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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 03:08 PM
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What this country needs is an outburst of common sense
What this country needs is an outburst of common sense: Commentary

By Joseph L. Galloway | McClatchy Newspapers


If ever there were a time for comprehensive health care reform, it's now, and yet the forces of darkness are lining up against this urgent need, buttressed by lies, mobs inflamed by those lies and millions of dollars changing hands and changing votes in Washington, D.C.

The idea that doing nothing and going on without changing the way this country's health care is delivered works to the benefit only of the insurance companies, the giant health care providers and the big pharmaceutical companies.

That industry is now pouring $1.4 million A DAY into lobbying read that buying or renting members of Congress to water down or delay or preferably kill health care reform and hope it goes away for another 20 years or so.

Part of that high-dollar industry budget is going to the low end of Washington's K Street lobbying corridor, the firms and the folks who specialize in dirty tricks, panicking the uninformed and most vulnerable citizens, financing the creation and spread of lies written, spoken and spread like viruses by robot dialing machines.

The Republican Party, on life support itself, somehow sees an opportunity in encouraging and participating in this flim-flam operation. It ought to, and should, seal the GOP's fate.

Each night for the past week, we've been treated to the sight of mobs screaming and ranting and shouting down town hall meetings where congressional representatives had come to answer their constituents' questions.

No questions got answered. No information got provided. No one left more informed than he or she was when he or she arrived.

That's because they and their organizers were following on-line playbooks that are telling them where to go, where to sit, how to make it appear as if there are more of them than there are and, above all, to stop the program and allow no discussion of this issue.

They scream that any government-run health care is socialism or Communism. But look at them; look at their gray hair and thickened waists. At least half of them probably depend entirely on Medicare, a government-run program and a damned good one, for their own health care.

They scream that the bills still being written and amended in Congress will deny vital treatments for older Americans and doom them to an early and unnecessary death. Some dare call it euthanasia.

What utter, unadulterated BS.

more...

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/homepage/story/73288.html
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Xipe Totec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 03:10 PM
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1. We need people to start experiencing random acts of thinking n/t
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 04:12 PM
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2. That wouldn't hurt either.
:D
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pscot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 05:03 PM
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3. Whaddayou? A communist or sumpin'?
n/t
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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 05:55 PM
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4. Kicked and recommended.
Thanks for the thread, babylonsister.
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 06:14 PM
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5. Isn't it fun to know that WE are paying for all of this BS via higher premiums?
:crazy:
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earth mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 06:14 PM
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6. Why don't you post this in GD-P? Or is it too critical of the Obama adminstration?
You do realize that Rahm has told all of us on the left to shut the fuck up don't you?

Who told him to say that? Hmm?
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southernyankeebelle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 06:34 PM
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7. Well you know the republicans don't do empathy well. God forbid
they seem to get it mixed up with doing good for others and their religion wanting to help the rich get richer.
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Aragorn Donating Member (784 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 07:37 PM
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8. anniversary posting?
I just read that today is 35 years since Nixon resigned. Seen any progress?
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ladym55 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:39 PM
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9. Follow the money ...
Yep, that's what we need to do.

Locating a brain and a little common sense would also be a plus. :crazy:
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Puzzler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:55 PM
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10. Ever read the comments sections?
Edited on Sat Aug-08-09 08:58 PM by Puzzler
I'm struck by the sheer number of anti-Obama comments that rapidly seem to fill up most comments sections of these articles. Not only in this example, but many many other websites, newsblogs and newspaper articles. Are they truly reflective of the average person, or are many of them "plants"? In other words, are groups of well organized right-wingers scanning the more important sites to make their voices heard? Don't liberals comment as much? I'm sure that they do, and I'm sure that there are probably more of them too. So why the disproportionately high number of RW comments on many websites?

Observe what we are seeing with the town hall debates. The voices of a few people are made to look like the opinions of a much larger group.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 10:19 PM
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11. Capitalism vs Common Sense . . .
And . . . why do we hear nothing about re-regulating capitalism . . . ?

Hasn't the de-regulation created enough hardship yet?

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