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Snowe, Collins and Specter To Side Against Taxpayers on Socialist Spending Spree (ACTION ALERT)
Cross Action News ^ | 2-7-09 | JB Williams

Posted on 02/07/2009 7:35:57 AM PST by Victory111

Every last House Republican and a dozen House Democrats took a hard-line stance against Nancy Pelosi’s effort to stimulate Obama’s rush into unbridled socialism and almost every Senate Republican stands opposed as well. Obama’s Chicken Little Stimulus Package won’t stimulate anything but more government waste and a left-wing power grab, and almost every American taxpayer knows it!

There is absolutely nothing “bi-partisan” about the current legislative process or the so-called “stimulus bill” being produced by that process.

Three token blue state Republicans, all of whom have defected their party principles on many occasions in the past, are selling out the American taxpayer in an effort to retain their blue state Senate seats and buy favor with Democrats for their own pet projects.

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TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: collins; snowe; specter; stimulus

1 posted on 02/07/2009 7:35:57 AM PST by Victory111
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To: Victory111

We can only hope all three lose to real Republicans in the next primary.


2 posted on 02/07/2009 7:38:03 AM PST by midwyf (Wyoming Native. Environmentalism is a religion too.)
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To: midwyf

Is there anything we can do NOW...NOW? Not next election? Why are they even Republicans? How do these people get elected time after time..I don’t even blame them..I blame us.


3 posted on 02/07/2009 7:39:47 AM PST by Hildy
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To: Victory111

Can’t wait to see the actual vote. This one will be pivotal. Still hope to hound these 3 and the ‘rats.


4 posted on 02/07/2009 7:40:31 AM PST by PGalt
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To: Victory111

“To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”

Thomas Jefferson


5 posted on 02/07/2009 7:41:22 AM PST by Lonely Are The Brave
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To: Victory111

I am writing my Senator, David Vitter, as well as Sen. Mitch McConnell and asking them to do everything possible to remove these clowns from any committee on which they serve. Oh, no, you say, they might switch parties. BFD, they already have.


6 posted on 02/07/2009 7:42:13 AM PST by MarkT
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To: midwyf
We can only hope all three lose to real Republicans in the next primary.

I gave up hope with Specter ever being replaced. He'll be in the Senate until he breathes his last breath. With that guy's track record I just cannot figure out why the voters of PA keep sending him back to the Senate. 'Course, that could also be said about the people who keep voting for Kennedy, Byrd, Durban, Snow, Collins, Graham, and a host of others.....

7 posted on 02/07/2009 7:43:49 AM PST by Thermalseeker (Government is not the solution to the problem. Government IS the problem - Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: midwyf

I hope so too. Or just kick em out. Traitors!


8 posted on 02/07/2009 7:43:57 AM PST by screaminsunshine (f)
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To: midwyf

Let’s hope some real Republicans run in the next primary.


9 posted on 02/07/2009 7:44:03 AM PST by carton253 (So this is how liberty ends - with thunderous applause.)
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To: midwyf
We can only hope all three lose to real Republicans in the next primary.

I live in Penna, and I called Specter's office asking him to vote NO. He obviously didn't listen. I don't vote for Specter, but he gets re-elected anyway. Maybe he won't run next time because of his health issues and age. Then the voters here in PA will elect a democrat senator.

10 posted on 02/07/2009 7:45:19 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Thermalseeker

Two words: Term Limits


11 posted on 02/07/2009 7:46:30 AM PST by navymom1 (Save Free Speech, defeat the Fairness Doctrine)
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To: Thermalseeker
It's the pork they bring home don'tcha know!

Luigi

12 posted on 02/07/2009 7:47:33 AM PST by LuigiBasco (PALIN POWER: She's Reagan in heels, Teddy Roosevelt in a dress & like Rummy at a press conference!))
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To: Victory111

Collins and Snowe: Judas seeing a chance to cash in by betrayal.


13 posted on 02/07/2009 7:47:56 AM PST by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (I want to "Buy American" but the only things for sale made in the USA are politicians)
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To: carton253

I’m reading Steele is cleaning house at the RNC, heard this from a staffer in there. Waiting for more details...

If he is serious about revamping the Party he will find Republicans who can at least pass the easy task of being Northereastern moderates to run against the Liberals who betray their Party on critical votes like last night.

Otherwise he is just BSing us.


14 posted on 02/07/2009 7:48:39 AM PST by rbmillerjr (2/6/09 The Day the Republican Party died.....Reagan's Birthday nonetheless)
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To: PGalt
This one will be pivotal.

Yep. If this one goes down it will set the tone for the Obamalamadingdong Administration for the next two years...

Still hope to hound these 3 and the ‘rats.

Yep. I hope the rest of the 'Pubbies show some spine and vote against this nonsense. If the rest of the 'Pubbies do vote against it we need to call them and thank them for voting against this. We need to make sure they stay on our side of the street.....

15 posted on 02/07/2009 7:49:17 AM PST by Thermalseeker (Government is not the solution to the problem. Government IS the problem - Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas

The sad thing is that all the desperate screeching about the urgency of passing this “stimulus” bill is all a lie too. Most of it isn’t even due to start taking effect for another year or more.


16 posted on 02/07/2009 7:51:39 AM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: LuigiBasco
It's the pork they bring home don'tcha know!

Obviously, but people need to realize, and soon, that our current course, in fact the course we've been on for the past 20 odd years, is not sustainable. It is utterly amazing how these people can so easily mortgage our children's future in order to satisfy their petty desires. I guess they figure they'll all be dead and it won't matter to them when the bill comes due.....

17 posted on 02/07/2009 7:53:20 AM PST by Thermalseeker (Government is not the solution to the problem. Government IS the problem - Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: cripplecreek
Most of it isn’t even due to start taking effect for another year or more.

Bingo. It's sickening how much of it goes into effect in 2010, which also just happens to be (drum roll) an election year.....

18 posted on 02/07/2009 7:55:01 AM PST by Thermalseeker (Government is not the solution to the problem. Government IS the problem - Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: Thermalseeker

But we have to pass it RIGHT NOW to AVERT CATASTROPHE or WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


19 posted on 02/07/2009 7:57:11 AM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: Victory111
I wrote Specter last night. He is up for re-election next year and will go into the Philly labor union bosses back pocket to get their. I voted for Toomey in the PA primary in 2004. Bush and Santorum sided with Specter and he squeaked it out. I guess he didn't learn. Conservatives abandoned Rick because of it and they no doubt will do the same this time. I hope Pat Toomey is paying attention.
20 posted on 02/07/2009 7:58:20 AM PST by Pharmer (Palin in 2012! We are so screwed! Go Flyers!)
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To: MarkT

“I am writing my Senator, David Vitter, as well as Sen. Mitch McConnell and asking them to do everything possible to remove these clowns from any committee on which they serve. Oh, no, you say, they might switch parties. BFD, they already have.”

Rock on!

Specter needs to be pulled from Judiciary Committee for starters!

http://specter.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=NewsRoom.NewsReleases&ContentRecord_id=4ef575c3-ad14-0d1c-94b6-a00683923766

Specter Comments on the Stimulus Package Substitute

Friday, February 6, 2009 -

U.S. Senator Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) today made the following comments on the floor of the United States Senate concerning a substitute proposal to the stimulus package:

Madame President, I begin with the enormously serious economic problems facing the United States: an unemployment rate which is rising, 2.8 million jobs lost last year, thousands of people losing their jobs every day, and recognizing the very heavy psychological factor which is at work, cited for the destruction of consumer confidence. The eyes and the ears of the world are on the United States, on the United States government, and on the United States Senate tonight to see whether we will be able to respond to the magnitude of the problem. The psychological impact if we were to reject some activist approach, I think, would be devastating not only on Wall Street and Main Street but all across the face of the globe.

Based on the telephone calls which I’ve gotten in my office, this is a very unpopular vote. Perhaps the tide will turn, but the calls are mounting from one end of the political spectrum saying there are too many expenditures, and the calls are mounting on the other end of the political spectrum saying that there is not enough money being spent on proposals which we are advancing here tonight. Perhaps the tide will turn upon reflection and on analysis of the program which we’re setting forth here.

Perhaps the tide will turn as exemplified by a letter issued today from the United States Chamber of Commerce, a principal spokesman for corporate America and a principal spokesman for conservative America. The Chamber says this: they’re for this legislation because the economy continues to deteriorate. The Chamber is for the bill because it supports pro-growth tax initiatives. The Chamber is for the bill because it applauds the inclusion of tax relief. The Chamber is for the bill because many of the spending-side provisions in the legislation will also provide stimulus to get Americans back to work, focusing on infrastructure spending for roads, rails, public transportation, aviation, inland waterways and ports.

I have already noted certain grave concerns which I have. One is the rush to judgment which we’re a part of. And perhaps a necessary part, when President Obama came to speak to the Republican caucus recently, when my turn came to ask a question, I said “why are you wedded to February 13th? That’s too fast to digest a bill of this magnitude.” I said that we had passed a $700 billion bailout bill, TARP, where we didn’t know what was in the bill, and we didn’t have regular order, hearings, questions, cross-examination, or committee work on the markup line-by-line of the committee report. We didn’t even have floor debate. We made a lot of mistakes. They were compounded by the administration carrying it out.

I voted against the release of the second $350 billion. I said, Mr. President, let’s not do it again. There is nothing magical about February 13th before we start the week of recess for President’s Day. The President responded, emphasizing the severe nature of the problem and telling us all, which he has told us privately, about the serious problems which he sees, which his advisors see with any delay at all. So we are responding to his timetable. I don’t like it, but I’m responding to it.

There are other aspects of this bill which give me heartburn. There is a lot in this bill which ought to be part of the regular Appropriations process. I served for 10 years as Chairman of the subcommittee funding the Departments of Health and Human Services and Education. I have fought hard for many of the items that are in this bill that ought not to be in this bill. They ought to be part of the regular appropriations process where we set an overall budget and we fight it out on priorities. But they’re here because the administration and the bill proposed by the Committee has seen fit to include them.

What have we accomplished here in the amendment which is being offered now? This bill coming to the floor, and these figures are pretty close - they’re hard to be exact - but the bill starts with $885 billion. There are add-ons on the floor of $29.5 billion. The bill as it’s being reported is $781, perhaps $780. So we have reduced the expenditures by $105 billion. That’s a lot of money. And that is something which makes everybody angry.

But that’s the position you’re in if you’re a United States Senator. People are unhappy because they didn’t get the full amount from the Committee report, although absent this bill they get zero additional. People are unhappy about spending too much money, but it is imperative, as I see it, that we do something very, very substantial.

There are reasons to argue that this is a bad bill. I’m not saying it’s a bad bill; I’m saying there are reasons to argue that it’s a bad bill. But I do not believe that there is any doubt that the economy would be enormously worse off without it. That’s the kind of a choice we have to make.

Personally I would prefer not to be on the edge of the pin as so frequently is the case in this body. But I do believe that we have to act, and I believe that under all of the circumstances, this is the best we can do and we ought to do it.


21 posted on 02/07/2009 7:58:26 AM PST by maggief
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To: navymom1
Two words: Term Limits

Either that, or tar and feathers. No, wait, that is three words.....

I've thought for many years it was a major mistake to take the election of US Senators away from State Legislatures. This is a glaring example of why that is so.....

22 posted on 02/07/2009 7:58:32 AM PST by Thermalseeker (Government is not the solution to the problem. Government IS the problem - Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: Victory111
I heard that Voinovich went over as well.

They are parlaying with marxist enemies of all we hold dear in this Republic and are actively taking part in the dismantling of the free market.

At some point (and it is already starting), many citizens will be led to understand what the mother of one those killed on the Cole said this week...

"I voted for Obama but am beginning to realize that ,may have been a mistake."

Well...duh!

Obama promised absolute fundamnetal change for America and his 2001 NPR interview aired before election day where he openly sopke of wealth redistribution...so it was clear that he meant far more than an accellerated withdrawal time table from Iraq (which, thank God, Prsident BUsh had already won before this man took power).

Obama openly promised to side with the Islamics if the winds of public opinion blew against them. Obama promised to negotiate unconditionally with the abject, openly avowed enemies of this nation. Obama promised to undo all that Bush had done on abortion restriction and make the FOCA (Frredom of Choice Act - which will remove virtually all federal restrictions on abortion for the entire pregnancy), Obama promised to restore federal funding for international abortions, Obama promised to work with congress and pass through more gun restrictions (AWB, TAx on Ammo, etc.).

Now he is going about doing all of that, very quickly, and more.

We must stand as citizens against this rampant and blatant move towards marxism and unmittigated disaster in our nation. We must calmly go about educating others using reason, level headedness and common sense, we must build a spine in all GOP senators particularly so that they will absolutely fear, immediately for their political lives, we must establish a strong beach head in 2010 to stem and contain the damage, and thenn march on to total victory in 2012.

HOW SARAH PALIN TRUMPS LIBERALISM



MANY MORE STICKER DESIGNS HERE

EVERYONE PLEASE WRITE YOUR GOP SENATORS TODAY!

FIGHT THE FREEDOM OF CHOICE ACT

IT'S TIME FOR A RETURN TO THE OLD SCHOOL

THE AUDACITY OF TRUTH ABOUT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA

BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA IN HIS OWN WORDS

THE AUDACITY OF TRUTH ABOUT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA'S UPBRINGING

23 posted on 02/07/2009 8:00:04 AM PST by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: rbmillerjr
I suggest recalling them. Damage to our country may be irreversible by the time they are up for re-election.
24 posted on 02/07/2009 8:05:20 AM PST by CindyDawg
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To: Thermalseeker

“”I gave up hope with Specter ever being replaced. He’ll be in the Senate until he breathes his last breath.””

Is there any chance Rick Santorum will run again and take on Specter?


25 posted on 02/07/2009 8:06:48 AM PST by Thank You Rush
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To: Thermalseeker
You are absolutely right on the DEAD part.;-)

Luigi

26 posted on 02/07/2009 8:07:56 AM PST by LuigiBasco (PALIN POWER: She's Reagan in heels, Teddy Roosevelt in a dress & like Rummy at a press conference!))
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To: Hildy
I agree with you about doing something NOW. This refrain of "just wait to 2010" is growing a bit tiresome. People need to check their history a little before naively plunging ahead with this belief...its a dangerous gamble.

From the www.thefroginthekettle.com website: "The Election Turn-Over Solution. Many believe this is just the typical back and forth between election cycles, the dems have it for a while and then the republicans have it back for a while. They say things like “you just wait til 2010 when we get the Congress back” or “they’re gonna over-reach and then…fill in the blank.” Little history folks; guess who ran the House from 1954-1995 (a short 41 YEARS!). Hint, the democrats. During the same period, 1954-1995, the democrats held the Senate 80.95% of the time, often with very and I mean VERY wide margins. So, for those of you who think it’s just a given to “get the Congress back” when the democrats crank up the treasury printing presses, you’d better think again. The republican party may be back in the wilderness for decades. Personally, I don’t think we’re going to get the House back anytime soon and the Senate looks just a daunting. Why? Let’s just say we have a little less than inspiring leadership at the helm right now.

27 posted on 02/07/2009 8:09:30 AM PST by mek1959
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To: Victory111

Snowe Collins and Spectre along with the democrats get to vouch for the oversight of wise spending of this 1.2 TRILLION dollars - a figure that Includes debt service since it is ALL borrowed money

and these 3 RINOS get to stand up and face all of us and vouch for all the new employment that is created at such tremendous cost

soon

daily


28 posted on 02/07/2009 8:30:28 AM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: Hildy

This must ALWAYS be referred to as the Obama spending bill
These three must always be singly described as the only 3 republicans who voted FOR the $1.2 TRILLION DOLLAR OBAMA SPENDING BILL

Number of jobs created must be tracked and widely publicized

fraud waste and abuse must also be exposed and widely reported.

I cannot wait for the first BOOTY CALL and SEXAPALOOZA festivals in California that will receive OBAMA SPENDING PLAN money


29 posted on 02/07/2009 8:34:33 AM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: Victory111

When is Spector up for election again?

We need a NATIONAL effort to find and fund a CONSERVATIVE to unseat him in the primaries!


30 posted on 02/07/2009 8:52:04 AM PST by G Larry (Barack's character has been molded by extremists)
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Is it still possible to get Snowe, Collins and Specter (Mr Magic Bullet) to change their votes for monday.

Why would they go against the will of the people? Don't they check their mail & messages?

I wish Sessions or someone knowledgeable would have a talk with them.

31 posted on 02/07/2009 8:57:31 AM PST by msnpatriot
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To: Victory111

They’ve been Blago-ed!


32 posted on 02/07/2009 8:59:32 AM PST by lonestar
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To: msnpatriot

It’s hard to believe that Maine has sunk to the level of the two baffoon senators they now have remembering former Sen. Margaret Chase Smith, the first woman nominee for President. The RNC, federal and state, spearheaded by Michael Steele need to jettison these loons out of the party as first priority.


33 posted on 02/07/2009 9:03:48 AM PST by yorkie01
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To: Victory111

They’re trying to spin this as giving money to “local communities”.

This is for unions, grass grazing wildy feminists, PETa, homo agendas, ACORN, Move On, and other fatso local thugocrate lawyer/cops and union dividing sessession empower groups who want a defacto alimoni (ie read reparations, illegal amnesty and tribal sublets sponsored by friendly feds).

Grass root war they want, grassroot and antidemocrate mess they will get. Sheeps turn wolf, suckers for “justice” no more.

We have a fine scheming bunch of naughty perverted opportunist communicating masturbating self empowering homo scumbags in power these days, it’s just grand.


34 posted on 02/07/2009 9:07:22 AM PST by JudgemAll (control freaks, their world & their problem with my gun and my protecting my private party)
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To: Victory111

They’re trying to spin this as giving money to “local communities”.

This is for unions, grass grazing wildy feminists, PETa, homo agendas, ACORN, Move On, and other fatso local thugocrate lawyer/cops and union dividing sessession empower groups who want a defacto alimoni (ie read reparations, illegal amnesty, Guantanamo terrorist housing a la Ayer Kumbayanist campus and tribal sublets sponsored by friendly feds).

Grass root war they want, grassroot and antidemocrate mess they will get. Sheeps turn wolf, suckers for “justice” no more.

We have a fine scheming bunch of naughty perverted opportunist communicating masturbating self empowering homo scumbags in power these days, it’s just grand.

Ah, the economy is going to tank and no move will be made to promote true volunteers, just like the Katrina disaster. Expect big freaging problems in your neighborhood soon.


35 posted on 02/07/2009 9:08:59 AM PST by JudgemAll (control freaks, their world & their problem with my gun and my protecting my private party)
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To: Victory111
My latest e-mail to Arlen Specter

Dear Senator Specter

I wrote you a letter 2 days ago to encourage you to hold the line on this spending monstrosity that is up for a vote in the US Senate. It seems that I am not the only voter in PA with similar concerned as you acknowledge in your comments on the Senate Floor last night. However I am dismayed with the bulk of your comments and your determination to “do something” . This is truly reckless and a grave disregard for the taxpayers money during a recession. This will only make matters worse and will shackle our kids and grandkids for years with debt. It will cause monetary inflation which more harmful than a recession. You should remember this very thing as you were in the Senate during the late seventies.

Be aware of this: If you vote for this reckless sham I will demand that you go the way of Rick Santorum for selling out the Conservative voters. If Bob Casey was a pro-choice Democrat Rick might have had a chance. But I know a lot of conservatives would rather vote Democratic than vote to re-instate a Senator who repeatedly sells them out. You did it on the impeachment of Bill Clinton, and you are about to do it again. If you are going to side against your party we conservatives WILL work to defeat you in the primary and will not show up in the general election if you are the Republican nominee. You yourself know this is an unpopular vote. I doubt 1 year will be enough time for the voters to forget.

John McCain was on a roll until mid-september when he started grandstanding and sold out the voters with The TARP bill. You would be wise to heed that and vote NO on this bill. We will be watching and we will remember. Hold the line, vote NO.

36 posted on 02/07/2009 9:18:40 AM PST by Pharmer (Palin in 2012! We are so screwed! Go Flyers!)
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To: JudgemAll

There is probably a 60% chance the cycle of economic recovery starts by 2010 midterms. There is probably a 97% chance that the recovery has started by 2012.

So, we need to make clear that the strength of the American worker and economy will survive even Obama and this Big Government bill.

Better to diversify attack on the national security area. Afterall, he has already passed exec. orders to shut down Guantanamo, stop trials of terrorists, likely allow terrorists to go free, vowed a 10% cut to military and lost our key supply base in Krygystan that supplies Obama’s jewel on the War on Terror.


37 posted on 02/07/2009 9:23:53 AM PST by rbmillerjr (2/6/09 The Day the Republican Party died.....Reagan's Birthday nonetheless)
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To: MarkT

I am sorry you have that creep Senator Vitter. What a shame. Although hopefully he will be kicked to the curb in 2010. What a disgrace and still representing the Republicans. Ugh! Don’t expect much from him. He is probably on the phone with the sexphone folks.


38 posted on 02/07/2009 9:51:01 AM PST by napscoordinator
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