We have a president who will not come clean with people.
He continually tries the same old trick: He talks only about a few aspects of his plan, pretending that this is all there is. He thinks you are so hungry to get the few aspects that you like, that you are dumb enough to swallow the parts you just hate.
For some reason, he thinks you are stupid, and won’t notice this rather lame trick.
And then, for the party that talks all the time about being fearful, he uses fear as his big stick. And pulls weak stunts like this:
The White House is mounting a stinging, sustained broadside against health insurance rate increases as President Obama and his aides enter what they hope will be the final stretch of a year-long political war over health-care reform.
Obama and his health secretary staged a two-pronged attack Monday in a stern letter to health insurance chief executives and a speech in which the president castigated insurance companies 22 times. “How much higher do premiums have to rise,” he demanded, “before we do something about it?”
How many times will the President lie to us, before we do something about it?
The near-daily demonization of the insurance industry is an attempt by the White House to play to Americans’ anxieties about the health-care system — and about the prospect of changing it.
Polls consistently show that most people fear that the legislation would make their treatment more expensive. By focusing on escalating insurance rates, especially for the sliver of the market in which people buy health coverage individually, the administration is emphasizing that costs will increase if Congress does not act.
All very pathetic, and very unpresidential.