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Nation’s Congress still acting childish

Published 1:14pm Wednesday, October 9, 2013

I feel that the government shut down was, and is, a political game play on part of the Republican Party.

Yet I feel that all of Congress is at fault.

They surely do not represent the majority. They all should be terminated and we should start all over again.

Install a one-term policy on Congress. This way there can only be minor damage by playing politics and little time to develop “earmark” deals.

The United States Congress needs to realize who they are to represent and are held accountable, too. This ploy against our country’s fellow man and especially our servicemen and women abroad was a slap in the face, distasteful and disrespectful to all those served prior, present and future.

It is making a statement that politics are more important than the safety and security of our country.

We are supposed to be a great world power. A great powerful nation. A great free people. Yet we allow those few in Congress to dictate, throw tantrums and whine until they get their way.

It’s a shame. I remember these actions very well when I was a little tyke. I also remember the response of my parents correcting those behaviors.

If we are taught to correct that behavior that is unbecoming of a child, why do we continue to support the same behaviors from government?

Thank you. Just saying, “Change!”

Michael Merritt

Ironton

 

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  • mikehaney

    Hmmmm, I thought I saw that tree move on the hill last night!!

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  • Lil Hilary

    Mikehaney….I should “keep watch”. The NSA is already doing that with the right wing extremists that are inciting violence against their fellow Americans….maybe you are on their “watch” list….umm thank goodness for big brother and ADT…..someone is always watching even where you don’t think they are!

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  • mikehaney

    Lil Hilary October 12, 2013 at 10:28 am Link

    Not happening mikehaney….you can click you little red shoes together as many time as you wish and it will not come true…….
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    with a name like Lil Hilary, better to keep watch out for flying houses, they can squash a person, actually saw that in a movie once long time ago.

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  • mikehaney

    Lil Hilary said–Mikehaney….there’s no such thing as pro abortion. Only a twisted, manipulating person would make such a statement…
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    loss for words on this one also

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  • mikehaney

    Mick said–Mike; There is more to Pro-Life than the unborn.

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  • mikehaney

    Mick said– I find the Pro-Life movement lacking in comprehension and understanding as demonstrated by their efforts.
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    Your words Mick, need I say more?

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  • mikehaney

    Mick said—–Mike; The veterans should be thrown in jail for breaking the law.
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    Your words Mick.

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  • Lil Hilary

    To get back on track on the issue at hand…
    Obama cleaned up most of the mess the Republicans left him, that is why they always change the subject and point their fingers saying LOOK OVER THERE. And Obamacare is going to be another success, as Social Security and Medicare have been.

    The Tea Party is destroying the Republican Party. Over half of the bozos believe that President Obama was born in Kenya and that same inane half believe Saddam was responsible for 9-11. How can you possibly even have a dialog with these people just based on just those two false beliefs they have. Believe me, I have tried and there is no reasoning with them. Bush inspired them with his MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY stategery.

    The GOP created this monster of a Tea Party under the guise of concerned citizens wearing tea bags on their heads and it has now brought the US government to a shutdown.

    They are doing just what Osama bin Laden wanted to do, destroy the US economy.
    If something doesn’t knock some sense into the GOP, the US will continue to suffer, financially and morally.

    Most of the world looks at the GOP holding Obama hostage to ending healthcare for its citizens as cruel and crazy. But that pretty much describes the GOP.
    Cruel and crazy. They do love their torture, don’t they?

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  • mickakers

    Mike; There is more to Pro-Life than the unborn. It is vital that we work for Pro-Life in all it’s aspects. The bottom line is, the killing of the unborn will only be abrogated by a change of conscience of the American People. At the present time, the American People are lacking in moral fortitude. I find the Pro-Life movement lacking in comprehension and understanding as demonstrated by their efforts. I also find the American People on the road to moral failure. I think this is obvious to any intelligent individual.

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    • mikehaney

      Mick said– I find the Pro-Life movement lacking in comprehension and understanding as demonstrated by their efforts.
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      Your words Mick, need I say more?.

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  • mickakers

    Mike; The veterans should be thrown in jail for breaking the law. Some of them were caring the Confederate Battle Flag which was a disgrace to the Confederacy. In their ignorance they don’t even know what the flag representing the Confederate States looked liked. If their actions could be construed as being correct, they should have carried the barricades to the House Of Representatives not the White House.

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  • Lil Hilary

    Mikehaney….there’s no such thing as pro abortion. Only a twisted, manipulating person would make such a statement….

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  • Lil Hilary

    Mickackers…..so this Lee Bellinger’s propaganda is geared to scare the ” simple” folk!
    Like Michele Bachman, Sarah Palin, Louie Gohmert, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee……..new polling shows 70% of Americans really dislike these people….
    Simple folk indeed! It’s like trying to reason with small children…….

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  • mikehaney

    Mick–you mean like veterans picking up barricades at memorials and carrying them to the Whitehouse? You mean by professing to be pro-life but supporting BO’s and the liberal’s agenda, that is absolutely 100% pro abortion?

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  • mickakers

    mikehaney; I find American Lantern Press and Independent Living News questionable when it comes to reasonable and sound thinking. It is no wonder you have the feelings you do, reading stuff like this.

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  • mickakers

    mikehaney; Is Lee Bellinger reputable? According to wikianswers; “No, he’s a con artist who utilizes fear and social turmoil to push his propaganda masquerading as economic self-help literature and low-quality gear to scared simple folk.”

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  • mikehaney

    For members of the House of Representatives, it’s their job to determine what to fund and what not to fund. The Constitution says so — all spending bills originate in the House. They’ve determined that Obamacare needs plenty more work before it receives funding. They’ve attempted to pass appropriation bills to open up the Park Service, veterans memorials, and to fund services in Washington D.C. Democrats have shot down every effort at compromise so far.

    Don’t pay attention to the inter-party squabbling. This is about Big Government vs the People.

    And Big Government is showing some serious contempt for both the Constitution and the American people. Don’t stand for it.

    Yours in Freedom,
    Lee Bellinger
    Lee Bellinger, Publisher
    Independent Living
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    And their are so many that are lock stepping in support of BO, as anyone can see.

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  • keta

    Rep. Chris Smith
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    Oh, lord. So House republicans aren’t just staying busy passing bills to defund the health care law forty-something times; they’re also working on a bill to require insurance providers to disclose which plans include abortion services. That kind of coverage won’t be funded by taxpayer dollars; they’re claiming it will because it riles up people who don’t know any better. Besides, they have to do SOMETHING; they haven’t done any actual legislating in ages. The fact that they’re passing this bogus “disclosure” of abortion insurance coverage at the same time they’re trying to force the defunding of the health care law is actually meaningful; it means they’ve given up, dummy.

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  • Lil Hilary

    Mickackers, I’ve been following Malala since she was shot by the Taliban. I’ve watched her progress and her recent interviews. She is a true inspiration. I will look for the book….

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  • mickakers

    To digress a bit, I would like to recommend a book, I Am Malala, by: Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb. It was just published this month by Little Brown and Company. It is the story of the teenage girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban in Pakistan (2012). It will broaden your perspective of what is going on in the world and cause you to appreciate your standard of living while giving pause for thought for those less fortunate. A great read! Amazon has it, I bought four copies, one for myself and my children.

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  • mickakers

    keta; There is a fine line between direct and indirect use of tax payers money when it comes to the killing of the unborn. When it comes to the Hyde Amendment, it is a little more complicated than meets the eye. Wikipedia has a decent article.

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  • mickakers

    mikehaney; Your post of October 12, 2013 AT 9:34 AM was excellent and on the money, my compliments. Your comment; “Obamacare-Shut it down, cut it out, throw it in the dumster.”, is a bit radical. The Affordable Care Act does have many good points and is helpful to many of are less fortunate citizens. The most reasonable approach would be to improve on it’s deficiencies such as the encouragement and support for the killing of the unborn, not trashing the whole thing.

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  • Lil Hilary

    Not happening mikehaney….you can click you little red shoes together as many time as you wish and it will not come true…….

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  • mikehaney

    Obamacare-Shut it down, cut it out, throw it in the dumpster.–Nothing childish about that.

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  • mikehaney

    lies,lies,lies
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    Members of Congress introduce ‘Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act’

    Editor’s note. The following was distributed by the office of Rep. Chris Smith
    Rep. Chris Smith

    Rep. Chris Smith

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the exchanges of the “Affordable Care Act” (AKA “Obamacare”) activated this month, it has become evident that it is nearly impossible for individuals to try to determine which exchange plans on their state exchange, if any, exclude abortion, said a group of lawmakers at a bipartisan press conference Wednesday.

    U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04) unveiled his legislation, H.R. 3279, the “Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act” —cosponsored by 70 other Members of the House—to ensure full disclosure of abortion coverage, requiring prominent and transparent disclosure of abortion coverage for each plan offered on an exchange. This is crucial information for millions of Americans since the many plans that include elective abortion are required by law to impose a monthly mandatory abortion surcharge. Many Americans object to paying a surcharge into a fund to be used solely for the purpose of aborting unborn babies.

    Smith said the inauguration of the Obamacare exchanges reveals that many health insurance plans throughout the nation will include abortion on demand—even late term abortions. Smith recalled that in October 2009, President Obama said in a speech to a joint session of Congress that, “under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortion… .” A week after the Obamacare rollout, many are now discovering that—contrary to solemn promises made by the President himself—Obamacare violates the Hyde Amendment by funding plans that include abortion.

    “The new law requires premium payers to be assessed an abortion surcharge every month to pay for abortions,” said Rep. Smith. “But many pro-life Americans may unwittingly purchase pro-abortion plans because of a marketing secrecy clause embedded in Obamacare which stipulates that the surcharge be minimally disclosed only at the time of enrollment. In other words, bury it in the fine print. This is a Right to Know bill. Americans have a right to know upfront and with full transparency when they are purchasing a plan that subsidizes the killing of unborn children. Even the most ardent advocate of abortion should embrace full disclosure.”

    Joining Smith and Dan Lipinksi (D-IL), co-chairs of the Pro-Life Caucus, were Reps. Joe Pitts (PA-16) and Diane Black (TN-06), Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) and Trent Franks (AZ-08).

    “Americans buying their insurance through the new healthcare exchanges shouldn’t have to spend hours trying to figure out if the money they pay for premiums will be spent to provide abortions. This bill will give the American people the transparency they need to make informed decisions that are in line with their religious and moral beliefs,” Rep. Dan Lipinski said. “None of this would be a problem if we pass the ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.’ There is a longstanding principle in our country that the federal government does not subsidize abortions. Yet under Obamacare, taxpayer money under the guise of federal subsidies will be paying for insurance that covers elective abortion. This needs to stop.”

    “The President tells Americans that they can go online, find the plan that covers what they need, and make a selection,” said Rep. Joe Pitts. “If Obamacare is all about choice, then why is the administration making it so difficult for people to find out about whether a plan pays for abortion? It’s time that we got some truth in advertising.”

    “The Obamacare exchange launch has been an unmitigated disaster,” said Congressman Diane Black. “One of the most troubling problems is that many consumers are unclear as to what exactly will be covered by the plans they purchase online. Clearly Americans who are pro-life would object to paying for a health care plan that included abortion coverage and then be forced to pay an abortion surcharge into a fund that is meant to be used solely for the purposes of destroying human life. And this is equally problematic for the millions of Americans who simply don’t believe the federal government should be subsidizing abortions. The Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act would simply require that all plans on the exchanges disclose whether or not the plan includes abortion coverage. This is not a partisan issue—this is commonsense.”

    I support the legislation that Rep. Chris Smith has put forward, and I adamantly believe that we need to lift the veil of secrecy from Obamacare while ensuring transparent policies,” said Rep. Vicky Hartzler. “I commend every member that has signed on to this bill, and I also encourage members of both parties and the Senate to vote for this common-sense legislation. We must eliminate the “secrecy clauses” and “abortion fees” from current taxpayer subsidized insurance plans and fight to restore individual religious liberty and moral conscience to our medical decisions.”

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  • keta

    per example, using of tax payer money to fund the killing of the unborn
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    Fully realizing that facts are like kryptonite here, I’m going to offer one anyway. Regardless of what the sheep are bleating on FOX News, using federal funds for abortions is illegal. The Affordable Care Act doesn’t provide funds for abortion. That includes government grants to health care providers. This is an old lie that’s used to stir the pot when necessary, but the Hyde Amendment hasn’t been overturned. Restrictions against federal funding of abortions are fully in place, despite the nonsense in this thread. This is exactly the kind of hysterical B.S. that allowed the extremists to rise to power, and now they appear to have burned your house down. Oops. BTW, some insurance plans include abortion coverage, since it’s a legal medical procedure. But individuals who want that coverage will have to pay for it themselves. None of this is hard to find out. Nobody with an IQ of more than two digits is dumb enough to think that a politician as savvy as the president would demand that Obamacare feature federally funded abortions. That’s like shutting down the government and then blaming the president for the parks that aren’t open, the medical research that isn’t being done, the veterans whose needs aren’t being met. The American people aren’t amused, and the republicans are headed for the White House to see if rescue is possible.

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  • mickakers

    Mike; May I suggest a read of Pacemin In Terris (Peace On Earth) an encyclical letter by Pope John XXIII which he wrote in 1963 shortly before his death of cancer. I offer this quote to whet your appetite,; “That every man has the right to life, to bodily integrity, and to the means which are suitable for the proper development of life.” Life is a little more complicated than one issue.

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  • mikehaney

    ickakers October 9, 2013 at 10:37 pm Link

    Aw come on Michael, think for yourself and cease relying on others to think for you. the Affordable Care Act is without a doubt an advancement in our Health Care system. Granted, it does has it’s weaknesses per example, using of tax payer money to fund the killing of the unborn. This issue and associated ones can be worked out. The complete abbreviation of Obamacare is ludicrous and lacking in care and concern for those less fortunate
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    Mick-No comment necessary-Mike

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  • mickakers

    mikehaney; As a PS: I did not say “Obamacare’s assets outweigh the killing of over one million babies yearly.” Please refer to my comment of Oct. 9, 2013 at 10:37PM

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  • mickakers

    mikehaney; Have you ever given thought to the thousands of people (children & adults) who die daily due to the lack of food or medical care? It is a bit more complicated than one issue. Those living, children and adults have just as much right to life as the unborn. It behooves us to work for both, the living and the unborn.

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  • Lil Hilary

    Mikehaney…..you need to lay off mickackers and your passive aggressive insults. You teapublicans are losing ground fast so deal with it! Healthcare for all is a good thing period. You people amaze me when you’ve lost. You bring up social wedge issues that have nothing to do with the actual debate to distract people. Pathetic……

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  • mikehaney

    Anytime someone discusses advantages of ACA, all they can muster is it keeps children on parents policy till 26, and you can’t be turned down for pre-existing conditions. Now try to read the balance of 2699 and 1/2 pages that are left.
    And Mick, so you say Obamacare’s assets outweigh the killing of over one million babies yearly.
    Am I a one issue sort of person? Your darn right.
    There is absolutely no comparison, absolutely none.
    And speaking of childish. couldn’t have said it better myself; or maybe I should say child less.
    The Fuhrer would/is proud of you.

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  • mickakers

    Lil; I read an article in the Ashland Independent how appreciative an individual was for receiving these benefits. My heart goes out to all these people who have lacked Medical insurance and now hove it.

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  • mickakers

    intonational should read intentional. Age has it’s drawbacks.

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  • Lil Hilary

    All he’s doing mickackers is picking one thing he thinks might be unpopular. As a whole, the affordable care and patient protection law has signed up over 8,000 new individuals/families as of today and processed over 13,000 applications. These people will have insurance January 1st. People like my hair dresser.
    Hospital’s like it, pharmacies like it, doctors offices like it, insurance companies love it, pharmaceutical companies like it, and it’s good for the patient….

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  • mickakers

    herd was intonational.

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  • mickakers

    Shut er down is the most childish statement I have ever herd of.

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  • mickakers

    The closing of the National Parks and other government services have the Republican Party due to the influence of the Tea Party to be thankful for.

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  • mickakers

    Aw come on Michael, think for yourself and cease relying on others to think for you. the Affordable Care Act is without a doubt an advancement in our Health Care system. Granted, it does has it’s weaknesses per example, using of tax payer money to fund the killing of the unborn. This issue and associated ones can be worked out. The complete abbreviation of Obamacare is ludicrous and lacking in care and concern for those less fortunate

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  • mikehaney

    Bo or BO as president. I would prefer the one with four legs. At least when he peed on the carpet he wouldn’t lie about it.

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  • mikehaney

    Shut er down
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    Obama aka der Fuhrer nazi tactics in National Parks, Gestapo tactics meet senior citizens at Yellowstone, Park Service official told make life as difficult for people as we can
    Posted on October 9, 2013 | 4 Comments

    Obama aka der Fuhrer nazi tactics in National Parks, Gestapo tactics meet senior citizens at Yellowstone, Park Service official told make life as difficult for people as we can

    “Someone is paying the National Park Service thugs overtime for their efforts to carry out the order of De Fuhrer… where are our Constitutional Sheriffs who can revoke the Park Service Rangers authority to arrest??? Do we have any Sheriffs with a pair?”…AZ representative Brenda Barton

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  • mickakers

    keta & Lil Hilary; I know it is not diplomatic, but you two make my day, you make me feel twenty years younger. Keta and I, although members of the same party do have our different opinions but still hod respect for each other (I hope). Lil has not been posting as long as keta, but I’m sure we also have different opinions on various subjects while maintaining respect for each other. You two make worthy adversaries, God Love Ya Both!

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  • mikehaney

    Shut er down.
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    As Congress debates ObamaCare, one issue that almost stopped the law in 2009 — yet still receives scant media coverage — is the law’s subsidies for abortion coverage. ObamaCare is funded through mandatory spending so as to avoid the Hyde Amendment, the provision which stops appropriated funds for the Department of Health and Human Services from paying for abortion or even subsidizing plans with abortion coverage. The President promised when the health care bill passed that it would not cover abortion, but like FRC warned during the debate over ObamaCare, buried deep within the 2,700 pages is language Nancy Pelosi was hoping Americans would never read, the abortion surcharge scheme. That’s right! If an insurer decides to cover abortion in its plan, and the government subsidizes people’s premiums in that plan, every single person is required to pay an extra abortion surcharge!

    Adding insult to injury, the same section also requires that all information about the abortion coverage and surcharge only be given at the time enrollees receive their overall benefits package. The law states: “coverage of the services described in paragraph (1)(B)(i) [elective abortion] shall provide a notice to enrollees, only as part of the summary of benefits and coverage explanation, at the time of enrollment, of such coverage.” And the same secrecy clause applies to the abortion surcharge. If a person wonders why they are paying for their premiums as well as a separate small fee, the insurer may only provide information about the entire cost of the plan — not how much they are paying for abortion. To put a spotlight on this abortion secrecy clause, Members held a bipartisan press conference today announcing new legislation titled the “Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2013.” Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Penn.) and pro-life Democrat Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) introduced this bill to ensure transparency. The Smith/Pitts/Lipinski bill at least will let Americans know whether they are paying for elective abortion or not under ObamaCare.

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  • mickakers

    Or is it the Tea Party “making fools out of us Americans.”? A little retrospect is in order.

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  • keta

    BO sure is making fools out of us Americans
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    Yep, if only those patriotic and hardworking House republicans could find a way to save us all from affordable health care……why not make a financial contribution to their valiant effort, mikehaney? Or, pull some money out of your wallet and light it on fire.

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  • Lil Hilary

    Mikehaney, I’m not sure why you keep disrespecting BO, our president of the United States dog. Yes President Obama’s…. He is a Portuguese Water Dog. Why on earth would you think our presidents dog is making fools of Americans? You teapublicans, do not make any sense……. ;-)

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  • mikehaney

    Doesn’t matter who’s side one may be on. BO sure is making fools out of us Americans.

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  • Lil Hilary

    Yes Michael, change. But it’s not that easy. Republicans in the House don’t have to worry about the backlash against the shutdown because compared to a few years ago, gerrymandering has guaranteed that they’re now in much safer, more deeply Republican districts. At the same time, after the 2012 elections, gerrymandering helped increase the number of seats won by Republicans such that they retained a solid 33-seat majority in the House despite losing the overall popular congressional vote by 1.4m votes. One might wonder: how can both these things be true?

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