Deal offers better target

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Barack Obama was re-elected president by the people of the United States in 2012. Here in Richmond County, the president received more than 65 percent of the vote. Yet, The Augusta Chronicle has gone overboard in the past two months with its editorial cartoons that have portrayed (seemingly almost every day) the president as some stupid large-eared creature that (as for example, Eric Allie’s syndicated cartoon Jan. 7) is sinking or destroying the United States by one means or another.

Despite the fact that the Affordable Care Act is the law, the cartoons blast away at how it will destroy America. Well, it hasn’t, and The Chronicle better get used to the fact that millions now have signed up, and even the Republican Party realizes “it ain’t going to happen.”

Instead of bashing the president, the cartoons should blast away at Gov. Nathan Deal, who doesn’t want to accept funding from the government that will fully pay for Medicaid expansion over three years and a descending amount over 10 years. Gov. Deal has let other states such as New York gladly accept the money. Gov. Deal apparently wants some 600,000 Georgians to go without health insurance because he claims the government will not pay up. This, despite the fact that the Congress has appropriated the money! In other words Gov. Deal has refused a good deal that other states are happy to accept.

Gov. Deal may not have large ears, but The Chronicle should portray him as sitting with his hands in his pockets as 600,000 Georgians are at risk for their health and welfare.

That’s the kind of creature we should be looking at in the cartoons, not the president.

Lowell Greenbaum

Augusta

(The writer is chairman of the Richmond County Democratic Party.)

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bubbasauce
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bubbasauce 01/09/14 - 12:08 am
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It is amazing that as soon as

It is amazing that as soon as I read this I guessed it was ole Lowell Greenbaum, Obama's biggest cheerleader! People have gotten smart about all of the BS thrown at them Mr. Greenbaum. This is not the first time you have made this identical comment about Ga. not accepting the money. Keep up the cheering, Obama would be so proud of you. Heck he might even invite you up there at the big ole White House. Ha!

P.S. Keep up with the Obama cartoons. I think they are hilarious! Helps ease the pain.

carcraft
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carcraft 01/09/14 - 05:54 am
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Well Mr. Greenbaum's if it is

Well Mr. Greenbaum's if it is the law why does Obama keep changing it? Well the answer is simple, it is, as your fellow Democrat and co author of the bill Max Bacchus said "a train wreck ". Obama delays, fiddles and obsfuscates, and out right lies to delay the carnage until after the next election. If you think Obama getting caught in his lie "You can keep your health insurance " with 4 million losing theirs wait until the employer mandate hits and up to 60 million lose there insurance!

carcraft
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carcraft 01/09/14 - 05:57 am
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Oh Rick McKee and the

Oh Rick McKee and the editorial staff, keep pointing out the faults with Obama, it is the duty of the press, as so often cited by liberals like Greenbaum, to speak truth to power!

myfather15
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myfather15 01/09/14 - 06:36 am
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Then they report things like this, to confuse the perception

"Over 20 million people have VISITED the website." Well, Duh!! I visited the website, but didn't sign up for anything!!

"2.1 million people have signed up for private insurance, through the website." Yes, and that is PRIVATE insurance, no different than mine!!

"4.4 Million have signed up for medicaid coverage." Wow, that's amazing that 4.4 million people have signed up for something that is FREE!! But this doesn't say how many were approved!!

This just proves the old adage that "Stats don't lie, but liars use stats." You can twist and turn statistics to "prove" just about any point.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 01/09/14 - 07:29 am
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let us pay Mr. Greenbaum a compliment

at least he isn't advocating the Muslim solution
to cartoons he finds disagreeable
bless his heart
and he may not yet realize that not everyone gets
the "thrill up the leg" with their O
and George Bush was quite the doodler
so it's possible that he could be the evil genius behind
the Chronicle's editorial page cartoons
oh, and Mr. Deal realized that government run health care is a scam
whose time has not yet come
even Mr. Greenbaum will thank him one day

deestafford
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deestafford 01/09/14 - 09:28 am
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The portrayals of Obama by cartoonists have been...

The portrayals of Obama as to his physical features and actions by cartoonists have been accurate as are those of most politicians. No cartoonist has portrayed Obama as a monkey as they did with GW Bush and Condi Rice even though portraying him as a monkey would have been accurate as to his actions not his appearance.

As to the "free" federal money for medicaid turned down by our governor, he recognizes that all "free" federal money is confiscated from hard working TAXPAYERS. Not only that but the states will have to pick up much of the burden when the fed reduces its portion of the "free" money. Hey, that's sort of the way a smart drug dealer does to get a person hooked on drugs..."Here, this goody ain't gonna cost you nothing. Go ahead take it. You'll like it."

If one looks in the dictionary under the word "statist" you will see the good doctor Greenbaum's picture. He, like Obama, would be happy with the US being a social democratic country.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 01/09/14 - 09:41 am
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As far as I am concerned,

As far as I am concerned, Deal has saved GA taxpayers from the tremendous tax burden that expanded Medicaid will become when the federal money dries up or a future administration cancels the Obamacare "deal". If you will notice, of those 2 million or so that have signed up for Obamacare, 40% of them are getting the 100% taxpayer subsidized Medicaid.......which many doctors and hospitals are NOT accepting. Now that is a bargain ain't it.

Sorry Lowell, you lose again. Deal did the smart thing for GA taxpayers.

carcraft
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carcraft 01/09/14 - 11:17 am
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Just saw where Chis Christy

Just saw where Chis Christy fire some one for lying to him . Now gee if the American people could only fire Obama for lying to them!!!

carcraft
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carcraft 01/09/14 - 11:36 am
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Morris Udall tried to get the

Morris Udall tried to get the Colorado insurance agency to cook the books on how many people lost their insurance because of Obama care, Obama's lies etc. Mr. Greenbaum, if this law is such a good deal how come Democrats want to lie and fudge numbers about the results it is producing?

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harley_52 01/09/14 - 12:28 pm
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"Gov. Deal may not have large ears....

....but The Chronicle should portray him as sitting with his hands in his pockets as 600,000 Georgians are at risk for their health and welfare."

The premise of that statement illustrates the fundamental difference between liberals and Conservatives.

Just exactly WHO is RESPONSIBLE for my health and welfare?" Is it me, or is it Governor Deal? If it's Governor Deal, how does he know what my needs are and where does he get the money to pay for them, whatever they are?

Do you REALLY believe YOUR health care is Governor Deal's responsibility? How about your car insurance? Homeowner's insurance?

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Marinerman1 01/09/14 - 12:39 pm
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The Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act is a flawed, partisan piece of legislation. During the Healthcare Reform talks, the president sat there like an arrogant ... and refused to listen to anything that was brought up by the Republicans @ the table. The ACA bill of goods was sold to the American Hospital Association and the AARP. The former agreed to an unbelievable discount in reimbursements, and the latter sold their members down the river. The AHA was convinced that EVERYONE would have insurance. They assumed that all of the States would swell the Medicaid rolls. Nope. The Feds only cover the increase for three years, and then there is a sliding scale, that the States have to make up the difference. If the ACA is so good, why were Senators paid "kick-backs" to buy their vote (Louisiana comes to mind) ? And why were the Unions, and others given waivers ?? And then there is the website, healthcare.gov which cost taxpayers $300 million or so, and was "overseen" by company whose principal happened to be Michelle's roomate in college. And to close, Queen Nancy saying, "we must pass this bill, so that we will know what's in it". A train wreck of many colors.

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stuaby 01/09/14 - 01:18 pm
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Sheer pablum

Here we are in a state that is solvent and is not a fiscal cesspool like Illinois and California, for example; and this guy is griping that the governor is not taking federal money. Money that will dry up after a couple of years, leaving the state of Georgia to make up somehow to keep people from howling when the teat is pulled out their mouths.

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itsanotherday1 01/09/14 - 02:28 pm
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The twisted logic of liberals

The twisted logic of liberals just escapes me. It boils down to them believing that it is perfectly alright for me to go to my wealthier neighbor and take from him part of what he has earned, to provide for me things that I couldn't/wouldn't get on my own.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 01/09/14 - 02:31 pm
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Hmmm. I get a post removed

Hmmm. I get a post removed that quoted a sentence from another post and that post remains. Oh well. Had one removed the other day that could not have possibly offended anyone.

teaparty
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teaparty 01/09/14 - 03:21 pm
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"Had one removed the other
Unpublished

"Had one removed the other day that could not have possibly offended anyone."
itsanotherday1, the liberals can't really defend their position so they try everything to shut conservatives up. My bet is liberals crying foul is 25 to 1 vs conservatives. But that is who they are.

myfather15
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myfather15 01/09/14 - 03:39 pm
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If this is such a wonderful

If this is such a wonderful thing, why do you have to lie to promote it? There are not MILLION(s) who've signed up!! There isn't 2 million yet, which it would take to be plural, millionS.

You can't believe what you read on the internet, it could be someone like Mr. Greenbaum writing the article. Do a quick google search and you'll find websites claiming that 10-20 million people have signed up!!

Even Jay Carney was backpedaling the other day!! Denying they were hoping for 7million to be signed up by the end of March!! Saying "“(W)e’re not backing away from a number that we didn’t put out originally.”

But this was Kathleen Sebelius on September 30th, 2013: "I think success looks like at least seven million people having signed up by the end of March 2014.” That is EXACTLY what she said!! Then Carney denies it!! We've got the VIDEO you idiot!! She did say this!!

They are backing away from this, because they KNOW Mr. Greenbaum they aren't going to reach this number!! This is the LAW, yet the people that have signed up, don't equal the O'Reilly factor's viewing audience every night!! Are you kidding me? And you say this is a success and "millions" are signing up!!

There are many people out here that are nothing but Sheep!! Repeating liberal talking points and lies for the big guys!! Baaaaaa....Baaaaaa....Baaaaaa....Mr. President, is there anything else you would like me to do or say today? "No, just keep saying Baaaaa!!" Baaaaaa....Baaaaaa....Baaaaaa!!!

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Little Lamb 01/09/14 - 03:54 pm
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Successor

When Lowell Greenbaum decides at last to hang it up and stop being Chairman of the Richmond County Democrat Party, who do you suppose will step up and do the job?

myfather15
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myfather15 01/09/14 - 03:55 pm
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They (politicians in general)

They (politicians in general) get away with all these lies because they KNOW the majority of people are unattached and uninformed!!! People just don't CARE enough to demand accountability!!

Just look at us commentors here on the Chronicle, on both sides!! Of the population of the CSRA, there is only a handful of us voicing our opinions on here.

Many of my co-workers and family know I comment on here. I've heard it many times "Why do you go on there and waste your time? Commenting isn't going to get anything done."

My answer is always the truth. Yes, I do enjoy getting on here and debating with people and arguing with liberals. But that isn't why I originally started. I started because in some small way, I wanted a regular joes voice out here. Not a politician, journalist or paid spokesman, just a NORMAL person. I didn't realize how much I would enjoy it, I just got tired of watching the news and never hearing things said that I felt should be and needed to be said.

I also got tired of always whining and complaining about politics to my family and co-workers, and trust me, they got tired of it as well. People just don't want to talk about politics; and I believe it's because they feel helpless to stop it!! I noticed when I would start talking about politics, my co-workers would want to change the subject, as soon as possible. So I started coming on here, commenting.

But, I suppose what I'm saying is that the vast majority of people are NOT even like us on here. They aren't involved, don't know what's going on and if they do, it depresses them and they don't want to talk about it.

It's going to be the uninvolved people that are going to let the Country we know and love, slip away. Before they wake up, it will be too late and the Country will be gone!!

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willie7 01/09/14 - 04:28 pm
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Great letter Dr.
Unpublished

Great letter Dr. Greenbaum!!!
But the conservatives are brainwashed and they won't change until they are in need. Ole Deal is denying some Georgians healthcare but cutting every deal to help himself.
He should be in jail.

Scratch
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Scratch 01/09/14 - 04:42 pm
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It's his job!

I've read most of Dr. Greenbaum's letters over the months and years and have agreed with none of them. Though he is a physician, he has assumed the role of advocate for the Democrat Party and, just like an attorney, he must defend even the most despicable in our society. Perhaps it shows my naivete, but maybe even he doesn't believe the tripe he serves up. As the local leader of his party, he must defend what I consider to be the indefensible. He has proven time and again that he is pretty good at spinning the truth to his advantage. In the case of the ACA, that takes quite a bit of talent.

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deestafford 01/09/14 - 10:40 pm
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One thing I can say about Lowell...

One thing I can say about Lowell is we know who the head of the Richmond County Democrats is. I doubt if most of us can name the head of the Republican counter part. I know I can't. I imagine he is as lonely as a Democratic Chairman in Columbia County. Whether he believes all of his tripe I can't say, but I can say he does say it well.

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Darby 01/09/14 - 10:53 pm
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" ........cartoons that have portrayed

(seemingly almost every day) the president as some stupid large-eared creature ......"

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Truth in advertising. Although truth be told, OzBama is more than stupid; he's an uninformed, ignorant buffoon with a superiority complex.

myfather15
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myfather15 01/10/14 - 05:26 am
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deestafford

If we don't know the Richmond County republican leader, it's their fault!! That's the exact problem, whoever it is, isn't ACTIVE enough!! Just sitting on the sidelines not doing a lot. I would like to see letters coming often from that person.

deestafford
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deestafford 01/10/14 - 09:49 am
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myfather15

myfather15. You are exactly right. When was the last time the head of Republican party wrote a letter to the editor or was at any high vis action?

It's as if they don't really care except for some group of closed associates. When I retired I went to a couple of the RC Rep meetings and they were not all that exciting. I don't even know when and where they meet now...do they?

Darby
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Darby 01/12/14 - 06:43 pm
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I don't even know when and where they meet now

...do they?

One Saturday morning a month, 9 o'clock at Piccadilly's on Washington Road.

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prov227 01/10/14 - 05:11 pm
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Nothing like a 150% increase in health insurance ...

will make me move from being an "independent" to working for Republican candidates, hopefully to fix this train wreck called lovingly, ObamaCare. I feel for the Democratic-Socialist Party. After next year the only voters they will have are those who can't read or write (and add and subtract). Dr. Greenbaum, tear down this (health insurance) wall!

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