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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-04-09 12:08 PM
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The White House Is Asking For Our Help: See A Health Care Lie? Tell Them ([email protected])
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The White House is taking aim at the untruths that are being floated around the internet about health care reform. They've set up an email address for people to report those lies, half-truths and disinformation.

In this video, Linda Douglass, the communications director for the White Houses Health Reform Office, addresses one example that makes it look like the President intends to "eliminate" private coverage, when the reality couldnt be further from the truth.

She also writes:

"There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we cant keep track of all of them here at the White House, were asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to [email protected]"">UpTake Washington DC

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GivePeaceAchance Donating Member (950 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-04-09 12:26 PM
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1. Wonderful to see them taking the smear machine seriously. Beautiful. K&R!!
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Farzan Donating Member (87 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-04-09 03:35 PM
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8. The Right Wing Attacks
The White House needs to respond to these attacks (we have
seen nothing yet)in a campaign-style speed and zeal.
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fascisthunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-04-09 12:38 PM
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2. awesome! Get to Work DU!!!!!
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abbeyco Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-04-09 12:49 PM
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3. Just sent one from my whackadoo cousin
She used to be a big-deal in local RW politics and generally knows to exclude me from her really offensive crap. However, I was able to debunk the "SENIOR DEATH WARRANT" email at Snopes in about 2 minutes.

Forwarded her msg to the flag email address while I copied her on it....BURN!
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timeforpeace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-04-09 12:52 PM
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5. I turned in my sister. That felt good.
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GLPopher Donating Member (1 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 04:19 PM
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13. I turned your sister too.. that felt good.
GLPopher was here.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 06:42 PM
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psearchery15 Donating Member (22 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-07-09 12:01 AM
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19. ...
Edited on Fri Aug-07-09 12:06 AM by psearchery15
What is wrong with you people?!?!

Who do you think you are?

Ever think that there might be something sinister behind all of this?

You understand this is very much like what happened in Nazi Germany right?

Also if there is any interest I would be happy to post my email so you can send me all the hate mail you want and so you can report me all you want.
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psearchery15 Donating Member (22 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 11:58 PM
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18. Why?!?!
What in the holy hell is wrong with you?

How can you snitch on your own family members simply for the purpose of getting at them for their beliefs!
Shame on you!

The 1st Amendment is dead.
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Puppyjive Donating Member (117 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-04-09 12:50 PM
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4. Here is a letter from a Congressman full of lies about healthcare
Congressman Greg Walden's Oregon Congressional Connection

Dear fellow Oregonian:

Before recapping recent Oregon meetings and events, let me comment on legislative actions.

I cant recall a time when such sweeping legislation as that affecting the environment, energy and health care has moved with such speed and so little time to readlet alone, amend or comprehend. Americans are rightly concerned. Many plan protests Friday at the local offices of members of Congress, calling on their representatives to not vote for the health care reform measure unless theyve read it.


The Energy and Commerce Committee, of which Im a member, is slated to take up health care reform legislation this week. We were promised a copy of the bill last Friday, but that didnt happen. And while the Committees work is delayed for a day, or two, its unlikely I will see a copy of the legislation much before we start voting on it and any amendments.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the congressional leadership have made it pretty clear that theyd like to complete a government takeover of healthcare by the end of July.

With only three weeks left and not a single committee hearing held in the Energy and Commerce Committee, that doesnt leave a lot of time for an open, bipartisan process.

They rammed the stimulus bill through with only 12 hours to review its 1,073 pages. We never even had available a complete text of the national energy tax before being asked to cast our votes. (I voted against both bills)

I would hope that Speaker Pelosi gives us more time to review the plan for healthcare reform, considering itll be the most important policy change to the countrys healthcare system since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965.

Were slowly finding out whats included in the plans being floated in both the House and Senate: incredibly, they may be using it as a vehicle for billions of dollars of earmarks for walking paths, streetlights, jungle gyms, and farmers markets, according to the Boston Globe. If the bills authors want those things, they should find a different place for it and debate them on their merits, instead of tacking them onto a giant healthcare bill.

Here in the United States, were starting to hear more and more about the horror stories abroad in countries that have already performed a government takeover of healthcare: record wait times in Canada for surgery and medical treatments, disabled children in the UK waiting up to two years for wheelchairs, and waiting times of over two years for life-saving heart surgery in New Zealand.

House Republicans have been working on a plan that will make quality healthcare affordable and accessible, and let those who like their health coverage keep it. It would protect the more than 100 million Americans who receive coverage through their current job from being forced off that care by a government takeover.

Ill be sure to keep you updated on this most important issue as it progresses through the month of July.

Check my Facebook page or Twitter page for real time updates as the process gets underway.

CBO: The federal budget is on an unsustainable path

The House passed three appropriations bills last week, all of which devote significant increases in spending. One of the appropriations bills, the State and Foreign Operations bill was between a 7 and 33 percent increase ($12.22 billion increase) over last year, depending on who was describing the bill.

That includes a 112 percent increase (or $3.36 billion increase) in our Economic Support Fund for other countries. It may sound a bit cynical, but arent we borrowing money from foreign countries to turn around and give it to other foreign countries?

Outside of defense and veterans programs, federal discretionary spending is up 85 percent over the last two years. Consider what weve gotten in return for the massive, nearly $1 trillion stimulus rushed through Congress in February another 1.96 million lost jobs since the bill was signed into law.

The debt load the federal government is amassing for our children, grandchildren, and beyond is getting out of hand. In the history of the country, the Congress never incurred an annual deficit of more than $459 billion. Under the Presidents plan, the yearly deficit in the next ten years will never dip below $523 billion.

The end result is massive debt. A new report issued by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) concluded that on the current track, the countrys federal debt will equal our GDP in 2023. The only time that has ever happened in the history of the country is World War II. The first line of CBOs report says it all: Under current law, the federal budget is on an unsustainable path.


As part of my continuous effort to fix broken federal forest policy, Ive teamed up with Democratic Rep. Kurt Schrader of Oregons fifth district to start the bipartisan Healthy Forests Caucus.

Flawed federal forest policies have exacted an incredibly steep price on Oregonians, in terms of degraded environmental quality, lost jobs, and decreased economic opportunity. I coauthored the successful Healthy Forests Restoration Act, and have led efforts to fix policies that prevent the professional foresters from doing the prevention and post-fire rehabilitation work that the forests and rural communities so badly need done.

Weve already started recruiting members of both parties who are similarly interested in doing what right for the environment and Oregons forested communities. Click here to read more about the goals of the caucus.


Its probably not an overstatement to say Ive driven more than a thousand miles attending meetings and events in eastern Oregon during the last couple of weeks.

In central Oregon, I met with Warm Springs Tribal leaders and members as they participated in the annual Pi Ume Sha event. Its impressive to see the traditional tribal clothingsome passed down multiple generationsand to hear the stories of their ancestors.

I organized a roundtable in Madras with area business and community leaders to hear how the economy is affecting them locally, and to get their input on federal initiatives. As I have heard in communities across the district, theyre very concerned about the rate of federal government spending and impact that a rushed cap and trade energy tax will have on their businesses.

After helping celebrate the opening of Mid-America Credit Union in Madras, I attended the Tough Enough to Wear Pink night at the Crooked River Round-Up in Prineville. Rodeos across the nation are holding Tough Enough To Wear Pink nights to raise money for breast cancer research. Here I am in my pink shirt in support of the cause with rodeo announcer Curt Robinson as we acknowledged the Oregon National Guard troops, and our other men and women in uniform, and their families. Theres such a sense of patriotism on display at a rodeo.

In eastern Oregon, I participated in a community forum organized by the Heppner Chamber of Commerce. The discussion focused on recent federal legislation, the growing national debt and deficit spending, and the economy.

In Hermiston I met with city officials to tour the wastewater treatment plant and discuss legislation Ive authored, H.R. 2741, which would lend federal help in building a new water recycling plant for the city. A new plant would do a lot of great things for the area help the city comply with federal pollution standards for over the next 20 years, allow the water supply to keep up with the growing population, and return water into the Umatilla River to benefit threatened salmon species. The measure is scheduled for a hearing on July21. Ed Brookshire, Hermiston City manager, will testify.

I also participated in the centennial celebration for the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center (where I delivered a Congressional Record statement on the centers history and achievements), which has undeniably played a major role in the development of the agricultural industry in the Northwest and beyond. This research and experiment center has played a vital role in helping eastern Oregon farmers, ranchers and agricultural communities thrive on the sandy soils that have presented many challenges over the past 100 years.

I completed yet another round of meetings in eastern Oregon in La Grande and Enterprise, where the main topic and concern was federal spending and debt. Nearly 60 people turned out in the early morning in La Grande. Following the meeting, I was on hand when Ron Nash and his employees rolled out the first new travel trailer from Outdoor RV. It was great to see this accomplishment that is keeping nearly 100 people employed in Union County.

At the Wallowa Rotary in Enterprise, the energy tax and federal spending were top concerns, although several folks spoke up in support of the stimulus spending and downplayed the level of deficit spending.

This weekend, I visited Columbia Gorge Community College and their wind energy training facility. Theyre leading the nation in training those who will keep the wind turbines running for years to come.

I also attended a memorial service in La Grande for longtime community leader Jeanette Baum. Hundreds of people turned out to support her family and celebrate her life.

She was quite a positive force in the lives of many.

Next weekend my travels will take me to Nyssa, Baker City, Burns and John Day, before returning to the nations capital on Monday.

Thats all for now. Remember to join me on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter if you have not already done so.

If you would like to unsubscribe from this mailing, simply reply and type the word "unsubscribe" in the subject box.

Best regards,

Greg Walden

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Shanti Mama Donating Member (625 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-05-09 05:37 AM
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10. Did you turn it in?
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DCKit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-05-09 07:48 AM
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11. A Congressman with socialized health care, to boot.
The U.S. government pays less than $1,800/year/person to cover all federal employees and their dependents. That's the deal I want (and can actually afford).
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BlancheSplanchnik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-04-09 01:00 PM
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6. K&R -- hope more recs will push this up
I just think it's so critical to take tangible actions that support the demise of the lieing liars. (besides just involvement in a message board.)

I haven't gotten any emails, but someone I know thinks the requirement that all people have insurance would ruin his very small business if he were to take on an employee. I will check the site so I can give him correct info.
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florida08 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-04-09 02:00 PM
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7. thanks
Should have done this about a month ago but who knows..maybe it will help.
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WhichTruth Donating Member (17 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-04-09 05:02 PM
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9. Yea! Lets give them lots of support
I just faxed my to Senators to let them know I want Universal Health Care now. Heading out for some post cards shortly to write them. Please, join me. We only have to contact 3 people each.
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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-05-09 12:30 PM
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12. Faux have just reported on this, they're calling it a "Big brother tactic"
The freepers are spamming it, too:

From the everytime I can't get onto FR I think the powers that be, have cut the cord... thread:

"To: Vaquero
We're all in the hole for even being here. Besides...I'm going

[email protected] "

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quantass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 09:08 PM
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17. She looks like Sharon Stone's mommy eom
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-07-09 10:49 PM
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20. kick because I see lots of new little buddies chiming in here.
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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 01:33 AM
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21. Yeah, this seems to have become a bit of a honey pot for them, similar to on the YouTube comments
Edited on Sat Aug-08-09 01:34 AM by Turborama
Which is getting seriously freeped.
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