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Barry Manilow

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"Oh, Mandate"

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The Lyrics

Recently, the Obama administration announced a video contest to help persuade young Americans to buy health insurance through the exchanges. So here is my song parody contribution commemorating the magical moment when the individual mandate was saved from being struck down as an unlawful "Taking" in violation of the Fifth Amendment when Chief Justice Roberts recast the individual mandate as a tax -- even though the Obama Administration itself had not made this argument
I remember late '08
Mapping out the Marxist state
First, we grab GM
Then banks were in our fold
Grabbing for health care
The Courts got involved, and
Monday it was judgment day
Nervous proggos walk my way
Looking in their eyes; I see the terror grows
I never realized
How badly we played it

Oh Mandate!
Well, you were an illegal method of Taking
So they called you a tax
Oh, Mandate!
Well you came through on thinking quite shaky
Now you won't get the ax

Standing 'gainst the people will
Cloward's* dream goes unfulfilled
Bailed out by The Chief, with muddled thinking
The gears are all in place
And ev'rything's sync-ing

Oh Mandate!
Well you were an illegal modus for Taking
So they called you a tax
Oh Mandate!
Well, your legal foundations are shaky
But you won't get the ax

Repeal is just a dream, The Right is in mourning
Try to seize the day; Alinsky* is gloating

Oh Mandate!
Well, you're a creature of Robert's own making
And you pulled through today
Oh Mandate!
Well you came through and Nancy stopped shaking
And we need you today

Oh Mandate!
The Republic is ours for the taking
Cause you survived the day
Oh Mandate!
Well, you pulled through and Nancy stopped shaking
And we need you

*Refers to Richard Clower who formulated the Cloward-Piven strategy for overloading the US government in order to cause its collapse and replacement by a more socialist form of government ... *Saul Alinsky -- basically the Sun Tzu of the left, who wrote "Rules for Radicals"

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Patrick - August 30, 2013 - Report this comment
The American people are the most tolerant in the world. Can you imagine the Egyptians or Syrians putting up with the sort of nonsense the Obama regime has inflicted on us. Of course, Obama would respond just as Assad or the Egyptian military have to any sign of resistance. The next year will be quite interesting, if we survive.
John Jenkins - August 31, 2013 - Report this comment
Very good substitutions. Very good spoof. I like the "thinking/sync-ing" rhyme.
Rob Arndt - September 01, 2013 - Report this comment
Nice parody-555! Although as a REP I stand with those that see Obamacare as Unconstitutional, illegal, and the worst draft of any healthcare overhaul for the US. Roberts is a traitor, tying this in with taxes. An it is NOT immune from implementation. It can be de-funded and/or various states can refuse to implement it for lack of resources to cover millions of people in such a short time. There will also be a shortage of doctors, services, and facilities for those millions. And the cost over time? Trillions more to the debt. Obamacare helps the poorest of the poor and minorities. The Middle Class gets screwed and the Rich aren't affected at all. Bad decision, bad plan. Am opposed to it.
Callmelennie - September 01, 2013 - Report this comment
Thank you, Patrick, John, and Rob ... I thought the world had turned its back on me, then I come back Sunday and see some nice comments. But then again, how can you not like even a hack job on the song "Mandy". It's so spoof-worthy
Tim Rice - September 02, 2013 - Report this comment
If you're worried about adding trillions of dollars to the national debt in, say, the next 10 years, let's put spending in perspective:
In the next decade, the total military budget, in today's dollars, will be $6.8 Trillion, if spending remains at its current level.
Given the complexities of the ACA insurance exchanges, I have no idea what Obamacare will cost in the next decade, but the CBO puts it at $1.76 Trillion. (Just for comparison, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan cost $3.7 Trillion as of June, 2011.)

If you want an idea of how best to achieve national security, look to President Eisenhower. Early in his first term, he tried to squelch massive Cold War military spending: "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.
The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities.
It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population.
It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals.
It is some 50 miles of concrete highway.
We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat.
We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people...
This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron."

Today, I believe Ike would speak out against the medical industrial complex and say, "Give Obamacare a chance."
Callmelennie - September 02, 2013 - Report this comment
Where are you coming up with this $3.7 trillion figure for the wars of Afghanistan and Iraq. The highest figure I've ever heard was $1 trillion, and that is supplied by Dems who will lie and distort anything .... But let's do a little math of our own. One of the significant cost components of previous wars, accounting for 20 to 30 percent of the cost, was loss of military hardware. So what have we lost in these wars -- any aircraft, warships, tanks? The only thing we lost in abundance were Humvees. So let's say we lost 10,000 of these specially equipped Humvees at a price of $250K per Humvee ($50K for the vehicle; $200K for the specialized equipment ) due to IED incidents. That's adds up $2.5 billion. And even if we are incredibly generous and multiply that figure by ten, you still don't account for one percent of $3.7 trillion ... So that's your first clue that your figure is way too high. Your second clue is that World War II cost $4.1 trillion in today's dollars. You really think that a war where we had eighty times the number killed and where we lost thousands of tanks and long range bombers and 200 hundred warships, including 5 aircraft carriers costs "about the same" as a war where we didn't lose any of these things
Tim Rice - September 02, 2013 - Report this comment
The figure in question comes from a Reuters story by Daniel Trotta

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