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Owens Breaks 4 Campaign Promises in first hour in Congress
GOUVERNEUR TIMES ^ | November 6, 2009 | Nathan Barker

Posted on 11/06/2009 12:32:38 PM PST by Mount Athos

Congressman-elect Bill Owens was sworn in at noon today.

Owens indicated in a press release that he was now in favor of the bill in direct contrast to his earlier position during his campaign.

According to Politico.com, Mr. Owens assured voters that he felt the public option had no place in the health care reform bill. Contrary to that position, Mr. Owens now indicates that he intends to vote in favor of the bill even though it now contains a public option.

Mr. Owens also indicated during his campaign that he was firmly opposed to cutting Medicare benefits, taxing health care benefits, and increased taxes on the middle class in any way as you can see clearly in the screenshot below, taken directly from Mr. Owens' campaign website.

The House Health reform bill contains sections that cut Medicare benefits, tax existing health care benefits, and increases taxes on the middle class, yet Mr. Owens stated today that he will now vote in favor of those things contrary to what he had promised the voters of NY's 23rd Congressional District that he would vote against.

Mr. Owens indicated in his press release today that "This legislation will reform the insurance industry and provide increased access to affordable healthcare without taxing healthcare benefits, cutting Medicare benefits or raising taxes on the middle class, and that is exactly the direction we need to go."

When The Gouverneur Times attempted to contact Mr. Owens to clarify this information, we received no direct response to our phone or email inquiries. Both FactCheck.org and the Congressional Budget Office agree that HR 3962 contains potentially hundreds of billions of dollars in planned cuts to Medicare, yet Mr. Owens indicates that he supports this legislation and says that it does not cut Medicare benefits. Either Mr. Owens has been snowed or the public is about to be.

HR 3962 also includes a range of various taxes on middle-class families as well as language to repeal tax relief already in place. Has Congressman Owens blindly followed Ms. Pelosi's rhetoric in believing that the end to a tax cut is not the same thing as an increase in taxes or is he hedging his bet with very carefully chosen words?

HR 3962 now also contains language that allows illegal immigrants to be covered under the legislation. When The Gouverneur Times attempted to contact Mr. Owens for clarification of this language, we received no response other than the press release heretofore mentioned. Specifically, we asked if illegal immigrants would be forced to purchase healthcare insurance as citizens will be and whether or not they would be forced to do so at standard rates or if they would qualify for the public option subsidy.

The Associated Press said this morning that: "House leaders said that, in keeping with the Hispanic Caucus' demands, there was not likely to be any prohibition added to the House bill against illegal immigrants shopping in the exchange."

In a speech made to Congress a short time ago, President Obama had stated that the bill would not contain support for illegal immigrants - a statement for which he was called a "liar" by Rep. Joe Wilson. Rep. Wilson was severely chastised for his comment at the time though it would now seem to be true.

The mixed-up mess that was the 23rd Congressional District Special Election was a close race between Democrat Bill Owens and Conservative Doug Hoffman. Many feel that it was unlikely Mr. Owens would have won those crucial few thousand votes if the voting public was aware of his intent with regard to the Health Care bill. The majority of residents in this district do not support the Health Reform bill as it is now written and many feel like they've become victims of a fraud perpetrated by their chosen candidate.

Breaking campaign promises is not unusual for politicians... it's a cliche. This is almost certainly a record though. Mr. Owens broke no less than 4 promises in his first 24 hours in office.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: New York
KEYWORDS: billowens; cultureofcorruption; democratscandals; flipflop; lyingliar; ny23; obamacare; owens
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1 posted on 11/06/2009 12:32:39 PM PST by Mount Athos
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To: Mount Athos

Wow. A democrat lied to get elected. The sun rose in the east, today, too. And ice is cold. Things I never thought possible.../s/


2 posted on 11/06/2009 12:34:49 PM PST by henkster (0bamanomics: The "Final Solution" to America's "Prosperity Question.")
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To: Mount Athos

When are people going to learn that RATS lie?

With them the end justifies the means always.

What a DOUCHE!


3 posted on 11/06/2009 12:35:03 PM PST by lone star annie
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To: Mount Athos

Let’s take the time to thank the worthless, useless GOP for doing its best to ensure that the Democrat party took this seat.


4 posted on 11/06/2009 12:35:30 PM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: Mount Athos

Hope he enjoys his single 14-month term.


5 posted on 11/06/2009 12:35:31 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Mount Athos

thanks to the slim majority of @$$holes in the 23rd NY...

you blew it.


6 posted on 11/06/2009 12:35:41 PM PST by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein))
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To: Mount Athos

He has all the makings of a fine ‘rat.


7 posted on 11/06/2009 12:36:05 PM PST by jospehm20
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To: henkster

Surprise, surprise, surprise.


8 posted on 11/06/2009 12:36:21 PM PST by DownInFlames
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To: Mount Athos

Show of hands: who expected anything different?


9 posted on 11/06/2009 12:36:24 PM PST by verga (I am not an apologist, I just play one on Television)
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To: Mount Athos

Democrats “lie” and Republicans “lie down”.

I guess there’s symmetry to that.


10 posted on 11/06/2009 12:37:00 PM PST by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: Mount Athos

Time to start a recall effort. Might even set a record in how quickly the public woke up from complacency fostered by the lies of a candidate.


11 posted on 11/06/2009 12:37:27 PM PST by highlander_UW (To anger a conservative tell him a lie. To anger a liberal tell him the truth.)
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To: Mount Athos
I hope that all he does really hurts the people of his district to bankruptcy and unemployment. I can't think of anyone who deserves it more. Yes, I'm mean and vindictive, but what a lesson for them to learn.
12 posted on 11/06/2009 12:38:09 PM PST by fish hawk (It's sad that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. Isaac Asimov)
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To: Mount Athos

Are there ANY honest Democrats in this world? I gotta tell ya, if the Democratic voters don’t start seeing this, they gotta be the dumbest people in the country.


13 posted on 11/06/2009 12:38:19 PM PST by RC2
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To: Mount Athos

Pelosi has promised him something he wanted. She desperately needs his vote.


14 posted on 11/06/2009 12:38:21 PM PST by twigs
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To: Mount Athos
According to Politico.com, Mr. Owens assured voters that he felt the public option had no place in the health care reform bill. Contrary to that position, Mr. Owens now indicates that he intends to vote in favor of the bill even though it now contains a public option.

IMPEACH. And ask the dame how she feels about his deception and if she had it to do all over again, would she still throw her support to him?

15 posted on 11/06/2009 12:38:37 PM PST by a fool in paradise (I refuse to "reduce my carbon footprint" all while Lenin remains in an airconditioned shrine)
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To: Mount Athos

Its about time some of these liars get sued for fraud.


16 posted on 11/06/2009 12:38:49 PM PST by rolling_stone (no more bailouts, the taxpayers are out of money!)
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To: pnh102

Some good will come of even this. There are more elections coming up soon.


17 posted on 11/06/2009 12:39:31 PM PST by fish hawk (It's sad that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. Isaac Asimov)
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To: twigs

Seems he pretty much cemented that he will be have a one year term. This seat goes back up next Nov.


18 posted on 11/06/2009 12:40:19 PM PST by DAC21
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To: henkster
Obama says don't jump to conclusions...
19 posted on 11/06/2009 12:41:10 PM PST by BaylorDad (As for "D" and "R", you can put a "C" by my name.)
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To: Mount Athos
Owens Breaks 4 Campaign Promises in first hour in Congress

This is obviously BUSH'S FAULT!

20 posted on 11/06/2009 12:42:27 PM PST by frogjerk (Obama Administration: Security thru Absurdity)
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To: frogjerk

This moron’ll be in office less than one full term. It was worth it to keep scuzzyfava out.


21 posted on 11/06/2009 12:44:45 PM PST by jyoders19
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To: Mount Athos

I had 6 broken promises in the first hour, who won the pool?


22 posted on 11/06/2009 12:44:59 PM PST by Gomez (killer of threads)
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To: Mount Athos

Four broken promises in the first hour of “service” to We the People—no doubt a personal best!


23 posted on 11/06/2009 12:45:41 PM PST by thethirddegree
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To: Mount Athos
Rememer, a (D) after any candidates name, stands for "Deceipt, Deception, and Demagoguery".

The best lesson from the obama adminstration is to never, ever trust another democrat for the rest of your life...and instill that in you children.

The last few democrat presidents, and even democrat candidates for president, have clearly shown the agenda of the democrat party, and that agenda is socialism and communism. To deny that means you've been in a coma for 40 years.

Of course, they' simply re-emerge as RINOs, or come up with a new party - same ends.

Avoid the "(D)" like the swine flu.
24 posted on 11/06/2009 12:46:53 PM PST by FrankR (To Congress: You cram it down our throats in '09, We'll shove it up your ass in '10!)
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To: Mount Athos

Liberals HAVE NO SCRUPLES! Their words NEVER MEAN ANYTHING!

Screw them all. How anyone trusts a liberal is absolutely beyond me. Every word is a lie meant to deceive or entrap others.

People, stop financially supporting liberals in any way you viably can. We are feeding the enemy.


25 posted on 11/06/2009 12:47:16 PM PST by ConservativeMind (I love it every time a criminal dies at the hands of a victim.)
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To: Mount Athos

Another Democrat WHORE donning their kneepads to render services which were paid for up front.


26 posted on 11/06/2009 12:47:38 PM PST by TruthHound ("He who does not punish evil commands it to be done." --Leonardo da Vinci)
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To: Mount Athos

Nazi Pelosi owns his nads. It was a set up from the beginning. Nazi was just looking for more nads that she could get to assure her nazi health (take over) care program...If you want to look into a hiest on votes, take your eyes away from Virginia and NJ for a moment...For her, the trade off was worth it.


27 posted on 11/06/2009 12:48:01 PM PST by hope
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To: Mount Athos

Thank you, NRCC, Boehner, and Newt, for helping to put this guy in office.


28 posted on 11/06/2009 12:48:11 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Mount Athos
I am shocked I tell you. Shocked!
29 posted on 11/06/2009 12:48:47 PM PST by McGruff (We're Going Rogue Baby!)
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To: Mount Athos
Mr. Owens broke no less than 4 promises in his first 24 hours in office.

Suckers!

30 posted on 11/06/2009 12:48:53 PM PST by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG 49) "Freedom's Fortress")
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To: Mount Athos

I wonder if we could match up these muslim jihad shooters with members of congress. At least put them to good use if they want to shoot people.


31 posted on 11/06/2009 12:49:56 PM PST by Dewey Revoltnow
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To: a fool in paradise
IMPEACH. And ask the dame how she feels about his deception and if she had it to do all over again, would she still throw her support to him?

Absolutely she would. She might even support him more. Dede wanted the seat to do much the same as Owens. Failing that, she would rather see a liberal Democrat in the seat before a conservative Independent. The GOP establishment in NY-23 would agree, I bet.

32 posted on 11/06/2009 12:51:24 PM PST by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: a fool in paradise
IMPEACH. And ask the dame how she feels about his deception and if she had it to do all over again, would she still throw her support to him?

Absolutely she would. She might even support him more. Dede wanted the seat to do much the same as Owens. Failing that, she would rather see a liberal Democrat in the seat before a conservative Independent. The GOP establishment in NY-23 would agree, I bet.

33 posted on 11/06/2009 12:51:24 PM PST by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: Mount Athos

Owens met with Obama this afternoon.

http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/1109/friday_rundown_owens_to_the_oval_d2b70484-61dd-4804-b10f-662b30be4d2f.html


34 posted on 11/06/2009 12:52:37 PM PST by aphid
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To: Mount Athos
Just change Owens for Scuzzafavvvvvvaaaaa and the article would be the same.
35 posted on 11/06/2009 12:52:37 PM PST by mad_as_he$$ (Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr. Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof. V for victory)
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To: Mount Athos

Didn’t he meet with Obambi earlier today?


36 posted on 11/06/2009 12:54:21 PM PST by ProfoundMan (Time to finish the Reagan Revolution! - RightyPics.com)
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To: Mount Athos
Owens Breaks 4 Campaign Promises in first hour in Congress

So he's a bald-faced liar. He's just proving to his colleagues that he's a dimocrap and a politician - and how stupid his constituents are for electing him.

37 posted on 11/06/2009 12:54:23 PM PST by The Sons of Liberty (FUBO - When 0bama Fails, Freedom Prevails!)
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To: Mount Athos

It didn’t take him all that long to show he was Nancy’s b**ch, did it?!!


38 posted on 11/06/2009 12:55:46 PM PST by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: Cicero

Exactly. Because of their selfish agendas; we now have another Rat with a selfish agenda.


39 posted on 11/06/2009 12:58:00 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: rolling_stone

They can not be sued for fraud but they can be outed as McCarthy did. But we all know how that turned out.


40 posted on 11/06/2009 1:03:12 PM PST by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric cartman voice* 'I love you guys')
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To: a fool in paradise

Dede would have voted for the bill herself, so she’s probably happy.

At least with Owen it’s not a “bipartisan” vote. If DeDe had won, Pelosi would be crowing about her “bi-partisan” bill.


41 posted on 11/06/2009 1:06:02 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Mount Athos

GREAT! MAYBE IN A YEAR’S TIME THE MORONS THAT VOTED FOR THE RAT WILL SEE THE LIGHT.


42 posted on 11/06/2009 1:11:39 PM PST by kenmcg (THE)
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To: All

To quote Gomer Pyle:

“SHAZAM !!!”

“SURPRISE, SURPRISE, SURPRISE !!! “


43 posted on 11/06/2009 1:17:26 PM PST by ak267
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To: Mount Athos

Put some ice on it and eat some cake NY.


44 posted on 11/06/2009 1:19:12 PM PST by My Favorite Headache
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To: Mount Athos

Democrats lie. That’s what they do. Period.


45 posted on 11/06/2009 1:20:33 PM PST by TenthAmendmentChampion (Be prepared for tough times. FReepmail me to learn about our survival thread!)
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To: Mount Athos

Suckers


46 posted on 11/06/2009 1:21:17 PM PST by dila813
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To: Mount Athos

Shocking I tell you....absolutely shocking.


47 posted on 11/06/2009 1:25:18 PM PST by Brytani (Support Lt. Col Allen West for Congress - www.allenwestforcongress.com)
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To: Mount Athos

It’s pretty simple, really. The Dem party bosses know he’s a 1 term congress critter so he’ll vote hard left as long as he’s in office.

Thank the GOP for running a slightly less liberal candidate.


48 posted on 11/06/2009 1:28:24 PM PST by BJClinton (this space for rent)
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To: lone star annie
According to Politico.com, Mr. Owens assured voters that he felt the public option had no place in the health care reform bill. Contrary to that position, Mr. Owens now indicates that he intends to vote in favor of the bill even though it now contains a public option.

"With them the end justifies the means always."

Absolutely. Commies lie to capitalists the same way jihadists lie to infidels.
49 posted on 11/06/2009 1:29:33 PM PST by Canedawg (FUBO)
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To: RC2

Not dumb. They don’t care. As long as they win they don’t care how it’s done. There is no right and wrong to them. Lying is a means to an end. That’s all.


50 posted on 11/06/2009 1:29:44 PM PST by abigailsmybaby (To understan' the livin' you got to commune wit' da dead.)
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