Wed, Sep 16th - 2:03PM
Another Political Spin Job...
I have an article out of CNN that I'd like you to read:
If you read this carefully, CNN is pretty much trying to make the point that this could not be an emotional outburst and that Congressman Joe Wilson was the liar.
In shortened format I will outline CNN's arguements:
1. The president denied that health care legislation would provide free coverage for illegal immigrants.
2. The congressman responded by shouting: "You Lie!" to the presidents assertion.
3. CNN recognizes the basis that the congressman claims is that there were expressed quite clearly:
"It was spontaneous. It was when he stated, as he did, about not covering illegal aliens, when I knew we had those two amendments, and I say that respectfully," Wilson said.
He was referring to two amendments on one version of proposed health care legislation, which he said would have provided for verification of citizenship. Both of the amendments were defeated, he said.
Wilson also cited a report by the Congressional Research Service that he said showed the health care proposals would include illegal aliens.
"And I think that is wrong," he said.
"We need to be discussing issues specifically to help the American people. And that would not include illegal aliens. These are people -- I'm for immigration -- legal immigration. I've been an immigration attorney. But people who have come to our country and violated laws, we should not be providing full health care services," he said.
4. CNN then pseudo-debunks this claim:
As an aside, they used themselves as the source. It sort of begs the question when the source to support the arguement is the arguement itself restated by the same persons. (That is a logical point that CNN is too dim to understand, it seems...)
5. Additionally (according to CNN)
A CNN review of the Congressional Research Service report found that the health care legislation does address illegal immigrants. It says that noncitizens who can be considered "resident aliens" under tax law, which doesn't distinguish between legal and illegal immigrants, would be required to buy health insurance.
Yet the proposal clearly says that federal subsidies would go only to U.S. citizens and immigrants who are in the United States legally.
The inference is quite clear. CNN is painting Joe Wilson as having no merits to his arguments. My reply is quite simple:
"By order of the King, it is illegal to be unhappy in Happy Valley. Therefore and henceforth, all citizens are required to be Happy at all Times. So says the King!"
There, that ought to do it. Everyone is "happy" now! Can CNN disagree?
If you read their "Truth Squad" version of "Fact Check", you will find them indeed admitting that
"Thus, legal permanent residents, and noncitizens and unauthorized aliens who qualify as resident aliens … would be required under H.R. 3200 to have health insurance," the new report states.
CNN tries to defuse this by then going on to say:
Critics say there is no way to enforce the ban on subsidies for undocumented workers, since the Democratic majority in the House turned back a Republican effort to explicitly stiffen citizenship checks. But Medicare and Medicaid already require those enrolled to provide "a substantial number of documents" to show they're U.S. citizens or legal residents, said Henrie Treadwell, a professor of community and preventive medicine at Atlanta's Morehouse University medical school.
Um, excuse me for your non sequitur CNN. It does not follow that Medicare and Medicaid (failed programs to be scrapped according to the President in clear speech designed to validate how we would be better off with yet another Government run program!) legal requirements would have any bearing upon the current proposal unless specifically legislated. The amendements that were shot down intended to do just this! By shooting those amendments down, this arguement has not one shred of valid basis. It is circular logic of denial. We say there is no problem because of "X" therefore, we do not need "X". "X" and "X" are the same thing, ignorant beasts! (I don't think they are ignorant -- I think they know full well what they are doing and I was just trying to be a little bit kind. I failed.) Furthermore, the quoted inclussion in the bill is: legal permanent residents, and noncitizens and unauthorized aliens who qualify as resident aliens to be covered by having to have insurance and not excluding them from the subisdy. Can you see the difference between the Medicare/Medicade requirements, and what is clearly stated here? Apparently, the CNN "Truth Squad" on a "Fact Check" cannot see the difference. (I think it is more likely they think the average American Citizen is too dull to catch this -- I think they are fully aware of their own lies here.)
It was an understandable emotional outburst, that it can be said, was a severe breach of protocol. That is the worst it can be said to be. It looks, from the Video Tapes of the account, that he immediately understood and regreted this mistake. He made the apology to the President -- not directly, because he was denied that opportunity. That was appropriate, and I would hope, sincerely meant, even though I think the status quo in Washington is something that Does need to get more than just shaken up.
The following ties it up for me.
1. He apologized to whom he really should have.
2. The apology was offically accepted.
3. "...citizen verification, now on Friday has been adopted by the Senate. The White House has issued a statement that it will be included in their bill." (funny, since CNN SWEARS there is no need for this at all in their great wisdom...)
4. Congress, in pretty much a partisan move, "...voted largely along party lines to admonish Congressman Joe Wilson..." says more than CNN really wanted to about the truth of the issue. They were not out for the truth, but wanted to smear someone and thought they had a likely target.
Can you understand why I have so little respect for the news according to CNN???