Define tax, please

George is all grown up now.  Ten years ago he was defending a President who tried to redefine the word “is,” today he challenges another dictionary challenged President.

President Obama was interviewed by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos earlier today.  The topic was health care, of course.  It is never clear when Obama speaks on this topic whether he is supporting the House Bill, HR3200 or Baucus’s Senate Bill, “Affordable Health Choices Act”.  No doubt that is by design.  It keeps the opposition confused.

This is just amazing, folks.  The question was simple, he promised no new taxes to fund health care but now seems poised to impose a massive new tax to fund health care.  Obama attempts to redefine “tax” by telling us increases in health care costs are effectively taxes.  No, Mr. President, private companies cannot impose taxes, only the government can do that.  The President then compares mandatory Auto Insurance to mandatory health care insurance.  The comparison really ends at the word “insurance.”  Auto Insurance protects victims from another party who is at fault.  You are required to buy auto insurance not to be protected but to protect others. In the case of health insurance the government would force us to buy insurance for our own protection.  This makes less sense to me.  But of course the government doesn’t really care about protecting those who can afford insurance, they want to give free insurance to those who will repay them at the polls.

Then the President says something incredible.  After telling us rising private health insurance costs are tax increases and then telling us government mandated auto insurance coverage is not a tax, he says, “But George you can’t just make up that language and decide that’s called a tax increase.”  Excuse me, but isn’t that what Barack just did?  But Stephanopoulos doesn’t just roll over and agree.  That in itself is impressive coming from ABC (Another Barack Channel.)   He puts the heat on the President, even going so far as to define the word, “tax” for the President.  “Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary.  Tax, a charge, usually of money, imposed by authority on persons or property for public purposes,” George was still talking when the President laughed and then scoffed at the dictionary.

With an arrogant wave of his hand, Obama replied, “George the fact that you’ve 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.”  (It seems to me when discussing anything with someone so skilled at twisting words the dictionary might be a very valuable tool.)

President Obama wants us to believe researching an issue is stretching.  Now I understand why none of these people in Washington bothers to read the bills they vote on and impose on the rest of us.  If they bothered to read the bills, they’d be stretching.   We wouldn’t want that would we?  After all ignorance is bliss.

This impacts me personally, the Baucus Bill would increase my insurance premium from $200 a month to 13% of my income. That is one hell of an increase.  Call it a tax or anything else and it is still a massive increase in what I currently pay.  In my case it’s a 500% increase!  Oops I researched that fact.

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