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Smoke And Mirrors - A Compromise?

Updated on February 13, 2012

So He Does Think Everyone But Him Is Stupid

You need to understand Obama and his inability to compromise. I'm believing to think he sees himself as a dictator with unlimited powers to get his way and exercise his agenda, the US Constitution be damned. Never in our history has such an assault on the rights contained in the First Amendment been under such an assault by any administration. What amazes me is that his latest attempt is being cloaked as a "women's rights issue" which is nice window dressing but just not the truth as usual.

The issue is really about the government's interference in the church and its institutions and mandating (dictating) that its employees be provided contraceptives, sterilization services and abortion inducing drugs. The use of those various things amounts to conscience, not necessarily a right to have anything. The other thing the press is failing to mention is that the mandate isn't really included in Obamacare. It came through the office of HHS via Commissar Sibelius. This is a mandate, not a law. Since when do we allow the executive branch to mandate anything upon the people it serves. Or does Obama think we serve him?

So lets look through the usual smoke and mirrors act, which he is calling his compromise, since it isn't a compromise at all. It's more of a laundering scheme than anything else. Obama claims that his policy shift would lift the mandate to provide the services but in actuality it would do no more than shift the mandate over to those institution's health insurance providers. That's rather transparent, and he did promise to provide us transparency. I, myself, have seen right through him from the get go.

So who pays the insurance premiums for this supposed compromise? That's a valid question and the the answer is simple - the employers do. In this case the employers are the churches and religious institutions that pay the premiums for the services that their conscience dictates they should have nothing to do with. Many of these "employers" are self-insurers so where is that addressed in his mandate "compromise?"

The argument here isn't, and won't be, whether the churches have a valid position. That is their right under the First Amendment to exercise their conscience. Some one has to pay for these free contraceptives, sterilizations and abortifacients, so who is it? Or is this another free Obama free lunch?

I believe that a woman has the right to take contraceptives. I also believe she has the obligation to pay for them. What I see from this administration is hyping that the real issue is about withholding those pills from poor, innocent women how are smart enough to keep their britches up. It's supposed to lower insurance premiums which puzzles me because Obamacare was supposed to do that and we're already seeing an inverse effect before it is even fully implemented. Fooled you again did he?

Any time an insurance company has to provide a "free lunch" someone is going to pay for that lunch. Obamacare is a disaster waiting to happen and most of us knew that and opposed it from the beginning and the number in opposition has grown as more has been found out about the "pass the bill so we can see what's in it" has been winnowed through and the winnowing isn't nearly done as the HHS has been given the authority to mandate to the American people what they will or will not do. Is that what you want from your government?

Any time an insurance company has to provide a "free lunch" someone is going to pay for that lunch. Obamacare is a disaster waiting to happen and most of us knew that and opposed it from the beginning and the number in opposition has grown as more has been found out about the "pass the bill so we can see what's in it" has been winnowed through and the winnowing isn't nearly done as the HHS has been given the authority to mandate to the American people what they will or will not do. Is that what you want from your government?

Who Has The Vaseline? Is That Free Now Too?

I see more of our tax dollars being spent to hash this out in court. There is also now a bill gathering sponsors and support in the Senate called the Freedom of Conscience Act which will be considered in the health committee today. What is this country coming to when a law has to be passed to insure the supreme law of the land, the US Constitution, is upheld?

I'm just asking...

As Always,

The Frog Prince

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      prektr - I've heard that he's the most guarded President in history. Gee, I can't imagine why.

      Fred - I'm hoping your crystal ball works as well as mine! He has failed the nation.

      Stu - You got it. Optional should be paid for. If a woman wants contraceptives, or to be sterilized or take abortifacients she should pay for it, not the tax payer.


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      Stu 5 years ago

      Any sane prson can see through this. Pregnancy is not a "disease," and insurers shouldn't be forced to pay for contraceptives, any more than they should be forced to cover optional procudures like cosmetic surgery. Abortion pills are simply murder devices. Forget about "conscience exceptions;" insurers shouldn't be paying for these. They shouldn't even be available to anyone unless there is an exigency (rape, mortal medical danger to the mother, and the like). It's time we stopped looking at abortion as "family planning." Family planning is PREVENTING unwanted pregnancies, not murdering unborn babies.

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      Ghost32 5 years ago

      'Scuse me, Frog--gotta address Caleb's comment.

      Caleb: The citizenry is not, however, being entirely duped this time around. I'm actually PLEASED that Obama did this AND that he's now locked himself into a rigid refusal to "budge" any farther. (Not that he budged a bit in the first place.)

      Why am I pleased? Because the way I see it, his absolute blunder on this issue has taken his guaranteed loss in November to a guaranteed THUNDERING loss. Never mind the worst case scenarios; our minds all too easily paint those in horrific color. Instead, here's a best case scenario--which I believe has more than a fair chance of coming to pass:

      1. The issue does not go away. It grinds on, and on, and on.

      2. Rick Santorum becomes the GOP nominee.

      3. Since Rick is by far the most vocal candidate out there when it comes to social issues, he pounces on Obama's war on religion like a duck on a june bug. (Which he has in fact already done.)

      4. Additionally, not even thinking about this until it's too late, it turns out Obama has by his own actions handed Santorum a gigantic social issue to work with. An issue, amazingly enough, which he did not have at his disposal until Barack muffed the play.

      5. Santorum beats Obama on Election Day. In a landslide.

      Voted Up & Plenty, Jim. Funny? Not so much.

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      Debbie Carey 5 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA

      Well said, dear sir....well said! Voted up, useful, and interesting. I live in a southern state. One more thing I am curious is how he has managed to maintain his safety throughout all this as well. God bless our Secret Service and Marines who have kept this "czar of all" alive. Just doing their jobs well.

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      Caleb DRC 5 years ago

      Hi Frog. This hub has made me a follower. As a general rule, liberal democrats have a Prime Directive--whether they are aware of it or not--to do the opposite of what God commanded. The irony of this is they use sophistry hidden within the ostensible auspices of "Christianity" to pull it off on an easily duped citizenry.

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      I am still puzzled, frog, how a man without any professional experience, expertise or accomplishment managed to fool voters in '08 into believing he could lead the largest economy and most powerful nation in the world? Was it mass hysteria? God help us if he does it again!

      Cannot believe that congresswoman's remark in the video that 'pregnancy is a disease.' Guess it's true. The inhabitants are running the asylum.

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      FitnezzJim 5 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      Do you think the President ever conciously ponders the following question: Should I 'Compromise' or 'honor my oath to the Constitution'?

      And, of the Republican candidates, which ones would have the question 'Constitutional' as the first consideration in any decision? Which ones would have 'Compromise' as the first consideration?

      Just my opinion, but, compromising on the Constitution conflicts with the oath to uphold it.

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      poetvix - Excellent point about Planned Parenthood. The feds already give them an astronomical amount of money. The puzzle is that they are the largest provider of abortions. Let them provide free contraceptives to all the women in the nation. They got the money from us to do it.

      The Frog

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      poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      As a female, I feel more qualified than him, a man, to state emphatically this has nothing to do with women's rights. Birth control is cheap and even free all over the country now. All any poor person has to do is go to Planned Parenthood.

      This is an attack on liberty, on choice and on religion, pure and simple. If pregnancy is a disease, then all humans must be as well since it's where we all come from! Insanity!

      Sir Frog, I love how you hopped all over this!

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Ever wise on all subjects, but I think you knew I felt that way already, Frog.

      Voted UP and across and a big thank you, mar.

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      Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

      This really infringes on religious rights I believe but government will do anything to cut births and kill babies while opening the door to millions of illegals whose babies become citizens and help bankrupt us. Hate is a feeling I let go years ago and try to never say or feel...

      Up and across.

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      TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.


      Up, awesome, and interesting. I totally agree with your entire assessment. When it comes to this or the economy in general, what people seem to forget is that we all drink out of the same cup of water. It’s as simple as that. I think that everyone should be required to go through a six week small business class If they only learned one thing, it would be that the consumer pays for the cost of doing business. The insurance companies are a business and just like any other business, they don’t give away anything for free.

      Thanks for pointing this out so, well, Jim, and God bless!


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      Pat Potts 5 years ago

      Obama has gone all over the country and advocates class warfare. Wants higher taxes. He surely has no respect for the constitution. Not any for the first amendment. Last but not least no respect for people of faith. I could go on and on. Our goal is to make sure he is not elected again. That is my main goal right now.

      Great hub. Voted up Frog. Thanks

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      There is also another card under the table is the test to see how far you can push the limits of the Constitution and walk away with more authority than you originally had. He didn't the power constitutionally for the first mandate and he does not possess the power for the compromise but he wants the public to believe that he does thereby empowering his hand and set a precedence for the future. Obama sees himself as the one annointed put into office to lead America to the new land but first, he has to break our back so we will not fight that effort. The financial side of that is moving right along so now it is time to attack the constitutional aspects of it. If Congress sits on their hands on this one, you may just pull it off without a peep from those idiots or the SCOTUS. WB

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      Angela Blair 5 years ago from Central Texas

      Frog -- super info and deductions as usual. You know there's an old saying "fair is where you take your pigs to be judged" and that's exactly the way things are going. There's nothing "fair" about any of this -- I think it's just scary as hell. Voted up. Best/Sis

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      Carol 5 years ago from Michigan

      I actually have low blood pressure, but not when I read the Wall Street Journal every day and come here. I needed the break to collect myself, but in this most important election year of this country's history - I MUST take my head back out of the sand and face the facts - this President wants a complete socialist run dictatorship - if there really CAN be such a thing. I predict - if he remains President - he will have the Constitution overturned and attempt to stay in power long past his alloted eight years as well. Who would keep him in check? Eric Holder? Hardly! We ALL must take this despot SERIOUSLY and kick his bottom out of office in 2012 and elect someone who can get us back to our Constitutional roots. Obama has made it very clear if anyone watches early video of him before becoming President - like Ginsberg - he has disdain for the Constitution. It's outdated and outmoded and needs to be fixed according to his gospel. I blame the idiots who elected him for not seeing this FROM THE BEGINNING.

      Great informative writing - as usual Froggy! Keep up the battle cry!!

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      jr3 5 years ago from Navarre Florida

      The only thing funny about this situation is that Obama supporters are getting screwed just like the rest of us, but are too ignorant to realize it

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      As usual you hit the nail on the Head with this Hub Frog. What we have in the White House now is a "True Dictator" ... The fact that he has no Problem, "HE will go it alone" what does that tell the American People. Start THINKING, and Supporting, the Republican side...PLEASE, because this Country CAN NOT take 4 more (what could be) Terrifying years!

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      Lynn S. Murphy 5 years ago

      The other side on his compromise is that he's telling insurance companies what they can and should sell which is unconstitutional as well. Peeps are missing that point because he's pushing it as a compromise, which is not a compromise at all its just another way to give the finger to the constitution.

      UP and chockful of great info as usual.

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      Great hub and comments too. Fair is in the mind of the great dictator. Remember he said he is perfectly willing to go it alone." Very scary and unconstitutional. How much more are we going to accept? Up awesome, interesting, useful and shared.

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      tsadjatko - Is it fair that those of us who had sense enough not to vote for this pretender to have to suffer through 4 years of his violating the US Constitution?

      The Frog

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      TSAD 5 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      A Fairness Quiz for the President


      President Obama has frequently justified his policies—and judged their outcomes—in terms of equity, justice and fairness. That raises an obvious question: How does our existing system—and his own policy record—stack up according to those criteria?

      Is it fair that the richest 1% of Americans pay nearly 40% of all federal income taxes, and the richest 10% pay two-thirds of the tax?

      Is it fair that the richest 10% of Americans shoulder a higher share of their country's income-tax burden than do the richest 10% in every other industrialized nation, including socialist Sweden?

      Is it fair that American corporations pay the highest statutory corporate tax rate of all other industrialized nations but Japan, which cuts its rate on April 1?

      Is it fair that President Obama sends his two daughters to elite private schools that are safer, better-run, and produce higher test scores than public schools in Washington, D.C.—but millions of other families across America are denied that free choice and forced to send their kids to rotten schools?

      Is it fair that Americans who build a family business, hire workers, reinvest and save their money—paying a lifetime of federal, state and local taxes often climbing into the millions of dollars—must then pay an additional estate tax of 35% (and as much as 55% when the law changes next year) when they die, rather than passing that money onto their loved ones?

      Is it fair that Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, former Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel and other leading Democrats who preach tax fairness underpaid their own taxes?

      Is it fair that after the first three years of Obamanomics, the poor are poorer, the poverty rate is rising, the middle class is losing income, and some 5.5 million fewer Americans have jobs today than in 2007?

      Is it fair that roughly 88% of political contributions from supposedly impartial network television reporters, producers and other employees in 2008 went to Democrats?

      Is it fair that the three counties with America's highest median family income just happen to be located in the Washington, D.C., metro area?

      Is it fair that wind, solar and ethanol producers get billions of dollars of subsidies each year and pay virtually no taxes, while the oil and gas industry—which provides at least 10 times as much energy—pays tens of billions of dollars of taxes while the president complains that it is "subsidized"?

      Is it fair that those who work full-time jobs (and sometimes more) to make ends meet have to pay taxes to support up to 99 weeks of unemployment benefits for those who don't work?

      Is it fair that those who took out responsible mortgages and pay them each month have to see their tax dollars used to subsidize those who acted recklessly, greedily and sometimes deceitfully in taking out mortgages they now can't afford to repay?

      Is it fair that thousands of workers won't have jobs because the president sided with environmentalists and blocked the shovel-ready Keystone XL oil pipeline?

      Is it fair that some of Mr. Obama's largest campaign contributors received federal loan guarantees on their investments in renewable energy projects that went bust?

      Is it fair that federal employees receive benefits that are nearly 50% higher than those of private-sector workers whose taxes pay their salaries, according to the Congressional Budget Office?

      Is it fair that soon almost half the federal budget will take income from young working people and redistribute it to old non-working people, even though those over age 65 are already among the wealthiest Americans?

      Is it fair that in 27 states workers can be compelled to join a union in order to keep their jobs?

      Is it fair that nearly four out of 10 American households now pay no federal income tax at all—a number that has risen every year under Mr. Obama?

      Is it fair that Boeing, a private company, was threatened by a federal agency when it sought to add jobs in a right-to-work state rather than in a forced-union state?

      Is it fair that our kids and grandkids and great-grandkids—who never voted for Mr. Obama—will have to pay off the $5 trillion of debt accumulated over the past four years, without any benefits to them?

      Mr. Moore is a member of the Journal's editorial board.