When you hear a Democrat presidential candidate say “Let me make this perfectly clear” . . . you are about to hear a lie at worst, a non-answer at best.
Elizabeth Warren in particular, but several of the proggies on stage last night, all exhibited the same verbal tic. When they were about to lie by omission or refuse to answer a question, they began their response with some variant of “Let me make this perfectly clear . . .” What followed was clearly NOT an answer to whatever question was asked. The formula was to follow “Let me make this perfectly clear” with some sort of re-direction — often several meaningless personal anecdotes — then the big, flourishing, holier-than-evil-conservatives and bad-orange-man finish.
Exhibit one: Sitting Bull, when asked whether she will admit her health care plan will drive up middle class taxes:
WARREN: So, let’s be clear about health care. And let’s actually start where [the] vice president did. We all owe a huge debt to President Obama, who fundamentally transformed health care in America and committed this country to health care for every human being.
And now the question is, how best can we improve on it? And I believe the best way we can do that is we make sure that everybody gets covered by health care at the lowest possible cost. How do we pay for it? We pay for it, those at the very top, the richest individuals and the biggest corporations, are going to pay more. And middle-class families are going to pay less. That’s how this is going to work.