I pointed this out yesterday, but it's outrageous to see that Obama's latest lie about his lie was actually a planned lie. A video shows that Obama read his newest revision of history, as if the administration had plotted and strategized about the exact words they wanted to use in order to tell a new lie: If you like your plan, you can keep your plan … as long as it hasn't changed since the law has been passed. This type of calculation is manipulative and disingenuous. As Ron Fournier wrote yesterday, it means that Obama is tampering with a fragile commodity, which is his credibility.
His credibility was already on the line before the rollout of Obamacare and the revelation of his years of lies. We have the waffling on the red line in Syria, DOJ spying on journalists, targeting conservatives through the IRS, Benghazi and the YouTube video lie and the bombshell revelations related to the NSA and its pervasive spying, not just on our enemies but on American citizens. Each of these have been met with a varied sense of feigned outrage. Most of them were somehow unknown by the president. Almost all of them involve not being truthful with the American people about the facts or his intentions. George Will had a great line: “Someone has to tell the president it's not clever to be seen trying to be clever.” Americans don't want clever, they want a leader. They want honesty and transparency and they want to know that they can trust our elected officials.
Perhaps all of this leads to Obama's approval rating of just 39%.
Nonetheless, the president doesn't seem to be backing away from Obamacare. He's headed to Texas today to tout his law and try and convince people why they should enroll. Meanwhile, Kathleen Sebelius was back in the hot seat this morning in a Senate hearing on the Obamacare rollout. The bottom line is that a delay is simply “not an option.” Yet Americans remain vulnerable to serious security risks in the Obamacare exchanges.
Beyond the website and the lies, we also have other unintended consequences from Obamacare to consider. For example, Elizabeth MacDonald at Fox Business points to the huge potential for fraud associated with Obamacare and its subsidies. According to FBI agents, they are gearing up for tax credit fraud upwards of $20 billion a year! This is because 17 million Americans will become eligible for these new tax credits under Obamacare, which leaves a lot of room for abuse.
This has been a disaster for this administration and it is effecting Obama's credibility and the trust of the American people.