Monday, September 21, 2009
George Stephanopoulos (you may remember him from Bubba's term) confronted Barack Obama about a tax-increase supported healthcare mandate supported by the alleged president. Obama tried to deny there was a tax increase involved, so George gave him the dictionary definition of a tax. If it weren't such a pattern, you wouldn't believe Barack's response:
STEPHANOPOULOS: I -- I don't think I'm making it up. Merriam Webster's Dictionary: Tax -- "a charge, usually of money, imposed by authority on persons or property for public purposes."(Philip Klein at the American Spectator further points out that the term "tax" is taken directly from the bill in question.)
OBAMA: George, the fact that you looked up Merriam's Dictionary, the definition of tax increase, indicates to me that you're stretching a little bit right now. Otherwise, you wouldn't have gone to the dictionary to check on the definition. I mean what...
So using the actual definition of a word to clarify what is meant be something someone said is "stretching"? Cut me a fucking break.
As if George Stephanopoulos is on any side but Barack's. He should have kept plugging the point. Still, a little progress in the right direction for a liberal has to be applauded.
Of course, Obama rejects that a tax increase is a tax increase, seemingly on the basis that his critics call it that.
OBAMA: My critics say everything is a tax increase. My critics say that I'm taking over every sector of the economy. You know that.OK so since your critics are calling this a tax increase, it's not - and since your critics say you're taking over every sector of the economy, you're not.
Or is this a backdoor admission to something?? And are George Stephanopoulos and Merriam-Webster now part of some conspiracy against Barack Obama?
Click the link and decide for yourself.
h/t: Michelle Malkin