The Hardball host reported “the shirts have temporarily sold out, but,” he boasted as he held up one in front of him, “I’ve got my own right here. If you had to ask, extra large. There it is. ‘Health care reform, BFD.’ There it is.”
Matthews, in the “Political Sideshow” segment on the Friday, April 2 Hardball:
…The Democratic National Committee has turned a lemon into lemonade. They’ve taken the catch phrase, slapped it on a T-shirt and are now selling it online. You too can get your BFD shirt with a donation of $25. It reads: ‘Health Reform, a BFD.’ Just $25 for a piece of delightfully unscripted history. Tonight’s ‘Big Number.’And by the way, the shirts have temporarily sold out, but I’ve got my own right here. If you had to ask, extra large. There it is. ‘Health care reform, BFD.’ There it is.
Up next, the latest example of the far right gone mad. Three dozen governors across the country have received identical threatening letters urging them to resign…
The “BFD”, of course, comes from what were supposed to be off-mic remarks VP Joe Biden made to President Obama shortly after introducing him just moments before signing the healthcare “reform” legislation.
With the size of Matthews’ ego, you’d think he’d need a size much bigger than just XL …
Here’s the complete, extended, verbatim money quote, which I paraphrased in my last post:
If this health care bill never existed, if I didn’t do anything about it, we’d actually be a trillion dollars worse off over the long term. But even with the saving we’re getting from health care, we’re still going to have to do more. And if you don’t believe that, go on our Web site — www.whitehouse.gov — and you can look at how the federal budget works.
“Do more.” Translation: “Spend more.” Lots more.
Not on our watch. Not if we can help it. C’mon, November 2010!
PS: The Rhetorician has a must-read on the recent unemployment numbers that just came out. Hint: 50K of them were temporary Census worker jobs.
Local station WCNC has a live video stream of President Obama’s upcoming speech he will give here in Charlotte, which will presumably happen sooner rather than later.
I’m not able to get away from work obligations to attend today’s local Tea Party festivities, unfortunately, but I’ll make sure to scan around some local sites later today and tonight to post any photos/videos I can find of the Tea Partiers greeting our celebrity President as he visits a state and a city whose enemployment rate is nothing to hold up as a shining example to the rest of the nation.
Update – 1:52 PM: News14 Charlotte has a short video of the Tea Party protesters greeting Obama earlier today. The Observer reports that it was a small group, around 50 (not surprising, since it’s a workday). The Observer also has a few photos and video of the Tea Partiers from today.
The takeaway quote from O’s speech for me? “If we hadn’t spent what we have over the last year, we’d be even worse off.” If that’s not the classic modern day liberal justification to a T for a massive spending frenzy, I don’t know what is.
Let me be clear: There’s probably going to have to be a significant reform of other social programs as the Federal Government assumes more responsibility for health care for the nation’s people, there are other social programs that are probably going to undermine some elements of social cohesion, there’s no doubt about that.
“Too often, much of late, the last couple three years, the mal-distribution of income in America is gone up way too much, the wealthy are getting way, way too wealthy and the middle income class is left behind,” he said. “Wages have not kept up with increased income of the highest income in America. This legislation will have the effect of addressing that mal-distribution of income in America.”
“It’s a simple proposition to us: Everyone is entitled to adequate medical health care,” Biden says. “If you call that a ‘redistribution of income’ — well, so be it. I don’t call it that. I call it just being fair — giving the middle class taxpayers an even break that the wealthy have been getting.”
JOE WURZELBACHER, PLUMBER: Your new tax plan is going tax me more, isn’t it?
OBAMA: It’s not that I want to punish your success; I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you that they’ve got a chance to success, too. I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.
Hey, at least they’re being honest about who they are and what they’re all about, right? It used to be, most left wing politicos would try to obfuscate or outright lie about their true socialist colors. But the last few years? They’ve seen fit to “come out of the closet” in shockingly upfront ways now more so than ever as to where exactly they stand on the issue of the role of the federal government in the lives of average Joe and Jane citizens.