In control - and out of control

With health-care vote, government took this country from its people

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Rarely in a free country has a sense of elation among its leaders been so overwhelmingly matched with a feeling of dread among the people.

The morning after Democratic leaders toasted their health-care reform victory with champagne, Americans who respect the Constitution and the values that made this country the world's lone superpower -- self-reliance, individual liberty, thrift, limited government and more -- are wondering if the American experiment is ending before their eyes.

Democrats in Washington have voted to turn America into a European-style socialistic society, with unprecedented, and likely unconstitutional, federal power over both states and individuals on truly life-or-death matters. Sweeping new mandates will order individuals to buy health insurance and will fine business owners for not providing it. The Internal Revenue Service will be beefed up to make sure of it.

At a time of joblessness and uncertainty second only to the Great Depression, the Democrats have passed one of the biggest job-killing bills in the country's history -- crushing mandates and taxes on businesses, when regulation and taxation ought to be lessened to spur an economic recovery.

At a time when government-run Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are all facing insolvency or unsustainability, the government has now taken upon itself to run the entire health-care system -- one-sixth of the economy.

At a time when this country is already passing trillions of dollars of debt onto future generations, Democrats have just voted to hand our children trillions more in debt. How could this not be remembered as the most selfish generation in history?

A number of liberals around the country, and perhaps moderates and independents, are alarmingly sanguine about this and other leaps down the path of socialism. Socialism has never worked for long as an economic model -- and as a political instrument, it is absolutely anathema to the individual liberties upon which this country was founded.

When Barack Obama said he wanted to fundamentally transform America, he wasn't kidding.

Most Americans -- a majority oppose this health-care bill -- are increasingly distressed and heartbroken at the direction their country is headed.

But the good thing is that they are angry , too -- and it's an anger that will lead them to rise up against what is happening.

It's likely the Tea Party movement will grow exponentially now. This year's elections will be the most spirited, populated and pivotal in generations. And dozens of states are already planning legal challenges to the bill.

Indeed, the bill ignores states' rights and trashes the 10th Amendment, and remarkably establishes a heretofore unheard-of right of the federal government to force you to buy a service: health insurance. (By the way, it is in no way analogous to state mandates for car insurance; driving on public roads has ever been a privilege, not a right).

Nor do we yet know all the ways this byzantine 2,400-page power grab will change our lives and alter our sacred contract with the government -- a contract that we, the people, were supposed to be in control of.

No longer. Your federal government is at once in control and out of control.

What effect will Medicare cuts and government rationing have on senior citizens' health care? Vast majorities of Americans are satisfied with their health insurance; how will this bill affect them? How will employers resist dropping that coverage, when federal fines for doing so are less than the cost of coverage? How will the body politic absorb the cost?

How intrusive will government efforts to require you to have insurance turn out to be? Are Americans really willing to live in such a nation?

Is the American experiment on life-support? Does the Constitution mean anything anymore? How much freedom are we willing to hand over in the name of government health care?

This long ago ceased to be about extending health care to the uninsured or lowering health-care costs. There are much less meddlesome, and much more effective, ways to have done that. This is about growing the power and reach of the leviathan in Washington -- and about creating a larger dependent class that will be ever-more reliant on the caprices of a paternalistic bureaucracy and the diminished private sector forced to fund it.

Be careful what you wish for: An American patriot once said, "A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have." If this government can take over health care -- and car companies and financial institutions and the student loan program and more -- what's next? If your health care is the federal government's business, what isn't?

We must take this country back, for it is being taken from us.

It has to start in the streets, with protests and rallies -- such as the one the evening of April 15 at the Augusta Common.

It must continue with the upcoming elections. Those who do not respect the limited role of the federal government as clearly spelled out in the U.S. Constitution must be turned out of office.

And students at every level must be taught once again the infinite wisdom of the restraints on government so beautifully articulated in our founding documents.

Surely a country once strong and gallant enough to liberate Europe and the Pacific can rescue itself from a ruin of its own making.

Pray it can. And then take action to make it so.

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Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 03/23/10 - 07:20 am
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I will gladly refuse social

I will gladly refuse social security and Medicare id the government refunds what I PAID into these systems!

ReformedRepub
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ReformedRepub 03/23/10 - 07:20 am
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Notreally, I think that you

Notreally, I think that you are making literal a figure of speech.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 03/23/10 - 07:21 am
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notreally, have someone

notreally, have someone explain the difference between *THINK* and assume.

augustadog
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augustadog 03/23/10 - 07:22 am
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If you read any of this,

If you read any of this, remember this:
Be careful what you wish for: An American patriot once said, "A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have." If this government can take over health care -- and car companies and financial institutions and the student loan program and more -- what's next? If your health care is the federal government's business, what isn't?
We truly are now a Socialist country. These idiots in Washington will pay dearly in November and beyond. We will take our country back !
Even the liberal media is reporting the truth that THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS TOTALLY OPPOSE HEALTH CARE REFORM.

ReformedRepub
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ReformedRepub 03/23/10 - 07:22 am
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Oh no, Tigger, the government

Oh no, Tigger, the government doesn't have to do that, just as it probably won't have to repay the 2.3 TRILLION dollars that it has raided from the Social Security system over the years of Republican leadership.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 03/23/10 - 07:25 am
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So rr, you won't even attempt

So rr, you won't even attempt the questions? Do you ,really trust the government that much, Or do you just not like to think on your own?

ReformedRepub
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ReformedRepub 03/23/10 - 07:26 am
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Augustadog, I have watched

Augustadog, I have watched the Republican party take away more of my rights than any previous government has, not to mention my pride in my country. We are no more a socialist country than Russia and China are our allies....and by the way, it was Republican Presidents who have strengthened our ties to said countries.

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Riverman1 03/23/10 - 07:26 am
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We all paid for our social

We all paid for our social security and Medicare through our and our employer's contributions. Of course the government has borrowed our social security fund and it's only IOU's. Now it is not taking in enough to make the payments so the gov't is going to borrow to pay what it borrowed. Starting to sound like Catch-22 huh?

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 03/23/10 - 07:28 am
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Rr,why are You diverting to

Rr,why are You diverting to blaming republicans? Can't you just answer the question?

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johnston.cliff 03/23/10 - 07:29 am
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RR, you continue to post your

RR, you continue to post your confusion. The social security fund raids were to support the subsidy programs used to buy votes for one of the parties. (hint: not Repub)

ReformedRepub
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ReformedRepub 03/23/10 - 07:29 am
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I did answer your questions,

I did answer your questions, Tigger....the Supreme Court will decide it's Constitutional and time will disprove your assertion about the fiscal viability.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 03/23/10 - 07:31 am
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Name a right that the

Name a right that the republicans took from you.

ReformedRepub
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ReformedRepub 03/23/10 - 07:31 am
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You're right Tigger, future

You're right Tigger, future Democrat governments will have to pay back what Republicans stole from us, yet you will complain about that too.

ReformedRepub
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ReformedRepub 03/23/10 - 07:31 am
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Cliff, you again forget who

Cliff, you again forget who has held Congress the most since the raids started.....Republicans

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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 03/23/10 - 07:32 am
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RR must be a democrat

RR must be a democrat congressman, I've never seen a better ballet dancer! Glad I can't see the tu tu!~

Notreally
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Notreally 03/23/10 - 07:34 am
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How can I join the group

How can I join the group that's planning a Bloodbath? do any of you have contact information? Is this part of the Tea Party? how can I become a member. Betty who's in charge? I would love to be a part of the impending Bloodbath.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 03/23/10 - 07:34 am
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The propaganda machine is a

The propaganda machine is a total success with you RR. Sorry for your illness.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 03/23/10 - 07:35 am
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That wasn't am answer rr, it

That wasn't am answer rr, it was a typical non answer dodge. Now, what right has been taken from you by republicans? Will you dodge THAT too?

ReformedRepub
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ReformedRepub 03/23/10 - 07:35 am
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http://www.fedsmith.com/artic

http://www.fedsmith.com/article/2324/will-government-repay-its-debt-soci... Here's a good article about the government raiding SSI and when it started, and who has held the majority in Congress for the longest since then?

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Riverman1 03/23/10 - 07:36 am
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For the record, the Social

For the record, the Social Security trust fund was raided under LBJ in 1968. He called it a unified budget. The surplus in the Social Security Trust Funds offset the total debt. That's how the fund became nothing more than IOU's.

But, again, this is not Dem v. Repub, it is about not spending what we don't have.

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justus4 03/23/10 - 07:37 am
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augustapoz posted the first
Unpublished

augustapoz posted the first comments which are truely accurate. Your observation about the local printing operation's editorial regurgitation operation is spot on. Nothing stated can't easily be debunked, exposed as false, or otherwise proven to be not true. Here is proof: Didn't this same bunch repeat the same talking points heard ALL day & ALL night about Health Care Reform failing? Answer: Yes they did. So if they repeated that failed prediction, and now they are repeating predictions from the same airheads - what materially changed? Any rational person would conclude with a high degree of certainty that their prediction will be constantly WRONG. They are NOT speaking for any significant amount of citizens, especially the silent minorities. Again, get some new listening & reading material which will provide some accuracy in predicting political events...and aren't they paid to be correct?

ReformedRepub
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ReformedRepub 03/23/10 - 07:41 am
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notreally, you are paranoid,

notreally, you are paranoid, get off the kool-aid

ReformedRepub
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ReformedRepub 03/23/10 - 07:43 am
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To be more specific,

To be more specific, notreally....the comment was a figure of speech referring to the upcoming elections. Are you REALLY so prejudiced and ignorant?

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Notreally 03/23/10 - 07:48 am
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Bloodbath = Hate for Obama

Bloodbath = Hate for Obama there's got to be something in the works I know somebody somewhere soon is going to make National News. The hate people have for Obama makes you go hummmmm.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 03/23/10 - 07:48 am
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Still can't name a right that

Still can't name a right that was taken by republicans? Just through that statement out there hoping it would stick?

ReformedRepub
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ReformedRepub 03/23/10 - 07:53 am
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Tigger, the ENTIRE Patriot

Tigger, the ENTIRE Patriot Act!

ReformedRepub
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ReformedRepub 03/23/10 - 07:54 am
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How about unwarranted

How about unwarranted wire-taps, in direct violation(per the USSC) if the FISA act?

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johnston.cliff 03/23/10 - 08:00 am
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RR, you're convinced the

RR, you're convinced the patriot act has robbed you of liberties and rights but can't name any. However, when shown what the obamacare bill does to America, you seem to be all right with the loss of freedoms and liberties. Strange reaction. Sorry for your illness.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 03/23/10 - 08:00 am
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Name a right that was taken.

Name a right that was taken. Don't just cite laws.

GiveMeTheScoop
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GiveMeTheScoop 03/23/10 - 08:02 am
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Reformed Repub, do you have a

Reformed Repub, do you have a job? It not are u medically disabled?

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