Sunday, October 21, 2012

Do You Suffer From Romnesia?

Do You Suffer From Romnesia?

President Obama has introduced us to a new word, Romnesia. He might get a second Nobel Prize, this time in medicine, for discovering a new malady, suffered only by politicians. The President also provided a cure. Since it is a preexisting condition, ObamaCare would cover it.

Romnesia is a selective form of amnesia whereby a politician running for President forgets his earlier position on a subject and now claims the opposite.  For those of us who are not as erudite as the President, the vernacular is “flip flop.”

Actually the word is “plagiarizer,” as in Vice President Biden was a serial plagiarizer. The origin of the word “Romnesia” is not from the Obama Administration or Obama Campaign. Neither Robert Gibbs nor Jay Carney could have coined it. Stephanie Cutter might have, but it actually goes back to an article, "A Case of Romnesia,” by David Corn in the June issue of Mother Jones Magazine.

Romnesia would be the President in January 2009 who said “Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones” of his administration, but that does not apply in 2012 to Fast and Furious or Benghazi.

He campaigned on “If you choose change, you will have a nominee who doesn’t take a dime from Washington lobbyists and PACs.” Lobbyists started lining up after his inauguration and he supports PAC money thus year.  

An example of Romnesia would be the candidate who said on August 8, 2008 in an interview with the Reverend Rick Warren of Saddleback Church “I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman,” but now supports gay marriage. That would be President Obama.

Let us not forget that Senator Obama in a South Carolina primary debate with Senator Clinton opposed the individual mandate in health insurance. His campaign even ran TV ads against her: “Hillary Clinton’s attacking, but what she’s not telling you about her health care plan is it forces everyone to buy insurance, even if you can’t afford it, and you pay a penalty if you don’t.”

Another example would be the 2008 candidate who said a comprehensive immigration reform bill was one of his highest priorities and that he would introduce a bill into Congress before the end of his first year in office. President Obama has yet to introduce that bill after 4 years in office.

Remember President Obama’s harsh rhetoric against the Bush Tax Cuts? He was vehement four years ago, but signed a two year extension after the November 2010 midterm elections. He’s opposed to them again.

Do you suffer from Romnesia?

President Obama has an acute case of it.

The cure is not ObamaCare, but November 6.

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