Every word s/he says is a lie, including “and” and “the”.

From CrossMap:

Congressman Chris Smith: The Big Three Obamacare Abortion Lies of the Year

WASHINGTON, Dec. 30, 2013 — Even as President Obama’s now infamous claim, “[i]f you like your plan you can keep it,” is being recognized as the “Lie of the Year” by an independent media watchdog, Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04), Co-Chair of the Congressional Pro-life Caucus, issued the following statement regarding the “Big Three Obamacare Abortion Lies of the Year.”

Big Lie No. 1: “The Act maintains current Hyde Amendment restrictions governing abortion policy and extends those restrictions to newly created health insurance exchanges.” (Obama Executive Order 13535)


Big Lie No. 2: Information about which Obamacare plans cover abortion “is on the website…it is available…” (Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at a December 11 hearing.)


Big Lie No. 3:“[I]n the Senate bill [which later became law], if you are receiving Federal assistance to buy insurance, and if that plan has any abortion coverage, the insurance company must bill you separately, and you must pay separately from your own personal funds-perhaps a credit card transaction, your separate personal check, or automatic withdrawal from your bank account-for that abortion coverage.  Now, let me say that again.  You have to write two checks: one for the basic policy and one for the additional coverage for abortion.The latter has to be entirely from personal funds.” (Senator Ben Nelson (NE), Dec. 24, 2009)


Read the whole thing there.

I am reminded of the fight between Lilian Hellman and Mary McCarthy.  To paraphrase the later only slightly:

Every word s/he says is a lie, including “and” and “the”.


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  1. lsclerkin says:

    S/he, indeed.

  2. wmeyer says:

    But in fairness, he’s been lying at least since the start of his first campaign. Seems as natural to him as breathing.

    The larger question is why so many millions chose not to notice.

  3. lsclerkin says:


  4. gracie says:

    “Every word s/he says is a lie, including “and” and “the”.

    Also the word “a”.

  5. Supertradmum says:

    Way back in 2010, I actually, with my son, read parts of this horrible bill and tried to warn the seminarians where I was teaching not to support Obamacare and to write to their congressmen. I only got in trouble, as usual, with my supervisor, liberal nun, head of department at the time. I tried.

    If Catholics had actually followed the history of the worst anti-life President in history, they could not have supported this bill. I actually watched the bill being passed, the collapsing of the Stupak–Pitts Amendment, and the selling out of the so-called pro-life Dems. I felt physically ill the night it passed.

    I still cannot believe that Dems actually thought Executive Order 13535 , the executive order announced by President Barack Obama on March 21, 2010, and signed on March 24, would actually be implemented. I cannot believe that Catholics then voted again for this man who lies and had always lied.

    Lies were obvious then, and when I saw on the telly Stupak coming out of his meeting with Obama, I knew that the Representatives had caved in to lies.

    That people are still believing lies is amazing.

    When I was in Illinois, at a pro-life party in my house, in 2004, I had a small television then, which for some odd reason was one (kids had been watching a video or something). Obama’s face came on the screen and the sound was off at that time. I stopped and said, loudly, “Who is that man?”

    One of my pro-life friends told me it was Barack Obama. My reply was instant, “He is the anti-Christ.” The response at the party was amazing. But, I decided that man’s voice would never be heard in my house on the radio or tv. His was the Voice of Saruman.

    Theologically, I should have said “an anti-Christ” as he is not the biggie, but one more in a long line.

    To this day, if there is a tv or radio report on and he is speaking, I leave the room. Sadly, this happens daily where I am temporarily, living with Obama Catholics.

    Lies should not be heard. Reading is different, but to engage in listening to lies deadens the soul.

  6. wmeyer says:

    Supertradmum said: “That people are still believing lies is amazing.”

    And there are many who believe they are saved by baptism, or by faith alone. There are many who do not believe in the Real Presence. Satan works hard to keep the veil over people’s eyes.

    Years ago, I encountered a man, colleague to a friend of mine, whose first impression on me was chilling. One look, and I fled. My colleague friend found me a few minutes later, asking why I didn’t say hello. I asked him “who was that snake you were with?” He proved his nature a year later, stealing designs from my friend and opening a company in competition.

    Today, however, in contrast with Obama, I would say that snake was less dangerous.

  7. Jean Marie says:

    Great comment. I agree with everything you stated. I sensed Obama’s evil right from the start. I recently celebrated Christmas with my “Obama loving family”, the only family I have left after the death of my parents. I do have another brother but he lives so far away I’m not able to see him. Every holiday, I have to endure the absolute moral and spiritual blindness of these people who I love and have been praying for many years. They won’t go to Church except for the younger nieces who I insist on taking (one of them is my God daughter and I take that responsibility very seriously). My sister in-law had practically built a shrine to Obama in her bedroom which she has finally toned down a bit. She also has an older brother and sister who are open homosexuals who know that I support the Church’s teachings completely and will not back down. In fact, one Christmas when no one was in the living room but me and the lesbian couple, they decided to put on a little show for me: one sat on other’s lap and they started caressing and stroking each other while looking right at me, “the bigot.” If they were straight you would have told them to get a motel room. So every holiday I feel like I’m walking into a lion’s den and have to be careful about what I do or say. It’s either that or stay home. And if I stay home, I feel like they’ve won. Who’s going to fight for those children and try to plant in them the seeds of the Catholic faith? What Obama has done is draw out the evil that may have been latent in many people all along. Yes, I know that God’s grace is greater than any evil, but this is a tough situation to live through. And I’m sure many others on this site must have similar experiences.

  8. yatzer says:

    Jean Marie–absolutely! How to handle these things?

  9. The Masked Chicken says:

    “And there are many who believe they are saved by baptism”

    You have to be careful about this. Technically, you are saved by baptism (the application of the salvific merits of the Cross and Resurrection), since baptized infants who die are assured of Heaven. The notion of being saved is not a once-only thing past the age of reason, so that, beyond that age, one can lose one’s salvation, but, baptism is the initial, necessary step, be it baptism of water, blood, or desire.

    The Chicken

  10. The Masked Chicken says:

    “Every word s/he says is a lie, including “and” and “the”.

    Also the word ‘a’.”

    Even the pauses and spaces lie.

    The Chicken

  11. wmeyer says:

    Masked Chicken said: “You have to be careful about this.”

    Indeed, I should have clarified: In specific, I was referring to our separated brethren who believe that once baptized, they are saved, apparently without regard to any acts they subsequently commit.

  12. Supertradmum says:

    Jean Marie,
    I have the same problems-three atheist brothers, Obama Catholic parents, and all voted for this man twice. They love Obamacare. These are all middle-class people.

    I say nada when at home-nada.

    They all think I am really stupid, and that I hate the poor, which is ironic, as I am poor.

    Prayer helps a lot, btw. I just pray and pray and pray and let the hurt be prayer as well. But, one must not be in the negativity often, as we need to think of our own salvation.

    Suffering for families is the lot of many Catholics. I think this is part of my cross and for me, my purgatory on earth. The only family member with whom I can discuss God, and real politics, is my son, 4,000 miles away. So, that comfort is temporarily gone.

    But, I do believe if we can love and love and pray and pray, we can attain peace ourselves and perhaps more grace of conversion for all involved.

    What is so hard it the condemnation which comes from the liberal tolerant mind.

    God bless you.

    I suggest you read this….if you have time

  13. Angie Mcs says:

    The holidays can so often be difficult with family and friends. My children and my husband and I have an unspoken agreement to avoid politics and religion. I love them dearly but cannot tolerate many of their views. Instead, I use brief opportunities to speak to the little ones about Jesus, why I wear a crucifix , angels and what they do, etc. The holidays let me get away with a lot, and I hope to plant a seed or two. I would not want to break off precious ties with people I love when I hope I can reach them as an example, in quiet, loving ways. And on Pentacost, our church has a very lovely suprise at the end of mass, which is a delight to the children. I think I will be able to take my granddaughter to that…baby steps.

    As far as seeing Mr. O. on TV, I find I cannot tolerate a moment of seeing or hearing him. To me, he has become a face of evil. There are still photographs of him that quite clearly reflect this in his eyes.
    Why has this happened? Perhaps control over weak minds, I dont know. My grandmother once saw Adolf Hitler at the opera house in Berlin where my grandfather sang. She got very close up to him and said he had a certain menacing yet piercing look in his eyes. If our eyes are windows to our souls, as they are often referred, then I understand now what she meant.

  14. SKAY says:

    There are non so blind as those who will not see.

    It is amazing.
    I agree–his eyes do mirror his soul. So do the people who have always surrounded him and continue to do so. I think the pictures that I have seen of most dictators depict the same thing — very cold eyes.
    I noticed that quite early as I am sure most of you did.
    Thankfully I am able to turn the TV off when I see him or hear his voice as he piles one lie on top of another. The MSM is right there to give cover. He and his propaganda machine have made evil seem good and therefore so fashionable. The people most affected refuse to look behind the mask–it is just too scary–and requires a little work.

  15. pmullane says:


    The ease with which some people have accepted the lies of polititians is incredible, isnt it? I fear its a sign of the decadence of the west, people just dont care that they elect man and women who will say literally anything to gain power, they dont care about those who are affected by having these liars in power. In a sense I feel that Bill Clinton may have been both the least and most consequential president in American history, the least because he did very little of consequence whilst president, and the most because he tarnished the office so much that nobody expects the president of the United States – and therefore any polititan in the western world – to have any honour. If you can brazenly lie about cheating on your wife with an intern in the oval office and get away with it, you can brazenly lie about you tube videos, or ‘if you like your plan, you can keep your plan’. Polititians have made the deal with the devil, power at any cost, but they can only get away with it because they are allowed to by a narcissistic electorate.

    Interestingly, those people who dont care about a culture of lying polititians are the first ones to complain when they get ‘ripped off’ by fraudsters, cheated on by spouses, etc etc.

    For as long as I can remember, we have prayed incessantly for the conversion of our country, for God to bring us back to him. I truly believe that we are so twisted and bent out of shape that to answer that prayer is going to hurt – a lot. To get us back, God is going to have to drag us away from the detritus that fills our lives. He has sent prophets to our times – Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis, Mother Teresa, Padre Pio, Mother Angelica, etc, but we have been too hard harted to listen. So we have to do it the hard way. How hard? i have no idea, but we have ben spoilt (materially) more than anyone in the history of mankind, so will we need to lose more than anyone in the history of mankind? Spare us, Oh Lord!

  16. The Masked Chicken says:

    “In a sense I feel that Bill Clinton may have been both the least and most consequential president in American history, the least because he did very little of consequence whilst president, and the most because he tarnished the office so much that nobody expects the president of the United States – and therefore any polititan in the western world – to have any honour.”

    Yes, he tarnished the Office, but he was far from of little consequence. Indeed, almost all of the current difficulties of this Country can be, I think, traced to him:

    1. Considering universal health care (if Hillary hadn’t been so uncooperative with Congress, it might gave been realized in 1994)

    2. Giving China Most Favored Nation Status (allowing them to, virtually, own the U. S. Trade deficit)

    3. Mandated, not merely allowed, the granting of subprime mortgages to unworthy applicants (this was not a bad idea under Carter, who, actually, had his own boots on the ground with this, since he was a big champion of housing for the poor – but it was merely an allowance under Carter and at the discretion of the banks). This allowed for the housing crisis of 2008.

    4. Clinton shut down an operation to take out bin Laden in 1998.

    5. Increased the tension between U. S. And Iraq. Claimed they had WMD development (including nuclear) that set the stage for Bush’s invasion. Offered Iran possible enriched uranium if they only used it for power plants (similar to what Obama did). Offered North Korea plutonium for reactors. This may have allowed North Korea to develop their nuclear weapons. Got the U. S. greatly involved on policing foreign countries, such as Haiti, Bosnia, etc.

    6. Signed the NAFTA treaty with Mexico that led to the off-shoring of jobs.

    7. Lifted the trade embargo with Vietnam.

    No, he was far from inconsequential, in my opinion.

    The Chicken

  17. pmullane says:

    Masked Chicken – I knew that comment was going to come back to haunt me. I appreciate and agree with your comments that many of the United States’ problems can be traced back to the 1990’s, it would make an interesting discussion but its beside the point that I was tring to make that Clintons signature acheivement (as opposed to Reagans winning the cold war or Obamas universal healthcare) was to ruin the good faith of the presidency. I consider him (relatively) inconsequential because he was all expediency and no substance, although I agree his (bad) decisions have had consequences that have been disasterous to the health of your country.

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