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Krauthammer: Obama can't pass laws -- so he rewrites the rules (governing by regulation)
New York Daily News ^ | Friday, December 31st 2010 | Charles Krauthammer

Posted on 12/31/2010 10:35:16 AM PST by presidio9

Edited on 12/31/2010 1:18:55 PM PST by Sidebar Moderator. [history]

Most people don't remember Obamacare's notorious Section 1233, mandating government payments for end-of-life counseling. It aroused so much anxiety as a possible first slippery step on the road to state-mandated late-life rationing that the Senate never included it in the final health care law.


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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: deathpanels; krauthammer; obamacare; regulations

1 posted on 12/31/2010 10:35:19 AM PST by presidio9
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To: presidio9

Ruling by regulation is ruling by decree.

This is Hugo Chavez stuff. So far we’ve been taking it in small doses and not noticing. We’re about to get it in a mega-dose, and we’ll wake up in Venezuela.


2 posted on 12/31/2010 10:38:19 AM PST by marron
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To: presidio9

If he is re-elected, you can kiss this country goodbye. If he has 4 years without having to campaign to remain as King, God help America.


3 posted on 12/31/2010 10:41:19 AM PST by mojitojoe (In itÂ’s 1400 years of existence, Islam has 2 main accomplishments, psychotic violence and goat curr)
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To: presidio9

He did just fine in lame duck? Listening and seeing what Boehener has done as far as leadership posts Obama will be just fine.


4 posted on 12/31/2010 10:41:36 AM PST by GoCards (Why me? Why not me?)
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To: presidio9

Our only response, given that we don’t control the senate, is to defund, defund, defund.

And throw them out in 2012.

We’re in the middle of a stealth revolution. The revolutionaries have taken control of the ramparts, and they are hardening their control. If ballots don’t work, we’re headed for dark days. If de-funding doesn’t work, because they manage to become autonomous and self-funding, then we are headed for darker days.


5 posted on 12/31/2010 10:44:17 AM PST by marron
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To: presidio9

I knew this will happen. When have the law ever got in the way of Liberal getting what they want.


6 posted on 12/31/2010 10:47:23 AM PST by 4rcane
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To: presidio9
Obama's agenda will therefore have to be advanced by the more subterranean means of rule-by-regulation.

Hmmm, Krauthammer himself was cooing a couple of days ago about how Bambi had changed...seems he's had an awakening!

That said, this government by administrative fiat is enormously dangerous. There was an earlier (not very well attended) thread on this subject, and in the course of it, someone mentioned that Kay Bailey Hutchinson plans to challenge the EPA with something called a "motion for review," which apparently enables the Congress to review the activities of agencies to see if they have overstepped their legislative bounds.

Bambi also just did an end run around the wilderness issue, effectively sealing off millions of acres through an administrative order (the BLM, I believe) - which had specifically been left open by Congress in 2005. I hope the GOP challenges him on each and every one of these.

His only hope is stealth.

7 posted on 12/31/2010 10:51:01 AM PST by livius
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To: presidio9
The legislative bodies can pass legislation limiting or blocking the powers of agency's,

and or they can pass legislation cutting back the power of Presidential edict or fiat. or what ever the President has been using to do all the dictatorial things he has been doing.

They can stop these from occurring, if they will take it own. It is in the U.S.Constitution for the balance of powers and our Senators and Representatives need to man up and STOP this travesty occurring in Washington DC NOW!

8 posted on 12/31/2010 10:55:10 AM PST by geologist (The only answer to the troubles of this life is Jesus. A decision we all must make.)
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To: presidio9

If he is going to rule by regulation, is there not a way to completely defund the entire agency shutting it totally down?

If it is vetoed keep putting it forth or take the battle head on and simply walk out. If I understand correctly the Senate cannot act on money issues and the Republicans have the House. They have until March when the Continuing Resolution expires.


9 posted on 12/31/2010 10:59:13 AM PST by Snoopers-868th
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To: presidio9
Perhaps Krauthammer might write his next piece on George Washington's Farewell Address warning to citizens about threats to liberty. A sample excerpt, reprinted below, seems to apply to the "innovations" on the Constitution's principles being implemented by the current Administration.

Oh, the wisdom of America's Founders! It's as if they had a telescope through which they could envision such treacheries as those being carried out by power seekers of today.

"This government, the offspring of our own choice, uninfluenced and unawed, adopted upon full investigation and mature deliberation, completely free in its principles, in the distribution of its powers, uniting security with energy, and containing within itself a provision for its own amendment, has a just claim to your confidence and your support. Respect for its authority, compliance with its laws, acquiescence in its measures, are duties enjoined by the fundamental maxims of true liberty. The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government. But the Constitution which at any time exists, till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole people, is sacredly obligatory upon all. The very idea of the power and the right of the people to establish government presupposes the duty of every individual to obey the established government.
"All obstructions to the execution of the laws, all combinations and associations, under whatever plausible character, with the real design to direct, control, counteract, or awe the regular deliberation and action of the constituted authorities, are destructive of this fundamental principle, and of fatal tendency. They serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels and modified by mutual interests.
"However combinations or associations of the above description may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.
"Towards the preservation of your government, and the permanency of your present happy state, it is requisite, not only that you steadily discountenance irregular oppositions to its acknowledged authority, but also that you resist with care the spirit of innovation upon its principles, however specious the pretexts. One method of assault may be to effect, in the forms of the Constitution, alterations which will impair the energy of the system, and thus to undermine what cannot be directly overthrown. In all the changes to which you may be invited, remember that time and habit are at least as necessary to fix the true character of governments as of other human institutions; that experience is the surest standard by which to test the real tendency of the existing constitution of a country; that facility in changes, upon the credit of mere hypothesis and opinion, exposes to perpetual change, from the endless variety of hypothesis and opinion; and remember, especially, that for the efficient management of your common interests, in a country so extensive as ours, a government of as much vigor as is consistent with the perfect security of liberty is indispensable. Liberty itself will find in such a government, with powers properly distributed and adjusted, its surest guardian. It is, indeed, little else than a name, where the government is too feeble to withstand the enterprises of faction, to confine each member of the society within the limits prescribed by the laws, and to maintain all in the secure and tranquil enjoyment of the rights of person and property.
"I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the State, with particular reference to the founding of them on geographical discriminations. Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally.
"This spirit, unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind. It exists under different shapes in all governments, more or less stifled, controlled, or repressed; but, in those of the popular form, it is seen in its greatest rankness, and is truly their worst enemy.
"The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty.
"Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight), the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.
"It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which finds a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another.
"There is an opinion that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the government and serve to keep alive the spirit of liberty. This within certain limits is probably true; and in governments of a monarchical cast, patriotism may look with indulgence, if not with favor, upon the spirit of party. But in those of the popular character, in governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged. From their natural tendency, it is certain there will always be enough of that spirit for every salutary purpose. And there being constant danger of excess, the effort ought to be by force of public opinion, to mitigate and assuage it. A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume.
"It is important, likewise, that the habits of thinking in a free country should inspire caution in those entrusted with its administration, to confine themselves within their respective constitutional spheres, avoiding in the exercise of the powers of one department to encroach upon another. The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one, and thus to create, whatever the form of government, a real despotism. A just estimate of that love of power, and proneness to abuse it, which predominates in the human heart, is sufficient to satisfy us of the truth of this position. The necessity of reciprocal checks in the exercise of political power, by dividing and distributing it into different depositaries, and constituting each the guardian of the public weal against invasions by the others, has been evinced by experiments ancient and modern; some of them in our country and under our own eyes. To preserve them must be as necessary as to institute them. If, in the opinion of the people, the distribution or modification of the constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way which the Constitution designates. But let there be no change by usurpation; for though this, in one instance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed. The precedent must always greatly overbalance in permanent evil any partial or transient benefit, which the use can at any time yield."

10 posted on 12/31/2010 11:01:57 AM PST by loveliberty2
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To: marron

There is the Congressional Review Act (CRA). This is the first line of defense against Obama’s power grab.

http://biggovernment.com/smotley/2010/12/27/congressional-review-act-is-the-first-line-of-defense-against-obamas-regulatory-power-grabs/


11 posted on 12/31/2010 11:02:16 AM PST by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: presidio9

Wow Charles do ya think?

I’m less impressed with this “inside the beltway guy” more and more every day.

And please, I don’t want to be lectured about how brilliant he is!


12 posted on 12/31/2010 11:08:27 AM PST by Artcore
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To: presidio9
Ruling by regulation is ruling by decree.

The American Dictator O-Bozo and his Flying RATs.

13 posted on 12/31/2010 11:12:29 AM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Artcore

“And please, I don’t want to be lectured about how brilliant he is!”

He’s losing some of the ‘brilliance’. He suffers from what Rush points out - wanting to be invited to the Georgetown ‘cocktail parties’ - although the ‘need’ isn’t quite as intense as it is for Brooks, Frum, Noonan - but Charles was one of those invited to the George Will/Obama “dinner”. So that’s part of it. Overall his commentary has been rather good but lately it’s suffered along with Rove’s. Disappointing....


14 posted on 12/31/2010 11:20:23 AM PST by Kent C
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To: Kent C

Yeah, I think you’ve nailed it.

I’m just so disappointed with the conventional Washington DC wisdom. I like Brit Hume, but he suffers from this same ailment.

Just wait, Charles will come out next week lauding Obama for some type of perceived brilliance, while at the same time dissing Palin.

I do NOT trust Charles...at all!


15 posted on 12/31/2010 11:27:45 AM PST by Artcore
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To: Kent C; Artcore

I was puzzled by Krauthammer’s sudden turn. Last week he was praising Bambi to the skies, and this week he suddenly seems to have awakened to what’s really going on.

I honestly don’t think Krauthammer’s so much a false conservative as he is a naive one. All it takes is one little gesture from his enemy, and he’s convinced said enemy has shown his good heart and the battle is won. Bush, unfortunately, behaved very similarly. It’s hard for people like that to believe the duplicity of their enemies.

I was impressed by the tone of this article, however, and I would suspect that it’s the stealth “death panels” that made Krauthammer rethink things. As a paraplegic, he’s certainly moving to the head of the Obama death line, and it’s very possible that this (along with the cynical trickiness with which it was done) is making him think twice.


16 posted on 12/31/2010 11:33:47 AM PST by livius
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To: Artcore

“Yeah, I think you’ve nailed it.

I’m just so disappointed with the conventional Washington DC wisdom. I like Brit Hume, but he suffers from this same ailment.

Just wait, Charles will come out next week lauding Obama for some type of perceived brilliance, while at the same time dissing Palin.”

I’m not so sure on the last. Charles isn’t ‘terminal’ like Brooks and Frum, but he has a touch of it and it’s gotten worse. My guess is that he knows that there is some doubts out there about him where he may ‘rethink’... and that, you’ll likely see less of this than more but that’s just a guess.


17 posted on 12/31/2010 11:51:40 AM PST by Kent C
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To: livius

“I was puzzled by Krauthammer’s sudden turn.”

I don’t expect this to persist, but that doesn’t reduce the disappointment in a ‘fellow Promethean’... IQ is just a capacity - that’s about it.


18 posted on 12/31/2010 11:58:57 AM PST by Kent C
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To: marron
The parallels are unmistakable.

I don't know how so many intelligent people are failing to recognize the pattern.

Remember, Obama, Hillary and Chavez backed the return of Honduran president Zalaya - another leftist thug.

19 posted on 12/31/2010 12:35:28 PM PST by Aevery_Freeman (Fear God and Government - especially when one tries to become the other!)
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To: presidio9

Well thank You Mr. Krauthammer for stating the Obvious,all of which the Tea Partiers which you despise have been Saying since Before the election.
I cant wait for your next essay telling the Country what a Brilliant Move Obama has made or how he Constantly out Manuevers the Republicans. You act like you are the only one who Knows what this guy is up too.
I would rather here this News constantly Talked about or are you to sophisticated to Call the Fraud in the White House a LIAR,Master Manipulator who has the 100 percent Support of a Complicit Press,who without them could be exposed,we dont need you to Pontificate about what we already know but need more Voices reporting on how to stop this Marxist Fraud


20 posted on 12/31/2010 1:05:11 PM PST by ballplayer
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To: Kent C

{Just wait, Charles will come out next week lauding Obama for some type of perceived brilliance, while at the same time dissing Palin.”}


The Return of Obama Gravitas

http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/12/the_return_of_obama_gravitas.html


21 posted on 12/31/2010 1:14:40 PM PST by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: presidio9

Well well. Charles is ‘back on the reservation’. Writes a piece to satisfy the viral right wingers. He can only get away with a few ‘comeback kid’ pieces before he jeopardizes his gig at Fox.


22 posted on 12/31/2010 1:15:56 PM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: marron

You are right. God help us.


23 posted on 12/31/2010 1:37:25 PM PST by redpoll
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To: Kent C

I honestly think he’s making the Bush mistake: crediting his enemies with honor.

He should know better by now. But Bush never learned either.


24 posted on 12/31/2010 2:23:57 PM PST by livius
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To: livius

“I honestly think he’s making the Bush mistake: crediting his enemies with honor.

He should know better by now. But Bush never learned either.”

Well... back to the current article. You derailed it and I bit :-) Like you said earlier “...seems he’s had an awakening!”

And this article is evidence of that. People are still stinging from his and Rove’s comments about a few of the “tea party” candidates.

And this is the passage that allows him to separate out from the others:

“Now as always, Obama’s heart lies left. **For those fooled into thinking otherwise** by the new Obama of Dec. 22, his administration’s defiantly liberal regulatory moves - on the environment, energy and health care - should disabuse even the most beguiled.”

IOW, regardless of what I may have said ‘I wasn’t fooled...’ So he’s scrambling a bit. I’m more than willing to give him the benefit of the doubt - while still recalling that he did take the invite to ‘the dinner’ :-)


25 posted on 12/31/2010 7:38:38 PM PST by Kent C
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To: Hotlanta Mike

“The Return of Obama Gravitas

http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/12/the_return_of_obama_gravitas.html";

I expect Brooks, Frum, Noonan to pick up on this but not Krauthammer.. nor many in the ‘Clinton camp’ - some of them are more _done_ with him than the so called ‘conservative consultants’.


26 posted on 12/31/2010 7:45:22 PM PST by Kent C
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To: Kent C
You could be right. CK is either hot or cold with his comments and it's hard to guess which CK will show up, the old political hack or current, more conservative version.

He has been raised up a notch on the Fox News panel discussions and I wondered if he is losing some edginess due to the work load.

Or is it that someone signs his paychecks and perhaps buys some of CK's objectivity or directs it to some degree?

27 posted on 01/01/2011 6:57:17 AM PST by GBA (Not on our watch!)
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To: presidio9

Krauthammer should have paid attention to Palin when she warned us about death panels.

But no, at the time he wanted everyone to believe the “no death panels” propaganda.

Krauthammer is a leftist.


28 posted on 01/02/2011 7:41:13 PM PST by reasonisfaith (Rules will never work for radicals (liberals) because they seek chaos. And don't even know it.)
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To: ballplayer
Well thank You Mr. Krauthammer for stating the Obvious,all of which the Tea Partiers which you despise have been Saying since Before the election.

It is possible to disagree with some idiotic core Tea Party principles ("Sara Palin for President," for example) without hating the Tea Party or failing to recognize its overall utility to the Conservative cause.

BTW, that's DOCTOR Krauthammer to you. Dr. Krauthammer is an ally not a brother conservative. He once wrote put words into Walter Mondale's mouth, for crying out loud.

29 posted on 01/04/2011 9:57:13 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: presidio9

Well as For DR. Krauthammer thats fine,But he will denigrate Sarah Palin but Praise a Black A-hole who never ran a Lemonade Stand and Is destroying the Country. I will take the Idiot Sarah Palin any day


30 posted on 01/05/2011 3:00:28 AM PST by ballplayer
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To: ballplayer
Well as For DR. Krauthammer thats fine,But he will denigrate Sarah Palin but Praise a Black A-hole who never ran a Lemonade Stand and Is destroying the Country. I will take the Idiot Sarah Palin any day

Again, you are missing the point that Dr. Krauthammer has never once in his life identified himself as a Conservative. He is an extremely intelligent man with exceptional political instincts, a generally conservative disposition, and several notable libertarian holdovers. \ Notably he is moderately pro choice on abortion - interestingly, despite being a paraplegic and a medical doctor, he opposes government funding of stem cell research. All of this being the case, he presents himself weekly in the New York Daily News -perhaps the most apologetically liberal paper in the United States. He recognizes that he won't change a lot of minds (or keep his paycheck for long) with a nonstop series of "Bush Was Right/Obama Is A Socialist" columns. You've done this yourself in your life occasionally, whether you realize it or not. When arguing with a liberal, must occasionally concede points that you disagree with in order to keep the dialog engaged. And if you haven't, I suspect that you live in a cave with no visitors.

Now that we've finished that business, can you please give me one legitimate reason why Sara Palin would be a good choice to be leader of the free world? And, while you're at it, tell everybody reading this just what exactly President Obama's race has to do with his qualifications or job performance? That sort of thing has no business on FR.

31 posted on 01/07/2011 9:12:03 AM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: ballplayer
Well as For DR. Krauthammer thats fine,But he will denigrate Sarah Palin but Praise a Black A-hole who never ran a Lemonade Stand and Is destroying the Country. I will take the Idiot Sarah Palin any day

Along with Ann Coulter (who I assume you also hate) I like Sara Palin just fine doing what she's doing right now (stirring up red state conservatives and pissing off blue state liberals). Like Coulter, Krauthammer, Limbaugh, and just about any other intelligent conservative I can think of, I stop liking her whenever it starts to look like she might abandon her current occupation (such as it is) and resume her career in politics. You can argue about this until you turn blue and the the fact will remain that she can never win a Republican primary in a blue state like NY, California or Massachusetts. She has a chance in a purple state like Florida or Pennsylvania, but only if liberals show up to vote for her like conservatives did for Hillary Clinton in "Operation Chaos." Therefore, she has almost zero chance of winning a Republican nomination. I know, I know, the primary system is broken in this sense. Why should delegates even count from states that are guaranteed to go to Obama in the general election, right? But it won't get fixed in the next two years.

This brings us to my (and Ann's and Rush's, and the good Doctor's) problem with Palin: If she's serious about running for president, it will have to be as an independent Tea Party candidate. The only thing this will accomplish will be to hand a second term to Obama.

32 posted on 01/17/2011 10:37:08 AM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: presidio9

Krauthammer swoons at Obama’s scripted speeches.

I don’t think he particulary swoons at his job of leader.


33 posted on 01/17/2011 10:41:59 AM PST by dforest
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To: presidio9

Krauthammer is right; Obama has usurped legislative authority, and undermines Constitutional provisions for the separation of power among the three branches of government. Obama is a tyrant, and Republicans should not be sidetracked by overtures of “civility”.


34 posted on 01/17/2011 10:46:59 AM PST by windsorknot
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