Mild-mannered opposition

Sen. Grassley sums up objections to the Baucus bill, boldface added:

First and foremost . . . [it] moves the nation to “more and more government control of health care.”
[It] would produce the biggest expansion of Medicaid since its creation; it will create an “unprecedented federal mandate” for insurance coverage, which the Internal Revenue Service would enforce; it increases the size of government by at least $1.8 trillion when fully implemented; it gives the Health and Human Services secretary the power to define benefits for every plan in America and to redefine those benefits annually. . . .
The bill “will cause health care premiums for millions to go up, not down,” Grassley said. He pointed to new insurance rating reforms as well as new fees and taxes that will end up raising premiums for million of Americans.

Big Daddy will love it.  Individual responsibility and freedom will suffer.

And, what we know too well, it’s a Dem bill (with maybe [did I say maybe?  Was never any doubt] Sen. Snowe to buy in).  Grassley:

“I still hold out hope that at some point the doorway to bipartisanship will be opened once again. I hope at some point the White House and the (Senate) leadership will want to correct the mistakes that they made by ending our collaborative bipartisan work.”

Hope away, Senator.

Clear as mud

I’ve been meaning to say this for a long time, you have to believe me.

For all his flourish, President Barack Obama sure falls back on a few familiar phrases.

Make no mistake. Change isn’t easy. It won’t happen overnight. There will be setbacks and false starts.

Those who routinely listen to the president have come to expect some of those expressions to pop up in almost every speech. (That includes you, cynics and naysayers, the ones Obama mentions all the time without identifying who is saying nay.)

Yet in the portfolio of presidential phrases, none is more pervasive than Obama’s four-word favorite: Let me be clear.

So I give a begrudging cheer to ABC’s [oops, AP’s] Ben Feller, who beat me and, I’m sure, many others to the punch.

My opinion? It’s part and parcel (chestnut there, sorry) of his overall dishonesty.  (They all are dishonest, you say; but like the pigs in Animal Farm being equal, some are more so than others.)  Those catch phrases are b.s., right?

Later: Oh my, Instapundit linked this, and now my neatly graphed WordPress ups and downs of hit numbers won’t mean a thing, will look uniformly flat as today’s and tomorrow’s shoot up.  Oh well.

Later 2: Another winner, from Reader D, who hates it

when Obama says, “I said it once, and I’ll say it again . . .” Because then I don’t believe he ever said it once.

And few of us look it up at the time.  It becomes a sort of creeping disillusionment if we once believed him or are generally loathe to disbelieve people, a shock of recognition (of a gifted liar) if we hadn’t thought about it.