Notre Dame Professor on Obamacare ……


Everyone, and I mean everyone, needs to read this.  She is right on target…hard to deny  she is correct even if you are a liberal! 

  Obamacare Should Remind Us We Are Not ‘Subjects,’  We Are People              Laura Hollis is a professor at the University of Notre Dame  

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The unveiling of the dictatorial debacle that is Obama care absolutely flabbergasts me. It is stunning on so many levels, but the most shocking aspect of it for me is watching millions of free Americans stand idly by while this man, his minions in Congress, and his cheerleaders in the press systematically dismantle our Constitution, steal our money, and crush our freedoms.

The President, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid (with no small help from Justice John Roberts) take away our health care, and we allow it. They take away our insurance, and we allow it. They take away our doctors, and we allow it. They charge us thousands of dollars more a year, and we allow it. They make legal products illegal, and we allow it. They cripple our businesses, and we allow it. They announce by fiat that we must ignore our most deeply held beliefs – and we allow it.

Where is your spine, America?

Yes, I know people are complaining. I read the news on the internet. I read blogs. I have a Twitter feed. So what? People in the Soviet Union complained. People in Cuba complain. People in China complain (quietly). Complaining isn’t the same thing as doing anything about it. In fact, much of the complaining that we hear sounds like resignation: Wow. This sucks. Oh well, this is the way things are. Too bad.

Perhaps you need reminding of a few important facts. Here goes:  

1. The President is not a king. Barack Obama does not behave like a President, an elected official, someone who realizes that he works for us. He behaves like a king, a dictator – someone who believes that his own pronouncements have the force of law, and who thinks he can dispense with the law’s enforcement when he deigns to do so. And those of us who object? How dare we? Racists!

And while he moves steadily “forward” with his plans to “fundamentally transform” the greatest country in human history, he distracts people with cheap, meaningless trivialities, like “free birth control pills”! (In fact, let’s face it: this administration’s odd obsession with sex in general – Birth control! Abortion! Sterilization! Gay guys who play basketball! — is just plain weird. Since when did the leader of the free world care so much about how people have sex, who they have it with, and what meds they use when they have it? Does he have nothing more important to concern himself with?)  

2. It isn’t just a failed software program; it is a failed philosophy. People are marveling that Healthcare.gov was such a spectacular failure. Well, if one is only interested in it as a product launch, I’ve explained some of the reasons for that here. But the larger point is that it isn’t a software failure, or even a product failure; it is a philosophy failure.

I have said this before: Obama is not a centrist; he is a central planner. And this – all of it: the disastrous computer program, the hundreds of millions of dollars wasted, the lies, the manipulation of public opinion, the theft of the public’s money and property, and freedom (read insurance, and premiums, and doctors) — IS what central planning looks like.

The central premise of central planning is that a handful of wunderkinds with your best interests at heart (yeah, right) know better than you what’s good for you. The failure of such a premise and the misery it causes have been clear from the dawn of humanity. Kings and congressmen, dictators and Dear Leaders, potentates, princes and presidents can all fall prey to the same imperial impulses: “we know what is good the ‘the people.’ And they are always wrong.

There is a reason that the only times communism has really been tried have been after wars, revolutions, or coups d’état. You have to have complete chaos for people to be willing to accept the garbage that centralized planning produces. Take the Soviet Union, for example. After two wars, famine, and the collapse of the Romanov dynasty, why wouldn’t people wait in line for hours to buy size 10 shoes? Or settle for the gray matter that passed for meat in the grocery stores? But communism’s watered-down cousin, socialism, isn’t much better. Ask the Venezuelans who cannot get toilet paper. Toilet paper. ¡Viva la Revolución!

Contrary to what so many who believe in a “living Constitution” say, the Founding Fathers absolutely understood this. That is why the Constitution was set up to limit government power. (Memo to the President: the drafters of the Constitution deliberately didn’t say “what government had to do on your behalf.”) They understood that that was the path to folly, fear, and famine.)  

3. Obama is deceitful. Just as the collapse of the computer program should not surprise anyone, neither should we be shocked that the President lied about his healthcare plan. Have any of you been paying attention over the past few years? Obama has made no secret of his motivations or his methods. The philosophies which inspire him espouse deceit and other vicious tactics. (Don’t take my word for it: read Saul Alinsky.) Obama infamously told reporter Richard Wolffe, “You know, I actually believe my own bullshit.” He has refused to be forthcoming about his past (where are his academic records?). His own pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, told author Ed Klein, that Obama said to him, “You know what your problem is? You have to tell the truth.”

Did Obama lie when he said dozens of times, “If you like you plan, you can keep it. Period!”?   Of course he did. That’s what he does.  

4. The media is responsible. And had the media been doing their jobs, we would have known a lot of this much, much earlier.  The press is charged with the sacred responsibility of protecting the people from the excesses of government. Our press has been complicit, incompetent, or corrupt. Had they vetted this man in 2008, as they would have a Republican candidate, we would have known far more about him than we do, even now. Had they pressed for more details about Obamacare, Congress’ feet would have been held to the fire. Had they done their jobs about Eric Holder, Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the IRS scandal, NSA spying – or any of the other myriad betrayals of the public trust that this administration has committed, Obama would likely have lost his 2012 reelection campaign. (A fact that even The Washington Post has tacitly acknowledged. Well done, fellas! Happy now?)

Instead, they turned a blind eye, even when they knew he was lying, abusing power, disregarding the limits of the Constitution. It was only when he began to spy on them, and when the lies were so blatant that the lowest of low-information voters could figure it out that they realized they had to report on it. (Even in the face of blatant, deliberate and repeated lies, The New York Times has the audacity to tell us that the President “misspoke.”) They have betrayed us, abandoned us, and deceived us.  

5. Ted Cruz was right. So was Sarah Palin. The computer program is a disaster. The insurance exchanges are a disaster. What’s left? The healthcare system itself. And this, of necessity, will be a disaster, too.  Millions of people have lost their individual insurance plans. In 2015, millions more will lose their employer-provided coverage (a fact which the Obama administration also knew, and admitted elsewhere).  The exorbitant additional costs that Obamacare has foisted on unsuspecting Americans are all part of a plan of wealth confiscation and redistribution. That is bad enough. But it will not end there. 

When the numbers of people into the system and the corresponding demand for care vastly exceed the cost projections (and they will, make no mistake), then the rationing will start. Not only choice at that point, but quality and care itself will go down the tubes. And then will come the decisions made by the Independent Payment Advisory Board about what care will be covered (read “paid for”) and what will not.

That’s just a death panel, put politely. In fact, progressives are already greasing the wheels for acceptance of that miserable reality as well. They’re spreading the lie that it will be about the ability of the dying to refuse unwanted or unhelpful care. Don’t fall for that one, either. It will be about the deaths that inevitably result from decisions made by people other than the patients, their families, and their physicians. (Perhaps it’s helpful to think of their assurances this way: “If you like your end-of-life care, you can keep your end-of-life-care.”)  

6. We are not SUBJECTS. (or, Nice Try, the Tea Party Isn’t Going Away). We have tolerated these incursions into our lives and livelihoods too long already. There is no end to the insatiable demand “progressives” have to remake us in their image. Today it is our insurance, our businesses, our doctors, our health care. Tomorrow some new crusade will be announced that enables them to take over other aspects of our formerly free lives.

I will say it again: WE ARE NOT SUBJECTS. Not only is the Tea Party right on the fiscal issues, but it appears that they are more relevant than ever. We fought a war once to prove we did not want to be the subjects of a king, and the Boston Tea Party was just a taste of the larger conflict to come. If some people missed that lesson in history class, we can give them a refresher.

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109 Responses to Notre Dame Professor on Obamacare ……

  1. She’s no more than an angry GOP’er spewing more GOP Bull$h!t to muddy the waters and makes us think this is all a big scam. well this is my opinion. STFU and deal with it, it’s the law whether you like it or not, If you don’t like it MOVE THE HE!! OUT OF THE COUNTRY, STFU and MOVE!!! When it’s a law you like the legal process is ok but when it’s a law you don’t like you shut down the government put the country thorough undue stress and cause harm to the American people just because you don’t like the law, Sounds like my niece throwing a temper tantrum when she don’t get her way. Quit being a bunch of GOP PU$$!ES and deal with it and move on. Get back to work and do your jobs.

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    • In political jargon, the term useful idiot (first coined by Lenin) was used to describe Soviet sympathizers in Western countries and the attitude of the Soviet government towards them. The implication was that though the person in question naïvely thought themselves an ally of the Soviets or other Communists, they were actually held in contempt by them, and were being cynically used. Isn’t it ironic that a liberal activist, who would achieve a Castro-style revolution, would be the first executed by a modern day Che Guevara because he’s deemed unnecessary to the new social order.

      The term “cannon fodder” from Ayn Rand is probably more accurate. Those poor, unfortunate souls on the front lines of an ideological battle. Totally expendable, the mindless, empty-headed myrmidons are sent out there to march and protest for their leftist leaders. Totally oblivious to the fact that they are held in both contempt and ridicule by the aristocracy for which they rail.

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  2. This women should be fired. She has no right to mold peoples minds with this crap. Yes there is a problem with Obamacare – it does not go far enough. Lady get of your high horse and face reality.

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  4. jalapenoduck says:

    So, I have a question for the professor: What do you suggest we do about all of this?

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  5. Clay Wenger says:

    Nobody seems to understand the real problem with healthcare today. Here is a short anecdote to illustrate our situation: My wife had a bronchitis and the doctor ordered x-rays of her chest (front and side). We have a HSA insurance policy, $10,000 deductible; $700+/month. The medical center x-ray office could not tell us how much the x-rays would cost; after extensive conversation the office administrator said retail cost for the two x-rays would cost $688; and if it was Medicare it would cost $368 and that that would probably be the amount we would have to pay. With a little research after the x-rays, we discovered, if we had no insurance the cost would be $128; all of these require radiology to read the x-ray $35-$45. With one phone call to a highly thought of independent imaging professional they quoted $70.67 to perform the x-rays and radiology. This is just one very small example of what the problems of healthcare is today. We would all be better if the consumer was more directly involved with the cost of healthcare. There should not even be healthcare for other than catastrophic health matters. Doctors visits, x-rays,outpatient procedures, etc. should be the full responsibility of the consumer. The doctors would not have to have 3-4 administrators for every doctor, each consumer could save some money in an emergency fund, rather than pay insurance premiums that exceed home loan payments or monthly food bills. The problems a 3-fold and rather equal between the Consumer (who doesn’t care how much it cost because they have insurance, the Insurance Company, because they know they only have to go to the Insurance Commissions to show their costs and reasons for increased premiums and the Medical Professional who have to CYA and justify their existence to the consumer by requesting tests and more tests; referrals and more referrals to specialists, oh and lets not forget everyone needs at least two RXs to live on. In the mid 1960’s the Mediacal Profession somehow became “Big Business”!

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  6. I have to agree with the professor, if you are paying attention to our Liar in Chief, we are losing our Liberties and Freedom a small bite at a time. Every day it seems there are new laws and new regulations that are trouncing on our lives. I do not want the Government involved in my every day life. Obama would never had been elected if he had been vetted as all candidates before. He was elected on lies and reelected by uninformed people that we given so many freebies during his first term and the fact people wanted to go down in history voting to elect a black man. That would have been fine with me if it had been someone creditable like Dr Ben Carson.
    Next up will be the idiots that want to be part of electing the first woman president. We have many that are capable but Hillary Clinton is not one of them. Hopefully she will be vetted and researched will be posted showing that she is not as accomplished as the Media is trying to make her out to be.
    We have a Lifer Elite Establishment in DC, both parties that have been in our Government for the past 20 to 40+ years and look at the shape they have let us get into. We need to vote these people out of office and get someone in there that has our best interest at heart, not theirs.

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    • Jim G. says:

      Amen and Amen!

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    • Jerome Brand says:

      No Woman is capable not one. They play one of them most important roles in civilization and Politics is not one of them. Wives, Mothers, Care takers and the care taker profession along with the hospitality. This world is still designed and operated by Men and in many cultures Women play a dominant role but it is not in the politics of society of any particular culture. Even a ditch digging dike does not have the aptitude for such a position. Look what we have now with such a Fem liar male. Females do not command the respect innately and that can not be taught. A female plays the most important role in the development of children within a family no man can match her skill or emotional iQ. Her abilities in this area come by nature and if you ever wanted to fight to the death mess with the young of any female of any animal much less a human female. The health industry is full of brilliant female surgins and all trades with in. The politics industry is not and for good reason. That’s not to say men by virtue of gender are better qualified its a matter of happenstance and physical make up. If we look at things from a biblical history we see that the majority are men in leadership roles chose by the almighty Yehovah. This meant to be for several reasons as the severity for failure is death which leads to public empathy of which would you have more for? Not the crux of my argument one of many points in history.

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  7. Brian Martin says:

    ……..”Obama Care” or ” the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”

    few issues I have with this , #1 this school is based on the Catholic religion ,to which there are issues in “Obama care” that they do want. #2 this woman according to Notre Dame’s own web site earns around $140,000.00 a year ,so she can afford to “take care of herself” #3 she obviously a Republican so of course she against any thin Obama does. What needs to happen is for Americans to wake up and stop following the pandering of the Democratic party and call” Obama Care” by its proper name “the Patient Protection and Affordable Care ” I will make you a bet …. ask 100 Democrats which do you support more …”Obama Care or ” the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” you would be dumb founded to find out the majority of Democrats would say the latter. only because the don’t want to be caught saying “Obama Care” while at the same time they have no clue its the exact same product . here are just two links to prove my point (they are on youtube) #1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dqabs9xysYA #2http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sx2scvIFGjE

    its time America Stands up , pick up a book read , do some of your own research find your own answers that’s right out in front of your face to many americans to happy to listen only to what the party that have chosen to follow say,rather to Listen then do some research to find out if what is being said has full merit.

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    • Jim G. says:

      I completely agree that everyone should do their own research and decide for themselves, however, I think you and lots of other people have missed the real point of her article. This isn’t about her or exclusively The “Affordable Care Act.” It’s about the guy who calls himself the President and his character, or lack of it. Sadly, I think the day of Presidents like JFK are gone. The country’s population has slipped into a death spiral of expecting everything from the government with no thought of ever earning anything for themselves. Fortunately, I’m old and don’t expect to live long enough to see its final demise. Unfortunately, my children and grandchildren will.

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  8. Eydie says:

    Affordable my foot! I still can’t afford it. Guess I’ll just have to pay the fine.

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  9. kcoadob says:

    Wonderful, being passed through Facebook like crazy. Nice to have ONE person speak the truth.

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  10. Matt Noell says:

    THe CONservative base has been such a gravy train for so many hacks for so long,you gotta wonder if this now run- of- the -mill display of insanity is NOT just another episode in the COnservative reality show… or another audition…..

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  11. sakeeta says:

    The stupidity of the liberals commenting on this page is painful..sheesh. No wonder America is in the mess it’s in!! The conditioning of the sheeple has been quite successful!!! Thank God above I am capable of critical thought..it’s a seriously lacking skill nowadays. Kudos to the Professor..she also is on the ball. And you Obama worshippers..WAKE THE HELL UP for pete’s sake!! Seriously!!

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  12. Ray Bethke says:

    My first reaction on reading this was – this was written by a Notre Dame professor? Who are they trying to fool? This led to a cascade of thought that most on this site wouldn’t be interested in and I won’t go into. My last thought – well it’s possible (really, anything is possible) GWB was ostensibly elected president of the US twice. Anything is possible. The chances of it being likely are slim, though.

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  13. Nice article. Yet, what it is missing here is a clear – the most important – point that Obamacare is not about healthcare reform. It’s about the fundamental transformation of America into a liberal/socialist/communist regime.

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  14. I have looked but don’t see anything that tells me how one professor from Notre Dame should be the authority on this. What is her name? What is her field? Is she a doctor? A Lawyer? A Sociology Professor? There is nothing in all of this drivel of a post that focuses on facts. Or understands that this is a GOP think-tank proposal to keep healthcare in the domain of private insurance companies, or that it was implemented in a GOP state by a GOP governor. If this fails because of GOP obstruction, the only alternative for universal healthcare is expanded Medicare. Or is it ok that millions should have no insurance at all, or just die? Are you all so deaf to reality that you would prefer that?

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    • Jim G. says:

      Why don’t you read the article more carefully and pay attention before you start spouting the democrat party’s official line, or better yet, why don’t you use the brain God gave you and think for yourself. I don’t give a tinker’s damn about either democrat or republican party and I really am not interested in the so-called tea party. What I do appreciate is intelligent people who are strong enough to think for themselves.

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    • Steve Craven says:

      Why should a community organizer from Chicago who has block, sealed, or locked most information about his past be President of the United States? If people had asked and researched the questions about Barack Obama that you ask above of this Notre Dame professor (and I agree, they should be provided, thought it should not be to validate or invalidate the argument) we might be in a different situation. It is interesting that during the campaign cycles we also do not ask those questions nor question the “qualifications” of such political statements coming from the entertainment field (Susan Sarandon? Sean Penn? Dennis Rodman?)

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    • The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.
      Ronald Reagan
      Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/r/ronald_reagan.html#TGkI7KKOW7Gqdi0c.99

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    • Oh my god,History is a fact, You have got to be a Liberal to not know that.

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    • You Sir must be a liberal to not know that history is a fact. Many facts are listed in this article. If you doubt it look it up. If you don’t want to believe the historical facts that destroy your ideology then don’t bother replying to things you know nothing about.

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      • I feel the need to rant some more: Do you not know that because of Obama care more people have lost their health care then have enrolled. That there are other ways to improve health care that does not kill jobs. That just because a person has Obama care does not mean it is affordable or that you will have better health care. Sure some that didn’t have health insurance now may have it, But what good is it if there is not a well qualified doctor who is willing to go in debt and study many years just to work for Obama care low reimbursements. Many doctors offered their services to the poor for free, they will no longer be able to afford to do that now. The Low reimbursements from Obama care will put a stop to that once we are all forced to be on it. Make no mistake that is the grand plan how else can it work if the only people signing up are sick or poor. We will all one day be forced to ride this train wreck. The day we have a shortage of doctors that are willing to sacrifice for your ideology is the day you will look back and know you were partly to blame for the loss of the greatest health care any country has ever known. There are already many who are choosing not to go into the profession. I guess one day if we all become liberal idiots we could just let our dictators force our children to become doctors to meet the demand. After all communism works so well. I have no idea why they knocked down that wall.

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      • Brad Fahl says:

        I am so sick of self righteous supposed Conservatives like you. I am sick of tea baggers making the title Liberal worse than the plague. The British thought of all Americans as Liberals when we kicked their ass for our Independence. I am very proud of being a “Liberal” and ashamed of self proclaimed Conservatives and Tea Baggers being so sure their way is the only way. You didn’t learn anything in the last two Presidential elections did you. The majority of the American voters are tired of your worn out rhetoric. History is fact? I suppose you believe everything you read on the internet as well.

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    • Jeff Ely says:

      You think mass is a GOP state?…Really…you are that stupid?

      Anything you say after that is a joke just like you!

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    • That’s a really bright statement. I am not a professor nor a rocket scientist and I don’t need to be. Everything she has said I have said. If you really truly think Obamacare is insurance I want to know what your credentials are. Obamacare is not insurance it is control. Even the basic bronze is to expensive and with the deductible you would need to be in a nuclear accident for it to pay anything in a year, unless you spend an average $5,000 per year for your healthcare. That said you better brace for the nuclear accident that is on the horizon. 14,000,000 does of Potassium diozide.lol Now lets continue, He says everyone is covered…Lie. People are saying their children are not covered. Babies from birth to 2 not covered by Obamare….Woman with 3 boys, one with ADHD all got covered except the one with ADHD, cannot get coverage. Obo said anyone with a preexisting condition covered. ad nauseum! If you really truly believe it could fail because of the GOP then I can’t even begin to think of an appropriate name for you. fool, not harsh enough. Maybe mentally ill might cover it

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    • Jim Sherwood says:

      YES – ABSOLUTELY- It is OK that millions should have no health (care) insurance. Millions live their entire lives without a need to be treated by a healthcare provider. If a need arises they can provide for their healthcare NEEDS the same way that they provide for their WANTS – pay for them. No- we do not need the federal government taking over our lives under the guise of ” healthcare “.

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  15. mcbrad1 says:

    Perhaps the professor is a bit more clear in this article concerning the problems to date with the “Affordable Care Act”. As a business person, disregarding my own political views, her critique makes too much sense. http://townhall.com/columnists/laurahollis/2013/10/22/what-obama-could-have-learned-from-entrepreneurs-n1729682/page/full

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  16. John Rogers says:

    I feel sorry for people like this woman … To them, Obama is an evil person who is intentionally destroying our country … how sad … If intelligent (?) folks like this would put as much energy into proposing a positive way to making healthcare work as they do in spinning the destruction of the world as we know it at the hands of the president, we would solve much of the problems the provision of healthcare faces.
    I am thankful that Obamacare has eliminated lifetime caps and pre-existing bans so members of my family can continue to have health insurance as they grow older. Are there problems ? Sure Are we moving in the right direction ? You better believe it. I have had several clients who could not afford or obtain health insurance who have gotten coverage through Obamacare for $10 to $30 per month. So, Professor, take your energy and turn it from bashing to finding a better solution, if you have one.

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    • Jim G. says:

      She obviously doesn’t need your pity. Based on all the horror stories of other people’s experiences with the Affordable Care Act it is very hard to believe that anyone has gotten coverage for $10 to $30 a month. I invite you to show proof of this right here on this blog. I will be happy to publisize it to my thousands of readers. Thanks for your comments.

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    • Tom Riley says:

      there was nothing wrong with the way insurance was set up and millions….did not lose their coverage as they are now smart guy!

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    • I think the Professor has a greater grasp in what is going on than you sir. You are just a liberal who refuses to believe what is fact in your face . Obama is a liar and has proved it over and over. Hear hear Jim you will never receive proof from this man because it doesn’t exist!

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    • Jeff Ely says:

      $10 a month bull shit prove it!

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    • Jim Sherwood says:

      You got the part right about Obama being an evil person out to destroy this great nation.

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    • Rm Moore says:

      what about the people who had private health care coverage, that their insurance company has told them that as of may 2014, the company will no longer offer healthcare? what about the people whose heathcare coverage has doubled or tripled in price because of Obamacare? What are those people supposed to do? Use their whole paycheck to provide healthcare but not food, shelter or education for their families?

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  17. Ken Wanner says:

    She is SO exactly right! Every word, every point and topic

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  18. What Can We Do: Write letters and make calls. Join organizations that show they believe in the same things as you. There is little that can be done individually, but by joining a group or groups, the power begins to manifest itself as the group grows. Look how the left demonizes the “Tea Party.” They are scared to death of them. These are just grass roots people standing up for what they believe and that scares the living hell out of a Statist (Liberal) (Socialist) (Communist). Begin using the same tactics as the left. When they call you a racist, call them a Socialist or Communist. They use this and other terms such as homophobe to shut down debate. The people on the left with the real courage call themselves what they are,—- Communists. They even started a movement called the Communist Party U.S.A. I can have a modicum of respect for them as they are honest enough to come right out front with it. Redistribution of wealth is the core belief of the Communist—-“FROM each according to his ability To each according to his need.” so why is there any question of Obama’s true self?. In his book he talks about the people he “hung” with. They were Communists and other far left radicals.. His mentor was a card carrying Communist. So was his mother and father. Of course, the press did all in its power to prevent that from coming out.

    Why are people suspicious of this president? He spent a whole lot of money to keep birth records and school records from scrutiny. Why? Why did it take so long for him to release his birth certificate?. At the very first sign of a question about his citizenship,most normal people would have immediately produced their birth certificate and particularly so when a requirement for the job is that one be a citizen of the United States. How is it that an editor of a Law Review at a major university never has a single word in print? That is virtually unheard of. I would think that would make all but the most Kool-Aid addicted, suspicious. .Barack Obama was not a tenured law professor. From many of his actions, one would wonder if he even studied the Constitution.

    One day all of the Kool-Aid addicted will shake their heads and wonder, “How did this happen?”How did we lose our freedom?.How could I have been so wrong?. I think something similar happened to people in Germany a few years back. A certain leader was virtually adored. When he met his demise, it was hard to find anyone who would admit to being a supporter of his. Wonder what the Kool-Aid drinker will say in the future when there is no middle class,and there is only the elite and everyone else, if asked, “Did you support him and his policies?”

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    • Good word Bob. Unfortunately, we will have to be like Nazi Germany before the liberals wake up.
      Can someone please explain to me why everyone thinks they have a “right” to healthcare. I find it unfortunate that many don’t have the basic necessities of life, but while being raised I was constantly reminded that there were no handouts and it was completely up to me. Hmmmm, seems we have gotten so tender-hearted that we think everyone can be saved and given the finer things in life. flabbergasted is all I can say.

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  19. Best article about the sad and sorry mess these neo-communist bastards are forcing on us I have ever read.

    We are going to have to fight at some point.

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    • That’s how the people with pre existing conditions felt as they were denied coverage..over and over and over. With 2 day stays in the hospital and surgery costing 55,000.00, how do other women who come up on needing this surgery but refuse to purchase insurance expect this bill to be paid for following their treatment? That is the current cost these days in a University teaching hospital with state of the art equipment. So, those folks don’t have to fight for care now…they have a right to be covered. Thank the insurance companies for making this part of the problem.

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      • Jeff Ely says:

        I have pre existing condtions…..I liked my doctor…have lost my insurance moron!

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      • I needed surgery and did not have insurance, so I received it at a teaching hospital. Surgery that normally would have cost 49,000 dollars, was reduced to me as a cash paying customer to 16,000, and I am paying them 100 per month and the total is down to 6,000 now. This still has cost me less than the 800 per month insurance would have cost me. To say that others pay for my surgery is a complete lie. And besides, the reduction they gave me brought my costs down to ‘what insurance would actually have paid the hospital’ if I had had insurance. This was Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, TN, teaching hospital. The insurance companies have been forced by laws to write policies that keep the costs up, as have the malpractice insurance policies.

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    • Pedro Diez says:

      I am not going to cover all arguments and assumptions in the article but really, this individual has no business in academia. Venezuela and for the record Cuba, is controlled by dictatorships not communism.
      Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin do not have an understanding of anything except how to play the fear factor to get a few more bucks from their few followers and The Tea Party has zero credibility with 6th graders and above.
      I do agree the government web site was a disaster but it was because the programmers are the results mediocre professors like this author.
      For the rest of the ramblings; The Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the IRS scandal, NSA spying, they deserve their own forum and resolution…they have nothing in common with health care.
      The U.S. stands out from the rest of the developed world with the highest healthcare cost and on the other hand on the bottom of the pile in health care efficiency. Worth mentioning, no country in the world has modeled its healthcare system on the U.S. The right to health care is a fundamental human right for all people. But we must understand that the right to good healthcare is not a profit license to rape and abuse the consumer.
      The U.S. dysfunctional health care system is what it is because of shareholders, insurance companies, big pharmaceutical, doctors, hospital executives, legislators and litigators making a lot of money. .. is it communism, fascism, socialism, or capitalism?

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      • Jim G. says:

        Wrong on all counts. Obama is not a king and he clearly hates the American values that made it the leader of the free world. See Victor Orloff’s comment, “Nice article. Yet, what it is missing here is a clear – the most important – point that Obamacare is not about healthcare reform. It’s about the fundamental transformation of America into a liberal/socialist/communist regime.”

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      • Matt Noell says:

        Wow, Jim G…………….you need professional help.

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      • Jim G. says:

        I agree. I need professional help understanding where such ranpant shoot-your-self in the foot insanity comes from.

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      • Seriously? Bottom of the pile in health care efficiency? Where did you get that nonsense? That must be why Canadians who can afford it cross the border for their health care. Most countries totally suck in the area of health care. What a stupid comment! Yes, we have areas that need to be fixed but NOT this way. It truly is about Big Government Control!! NOT health care.

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      • Pedro Diez says:

        To Phil Galbreath who says— “Where did you get that nonsense?” :Well Phil, is common knowledge, for starters; The Huffington post, The World Health Organization, The New England Journal of Medicine, The Atlantic…so where do you get your [information] from?
        Phil you say: “Yes, we have areas that need to be fixed”. OK, a lot of people agree the system needs repair. Do you have one idea?
        And by the way, you say “It truly is about Big Government Control!! NOT health care”. So now, not only do you have better information on the subject but now want to change the topic to feed your paranoid fantasies.
        Better put is we have a healthcare system with failing grades. I have a family member that is doctor who 66 years old and just recently he finished paying off his student loans. My understandings of Canadians coming over is for medical cosmetic procedures not for flu shots, heart attacks, broken bones, I am sure Canada has good dedicated doctors and staff. I could care less about any political affiliation and I get great medical care from the VA system which is improving almost daily. I just do not understand why fight improving the healthcare for all in this country.

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  20. Deb Hodgson says:

    To Mary K. Pike – Yes!

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  21. Terry Ford says:

    She is 100% right. But what do we do? Trying to get everyone in this country with the same mindset is impossible. The socialists in DC have so much support from the left, how do we stop them? It’s obvious we wont change their minds, they worship the ground these people walk on. We come on here day after day and post our hate for what they are doing to our country and where does it get us? Is it time for a real revolution? Not just a revolution in words, but a real, blood and guts revolution? I’m at a loss.

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    • What do we do? For one you can turn off the computer and take to the streets. Organize a rally,a protest, a boycott, don’t pay you taxes, find a way to cripple the government. Fight back. Your vote doesn’t mean squat anymore. Yes sacrifices will have to be made, you may have to put your family on hold in order to make sure they don’t get consumed by the government. Stage a sit in, what ever but shut off the freakin computer and quit complaining, and whining on Facebook. FaceBook is nothing but a monitoring service for the government. Everything you put on line stays on line and everybody know what your doing. STFU. But the reality of the situation is, no one will lets go of all this security and comfort, girls night out, get my fingernails done BS to take a stand against the regime. It’s always “Well you first, you start it” if our for fathers had taken that attitude, you wouldn’t have what you have today. Don’t try and figure it out, organize. There is strength in numbers.

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  22. metagor says:

    Reblogged at selfconrecap.wordpress.com

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  23. metagor says:

    Reblogged this on selfconrecap and commented:
    I wonder what we Americans are waiting for when it comes to the audacity and rudeness of this president and his supporters.

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    • Brad Fahl says:

      The same as the Bush followers. Bush had to cheat to get his Presidency. He was the minion for corporate PACS. Took us into Iraq because, ” He tried to kill my daddy.”

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  24. Jim G.

    If you want to talk about no bid contracts how about Kellogg, Brown and Root in the Iraq war? It is amazing to me how bad the right wing hates somebody they can’t beat at the ballot box.

    Obamacare isn’t going to do much to attack the real problem in health care which is its cost. Soon no one will be able to afford dental work with the average Dentist finishing school $300K to $400K in debt. In Europe the have high taxes but they also have higher wages. The Dentists leave school debt free so the charges for dental work is not so much. The USA’s kill or be killed capitalism is great for the world. Not so great for the US citizens…We would do much better with Sweden’s capitalism.

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    • I agree, Michael. I think the majority are clueless as to what a surgery and short stay in the hospital is running these days. These are illnesses that many women will face in their lifetime. Let alone the after treatment if cancer has spread to other areas. Who will pay that bill for the uninsured person?

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    • Jim,
      It was called the LOGCAP contract and they were awarded it, look it up, problem with the left is they only repeat what others have said without checking facts. Competitively bid and Cheney WAS not involved at that time with Halliburton, look it up!!!

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  25. tayistheoneiwant says:

    In the end the socialistic society that wants it that way will not benefit one dime……nor will they have equality in anything. Why? Because when the middle-class is totally wiped out there will be nothing to get or give. The rich, media, celebrities, corrupt politicians will have it all…..and none of this will affect them. Really don’t know why so many can’t see this! Sad!

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    Reblogged this on BeeshaSIM.

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  28. On the media;
    David Rockefeller’s 1991 Bilderberg
    Quote…Ten Years Later
    11-21-1

    Quote:

    “We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years.”

    He went on to explain:

    “It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national autodetermination practiced in past centuries.”

    — David Rockefeller, Speaking at the June, 1991 Bilderberger meeting in Baden, Germany (a meeting also attended by then-Governor Bill Clinton and by Dan Quayle

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  29. John Hasham says:

    These are thoughtful fighting words — and fight we must.

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  30. Nothing will change as long as there exists a large corps of impoverished, under-educated minority voters willing to see any change that gives them other people’s wealth. That is what Obama has done–he has created a subservient constituency that will vote Democratic and allow polititians to do as they wish as long as the free money keeps flowing. That has to stop.

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  31. dema roge says:

    Which is what I have been saying all along! WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT IT? The only answer I have found as of yet is, ‘Vote in someone else.’ Well, that is gonna be awhile….. and it is likely the candidates will be ‘more of the same.’

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    • Jim G. says:

      No, its not the same thing. Only elect people who pledge to vote for and enact term limit legislation. If they aren’t willing to make that commitment they shouldn’t be elected. I think once the movement began, some of those who are in office would jump on the train as well.

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      • That is very hard to do when the voting is also meddled with. There is nothing we can trust our leaders with. The ones that do care are out numbered. I also believe this started a long time ago and started moving rapidly when the trade center buildings were struck by so called terrorist. Amazing how all this security from that incident continually takes away our freedoms daily for the sake of our safety.

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  32. I did not glean any answers regarding what we can do.about it.

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    • Jim G. says:

      Obama, as well as the others elected in Washington, have absolutely NO incentive to change anything. They all are set for LIFE. They have taken advantage of their elected offices and never need to work again because they have voted themselves life long pensions and benefits, even if they serve no more than two years and are voted out of office.

      I believe the only way to end this tyrany is to elect people who will vote fo change those laws to strip away all those self-serving life-long benefits. Term limits for everyone is the answer with no pay or benefits when they leave office. The only way to do this is to put new people in office who are elected to do it. The ones who are there are never going to do it. Serving the country is a privilege, not a self serving benefit.

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    • Join your local tea party group and start attending meetings. brainstorm. talk to your neighbors and friends and coworkers. recruit. tea party patriots is the best group imo. there are others but tea party patriots is still the best one.

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  33. You are a disgrace to intelligent people everywhere. I, for one, am not impressed that your job as a professor somehow makes you an expert, on anything. Today it is only insurance but in the minds of many, it should be a great many other things to right this ship called our economy. You, like the Koch brothers, just don’t have the simple good sense god gave you. People eventually will call you out and then republicans and idiots alike, will take notice.

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    • Jim G. says:

      Your city, Chicago, like Detroit has all Democrat leaders. And those “Intelligent” people are leading Chicago down the same road to bankruptcy as Detroit. Hmmm, let’s see isn’t Obama from your neighborhood?

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      • We’re proud to say President Obama hails from Chicago. Just as He is proud to claim Chicago as his Hometown. So yah, he’s from the neighborhood. Our State! We have Democrats in office in Chicago because that’s who the voters have chosen. Just like President Obama was elected to a second term.

        There’s no concern for folks who couldn’t get medical coverage. No concern for those that died trying to get the treatment they needed. Thank God those with conditions can be treated like the rest of humanity. How anyone thinks they can pay out of pocket for surgery is beyond me! People don’t have 60k to 100k sitting around to pay that hospital bill when it’s all said and done. But the bill will have to be paid! Some way.

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      • Jim G. says:

        See Victor Orloff’s comment, “Nice article. Yet, what it is missing here is a clear – the most important – point that Obamacare is not about healthcare reform. It’s about the fundamental transformation of America into a liberal/socialist/communist regime.”

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    • Pretty typical progressive response. Pejoratives, lack of cogent debate… I believe the time has come for folks on all sides to quit being “cheerleaders for the cause” and actually take a studied and informed look at policy. Your mere mention of the Koch brothers shows your tendency to drink only from the progressive trough. Delineate where the professor was off base and why.

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      • Jim G. says:

        Your comment is kinder than mine would have been. The so-called ‘liberals’ like to call themselves ‘progressive.’ I usually think of them as self-serving swine whose life ambition is to feed at the public trough.

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      • Lily Kayser says:

        Ignoring the first paragraphs that serve mainly to insult and appeal to emotion and have no facts to dispute, there are lots of inaccuracies.

        Our health care has not changed. Health insurance requirements have changed.

        I’m not sure how “they” have crippled businesses, or demanded people to ignore their religious beliefs. I do know that making legal products illegal is something that’s done in every country. Everything is legal until it’s made illegal, right? So are we upset that marijuana is being made illegal? Oh wait, that’s the opposite of thing that’s happening.

        I’m not an expert in behavior to analyze a person and determine they’re acting kingly rather than presidential, so not much I can argue there since obviously the professor is. I can say that presidents have been making “pronouncements” with the effect of law for a long time and last I knew the current one has made fewer than the previous one. I can also say that as the chief of the executive branch the president does have the power to not enforce laws that are unconstitutional in his judgment. Even lowly police officers have that power.

        I think the only obsession with “sex” (and what do gay guys playing sports have to do with that?) is because it’s being brought up as an issue by conservatives trying to limit certain things like contraceptives and abortions to the point where it’s impossible for some people to get them, but not due to market forces preventing it.

        I’m not sure how money was wasted on the website. I mean, I’m sure there was some, but I doubt there are any studies out to validate that it’s hundreds of millions. The whole thing about central planning ignores that since as a society we’ve accepted some socialist influences rather than being 100% free market there are tons of things in common with central planning all over.

        The reason communism, and really any government system, has only been tried after civil unrest or chaos is because that’s the purpose of rebellion. The rebellion says the current government isn’t working and they institute a new one. I’m not sure why a society would switch their government to something else if it was already working for them and without there being significant unrest.

        What lies in particular have been told? Hard to dispute that he’s a liar, although politifact has/had a percentage of statements evaluated by presidential candidates that Obama had a better percentage than his opponent when I looked at it a long time ago. The only lie given is that you can keep your health insurance. You can, unless your company cancels it, which a lot have because those plans being canceled weren’t meeting some basic guidelines.

        We actually seem to know a lot more about the current president than we did about the previous one, or any of the other candidates last election. All the conspiracies about him not being eligible to be president have been thoroughly debunked, and he’s probably the only elected official that we can see a copy of his birth certificate online at any time. Also, most of the scandals mentioned haven’t been scandals at all. The Fast and Furious thing is, but it also ignores that the prior president ran the exact same program making it not a liberal/progressive/Democrat problem.

        I’m interested in how the healthcare system will be made a disaster by a supposedly disastrous health insurance change. Also interested in why so many people are losing employer supplied health insurance when it’s a requirement in the law that companies provide it, other than small businesses. Also interested in the exorbitant extra costs when they seem to be down a lot of places.

        I can’t see the future, so theories about what would happen there are pointless without specific arguments to back them up.

        Unfortunately, living in a conservative state, it feels a lot more like the conservative need to make sex between consenting adults illegal, ignore legal marriage contracts, and require unnecessarily expensive and invasive procedures or interfering in what a doctor is required to say about medical procedures and more seem to be interfering in my life a lot more than the progressive idea of making sure people have access to healthcare and we’re not paying for emergency procedures for the poor instead of preventative ones.

        So… that’s pretty much a few of the areas where it’s “off base”.

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      • Jim G. says:

        The Professor obviously has excellent academic credentials and has thoroughly researched her subject matter. Fumbling around with “I’m not sure” and other feeble attempts at trivializing and marginalizing her work does not legitimatize or add creditability to your comments.

        No one, with even half a brain, gives a tinker’s damn about the so-called “birth certificate” scandal. It’s all the other massive abuses this so-called president is guilty of, not the least of which is GIVING $685 million tax payer dollars to his campaign donor to build a non-functioning web site on a no-bid contract.

        But you should feel free to continue to worship at the Holy Obama shrine, and by all means let the political party do your thinking. They need people like you.

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      • Lily Kayser says:

        Actually I went with “I’m not sure” where no evidence is cited and I can’t infer what’s being referred to or in places where claims are made that can’t have proof yet.

        His school records were brought up as being important, which was less important than the issue of his birth certificate. The point, however, is that we know more about this president than most others contrary to assertions in her piece.

        Also, I don’t worship anyone. I do hate lies, so when someone posted a link to this repeating your claims of it convincing absolutely anyone, I read it interested in its persuasive abilities. I’m still disappointed to find it’s just insults, lies, and fortune telling with a little truth sprinkled in.

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    • look in the mirror and you will see the idiot

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    • Richard Knox says:

      Sean,
      Your an idiot! Open your eye’s fool! Can’t you see when someone is trying to take your rights away?!

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      • Butch Burel says:

        Richard, what rights are being taken away? Are you on Medicare yet? If not will you refuse Medicare when you hit 65 years of age? Have you rejected Social Security yet? You should given your beliefs. After all, SS/Medicare was deducted from your paycheck whether you LIKE-IT-OR-NOT. If you are sincere about what you have stated then you must categorical reject anything you receive from the government whether local or federal in spite of the fact that taxes are taken from us against our will. If Ben Franklin made the statement about the certainty of death and taxes then it should be clear that at the birth of this nation taxes were intended. Don’t act wounded or surprised.

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    • Thank you Sean you took the words right out of my mouth. I to can not stand these people who come out like this and start preaching IMO to me that they know everything like this professor who again IMO knows nothing .

      Hope your day is great

      Kimberly

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    • Butch Burel says:

      I left a reply but it seems ambiguous. I’ll try again: Sean, you nailed it! Great Job!!!

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  34. Mark Steele says:

    “Complaining isn’t the same thing as doing anything about it.” Great! Do what? Anybody can point out the problem. Show me what it is that you think we can do! I think 0bama just may be God’s answer to a nation that increasingly rejects him. If that’s true then the problem is a spiritual one. Why should God bless a nation of atheists, and homosexuals, etc?

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    • Jim G. says:

      I would contend that America is not a nation of atheists and homosexuals and Barack Obama is not God’s answer to anything. He, as well as all the other people elected to serve in Washington, are not the country, nor do they accurately represent the people of the country.
      There are 237 millionaires in Congress, that includes both the senate and the house. That means 47% of congress are millionaires, while less than 1% of the American public can make that claim. Representative government? I don’t think so.
      While the official Republican party line is that they stand for smaller government and fewer taxes, since 1953 when Harry Truman was president, the Republicans and the Democrats have each conmtrolled the white house exactly the same number of times. The result of that is federal government has grown and so has taxes.
      What can be done about this? Term limits for congress and no pensions for anyone after they serve.
      Barack Obama, as well as many others in Washington, is just a symptom. God gives us all free will. How we use it is our personal responsibility.

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  35. Mike Peters says:

    The progressive movement has laid waste to the values which made this nation the leader in democratic principles. It has become a Rand nightmare come true. A nation where the common good is dictated by the elite few all for the sake of control. These elite few dictate which laws will be upheld and others ignored. Such is the reason the American consumer can no longer buy incandecent light bulbs but can buy marijuana in Colorado without the DEA acting accordingly, thanks in part to Eric Holder. What our nation will make and take of this is still undetermined. I hope freedom still rings.

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    • Jim G. says:

      “Progressive,” “Liberal” or just simply Democratic Party, they all mean the same thing: they represent those who wish to grow government to the biggest monstrostity the world has ever known until it finally sucks the very life out of the country it pretends to serve. The only service it will provide will be to those in office and those who serve them. All others will die at the hands of the few who hold power. It will be an ignomous death. I have made arrangements so that will not be my ruin. My end, though it be untimely, will be a bitter disappointment to many I am happy to say.

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  36. Robert Albro says:

    I do have to ask would you hire this Lawyer to defend you, in a court of Law? As a Law professor (in accounting?), and a lawyer who has passed the BAR, and is qualified to argue in front of the SC
    OTUS, wouldn’t you believe she should be going after The Chief Executive of the Goverment, if he has broken the law, or is operating outside of the law. GW Bush, and VP A Gore went after each other. She’s asking where’s our spine, well where in the world is her’s, she has the education to think, and the lience to practice law so why does she cower away from going after the President?

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    • Jim G. says:

      I see you are an Obama worshipper. The question for you is, Why should she spend her money going after him in the legal system when it doesn’t cost her anything to rip him a new one in the media and do a lot more damage? But please feel free to continue to worship and pray at his holy shrine.

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      • I just love it when someone goes to this extreme to make a point. Rip him a new one, you say? Someone would actually need to care what she thinks about it all to begin with! That’s why she’s a Professor and he’s the twice elected President! People are so upset about the healthcare that they’re actually signing up for it! Wow!!

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    • Mary K Pike says:

      Cower away? Hardly. Our legal system in this country is not much better than the current administration. They protect the criminals and victimize the victims. This professor has shown more grit than most, knowing that making her views public, against the current regime could be harmful to her career, not to mention her life. The Obama regime does not embrace any kind of remarks about their policies, unless they repeat the canned talking points of the President.

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