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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Gwinnett group protests Romney

Outside GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's Atlanta fundraiser last week, some members of MoveOn Gwinnett staged a protest.

The group demonstrated outside the Atlanta Marriott Marquis to show opposition to Romney's positions on Medicare, Social Security, taxes and the economy.

"We can't afford $1,000 per plate luncheons," member Eva Russo said in a press release. "But we want to let Romney know that we oppose his positions on taxes and the economy. His plans do nothing to help the middle class. In fact, they do just the reverse.

"They would destroy the middle class to benefit the top one percent. We need to move forward, not return to the failed policies of the Bush administration," Russo said.

Glenda Poindexter was unhappy about Romney's recent controversial remarks made at a private meeting with supporters.

"Considering his recent statements, I wonder what else he is telling his rich donors in private today that he will be denying in public tomorrow. He changes his positions so often it's impossible to know where he stands," she said prior to the demonstration.

"Romney has declared war not only on women, but also on the middle class, immigrants, education, health care and the environment -- all to benefit the top one percent," Russo said. "We don't need Romney's plan for America. His plan will destroy America."

New elections board member

Gwinnett Republican Party Chairman announced his pick last week for a seat on the Gwinnett County Board of Registrations and Elections.

Alice O'Lenick will replace Keith Shewbert, who resigned to run as a candidate for the Norcross City Council. LeVell said he plans to re-appoint longtime member Joan Zellner upon the expiration of her term at the end of the year.

Both major parties have two seats on the elections board, with a fifth independent member chosen by commissioners.

O'Lenick, a Dacula resident, has worked as a substitute teacher as well as has many years experience on the financial side of Gwinnett-based companies. Zellner has served on the elections board for nearly 20 years and was co-founder of the Greater Gwinnett Republican Women's club.

"As chairman of the GOP, it was most important to me to find someone to fill this seat who possesses unquestioned integrity, honesty and strength of character," LeVell said of O'Lenick. "I have known Alice for many years, and I am thrilled that she is willing to step up and serve the GOP, and the people of Gwinnett County, in this way. I have absolutely no doubt that she will always do the right thing, overseeing the county's outstanding professional staff to ensure that our elections maintain the utmost level of integrity.

"There was no question about re-appointing Joan Zellner," he added. "She knows more about the right and honest way to run elections than almost anyone in the county, and her counsel is unquestioned."

Charter vote forum

If you missed Gwinnett County Public Schools Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks discussion last week on the proposed charter school amendment to the state constitution, you have another chance to hear from the county's top educational leader.

Wilbanks will present his dissenting opinion during a forum Monday presented by the United Peachtree Corners Civic Association.

The event, scheduled for 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church on Peachtree Parkway, is intended to help people decide how to vote in November on the issue, which has pitted the Gwinnett school board vs. the governor.

Rep. Jan Jones, who helped write the bill, will speak in favor of the amendment, and Mary Kay Murphy, who represents Peachtree Corners on the school board, will kick off the event with an update on education for the area.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post. Camie Young can be reached via email at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.

Comments

MissDaisyCook 1 year, 11 months ago

Move On Gwinnett - what gaggle of fools! I doubt this group of clowns has any idea of Romney's true positions on anything; just spouting whatever talking points they have been provided.
Any idiot knows that Medicare and Social Security has to be reformed or it will go broke; nobody wants to do away with the entitlement programs, just fix them. Romney wants a tax/economic solution to offer a better chance for more people to be employed; Obama wants to create more and more governmental dependency. President Obama has hosted fund raisers where $1000 a plate would not even get you in the front door. Romney's "controversial" remarks were the absolute truth and I hope he sticks by them. Nearly half of the citizens of the country pay no federal income tax or are addicted to governmental entitlements, and are not going to vote for someone that would change that.
Looks like that "large" group of protestors fit that mold; walking around mindlessly chanting and not working or looking for work.
God help us if the current organizer-in-chief/democratic socialist/anti-capitalist/inexperienced/narcacisstic buffoon is re-elected.

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Why_not 1 year, 11 months ago

You have been watching WAY too much Fox News....

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NorcrossDot 1 year, 11 months ago

You are dead on MissDaisy. Move On is a radical left wing group. And to Why_not you apparently are not watching enough Fox News so you not only get lying reporters half the time the Main Stream Media does not even report all the facts if it does not praise their "Idol".

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Why_not 1 year, 11 months ago

I would rather not watch the "right wing" slanted lies.

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gwinnettresident1 1 year, 11 months ago

Move on Gwinnett.. Dont fret over your food stamps, welfare, making homes affordable, your free meals for kids in school and cash for clunkers. I wish i could have your point of view but i cant get my head that far...(u get the picture) Since your man Obama has taken over we have lost tens of thousands of jobs...(look at the unemployment) the price of everything is higher people have lost houses by the thousands. People cant afford to go to work with gas hanging around 350 to 4 per gal. Social security is being doled out to anybody that wants it (except the people that have paid it by working 30 + years) something has to give it cant continue like it is now. Oh yeah i forgot about you people that lie about your tax and get back the tremendous (earned) that always piss*& me off why isnt it (UNEARNED INCOME CREDIT). You Move on Gwinnett folks will still get your (Oh My God it hurts to say this) ENTITLEMENTS.....

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teelee 1 year, 11 months ago

So Obama is supposed to be for the "Middle Class"??? Why has gasoline doubled under him and never gone back down? It was $1.49 the day Bush left office,but we don't need any new pipelines or drilling. Everything has gone up in cost under Obama, food, travel, insurance premiums and so on. But hey Democrats, Obama is for the working man isn't he!!!

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Why_not 1 year, 11 months ago

No president can control the price of oil. As soon as it comes out of the ground, it goes on the world market because that's where the oil companies make the most money. It's simply supply and demand. China and India have huge demands that can't be met. The onlyway to change that is to take over the oil companies.....but then again we want less government...haha.

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Why_not 1 year, 11 months ago

And let's not forget that the national average price for a gallon of gasoline hit $4.12 a gallon on July 15, 2008. That's still a recorded high....and it was under George Bush.

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Why_not 1 year, 11 months ago

Some folks keep complaining about the price of gas and at the same time keep raising hell because you want the capitalist/free enterprise system to work. You can't have it both ways. The ignorance of people amazes me.....

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RedDawn 1 year, 11 months ago

According to Economics 101 it's not a true capitalist/free enterprise system when Emperor Obi-wan uses the EPA, executive fiat and other means to restrict the exploration and production of oil, coal and other energy sources. Well, he may be responsible for some energy creation. After all, Solyndra and all the other "green energy" companies burned through huge sums of free taxpayer money.

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Why_not 1 year, 11 months ago

You are so right about the US deaths in Iraq...all 4488 of them....needlessly.

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news2me 1 year, 11 months ago

And now we go back to Blame Bush? Consistently slaming Romney and all the republicans is not gaining traction so you go to old school.

The liberal media has done nothing to help provide you facts on any Obama success (because there are none), so you grasp and go back to Bush. Bush was not perfect, but he had to deal with 9/11 the best he could, no other President has been dealt a blow like that. I am amazed at the disrespect this places on this horrible national event. A slap in the face to the lives effected by terrorism.

Another standard out of the playbook - Bush collapsed the economy.

SMH

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news2me 1 year, 11 months ago

Good luck and after that last line is discovered by the moderators.

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Sthrnldy 1 year, 11 months ago

Looks like Know_it_all has an alter ego in Why_not. It must be sad to have nothing better to do than worship American Idol Obama and make up people that support your fiction and fantasies!

Bless your heart, Why_not? Know_it_all!

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Sthrnldy 1 year, 11 months ago

Bless your heart, is that the best you can do? haha!

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CD 1 year, 11 months ago

When I read some of the comments above, I'm reminded exactly why Kenerly and Shirley were kept in office.

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Why_not 1 year, 11 months ago

I sure never voted for either one of them.......

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news2me 1 year, 11 months ago

Looks like Know_it_all has an alter ego in Why_not

Agreed. One would think it could come up with something original. It could be another one of the many faces of Cleanupguy. Just sayin' ;)

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Why_not 1 year, 11 months ago

I have only posted under one name here....you guys aren't as smart as you thought..

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NorcrossDot 1 year, 11 months ago

But obviously smarter than you!. They don't want to destroy America and lose our freedoms (such as there are today) and become a Socialist nation under who knows.

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Say_that_again 1 year, 11 months ago

You constantly throw out an absurd insult claiming we are becoming Socialist. Do you even know what the word means? We are socialist! We have socialist programs, including police, firemen and schools. The number of socialist programs have been increase during both democratic presidents and republican presidents. Obama has not increased the number of socialist programs any more than Bush did. Please try to back up your ridiculous statement with some evidence so everyone can see how absurd that claim is.

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 11 months ago

news2me - looks like you've been served, schmuck!

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news2me 1 year, 11 months ago

How is that, schmuck? You (Cleanupguy) are known to lie about who you are, and it's not hard to go back and research your personal life details you have pulled from where the Sun doesn't shine.

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Say_that_again 1 year, 11 months ago

Why_not: Let me extend a welcome to the GDP discussion group. I am the one that Sthrnldy has dubbed "know_it_all" because I deal in facts (I don't really know it all, I just choose to research the facts instead of making responses based on falsehoods from political pundits). Please continue to deal in the facts. Yes, you will be insulted by those that have no facts. That is their only defense mechanism. Once in a while, someone actually comes up with a clever insult that provides a chuckle, unfortunately this is rare and most are pathetic attempts to engage in a childish name calling contest. I am not offended Sthrnldy thinks I am you, I hope that it doesn't offend you that she(or he) thinks you are me. I do find it funny how there is a group, not interested in facts, that assumes that no one else is either and so those with facts must be the same person. Looking forward to future comments from you.

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John_Smith 1 year, 11 months ago

You deal in FACTS huh?

Please see my reply in regards to your comments on this article: http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/news...

What was that about facts again?

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Say_that_again 1 year, 11 months ago

Once again, my point is proven. Those without facts resort to insults. I clearly stated the part that was speculation which was the probability that Romney took out government backed student loans and even the possibility of a Pell Grant. The rest that I stated are verifiable facts for anyone interested in learning the truth.

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John_Smith 1 year, 11 months ago

Are you really that delusional that you think you have proven a point? The fact that you think you are right just blows my mind. Typical Liberal....

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news2me 1 year, 11 months ago

Why_not: Let me extend a welcome to the GDP discussion group.

It is not a discussion group when you are right, and everyone else is wrong. Fact is, you only dig for made up crap with anyone with an (R) behind their name while your slobber praise all over Obama like you worship him. Your like a cult leader if you ask most on this board.

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Say_that_again 1 year, 11 months ago

It is unfortunate that most responders think "discussion" is slinging insults at people with whom they disagree. Sometimes I have had good discussions with people on the right and even learned something from the discussion and occasionally find middle ground on which we both can agree. That is never accomplished by taking your "discussion" lessons from so many high profile politicians that prefer slinging mud instead of sticking to the issues and facts that support their position. It is easy to dismiss facts by pretending that it is "made up crap". As for "slobber praise all over Obama", this is false. I do try to clarify the facts while the opposition is constantly taking words out of context and distorting them beyond recognition. I also recognize that Obama sometimes distorts the words of Romney. Obama is not the perfect President but he is far from being the worse and all indications are that a Romney/Ryan administration, if not blocked by Congress, will reverse the gains made by Obama and send our economy down the drain. I do not want to see that happen, apparently you do.

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notblind 1 year, 11 months ago

More people have slipped out of the middle class under Obama than ever before yet the Big O cheerleaders support him fanatically.

He signed off on the TARP bailouts that mostly went into the pockets of super wealthy people but somehow he is a champion of the poor people.

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news2me 1 year, 11 months ago

all indications are that a Romney/Ryan administration, if not blocked by Congress, will reverse the gains made by Obama

Gains by Obama? If that is not Obama worship and allegience then I don't know what is. The majority of Americans don't want ObamaCare, that is not a feather in his cap.

Our economy will not go down the drain, if anything, the real power in this country could have sunk Obama like a rock. But why cut off your nose to spite your face? A sigh of relief will come through the country when Obama is defeated. If not, then our economy will continue to tread water for the next 3 years. The real power in this country has more love for our survival than hate for Obama.

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Gwinnettsince1991 1 year, 11 months ago

This election to me, has come down to a couple of points. First, I am no better off than I was and the president has had four years. YEARS. Second, the entitlement programs of this country are bankrupting us. When I was out of work, I could have received a government check but its not the governement's responsibility to take care of me and my family, its mine. So i worked three jobs until i was able to get back in the work force.

Finally, I have grown to distrust TV news, on all sides. Each channel has become a cheerleader instead of reporting the Who, What, When, Where and Why. Fox loves Romney and the rest are for the President.

We each are entitled to our opinions. That is what our founding fathers wanted. However, we should always respect each other even if we disagree. That is the country I want. Not the demonizing and division and a weekly "War on......."

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FordGalaxy 1 year, 11 months ago

I've stated this on several discussion threads here on the GDP and on a couple of other news sites. One of the biggest problems in the US is the two-party duopoly. Until we break free of the notion that you have to be a Republican or a Democrat and actually get some alternative voices in Washington (like Libertarians, Greens, and Constitutionalists) we won't see any change. We can slander the opposition party all we want, but the fact is the Republicans and Democrats have combined to get us over $10 Trillion further in debt than we were in 2000. The previous administration was lambasted for being unintelligent and dealing only in cronyism. The current administration is weak on foreign policy and is more concerned with running a campaign than actually doing something good for the people.


Obama recently told the Prime Minister of Israel that he didn't have time on his schedule to see him, yet Obama has recently spent time on David Letterman's tv show, hanging out with Beyonce and Jay-Z, and going to a fundraiser in Vegas. George Bush wasn't a great public speaker. Obama is held up as a fantastic public speaker, but have you ever heard him without his teleprompter? It's not good. The administration claims to have created 4.5 million new jobs. Yet, unemployment is still over 8% (going on something like 43 or 44 months now).


George Bush was called unpatriotic for adding $4.7 Trillion to the debt in eight years. The man who called him unpatriotic has seen $5.3 Trillion added in under four years. There are now more people on food stamps than ever before. More people on disability than ever before. We are slowly driving towards becoming a European-style welfare state. Ask Greece and Spain how that's working out for them. Ask France, who recently elected a socialist who wants a 75% tax on the wealthy. Those same wealthy are fleeing for other countries to protect what is rightfully theirs.

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Why_not 1 year, 11 months ago

I have only been posting comments for about two weeks but it sure has been eye-opening...haha

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Sthrnldy 1 year, 11 months ago

Bless your heart, just who are you trying to convince that you 'just' started posting? Your comment sure is eye-opening...haha!

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BuzzG 1 year, 11 months ago

"We can't afford $1,000 a plate luncheons" says MoveOn Gwinnett. Ha! You are funded by George Soros, a true billionaire. And you present yourself as being representative of plain people. Let's have a little more honesty here, please.

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Sthrnldy 1 year, 11 months ago

Bless their hearts, $1,000 is nothing compared to the dinner that Tyler Perry threw for American Idol Obama back in March at $ 35,000 per person!

https://donate.barackobama.com/page/contribute/o2012-2012aalcevent

I have even provided a link so that Fact challenged Miss Know_it_all can see what a valid source might look like.

American Idol Obama lost touch with the middle class and below the minute he was handed the job of POTUS on a silver platter.

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Say_that_again 1 year, 11 months ago

What strange cherry picking!! Of course presidential candidates have high priced fundraising dinners and your link is unnecessary! Mr. Romney has scheduled several $50,000 per plate dinners so whats your point of a mere $35,000 per plate dinner? The point made by "We can't afford $1,000 a plate luncheons" is that the middle class, those represented by MoveOn, are not the ones that will attend such events. Please give one concrete example of something that Romney plans to do that will not hurt the economy. That is what matters, not how much money someone raises. Don't allow your worship of wealth interfere with common sense. With your last sentence, do you attempt to imply that Romney is, or ever has been, in touch with the middle class? Obviously not when he suggests that you borrow money from your parents for college and to start a business. If you truly are interested in improving the economy, then vote out every Republican that has signed any type of "do not negotiate" agreement such as the no tax increase pledge. All indications are that a Republican House will continue to do nothing but interfere with all efforts of the Whitehouse to improve the economy. Government and government debt grows slower under Democrats than Republicans. Obama has even achieved the lowest increase in government spending for at least 50 years. I didn't look for older data. I will not provide a link because I believe you are intelligent enough to figure out how to google this, just be sure and use percent increase in your search parameter. Your precious Reagan holds the record for both increases. If you cannot come up with actual facts or more clever insults, I will stop wasting my time trying for a real discussion with you.

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Say_that_again 1 year, 11 months ago

On the $50,000 plate dinners for Romney, 1 was scheduled to take place in Israel so he could get foreign money into his campaign. Unfortunately, it was scheduled on a Jewish holiday that required fasting and cancelled it. This is the "business man" that you want for president?

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news2me 1 year, 11 months ago

What kind of drugs are you on that you are mostly posting in the early hours of the morning? Practically no one is bothering to read your Obama loving garbage. More delusional liberal fiction without proper documentation. We are not buying your sales pitch. You keep saying you are going to stop wasting your time, then STOP! You obviously have nothing better to do, so go out and get a job, get off entitlements and drugs, and get some sleep! Act and post like a normal, mentally stable person and you might be treated like one. One thing is for sure, your new name Know It All is perfect!

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FordGalaxy 1 year, 11 months ago

The Middle Class is not represented by MoveOn. A little research would show you that MoveOn is an extremely liberal organization that would most likely oppose Republicans saying the sky is blue.

And to say that Romny is out of touch because he told people to borrow money from their parents is a fallacy. Or should people in the middle class go to government first, and thentheir parents and friends?

Also, your statement that government and government debt grows slower under Democrats than Republicans, while possibly generally true, is proven false by the current administration. Under Obama, as I've said before, the national debt has increased more in four years than it did in eight years under Bush. Also under Obama, the government has made moves to take control of 18% of the economy with the passage and Supreme Court upholding of ObamaCare. Obama promised no tax hikes on the middle class, yet ObamaCare was upheld under Congress taxing authority, and the group of people most affected by ObamaCare: the middle class.

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Say_that_again 1 year, 11 months ago

It is refreshing to get a response from someone that takes the time to think and check some data. Thank you Ford Galaxy. It is hard to say if MoveOn represents the Middle Class. You are right that they tend toward the extreme liberal and are more liberal than I on several issues. It is certain that they more closely represent the interest of the Middle class than the Republicans do.

The reason I say Romney is out of touch is his obvious belief that everyone's parents have an extra $40,000 per child for college and much more for helping them start a business after college. I think you are smart enough to know that this isn't the case.

My statement was that the percentage of growth was greater under Republicans. Different sources give slightly different numbers but all show the same trend Percentage under Reagan -218%, G. H. W. Bush 55%, Clinton - 37%, G. W. Bush 86%, Obama Through April - 34%.

Insufficient space to give a full explanation of the Health Care Plan but it is a stretch to say that the government took control - it is not a single payer system. It will reduce the cost of health care and has already improved health care for millions. The only two objections I see: 1. you do not like any regulations regardless of the well demonstrated need for them or 2. you are afraid that giving more health benefits to others will reduce your ability to get health care. I think either argument is lame. The "tax" is only forcing people to accept responsibility so the rest of us don't end up paying for their negligence. Just like people are required to carry insurance on their cars.

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jack 1 year, 11 months ago

The fallacy of the car insurance argument lies in the fact that only people who CHOOSE to own cars are required to carry insurance. With the Affordable Health Care Act there is no choice.

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kevin 1 year, 11 months ago

Funny that the media is not telling us that under Obamacare, Medicare will cost those over 65 double the premium in the next 3 years. The socialists are so desperate for a victory they are telling everyone nothing but lies and twisted truths to stop the GOP from taking over. Where were the GOP protesters when Obama was asking for $40,000 donations from the big, mostly Liberal entertainment industry? My slogan has always been:

A B O (anybody but Obama) I've had enough of lies, deceit, and don't know how to fix anything mentality of Obama. He had 4 yrs and just mad e in his pants all that time, just drowning us in debt that hard working people will have to pay for. To many are just settling in for the freebies from everyone else. This is a Socialists' dream come true, more than 50% on welfare. The fact we have some many Europeans living in this country is destroying our liberties. Those people are used to getting everything for free and expect it in this country. This is most of our problem. I just can't believe that so many true-blooded Americans can ever vote for Obama again. I guess they like being lied to. IT makes them feel good for some reason.

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Say_that_again 1 year, 11 months ago

Let me try to be gentle here. Your claim of double the cost of Medicare premiums is outrageously false. The claim was made by unknown sources, picked up and repeated by extremists trying to discredit the health care plan. Facts are only an annual increase of 3.7% is predicted, which is in the same neighborhood as the average annual increases since medicare started. The increase for this year, when "Obama Care" regulations of better physicals at zero costs, the premiums only increased by 3.4%. Now it is obvious that you are not interested in research. When you indicated a lack of understanding on how to download a PDF of the SAT scores, I understood how you lacked the skills to get real information and just rely on your favorite pundits as the sources of your misinformation. I think everyone reading this knows that your estimate of the number on welfare is extremely exaggerated. Since you do not like to be given the facts, let me give you a homework assignment of trying to find the real numbers from reliable sources - no pundit or blogs but the true numbers from reliable information reporting sites.

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Sthrnldy 1 year, 11 months ago

"Since you do not like to be given the facts, let me give you a homework assignment of trying to find the real numbers from reliable sources"

FACT: You are are a Know_It_ALL! Bless Your Heart! :)

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news2me 1 year, 11 months ago

When you indicated a lack of understanding on how to download a PDF of the SAT scores, I understood how you lacked the skills to get real information and just rely on your favorite pundits as the sources of your misinformation

You really are a piece of work! Let me remind you that you admitted to plagiarism, just two days ago. Would you like me to provide you a link to that source?

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Sthrnldy 1 year, 11 months ago

But Know_It_ALL is right and everyone else is wrong! We must bow down to her and her FACTS or she will insult you! I actually feel pity for her, she obviously has nothing in her life but this forum. This is the only place where she can feel powerful and intelligent. So very sad and pathetic actually. Bless Her Know_It_ALL Heart!

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SickandTired 1 year, 10 months ago

Yay FordGalaxy!!! I'm just sayin'.

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