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CBS's Becker Sit-Com Blasts "Stupid" People Who Favor Tax Cuts
MediaResearch ^ | Wednesday, December 10, 2003 10:42:36 | BrentBaker

Posted on 12/10/2003 9:51:22 AM PST by fight_truth_decay

Another episode of the CBS sit-com Becker, which stars the liberal Ted Danson playing a doctor in a one-man practice in New York City, airs tonight on CBS. In last week's episode, upset by the closing of a "residential life" home for the mentally- challenged, "Becker" went to see the city's Deputy Director of Social Services, who launched into a lengthy rant about the evils of how tax cuts have reduced the amount of money available to government and will lead to "crappy schools which will turn out yet another generation of voters who are too stupid and greedy to think about anything else besides cutting taxes!"

The government bureaucrat, his anger rising, yelled: "That facility is not going to re-open and I'll tell you why, there is no money! There's no money because the federal government cut taxes, which is all anybody seems to care about anymore. That means less money for the state, which means less money for the city, which means we had to cuts services, which means fewer cops, fewer firemen, bad air, bad water, and crappy schools which will turn out yet another generation of voters who are too stupid and greedy to think about anything else besides cutting taxes! So don't you come in here and tell me to fix your problem because there's not a damn thing I can do about it!"

Aubree Rankin of the Parents Television Council alerted us to the scene in the December 3 episode and the MRC's Amanda Monson transcribed it for CyberAlert.

In the show, Becker's clinic/office is overwhelmed by wacky people and he figures out it's because a nearby residential facility was closed by the city. We pick up the story with Becker going to see the city official in charge of the department which ran the facility:

Becker: "Look I just came down here 'cause I want to tell you about something terrible that's going on in my neighborhood."
Deputy Secretary of Social Services, sitting at his desk: "Tell me."
Becker: "Well actually, watch this. [Opens door to crowd of people from the facility he brought along and whistles] Come on I whistled, that's when you -- never mind. [Closes door] Look, someone in your department shut down a residential care facility in my neighborhood and threw everybody out on the street. Now I'm here 'cause I want something done about it!"
Deputy: "Wow. You sound pretty upset."
Becker: "Well, I am you know, I've been on the phone all afternoon calling every city agency I can think of and all I got was the typical bureaucratic run around."
Deputy: "Well that's terrible, you shouldn't have been treated like that."
Becker: "Well, at least you see that."
Deputy: "Well of course I do."
Becker: "Oh good, then you'll help me?"
Deputy: "Oh dear no."
Becker: "Maybe you didn't understand me."
Deputy: "No, I understood you perfectly. You discovered a social injustice and as a concerned citizen you have come to your government to demand some action."
Becker: "Exactly."
Deputy: "Yea well, it's not gonna happen. But that look on your face, oh, that took me back. What was that, righteous indignation? I used to feel like that when I first started working here, 42 years ago."
Becker: "Yea, look -- you've been in this office 42 years?"
Deputy: "Yeah. Same desk, same fake plant, same window. It doesn't open, none of them do. Otherwise we'd all jump out. But, you were saying."
Becker: "I told you. Look, either re-open the facility or make some arrangements to take care of these people!"
Deputy: "And I told you I can't help."
Becker: "But you're the Deputy Secretary of Social Services."
Deputy: "It's just a title."
Becker: "Dammit. Look. Listen! You're in charge here, you're responsible, you work for the city!"

Deputy, standing up, walking toward Becker, voice rising and turning into angry yelling: "You're not listening. I can't help, nobody can help. That facility is not going to re-open and I'll tell you why, there is no money! There's no money because the federal government cut taxes, which is all anybody seems to care about anymore. That means less money for the state, which means less money for the city, which means we had to cuts services, which means fewer cops, fewer firemen, bad air, bad water, and crappy schools which will turn out yet another generation of voters who are too stupid and greedy to think about anything else besides cutting taxes! So don't you come in here and tell me to fix your problem because there's not a damn thing I can do about it! [Pause, calms down] Where did that come from?"

Becker: "So, what I'm getting here is, you're not gonna help me."
Deputy: "No, no"
Becker: "Can't you just call the Mayor."
Deputy, sakes head no: "Uh-Uh"
Becker: "Fire off an angry e-mail."
Deputy: "I don't think so."
Becker: "Look I came down here with all of these people, if I leave with nothing I am going to look like a jackass."
Deputy: "I'm sorry, I can't help you."
Becker opens door, whistles, and shouts: "He's the one with the ice cream." [crowd of people from facility enter the office of the Deputy and Becker leaves.]

For CBS's page on the sit-com, which stars Ted Danson and Nancy Travis and airs Wednesdays at 9:30pm EST/PST, 8:30pm CST/MST: http://www.cbs.com/primetime/becker/

The part of the anti-tax cut government bureaucrat was played by character actor Henry Gibson, an older, short, white-haired man you'd recognize from his many small roles over the years in TV and in the movies. For the most complete rundown of his roles, see his Internet Movie Database page, which is sans a photo: http://imdb.com/name/nm0002099/

For a picture of him in 1969 on Laugh In: http://www.tvtome.com/tvtome/servlet/PersonDetail/personid-16085

For a more current photo: http://www.hollywood.com/celebs/detail/celeb/189075

Viewers won't have to suffer liberal pontificating on Becker for much longer. CBS has announced that it won't return next season.


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Ted "I've Ditched the Toupee" Danson was asked the question: ARE YOU OPTIMISTIC THAT PEOPLE'S ATTITUDES CAN CHANGE? (in reference to the marine ecosystem but his general outlook on life)

"Yes. For me, you have to drop down to the spiritual level and say "why are you here?" You're here to learn and grow and learn more about yourself and grow, and what better place and what better challenges to face than these? I don't think it's a matter of, "do you win the game or not", it's how gracefully do you play it. How much do you engage yourself in what's truly real and important in life. So, that's the individual question - I don't think it's a finger shaker at other people, it's just what's so. I mean, to me you could run the whole world on environmental issues. Address these environmental issues and you will address every issue known to man. And we keep dabbling in things that aren't really that important in the long term."

Makes me want to squat down, wrench my body into an almost unnatural pretzel position and release a guttural chant purging the pain of listening to it all.

1 posted on 12/10/2003 9:51:25 AM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay
Is this the show that Ted Danson is in?

Does anyone watch it? I know that I sure don't.
2 posted on 12/10/2003 9:53:02 AM PST by Howie66 (Lead, follow or git the hell out of the way!)
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To: fight_truth_decay
Maybe CBS could blast no-show political patronage job, limousines, fancy meals, 1st class airfare for all the pols. Maybe, if the pols didn't waste so much money, they could lower taxes AND keep social services.
3 posted on 12/10/2003 9:59:45 AM PST by jjm2111
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To: fight_truth_decay
I'll be even more sure not to watch it now.
4 posted on 12/10/2003 9:59:57 AM PST by Califelephant
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To: Howie66
I actually happen to see this very scene when I walked into the room. The little mans tantrum was ridiculous and should have had a DNC logo on the bottom right of the screen to help people know that this rant was straight from the liberal left socialist organization's mouth made to promote Howard Dean....

5 posted on 12/10/2003 10:00:26 AM PST by smith288 (Did you even look at yourself in the mirror when you left the house??? Ugh)
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To: fight_truth_decay
I can't imagine why it got cancelled. The script listed above is just hilarious. Social services...hahahahah. Cutbacks.....hahahahah.....thrown in the street.....stop it my sides are splitting.
6 posted on 12/10/2003 10:01:29 AM PST by Arkinsaw (What LSU game? Huh? No idea what you are talking about.)
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To: Howie66
They just need to make sure they don't run it 60 days before an election...
7 posted on 12/10/2003 10:04:27 AM PST by Guillermo (George W. Bush is a Big Government liberal)
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To: Arkinsaw
"I can't imagine why it got cancelled. The script listed above is just hilarious. Social services...hahahahah. Cutbacks.....hahahahah.....thrown in the street.....stop it my sides are splitting."

Your comments are funnier than anything that was ever on the show. How do those morons think they can be funny while inserting a political screed right into the middle of a comedy script?
8 posted on 12/10/2003 10:07:25 AM PST by Steve_Seattle ("Above all, shake your bum at Burton.")
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To: Guillermo
They just need to make sure they don't run it 60 days before an election..

Our masters in the media can run anything they want 60 days before the election. Only we unworthy peons are forbidden to give our views. We should be humbly grateful they allow us to speak our minds at all, at any time, stupid greedy people that we are.

9 posted on 12/10/2003 10:08:01 AM PST by Right Wing Professor
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To: fight_truth_decay
This sort of hogwash will be blasted all over the TV, radio, and print day and night starting on the sixtieth day before the presidential election. Pathetic peons like all of us have to be enlightened by our progressive masters. Whether we like it or not.

And if you try to present a different opinion, well off to slammer with you, as the supreme court said.

A good deal of what we think of as "America" died today.

10 posted on 12/10/2003 10:13:00 AM PST by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: fight_truth_decay
I never have watched this show, but last week Mr. C4E was sleeping, I was in front of the TV reading a book, with the remote across the room, I must admit I was too lazy to get up to shut the TV off so I half listened. What a stupid show. Then, again most TV shows are stupid. Boy, am I gonna miss Fraiser when it goes off the air.

Red

11 posted on 12/10/2003 10:13:04 AM PST by Conservative4Ever (Dear Santa......I can explain.......)
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To: Right Wing Professor
From Ted Danson's personal library:


12 posted on 12/10/2003 10:13:43 AM PST by Bluntpoint
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To: jjm2111
Becker opens door, whistles, and shouts: "He's the one with the ice cream." [crowd of people from facility enter the office of the Deputy and Becker leaves.]

Is this an indication they will be passing out ice cream for votes..usually they pass out smokes. ;)

13 posted on 12/10/2003 10:14:40 AM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: Right Wing Professor
Well, after all, they know what's best for us.

Once you recognize this, you'll be much more content.
14 posted on 12/10/2003 10:17:30 AM PST by Guillermo (Have you seen my Thorazine?)
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To: fight_truth_decay
And all these wonderul writers, actors, producers, directors, etc., do NOT EVER think about tax shelters or hiding income or off shore banking, etc., etc., etc.
15 posted on 12/10/2003 10:18:10 AM PST by N. Theknow (Be a glowworm, a glowworm's never glum, cuz how can you be grumpy when the sun shines out your bum.)
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To: fight_truth_decay
This crap won't be banned 30 days before an election.
16 posted on 12/10/2003 10:20:51 AM PST by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: fight_truth_decay
I have a great idea! People who watch can Becker can voluntarily pay as much extra in taxes as they want. Then everyone can be happy...
17 posted on 12/10/2003 10:22:32 AM PST by nickcarraway (www.terrisfight.org)
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To: Howie66
I won't even watch re-runs of Cheers because of Ted Danson and Woody Harrelson. Commies both.
18 posted on 12/10/2003 10:24:16 AM PST by Jaxter ("When they come for your guns, give 'em your ammo first.")
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To: fight_truth_decay
I tried watching this show twice, for a few minutes each time. It was advertised as being about a cantankerous, bigoted, conservative (I know -- redundancy alert) doctor. But it turned out to be ... politically correct and unfunny (rendundant again, oh my!). The doc just turned out to talk in a cantankerous way, but without any bite, wit, or ... conservatism. (A real, uncensored, intelligent conservative at sea in gay New York would be a promising premise.) And his best friend was apparently a blind, gay, black guy -- no, I'm not making this up! Then they even brought in comedy pro Nancy Travis, to try and save the sinking ship, but no performer can save execreble writing. It was the dead weight writers who needed to be thrown overboard.
19 posted on 12/10/2003 10:25:02 AM PST by mrustow
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To: Jaxter
I won't even watch re-runs of Cheers because of Ted Danson and Woody Harrelson. Commies both.

You'd better protect yourself from learning anything about performers you like to watch. In Tinseltown, they're almost all infected. With some actors, I'm able to have an out-of-body experience while watching them; only afterwards, do I recall that they're traitors.

20 posted on 12/10/2003 10:27:54 AM PST by mrustow
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To: fight_truth_decay
American TV is starting to resemble the political education classes in Mao's China and Stalin's Russia.
21 posted on 12/10/2003 10:29:27 AM PST by samtheman
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To: fight_truth_decay
By all means, let them continue to advocate this position at CBS. There are a heck of a lot of people in Portland Counties tonight who will be watching TV while writing out $500 - $1000 checks to their local government for new income tax 'surcharges' who won't feel regret at the Bush tax cuts, but will feel 'stupid' about the local Liberal leadership that they have supoported for years. Perhaps it is a good time to distribute new voter registration cards.

Perhaps we should thank CBS and Danson for the reminder as to who is actually out of touch and truly stupid.


22 posted on 12/10/2003 10:30:12 AM PST by Mr.Atos
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To: N. Theknow; MeeknMing; potlatch; PhilDragoo
I'm trying to recall the Asian country the Clinton IRS let Hollyweird types get of with tiny income taxes in.

Then too, Bill Clinton bought that Irish golf course villa in a tax sheltered area to avoid paying income taxes on his ghost-written in the USA book. Some kinda "artists" tax exemption there.


23 posted on 12/10/2003 10:32:16 AM PST by autoresponder (<html> <center> <img src="http://0access.web1000.com/HV.gif"> </center> </html> HILLARY SHOOTS!)
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To: mrustow
The good ole days!


24 posted on 12/10/2003 10:33:38 AM PST by Bluntpoint
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To: fight_truth_decay
CBS's Becker Sit-Com Blasts "Stupid" People Who Favor Tax Cuts

Shouldn't the Supreme Court ban this type of advertising also?

25 posted on 12/10/2003 10:34:11 AM PST by RckyRaCoCo
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To: Jaxter
I won't even watch re-runs of Cheers because of Ted Danson and Woody Harrelson. Commies both.

Neither will I among other shows, including Becker.

26 posted on 12/10/2003 10:35:34 AM PST by ladyinred (The Left have blood on their hands!)
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To: fight_truth_decay
Unfortunately I thought the Republicans and Bush are out spending all of the liberals in history. CBS and Danson should be loving that. We need to cut taxes and cut spending, why does nobody in D.C. ever do that? (Don't answer, it is a rhetorical question)
27 posted on 12/10/2003 10:43:25 AM PST by Reagan79 (Pro Life! Pro Family! Pro Reagan!)
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To: fight_truth_decay
CBS has announced that it won't return next season.

...see what happens when you just DON'T WATCH...?

28 posted on 12/10/2003 10:48:13 AM PST by martin gibson
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To: martin gibson
Ted Danson "jumped the shark" when he kissed Whoopie Goldberg. Who cares what spews from his mouth.
29 posted on 12/10/2003 10:50:38 AM PST by LetsRok
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To: fight_truth_decay
When Danson speaks without a script in front of him, it's an insult to talking heads everywhere.
30 posted on 12/10/2003 10:53:56 AM PST by Spok
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To: fight_truth_decay
That means less money for the state, which means less money for the city, which means we had to cuts services, which means fewer cops, fewer firemen, bad air, bad water, and crappy schools

There would also be less money to hire lazy, fat-cat, six-figure salaried bureaucrats.

31 posted on 12/10/2003 10:54:43 AM PST by usadave
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To: LetsRok
Whoopi! The face behind erectile dysfunction!


32 posted on 12/10/2003 11:00:46 AM PST by Bluntpoint
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To: LetsRok
Ted Danson "jumped the shark" when he kissed Whoopie Goldberg. Who cares what spews from his mouth.

Now there a happy accident. Two sentences that talk about different events, but make more sense when read as a sole action....

33 posted on 12/10/2003 11:03:02 AM PST by Alex Murphy (Athanasius contra mundum!)
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To: fight_truth_decay
"You discovered a social injustice and as a concerned citizen you have come to your government to demand some action."

Hmmm...I wonder what's wrong with this sentence?

34 posted on 12/10/2003 11:04:12 AM PST by Alex Murphy (Athanasius contra mundum!)
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To: fight_truth_decay
MRC thinks it's bad now, just wait until 30 to 60 days before the election. Leftist comedy shows just reeking with political connotations all over the damn place.
35 posted on 12/10/2003 11:14:08 AM PST by BigSkyFreeper
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To: mrustow
. . . his best friend was apparently a blind, gay, black guy -- no, I'm not making this up!

Well maybe not, but mostly you weren't paying attention. The man is NOT gay, is always looking for a good girlfriend who likes him. You clearly didn't watch enough to know who was what.

Danson is obviously an obnoxious liberal but the show is funny IMO.

36 posted on 12/10/2003 11:15:38 AM PST by toddst
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To: Howie66
I had no idea this show was still on the air. I've never actually seen an entire episode, though while surfing through the channels, I'd occassionally stop on it because the one girl (the ditzy one) is a knockout.
38 posted on 12/10/2003 11:24:41 AM PST by exile (Exile - Helen Thomas tried to lure me into her Gingerbread House.)
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To: fight_truth_decay
Maybe it would be good when any of these shows take a swipe at conservatives or conservative ideas, that we contact the FEC and demand equal time, and that the equal time allow us to play the clip and provide our response during the commercial time for the show.
39 posted on 12/10/2003 11:30:45 AM PST by OrioleFan
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To: fight_truth_decay
maybe if they got rid of all my taxes I would have plenty of money to pay any doctor i want cash and wouldn't have to worry about insurance.
40 posted on 12/10/2003 11:31:07 AM PST by longfellow (www.ultimateamerican.com)
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To: fight_truth_decay
Becker: "Look I came down here with all of these people, if I leave with nothing I am going to look like a jackass."

He's right about one thing...

41 posted on 12/10/2003 11:32:18 AM PST by Slainte
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To: longfellow
doesn't anyone here remember the murphy brown/ VP Quale incident?
43 posted on 12/10/2003 11:37:25 AM PST by longfellow (www.ultimateamerican.com)
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To: Bluntpoint
LOL! I'm dyin' here! Thanks!
44 posted on 12/10/2003 11:37:32 AM PST by 1st-P-In-The-Pod
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To: autoresponder; *CCRM; *Presstitutes; yall

At least there IS good news here:

Viewers won't have to suffer liberal pontificating on Becker for much
longer. CBS has announced that it won't return next season.


45 posted on 12/10/2003 11:57:54 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Hillary is a TRAITOR !!: http://Richard.Meek.home.comcast.net/HitlerTraitor6.JPG)
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To: Jaxter
I won't even watch re-runs of Cheers because of Ted Danson and Woody Harrelson. Commies both.

For what it's worth, Kelsey Grammer is a conservative, and has been bandied about as a potential future Congressman or Senator.

46 posted on 12/10/2003 12:05:48 PM PST by L.N. Smithee (Just because I don't think like you doesn't mean I don't think for myself)
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To: fight_truth_decay
I haven't even tuned to CBS since the end of "Walker, Texas Ranger". ABC hasn't had anything worth watching for many years. NBC has the only remaining TV show that I watch. ER. As long as they keep the homosexual stuff toned down, I'll watch it. The off switch on my TV is very effective.
47 posted on 12/10/2003 12:15:57 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: fight_truth_decay
I saw this episode. I was a fairly faithful viewer. I said "was" because after that rant by the character of Becker, I saw more of Danson than Becker and we all know what that means..liberal slant!
I must say that I have noticed a big difference in the show this season. It USED to be funny...not any more. It's like Ted Danson is actually writing the show, or maybe it is Whoppie.
I am done with Becker...stick the tongue depressor in, I'm done!
48 posted on 12/10/2003 12:27:10 PM PST by 4everontheRight (GW'04 - Rice"08)
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To: fight_truth_decay
Wow. We spend more money faster than any other entity in the history of the world, but it's just not enough. The government spends Microsoft's net worth in an afternoon, but it's just not enough. If only, if only, if only they could get their hands on more money, then they'd cure all the problems.
49 posted on 12/10/2003 12:31:40 PM PST by Richard Kimball
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To: fight_truth_decay
"He's the one with the ice cream." [crowd of people from facility enter the office of the Deputy and Becker leaves.]

And there we have the core philosophy of liberalism revealed: "Gimme, gimme, gimme ..." That's all there is to it.

50 posted on 12/10/2003 12:36:05 PM PST by ArrogantBustard
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