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The Lady and the Snake

I've been thinking a lot lately about the old story of the Lady and the Snake. One day, so the story goes, a lady was walking down the road when she came across an injured snake. The lady picked up the snake, brought it home, and nursed it back to health. Over time, the lady and the snake became the best of friends. One day, the lady was in her garden with the snake, when the snake lunged forward suddenly and bit her in the throat. As the lady lay dying, she looked bat the snake and said, "Why did you kill me? I was your friend! I took care of you!" The snake looked at her and said, "Lady, you knew I was a snake when you picked me up."

This is how I'm feeling about the President of the United States these days.

Example: in a recent Washington Post interview, Mr. Obama ran off a long list of accomplishments he had achieved during his first year in office, and cited the (maybe)-soon-to-be-passed health care "reform" legislation as the most significant. When asked about the strong negative reaction coming from the base of the Democratic party over the removal of any form of public option, Mr. Obama said, "I didn't campaign on the public option."


Oh, rilly?

Nah, not rilly. This was the Obama campaign's line on health care and the public option, way back in the campaign day: "My plan builds on and improves our current insurance system, which most Americans continue to rely upon, and creates a new public health plan for those currently without coverage. Under my plan, Americans will be able to choose to maintain their current coverage if they choose to. For those without health insurance I will establish a new public insurance program, and provide subsides to afford care for those who need them."
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