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This Election Just Became About Obamacare
The Weekly Standard ^ | June 28, 2012 | Jeffrey H. Anderson

Posted on 06/28/2012 11:26:57 AM PDT by Tarantulas

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision upholding the constitutionality of Obamacare, the principal choice now facing Americans on November 6 will be whether to keep Obamacare or to repeal it. The question is a binary one, and the answer — expressed almost entirely through their presidential vote — will go a long way toward determining the future course of this great nation.

Yes, the economy is extremely important; and, yes, Obamacare is hurting the economy. But the reason why this election is the most important since the Civil War is not because Mitt Romney would make a far better steward of the economy than President Obama (though he would). Rather, it’s because we are about to decide whether to put what will soon be one-fifth of our economy under the control of the federal government; whether to funnel previously unthinkable amounts of power and money to Washington; and whether this nation conceived in liberty will continue to prioritize liberty.

It is understandable why President Obama has no interest in framing this election as a referendum on Obamacare. His party already suffered perhaps its worst defeat since the 19th century thanks to his centerpiece legislation. With the Supreme Court’s ruling now behind him, he will have even less incentive to remind voters about Obamacare going forward. As far as he’s concerned, the less the American people think about it, the better.

This means, of course, that the more they think about it, the better it will be for Mitt Romney. It also means (of course) that Romney should encourage them to think about it, reminding them at every turn that this election isn’t merely — or even principally — about the economy; that it’s about something bigger; that we need to repeal Obamacare and replace it with real reform. And he should convey to them what real reform would look like, thereby bringing into the fold those independents who don’t want to go back to the pre-Obamacare status quo. He should start playing to win people’s votes, instead of merely trying not to lose them.

Yes, the fate of Obamacare will be the most important outcome of this election. On some level, the American people know this. There’s a reason why Romney gets standing ovations simply for mentioning repeal.

The question is whether either candidate will convey that he knows what this election is really about. Obama can’t say it’s about Obamacare — even though that’s what he considers it to be about — because he’ll lose if he does. Romney so far hasn’t said it’s about Obamacare — perhaps because that’s not what he considers it to be about — even though he’ll likely win if he does.

Regardless, the Court has cleared the field. The stakes are historic. The citizenry will decide.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: election; obama; obamacare; scotus
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I was angry about this decision at first. Now I think it's the best thing that could happen in the months prior to the election. John Roberts just won the election for Romney.
1 posted on 06/28/2012 11:26:59 AM PDT by Tarantulas
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To: Tarantulas

Funny, liberals are now okay with calling it Obamacare.


2 posted on 06/28/2012 11:28:42 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: Tarantulas

It is called Obamacare.

It is on the ballot in November.

It will go down!


3 posted on 06/28/2012 11:30:32 AM PDT by rogue yam
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To: Tarantulas

The Obama just played a winning move.

Focusing the election on the economy was a sure loser for him.
Focusing the election on something which isn’t a problem for most people (repugnant in the abstract, but is irrelevant in practice) focuses the election _away_ from his losing issue and onto the frothing-at-the-mouth Right.

John Roberts just won the election for the Obama.


4 posted on 06/28/2012 11:34:49 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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To: Tarantulas

Bad economy, life threatening taxation, elimination of liberties...

November is not looking good for the jackass.


5 posted on 06/28/2012 11:34:57 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your damn Change!)
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To: ctdonath2

>> John Roberts just won the election for the Obama.

Makes no sense to me why certain FReepers are so willing to concede my #ing liberties. It ain’t over.


6 posted on 06/28/2012 11:37:41 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your damn Change!)
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To: Tarantulas

We have been pushed to the
precipice, so we ether get pushed off or we stand our ground. This would define the national direction once and for all. Which will it be; the rush to socialism or the reconstruction of a free republic?


7 posted on 06/28/2012 11:38:02 AM PDT by oyez ( .Apparently The U.S. CONSTITUTION has been reduced to the consistency of quicksand.)
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To: Tarantulas

Now all they have to do is do what they do best: steal the election with voter fraud.

Wife’s getting her CCW tomorrow. Lines may be long.


8 posted on 06/28/2012 11:39:18 AM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: Tarantulas

I may be wrong, but didn’t Roberts make a statement something like “You have to learn to live with your political choices.” or something similar? That sounds like a slap in the face of Democrats.


9 posted on 06/28/2012 11:39:29 AM PDT by Mark (Don't argue with my posts. I typed while under sniper fire..)
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To: Tarantulas

In any case, to preface this comment, I am not voting for Obama and I didn’t vote for Obama and I would never vote for Obama. However, I did note - unfortunately - that there were enough voters who did vote for him so he won last time.

SO ... the question here is (in light of the article, too) - IF OBAMA WINS THIS ELECTION ... then according to the logic of this article - does that mean that the “Obamacare issue” will be SETTLED AND DONE at that time?

IN OTHER WORDS ... if the defeat of Obama will make it clear that Obamacare is not wanted and will thus be repealed - will the election of Obama mean (likewise) that Obamacare is wanted and the issue is “settled” at that point in time?


10 posted on 06/28/2012 11:39:55 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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“You have to learn to live with your political choices.” or something similar? That sounds like a slap in the face of Democrats.

Oh so now deciding to go full-bore Socialism is just a "political choice"?

11 posted on 06/28/2012 11:41:34 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Tarantulas

Mittens is going to restore our freedoms?

Its hilarious! This is the guy who gave us MassCare.

On this issue he’s Obama’s ideological twin. Don’t look for Obamacare to be ever be repealed. Even Republicans support the “popular” parts of it.

This baby will grow into a monster. No one is going to kill it in the cradle because no one has the guts to do it.


12 posted on 06/28/2012 11:42:01 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: rogue yam

Enthusiasm is great and it’s a great motivator, too. But, enthusiasm doesn’t always carry the day and it may not carry it enough to unseat Obama.

I saw a lot of “enthusiasm” against Obama in 2008 and I was one of them, too. And I’m just as much against him now as I was then (and will always be). However, in the last election he won. And it’s entirely “possible” that in this election he’ll win, too - “enthusiasm” not withstanding ...


13 posted on 06/28/2012 11:42:47 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Tarantulas

May God, in all His wisdom, have mercy on Americans!


14 posted on 06/28/2012 11:42:59 AM PDT by Paperdoll
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To: Tarantulas

May God, in all His wisdom, have mercy on Americans!


15 posted on 06/28/2012 11:43:08 AM PDT by Paperdoll
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To: ctdonath2

“The Obama just played a winning move.”

That’s not how I see it. SCOTUS just redefined Obamacare as a tax on everyone, when Obama vowed not to increase taxes on anyone but “the fat cats.” Instead of a cornucopia of riches being issued from the government to the little guy, Obamacare is now defined as the largest tax increase in the history of the world, and no one can escape from it. Romney has added that to his campaign already, Sarah Palin is writing about it triumphantly, and Rush is running with it too. Obama can’t survive this.


16 posted on 06/28/2012 11:43:12 AM PDT by Tarantulas ( Illegal immigration - the trojan horse that's treated like a sacred cow)
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To: Tarantulas; LS; WOSG; Clintonfatigued; randita; InterceptPoint
Obamacare was passed by reconciliation and it will die the same way... with out 60 votes in the Senate.
17 posted on 06/28/2012 11:44:06 AM PDT by CPT Clay (Pick up your weapon and follow me.)
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To: Tarantulas
I really don't see how this is good for Romney. A conservative judge just told Americans that Obama was right all along. Romney will have to explain how he supported Romneycare.
18 posted on 06/28/2012 11:44:06 AM PDT by Sam Gamgee (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. - Patton)
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To: dfwgator

No, voting for any Democrat is going full-bore Socialism.


19 posted on 06/28/2012 11:45:18 AM PDT by Mark (Don't argue with my posts. I typed while under sniper fire..)
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To: Mark
That sounds like a slap in the face of Democrats.

No, that's a slap in the face to the voters who put them there.

This is also the nail in the coffin for the stupid "Let's pass it anyway; SCOTUS will strike it down" strategy.

20 posted on 06/28/2012 11:45:18 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Tarantulas
and no one can escape from it.

Have you forgotten about the 700+ waivers that Barry-O granted to unions, big companies, sometimes whole towns?

21 posted on 06/28/2012 11:47:17 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Tarantulas
This Election Just Became About Obamacare

Which is kind of a shame, because that's more or less a secondary issue now. The bigger issue is that we now has a USSC precedent that says the government can make you do anything it damn well wants you to, through its taxing powers.

Couple that with the illusion of private property shattered by Kelo and then tell me how we can be anything other than serfs?

22 posted on 06/28/2012 11:48:21 AM PDT by kevkrom (Those in a rush to trample the Constitution seem to forget that it is the source of their authority.)
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To: Tarantulas

Den wha’ gon’ happen all usses free sh-t?


23 posted on 06/28/2012 11:48:41 AM PDT by arrdon (Never underestimate the stupidity of the American voter.)
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To: Gene Eric

I went to bed last night in, what I considered a Constitutional Republic. I woke up this morning in what I now consider a Dictatorship.

Where is the America I knew as a child?

Can we really ever get it back?

I guess we’ll see in November. But I doubt that any USSC picks by Romney will be anymore conservative than Obama’s were. I can only pray they will be. And my faith is very shaky these days.


24 posted on 06/28/2012 11:50:22 AM PDT by History Repeats (If Obama had a son, he'd have his picture hanging on the wall of the Post office wanted board.)
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To: Tarantulas

Mitt Romney won the election today. The rest will be mere theater.


25 posted on 06/28/2012 11:50:41 AM PDT by Tennessean4Bush (An optimist believes we live in the best of all possible worlds. A pessimist fears this is true.)
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To: Sam Gamgee

Unfortunately, you are right.
If Romney had been anti-socialist all along, this would be a good thing for him.

Not so, though.


26 posted on 06/28/2012 11:51:17 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: ctdonath2

Obama now has four months to make people like this bill.
It has never polled at more than 40% support at any time during his Presidency. An impossible task. He will be toast.


27 posted on 06/28/2012 11:51:43 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Sam Gamgee

Could the tax be HST or VAt tax?


28 posted on 06/28/2012 11:52:25 AM PDT by lindsay
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To: Sam Gamgee

Could the tax be HST or VAt tax?


29 posted on 06/28/2012 11:52:37 AM PDT by lindsay
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To: Sam Gamgee

A conservative judge just told Americans that Obamacare is nothing but an elaborate deception. Instead of being a requirement for you to buy something, Obamacare is nothing but another tax increase from a President who vowed not to raise your taxes. Romney has vowed to repeal Obamacare, hence he will lower your taxes. It is a simple choice that Romney should emphasize daily. Obama is toast.


30 posted on 06/28/2012 11:53:00 AM PDT by Tarantulas ( Illegal immigration - the trojan horse that's treated like a sacred cow)
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To: ctdonath2
You're dead wrong. The economy is affected, and will continue to be affected, by Obamacare. Anyone who is too dumb to know that would be voting for Obama anyway. There are voters who know that Obamacare affects the economy, but don't hold that against Obamacare; those people also would have voted for Obama anyway. Assume that all Republicans will vote for Romney, and we're down to independents. Independents aren't ideological. As long as the economy is very strong, they are swayed by liberal arguments about the poor and they vote Democrat. However, when the economy turns downward, independents vote Republican. The current economy stinks and, at the very least, independents won't believe that Obamacare will improve the ecomony. Therefore, most independents will vote for Romney.
31 posted on 06/28/2012 11:54:54 AM PDT by utahagen
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To: Tennessean4Bush
Here's the quote of the day:

Mitt Romney won the election today. The rest will be mere theater.

Nice!
32 posted on 06/28/2012 11:56:32 AM PDT by Tarantulas ( Illegal immigration - the trojan horse that's treated like a sacred cow)
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To: Tarantulas

REPEAL OBAMA 2012

THEN REPEAL OBAMACARE 2013


33 posted on 06/28/2012 11:57:51 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: ctdonath2

I believe this will motivate our side to get Obama out of office in November, more than ever. We cannot let this commie assh0l3 to have another term.

I think it will have the opposite effect.

We also can’t let Obama have any more time to add another justice to the already damaged Roberts court.


34 posted on 06/28/2012 12:00:17 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: ctdonath2
The Obama just played a winning move.

Focusing the election on the economy was a sure loser for him.
Focusing the election on something which isn’t a problem for most people (repugnant in the abstract, but is irrelevant in practice) focuses the election _away_ from his losing issue and onto the frothing-at-the-mouth Right.

Unless Romney can make an argument that the economy is bad now because of Obamacare and will only get worse when Obamacare is fully implemented.

35 posted on 06/28/2012 12:01:11 PM PDT by joe212
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To: Sam Gamgee

Romeny’s said, repeatedly, that states, and not the federal government, should regulate healthcare.


36 posted on 06/28/2012 12:03:14 PM PDT by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: Star Traveler

If you don’t see the difference between Obama in 2008 and Obama in 2012, I don’t know what to tell you. He’s lost a lot of support by what he’s done and hasn’t done the last 3 1/2 years. First Black President ain’t getting any voters for him anymore. Tingle is long gone. Majority of people do not like what he’s doing in multiple areas.


37 posted on 06/28/2012 12:03:42 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Tarantulas; Sam Gamgee
To disagree a little bit - a conservative judge did nothing. A justice appointed by a Republican president, who thought he was a conservative, just ruled Obamacare Constitutional.

The only solution is to elect Romney and a Republican House and a Republican Senate and hope they all keep their word. Because (as Ann Coulter has been saying for months), if this obamanation goes into effect, it will never be repealed.

We also need to hold President Romney's feet to the fire on the appointment of new SC justices. The left can appoint people who say they are very liberal, with very liberal records. Republicans have to appoint people who try to hide their conservatism. That MUST change. Appoint only those who SAY and HAVE RECORDS as strict constructionists.

38 posted on 06/28/2012 12:04:52 PM PDT by BruceS (If you refuse to support the lesser of two evils, then you are supporting the greater of two evils.)
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To: Izzy Dunne

It is more like 1200+ waivers.


39 posted on 06/28/2012 12:05:00 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Mark
"I may be wrong, but didn’t Roberts make a statement something like “You have to learn to live with your political choices.” or something similar? That sounds like a slap in the face of Democrats."

I take it as a statement to the American voters in general. Something along the lines of "You made your beds (by voting in Obama and the Dems) and now you have to sleep in them."

40 posted on 06/28/2012 12:06:45 PM PDT by Ranald S. MacKenzie (It's the philosophy, stupid.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Well, I see the same Obama in 2008 as I do for 2012. He hasn’t changed for me ... :-)

But, no matter what I think, it’s still a possibility that he can win. And for me, the “proof is in the pudding” - namely, “we’ll see when the election happens.”


41 posted on 06/28/2012 12:11:40 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: History Repeats

>> Where is the America I knew as a child?

She’s being abused. We need to help her.


42 posted on 06/28/2012 12:18:46 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your damn Change!)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
The Catholics still have law suits against Obamacare on the infringment of religious liberties.

Those parts of Obama care come into affect in August.

43 posted on 06/28/2012 12:19:31 PM PDT by mware (By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West)
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To: dfwgator
“You have to learn to live with your political choices.” or something similar? That sounds like a slap in the face of Democrats. Oh so now deciding to go full-bore Socialism is just a "political choice"?

And now we have to learn to live with Roberts' choice.

According to his logic, the federal government is empowered to issue a mandate, provided the mandate is disguised as a financial punishment.

What a fine legacy (for a liberal). The socialist-Republicans (the Bush's in particular, since he is their creation), must be very pleased with themselves today.

44 posted on 06/28/2012 12:19:46 PM PDT by BlatherNaut
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To: Star Traveler

I understand, he is not different to me either.

What is key, and it IS a fact, is that now in 2012 a whole lot more people see him differently, and not in a good way for him. A whole lot more. And they are pissed about this. They are pissed at how badly things have been mismanaged the last few years under this putz who is recycling speeches, still blaming Bush, and still can’t speak without a damn teleprompter.

Many, many people have woken up and see him the way you and I do. they are not happy and are not votes for him like they may have been the last time.


45 posted on 06/28/2012 12:20:37 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: History Repeats

I don’t know why anyone would have their faith shaken by this. We have become a Godless nation. Babies are aborted by the millions, sin is now the norm. We are being chastised. Look what happened to the Israelites when they left the path of God, they were usually overtaken by some enemy. This is happening to us. We are all complicit to some degree.


46 posted on 06/28/2012 12:20:37 PM PDT by diamond6 (Check out: http://www.biblechristiansociety.com/home.php and learn about the faith.)
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To: ctdonath2

Obamacare IS the economy. The uncertainties,the expenses are already hindering any hope of recovery. Today’s stock market action tells us that unemployment will rise with this ruling. This ruling will hurt Obama and all his minions come November.


47 posted on 06/28/2012 12:21:23 PM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: Tarantulas

I do now see you make a good point. Although I don’t if that alone is enough to ensure victory for Romney.


48 posted on 06/28/2012 12:21:23 PM PDT by Sam Gamgee (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. - Patton)
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To: Sam Gamgee
Romney will have to explain how he supported Romneycare.

The only people beating that drum are "conservative" Mitt-haters.

Romney will only need to continue saying "I am against Obamacare and I will repeal it on Day 1."

49 posted on 06/28/2012 12:54:03 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: rogue yam

Romney will have to explain how he supported Romneycare.

“The only people beating that drum are “conservative” Mitt-haters.”

~ ~ ~

I don’t hate Mitt, I pray for his conversion. Mitt is
just like Obama, both men are pro-abortion and pro-sodomy.

Same question....

How will Mitt ever explain away that abortion is in Romneycare and out of the other side of his mouth, Romney says he is going to do away with Obamacare which was modeled after his plan, Romneycare.


50 posted on 06/28/2012 1:03:52 PM PDT by stpio
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