Don't let your voices die

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Washington, D.C., is like a bad vampire movie. Nothing ever really dies there.

And so it is, with the proposal for a government health care plan, which many believe would drive a stake through the heart of private insurance and lead to the nationalization of all health care.

This, from the government that ran the Cash for Clunkers program into the ground, and soon will do the same for Medicare and Social Security.

It appeared for a time last weekend that angry and fearful Americans managed to kill the idea: President Obama and his administration said the public option wasn't essential to health care reform. But the far-left quickly pulled on the leash, the administration heeled, and the public option was indeed back on the table.

Meanwhile, Democratic congressmen, tired of hearing from their constituents, started having fewer and fewer town hall meetings. Or, like Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., they arrogantly insulted voters asking tough questions.

We need no more evidence than that to realize that the republic is being choked into submission by an imperious ruling class.

The lesson is that those who oppose a government takeover of any more of the health care system -- which is one-sixth of the American economy -- cannot rest. You simply must continue to have your voices heard. It's absolutely essential, in order to keep government from running amok in our personal lives.

Since congressional town halls are disappearing, some concerned Augusta residents have decided we ought to stage our own.

The grassroots group is planning a rally Thursday, Sept. 3, at the Riverwalk's Jessye Norman Amphitheater from 5 to 9 p.m.

Those at the Stop ObamaCare (SOC) rally will hear from health care professionals who know how devastating government health care will be; patients who have lived under socialized health care; political leaders who do oppose Obamacare, and others. Attendees are encouraged to bring socks -- it's a SOC rally, after all -- to mail to Washington.

If you're concerned about your health care freedom and the health of the nation, come to the rally.

There's never been a more important juncture in our lifetimes to stand up and be heard by an increasingly out-of-control and autocratic government.

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TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 08/23/09 - 05:02 am
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The cash for clunkers program
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The cash for clunkers program has been a success. It was never meant to be long term. GM has made good money off of this and recently announced they were re-hiring 1300 laid off employees. As for the health care professionals... I have empathy for most of them... just not the ones running the show. They are greedy and have priced themselves out of the market where the common American cannot afford their services. As for "Obamacare" as you call it... it's not socialized medicine, but an option for those who cannot afford $500 a month for BCBS. (That's from my own experience. I was self employed for 4 years and paid out of pocket for BCBS. It started at $107 a month to get me hooked... at the end of 4 years it was just under $500).

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55 F-100 08/23/09 - 05:20 am
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The cash for clunkers effort

The cash for clunkers effort can not be deemed a success until the dealers receive their payments from the government, and that appears to be still up in the air. If the Prezbojangles is as "honest" in this effort as he's been so far, the dealers may be waiting ad infinitum for those payments. We must continue to fight against the socialized medicine that Prezbojangles continiues to cram down this nation's throat.

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 08/23/09 - 05:42 am
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Unlike the wealthy, who

Unlike the wealthy, who benefitted IMMEDIATELY from Bush's 1.3 trillion addition to the deficit.

jebko
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jebko 08/23/09 - 05:58 am
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I have a 1997 pickup truck

I have a 1997 pickup truck that at most is worth $500, yet it does not qualify as a 'clunker'. Why? Because the Fed guidelines bases the gas milage on 1997 advertised consumption; just as if it were new. My truck is driven to work and used at work. It has over 300,000 miles on it, a cracked windshield, no heat, no air, smokes and gets terrible gas milage. I need an upgrade! But nooo not by the federal standards do I qualify! My wife's 2002 qualifies! It's clean,efficient and less than 80,000 miles.

draksig
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draksig 08/23/09 - 06:32 am
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The Cash for clunkers was

The Cash for clunkers was successful at getting people into showrooms, but the government fell on its face administering it. You also have to ask yourself, how many of the people who took advantage of the program were going to buy a car anyway but held off their purchase when they heard about the program. This may have depressed car sales while people were waiting for the government monies and forced the auto plants into shutdowns and layoffs. Now that the program is ending, people may hold off buying a car in the hope for more government programs. Other than Defense, name me one government program or department that is managed well by government bureaucrats. Clunkers was mismanaged, social security, medicare and Medicaid are headed for bankruptcy. The post office looses money every year, even the parks service has troubles. Name one well run government program.

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dashiel 08/23/09 - 06:57 am
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If Republicans could claim

If Republicans could claim Cash for Clunkers we would be witnessing the biggest orgy of self-congratulation since Ronald Reagan's bicoastal week-long funeral and dinner on the ground.

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Riverman1 08/23/09 - 07:26 am
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A government controlled by

A government controlled by the Democrats trying to run ANYTHING is like Rhodesian Bantus taking over the previously well run farms. Disaster awaits.

olafjohnson
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olafjohnson 08/23/09 - 07:28 am
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truckin, the cash for

truckin, the cash for clunkers program has been a success??? I will have to ask the same question Barney Frank asked of one of his constituents, "what planet have you been living on"? Please explain just how so it has been a success?

olafjohnson
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olafjohnson 08/23/09 - 07:32 am
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Well I guess we can all hope

Well I guess we can all hope the first family will be playing in the surf when Bill's riptides affect the coast and well, you know the rest!

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Riverman1 08/23/09 - 07:38 am
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The Obama administration

The Obama administration changes their stated policies so much they should be called the Hamilton Beach King Size Waffle Maker. Now the public option is back in. Poor old, brain damaged, Joe Biden can hardly keep up. All he can say is "huh" when he is told what he is supposed to say that particular day.

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Riverman1 08/23/09 - 07:42 am
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Ret.Army, the little bit of

Ret.Army, the little bit of taxes you pay in relation to the wealthy wouldn't build a crack between segments of concrete on the highway. The wealthy and upper middle class pay the bills for all the things you mentioned.

olafjohnson
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olafjohnson 08/23/09 - 07:54 am
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Isn't it nice to have wealthy

Isn't it nice to have wealthy people paying for you existence, retard?

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shockproof 08/23/09 - 08:35 am
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To begin with, this article

To begin with, this article written by a Chronicle editor, is strickly to stir up controversy and provide a platform for debates to increase hits on their website. We are getting punked all the way around in today's society. Beware folks, go deeper inside yourself and search for healthier and healing subjects. Be cautious to how you react to all media reports, if possible, rise above them.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 08/23/09 - 08:44 am
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Retired...the issue is the

Retired...the issue is the millions of deadbeats that leach off the system and have never and will never contribute. Have you been to an ER lately? Good lord...there are folks that go there at least once a week so they won't have to pay for a Tylenol.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 08/23/09 - 08:47 am
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I suppose the Health

I suppose the Health insurance companies shouldn't make a profit....just let them starve......Retired "Army" your wealth envy is sickening. They provide a needed service for that profit. There is an intelligent answer...I suppose YOU should decide what profit they should make.....and the government should decide what profit YOU should make. Why not go to a Marxist country since you seem to want one, and stop trying to make this FREE country into a Marxist state? I'll wait for an intelligent answer to that, but I won't get one since there is none.

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opiner 08/23/09 - 08:48 am
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retiredarmy, all government

retiredarmy, all government services aren't socialized expenditures. The infrastructure maintenance is government duty, controlling the health care for everyone at the expense of the richest 7% of income earners is just theft. I know you radical lefties can't see that, but luckily you're in the vast minority. The sleeping giant will clean up congress November, 2010, and the white house in 2012. The damage done between now and Nov. 2010 is all Obama will be able to do to us. We survived Carter, we'll survive Obama.

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dougmo 08/23/09 - 08:53 am
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Retired Army-I too served in

Retired Army-I too served in thr armed forces of this country and am very proud of it. Even though I only served 5 years and only have a high school education, I have a firmer grasp of how the free market and government operates than you do. First of all, private insurance companies are designed to make money. That's what the free market is designed to do. People in this country have have a choice right now, If socialied Obamacare is passed, no choices can compete with subsidized, rationed care. Where is the freedom in that I ask you? The only thing that really comptetes with a government entity now is the postal system. Last I checked, it is losing money by the truckloads to UPS and FedEx. During Hurricane Katrina, WalMart and Home Depot had trucks already in place while FEMA took days to get there.So I will ask you this, do you think the governmrnt can do a better job with healthcare when they cannot deliver a package to your house and still lose money? By the way, if you understood Barney Frank, you are in a small minority. I have perfect hearing and I strain to understand him.

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truthteller 08/23/09 - 09:05 am
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Beautiful 7:36 AM post

Beautiful 7:36 AM post Retired Army and right on the money. Confront these right-wing hypocrites where it hurts--with facts and the truth. Unfortunately the AC continues to stoke the flames of ignorance and blind ideology with distortions and misinformation. No doubt the folks who show up on Sept 3 will be subjected to category 5 whoppers by the hypocrites in charge. Maybe they can even have Mark Sanford give a rousing presentation on conservative values.

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Roeschen 08/23/09 - 09:06 am
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Retired - My husband gave his

Retired - My husband gave his life for his country, the ultimate sacrifice. He fought in every war from Viet Nam to Iraq. He was proud of his country. He would not be proud of this mess. I thought you fought the communists in Viet Nam and were wary of them all through the cold war. What happened to you? Now you want "redistribution of wealth." That is communism - plain and simple. Take from one and give to another so each is equal. Will never work. It can't. The people that keep getting robbed will lose the incentive to work - why should they? The people that feed off the rich have never had an incentive to work. Why should they? So, who is going to work? Remember, the poor have never created jobs, employ no one. Can you say the same for the rich?

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dashiel 08/23/09 - 09:08 am
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Hearing aids have little

Hearing aids have little effect on low-watt literal and unoriginal minds. You greedy turds contribute nothing unless force is applied. The poor and sick are not the deadbeats, you are.

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Tigger_The_Tiger 08/23/09 - 09:10 am
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Nice wealth envy,

Nice wealth envy, dashiel......look up the charitable gifts on the left side of the aisle v/s the right side. How can those that are working for their money be considered the deadbeats, and the leaches are not? Only in the twisted mind if a liberal. I see you are real charitable with other people's money.

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joehill 08/23/09 - 09:20 am
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Drive a stake through the

Drive a stake through the heart of private insurance today!!! Any system which is set up to produce profit upon the misery of others and at the expense of others is wrong. Get rid of it as soon as possible. And right on to Barney Frank when asked by a right wing nut job why he supported Obama's nazi health care reform policy while holding a doctored photo with Obama and a hitler mustache. I think Bush senior said it best at a G8 summit when heckled by a green peace activist, no one takes these people seriously perhaps because they are rude.

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Tigger_The_Tiger 08/23/09 - 09:35 am
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I answered your question

I answered your question Retired Army. They provide a much needed service with that profit. But as usual...since the answer made sense and contradicted your preconceived notion, you simply ignore it.

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Tigger_The_Tiger 08/23/09 - 09:39 am
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If they made less profit,

If they made less profit, they would charge more to make up for it. Therefore I could afford less insurance, so YES...my health is better because of the profit.....if they made ZERO profit, they would go out of business...then I would have NO insurance. How hard is that to understand? I suppose YOU will determine what is an appropriate profit for them to make?

iknowitwheniseeit
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iknowitwheniseeit 08/23/09 - 09:39 am
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Retired - they're blinding by

Retired - they're blinding by the hate rhetoric and are incapable of independent thought. Just hope that the majority prevails...

iknowitwheniseeit
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iknowitwheniseeit 08/23/09 - 09:39 am
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i meant blinded...

i meant blinded...

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 08/23/09 - 09:41 am
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iknowitwheniseeit............

iknowitwheniseeit............show ONE thing that I have posted that is hate rhetoric.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 08/23/09 - 09:43 am
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Typical of the blind Obama

Typical of the blind Obama supporters....if you disagree with his policies then you are either a racist or just a hater. Can't refute the facts...just make the accusations.

HotFoot
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HotFoot 08/23/09 - 09:45 am
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You call what spewed out of

You call what spewed out of that lunatic's mouth "tough questions" for Barney Frank? It was utterly insulting to ask a Jewish man that question and utterly insulting to apply such a hyperbolic, paranoid, DSM-IV-certifiable comparison to our President. Tough questions, my azz. Lies, lies, lies, lies, lies. You should read Frank Rich's column today in the NYT's "Week in Review" section--you know, an actual editorial page.

iknowitwheniseeit
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iknowitwheniseeit 08/23/09 - 09:47 am
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Tigger - I think your for

Tigger - I think your for profit Dr. missed a diagnosis...

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