The Obama Rebellion

Fight over Obamacare is morphing into a fight for our country

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Any moment, you expect Andy Griffith to intone, "Aunt Bee, this is gooo-oood !"

Griffith, one of the most beloved television stars in American history, has recently cut a commercial espousing the benefits of Washington's new health-care reform law.

Owing to his role as a benevolent and often befuddled small-town North Carolina sheriff on the old Andy Griffith Show , and later as a kindly but deadly effective down-home defense attorney in Matlock , federal officials tapped Griffith to increase "Obamacare's" popularity, particularly among wary seniors.

"With the new health care law, more good things are coming," Griffith says to the camera. "I think you're going to like it."

We have no doubt it will be effective.

And that's quite unfortunate, because it appears Mr. Griffith has been snookered, and is passing along the dubious privilege to all those who have trusted him for so long.

The truth is that the health care law cuts Medicare by over $500 billion; it's hard to see how the benefits Mr. Griffith so blithely touts in his ad can't be curtailed.

Moreover, you might wonder: If it is so impressed with itself and the new health care law, why didn't the government have new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services chief Donald Berwick in the TV ad? Maybe because he is an unabashed supporter of health-care rationing -- which can only hurt senior citizens, as resources are shifted to younger patients in the name of cost-effectiveness.

The long-term picture for those younger patients isn't much brighter: The CMS's own report says the health care law will actually increase expenditures -- after the president sold reform as a cost-cutting measure. In 2009, Mr. Obama called health-care spending a threat to the economy, a "ticking time bomb" and "unsustainable." Yet, the law he pushed for will increase those expenditures.

The government that hired Griffith to shill for its new health care law cynically timed it to coincide with the 45th anniversary of Medicare -- making it seem like a celebration rather than a political pitch.

Back in the fictional town of Mayberry, there was a sheriff who could have sniffed out such nonsense.

Sadly, there's a new sheriff in town.

But we're not sure he has the consent of the governed.

On Tuesday, an astounding 71 percent of voters in Missouri rejected Obamacare's keystone requirement that everyone be required to buy health insurance or pay a fine. That's an amazing consensus. And while the vote is largely symbolic, the sentiment is not: Americans will fight this unprecedented intrusion of federal power in every way possible.

It won't be symbolic in Arizona and Oklahoma in November, either, when voters decide whether to bar the federal requirement in their state constitutions. Lawmakers in Georgia, Arizona, Idaho, Louisiana and Virginia also have passed laws against it.

In addition, 19 other states have joined in a lawsuit against the law in Florida, and Virginia's lawsuit was allowed by a judge to go forward this week.

Sheriff Taylor's sweet-talk notwithstanding, this is becoming the Obama Rebellion.

A woman who questioned Congressman Pete Stark, D-Calif., at a town hall recently asked of the new health-care mandates, "If they can do this, what can't they?"

The answer will determine what kind of country we're left with.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/04/10 - 10:24 pm
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I'm just worried Barney will

I'm just worried Barney will show up at my door making sure I have signed up for government health care. But I believe everyone down at Floyd's barber shop is against government health care as evidenced by the Missouri vote.

Come to think of it, I shouldn't worry too much about Barney. They only have two cells down at the jail and Otis keeps one of them occupied. Barney can't lock everyone up and Missouri just said they ain't playing.

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 08/04/10 - 10:45 pm
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In 2011 I fully expect the

In 2011 I fully expect the feds to cut off errr threaten to cut off federal funding to these states rejecting their mandate. And unfortunately we all know that most if not all state's politicians and electorate will whoare themselves out to anybody who will throw some money at them.

willie7
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willie7 08/04/10 - 11:08 pm
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I read the same thing about
Unpublished

I read the same thing about Medicare years ago. Say, Medicare cease to be , there would be protests all over the good ole USA.We will look back 20 years from today and praise our lawmakers for the Health Care Reform. Same goes for Social Security. The Southern Democrats in 1936 didn't want SS becaiuse they said lazy Negroes wouldn't work anymore. So what happened, the only way President Roosevelt got the bill passed was to excluded domestic and farm workers. They later in 1960, were included in SS .

esmc68
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esmc68 08/04/10 - 11:29 pm
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The majority of people in

The majority of people in California (52%) voted against gay marrige, didnt matter. It doesnt matter how the people vote anymore,liberal activist judges will strike it down. We can start taking our country back in november, but it will take decades if not generations to reverse what obama and his czars are doing to our once great republic.

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 08/04/10 - 11:36 pm
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esmc68 - you should perhaps

esmc68 - you should perhaps realize that this is indeed a great republic and thus the rights of minorities are not granted nor denied by the democratic and typically oppressive majority.

And that "liberal activist judge" was appointed by Reagan and sworn in by Bush 41.

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 08/04/10 - 11:38 pm
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willie - that good ol'

willie - that good ol' Medicare and Social Security are underfunded in their obligations by $107 TRILLION. Just how do you plan on paying for these "great" programs errrr ponzi schemes?

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 08/04/10 - 11:54 pm
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Right now the activist judges

Right now the activist judges , with the support of the welfare class, are still pulling all the strings strangling this country. It's fairly obvious to all but the welfare class that this is coming to an end. This is the largest uprising of voters since the horrible diversity mistakes of the '60's. Hints have been dropped all year, even moderates are looking at candidates months before the election and are deciding against socialism and enslavement. To quote Bob Dylan, "...the times they are a-changing...".

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 08/05/10 - 12:16 am
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j.c. - what were these great

j.c. - what were these great diversity mistakes of the '60s?

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 08/05/10 - 12:50 am
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b.v.r., just to name a few,

b.v.r., just to name a few, replacing head of household with a government check (for those who wanted to participate)(see generations of subsidy "families" and prison residents), replacing personal responsibility with group identity, changing public education into government education, changing "equal opportunity" into "all people are equal" with various government rewards and punishments ...
The era produced a cultural whiplash that still has this country staggering.

KSL
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KSL 08/05/10 - 12:58 am
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baron, had the money paid

baron, had the money paid into SS not been stolen and put into the general treasury along the way, had people not been added as beneficiaries along the way who had not paid into it, would you still call SS a ponzi scheme?

I'm curious as to who you believe are the evil doers who have corrupted it. Was it corrupt from the very beginning? Did FDR know what he was doing? When did we really get bamboozled?

In my family, we are great believers in insurance. If we had the money we have paid into FICA plus throughout the years and could have paid it into privately run funds........I can't even contemplate it.

KSL
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KSL 08/05/10 - 01:01 am
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jc, I witnessed that. My

jc, I witnessed that. My first brush with welfare was on the tail end of the beginning of the end of personal responsibility.

KSL
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KSL 08/05/10 - 01:09 am
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Back then it was, hey, I'm

Back then it was, hey, I'm sorry. You are with him and you have a two year old who he is the father of. As little as two months ago you thought he was an ok guy, which is why you are two months pregnant. We the people can not help you (are not supposed to help you). She was not a teenager, by the way. Had she been, her parents should have had to deal with it.

Roeschen
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Roeschen 08/05/10 - 04:10 am
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I don't care who appointed

I don't care who appointed the judge. The fact is, the majority of the people who voted in California did not want gay marriage. Now one judge can overrule that? What ever happened to majority rule? We are fast becoming a country ruled by the few for the few.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/05/10 - 04:55 am
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Here is a key point. Most

Here is a key point. Most voted as Republicans which is a turn-around from previous elections in MO. In the Senate race, 315,787 voted for a Democratic candidate, while 577,612 voted for a Republican candidate. Keep your fingers crossed, but it appears the tide has turned on the Democrats.

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carcraft 08/05/10 - 05:36 am
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Years ago, there was a push

Years ago, there was a push to get a marriage definition in the constitution, the politicos in DC nah, you can pass state laws to cover it, this shoulds be left as a state issue. This sure hasn't worked. Now in rides Obama and we are getting hosed. The judge appoint in Ca was probably one those reach across to the Democrate things the Democrates are so found of hosing Americans with! I wounder if Mechelle my bele is enjoying her third vacation this year?

Inquiring Lynn
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Inquiring Lynn 08/05/10 - 05:40 am
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Willie7, amen and indeed! The

Willie7, amen and indeed! The program transfers money from wasteful programs to help the needy,not cuts Meidcare! Yes, Willie, the same people who called Medicare socialism not indignantly object to making it better in the name of preserving it!
And the needy are oft times the working poor and midlle class who just cannot afford insurance payments or before not being allowed to participate at all.
Verily, verily I aver that the wing-nuts shall respond with venom and irrationality to our justified statements, eh Willie 7?
Why Roeschn then how can we have inalienable rights if the majority can take them away from us? Please deliver a papal bull upon that!

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 08/05/10 - 06:42 am
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duplicate

duplicate

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 08/05/10 - 06:16 am
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Whoa, looks like someone can

Whoa, looks like someone can use some coffee before posting this a.m..

Over 70% voted to opt out of obamacare. If every state in the union got a chance to vote on this subject, I'd bet the national average would reflect the Missouri vote.

The obamacare curse needs to be removed.

sociologyedu_one
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sociologyedu_one 08/05/10 - 06:33 am
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WOW, the repubs are mad, lol.

WOW, the repubs are mad, lol.

Runner46
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Runner46 08/05/10 - 06:54 am
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I don't care how the

I don't care how the government tries to sell it to me. The mandatory tax (Obama finally says it is a tax, you know.) of cradle to grave health care (insurance) paid to a private company is against the principles upon which this country was founded. The real beneficiary is the health insurance industry. And, too, taxes are paid to the government, not to private companies. Obama really put one over on the American people with this health care mandate. What else is he trying to put over on us?

TheFederalist
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TheFederalist 08/05/10 - 07:06 am
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Well, glad to see that only

Well, glad to see that only has already posted three times to let us all know, once again. Sigh.... That he does not like anything even remotely conservative or GOP. The master of redundancy has littered this thread with his leftist rancor, and I guess, in his own mind, he feels so much better now. Actually, Andy Griffith aside, the point of the article is that the American people are rising up against government oppression. They have totally rejected the socialist policies of this arrogant administration. Spin it any way you want, but, "we the people" are only beginning to rise up and let darth Hussein know, in no uncertain terms, that his agenda and his presidency will be ultimately defeated.

bettyboop
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bettyboop 08/05/10 - 07:25 am
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Who really cares what an

Who really cares what an actor says about anything?...If barry and his goons think The People are going to fall for this old trick they are sadly mistaken........The People do not believe anything that comes out of the WH these days and barry and his goons are really scraping the bottom of the barrel with the old geezer Griffith.

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55 F-100 08/05/10 - 07:45 am
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Andy, you're dead wrong on

Andy, you're dead wrong on obama's health deform act......we've got to nip it.......... nip it............ nip it in the bud! You know why, Andy? 'Cause he's a nut.....a teleprompter-reading empty suit, an incompetent, clueless, muslim, marxist nut!

dani
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dani 08/05/10 - 08:02 am
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Only..There you go again.

Only..There you go again. using that "hate" word. Dissension, dissatisfaction, sick to death with it all, is Not hate.

TheFederalist
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TheFederalist 08/05/10 - 08:08 am
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Only is blinded to anything

Only is blinded to anything else, as he sees only in one flavor...guess which one?

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dichotomy 08/05/10 - 08:08 am
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Just another old, used up

Just another old, used up actor trying to sell the elderly reverse mortgages, diabetes supplies, and no-pee-on-yourself medicines. I think our wise, elderly voters will see through this government fraudulent use of taxpayer money to advertise a constitutional violation that nobody wants. Andy Griffith, in real life, was not all that likeable to the folks who knew and worked with him and he has always been a hard core Democrat throughout his adult life. His healthcare commercial is just more "Depends" deception to try to convince the seniors that cutting their Medicare will be gooo-oood for them. It just goes to show you Obama and the Democrats are desperate and that Andy is senile if he thinks our seniors will fall for that crock of crap.

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effete elitist liberal 08/05/10 - 08:13 am
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So, now the shoe is on the

So, now the shoe is on the other foot! In the 1960s, my parents were part of a generation with its own "rebellion," against racism, a denial of rights for women, and a disastrous war in Vietnam. Their opponents taunted them as un-American, unpatriotic, and told them they should love their country as it is. "Love it or leave it," my parents were urged. So now those opposed to Obamacare have their own "rebellion." My response to you? "Love it or leave it!" I'll even pay for one-way tickets.

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justthefacts 08/05/10 - 08:20 am
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EEL, as with your parents,

EEL, as with your parents, the opposition won't leave. Things will work out. PPACA faces many obstacles.

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Justin4466 08/05/10 - 08:29 am
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esmc68-- It doesnt matter how

esmc68-- It doesnt matter how the people vote anymore,liberal activist judges will strike it down. I agree with you but it is being reported that the federal judge is conservative republican.

TheFederalist
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TheFederalist 08/05/10 - 08:43 am
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The will of the people can

The will of the people can only be subverted for so long before the repercussions of their actions are dealt with by those people. Time after time, like yesterday in CA, these activist judges are slapping the majority in the face, but only for so long. Eventually, the people will prevail, despite attempts to take them down a road they refuse to travel.
Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms [of government] those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.-Thomas Jefferson

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