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Did I Really Start A Firestorm in Washington?
Myself and Multiple links ^ | 10-09-07 | ICWHATUDO

Posted on 10/09/2007 9:19:16 AM PDT by icwhatudo

Hello everyone, its been an interesting few days. I had no idea my post about the family used by democrats to push for expansion of the S-CHIP program would cause such a stir. There have been many questions and comments raised about me and my simple Google research that I thought I'd deal with them all on this post if it's ok with the Mods.

My interest in the S-CHIP issue came about because of the way it's portrayed in the media. President Bush's veto was of an EXPANSION of this health insurance program to include higher income families. It would not cut the program, (in fact Bush wants to increase funding), nor would it cause the Frost family to lose their coverage under it.

The Frost family choose to allow their son to give the democrat radio response to the president's veto. They choose to put their family story, picture of their home, and income information in the papers for all to see. Now that I look into the facts of that same story I'm accused of "invading their privacy" or "attacking a 12 year old boy". Could someone from Daily Kos, Think Progress, or Democratic Underground please cut and paste the part of my article that attacked the 12 year old boy?

The Baltimore Sun article about the family mentioned that the son attended Park school. I knew this was an expensive private school so I began to wonder why someone who could send their child there would need others to pay for their health insurance. It led to my use of Google to find out if there was information that the Baltimore Sun left out of the article. All the information I found I linked to in my post.

After posting my article a number of Freepers started emailing the story out to local papers and other blogs, talk show hosts, etc. It really exploded when Mark Steyn of National Review Online posted about it. From there it spread through the blogs including Michelle Malkin and even made it on the Rush Limbaugh's show. Last night ABC news online posted about the "firestorm in Washington" it was causing. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was accusing GOP leadership aides of "pushing falsehood" and complained that Republican staffers where passing the information out to reporters.

Left wing sites have begun to hit back, questioning my information. Many are linking to these 5 points from Thinkprogress.org that I will comment on:

"1) Graeme has a scholarship to a private school. The school costs $15K a year, but the family only pays $500 a year."

For all the claims my research was poor...where's your link? $15,000? From my link to the schools tuition page:

Tuition for 2007-2008
Lower School $19,530
Middle School $19,530
Upper School $21,080

Where did you get your information the family was paying $500 per year? Was this from the talking points memo you got from Harry Reid spokesman Jim Manley? Did he tell you how long they’ve had those scholarships? Any idea why the tenant in the commercial building they own, Mike Reilly (who has known the Frosts for 10 years) said See "Update 2:50pm"it was his understanding the children’s grandparents paid the bill?

We can debate the amount they are paying, or the amount the grandparents are contributing, or the amount that is earned through scholarships but the fact remains the family is paying to send their child to a private school while asking others to pay for their health insurance. Are you claiming otherwise?

"2) His sister Gemma attends another private school to help her with the brain injuries that occurred due to her accident. The school costs $23,000 a year, but the state pays the entire cost."

Again no link but I heard this as well. It was why I stated in my article that: "His sister Gemma, also severely injured in the accident, attended the same school PRIOR to the accident"

Its funny how the left wing echo chamber is seizing on this point to somehow show my information was bad. That somehow I was saying she was still attending the Park School. Will you concede that my statement "His sister Gemma, also severely injured in the accident, attended the same school PRIOR to the accident" is 100% true? At the time they choose to not purchase health insurance, prior to the accident, at least 2 of their kids attended Park school.

"3) They bought their “lavish house” sixteen years ago for $55,000 at a time when the neighborhood was less than safe."

Your information is incorrect (and again fails to provide a link). "They" did not buy the house 16 years ago, Mr. Frost bought the home on his own on 11/30/1990. The couple was married in 1992, and it appears his wife paid him $52,500 to be added to the deed on 09/06/2005. Interesting that on the Department of Assessments and Taxation form under "Principal Residence:" it states "NO". Do they own a second home in addition to the commercial property? Also, please cut and paste from my article where I said they lived in a "Lavish house". Large house-yes, and nice kitchen from the photo.

"4) Last year, the Frost’s made $45,000 combined. Over the past few years they have made no more than $50,000 combined.

Again no link. What is the source of this claim? Not saying their reported income was not as you state, but as Mr. Frost set up a LLC would you concede its possible that reported income could be different than actual access to financial resources? Maybe those more familiar on why people set up LLC's can tell us what creative things can be done with finances this way.

"5) The state of Maryland has found them eligible to participate in the CHIP program."

Exactly! Thanks for making my point. Even with the private school you admit they are partially paying for, even with the home that is not their primary residence, even with the LLC they set up and purchased commercial property with, even with a tenant in the building they own...they still qualify! So why then do we need to expand the program to families with even higher incomes than the Frosts?

I am also a father of 4 and I live in a waterfront house. We have 2 boats and go to the beach for 2 weeks each year. All 4 of my kids go to private school. If the S-CHIP program is expanded...WE WILL QUALIFY! I'd love to use the savings from others paying for my kids health insurance to buy a new motor for my bass boat but is that what we really want from S-CHIP?

A few other points:

Some blogs, radio shows, etc have incorrectly stated that I claimed their house was bought for $485,000 or was worth $500,000 etc. My actual quote on this was:

"The current market value of their improved 3,040 SF home at 104 S Collington Ave is unknown but 113 S COLLINGTON AVE, also an end unit, sold for $485,000 this past March and it was only 2,060 SF."

I found a similar (actually smaller) home a few doors down that recently sold for $485,000. A Freeper early on in my original post linked a zillow estimate of $360,000. The taxation page assesses the home at $263,140 and we all know assessed values for taxes are lower than market price(at least in Maryland). Are there cheaper homes in the area that have not been renovated yet? Sure, but lets not miss the point here. This is not a family of renters, they own not only a 3,040 SF home but a commercial property as well. I'm not faulting them for it, I'm not trying to say they are rich, I'm trying to make people aware of what types of families are CURRENTLY covered by S-CHIP so we can honestly debate if the income ceiling should be raised.

Hmmmm, I really could use that new bass boat motor and the kids really would like a Nintendo Wii ... maybe I'll change my position.


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KEYWORDS: doctrine; frost; graemefrost; icwhatudo; infallibility; pajamahadeen; schip; veto
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Be glad to answer any other left wing blog points about my information. Unlike the media I'd just like to know the whole story and get it right. Oh, and Sen Harry Ried, I'm not part of a Senate Republican scheme, but then maybe you could tell me who MD4BUSH is.
1 posted on 10/09/2007 9:19:20 AM PDT by icwhatudo
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To: icwhatudo

You are the new Buckhead! :-)


2 posted on 10/09/2007 9:21:40 AM PDT by B Knotts (Tancredo '08!)
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To: icwhatudo

Facts are our friends - good job!


3 posted on 10/09/2007 9:21:47 AM PDT by Squidpup ("Fight the Good Fight")
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To: icwhatudo

Lighting the fires bump!


4 posted on 10/09/2007 9:21:54 AM PDT by Enterprise (Those who "betray us" also "Betray U.S." They're called DEMOCRATS!)
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To: icwhatudo
Outstanding!

5 posted on 10/09/2007 9:22:01 AM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: icwhatudo

You have done well. Continue your good works.


6 posted on 10/09/2007 9:22:47 AM PDT by bmwcyle (BOMB, BOMB, BOMB,.......BOMB, BOMB IRAN)
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To: icwhatudo

7 posted on 10/09/2007 9:24:32 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: icwhatudo

Good job.

Stuff like this makes it fun to check FR everyday.


8 posted on 10/09/2007 9:24:58 AM PDT by Mrs.Z
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To: icwhatudo

No backing down when the facts and reason are on your side. Excellent!


9 posted on 10/09/2007 9:25:39 AM PDT by Molly Pitcher (We are Americans...the sons and daughters of liberty...*.from FReeper the Real fifi*))
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To: icwhatudo

Bravo. Great job. Original investigative reporting like this is one of the reasons FR exists. You have made us all proud.

Keep up the good work.

10 posted on 10/09/2007 9:26:33 AM PDT by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: icwhatudo

Jim Quinn talked about you this morning also.


11 posted on 10/09/2007 9:27:09 AM PDT by agrace
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To: icwhatudo
...maybe you could tell me who MD4BUSH is.

LOL

12 posted on 10/09/2007 9:27:54 AM PDT by Syncro
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To: icwhatudo

ICWHATUDO: Don’t stop. (And “Thanks.”)


13 posted on 10/09/2007 9:29:02 AM PDT by bajabaja
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To: icwhatudo

Great job, you do better with Google and FR than the rest of the media can do with unlimited resources, time, and exposure!


14 posted on 10/09/2007 9:29:19 AM PDT by JerseyDvl (If You Support America - Thank a Soldier; If You Support Al-Qaeda - Thank a Democrat!)
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To: icwhatudo; Grampa Dave; SierraWasp
Oh, and Sen Harry Ried, I'm not part of a Senate Republican scheme, but then maybe you could tell me who MD4BUSH is.

I don't know who MD4BUSH is, you Right Wing Conspirator scum, but I'm now exposing my REAL screen name.

Sincerely,

Harry Ried

15 posted on 10/09/2007 9:29:19 AM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (One by one, in small groups or in whole armies, we don't care how we do it, but we're gonna getcha)
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To: icwhatudo
I think between you and Rush, more people are joining FR. Three cheers for you. The left has always relied on lies and the truth gets in their way.

FR Daily Stats

16 posted on 10/09/2007 9:29:24 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (DC scandals. Republicans address them, Democrats reelect them. (Tom De Lay 8/30/07))
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To: icwhatudo

Soap and facts—the enemies of liberals.


17 posted on 10/09/2007 9:29:41 AM PDT by OCCASparky (Steely-Eyed Killer of the Deep)
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To: icwhatudo

Good work! I hope I don’t have to help subsidize that boat motor though!


18 posted on 10/09/2007 9:29:53 AM PDT by MtnClimber (http://www.imwithfred.com/)
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To: icwhatudo

Why didn’t car insurance pay for the medical bills? This was brought up in the original thread and I never saw an explanation. Thanks for your efforts.


19 posted on 10/09/2007 9:29:54 AM PDT by wfu_deacons
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To: icwhatudo

Great “One Two Punch!


20 posted on 10/09/2007 9:30:54 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (...forward this to your 10 very best friends....)
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To: icwhatudo

I love the smell of actual facts in the morning.


21 posted on 10/09/2007 9:31:00 AM PDT by pbear8 (Padre Pio please pray for Tony Snow)
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To: BOBTHENAILER

Oops....I’m really Harry Reid


22 posted on 10/09/2007 9:31:43 AM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (One by one, in small groups or in whole armies, we don't care how we do it, but we're gonna getcha)
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To: icwhatudo

Well done.


23 posted on 10/09/2007 9:32:03 AM PDT by jennyjenny
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To: icwhatudo
The leftwing nutroots isn’t interested in facts when they can go around and use innuendo to help give their base areason for a good hate on.
24 posted on 10/09/2007 9:32:37 AM PDT by Doctor Raoul (Columbia = Ayatollah U.)
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To: icwhatudo

Outstanding job! Thanks.


25 posted on 10/09/2007 9:32:53 AM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.com)
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To: icwhatudo
Too cool.
26 posted on 10/09/2007 9:32:58 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: icwhatudo

Thank you for your service to our country!


27 posted on 10/09/2007 9:33:27 AM PDT by stevio ((NRA))
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To: icwhatudo
Oh, and Sen Harry Ried, I'm not part of a Senate Republican scheme, but then maybe you could tell me who MD4BUSH is.

SMACK!

28 posted on 10/09/2007 9:33:42 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim ("mountainous pomposity and cloying spirituality")
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To: BOBTHENAILER
but I'm now exposing my REAL screen name.

Given your screen name, I'd have guessed Harry Reams, not Reid...

29 posted on 10/09/2007 9:34:21 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (...forward this to your 10 very best friends....)
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To: icwhatudo
Bravissimo, icwhatudo! Here is the Rush mention for your memoirs:

Why Democrats Must Lie to Win
30 posted on 10/09/2007 9:34:25 AM PDT by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: icwhatudo

You done good, kiddo!


31 posted on 10/09/2007 9:34:27 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Ron Paul put the cuckoo in my Cocoa Puffs)
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To: icwhatudo

Re your question about the LLC, as the CFO and partner in a firm that runs its business in that form, I can tell you that what shows up as income on personal tax returns can be very different - much lower and sometimes higher, but different either way - than what it would be for someone on an ordinary salary. That’s why when applying for loans, for example, loan officers always want to see the LLC returns, not just my personal returns. There can be a lot of depreciation expense, for example, associated with commercial real estate. There is no way to know, of course, but it is highly misleading to cite a person’s income from an LLC in a way that an ordinary person not familiar with LLC might equate with a salary. Not that the Dims were trying to be misleading or anything. Keep up the good work.


32 posted on 10/09/2007 9:34:47 AM PDT by comitatus
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To: icwhatudo

“Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was accusing GOP leadership aides of “pushing falsehood” and complained that Republican staffers where passing the information out to reporters”

The utter hypocrisy of this statement by Dingey Harry, who SMEARED a private citizen on the Senate Floor, with slanderous, libelous information from a Hillary controlled “Media” group, leaves me speechless.


33 posted on 10/09/2007 9:34:51 AM PDT by Right Cal Gal (Remember Billy Dale!!!)
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To: icwhatudo

Great work. You bring the light of truth to these matters.


34 posted on 10/09/2007 9:36:59 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: icwhatudo

You’re here:

http://www.nationalcenter.org/2007/10/schip-fraud-boy-who-delivered-democrat.html


35 posted on 10/09/2007 9:37:36 AM PDT by rightinthemiddle (Without the Media, the Left and Islamofacists are Nothing.)
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To: icwhatudo
Kudos..to you.

You've done a real nice job.

Watch your six, FRiend.

36 posted on 10/09/2007 9:37:36 AM PDT by Osage Orange (Piss off a liberal today, buy a gun.)
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To: icwhatudo

Great job, thank you!


37 posted on 10/09/2007 9:38:13 AM PDT by SouthTexas
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To: wfu_deacons

I wondered about that, too. Whose fault was the accident? If the other driver, why didn’t he/she pay? If uninsured, why didn’t they have uninsured motorist?

There’s some intriguing unanswered questions here.


38 posted on 10/09/2007 9:38:55 AM PDT by Right Cal Gal (Remember Billy Dale!!!)
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To: icwhatudo

So glad that you’re on the right side.


39 posted on 10/09/2007 9:42:02 AM PDT by tennteacher (Duncan Hunter '08)
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To: Running On Empty

Marking


40 posted on 10/09/2007 9:43:05 AM PDT by Running On Empty (The three sorriest words: "It's too late")
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To: icwhatudo

You are so my hero!


41 posted on 10/09/2007 9:43:15 AM PDT by netmilsmom (To attack one section of Christianity in this day and age, is to waste time .)
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To: icwhatudo

BTTT


42 posted on 10/09/2007 9:43:28 AM PDT by hattend (300 million people in the USA and we get to choose our President from only a pool of 15 weasels.)
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To: icwhatudo

Thanks for the update.

I bet the Frost family wished they never listened to Dingy Harry & Co.


43 posted on 10/09/2007 9:43:46 AM PDT by BillyBonebrake
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To: icwhatudo
The Frost family choose to allow their son to give the democrat radio response to the president's veto.

The 'doctrine of infallibility' (credit to Ann Coulter) just isn't working for the leftwing loons as well as it used to.

44 posted on 10/09/2007 9:43:49 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: ErnBatavia
Given your screen name, I'd have guessed Harry Reams, not Reid...

Very good, Ern, ya caught me.

45 posted on 10/09/2007 9:44:00 AM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (One by one, in small groups or in whole armies, we don't care how we do it, but we're gonna getcha)
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To: icwhatudo

Ya just gotta love the truth! LOL


46 posted on 10/09/2007 9:44:14 AM PDT by trimom
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To: icwhatudo

Dude, that’s quite the smackdown. You rock. Kudos.


47 posted on 10/09/2007 9:44:16 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Guns themselves are fairly robust; their chief enemies are rust and politicians) (NRA)
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To: icwhatudo; Buckhead
Buckhead, you got competition.....

Good Job FRiends

48 posted on 10/09/2007 9:44:24 AM PDT by scott0347 (Commander of the 0347th Lancer Brigade, Operator of the Immaculate Steamroller)
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To: icwhatudo

BTTT and kudos for your efforts. As was practiced on the prairies for years, a firestorm can be a healthy and cleansing process — here’s hoping yours has that effect.


49 posted on 10/09/2007 9:47:25 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: icwhatudo

I have a child in private school,I have a house on 2 acres, I have income from natural gas and oil wells, I have a stock portfolio,I have farm income, I want a government subsidy for health insurance.


50 posted on 10/09/2007 9:47:34 AM PDT by woofie
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