“You Lie!” So Say Republican Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina

Bookmark and Share    Congratulations to Republican Congressman Joe Wilson of South Carolina.

Last night, in a tied game at  the bottom of the ninth, with two out and two strikes and bases loaded, President Obama threw out JoeWilsonYouLiehis final pitch in the health care and management reform debate and just as he made the pitch, like an umpire with a keen eye, Congressman Wilson cried…… “yer out!”

He didn’t actually say “yer out” but he mine as well  have. What the South Carolina Republican actually yelled out was you lie“!

At a decibel level intended for everyone, including the President, to hear, Joe Wilson called the President out just as the President reprimanded all those who oppose his reform scheme for distorting the facts. Quite hypocritically, after making the point, not only did the President distort the truth himself, he did exactly what the Congressman so bluntly claimed……the President lied.

When President Obama said “there are also those who claim that our reform efforts would insure illegal immigrants. This to is false”, the Republican side of the House chamber broke into a moan of nay saying rumbles. As those rumbles died down the President continued, “The reforms I am proposing would not include coverage for those that are here illegally”. At that, Congressman Wilson loudly yelled “you lie!” . To which the President and the Vice President and House Speaker behind him all whipped their heads in the direction which the remark came from. The President stared in the Congressman’s direction for a moment, as another round of grumbles erupted from those gathered in the chamber. The only reaction to the remark offered by the President was an impishly, snarky smile and a muttering of  “it’s not true” before he proceeded with his 48 minute lecture.

Was Congressman Wilson right?

Well if one were to base that on the President’s support for H.R. 3200, the bill he has been pushing for passage, one would have to agree with Congressman Wilson.

According to analyses by the Congressional Budget Offices “H.R. 3200 does not contain any restrictions on noncitizens – whether legally or illegally present, or in the United States temporarily or permanently – participating in the Exchange.”

Unless President Obama is willing to state that either he did not read H.R. 3200 and was unaware of this fact or that he is proposing a totally new bill which specifically places restrictions on illegal immigrants availability to American health insurance, than he did in fact “lie”.

Congressman Wilson may not have set an example of decorum but he did make a point that was deserving of being made, especially during a point in the speech where the President was reprimanding those who distort the facts on health care and management reform. The President himself was clearly distorting the facts. His own facts. Not only was the President lying, he was being a hypocrite at the same time..

Thank you Congressman Wilson. You had the balls that few in Congress have these days.

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4 responses to ““You Lie!” So Say Republican Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina

  1. bret logan

    who lied? not Obama. Wilson lied.

    Read this from p.143. Bold and all caps, and Joe Wilson and you still missed it. Don’t congratulate Wilson for lying and for inappropriate behavior, please.

    Sec. 246 NO FEDERAL PAYMENT FOR UNDOCUMENTED ALIENS

    Nothing in this subtitle shall allow Federal payments for affordability credits on behalf of individuals who are not lawfully present in the United States.

  2. Connie

    I must be one of those “ridiculous Republicans” mentioned by Johnny because I also believe the President lied and knows he did. If the Democrats wanted to shut down the belief that illegal immigrants will get health insurance, all they have to do is agree to language in the bill that will ensure that proper ID will be required to prove you are here legally – they refused to do that. I’m glad that Joe Wilson called him on it – took courage – and by the way, when did democrats show any respect for our last president? He was called every name in the book!

    The President, and any other elected official that continues to ignore the will of the American people will find themselves fired come next elections!

  3. Len Pickett

    Thanks to Rep. Joe Wilson for speaking up to this Castro-like President. He only said what I and millions of others were muttering at our TV sets as we listened to Obamas rambling disparaging speech to the congress.

  4. Johnny

    Right, Obama has to have someone in Congress explicitly place something in the bill that would make it impossible for illegal immigrants to game our system and exploit a set of policies that is clearly intented for legal American citizens. If he doesn’t, he will clearly be advocating a system secretly designed to help illegal immigrants get health coverage in this country, as the Republican minions (Hannity, O’Reilly, Limbaugh) have consistently insinuated. I’m being sarcastic, I think I might have to explicit for some of the readers that frequent this site.
    The President (yes, he is your President too, even if the Democrats tolerated Bush’s lies for 8 years without an outburst, despite those lies leading to the death of thousands of Americans and countless innocent Iraqi civilians), clearly believes the bill does not provide for the insuring of illegal immigrants, whether you consider his response “snarky” or classy, stately, dignified. So good luck spinning this one, only the most die hard xenophobic, out of touch, ridiculous “Republicans” will see it your way.

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