Thursday, July 23, 2009

Obama and Health Care, Conservative Pundit Trolls and Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Has everyone been paying attention to the health care debate today following Obama's presser last night? What's that? You aren't hearing anything about it? Oh, all you hear is about Obama's statement regarding the police arresting a man in his own home.

The trolls have managed to derail the entire discussion that should be taking place.

Everyone familiar with blogging, most certainly has dealt with a troll or two. Trolls, according to Wikipidia is "someone who posts controversial, inflammatory, irrelevant or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room or collaborative content community with the primary intent of provoking other users into an emotional or disciplinary response or to generally disrupt normal on-topic discussion."

But, since people are misrepresenting what President Obama was saying, lets make this clear as day.

When Obama stated he did not know all the facts, it was in response to the what does this mean for race relations question. He stated he doesn't have all the facts to determine if it was a racial profiling incident.

Here is the question and statement for you viewing pleasure.

Reporter: "... What does that incident say to you and what does it say about race relations in America?"

Obama: "...I don’t know – not having been there and not seeing all the facts – what role race played in that"

He didn't say he didn't know the facts to have an opinion on the situation.

Furthermore, when he went on to speak of the history of racial profiling, he prefaced it with "what I think we know separate and apart from this incident is that there is a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately, and that's just a fact."

Do you conservatives have some sort of selective listening device that ignores ends of sentences or other words or phrases that just don't fit into your argument?

Sure seems like it.

Second, if Republicans really want to rally behind this one, be my guest. The all white party railing against a President that stated it was stupid to arrest someone in their own home is a reverse Sister Soulja moment for them.

But I understand, it'll give the racists a reason to make a stink and hide behind the shield of nobility of defending a policeman.

So, now that we got that behind us, lets get back to discussing why it's politically corrupt for politicians to be setting medicare reimbursement rates in their local districts and how we should put the power into the hands of the suggestions coming down from the Medpac board of professional doctors and physicians, which I remind you, was a Republican idea, as noted by the President last night. There is where the real saving will come.

For more info on Medpac, please look HERE,

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