Thursday, September 10, 2009

Obama puts me to sleep

I set up to watch Obama pitch health care to the joint session of congress last night. TV working perfectly, chair reclined, drink to hand. Unfortunately Obama's rounded tones put me to sleep before the first commercial. Didn't wake up until Bill O'Reilly came on to comment after the speech. O'Reilly wasn't bad, he had David Axelrod on as a guest. Axelrod was in full throated glittering generalities mode. Judging by the pundit commentary the speech was standard Obama, good sounding phrases but no specifics.
In short, we voters are left wondering what 1000 pages of unreadable legal jargon is going to do to us. And how bureaucrats and courts will change it. Voters are being asked to buy a pig in a poke. We can't read the bill and we fear that death panels or worse are hidden in opaque language deep inside where we won't ever see them until it is too late.

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