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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

 
Today's Political Lesson

When a politician says one thing to one audience and something contradictory to another, which represents that politician's true feelings?

Rule of thumb: trust what the politician says to a friendly audience.

Yasser Arafat serves as a prime example. To Western audiences he would talk peace, while to Arab audiences he would proclaim that the Oslo Accords serve to forward the 1974 Phased Plan for the eradication of Israel. Which was the real Arafat? The one who never stood up to Palestinian aggression. The one who never preached peace to his own people - but instead incited long-term war of conquest.

When Obama tells the American Medical Association that he's not pushing for single-payer socialized medicine, and tells his SEIU union allies that single-payer is one of his signature goals, which Obama do we believe? The one that spoke to his fellow travelers. The one who said "I do provide universal health care" at the November 15, 2007 Democratic Debate in Las Vegas - the same year as that SEIU gathering.

Rand Simberg has more.

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