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Wherever politics intrudes upon economic life, political success is readily attained by saying what people like to hear rather than what is demonstrably true. Instead of safeguarding truth and honesty, the state then tends to become a major source of insincerity and mendacity. —Hans F. Sennholz
Politicians know their constituents are usually inattentive to the political process. Thus, a politician’s speech is seldom precise or logically reasoned. Seeking a favorable image, the politician talks in generalities, exaggerates and obfuscates.Lost Health Insurance – Dem Leader, “We Knew”
Contrary to President Obama and supporters continuously stating everyone could keep their current health plans, thousands of Americas are losing their health insurance. Denny Hoyer, second in command of the House Democrats, admits Obama's promise was not true – sort of.
“We knew that there would be some policies that would not qualify and therefore people would be required to get more extensive coverage,” Hoyer said in response to a question from National Review.
Was this the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? Hoyer obfuscates, “I don’t think the message was wrong. I think the message was accurate. It was not precise enough…[it] should have been caveated with – ‘assuming you have a policy that in fact does do what the bill is designed to do.’”
Horrifically, our government – politicians and bureaucrats - has given us a series of half truths and obfuscations for many years:
Instead of safeguarding truth and honesty, the State then tends to become a major source of insincerity and mendacity.
This must cease immediately. An honest government is essential to a thriving democracy. John Adams warned us against deceitful politicians:
“When legislature is corrupted the people are undone.”