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NanceGreggs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 01:11 AM
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To My Dearest, Darling, Senator Shelby
Edited on Mon Jun-08-09 01:20 AM by NanceGreggs
First off, I hope you dont mind my gushy, over-the-top salutation. I have found over the years that nothing attracts the attention of an egotistical idiot quite like perceived flattery and, quite frankly, I knew you were ripe for the pickin.

Secondly, I hope you dont mind if I call you Dick from here on it, being as (a) it is a derivative of your given name, and (b) you are one.

So lets get to the point, Dick, re your statement on Sunday, June 7, on the GOP Propaganda Network Fox-News, that a public option for health care would "be the first steps in the -- destroying the best health care system the world has ever known:

If you were intelligent and informed (which, as we both know, youre not) you would have looked at the stats and realized that the best health care system in the world is not likely to be affected by anything the US voters do being as we dont have, and never have had, anywhere close to the best health care system, even in our own hemisphere, no less the world.

I realize that as with everything, subjective rather objective opinions may come into play so if youre thinking along the lines of citizens going bankrupt over health care costs, or people dying as a result of being denied coverage by insurance companies as being the best health care system, I gotta give you right. If thats your criteria, I wont debate you.

The problem is, Dick, that the vast majority of the citizenry not only dont accept such criteria as a measurement of victory in the Best Of category, they find it to be illogical, ridiculous, and preposterous and consider those who promote such criteria to be reprehensible, disgusting, and downright despicable.

I understand that you are afflicted with GOPism (a degenerative disease whose first symptom is a loss of hearing, coupled with a complete inability to control what comes out of ones mouth), so Im going to explain this to you nice and slow. And dont be ashamed to rely on a bevy of advisors and consultants to translate the following plain English into well, uh, plain English.

Ever driven past an office tower occupied/owned/operated by a large insurance company, Dick you know, one of those fancy-schamcy places that employs thousands of people, complete with all the accouterments of expensive artwork on the walls, to-die-for executive offices, and boardrooms whose decor just smacks of wealth and power?

Now, think it through, Dick. Who do you think is paying for all that? When those billions of dollars in health care insurance premiums roll in, who do you think is the priority the old lady in Tucson who needs a hip replacement, or the bean-counter in the corner office whos collecting the Big Bucks for finding a reason for denying her claim?

Think (I know its hard work, but try) about how IT MAKES FINANCIAL SENSE for a company that is working on a FOR-PROFIT BASIS and is looking out for the BOTTOM LINE is, shall we say, apt to find ways to deny valid claims for health coverage to millions of people who have paid for said coverage in order to INCREASE PROFITS and thereby SAVE THEIR OWN JOBS, and keep the CASH COW alive and well.

Let me try to put this in terms that even a Dick can understand: As long as every penny NOT spent on health care is a penny EARNED in profits, there is NO incentive for any health care insurer to choose the providing of HEALTH CARE over the lining of their own pockets.

Get it now?

Oh, probably not. Because you are, after all, a Dick of the first order.

As you said, Because government -- when the government's involved more and more in the details, and you start the one pay deal, and you've got the government competing with private enterprise, with all the incentives government has and the power, they will destroy the marketplace for health care, and it will be a mistake, and the American people better be careful in what they want.

To which I can only reply: If the governments involvement in details is so detrimental to any enterprise, why is that same government allowed to wage war, oversee vast military operations the world over, decide on where money will be spent, how much, where and when?

As for the American people being careful of what they want, Dick, I think we can agree they spoke very loudly and precisely in the last election. And what they dont want is another asshole like yourself telling them theyve got the best health care system the world has ever known when they know the difference between shit and Shinola a difference you might want to acquaint yourself with in the days to come.

Now, I don't want to get into your personal space about your own medical afflictions, but I can tell you for a fact that if you want to seek medical help for that GOPism thing you're dealing with, your own medical insurance is not likely to cover it, due to its categorization as a "pre-existing condition that requires extensive and expensive long-term treatment, said condition being one the insured could have avoided via use of easily-accessible symptom reducers such as intelligence, facts, statistics, and common sense."

Gotta tell ya, that's ONE diagnosis I'd have to get behind.

Dick.

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Suich Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 01:20 AM
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1. LOL!
I don't know if he honestly believes that or is just blowing smoke.

Recommended, with pleasure!
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WillYourVoteBCounted Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 01:46 AM
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2. eliminate congress' tax payer funded health insurance and they'll like come around
and if that fails, just outsource congress.

Oh maybe we already have - to the lobbyists.
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 07:34 PM
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40. No, the insurance companies they whore for will give them free insurance policies. nt
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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 01:46 AM
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3. PS, Dick please please please stop sending up trial balloons and just
declare your nomination for the Republican nomination.

Chaos for Republicans and humor for the rest of us.


Obama has restored so much order and Palin has gotten so quiet that we have ended up with the Cheney's.


So please run for President so all the snarky and satirical blogs can get back to easy shots, we have second jobs in order to to pay for the second rate health care we get.
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DFW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 02:33 AM
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4. Uh-oh. Now you've done it.
Never a party of grand ideas (not since Teddy Roosevelt, anyway), I fear you
have given the Republicans the blueprint for the next time they grab the White
House. They will find that the remaining traces of the Maldive Islands have WMD
(Water of Mass Distribution) and instead of invading them with the US military,
they will exclusively use the far more efficient private sector (conveniently
composed of Halliburton and son-of-Blackwater). Especially with Halliburton now
being headquartered in Dubai instead of Texas (leaving friendly territory for
friendlier territory), the chances of a fair audit are zilch, not that they were
very good when they were in Texas under the less-than-watchful eye of Cheneybush.

You'll know it's time when the political contribution forms have a box to tick
stating "I hereby certify that I am a citizen or permanent resident of either
the United States or the United Arab Emirates."
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Wednesdays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 03:13 PM
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25. Don't even count Teddy
TR was hated by the GOP regulars...so much so he had to form his own party in 1912. The Republican Party has been the haven of pro-business/anti-labor cronies since the death of Lincoln.
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DFW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 05:46 PM
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33. I know, but without Teddy
Great Republicans since Lincoln are scarcer than rain forests in the Gobi desert.
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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 02:38 AM
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5. YOU...are a better man than than I, I could not reference 'my darling Sen. Shelby' anything!!
I will now go take a 45min scrub bubble shower for the both of us x(
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HappyCynic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 03:37 AM
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6. K&R
Well written as always.
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BlueMTexpat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 04:06 AM
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7. The GOP is certainly rife with Dicks
and their enablers.

Thanks for the fine rant, but I am still trying to get over the thought of Shelby's being anyone's "dearest, darling," let alone yours! It does boggle the mind.

:rofl: :toast:
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The Wizard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 07:19 AM
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8. Shelby is doing Republican math
38th in life expectancy equals first place in GOP Bizarro-world.
37th in infant mortality also equals first place.
Of course Shelby and his fellow GOP crack pots offer no facts to support their positions.
No one cares what Republicans have to say unless it's under oath.
No one believes what Republicans have to say, even if it is under oath.
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BlancheSplanchnik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 09:53 AM
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18. a very good addendum to the excellent OP
I like.
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 07:32 AM
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9. :)))))
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 07:40 AM
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10. 
I've been told I cannot be seen because I have no insurance.

Doesn't matter your credit score of how much money you have,
it seems, just standard policy for some practices.
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dothemath Donating Member (221 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 04:33 PM
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29. as was i, L. Coyote .................
A few years ago, after retiring and moving to a new area, I contacted a dermatologist's office to make an appointment (love that southern sunshine).


First question I was asked was "with whom do you have insurance, Mr. xyz"? I responded that I would be happy to discuss payment-for-service after some service had been rendered, but for now, I simply wanted to make an appointment for an examination. The person I was talking to told me the doctor might HAVE to do this or HAVE to do that, implying expensive I assume, etc. and they did not offer services for cash.


I explained to her the doctor didn't have to do anything. I was in charge of what would be done and would so inform the doctor at the time of his 'recommendation'. Croesus or Jesus, an examination would come first, not so?

Not with this doctor, apparently.



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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 07:49 AM
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11. Perfect
K & R
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angstlessk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 08:11 AM
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12. another delightful NanceGreggs post..I did not know it was you till the first sentence
I read the title, began to read the 'letter' then had to scroll up because my thought was "this is NanceGreggs post, I know" and sure enough! You are such a great writer there are none of your posts I won't read, though I don't always post a comment, I do always enjoy the content.
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madamesilverspurs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 08:29 AM
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13. 
That line was used here in a congressional campaign debate and the whole auditorium erupted in laughter. And this in a very, very red part of the state. The GOPer who said it was pissed at the reaction, but she's now out of office and busily making it clear that she will never forgive us for not elevating her.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 08:49 AM
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14. recommend -- just once i'd like to actually experience
'the best health care in the world' conservatives are always talking about.
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ladym55 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 09:35 PM
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44. I think you need to travel to France for that
Here in the US you can have the MOST EXPENSIVE!!!! The quality ... not so much, but I do think we rate a little higher than Cuba!
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spartan61 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 09:26 AM
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15. Do you notice how many GOPers have crooked mouths when they
speak??? Most notably are the two biggest "Dicks." Cheney and Shelby. Must be caused from all the lying they do.

Nance, this is wonderful, once again. Please, please send it to Dick Shelby.
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kentuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 09:29 AM
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16. Excellent!
Nance rants!
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Overseas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 09:48 AM
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17. K&R !!
Another great essay exposing another set of GOP lies.

They really think they can just keep catapulting the propaganda; facts be damned.
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abq e streeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 10:31 AM
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19. I find it deplorable that you're making fun of a good god-fearin' christian gentleman
:rofl: :sarcasm:
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Hubert Flottz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 01:10 PM
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20. "(b) you are one."
Edited on Mon Jun-08-09 01:21 PM by Hubert Flottz
'All in all it's just another D**KKK with no **lls'...Didn't somebody sing a song about that tool?

Edit ...When I read the words "Dearest, Darling, Senator Shelby" I rushed over here with my freeperswatt as fast as I could get here!
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Bobbie Jo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 02:13 PM
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21. K&R
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winyanstaz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 02:19 PM
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22. K & R and a big Bwhaahahahaaaa
Healthcare in America sucks for the majority of U.S. citizens.
Here we have the case of some senator that gets the best health care taxpayers can buy...telling the taxpayers fu for their health needs.
Another great post Nancy!
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orbitalman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 02:56 PM
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23. DICK needs to hear this to his face and
on TV for everyone to see. He should be so embarrassed that he would run from the camera and NEVER BE SEEN AGAIN.
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Wednesdays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 03:07 PM
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24. K&R
:kick:
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MrMickeysMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 04:06 PM
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26. Dick suffers from a common die-hard GOP illness these days ...
cranio-sphincter anastomosis.

He'll never see the light because he keeps pushing his head further and further "up there".
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Hello_Kitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 04:31 PM
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27. Another fine rant, Nance. K and R.
:thumbsup:
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dmr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 04:33 PM
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28. easily-accessible symptom reducers such as intelligence, facts, statistics, and common sense.
:rofl:

THAT brought me to tears!

Intellectual dishonesty is such a Republican repugnant disease; or is it such a Republican repugnant disease?

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K Gardner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 04:36 PM
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30. Wow and double wow. You nailed it, Nance. K&R
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gorfle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 04:37 PM
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31. I hope you emailed that to him. n/t.
.
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Duval Donating Member (377 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 05:36 PM
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32. Thanks for the rant! It helped! n/t
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MasonJar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 06:15 PM
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34. Magnifique!!!!!!!!! Just like John Kerry said (and I paraphrase) every American
have the same insurance as Congress. So if we don't get it, they need to lose it.
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TheCowsCameHome Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 06:15 PM
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35. Too late, the Dick suffers from terminal stupidity.
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MelissaB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 06:34 PM
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36. Happy to recommend because this Dick was my senator for far too long.
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 06:59 PM
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37. DICK Shelby, the same flaming asshole who wants the Domestic auto industry to fail
Edited on Mon Jun-08-09 07:01 PM by DainBramaged
while the Japanese and German assembly plants in HIS state thrive.

I wonder if he'll work for Toyota or BMW when his Senate career is finished in 2012?


On edit;

EVERY day should be poverty awareness day, not just January........
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 07:35 PM
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41. For too many Americans, every day is poverty awareness day. nt
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 07:02 PM
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38. i think he means the senate has 'the best health care system the world has ever known'
these people HAVE to pay back their corporate backers....
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downindixie Donating Member (321 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 07:08 PM
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39. This from an Alabamian
Shelby is the one senator who when you watch him you can tell he speaks out of the side of his mouth.Never trust his sorry ass!
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Celtic Merlin Donating Member (377 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 07:47 PM
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42. And I agree with you completely, Nance, BUT...
It seems that "shit ain't goin' down" like we'd like it to go down.

This is a link to an AP write-up on where our Democratic "leaders" are headed. It isn't completely disheartening, but it DOES show the effect of all that industry money on our elected officials:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090608/ap_on_go_co/us_heal...

And while I adore the idea of Dick reading your post, I think we both know that even if he bothered to read past the first paragraph, it would have no effect on his addled brain anyway.

I (and much of DU, apparently) enjoyed it, though. Thanks fer puttin' it up so's we could read it.

Recommended.

Celtic Merlin
Carlinist
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Highway61 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 08:18 PM
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43. Very well said
If Shelby thinks government run healthcare is such a terrible, horrible approach then why does he keep running for re-election so he and his family can be covered with government run healthcare???
and.... he's "pro life" too!
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farmboxer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 11:06 PM
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45. Norway is #1 in health care. America is #38
Shelby is bought and paid for by the drug and insurance companies. He spits on "We The People", he will urinate on our graves. "We have the best Congress money can buy." - Will Rogers

We "all" need to walk off our jobs and march on Washington now! We are all going to die an horrible death because of greed from those bastards.
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tomm2thumbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-09-09 01:16 AM
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46. too funny!

thanks for that
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