Welcome to The ABC White House Evening News – June 24, 2009

Good Evening, This Charles Gibson and welcome to The ABC White House Evening News…………….. Tonight’s top story – Health care Reform, The President says, “We have to do it and we have to do it NOW”! 

This is not a fantasy, this is going to happen. ABC News is going to provide the Obama administration unprecedented coverage on June 24th to sell their program to nationalize health care. ABC News will devote extensive coverage to the issue. This will include an interview with President Obama and the First Lady on “Good Morning America“, live from the south lawn, followed by a telecast of “World News”, live from the Blue Room. They will finish with a one-hour prime time town-hall health care discussion with President Obama called “Questions for the President: Prescription for America” moderated by Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer. 

The Republican National Committee claims this will be nothing but a “glorified infomercial” to promote the administration’s agenda. When the Republicans asked ABC for time to present their counter proposal they were flatly told no.

“I am deeply concerned and disappointed with ABC’s astonishing decision to exclude opposing voices on this critical issue,” RNC Chief of Staff Ken McKay wrote in a letter to ABC News President David Westin.

The administration continues to successfully pimp out the media to advance its’ own agenda. Even Jon Stewart remarked that the recent NBC, The White House, Behind the Scenes, special had no actual news value. It was just propaganda for the President. The special has even been described as being similar to an episode of MTV’s Cribs, certainly not a flattering comparison.

Rich Noyes, research director at the Media Research Center, said the amount of time being dedicated exclusively to Obama’s platform presents a problem for those claiming fairness. “Will the opponents of President Obama’s health care plan get an equal shot at the debate on the airwaves? This is an awful lot of time that ABC is giving over to one side of the debate,” Noyes said. “This is an issue of such importance, the public really requires a balanced debate.” (source – Fox News) 

The American people deserve to know that they’re not just watching the administration’s spin on their local newscasts — they’re paying for it, too.” Sen. John Kerry (Ironically, even a liberal gets it right once in a while)

What has happened to journalism? Why has the media become the public relations arm of the Democratic Party? What is it going to take to get a fair public debate on any issue with this administration? I’m tired of the President’s arrogant finger wagging and scoldings about how we must do everything right now because there is no time to wait. I am also tired of him telling us what HE will and will not accept. We need to remind the President that he was ELECTED to lead a democracy. The President and his czars need to understand that we are entitled to a debate of the facts and a say in the direction. We will not be dictated to. Despite the President’s continuous assertion to the contrary, health care is not destroying the economy –  government regulations and excessive interventions are. The public needs to wake up and engage! Make your voice heard. This is serious business.

This is potentially the most important policy debate in modern U.S. history. The economic impact of nationalizing health care or even simply expanding government provided health care to cover the uninsured could be a financial disaster. The government has already proven that they can not efficiently manage a health care program. Two of three biggest government liabilities are Medicaid and Medicare, right behind Social Security. When they were started in the mid sixties the Johnson administration promised they would be modest programs. They were to be funded by a small incremental tax. These programs were only supposed to help the elderly and the very poor. Yet today, they are  anchors around the neck of the country.

As citizens we should demand a full debate on this issue and we should hold our legislators accountable for the decision. We do not need an artificial deadline imposed. This should be fully vetted. Since the TARP legislation was shoved down our throats by the Congress and the Bush administration we have had a steady diet of spending and new government intervention. What is worse is that most of this spending and power grabbing is unconstitutional! We need to call a time out and take our time to decide the right solution. What is the objective – to lower the cost of health care so that it is accessible and affordable for more Americans or to create a government run health care system? After all if you were going to make a $1.2 trillion purchase with your own money you would probably want to do some research and investigate all your options before spending your cash. Oh wait, this is your money, your children’s money and your grandchildren’s money!

“We are so cleverly manipulated and influenced by the media and establishments on both the right and left, that the truth has become hopelessly lost in semantics.”- Jules Carlysle 

“It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.” – Abraham Lincoln

“A dictator must fool all the people all the time and there’s only one way to do that, he must also fool himself.” –  William Somerset Maugham

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