John Dingell exposed once again as a liar and govt control freak

Posted by: ST on March 24, 2010 at 9:33 pm

From Paul W. Smith’s show on WJR in Detroit (via Ed Morrissey):


Let me remind you this [Americans allegedly dying because of lack of universal health care] has been going on for years. We are bringing it to a halt. The harsh fact of the matter is when you’re going to pass legislation that will cover 300 [million] American people in different ways it takes a long time to do the necessary administrative steps that have to be taken to put the legislation together to control the people.

And in case anyone on the left thinks he was taken out of context, start at the 6:25 mark of this complete audio clip and you’ll see that he wasn’t. Rather revealing, isn’t it?

Not only were his comments on “controlling people” revolting, but he – like Obama and so many other Dems before him – lied through his teeth (in the audio link, not the YouTube abbreviated version) about Republican alternatives for healthcare “reform.” He suggested that Republicans had presented absolutely no alternatives to ObamaCare and had instead acted purely as obstructionists, which is a flat out lie. Not surprising, since he once accused opponents of ObamaCare as “reminding” him “of the KKK.” Suffice it to say that “truth” and “reality” are not part of this man’s vocabulary, nor are they hallmarks of his politicking style in the House.

Ed tries to make sense of Dingell’s remarks:

It may be the mother of all Freudian slips (which is itself a Freudian joke, if you didn’t catch it). “Control the people” could have one of two contexts here, of course; it could mean patient management, or it could be taken literally. It would take quite a while to “control” 300 million people in either sense of the phrase. Of course, in either sense, it’s one of the good reasons why the government shouldn’t be in the health-care business. The private sector is better designed to manage patients.

But of course, the private sector isn’t designed to “control the people” in the literal sense. You have to have government to do that, and people in charge who believe they should be in charge of “control[ling] the people” instead of supporting and defending the Constitution.

Yeah. Just like Dingell.

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5 Responses to “John Dingell exposed once again as a liar and govt control freak”


  1. NC Cop says:

    Gotta hate it when you slip up and the truth comes out!!

    Of course, like S.T. said, I don’t think this was a slip up. Think about it. The media won’t report it or even give it a second look. When you have a media that does what you want, you don’t have to worry about saying anything wrong.

    November can’t come fast enough.

  2. Donna Hardy says:

    :-w Let’s dump this guy!

  3. Kate says:

    Amen NC Cop…and don’t forget to vote it your state’s primary. Inspect and question all candidates so you know where they stand important issues that affect all Americans, not just bring home the bacon…

    This idea of controlling the people has been the underlying purpose of the Marxist/socialist agenda. The government can take care of people so much better than the private sector in almost all areas of life by their philosophy. They started in our education systems years ago and now look what we have….an underclass of the undereducated. Rising costs in the education systems and especially higher education out stripe that of health care, but we don’t see “education reform”. Why. They already control it through grants, loans, etc. And isn’t it funny that student loans were part of the health care bill? Purpose….it is easy to control the ignorant and weak. If you don’t have an underclass make one….that’s the immigration issue in a nutshell. Steady and dependable voting blocks that vote their meal ticket and on pure emotional and for superficial reasons.

    So Dingle is just laying out the principle that produces the policy. Control the people.

  4. Jack says:

    I find this fascinating. Dingell’s quote was not taken out of context, but instead is being completely and totally misrepresented. Any reasonable person would listen to this clip and realize that he is talking about controlling the administrative elements necessary to implement the health care bill. Period. People on this thread have allowed themselves to buy into the far right’s favorite talking point: Obama and democrats want to control every element of your life. The right has legitimate arguments to make against this health care legislation, particularly on the grounds of cost and cost controls. Demonizing democrats like Dingell and misrepresenting what he said is not among these legitimate arguments. If you want to be taken seriously, please make arguments that are based on facts. Otherwise, you will lose.