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Juan Williams: GOP will rue O-Care focus
The Hill ^ | January 20, 2014 | Juan Williams

Posted on 01/20/2014 6:12:23 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), chairman of the Republican Senatorial Committee, is sure he has the best political strategy for winning the six seats the GOP needs to capture control of the Senate in November — attack Democrats for the Affordable Care Act.

The Republican National Committee’s first major advertising buy of this midterm election season will come in the shape of attack ads in 12 states against incumbent Democrats who voted for ObamaCare. Conservative activists are following the same strategy. The New York Times reported last week that the billionaire Koch brothers have already helped to air $20 million in advertising against Democrats who supported healthcare reform.

Oh, what a waste of money.

As President Obama joked about casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who spent millions trying to defeat him in the 2012 election: “You could have bought an island and named it Nobama for that kind of money.”

Instead, the GOP is labeling itself “The Party of No.”

“The Republican Party makes a huge mistake by defining itself by what it’s against and not what it’s for,” David Axelrod, President Obama’s former top political advisor, told me. “If they go into the midterms counting on opposition to ObamaCare as their reason for being they will only exacerbate the image that has driven their numbers down.”

But Ed Rogers, the longtime Republican fundraiser and strategist, wrote in The Washington Post last week that Democrats are trying to fake out the GOP by urging them to stop talking about problems with Obamacare.

“Republicans need to stick to the script,” Rogers wrote, “and much of that script centers on Obama, ObamaCare and the Obama economy. Period.

But note that Rogers is careful to add a focus on the economy to his prescription for a winning GOP strategy for the midterms elections.

So far, however, the money and the messages from Republicans are all focused on ObamaCare. The GOP attack advertisements remind voters that ObamaCare led the President to utter 2013’s lie of the year, as determined by PolitiFact — that Americans could keep their existing healthcare plan under Obamacare. The scripts also frequently mention cancelled plans, higher premiums, and people losing their favorite doctors.

Republicans in Congress are locked on the same political message.

One of their first votes of 2014 was another effort to discredit the healthcare plan — this time by insisting on the government informing the public if any computer hackers breach the HealthCare.gov website.

The GOP has also voted to require the administration to submit weekly reports on the number of people visiting the website and the number of people who apply for the healthcare system.

Those votes come on top of the more than 45 votes by the House GOP last year to defund, delay or destroy ObamaCare with a repeal.

A hardball political analysis suggests the GOP is lost in the weeds.

A January Quinnipiac poll found 39 percent of voters think the “most important priority” for the 2014 is the economy. The second biggest concern, at 23 percent, is the federal budget deficit. And in third place, at 16 percent, is health care.

What about all the talk about Americans who view ObamaCare negatively? After all, 55 percent disapprove while 40 percent approve, according to the Real Clear Politics average of polls.

It is important to factor into that polling such as a CNN/ORC poll in December, which found 15 percent of Americans who tell pollsters their perceptions of ObamaCare are negative because it is “not liberal enough.”

According to the Census, nearly 48 million Americans had no health insurance in 2012. Another 40 million are estimated to have inadequate health insurance that left them without coverage at some time during the year or had costs so high as to threaten their finances. People want solutions.

Meanwhile the non-stop attacks, absent any better plan — make that any realistic plan at all from Republicans— for how to fix the nation’s costly healthcare system is steadily becoming political wallpaper.

By November, the odds are it will be merely white noise to independent and Democratic-leaning voters. The website will be working and Americans will have become accustomed to the idea of a government safety net for people in need of healthcare.

Despite all the current negativity around ObamaCare, the real news is that more than 2 million have now signed up for the state and federal exchanges. Another 4 million have benefited from Medicare expansion.

Millions more have gained improved policies that cover preventative care, pre-existing medical conditions, eliminate caps on insurance spending and allow young people to stay on their parents’ insurance plan until they are 26.

And for all the hype about cancelled health insurance plans, Census reported last year that 68 percent of working age Americans, 18-64, get their healthcare through an employer-provided plan. Those plans have not changed or been cancelled because of Obamacare.

Last week, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he expects Republicans to come up with a healthcare plan later this year to replace Obamacare.

My advice: Check with Mitt Romney.


TOPICS: Issues; Parties; Polls
KEYWORDS: 113th; 2014issues; 2014midterms; abortion; aca; deathpanels; demagogicparty; democrats; edrogers; jerrymoran; juanwilliams; kansas; memebuilding; obama; obamacare; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills; randsconcerntrolls; romney; zerocare
If it wasn't working Juan wouldn't say a word.
1 posted on 01/20/2014 6:12:23 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Because... Obamacare is going to stop being a trainwreck?
2 posted on 01/20/2014 6:16:03 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“68 percent of working age Americans, 18-64, get their healthcare through an employer-provided plan. Those plans have not changed or been cancelled because of Obamacare”

And many will be losing that just a few weeks before election day. You’re toast Juan, you and all the libtards. 2014 is going to be a 2010 repeat except this time, say goodbye to the senate.


3 posted on 01/20/2014 6:16:52 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Right! I love when socialist liberals offer conservatives free advice on how to win elections.... Such caring critters!


4 posted on 01/20/2014 6:17:12 PM PST by ArtDodger
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Has Juan Williams ever been right about anything? Not that I can remember.


5 posted on 01/20/2014 6:17:27 PM PST by KevinB (Barack Hussein Obama: Proof-positive that affirmative action does not work.)
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To: Viennacon
“68 percent of working age Americans, 18-64, get their healthcare through an employer-provided plan. Those plans have not changed or been cancelled because of Obamacare”

The cost of my employer provided health plan went up 30% ($1,800) per year due to Obamacare. That seems like a change to me. FUBO!

6 posted on 01/20/2014 6:19:38 PM PST by KevinB (Barack Hussein Obama: Proof-positive that affirmative action does not work.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
My advice: Check with Mitt Romney.

My advice; Check with the IRS...

Check the voter rolls.

Check the I.D.'s of all voters.

7 posted on 01/20/2014 6:19:47 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Oh, Please don’t throw me in that briar patch, Brer Republican!”


8 posted on 01/20/2014 6:20:04 PM PST by Sparticus (Tar and feathers for the next dumb@ss Republican that uses the word bipartisanship.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Seahawks should get their game planning advice from the Broncos.


9 posted on 01/20/2014 6:20:45 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Fight Tapinophobia in all its forms! Do not submit to arduus privilege.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Juan is an embarrassment to himself!


10 posted on 01/20/2014 6:23:01 PM PST by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Juan Williams is proof positive that Roger Ailes is a recovering alcoholic...

Some years ago he woke up with a blinding hangover and said to himself.."I did what? I gave that idiot Williams a 5 year multi-million $ deal just because those clowns at NPR canned him."

Ailes has not had a drink since that date.

11 posted on 01/20/2014 6:26:24 PM PST by ken5050 (This space available cheap...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Juan can afford a clue but he steadfastly refuses to buy one.


12 posted on 01/20/2014 6:29:43 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Gosh ... I’ll break down and cry (for juan). Gosh do I have to attached that /s?


13 posted on 01/20/2014 6:29:57 PM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

There is an element of truth in this lie, as with all great socialist lies. We have to link the ObamaCare disaster to the economy, not just complain that this terrible law is bad for everyone without insider connections or waivers.

“Repeal ObamaCare so that employers can hire without the excess cost of mandated coverage that the unemployed don’t even want.”

“Repeal ObamaCare to boost the medical research and innovation that save lives and generate good jobs.”

There must be fifty ways to leave ObamaCare; you could write a song about it.


14 posted on 01/20/2014 6:30:08 PM PST by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Oh, Lawd! Don’t throw me in that briar patch!”

Williams is even more liberal on Fox than he was on PBS. But, of course, that’s why Fox hired him.


15 posted on 01/20/2014 6:33:16 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: KevinB

My employer, a smallish business, dropped its group health plan for 2014, but continued a subsidy for some limited choices of new plans. Now we each have individual policies. My cost went up 45%, and I am sure the deductibles and co-pays also increased.


16 posted on 01/20/2014 6:33:17 PM PST by NEMDF
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks 2ndDivisionVet. Partisan Media Shill ping.


17 posted on 01/20/2014 6:33:25 PM PST by SunkenCiv (;http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: ken5050
Juan Williams is proof positive that Roger Ailes is a recovering alcoholic...

Juan Williams is nothing more than FNC's token liberal. He's somebody for Britt Hume and Charles Krauthammer to beat up on.

If you wanted to cast a stupid liberal, how could you do better than Juan-do?

18 posted on 01/20/2014 6:33:41 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media -- IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: Sparticus

Guess I should have read all the posts before I posted.


19 posted on 01/20/2014 6:34:59 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: Pollster1

” - - - Last week, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he expects Republicans to come up with a healthcare plan later this year to replace Obamacare. - - - “

Boehner is the key to the 2014 Impeachment of B. Hussein Obama.

As long as Obama can keep Boehner on as Speaker of the House, Obama’s job is in safe and loyal hands.

The cowardly House RINOs fear Boehner, and thus keep Boehner on as Speaker.

Thus, the basic problem of stopping Boehner from running with Devil Obama lies squarely with the cowardly House RINOs.

The GOP Cave In on the “amnesty for illegal alien invaders from Mexico bill” to Devil Obama avoids having to enforce existing Federal Border Laws, a consistent goal of the Democrat Party from 1986 onward.

The GOP Establishment will always avoid any conflict with their betters, - - - the Democrat Politicians.

Boehner is dedicated to giving aid and comfort to the illegal alien invaders from Mexico, and America is the worse for it.

If politicians stand for nothing then they will fall for anything.

To make a difference, you have to have a difference.

Is Boehner resisting or running with the Devil Obama?

FORWARD !


20 posted on 01/20/2014 6:40:47 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: ArtDodger
Right! I love when socialist liberals offer conservatives free advice on how to win elections...

Yeah, like we all believe Juan cares sooooooo much about conservatives. It's comments are insulting.

21 posted on 01/20/2014 6:41:13 PM PST by GOPJ ("Remember who the real enemy is... ")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Dems will certainly rue lack of focus on Zerocare.


22 posted on 01/20/2014 6:49:08 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“You could have bought an island and named it Nobama for that kind of money.”

He’s got gall to bring up what ANY private citizen chooses to do with THEIR OWN MONEY.

Adelson should publish a list of what could have been accomplished with the untold billions that nobama stole from the US citizens to waste on his “legacy”, his risky schemes, and his bailouts.


23 posted on 01/20/2014 6:50:54 PM PST by Heart of Georgia
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Oh, what a waste of money.”

I’m sure the employees of the advertising companies, and their families, would disagree with you, Juan.


24 posted on 01/20/2014 6:53:35 PM PST by Heart of Georgia
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To: okie01

Bob Beckel?


25 posted on 01/20/2014 7:01:01 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: ArtDodger
Right! I love when socialist liberals offer conservatives free advice on how to win elections.... Such caring critters!

And GOP party operatives with similar advice.

26 posted on 01/20/2014 7:02:59 PM PST by llevrok (Obama 2008 : "If you vote for me, you can keep your country")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Thanks Juan!

I was gonna complain about the number of medical codes inflating from 17,000 to over 155,000.

I was gonna complain about the IPAP Boards having extensive policy, pricing, medical coverage and reimbursement powers, which can neither be reviewed or appealed.

I was gonna complain about Obamacare subsidies being available to folks from states that chose not to set up exchanges, when the law itself PRECLUDES this practice.

But....now that Juan has provided his insight, we’ll just have to TAKE THIS FIGHT TO THE SUPREME COURT!!!


27 posted on 01/20/2014 7:14:04 PM PST by G Larry
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

There they go again. Another commie ‘RAT liberal “prog” worried about the future of the GOP. ROTFL!


28 posted on 01/20/2014 7:15:00 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (It appears as though our "living and breathing" Constitution has died.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Bob Beckel?

Him, too. He has a role to play.

On TV, most panel shows -- especially news and sports shows -- are organized around role playing.

29 posted on 01/20/2014 7:27:16 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media -- IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; FReepers; Patriots; FRiends





Loud, Obnoxious and Clueless Juan.

Keeping Free Republic Alive with YOUR Donations!

PLEASE Make Yours Tonight, Monthly if you can!

30 posted on 01/20/2014 7:57:28 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Juan, anyone ever tell you that you bear an uncanny resemblance to a rodent?


31 posted on 01/20/2014 8:20:20 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: onyx; E. Pluribus Unum; Viennacon; ArtDodger; KevinB; Jet Jaguar; Sparticus; freedumb2003; ...

juan is right in a way he may not understand. amnesty and obamacare are two sides of the same coin.

right now there’s not much that can be done about obamacare except publicize its flaws and undermine democrat support leading up to the fall elections.

But none of this will matter if the surrender republicans are allowed to ram through amnesty. the republic dies. that’s it. in the short run we’ll have three months of public debate on amnesty while obamacare gets a pass which will split up the republican party. in the long run the republic dies as the democrats get controlling majorities and set up more endless waves of illegals.

pure imbeciles in the republican establishment plot this abomination of republican interests.

if the republicans do the amnesty deal while focusing on obamacare—then yeah they are dead. and juan will be correct.

moral.

right now don’t take your eyes of the oncoming betrayal of the republic. bring fire down on the terrible unmitigated fools who would destroy the republic byo amnesty.


32 posted on 01/20/2014 8:23:03 PM PST by ckilmer
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To: chris37

The rodent union just called and demanded an apology.


33 posted on 01/20/2014 8:23:12 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: ckilmer

and when the GOPe commits suicide the MSM will declare that Obama has been given a new mandate to govern


34 posted on 01/20/2014 8:24:32 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

LMAO :D

They shall not have one!


35 posted on 01/20/2014 8:36:18 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: chris37

Watch your mouse holes and tree limbs!


36 posted on 01/20/2014 8:43:46 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: chris37

Juan Williams enjoying the plantation on Fox’s porch. LOL!


37 posted on 01/20/2014 8:47:34 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: ckilmer

Juan has lost all sense of objectivity in his self-appointed duty to defend his black president.

You’re right and we’re all correct when we warn the Stupid Party that any “Immigration Reforms” that result in amnesty will be the death knell for the GOP, but those accommodating RINOs like Boehner, McCain and Issa can’t wait to jump onto the “Give Illegals A Chance” Train.


38 posted on 01/20/2014 9:22:54 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: GeronL

BUMP


39 posted on 01/20/2014 9:23:26 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why would the Republicans choose to focus on only one of the obama administration atrocities?


40 posted on 01/20/2014 10:42:56 PM PST by clearcarbon
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To: Viennacon

I doubt it. The GOPe will find a way to blow it in 10 months and even if it is a wipe out for the Dems, they’ll just hand it back over because of “bitarisanship” or some such crap.

We keep giving them the power (Senate in 1984, Congress in 1994, House in 2010) and they fight conservative ideals and never roll back the cost of government, they only pat themselves on the back for “slowing the growth”. I bet their white flags are made in China too.


41 posted on 01/20/2014 10:54:24 PM PST by Fledermaus (If we here in TN can't get rid of the worthless Lamar, it's over.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; F15Eagle; theothercheek; Red Steel; David; GOPJ; massgopguy; holdonnow; ...
Hey, Juan, it's none of your freakin' business as what the Republican campaign strategy should be, because you're not a Republican. Of course, he repeats the lie that he's spouted many times on television: that Republicans in Congress have offered no viable alternatives to Obamacare.

I'm just sick and tired of 'Rat politicians and pundits, like Chuckie Schumer and, more recently, Andrew Cuomo, condescendingly offering "advice" as to what Republican policies and electoral strategy should be. Does anyone believe that these 'Rats are interested in anything regarding the inner workings of the GOP other than their desires to cause the Republican Party's extinction?

42 posted on 01/21/2014 3:09:18 PM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Juan is totally unattached to reality.


43 posted on 01/21/2014 3:17:41 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: justiceseeker93

More sound and fury signifying nothing out of huuuuan. Huuuan Williams: certified and approved flak for the uniparty.


44 posted on 01/21/2014 4:08:26 PM PST by RKBA Democrat (Having some small say in who gets to hold the whip doesn't make you any less a slave.)
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To: justiceseeker93

Juan is a disgusting, ungrateful asshat!

Fox picks this idiot up after PBS cans his ass and he is what he is: a leftist apologist for his soul brother!


45 posted on 01/21/2014 6:59:29 PM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: justiceseeker93

Thanks for the ping!


46 posted on 01/21/2014 8:04:23 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: justiceseeker93

“Viable alternatives”?

These people are masterful at manipulating the conversation. Republicans shouldn’t play along.


47 posted on 01/21/2014 11:46:16 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Viennacon

In 2018 when the Cadillac tax kicks in, any employer health care benefit will be a thing of the past.


48 posted on 01/22/2014 8:51:59 PM PST by Hildy (Falling down is how you grow. Staying down is how you die.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Unlike most liberals, Juan doesn’t come across as evil, just very, very, not smart.


49 posted on 01/22/2014 8:56:02 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: justiceseeker93

Juan ought to go back to PBS.. He’s one of 0bama’s loyal butt boys..


50 posted on 01/23/2014 11:03:38 PM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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