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Obama, Stephanopoulos Spar Over Definition of 'Tax'

 
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Obama, Stephanopoulos Spar Over Definition of 'Tax'
In an interview airing Sunday, ABC News' George Stephanopoulos pressed the president on his plan to require people to purchase health insurance.
By Kimberly Schwandt

FOXNews.com

Sunday, September 20, 2009

President Obama and ABC News' George Stephanopoulos got in a testy sparring match Sunday over whether the president's health care plan includes a tax increase, leading the host to look up the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of taxes.

In the interview airing Sunday, Stephanopoulos pressed the president on his plan to require people to purchase health insurance.

"Under this mandate, the government is forcing people to spend money, fining you if you don't. How is that not a tax?" the host asked.

Obama responded: " No, but -- but, George, you -- you can't just make up that language and decide that that's called a tax increase."

Stephanopoulos then offered the dictionary definition.

"I don't think I'm making it up. Merriam-Webster's dictionary: 'Tax, a charge, usually of money, imposed by authority on persons or property for public purposes,'" he said.

Visibly taken aback, Obama rejected the notion it was a tax increase and said pulling the dictionary out was a sign the host was "stretching" a little.

"No. That -- that's not true, George. The -- for us to say that you've got to take a responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase," Obama said.

Click here to see the exchange with Obama.
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War is peace

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Don't think for one second this wasn't "pre-scripted". The teleprompter pre-scripts everything. This is just a way for the Messiah to try to make it look like he doest dodge the hard questions. With the heat that the Obama Media Network has been taking lately for ignoring stories, this was his way to make it look like he wasn't being served up softballs.
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from what i heard the media is really getting sick and tired how the white house treats them. suffice to say the obama admin are control freaks and journalists are starting to resent the fact that they being bullied. i think u are going to start seeing media turning against him rather quickly.

for instance:

chris wallace talking about the white house complaining about guests and questions.
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Thus far, Obama has said one thing that was 100% accurate (and that was off record)

Kanye West is a jackass.
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Much of the media previously worked for Bush, spreading out whatever lie he wanted. Why do you think the media would like Obama?
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You know he's in trouble when Stephanopoulos will even say something negative to a democrat.
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Much of the media previously worked for Bush, spreading out whatever lie he wanted. Why do you think the media would like Obama?
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what?
did you miss the 8 yrs Bush was in office on ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, and CNN?
Hellooooooooooooooo
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Yeah, CBS loved Bush so much they forged official government documents in a concerted effort to destroy him and install Lurch as their liberal messiah.

whatever
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what?
did you miss the 8 yrs Bush was in office on ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, and CNN?
Hellooooooooooooooo
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No, I didn't. They hated him in his second term, but anybody hates the top dog in a piss poor economy.
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