Mitt Romney defends health insurance mandates in a 2008 Republican presidential debate:
Now Romney that mandates are fine if a state adopts them, but not the federal government. This might even pass the laugh test if he hadn't made the case for mandates while running for a federal office. But, Der Mittster isn't the first politician to say something slippery. This, however, is another matter:
My gosh. That he can say all of this with gravitas and blithely expect to be believed... The contempt this man has for his constituents must know no bounds.
There was a time when I put Orrin Hatch in the same category as Bob Dole: I disagreed with him, but I respected him. How could I have been so wrong. Not that you care, Orrin, but now I hold you in the same contempt that you hold for me.
Now watch Chuckles Grassley dance around the question of mandates like he's barefoot on hot coals:
But, Chuckles, as recently last year you thought mandates were such a jim dandy idea that they might be the ticket to a bipartisan agreement:
This was even on Fox News, so you know it must be fair and balanced...
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to put into effect a lesson I learned a few years back when I lost a pair of concert tickets. I called the ticket service to see if I add any recourse:
Helpful Phone Person: Did you lose them or did they never arrive in the mail?
Me: I lost them.
HPP: Because if you lost them, I can't help you. If they never arrived, I can reissue the tickets. Now, did you lose them or did they never arrive in the mail?
Me: I'm certain that I lost them.
HPP: Sir, did you lose them or did they never arrive in the mail?
Me: I told you, I...oh... Yes, that's right: I never did get them.
HPP: Fine. Now, if you'll give me your name and credit card number...