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Barack_America Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 04:03 PM
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Joe Wilson's Dirty Health-Care Secret
Edited on Thu Sep-10-09 04:09 PM by Barack_America
Joe Wilson's Dirty Health-Care Secret

Newsweek

By Adam Weinstein

Poor Joe Wilson. The conservative Republican representative from South Carolina stepped in it Wednesday night when he broke with centuries of decorum by screaming, "You lie!" at President Obama during his health-care speech to a joint session of Congress.

Cut the man some slack. He's passionate! I know this because he told me, in the sole message that blazes across his campaign Web site: JOE WILSON IS PASSIONATE ABOUT STOPPING GOVERNMENT RUN HEALTH CARE!

Except that he's not;at least not when it comes to his, and his family's, government-run health care. As a retired Army National Guard colonel, Wilson gets a lot of benefits (one of which, apparently, was not a full appreciation of the customs, traditions, and courtesies that mandate respect for one's commander in chief). And with four sons in the armed services, the entire Wilson brood has enjoyed multiple generations of free military medical coverage, known as TRICARE.

<snip>

To be fair, Wilson has been consistent in his policymaking if not his personal life: according to his last congressional opponent, Wilson voted 11 times against health care for veterans in eight years, even as he voted "aye" for the Iraq War (during the debate on the war vote, he even called one Democrat "viscerally anti-American"─several times). He voted to cut veterans' benefits─not his own─to make room for President George W. Bush's tax cuts. He repeatedly voted for budgets that slashed funding to the Veterans Administration and TRICARE. And perhaps most bizarrely, he refused─repeatedly─to approve Democratic-led initiatives that would have extended TRICARE coverage to all reservists and National Guard members, even though a disproportionate number of them have served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan─and many lost access to their civilian work benefits when they did so.

<snip>

"As a 31-year Army Guard and Reserve veteran, I know the importance of TRICARE," he said in a press release. "The number of individuals who choose to enroll in TRICARE continues to rise because TRICARE is a low cost, comprehensive health plan that is portable and available in some form world-wide." He went on to call TRICARE "world class health care," concluding on a personal note. "I am grateful to have four sons now serving in the military, and I know that their families appreciate the availability of TRICARE," he said.

What does that mean? Nothing─except that Joe Wilson was against government-run health care before he was for it. And now he's against it again. Just not when it comes to his own flesh and blood.

Adam Weinstein, an Iraq veteran, is a freelance journalist. He is uninsured.


Read more about Wilson's willingness to cut benefits for other veterans:
http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/thegaggle/archive/2009/09/10/joe-wilson-s-dirty-health-care-secret.aspx

Calling the President a liar makes me angry, but voting to send our troops to war, while denying them benefits makes me :grr:

If you would be so kind as to keep this kicked, to expose this fraud, I'd be greatly obliged.

Edited: To quote different portions of the article.
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newfie11 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 04:04 PM
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1. Kicked
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Parker CA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 04:05 PM
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2. K&R
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Betsy Ross Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 04:06 PM
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3. Kick n/t
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tosh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 04:08 PM
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4. Kick.
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Barack_America Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 04:09 PM
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5. Edited to add the paragraphs that make me explode with anger.
Joe Wilson is a liar and a fraud. In short, he is the perfect Republican.
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PearliePoo2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 04:10 PM
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6. Sleazy hypocrite redneck racist scumbag
Bastard has no problem gorging at the government trough but he makes sure everyone else gets elbowed out.
And...he's a whore for insurance companies too. Hope this sinks his political career forever.
asshole
$448,214 for Rob Miller so far!
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Barack_America Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 04:15 PM
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9. Yes, what you said.
All of it.
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alstephenson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 04:11 PM
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7. K & R
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mitchum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 04:11 PM
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8. So, feeding at the public trough is a Wilson family tradition?
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Barack_America Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 05:39 PM
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20. Apparently so. nt
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Bluerthanblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 04:15 PM
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10. what a sad, lost man-.... can you imagine being him??
what must be so twisted in him, that he feels ok with himself, and acts like this?

No healthcare for Vets????? but send em off to war.

I'm happy to K&R this thread.

I really do pity mr. Wilson. Beyond the anger, and frustration i feel about him, there is a messed up fool living somewhere inside his skin- and no amount of health care can fix what ails him.

:grouphug:
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snake in the grass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 03:36 AM
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44. That's the GOP.
They live in an alternate universe.
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Greyskye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 04:15 PM
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11. K&R for visibility

Shameless :puke:
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Riverman Donating Member (759 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 04:26 PM
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12. Kick: Lost a brother serving in the military, who left four small children!
I despise these hypocrites!
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Barack_America Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 04:28 PM
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13. I'm so sorry for your loss.
And I share your anger.

:hug:
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 04:28 PM
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14. How utterly unsurprising.
They are such hypocrites.
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librechik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 04:30 PM
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15. Which army is this again? The Confederate Army? No?
Hesus.
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Joe Fields Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 04:32 PM
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16. a kick against hypcrisy
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Barack_America Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 04:36 PM
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17. This link describes the votes in detail.
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Bichonpups Donating Member (19 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 04:39 PM
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18. kicked ..... visibility on this is necessary n/t
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nilram Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 01:47 AM
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41. ditto.
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Barack_America Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 04:59 PM
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19. Please digg this also.
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Maru Kitteh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 05:44 PM
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21. Now all he needs is a couple of mistresses to be a REALLY typical Republican

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Barack_America Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 06:59 PM
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22. They've been digging for less than 24 hours, give it time.
I'm sure that's where this is going.

Just what we need, more mistresses and "sparking" from a SC Republican.

;)
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Barack_America Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 08:11 PM
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23. I'm hoping Rachel mentions this.
She's so great featuring veteran's issues.

:kick:
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goclark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 08:26 PM
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24. Keep kicked
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Barack_America Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 08:49 PM
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25. Thank you.
This really infuriates me.
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sagetea Donating Member (471 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 09:28 PM
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26. That little fucker!
KnR
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Jakes Progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 10:26 PM
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27. That would be Jack Ass Joe Wilson - republican of South Carolina.
Poster boy for the hypocrisy that is the republican party.
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proReality Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 10:46 PM
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28. You've got it!
K&R and spreading this via email to everyone I know in the military, past and present.
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TomCADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 10:46 PM
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29. BOOM! Goes the dynamite! Great article.
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quiet.american Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 10:50 PM
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30. How Republican of Wilson. What a disgrace. nt
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goclark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 11:03 PM
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31. Amazing ~
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merh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 11:07 PM
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32. K&R&B
need to have this handy when they praise this idiot.

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harmonicon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 11:28 PM
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33. it's the hypocrisy, stupid! (nt)
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LSK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 11:29 PM
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34. what a disgusting horrible selfish monster
Edited on Thu Sep-10-09 11:30 PM by LSK
Wow!

:wow:
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Vinnie From Indy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 11:32 PM
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35. What a dick!
I wouldn't piss on him if he were on fire.
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kristopher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 11:41 PM
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36. He's a quivering bucket of spit. nt
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Confusious Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 11:58 PM
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37. Well, at least he's a consistant asshole

He'll put the dagger in your front for no reason, not in your back when he turns on you.
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mzmolly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 12:02 AM
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38. WTG Newsweek!
:toast:
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 12:13 AM
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39. I hope someone has the stones to ask Wilson about this
while he capitalizes on his 15 mins and does the little news show circuit next week...
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beac Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 12:27 AM
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40. The GOP punchbowl sure is filling up with turds! What a party, eh?
Wilson is scum. Alas, this is no surprise.
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sabrina 1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 02:06 AM
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42. Are these people a different species?
They have no shame, no sense of right and wrong at all. I don't know people this. Maybe we've been invaded??

Great article, I hope it gets lots of exposure. And to think there are people who allow this lizard person to speak for them, who trust him with their families' lives.
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Pooka Fey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 02:40 AM
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43. KnR
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Historic NY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 05:29 AM
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45. K&R.....n/t.
Edited on Fri Sep-11-09 05:29 AM by Historic NY
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JNelson6563 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 06:04 AM
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46. Hypocrite, thy name is Republican.
This post should be in every flyer Wilson's opponent sends out.

Julie
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Barack_America Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 04:02 PM
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+1
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tomm2thumbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 06:09 AM
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47. i got mine, screw everyone else

sounds like his mantra

i'm guessing he has a long history of this sh*t and anyone from the newspapers in the area who has half a brain could find dozens of cases where this guy votes against the ideas he has pretended to support
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Politicub Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 06:41 AM
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48. Despicable and a sleazebag
Edited on Fri Sep-11-09 06:42 AM by Politicub
How evil to vote against veterans' benefits to line the pockets of the rich.

He is lower than gum stuck to the bottom of a shoe.

On edit - I'm sure there is a gig lined up for him at Fox News.

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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 07:02 AM
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49. I'm sick of millionaires on TV and folks with govt-sponsored healthcare dominating this debate. nt
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SammyWinstonJack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 09:04 AM
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54. +1 nt
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ScottLand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 07:15 AM
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50. He is truly sleazy.
The next time he makes a speech about anything, there should be a chorus echoing the phrase "You lie"! More than likely, they will be correct.
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OneTwentyoNine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 07:29 AM
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51. Bump
Hypocrite BASTARD..........
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1776Forever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 07:43 AM
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52. Why would anyone want to be one of "these" inhuman robots? Sicko's!
Weird little minded people who epitomize the lowest of the low when it comes to the "new" Republican poster "boys and girls". Sick little minded "humans" that only think of their interests. While the money could be going to our own citizens for their health care it goes to those who determine who gets care and who does not by the $$$$ signs. They care not for this country by their actions but only that they themselves are taken care of. I bet he calls himself a Christian too. Shameful actions from a man who I am sure is passing his hate filled thoughts and actions down to his children.
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Barack_America Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 09:03 AM
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53. Thank you to everyone helping to keep this visible.
We all know that this is the Republican MO (sending troops to war, but cutting their benefits).

Hopefully we as a nation can start discussing this despicable behavior.
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wicket Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 09:11 AM
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55. K & R
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Stargazer09 Donating Member (625 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 09:16 AM
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56. I'm a veteran and a military spouse
Tricare isn't perfect, but it's better than nothing, and this jerk is like so many republicans.

"I have health insurance, so I don't care if you don't have it."

The man is a complete and utter asshole.
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2Design Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 09:37 AM
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57. I find the ones most against are similarly covered by gov't health care n/t
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Union Yes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 09:48 AM
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58. Let's make Joe infamous. Start with censure.
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LibDemAlways Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 10:03 AM
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59. This doesn't surprise me at all. In fact it's what I would expect. Another
repuke sleazebag feeding at the public trough while fighting mightily to make sure no one else gets a seat at the table. That's the repuke party in a nutshell.
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Quasimodem Donating Member (259 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 10:05 AM
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60. K & R this post.
Kick to the Curb Joe Wilson.
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WheelWalker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 11:24 AM
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61. : - )
:kick:
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texastoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 11:38 AM
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62. K&R n/t
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sallyseven Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 12:08 PM
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63. K&R
Send a copy to Joe Scarborough and Pat Buchanan. MSNBC's Top racists
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SemperEadem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 12:31 PM
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64. kick
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BlancheSplanchnik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 12:43 PM
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65. Maybe this is finally the hypocrisy that breaks through the blinders
Well, more like the Big Lies are crumbling bit by bit... and here's another demolition ball! Good!

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Barack_America Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 03:10 PM
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69. From your keyboard to God's ears...
This notion that Republicans are the great champion of our troops has got to end. It is completely ridiculous. They screw over our service men and women every chance they get.
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BlancheSplanchnik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 04:56 PM
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71. yeah, you're not kidding!!
There is something so infuriating about lies continuing to thrive... but all the chaos now IS proof of change. Just difficult to have patience, especially since most DUers/progressives/liberals could see the lies ages ago.

love your sig line, btw :)
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abq e streeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 12:50 PM
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66. trying to stop swearing so much, but 1st; FUCK YOU Joe, you hypocritical asshole
OK, now I'll start working on that swearing thing. Oops, not yet. One more thing. An even bigger fuck you to the ignorant racist assholes in S.C. who continue to vote for him to be their voice in our government, and an equally big fuck you to the millions of citizens scattered around the country who revel in their hate and ignorance, to whom Joe Wilson is no doubt being transformed into a folk hero.
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Mithreal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 12:51 PM
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67. We are losing our focus, diverting our attention. nt
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TheCoxwain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 01:42 PM
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68. To call him a " Stinking Piece of Rotten Shit" would be doing him a favor.
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ThomWV Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 04:02 PM
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70. Let's kick this right back up to the top.
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JNelson6563 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-11-09 05:37 PM
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72. Amen!
:kick:
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