebrate his birthday, I did just that, alternating between the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

The former had a number of interesting columns and informative articles, notably Gerald Seib’s piece on how the President has hurt himself by his “Hands Off Strategy“* on health care and a news article on the increasingly vocal opposition to the Democrats’ proposed health-care overhaul.

That latter had two paragraphs which get at the nub of the grassroots opposition to the President’s various policies through out the year:

Recent town-hall uproars weren’t just about health care. They were also eruptions of concern that the government is taking on too much at once. 

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Mr. Obama also inherited a large budget deficit and expanded it further with economic-stimulus spending.

There’s more to the article than that–and I highly recommend you read the whole thing.  Like AP reporter Erica Werner,  WSJ reporters Janet Adamy  and Jonathan Weisman do take the time to understand the legitimate concerns of these outspoken opponents of big government rather than dismiss them as corporate and/or right-wing astroturfing.

The long and the short of it is:  Americans don’t like big government.

*The essence of Seib’s argument gets at a defining weakness of the Obama Administration, outsourcing the articulation of its proposals to Congress:

As a matter of political and legislative strategy, the White House has never actually presented an “Obama health-care bill.” As in the earlier quest for an economic-stimulus package, it chose instead to enunciate some general principles and let Congress craft the actual legislation.

Read the whole thing.

FROM THE COMMENTS:  ILoveCapitalism observes that the deficit Obama inherited was created “significant part” by a Democratic Congress.



  1. Mr. Obama also inherited a large budget deficit and expanded it further with economic-stimulus spending.

    …created by a Democratic Congress in FY2007 and 08, *cough*. (Not solely by them, of course, but in significant part)

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — September 2, 2009 @ 12:54 am - September 2, 2009

  2. (sorry, meant to say FY08 and 09; FY07 would have been worked on in ’06 by a Republican Congress)

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — September 2, 2009 @ 12:55 am - September 2, 2009

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    Pingback by GayPatriot » Equality to Liberals = Equality of Outcome — September 2, 2009 @ 1:00 am - September 2, 2009

  4. You paid for the New York Times? You realize you are rewarding a company that leaks national security secrets, which studies have shown has resulted in the deaths of American troops, all to further their political ends?

    Oh well, what’s a couple dead troops here and there compared to the feel of newsprint between your fingers while you sip your latte!!

    Seriously! The NYT is directly responsible for the needless deaths of American troops and you justify financing them, how exactly? That’s something I would REALLY like to know.

    Comment by American Elephant — September 2, 2009 @ 3:54 am - September 2, 2009

  5. The anger you see in the townhalls isn’t just ObamaCare, and it isn’t just the deficit. It’s that a large segment of the population is fed up with politicians that won’t listen to them, and a Government that acts generally against their wishes.

    And every time a Demonrat congressman hides in a union hall, astroturfs a town meeting to quash dissent, or kicks someone out for asking an unapproved question… the people just get angrier, because the politician has just validated the view that she doesn’t want to listen.

    Maybe what Gandhi said was prophetic:

    – First they ignore you. (“The tea parties don’t reflect the views of the majority of Americans.”)

    – Then, they ridicule you. (“Tea-baggers!”)

    – Then, they fight you. (Busing in the Union Thugs)

    – Then, you win.

    Let us hope the skinny, self-righteous little prig got that one right.

    Comment by V the K — September 2, 2009 @ 8:45 am - September 2, 2009

  6. AE, I didn’t pay for the NYT; my Dad did.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — September 2, 2009 @ 9:36 am - September 2, 2009

  7. Well, somebody has to keep them in business so they can keep killing our troops! Way to go!

    Comment by American Elephant — September 2, 2009 @ 12:19 pm - September 2, 2009

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