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Why do people keep calling Obama a liar?

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Et tu, HHS?

Economic experts at the Health and Human Services Department concluded in a report issued Thursday that the health care remake will achieve Obama’s aim of expanding health insurance — adding 34 million to the coverage rolls.

But the analysis also found that the law falls short of the president’s twin goal of controlling runaway costs, raising projected spending by about 1 percent over 10 years. That increase could get bigger, since Medicare cuts in the law may be unrealistic and unsustainable, the report warned.

Obama said that the law, which is not called Obamacare, would give everybody health care and make it cheaper and provide free baby unicorns to needy families. Well, two out of three ain’t bad!

Then you’ve got those racists at Politifact, who claim Obama lied when he said, “The vast majority of the money I got was from small donors all across the country”:

Campaign contributions are public record, so there’s verifiable data on how much political candidates receive and who gives it to them. Obama did raise a lot of money from small donations collected over the Internet, and several groups have analyzed the information to determine how much that was. While Obama got more money from small donors than his opponents, they did not account for the majority of his funds…

In the general election, Obama got about 34 percent of his individual donations from small donors, people who gave $200 or less, according to a report from the Campaign Finance Institute. Another 23 percent of donations came from people who gave between $201 and $999, and another 42 percent from people who gave $1,000 or more.

His numbers for the primary were similar. He got about 30 percent of his money from donors who gave $200 or less. Another 28 percent of donations came from people who gave between $201 and $999, and 43 percent from people who gave $1,000 or more.

What’s up with using math, Politifact? It was true at the time Obama said it, because Obama was the one saying it. What, are you trying to say he uttered a falsehood? He’s the President of the United States! There’s this little thing called sedition you might have heard about?

Then there’s Rod Blagojevich, trying to claim Obama knows more than he’s saying about Blago’s alleged attempt to sell Obama’s Senate seat for cash and prizes. According to Jake Tapper:

Disgraced Democratic former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich filed a legal motion Thursday asking for President Obama to testify at the former governor’s corruption trial, and as befitting so much of the world of Blago, the legal papers had a glitch — though parts were redacted, the simple act of cutting and pasting the brief un-redacted the blacked-out portions…

In the un-redacted portion, Blagojevich’s attorneys assert that “President Obama has direct knowledge to allegations made in the indictment. In addition, President Obama’s public statements contradict other witness statements…”

Blago’s lawyers allege that “despite President Obama stating that no representatives of his had any part of any deals, labor union president told the FBI and the United States Attorneys that he spoke to labor union official on November 3, 2008, who received a phone message from Obama that evening. After labor union official listened to the message labor union official told labor union president ‘I’m the one’. Labor union president took that to mean that labor union official was to be the one to deliver the message on behalf of Obama that Senate Candidate B was his pick.”

Senate Candidate B is believed to be White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.

Yeah, right! If Obama said he wasn’t involved in any deals, he wasn’t involved in any deals.

Come on, you guys, stop pointing out Obama saying stuff that might not be literally true. He doesn’t like it. Okay? Please?

P.S. Now cut that out!

Jim Treacher