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Obama is the ‘me, me’ president

Published 10:07am Tuesday, October 30, 2012

During last week’s debate nearly 60 million of us got a good look at why Barack Obama has not been able to accomplish anything in four years.

It’s his patronizing, “me-me” personality.

Did you see how condescending he was toward Mitt Romney, not to mention downright rude at times?

Obama’s more-presidential-than-thou attitude, which he did little to hide or dial back at the debate, should have reminded us of what happened in the first two weeks of his administration.

Remember when he met with Congressional leaders and said he wanted to come up with a bipartisan solution for the country’s economic mess?

It began with a spirit of compromise and mutual respect. But at one point, when Obama became displeased at the Republicans’ ideas for a recovery plan, he turned to House Minority Whip Eric Cantor and arrogantly said, “Elections have consequences and Eric, I won.”

The president spoke condescendingly to Cantor, and guess what? Nothing got accomplished in Washington. For nearly four years.

But Obama’s arrogant, condescending attitude to those mere mortals who are not rock-star politicians (or “eye-candy” for the women who watch “The View”) didn’t start with his presidency. It’s how he acted when he was a community organizer and it’s how he’s acted at every stage of his political life since then.

He doesn’t look at people and speak with people. He speaks down to people. And when you do that, you rarely succeed in getting anything done in politics or anywhere else.

Even Obama’s friends in Congress won’t cooperate with him. They’re tired of being talked down to, too. Democrats have not given him one positive vote for any budget he has put forward.

Compare Barack Obama to Mitt Romney’s way of working with people. Mitt’s been successful at everything he’s tried. It’s because he speaks with people. He embraces people. He works with people. He doesn’t patronize or speak down to them.

Ronald Reagan, in order to get all the things done in Washington that he did, also knew how to treat people. He embraced people — both his friends and his enemies. He never talked down to anyone in his life.

My father also knew something about sharing credit that our Me-Me President clearly doesn’t understand.

My father had a plaque on his desk that read, “There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.”

Ronald Reagan knew that when you’re in Washington everyone wants to take credit for anything and everything that gets done. Not being willing to share the credit is another reason you won’t be able to accomplish anything.

But this president has a real problem with giving credit. If he had a plaque on his desk, it’d read, “The credit begins and stops here — with me.”

Did you hear how many times the president said “I” or “me” during the last debate? Did anyone hear a single “we”?

I don’t know if anyone counted on Monday, but during a 25-minute stump speech in Ohio in July Obama said the “I” word 98 times and the “me” word 19 times. (A few weeks later first lady Michelle’s total was 83 times in 25 minutes, so maybe it runs in the family.)

As long as the president is going to use the words “I” and “me,” “we” are never going to accomplish anything in Washington if he’s in charge.

All I can say, America, is that “I” can’t vote Obama out of office on Nov. 6. But “we” sure can.

 

Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan, a political consultant, and the author of “The New Reagan Revolution.” Visit his websites at www.reagan.com and www.michaelereagan.com. Send comments to Reagan@caglecartoons.com. Follow @reaganworld on Twitter.

  • mickakers

    Noesis; As a PS: Your over emphases of the Capitalistic System would return us to the days of slavery and indentured servitude, being paid in company script, living in company housing and purchasing everything at the company store. NO THANKS!

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  • mickakers

    Noesis; Your comment in regard to “the decay in family life” demonstrates a pragmatic and relative point of view. Your comment and opinion is lacking in depth and understanding. I presume, you opine that the government should just let the children of dysfunctional families die. Noesis, please do a little more in-depth study in order to fully comprehend the situation. As I mentioned, Government should be protecting the right to life, the preservation of a normal family life (with a father & mother) as head of the household, and not same sex marriage, also the freedom of conscience when it comes to religious beliefs.

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  • Noesis

    Indie: I think people who feel strongly on those issues should volunteer time and resources to the numerous organizations who work with at-risk mothers.
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    We totally agree with you Indie. We don’t need the Federal government funding Planned Parenthood. Those that feel that strongly about it can tithe to support it.

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  • Noesis

    Mick: he preservation of a normal family life (with a father & mother) as the head of the household
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    Your great socialist government has a lot to do with the decay in the family unit Mick. Welfare support meant that if you did get pregnant, you didn’t have to marry the father… No more shotgun weddings! And why use protection? If you get knocked up, the government will provide support for you and the baby.

    Do some research Mick, true we had single mothers before welfare came into being but it was shortly after that the numbers started skyrocketing. It was not only “normal family” life that was destroyed. Look at what happened to African-American families and culture.

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  • mickakers

    indie; Your comment “these issues won’t be solved by big government”. I agree. On the other hand, big government should not be a contributing factor in the endorsement or promotion of Abortion, Same Sex Marriage and the disregard of Freedom Of Conscience concerning Religious Beliefs. Big Government should be protecting the right to life, the preservation of a normal family life (with a father & mother) as the head of the household and freedom of conscience when it comes to religious beliefs.

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  • mickakers

    indieVoter; Your post of October 31, 2012 at 1:23 PM was excellent and on the money. My compliments. IT’S A DEAL!!! As mikehaney pointed out, there are three pertinent issues that offer no room for compromise. Are you willing to concede this? If not, your words are empty rhetoric. This has nothing to do with partisanship. This has to do about the basic moral fabric of civilization. This being said, I wholeheartedly endorse working within the system to overcome it weaknesses through education.

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  • indieVoter

    I support you, Mike, in feeling so strongly about the issues that are important to you.

    I think some of these issues won’t be solved by big government. I think people who feel strongly on those issues should volunteer time and resources to the numerous organizations who work with at-risk mothers. Nobody is stopping Mike or anyone else who feels very passionately on these issues from doing that stuff right now. It’s 100% legal so I say, let’s put the small talk aside and put the rubber to the road. Talk is cheap.

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  • mikehaney

    Compromise? I for one will never compromise on being,pro-life, pro traditional marriage and religious freedom.
    All others,even though important, are secondary.

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  • Noesis

    The U.S. Mission in Benghazi convened an “emergency meeting” less than a month before the assault that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, because Al Qaeda had training camps in Benghazi and the consulate could not defend against a “coordinated attack,” according to a classified cable reviewed by Fox News.

    Summarizing an Aug. 15 emergency meeting convened by the U.S. Mission in Benghazi, the Aug. 16 cable marked “SECRET” said that the State Department’s senior security officer, also known as the RSO, did not believe the consulate could be protected.

    “RSO (Regional Security Officer) expressed concerns with the ability to defend Post in the event of a coordinated attack due to limited manpower, security measures, weapons capabilities, host nation support, and the overall size of the compound,” the cable said.

    According to a review of the cable addressed to the Office of the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Emergency Action Committee was also briefed “on the location of approximately ten Islamist militias and AQ training camps within Benghazi…
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    WOW, a month before 911 and the Obama administration failed to help them.

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  • indieVoter

    I want to appeal to the thinking people out there.

    Ask yourself a question. Think about the bitter division we’ve had since Bush v. Gore. After a little time-out right after 9/11, that division picked right back up and it’s at a critical level now. We live in an age where republicans and democrats seemingly can’t talk anymore without mocking and demonizing each other. The question is this. Is this a good thing for America?

    Now if your answer is “no” then think on this. Is there a way for us to get back to normal? Is there an exit off this insane path we’re on right now??

    It’s not about the 2 guys running for president. It’s about us. Think about the behavior we stoop to under the pretense of debate here sometimes. Is that really who you are? Is it who you want to be??

    Not me. We take a lot of things for granted.

    Maybe the most fundamental thing we take for granted is the idea that America will prevail and persevere regardless of how divided and irreconcilable its people become.

    Out of concern for the possibility we’re going to a a place we can’t get back from, I’m stepping back from the brink.

    At a very general level, here’s what I’m gonna be doing over the next 4 years. I’m going to be looking for what’s great in America RIGHT NOW and looking down the road to even better things to come.

    My appeal to all thinking people? Join me in this very fundamental level of agreement. Do it now. Make the commitment before the election next Tuesday so everyone can know this isn’t just a partisan thing.

    That means I’m gonna be fair to our next president. I’m not going to call him names or be disrespectful to the office of the presidency. While I may not agree with his every policy, I’ll be fair in how I evaluate his wins and losses. And, yes, that means if Romney wins and then goes on to do a good job I’ll give him credit it for it.

    I think we can do better. Let’s agree now, regardless of the election’s outcome, that we will move forward in this spirit. Let’s commit to get behind the next president and root for America to win under him. Deal?

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  • mikehaney

    “Obama is the ‘me,me’ president”–yes and no. He is just parroting his pupeteer.
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    “At the urging of Valerie Jarrett, President Barack Obama canceled the operation to kill Osama bin Laden on three separate occasions before finally approving the May 2, 2011 Navy SEAL mission.” (Richard Miniter, Leading from Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him.)

    Valerie Jarrett gave the order for the bin Laden kill. Was it Jarrett who advised Obama to refuse help to Americans under sustained terrorist attack in Benghazi?
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    As I’ve said before. Obambi is just a puppet of others.
    Jarrett follows Obambi around so she can pull his strings.
    And when Jarret is not close enough to pull the strings; well,we all have seen what happens.

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  • Noesis

    Oh and one other thing Keta… Who started all the lying? Remember the Obama campaign trying to “frame” Romney to keep his likeability down? Remember all the lies? He was a corporate raider, he shipped jobs overseas?

    Democrats were lying from the start.

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  • Noesis

    Keta: His first ad, in which Obama quoted McCain saying that if the subject was the economy, he’d lose, manipulated to make it sound as though the president himself were saying it, kept running long after nearly everyone had seen the McCain clip it referred to.
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    Yeah but democrats started it:

    Politifact: When it comes to jobless workers, “Mitt Romney says he likes to fire people.”

    Jack Markell on Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 in a speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

    Markell here is cherry-picking Romney’s words and putting them in a context Romney never intended.

    Our ruling

    Markell talked about helping laid-off workers find jobs, then said, “What do you think Mitt Romney would have done if that call came in? Well, Mitt Romney already told us what he would do. Mitt Romney says he likes to fire people.”

    He’s cherry-picking Romney’s words and putting them in an entirely different context. What Romney actually said was, “I like being able to fire people who provide services to me,” and he was talking specifically about switching health insurance companies if a provider isn’t giving good service.

    We rate Markell’s statement False.

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  • Noesis

    Keta: His first ad, in which Obama quoted McCain saying that if the subject was the economy, he’d lose, manipulated to make it sound as though the president himself were saying it…
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    As compared to an ad making people think that Romney caused the death of a worker’s wife…

    Which one is more dishonest…

    Oh wait, silly question…

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  • keta

    Does he get stuff wrong?
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    Puh-leeze. He doesn’t get stuff wrong. He tells deliberate lies, and keeps telling them after he’s proven wrong. For example, Chrysler has made it clear his Jeep story is nonsense. His first ad, in which Obama quoted McCain saying that if the subject was the economy, he’d lose, manipulated to make it sound as though the president himself were saying it, kept running long after nearly everyone had seen the McCain clip it referred to. They’re gambling that maybe somebody out there might believe it anyway. There’s never been a less presidential candidate, a more glaring example of nothingness. Nothing, apparently, is beneath him. Weird.

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    • Noesis

      Even mother Jones a liberal news source admits it’s true:

      Obama took GM and Chrysler into bankruptcy, and sold Chrysler to Italians who are going to build Jeeps in China. Mitt Romney will fight for every American job.

      Technically, every word of this is true. Obama did force GM and Chrysler through a managed bankruptcy….
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      And why did Mother Jones admit this?:

      As early as 2010, Fiat has been intending to build Jeeps in China, as a ChinaAutoWeb report from 2010 indicated:

      BAIC-Jeep later evolved into the now-defunct Beijing Benz-Daimler Chrysler company. Ever since the Daimler-Chrysler alliance broke down in 2009, Chrysler has no productions in China. Now that Fiat, Chrysler’s new owner, has officially returned to China and began building factories, there will be Chinese-made Jeep SUVs again in as early as 2014.

      In a recent interview, John Kett, vice president and CEO of Chrysler’s Asia-Pacific operations, confirmed this, echoing Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne’s words that Fiat is to have a production capacity of 300,00 units a year in China within five years through its joint venture with GAC (Guangzhou Automobile Group Co.). And Changsha, the capital of Hunan province, will be the location of the production base.

      And just this past weekend, Fiat’s CEO Sergio Marchionne admitted the company had intentions of building jeeps in Europe as well. According to a Bloomberg News report:

      To counter the severe slump in European sales, Marchionne is considering building Chrysler models in Italy, including Jeeps, for export to North America. The Italian government is evaluating tax rebates on export goods to help Fiat. Marchionne may announce details of his plan as soon as Oct. 30, the people said.
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      Did you catch this Keta: “…is considering building Chrysler models in Italy, including Jeeps, for export to North America.”

      So, who’s not telling the truth?

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  • Noesis

    Keta: president dislikes Mitt, is contemptuous of him, as you or I would feel toward a despicable liar.
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    “They rely on it for mammograms.” Obama attacked Romney’s proposal to cut off federal funding to Planned Parenthood by claiming that the organization provides mammograms to women to help prevent breast cancer. It’s been a repeated claim made by the left for months. The problem is that it’s just untrue–and even left-leaning mainstream media fact-checkers have acknowledged that.

    “You can ship jobs overseas and get tax breaks for it.” We have heard the same lie for eight years from Obama. In 2004, he ran for U.S. Senate from Illinois on a promise to end such tax breaks. He did it again when he ran for President of the United States in 2008. And yet he has never done anything about it–because there are no such tax breaks.

    “And the production is up….What you’re saying is just not true.” Obama contested a claim by Romney that production of oil and gas is down on federal lands. He even accused Romney of not telling the truth. But Romney was right–exactly right, down to the percentage decline.

    “He wanted to take them into bankruptcy without providing them any way to stay open.” After Obama accused Romney of wanting American auto manufacturers to go bankrupt, Romney pointed out that Obama had, in fact, taken the auto companies through bankruptcy. Obama’s retort was to accuse Romney of wanting to take the companies bankrupt in order to put them out of business–a blatant lie. Romney actually suggested in his famous 2008 op-ed: “In a managed bankruptcy, the federal government would propel newly competitive and viable automakers, rather than seal their fate with a bailout check.”

    “I’ve Proposed A Specific $4 Trillion Deficit Reduction Plan.” “But virtually no serious budget analyst agreed with this accounting. Obama’s $4 trillion figure, for instance, includes counting some $1 trillion in cuts reached a year ago in budget negotiations with Congress. So no matter who is the president, the savings are already in the bank.” (Glenn Kessler, “Factchecking The First Presidential Debate Of 2012,

    OBAMA CLAIMED HE WOULD RETURN AMERICA TO TAX RATES UNDER CLINTON
    “Obama Repeated A Favorite Talking Point” But Americans Will Pay More Under Obama Than Clinton Due To New Taxes In ObamaCare. “Obama repeated a favorite talking point, saying that his tax plan would return rates for the wealthy back to where they were during economically prosperous times under President Bill Clinton. But those making over $250,000 a year would actually pay more than they did under Clinton due to new taxes imposed on upper-income people to pay for the health care law.” (Brooks Jackson, Eugene Kiely, Lori Robertson, Robert Farley, D’Angelo Gore and Ben Finley, “Dubios Denver Debate Declarations,” Factcheckdotorg

    OBAMA SAYS ROMNEY’S MEDICARE PLAN WOULD COST SENIORS $6,000 A YEAR The Washington Post ‘s The Fact Checker: “He Still Clung To An Outdated Estimate Of An Earlier Version Of The Plan, Claiming It Will Cost Seniors An Extra $6,000 A Year. (He Had Previously Earned Two Pinocchios For This Claim.

    OBAMA SAYS ROMNEY’S PLAN WOULD RAISE TAXES ON MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES Romney says his plan wouldn’t raise taxes on anyone, and his campaign points to several studies by conservative think tanks that dispute the Tax Policy Center’s findings. Most of the conservative studies argue that Romney’s tax plan would stimulate economic growth, generating additional tax revenue without shifting any of the tax burden to the middle class.” (Calvin Woodward, “FACT CHECK: Presidential Debate Missteps,” The Associated Press, 10/4/12)

    OBAMA SAYS HEALTH CARE PREMIUMS ARE BECOMING MORE AFFORDABLE Obama Incorrectly Suggested That ObamaCare Was Responsible For The Slower Growth In Health Spending factcheckdotorg

    OBAMA SAYS GOV. ROMNEY’S PLAN IS A $5 TRILLION TAX CUT
    “Romney Is Not Proposing A $5 Trillion Reduction In Taxes.” (Brooks Jackson, Eugene Kiely, Lori Robertson, Robert Farley, D’Angelo Gore and Ben Finley, “Dubios Denver Debate Declarations,” Factcheckdotorg

    OBAMA SAYS HIS PLAN IS BALANCED IN THE MANNER OF SIMPSON-BOWLES
    “Obama made the deficit-cutting plan he’s offered sound comparable to the plan from the chairmen of the Simpson-Bowles debt cutting commission. But it’s not: his proposal doesn’t save as much money as Simpson-Bowles and doesn’t offer the kinds of detailed entitlement cuts the panel’s leaders did. Politico

    OBAMA SAYS HE HAS CREATED 5 MILLION PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS
    “That Statistic Tries To Obscure The Fact That The Overall Job Record So Far In This Presidential Term Has Been Negative.” “He claimed 5 million jobs have been created in the private sector in the past 30 months; that statistic tries to obscure the fact that the overall job record so far in this presidential term has been negative.” (Glenn Kessler, “Fact Check: Obama’s Jobs Stat,” The Washington Post’s Fact Checker

    OBAMA SAYS SOCIAL SECURITY IS “STRUCTURALLY SOUND”
    MSNBC’S ANDREA MITCHELL: “President Obama said that unlike Medicare Social Security does not have to be fixed to remain solvent but according to the Congressional Budget Office, Social Security will run into financial trouble too. By 2030 the amount Social Security pays out will exceed the tax revenue coming in. So in about 20 years the program will not be able to pay for itself through the payroll tax that’s we all pay in
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    Something about glass houses and stones come to mind…

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  • Noesis

    Indie: His tactics, which include lying, are detestable and he’s inspired other propaganda mongers like himself to get into the business.
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    No, you hate him because he tells the truth the vast majority of the time. Does he get stuff wrong? Sure he does, so does the New York Times and everybody else.

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  • keta

    Unbelievable, to accuse the president of “condescending”, of being “arrogant” toward Romney; Romney’s the idiot who barked “You’ll get your turn!” at the president of the United States. That didn’t play as well as he thought it might. It was obvious that the president dislikes Mitt, is contemptuous of him, as you or I would feel toward a despicable liar. Mr. Reagan needs to come out and say what he means: uppity. Big loud dog whistle here. The whole article is ridiculous: Romney “embraces people”? Is he really trying to paint the robotic Mr. Romney as warm, approachable, caring? This article is as wildly fact-free as the Jeep ad. It’s a mistake to take a road this low.

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  • keta

    LOL…if I were Romney, I wouldn’t say “I’ either. I did such a great job in Massachusetts, I’m running 20 points behind Obama…..I promise my sponsors, oil, gas and coal, had nothing to do with this killer storm…..I think I’ll keep running my pants-on-fire Jeep ad even though Chrysler announced I’m lying…..I’m afraid even Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers can’t buy Ohio….

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  • indieVoter

    Michael Flaugher (his birth name…ask for his birth certificate) is most definitely NO RONALD REAGAN. His judgement is almost always off and he’s an intellectual lightweight.

    As for President Obama, I believe the selfless way he dropped everything to just go do his job in the face of his unprecedented storm demonstrates that he’s got his priorities straight.

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    • mikehaney

      Yea, like Obama, on second thought, got out of Florida to return to Washington hoping he could score some votes off of Sandy. He barely made it back at that.
      Apparently he doesn’t listen to the weather channel just like he didn’t listen to his embassy security team. Benghazi all over again?
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      Obama finally got his priorities straight after four years? Americans aren’t that stupid!

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      • indieVoter

        No, Mike, only those who get 100% of their information from people like Rush Limbaugh. History will look at Limbaugh’s followers along the same lines as those of Joe McCarthy. He’s a destructive force in America. He makes his fortune by creating division and dissent. His tactics, which include lying, are detestable and he’s inspired other propaganda mongers like himself to get into the business.

        As for President Obama, even republican fat-cat Chris Christie said he’s done a great job. That’s far from “scoring some votes off Sandy.”

        There are certain people who refuse to give Obama credit for any accomplishment. It’s almost like there’s some ulterior motive involved that drives them to oppose him before they ever heard a word he said. Hmmmmmmm, what could that be?

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      • Noesis

        Indie: No, Mike, only those who get 100% of their information from people like Rush Limbaugh.
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        So what’s your excuse for believing the Lilly Bedwetter law provides equal pay for equal work?

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      • mikehaney

        Why did you just call me a racist?
        Just because Obama is spending our tax dollars on abortion?
        Attacking religious org’s to fund abortion and birth control?
        Repealling don’t ask don’t tell?
        Craming obamacare down our throats?
        Attacking traditional marriage?
        Deficit 16 trilion?
        Downsizing our military.
        Attacking traditional energy sources ofr green energy fiasco?
        etc.,etc.etc.————————–
        I wasn’t brought up that way.

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