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Dems' 2010 Strategy: GOP Will "Repeal" Obamacare
The Weekly Standard Blog ^ | December 24, 2009 | John McCormack

Posted on 12/25/2009 2:50:43 AM PST by Scanian

TPM reports:

"With Democratic senators united on the health care bill today, their campaign arm has settled on an attack plan for 2010: Republicans would "repeal" it if they win control.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, aggressively challenging incumbent GOP senators and vying for open seats, will paint the Republicans as only interested in obstructing."

So, the Democrats' attack plan is to tell voters that the GOP will repeal the budget-busting, tax-hiking, Medicare-cutting, abortion-funding, big insurance and big pharma giveaway that only has the support of 35% of voters. Brilliant!

Conservatives have been saying that if Obamacare passes Republicans should run on the platform of repealing this monstrosity. The Democrats really think it's a smart attack plan to send the same message?

Does this count as an in-kind contribution to Republican candidates?

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: 111th; 2010midterms; bhohealthcare; gop; gopcomeback; gophealthcare; healthcare; issues; obstructionism; repeal; senatecampaign
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1 posted on 12/25/2009 2:50:45 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian

‘Republicans would “repeal” it if they win control. ‘

Which is why America is going to vote for them. I love it!


2 posted on 12/25/2009 2:53:48 AM PST by Constitutional Patriot (Socialism is the cancer of humanity.)
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To: Scanian

LOLZ... Political Suicide for them. This will only work if the passage of this health-care montrosity was accepted by the vast majority of Americans, which it isn’t.

Let them confine themselves to this single issue. There is not only a government takeover of people’s lives that we can counter with, there are all kinds of cultural war arguments in there as well, especially in regards to abortion.

They are idiots and shouldn’t have turned this far left this early. They’ve written their own pink slips. There will be no Obama coat-tails in 2010. Let them sink their own ship. There is no point in stopping our political enemies while they damage themselves.


3 posted on 12/25/2009 2:56:10 AM PST by lmr (God punishes Conservatives by making them argue with fools.)
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To: Scanian

Oh, they’ll refine their message some. They’ll say that the repubs are bought and paid for by big pharma and big insurance and that only the dems can save you from those evil rich people. They’ll try to make it a class warfare thing. And the media will help them cover up the fact that the dem “health” bill is bought and paid for ... big pharma and big insurance.


4 posted on 12/25/2009 2:57:09 AM PST by samtheman
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To: lmr

In case the GOP wins BOTH the Senate and House in 2010, do we have to deal with Obeyme because this Teleprompter Boy is bound to veto it?


5 posted on 12/25/2009 3:00:19 AM PST by max americana (i)
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To: lmr
They are idiots and shouldn’t have turned this far left this early. They’ve written their own pink slips.
They are not idiots, not when it comes to winning elections. It's true they've blundered by being so left so soon, but they can still recover. They've got the media on their side and the natural forgetfulness of the American people... and the unbelievable stupidity of Establishment GOP. That's who's stupid, not the rats. The rats are evil. Don't ever count an evil person out in a contest over anything.
6 posted on 12/25/2009 3:00:24 AM PST by samtheman
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To: samtheman

Big Pharma and Big Insurance? Those are the big winners in the Senate Bill.

I think you are right in the way that they have 10 or more months still left to sell this, but I don’t think Americans are buying it.

The only way the Democrats can offset the impending doom to their numbers in Congress is for the economy to turn around. Then, and only then, will the sheeple buy the rest of their Marxist program.

This is the plan, though. Obama and Rahm Emanuel are playing long. Going all-in on this gamble in hopes that an economic turnaround will fuel a massive resurgence. If it fails, they know they are toast.


7 posted on 12/25/2009 3:03:48 AM PST by lmr (God punishes Conservatives by making them argue with fools.)
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To: max americana

Well, turning it around is going to take some time and quite a bit of hard work.


8 posted on 12/25/2009 3:05:55 AM PST by lmr (God punishes Conservatives by making them argue with fools.)
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To: samtheman
Don't ever count an evil person out in a contest over anything.

Noted, with one retort, They have hubris in great quantity right now and typically Americans have voted for gridlock. 2008 was a unique situation in which Americans were absurdly manipulated by the MSM. This advantage will evaporate as the dying media that they control becomes irrelevant.
9 posted on 12/25/2009 3:08:25 AM PST by lmr (God punishes Conservatives by making them argue with fools.)
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To: samtheman

No, Democrat’s are just as idiotic as the GOP.

They only stumbled into power because the GOP blew it so badly. If the GOP wins the coming election it’s because the Democrat’s blew it even worse. If either side were truly intelligent they wouldn’t keep flipping control back and forth by default. They’d be able to win by a campaign slogan in Favor OF something rather then “we’re not that party”.

Right now I think we’re seeing a measure of fear, denial, arrogance and faith (in their liberal philosophy). All are leading them to act stupidly.


10 posted on 12/25/2009 3:09:07 AM PST by Soul Seeker
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To: lmr

so it will likely be back to Palin in 2012 to write it into law..


11 posted on 12/25/2009 3:09:42 AM PST by max americana (i)
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To: Scanian

The democratic party has lit its candle at both ends, it burned brighter but also burned faster.

With America realizing which party follows the better long term interests of the majority its becoming more clearer to all that the leftists are losing ground, losing support and losing momentum. They do not have the horsepower to haul America over the summit to a better future anymore.

They have only managed to go any distance at all because they have been traveling downhill.


12 posted on 12/25/2009 3:10:05 AM PST by Eye of Unk (Phobos, kerdos, and doxa, said the Time Traveler. “Fear, self-interest, and honor.”)
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To: Scanian

Never underestimate the ability of the republicrats to screw up what should be an overwhelming rout.


13 posted on 12/25/2009 3:10:18 AM PST by 43north (BHO: 50% white, 50% black, 100% red)
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To: Scanian; Carley

Carley: “If it was such a wonderful gift to Americans, how come it took billions of dollars in bribes to get enough votes to pass?”


14 posted on 12/25/2009 3:14:26 AM PST by Lazamataz (DEFINITION: rac-ist (rA'sis't) 1. Anyone who disagrees with a liberal about any topic.)
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To: 43north
Never underestimate the ability of the republicrats to screw up what should be an overwhelming rout.

Variations on that theme brings a smile to David Axelrod. I bet the constant repetition of it by some on the right gave Obama a nice little pop in the vote last year.

15 posted on 12/25/2009 3:14:57 AM PST by Brugmansian
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To: samtheman

The pubbies need only point out the big pharma deal, negotiated with Zero.


16 posted on 12/25/2009 3:16:30 AM PST by Adder (Proudly ignoring Zero since 1-20-09!)
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To: lmr

In theory you’re right and we should have every advantage going into 2010 but I’m just very nervous about the nearly infinite capacity of the GOP “leadership” to miss an opportunity. Although I have to admit, the Republican Party looked very good in the recent struggle in the Senate to try to stop the HealthBomb. I nevertheless remain very nervous.

I’m sort of counting on Palin to ride roughshod over the process and keep the GOP from punking out. But as good as she is, there’s only so much one person can do. What if this idea takes hold in the minds of the RNC and the majority of GOP candidates: the best approach is to moderate our criticism of the Health Bill?

Don’t think it can’t happen. The GOP looks at “moderation” and “bipartisanship” as the twin faces of Pure Good in the Universe.


17 posted on 12/25/2009 3:16:31 AM PST by samtheman
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To: samtheman
They've got the media on their side and the natural forgetfulness of the American people...

Got it in one.

The only thing more disappointing than how much politicians count on 'the people' having a short memory, is how much 'the people' prove that the politicians are right.

Give it a year -- as long as people don't see gas prices leap, cell phone coverage shrink, or their cable TV off the air, they will sit back with the remote, belch, and think, "What was everyone all wee-wee'd up about health care for?"

Then in December, smug little Barney Frank, witchy Pelosi, and cadaverous Reid will continue to stalk the halls of congress, ladling themselves fresh-perqued pork.

18 posted on 12/25/2009 3:17:58 AM PST by Quiller (When you're fighting to survive, there is no "try" -- there is only do, or do not.)
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To: Adder

The big deal with big pharma that is written into the Obama Monstrosity will be totally and completely ignored by Big Media... now, later and forever.

It will only come out if the GOP brings it out, in paid ads, over and over again. I worry that they won’t do this, out of some misplaced fear of sounding “harsh” or “negative”... or heck, I don’t know the reasons why they always hold back, always hold their punches... but they do. As a group, the GOP is the party of wimps. I fear that won’t change in 2010, though, as I said, I do like the way the Repubs stuck together through recent events in the Senate. So I hope I’m wrong. But I’m afraid. Very afraid.


19 posted on 12/25/2009 3:23:21 AM PST by samtheman
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To: Quiller

Yup, you nailed it. The tax increases probably won’t manifest themselves enough in the next 10 months to be that noticeable.

What the GOP should do — if it has gonads, if it as a soul — is to point out that Obama ran on a platform of no tax increases for the middle class... and then list all the tax increases that are just beginning and that are on the way... and to play that list in paid ads, over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again.

If they do that. They win.

If they don’t do that. They lose.

Simple as that.


20 posted on 12/25/2009 3:26:50 AM PST by samtheman
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To: lmr
LOLZ... Political Suicide for them. This will only work if the passage of this health-care montrosity was accepted by the vast majority of Americans, which it isn’t.

But...but...but...they'll love it by next November! /s

21 posted on 12/25/2009 3:27:46 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Don't eat your dog; eat obnoxious, liberal humans to save the planet!)
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To: Scanian

For once, both parties can have the same slogan!


22 posted on 12/25/2009 3:32:25 AM PST by SampleMan (No one should die on a gov. waiting list., or go broke because the gov. has dictated their salary.)
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To: Scanian

I hope that the Republicans, if they do get in power, have the courage to repeal the health care bill.


23 posted on 12/25/2009 3:32:29 AM PST by Rocky (Obama's ego: The "I's" have it.)
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To: Scanian

I went to my chiropractor last week. As of 12-14, all medicare patients are only allowed 18 visits a year (end of 2010) with no maintenance paid for. This is before the bill has been signed, or even passed by the Senate.


24 posted on 12/25/2009 3:34:05 AM PST by mathluv ( Conservative first and foremost, republican second - GO SARAHCUDA!!!!)
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To: lmr

It all depends on how massive the ACORN voter fraud impacts the results. The Alinsky communists will do ANYTHING...ANYTHING to maintain power.


25 posted on 12/25/2009 3:44:22 AM PST by newfreep ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." - P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: Constitutional Patriot

America may vote for Republicans hoping to repeal Obamacare in 2011, but nothing’s going to get repealed because of next year’s election. There’s only 15 Senate Democrats up for election next November and that includes such “senators for life” as Inouye, Schumer and Leahy. Even if the Republicans were to win every contested Dem seat, the Senate would still line up only 55-43-2 for the Republicans and the Dems would still have 40 to filibuster to preserve the status quo and 34 to sustain an inevitable veto. We’re stuck with whatever passes next month until after 2012 at the earliest.


26 posted on 12/25/2009 3:53:24 AM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

“Even if the Republicans were to win every contested Dem seat, the Senate would still line up only 55-43-2 for the Republicans and the Dems would still have 40 to filibuster to preserve the status quo and 34 to sustain an inevitable veto.”

And, meanwhile, here on FreeRepublic, you’ll have a bunch of folks saying they’ll never vote GOP again since the Republicans haven’t repealed ObamaCare. I saw it when the GOP had the majority. There was a bunch of folks here that either couldn’t understand concepts like 60 votes for cloture or just wanted to bash the GOP.


27 posted on 12/25/2009 4:00:53 AM PST by DugwayDuke
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To: Scanian

I say just beat them to the punch. Openly campaign on repealing the federal takeover of medicine.


28 posted on 12/25/2009 4:01:09 AM PST by mtrott
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To: mtrott

I agree.


29 posted on 12/25/2009 4:15:32 AM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: Scanian

Three things jump out at me immediately:

1. The media whores will continue to wage an all out war against the Republicans and the truth will continue to be in short supply.

2. The gutless wonders in the Republican party will likely continue their policy of ducking and hiding if the going gets tough. They likely won’t have the courage to stand up and be heard. They also need to learn how to work around the media whores better than they have been (I know, easier said than done). Stop worrying about being liked and wanting to be invited to those quaint social events.

3. The vast majority of voters, like many I know, will continue to wallow in complete ignorance until they are finally slapped upside the head with the tragic results of this repugnant bill in 3 to 4 years. By then it will likely be too late to do much. They need to wake from their political slumber now in time for the 2010 elections.

I don’t care so much that the electorate is not emailing and calling their representatives (even though that would be nice). I would just like to see them become more politically informed and aware.


30 posted on 12/25/2009 4:23:48 AM PST by bertdog1
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To: lmr

“The only way the Democrats can offset the impending doom to their numbers in Congress is for the economy to turn around.”

And conservatives can fight BO by making sure that we spend only on the absolute necessities of life. Cut all frivolous expenditures to the bone. Let the welfare class pull his chestnuts out of the fire.


31 posted on 12/25/2009 4:27:51 AM PST by kittymyrib
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To: samtheman

So I hope I’m wrong. But I’m afraid. Very afraid.

Me too!!

If we do not turn this around in 2010, its over.

The dumbles will ram thru more and more entitlements we will never be able to pay for.

And the great experiment that was this country will be done.


32 posted on 12/25/2009 4:29:12 AM PST by Adder (Proudly ignoring Zero since 1-20-09!)
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To: bertdog1

Well, if this passes, people will soon thereafter be getting notices from their employers about how this is going to affect their paycheck and/or their health plan. Hopefully, that will get their attention and force them to study this.


33 posted on 12/25/2009 4:31:17 AM PST by mtrott
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To: bertdog1

It won’t take 3-4 years for average Americans to get their slap across the head as new taxes, premium increases and Medicare cuts hit immediately. The MSM will continue to ignore the problems and keep cheer leading for Obamacare. The Democrat members of Congress who are naively expecting public adulation for this monstrosity will be very surprised at the backlash as the truth slowly gets out.


34 posted on 12/25/2009 4:38:09 AM PST by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." M. Thatcher)
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To: mtrott
"Well, if this passes, people will soon thereafter be getting notices from their employers about how this is going to affect their paycheck and/or their health plan. Hopefully, that will get their attention and force them to study this."

Sadly, that's what it will likely take. That being said, you just know that many of them will not do any followup of the issue.

I hope I am wrong.

35 posted on 12/25/2009 4:49:39 AM PST by bertdog1
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To: newfreep

Acorn can only rig elections by 1 to five %. The Democrats will lose by more than that. They MUST have illegal aliens legalized before 2010.


36 posted on 12/25/2009 4:58:13 AM PST by screaminsunshine (!!)
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To: Rocky
I hope they don't stop there. Damn near everything passed in the last year needs to be repealed.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

37 posted on 12/25/2009 5:00:10 AM PST by wku man (Who says conservatives don't rock? Go to www.myspace.com/rockfromtheright)
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To: Soul Seeker
The GOP lost its position in Congress over 2 elections. In 2006 the big issue was homosexuality. In 2008 the big issue was "Oh, boy, a black President, vote for me too".

I think those two issues can be overcome, and I wouldn't be squeamish over the idea of telling the public that ALL the known homosexuals have been purged.

People are now beyond the thrill of a "first" and Obama will simply turn into another weak President who dithered too much.

38 posted on 12/25/2009 5:07:34 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: The Great RJ
"It won’t take 3-4 years for average Americans to get their slap across the head as new taxes, premium increases and Medicare cuts hit immediately. The MSM will continue to ignore the problems and keep cheer leading for Obamacare. The Democrat members of Congress who are naively expecting public adulation for this monstrosity will be very surprised at the backlash as the truth slowly gets out."

I hope you are right but the fact that we are even at this point in American history makes me doubt that the average American will even figure out they are being slapped. The press being dishonorable and despicable is with certainty one of the primary reasons we are in this predicament.

If the press could have found it in themselves to do some honest and investigative reporting then we would not even be put in the position of dealing with such a monstrosity as the Obama machine. Such wishing is what dreams are made of.

It will be interesting to see how much of a beating the Democrats will take and to what degree the press will cover for them.

39 posted on 12/25/2009 5:09:28 AM PST by bertdog1
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To: Scanian
The problem is those who actually are going to benefit the most from this health care monstrosity are going to be eligible to vote after amnesty is pushed through and these voters will pull the lever for the dems.

Coupled with a likely upswing of the economy and you can guarantee this will be permanent and will never be repealed, nor will it be declared unconstitutional.

The Federal Government needs to be abolished and rebuilt from scratch. There is no way the Producers in this country will be able to stop having their “wealth” stolen from them by politicians who will turn around and give that stolen wealth to those who do not deserve it and the recipients will continue to vote for the democrats.

Those who keep wishing for a peaceful reversal of our country's headlong dive into marxism are going to be very disappointed over the next several years, IMO.

40 posted on 12/25/2009 5:33:12 AM PST by Pox
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To: Scanian
They will try to spin this in a way that makes the public believe taking it away is equivalent to repealing equal rights or social security, etc. They may even try to "give out some small gift" in the way of a tax cut/rebate or something around this summer or before elections and tell the people they are getting it because the HC bill that the Pubs want to repeal provided it to them.

IOW: There will be bamboozling

41 posted on 12/25/2009 5:34:15 AM PST by Zack Attack
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To: Scanian

The Bill once law. Cannot be repealed in ToTo. It will have to be destroyed,one piece at a time. We will spend years in court getting this Bill removed from our lives. But the tax increases will do great harm to the economy in the meantime. I will never trust any Government, ever again,Period.


42 posted on 12/25/2009 5:38:21 AM PST by dbrew2u
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To: Zack Attack

To finish my previous thought as I hit submit too soon...that us why we can’t let up on informing and reminding the public what us in this HC bill.


43 posted on 12/25/2009 5:40:56 AM PST by Zack Attack
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To: Scanian
There are too many people, like those idiot women in Detroit, who are always looking for their cut of the ‘Obama stash’.
44 posted on 12/25/2009 6:16:35 AM PST by JPG (Al Gore, the several million degree man.)
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To: Scanian

Do they promise? Nothing better than keeping this front and center for the next year....

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45 posted on 12/25/2009 6:21:14 AM PST by hoosier hick (Note to RINOs: We need a choice, not an echo....Barry Goldwater)
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To: Pox

“Those who keep wishing for a peaceful reversal of our country’s headlong dive into marxism are going to be very disappointed over the next several years, IMO. “

I’m afraid you are correct.


46 posted on 12/25/2009 6:31:24 AM PST by antisocial (Texas SCV - Deo Vindice)
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To: Scanian

I sure hope so.


47 posted on 12/25/2009 6:42:22 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: lmr
Wonder how our friends over at the NRA are digesting this?

You can bet a dime that gun control is part of this 'public health' concern. The mayor of Memphis a demwit, alluded to the fact that gun crime was a public health concern a few weeks back on the nightly news.

There were no printed sound bites I could post.

48 posted on 12/25/2009 6:46:53 AM PST by GailA (JESUS is Christmas! Cradle in the shadow of a Cross)
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To: max americana

Obeyme is a great name for the Little Dictator!


49 posted on 12/25/2009 6:47:13 AM PST by abclily
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To: Scanian

The should repeal this debacle, along with Johnson’s great society and a bunch of other communist garbage. Let the deadbeats carry their own weight for a change.


50 posted on 12/25/2009 6:48:08 AM PST by meyer (Government health care = national strike.)
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