Liberals only care about themselves

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Young people today need to think about their futures. Most of you have been taught the wrong information by your teachers and school administrators. Let us look at what you are encouraged to do.

You are told Democrats love you and want you to succeed. But in reality you are being used to support liberals’ inflated lifestyles.

Young students today are told to take out large loans to pay for college degrees, enslaving you with debt and few good job prospects.

Democrats have regulated the economy into recession and shipped most good jobs overseas.

You are then stuck with crippling debt, poor job prospects, while liberal teachers enjoy a privileged lifestyle with tenured jobs and extravagant benefit packages. College teachers enjoy job security while they encourage censorship, anti-American viewpoints and hate against people who disagree with them.

Liberal Democrats have convinced you to support their luxury lifestyles while at the same time stealing your futures.

ObamaCare will soon take more of your money to support aging leftists and pay for their Viagra and Botox treatments. The Democratic Party has imported votes by encouraging illegal immigrants to flood into our country, driving down wages, taking jobs from citizens, reducing opportunities for law-abiding people and increasing crime and taxes to pay for their crimes.

A few of you lucky enough to know the right people might get good jobs in government or other taxpayer-subsidized nonprofits, but I suspect most of you are having a hard time making ends meet. Are you really going to continue to vote for Democrats and support their lifestyles?

Try voting Republican or Libertarian and see your lives improve. I know most of you would rather have a good job and self respect instead of food stamps and subsidized housing.

I encourage everyone to vote no on bond measures and tax increases until our politicians take us seriously. They laugh at us now about how easy it is to convince us to give them money so they can give themselves raises and hire their friends.

Liberals have pretended to care about the working man for a long time, but the truth is now out. They care about themselves and their bank accounts, retirement investments and excess wealth.

Stop giving your money to the government, kick the Democrats out of power.

Greg Sterling

Walla Walla

Comments

downhillracer 1 year, 1 month ago

Talk about living in Bizzaro World. So, how much do the Koch Brother pay you to shill for them?

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fatherof5 1 year, 1 month ago

Wow. I started reading this, thinking, "Oh, there is a counter-point I'd like to make...and there is another one." And then the letter went from inaccurate to extraordinarily dumb in more ways than I could enumerate. What kind of vacuum must one live in to believe such sweepingly stereotypical stuff about essentially half of all Americans? Sad.

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PearlY 1 year, 1 month ago

fatherof5, believing "sweepingly stereotypical stuff about essentially half of all Americans" is quite common on both sides of the political spectrum. You yourself don't express that very often, but look at the comment directly above yours. After all, what are the chances that Mr. Sterling really IS paid by the Koch brothers?

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kurtfr 1 year, 1 month ago

The only thing that is missing is writing that liberals are driven by their belief in Ayn Rand. How did he miss that?

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BluMtn 1 year, 1 month ago

Hallelujah , I'm tea bagging for Jesus !

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chicoli 1 year, 1 month ago

Hallelujah, hallelujah...(in a trance)...send fire, Jesus to those sinners... Oops, ( awake) is getting hot here...

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chicoli 1 year, 1 month ago

Greg, you're so incredibly disconnected with America, not even libertarians nor republicans want anythyng to do with you. People like you are accountable for the shrinking in conservativism in this country. To start you don't have a sensible political understanding of this Country's problems, certainly not in a good position to proselytize to young people, who migh understand the issues much better than you do. So keep praying, my friend! God knows better...He gave it to Obama, not once but twice before!

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ImJustSayin 1 year, 1 month ago

The libtards doth protest too much, methinks

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downhillracer 1 year, 1 month ago

Trying to sound "smart"? Didn't work.

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chicoli 1 year, 1 month ago

Qui sequitur grosso Limbaugh ambulant in tenebris! So, there!

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PearlY 1 year, 1 month ago

Paco speaks. Et venit vox de caelo.

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chicoli 1 year, 1 month ago

...voce de populo, mia cara!

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PearlY 1 year, 1 month ago

Mi fai ridere ad alta voce!

And didn't we deal with that "darling" business once before?

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chicoli 1 year, 1 month ago

Wrong! Mia cara means " my estimated one" I could have said "mio caro to namvet" ...but I changed my mind! Well, maybe one of these days!

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namvet60 1 year, 1 month ago

That would have been your mistake!

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PearlY 1 year, 1 month ago

If you meant esteemed, it would be "stimata amica" or the like. I flatly refuse to be "estimated" by you or anyone. Do you have me confused with a leaky roof? My dictionary (and everyone else's) disagrees with you on "mia cara," but you can be thankful that as a conservative, I'm not going to hold politically incorrect language against you, I'm just going to tease you about it.

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chicoli 1 year, 1 month ago

I concede, you're absolutely right! You're very gracious in just teasing me, my "stimata amica".

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VinoTinto 1 year, 1 month ago

Mr. Sterling is experiencing the onset of dementia and Obamacare can help; but I have a feeling this Tea Partier is already suckling on the teet of Medicare - the other version of socialized medicine. What a schmuck!

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namvet60 1 year, 1 month ago

Vino - are you indicating that Medicare is a government teet? When you are forced to pay into a fund for 50 years you would expect some return from it. Maybe that's not the way its done in Spain but it is in America.

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VinoTinto 1 year, 1 month ago

Yes, Medicare is a government program and a darn good one at that! Medicare recipients only pay a small fraction for the services they receive, therfore it is a safety net program that nearly EVERYONE needs. Not everyone receives full Medicare benefits though, but that's a lengthy eligibility conversation.

The current Medicare reimburse model drives up health care costs for everyone, but in an indirect way. Usually health care institutions only have one charge description master (profile where orders are linked with a dollar amount), and it's usually inflated by at least 20-30%, so the hospital can get the reimbursement they want. For example, if the hospital knows the payer is going to only pay between 70-80% of the total charges, then the institution is going to increase prices accordingly. Since Medicare is one of the best payers, and has a lot of rules regarding reimbursement, policies are usually set by their guidelines.

When the Affordable Care Act is implemented though, reimbursement is going to be based on "health outcomes" which is really good as it will protect seniors from unnecessary surgeries and procedures just so someone can meet their bottom line. This will not prevent people from getting what they need as reimbursement is based on health outcomes. Heres an example of unnecessary surgeries: My father and a retired friend of mine both had eye-lift surgeries as the doctor said it would improve their vision. Neither of them wanted an eye lift surgery, but since Medicare was paying, why not?

BTW - I'm 100% American, with ancestors who came to the West Coast in the Donner Party. No cannibalism jokes please.

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PearlY 1 year, 1 month ago

Possibly we're related. One of my ancestors came through just before the Donner Party, participated in the rescue and ended up marrying a Donner Party survivor, last name: (no joke) Graves. I don't remember if that was her birth name or married name.

I frankly don't understand your example. Did your father's and his friend's doctor force them to have surgery? Or did he suggest it as a way to improve their vision, which they opted for because it was free but would not have opted for if they had to pay for it themselves? Did it in fact improve their vision?

If so, aren't you basically saying that under Obamacare, an optional surgery that does have benefits would be denied to people who wanted it? My understanding of Medicare in practice is limited, but it is that if Medicare does not allow for a treatment, it is a crime for a doctor to provide it at the patient's cost, unless the doctor is completely out of the Medicare system, which is virtually impossible if you treat geriatric ailments. Is Obamacare going to end up being just as punitive? Right now, if my doctor suggests eye lift surgery and my insurer won't pay for it, I can get it and pay for it myself, at least until I get stuck on Medicare. At that point, I'll have to not only pay for it myself, but go overseas for it and recuperate away from home. I can see how that would be theoretically cheaper for the government, but how is that better for me?

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VinoTinto 1 year, 1 month ago

BTW - Your Medicare will not change or be reduced with the Affordable Care Act.

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PearlY 1 year, 1 month ago

Isn't $500 billion of the cost of Obamacare coming from cost reductions in Medicare? How are they going to reduce costs without changing or reducing anything?

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chicoli 1 year, 1 month ago

The $500 billions is money overpaid in fraud and abuse, overbilling by unscrupulous doctors, nursing homes, pharmaceuticals, scooter sales, etc... This administration is putting a lot of scammers in jail, and has recovered billions in return. VinoTinto knows a lot more than I do about this subject, so I'll let him take over from here...

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PearlY 1 year, 1 month ago

If there were $500 billion recoverable from fraud and abuse by putting scammers away, it could and should have been recovered with or without Obamacare. We've had a huge bureaucracy in place for decades to deal with Medicare fraud and abuse, but couldn't seem to do it.

If the government's management of aMedicare was so bad that it could sustain $500 billion in fraud and abuse, how in the world could the solution be to vastly expand the role of government into even further programs? Especially when the government has proven itself incapable of implementing these vast new programs and actually announced it is going to use the 'honor system' for eligibility for subsidies because it doesn't have the ability to put safeguards in place to verify eligibility. They might as well have sent out engraved invitations to scammers.

No, the way this is going to happen is simple: Anything the goverment decides to cut from Medicare is going to now be labeled 'fraud and abuse.' Voila! But that's going to include many services people used to think of as part of their coverage.

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downhillracer 1 year, 1 month ago

That's an opinion piece, not a source of reputable fact.

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chicoli 1 year, 1 month ago

In Spain health services are free for ALL its citizens, like in many other European countries, Canada, Australia, Japan, China and many others.

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PearlY 1 year, 1 month ago

Do you mean the doctors and nurses work for free? Really? Or do you just mean that health services are paid for indirectly instead of directly?

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kurtfr 1 year, 1 month ago

Republican leaders think Medicare as well as Social Security, Medicaid, et is a government teet. http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/08/27/200513/in-idaho-boehner-vows-to-succeed.html#.UhzPbT-9Lg0

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VinoTinto 1 year, 1 month ago

Oh, and I did take out student loans, paid them back with interest, landed a professional job and will probably be able to retire when I'm 50 which is only a couple of years out; just goes to show who the real money managers are!

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chicoli 1 year, 1 month ago

I studied Medicine in Spain, cost me "nada", just a small fee for registration, books, and the cost of an appartment. I retired from the USAF as a LC, retired from the VA, and I'm still helping veterans all across the Country. Well, as it pertains to education we still can learn from the sensitivity of other countries!

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VinoTinto 1 year, 1 month ago

I taught English in Madrid for a few years after college. It was a great experience. Great country!

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PearlY 1 year, 1 month ago

But Vino, we can't ALL work for the government like you do.

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VinoTinto 1 year, 1 month ago

You mean you don't have the will power to invest and save, so you thought you'd be insulting.

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PearlY 1 year, 1 month ago

Vino, my homes are free and clear and I'm retired on my savings from a career in self-employment, so if I was insulting, which wasn't my intention, lack of financial will-power is not the motive. Why was that an insult, anyway? The fact that you can work for the government and retire comfortably at 50 does go to show, though, that our public servants do all right for themselves.

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VinoTinto 1 year, 1 month ago

The "comfortably" part comes from the equity on a home I own in California, although I'm not sure you can ever have enough money when you retire : )

I'm still not sure why you assume I work for the government. I was an English professor in Spain, but I'm not a teacher by trade.

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PearlY 1 year, 1 month ago

SFDPH? Or is that a different person of the same name?

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namvet60 1 year, 1 month ago

Typical. The critics of this letter have all espoused top dollar spending in the community. That must make Mr. Sterling's letter valid.

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kowjak 1 year, 1 month ago

Laughable! I worked hard for forty years, and thanks to both social security and a couple of Carpenters' pensions, and medicare -- which does not cover viagra or botox, I can get by. For several of those years, my family was without adequate health care, not for lack of trying. I am thankful for the occasional food stamps, medical coupons, and the periodic unemployment compensation which I paid for with my taxes. I was happy to pay my 23% tax rate when I was working, and happy to use the benefits when there was no work -- no thanks to the anti-tax, anti-government folks -- JHV

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namvet60 1 year, 1 month ago

kowjak - It maybe laughable to you but if you desire to live in a nanny state you enjoy. I prefer to keep the government out of my bedroom and my pocket.

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chicoli 1 year, 1 month ago

You're, indeed, sorrounded by Government, my friend. You don't see it but you live in a bubble insufflated by Government, which permeates every single aspect of your life...including your pocket, big time! Do you receive a pension from the Government? Do you pay taxes? Well, there you go...Now, go to bed where you feel safe and far from Government, and keep dreaming about your idealistic governmentless society!

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namvet60 1 year, 1 month ago

paco - As I have stated in the past your comments are meaningless to me due to your total exclusion of common sense. So in the future please don't bother.

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chicoli 1 year, 1 month ago

Namvet, your comments are insulting to Mr. Kowjak, an honest, hard working American who needed a well deserved intermittent help due to the economical realities of this country. You have the nerve to tell him he lives in a nanny state... HE ENJOYS? You know nothing about his struggles in life, and certainly you have no right to lash out at him with your typical insulting, repugnant style. So stop it, please!

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namvet60 1 year, 1 month ago

paco - your comments would be humorous if they weren't so pathetic. Excuse me for not putting a comma between state and you. The only comments on these posts that are insulting, repugnant and pathetic are yours.

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downhillracer 1 year, 1 month ago

The mirror of life reflects accurately who you are.

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chicoli 1 year, 1 month ago

Namvet, there you go again with your ever repetitious rhetoric, always predictable and boring! For some intriguing reason you love the word "pathetic" and you use it liberally ( as in "abundance", my friend). Maybe it sounds hifalutin to you... well, what the heck, you don't care about common sense after all! You just want to impress people.

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downhillracer 1 year, 1 month ago

Does that extend to a women's right to choose, or do you still want to legislate the vagina? So, if you want the government "out of (your) pocket, will you , for example, then stay off the roads you don't want to pay for?

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namvet60 1 year, 1 month ago

downhillracer - Your not only ridiculous but as clueless as some others! Do you understand the difference between limited government and an obese government. Your examples lead one to think that there is only two types of government. No government or making America a nanny state. I believe in limited government and you will never make a psychologist or psychiatrist even if you were to marry one.

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ImJustSayin 1 year, 1 month ago

You can't argue with someone who lives in bizzaro world. Legislate vagina? Like I've said before Pico....put down the pipe.

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VinoTinto 1 year, 1 month ago

DHR - I think it's priceless that they have NO idea what you're talking about, but they are the party of dumb and dumber; with I'm Just Saying taking thee DUMBEST award with his "tard" comments! We're really going to give them a can of whoop-a$$ in 2016. It was so fun watching the Republican primaries in 2012 and watching them implode ... OOPs!

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fatherof5 1 year, 1 month ago

I was thinking the same thing, VinoTinto. They really have no idea what that is referencing, as if it is obscure. Well, we know where they get their news.

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namvet60 1 year, 1 month ago

fatherof5 - nice to see you come out of hiding after posting your inflammatory assumptions.

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namvet60 1 year, 1 month ago

It's rather humorous to watch the liberals enter into the cannibalization mode of there own.

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chicoli 1 year, 1 month ago

Right on! That's precisely why liberals are shrinking in numbers, and loosing elections...and conservatives are growing and winning elections. Yes, this is very humorous, indeed! You guys just don't get or undestand figurative language! Well, let's see if you understand this one: concede and retreat!

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downhillracer 1 year, 1 month ago

Exactly. "Namvet"s comments are offensive to most anyone who understands critical analysis. It's actually been an interesting summer watching an elephant self-immolate, I had no idea the degree of their flammability, even when surrounded by their circular firing squad. Should they wind-up killing immigration reform, all bets are off.

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downhillracer 1 year, 1 month ago

Do you understand the difference of an "Opinion" column?

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fatherof5 1 year, 1 month ago

This is a piece written by a Republican congressman. And he makes it look like Democrats are crumbling in their support of Obamacare? Yeah, there's breaking news.

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NewInWW 1 year, 1 month ago

That's an interesting clip, in which Biden is talking about GWB.

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PearlY 1 year, 1 month ago

But what Biden says is that a President (presumably any President, not just Republican ones) doesn't have authority to go to war without Congressional authorization unless the U.S. is attacked or under imminent threat of attack, and doing so without that authority is an impeachable offense. And isn't that just what Obama claims he has authority to do in respect to Syria?

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downhillracer 1 year, 1 month ago

They can't win their argument on facts, so they resort to blatent lies.

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Jo99362 1 year, 1 month ago

Pretty sure GREED is a general human flaw that is in every political party. For maximizing profits, Republicans are ok with jobs being sent overseas years ago. Now these greedy companies are shipping chickens to CHINA so they can process the meat and export the same product back to us because it's cheaper than creating manufacturing jobs in America. Totally makes sense. Pretty sure Obama has nothing to do with this issue, it's a greed factor that seems to keep Americans in check.

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PearlY 1 year, 1 month ago

The corporate greed would be irrelevant if consumers' 'greed' for lower prices weren't even stronger. For every dollar of added profit for a corporation there are likely several dollars of savings for the consumer who chooses to buy the imported product instead of the more expensive USA-made product.

When our politicians talk about corporate greed driving the outsourcing of jobs, they're hypocrites unless they also blame their own constituents for shopping on price rather than manufacture source. And you know they're not going to do that!

But you're wrong about Obama having nothing to do with it. Obamacare is a major factor in making American workers even more non-competitive.

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downhillracer 1 year, 1 month ago

Please cite your source of data for this utterly ridiculous assumption.

Frankly, your inverted, twisted logic is appalling yet we've come to expect it.

http://www.walmartmovie.com/

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PearlY 1 year, 1 month ago

Which 'ridiculous assumption' are you talking about - the role of consumer choice in outsourcing or the law of supply and demand in relation to Obamacare?

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downhillracer 1 year, 1 month ago

1) " Obamacare is a major factor in making American workers even more non-competitive." 2) "..they're hypocrites unless they also blame their own constituents for shopping on price rather than manufacture source."

Pure, hyperbolic nonsense. Your baseless, glittering generalities are hardly interesting to even attempt decoding.

In your long-winded diatribes, you really are making it clear how you are extraordinarily misled by your selfishness and dislike of the concept surrounding "e pluribus unum".

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PearlY 1 year, 1 month ago

Selfishness is about what you do with your OWN money, and you know nothing about what I do with mine. For all you know, I provide a far greater percentage of my income than you do to the support of the needy.

Reviewing for you the basic laws of economics as they apply to Obamacare and consumer choices would definitely be a 'long-winded diatribe' so I'll pass. You seem to define others and therefore presumably yourself through a political and economic lens, and that's too much to tackle on a comment board.

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namvet60 1 year, 1 month ago

PearlY - keep those common sense, detailed posts coming - some of us enjoy.

For those that "don't like" - "don't read"!

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downhillracer 1 year, 1 month ago

In otherwords "Get Off My Lawn", screamed the "namvet" even louder.

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ImJustSayin 1 year, 1 month ago

I thought hippies died out long ago. Sad to see your kind trying to make a comeback. You were and always will be the downfall of our society. You have no shame and will go to no ends to ridicule those who disagree with you.

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msjenny51 1 year, 1 month ago

I am a liberal/progressive and I believe we care not just about ourselves but about our families and communities as we are willing to pay reasonable taxes for improvement in roads, schools and also to help out our fellow man in time of need. I also believe that we should all be provided health care and great public education. So how does that make me or liberals selfish as you claim!

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UMCADS 1 year, 1 month ago

Good job Greg, you sure smoked them out with that one. I'll be watching for more.

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UMCADS 1 year, 1 month ago

Good job Greg, you sure smoked them out with that one. I'll be watching for more. Paul Martin College Place

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NewInWW 1 year, 1 month ago

Smoked who out? Citizens who want to see this country and its people thrive? If that's who's been smoked out, I proudly count myself among their number.

Let me ask you, what do you stand for?

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