Former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey thinks President Barack Obama, a fellow Democrat, was re-elected in 2012 because he ‘sucked less’ than former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. It is indeed unfortunate that many, many voters think along these lines as well.
The Nebraskan straight-talker told Mail Online in an exclusive interview that Obama is not up to the job of bringing liberals and conservatives to the table to rescue America’s slowly choking entitlement programs. No and by such a contrast Obama is still at the point where he is budgeting soundly for their continued use. Shall we even mutter welfare reform, food stamps, or even the Head Start programs?
And Obama, he said Wednesday from his Manhattan office, knew he was lying when he promised that the Affordable Care Act would allow Americans to keep insurance plans they liked.
‘He had to know he was misleading the audience,’ Kerrey said quietly, recalling the newly minted president’s countless promises as Congress and the public debated his signature health insurance overhaul.
The worst lie Democrats told about Obamacare, Kerrey reasoned, ‘is not “If you want to keep your health care plan…” – the worst one is, “Everybody deserves high-quality, affordable health care.”‘
In his Washington, D.C. days, the former Nebraska governor often stood out as the rare Democrat who publicly lamented U.S. entitlement programs’ seemingly unstoppable march to insolvency.
A lack of political will and a healthy dose of electoral fear, he said, has virtually guaranteed a climate inside the U.S. Capitol where no one will take the first step toward cutting benefits or ratcheting up the national retirement age.
Obama’s lies, he said, stem from the same human flaw.
‘That self-delusion moment comes in a single declaratory sentence,’ Kerrey said, which is, “If they just get to know me, they’ll vote for me.”‘
‘It’s just self-delusion. … Some of us are good at it, and some of us are bad.’