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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Rhetor
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Rhetor 03/23/10 - 07:03 am
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This bill is not a government

This bill is not a government takeover. Quit being silly. There isn't even a public option for health insurance. It is, more than anything, a bill to limit insurance company fraud. It also makes it possible for private persons and small businesses to get the same advantages of group insurance that big companies get. The major propaganda has been the Republicans' nonsense about death panels and "keep government out of Medicare" and all that other idiocy.

Rhetor
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Rhetor 03/23/10 - 07:03 am
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This bill is not a government

This bill is not a government takeover. Quit being silly. There isn't even a public option for health insurance. It is, more than anything, a bill to limit insurance company fraud. It also makes it possible for private persons and small businesses to get the same advantages of group insurance that big companies get. The major propaganda has been the Republicans' nonsense about death panels and "keep government out of Medicare" and all that other idiocy.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 03/23/10 - 07:07 am
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Can anyone answer why,if this

Can anyone answer why,if this bill is so wonderful,has obama and congress exempted themselves?

Kapa18
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Kapa18 03/23/10 - 07:10 am
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I got only one thing to say

I got only one thing to say about Health Care Reform...everybody say it with me now..YAHOO!!

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 03/23/10 - 07:14 am
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It will keep fraud out

It will keep fraud out insurance as well it has kept fraud from medicare and medicaid and all the other government run programs.

joe hill
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joe hill 03/23/10 - 07:24 am
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CBO says that this will cut

CBO says that this will cut the deficit. Read slowly, CUT.THE.DEFICIT.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 03/23/10 - 07:20 am
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And if you buy that,I have

And if you buy that,I have some oceanfront property in Arizona you can buy real cheap

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 03/23/10 - 07:23 am
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wizzardx1, why did the

wizzardx1, why did the socialist elitists that are in control exempt themselves? why did the bill have to be kept a secret? why did coercions and tricks and bribes and threats and favors and other encouragements have to be used on the party in power to get it passed? why is it written in such a way as to need a team of lawyers to interpret each line? why does the current administration deny that things stated clearly in this takeover bill exist? why was the bipartisan effort concerned with this bill an effort to stop it? All of these questions should be a warning to even the easily tricked that support it. Propaganda sure seems to affect government educated people a lot.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 03/23/10 - 07:23 am
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HOW does borrowing money from

HOW does borrowing money from china CUT.THE.DEFICIT.?

joe hill
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joe hill 03/23/10 - 07:24 am
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CBO says that this will cut

CBO says that this will cut the deficit. Read slowly, CUT.THE.DEFICIT.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 03/23/10 - 07:25 am
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Hey Joe, if you give me $2 a

Hey Joe, if you give me $2 a year for the next 10 yrs, I will give you $3 for yrs 6 through 10. Deal?

joe hill
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joe hill 03/23/10 - 07:27 am
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Time will prove out that this

Time will prove out that this legislation will be one of the greatest enacted for the american people in our country's history. It is funny that all you southerners are complaining seeing as how the south has always received more from the federal goverment that they have put in. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 03/23/10 - 07:38 am
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ACES began a March 19th

ACES began a March 19th editorial: "Our colleagues at the Savannah Morning News want Rep. John Barrow to stay true to his 'Blue Dog' image and vote against the Democratic health-care plan." In light of the fact that Morris Publishing Group owns The Augusta Chronicle and the Savannah Morning News as well as 11 other daily newspaper and has been in and out of bankruptcy, ACES and their "colleagues" at the Savannah Morning News should be concerned with where their former "colleagues" are turning for health care after they received their pink slips. If ACES thinks they are immune from that possibility, they should think again. What is it about Republicans who seem to lack the genes for empathy and compassion including for their former "colleagues"!?

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 03/23/10 - 07:28 am
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Still didn't answer the

Still didn't answer the question.HOW does borrowing money reduce the deficit?

joe hill
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joe hill 03/23/10 - 07:28 am
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And as far as Obama's

And as far as Obama's approval rating, it is up worldwide to record highs. As you say, Americans are easily tricked. The rest of the world is apparently less so.

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justthefacts 03/23/10 - 07:33 am
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When Medicare was introduced

When Medicare was introduced in 1966, the CBO put the cost at $12 billion by 1990. It's estimate was only off by approximately. $100b. But, hey, it's funny money right? The Chinese got lots more to loan us.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 03/23/10 - 07:33 am
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joe hill;please answer ONE

joe hill;please answer ONE simple question.How does borrowing money from china reduce our deficit?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 03/23/10 - 07:36 am
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I think everyone knows why

I think everyone knows why the south receives more fed funds. Wouldn't bother me if they cut it off. But, I think a lot of democrats would be troubled.

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Riverman1 03/23/10 - 07:58 am
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(Chinese students laughing at

(Chinese students laughing at Obama's answer that the Health Care Plan will save money.) Matter of fact, the liberal NY Times ran an op ed Saturday that said, " In reality, if you strip out all the gimmicks and budgetary games and rework the calculus, a wholly different picture emerges: The health care reform legislation would raise, not lower, federal deficits, by $562 billion."

southernguy08
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southernguy08 03/23/10 - 08:07 am
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REFORMED, I'll ask you the
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REFORMED, I'll ask you the same 3 questions I ask all liberals...so far with no answer. First, can you tell me the rights you lost under Republican administrations? Second, are you saying that since Demobrats control our government, deficits don't matter? And third, do you really think this government, trillions in debt and not even able to secure our borders, can run our healthcare?

southernguy08
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southernguy08 03/23/10 - 08:10 am
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JOE HILL, the last time I
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JOE HILL, the last time I checked, Obama was the president of the USA, NOT the world. I care what they think about him as much as they care what I think. You might want to check what country you're a citizen of.

confederate american
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confederate american 03/23/10 - 08:12 am
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Notreally-I don't hate your

Notreally-I don't hate your president,but i have a very strong dislike for him,but that dislike keeps me all fussie and warm.you and yours have only a short few months to spew your crap,before we take over the country again,and ya'll know its coming.

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ReformedRepub 03/23/10 - 08:15 am
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Scoop, I've been employed

Scoop, I've been employed continuously since 1985, with only a 6 week stint of being unemployed before then. There is nothing in this bill that gives away health care, contradictory to what the ACES would have you who are unable to intelligently process information want the fearful Republican masses to believe. I am unable to get insurance due to pre-existing conditions. Even if I could get it, how does one purchase insurance, or why WOULD someone purchase an overpriced policy from a company whose sole desire is to deny you, or take your money for years, only to cancel your policy in order to steal your money and give it to CEOs? THAT is what YOU support...theft, and a total lack of ethics.....typical Republican, lie, cheat and steal, then BMW when the people revolt. You are akin to Ebeneezer Scrooge...."if they don't want to work in the poor houses, let them DIE and further decrease the surplus population!"

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ReformedRepub 03/23/10 - 08:22 am
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1)Republicans have constantly

1)Republicans have constantly violated the 4th, and 5th amendments,illegally wiretapping American citizens without benefit of a warrant, the Patriot act removes or abridges many of them in the name of "security" Thomas Jefferson refuted this idea:"Those who would trade freedom for security deserve neither"
2) Frankly why are you concerned about deficits....your party isn't, unless Dems are in power?
3)Yes! Better than the system runs itself, at the expense of the middle class and poor.

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justthefacts 03/23/10 - 08:30 am
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reformed, are you continuing

reformed, are you continuing referring to the "Patriot Act" that President Obama just extended without a single reform on Feb 28th, 2010?

ReformedRepub
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ReformedRepub 03/23/10 - 08:31 am
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David Frum, a fellow at the

David Frum, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, the conservative research organization, said Republicans had tried to defeat the bill to undermine Mr. Obama politically, but in the process had given up a chance of influencing a huge bill. Mr. Frum said his party’s stance sowed doubts with the public about its ideas and leadership credentials, and ultimately failed in a way that expanded Mr. Obama’s power.
“The political imperative crowded out the policy imperative,” Mr. Frum said. “And the Republicans have now lost both.”
I think that this indictment from a conservative is right on the money.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 03/23/10 - 08:34 am
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CNN Poll this past weekend:

CNN Poll this past weekend: Just four in ten approve of Obama's handling of health care while 58 percent disapprove;

ReformedRepub
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ReformedRepub 03/23/10 - 08:41 am
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Unfortunately, yes I am. I

Unfortunately, yes I am. I don't approve of that either, nor of the administration's lack of prosecution of those who knowing approved torture, including Cheney and Bush. Think of me what you will, but torture is wrong on it's face. One cannot use wrong to do a right thing, it makes that thing wrong in the end.

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bettyboop 03/23/10 - 08:41 am
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LOL....you just keep on

LOL....you just keep on believing that gaterp..mkay?....and notreally are you really that ..(shhh... well you know.) Ya'll have a blessed day...it's a beautiful day in the neighborhood !!

ReformedRepub
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ReformedRepub 03/23/10 - 08:43 am
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Just....let's see what public

Just....let's see what public opinion is once the law goes into effect. One set of polls showed that a majority of those who opposed the bill, when shown what it actually was about, approved. Your poll only shows that 58% of the population is uninformed or has been misled by the Republican Party.

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