Stephanopoulos Questions the President?

Apparently I have stepped into some alternate reality where a person from the mainstream media is actually questioning the messiah himself.  In an interview with President Obama on This Week (ABC), George Stephanopoulos took the Man to task. “Under this mandate, the government is forcing people to spend money, fining you if you don’t.  How is that not a tax?”

Now how the President answered is not as important to me as the fact that it was George himself who asked it.  And he didn’t stop there.  He continued to press Obama, pushing the point that mandating people to have health insurance, fining them if they chose not to, is in fact a tax.  He went so far as to pull out the good old dictionary and read the official definition of a tax. “a charge, usually of money, imposed by authority on persons or property for public purposes.”

Obama, stumbling over his words several times, launched back with a surly defense. “No.  That — that’s not true, George.  The — for us to say that you’ve got to take a responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase.” Honestly, I think the President was simply flabbergasted by the mere idea of being questioned.

Mr. President, with all due respect, everything you touch is a tax increase.  But then again, I am just a critic.

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