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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."

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...
(Philip Klein at the American Spectator further points out that the term "tax" is taken directly from the bill in question.)

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