Obama to the moon for healthcare… er not so fast

August 19, 2009

SPACE SHUTTLEPresident Barack Obama is so determined to get healthcare reform done that he would go to the moon, his spokesman says.

Well here’s the thing…

A presidential review panel has determined that there isn’t enough money in NASA’s budget to send American astronauts to the moon by 2020, so unless Obama wants to wait…

Obama has basically been dodging asteroids over his healthcare plan recently.

So when his spokesman Robert Gibbs was asked if the president might go to Capitol Hill in September to rustle up some votes, he replied: ”I think the president would orbit the moon if he thought it would help.”

Critics complain that Obama’s healthcare plan will lead to astronomical deficits.

Photo credit: Reuters/Scott Audette (moon seen from near Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral)

 

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Eric h most people agree that there has to be changes in the health care system,but you hit the nail on the head when you suggested that i do not trust politicians. The majority of people that are against a government run system it is for this very same reason, My early training was in off shore oil rig engineering construction,and living bankrupt CA and knowing that there are vast amount of gas and oil that could be extracted without any disruption drives me crazy. How come that the liberal government both locally and nationally will not tolerate any notion of possibly even considering this? Yet the Obama government are going to underwrite a 2 billion loan to an south american off shore drilling company to search for oil off the coast brazil. Incidentally George Soros bought a major part of the company 6 months ago! Do i want these same people to get their hands on my health care?

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