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  • Friday the Thirteenth

    There are certain dates that are seared into the memories of all Americans. Dates that altered the course of our union; sometimes in moments of glory, often in moments of tragedy. Today, Friday the 13th, is one of those days. Today, both the House and Senate passed what will historically be looked at as one of the biggest mistakes in the history of the U.S. Congress; a bill that will ultimately be the judge and jury of President Obama’s first term in office. There is no doubt that President Obama will sign the legislation that he lobbied for on Monday. He will certainly invoke the names of our greatest Presidents as he does so. But, in doing so, he will be discrediting the very promises he made to the American public only months before.

    Against the recommendations of the Congressional Budget Office, he will sign this bill. Despite returning the nation to a sea of dependency by completely reversing President Clinton’s welfare reform in 1996, he will sign this bill. Despite the threat to religious freedom cleverly disguised in the small print, he will sign this bill. Standing steps from the federal agencies he plans on doubling in size through cherry-picked liberal programs, he will sign this bill. Using an economic emergency to shield the liberal goal of federalizing your health care, he will sign this bill. And despite the overwhelming majority of Americans in poll after poll saying ‘no’ to this bill, he will say ‘yes’.

    Congress was able to deliver this accomplishment to the President, by ensuring that no Member of Congress had the ability to even read it. They guaranteed there would be no debate. They intentionally delivered new versions with handwritten exceptions at midnight so you would awake not aware of what was happening. This was not transparency, but reckless abandon.

    The final House vote was 246-183. The Senate voted 60-38, passing the bill by the thinnest possible margin. And so the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passes Congress, on its way to the President, giving us the scariest Friday the 13th in this nation’s history.

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    71 Responses to Friday the Thirteenth

    1. Laura Landacre, Wash says:

      This is one of the scariest days in our history. I am still in shock at the velocity at which this entire process went down. I am in total disbelief that, despite our efforts, it passed anyway.

      Goodbye capitalism. Hello socialism.

      Goodbye religious freedom–goodbye health care choice–goodbye, so long–farewell.

      May God help us and protect us in the dark days ahead.

      Shame on our government for doing this to our children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. I am sorry for our leaders and for those who worship(ed) Obama as the Messiah.

      He's not saving us now.

      Here's to 2012…

    2. Mark Smith, Clemmons says:

      What you wrote is so true. If they were really concerned for the American people, it would have been directed at helping the people. Not loaded with all of their Pork Barrel Projects. I guess they comfort their souls by telling their selves that they are doing this for the people. Because we the people are not smart enough to know what would work. I hope they can lay down at night and sleep in peace. But what they are doing scares me.

    3. patrick, chapel hill says:

      My ancestors did not come here to build a massive Federal Government, instead they came to build dreams, families and hope of a better tomorrow. I can only pray to God that our country will some day recover from this "mistake" and once again move toward our roots. While it most likely will not be in my generation, I hope my grandchildren will have a chance to experience our Grand Fathers America. I look into our children's eyes and hope they can't see my tears. Mr. President – you now have pushed our beloved country toward failure, how can you do this? Hope and Change – that was your slogan – wow it was good lie. Congratulations Obama-Biden I hope you are proud of your destruction.

    4. Eric, Milwaukee says:

      How fitting, the day we descend into socialism. Friday the 13th

    5. Craig Hyatt says:

      American tax payers are being asked to take a burden that no one should be required to suffer. It's time to tell Congress, no more! Increase the number of dependants that you claim on your compensation. Send less money to Washington. And if you personally feel commited enough don't pay your tax bill. Other wise just delay the payment. Does anyone honestly think they can get any of this resolved by writing your Congressional Representatives? I'm afraid not. Send a message to Washington. We pay the taxes and we expect them to spend it in a frugal manner. Arresting 60 million people will be impossible.

    6. David, St. Louis says:

      Sad, but wonderful first paragraph.

    7. Dani / Houston says:

      We are entering an era like never before in American History. I just hope people are right when they say we have gone through liberal strongholds prior to this act. I really believe all we have left and maybe that is why this is all happening is to turn it over to the Lord. Because he really is the only one who can get us out of this mess. This is not about picking up those that are down it is about bringing everyone down so the government is in total control. I guess those that are envious of corporate jets have no problem with government extravagance.

    8. Oma says:

      "I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of the President of the United States, and will to be best of my ablity preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States."

      Such beautiful, simple words – and they are being bastardized by evasion, dishonesty, and a trail of slime along the edge of all that made America good and decent and honest.

    9. Ryan, Texas says:

      Surely taxation with representation means that our representation will have the chance to at least read the bill.

      "We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men" -Edward R. Murrow

      Sadly it seems we have been driven by fear and haste into a sea of unreason. I like how Murrow ended his program that night, and I think it apropos.

      "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves"

      This is the government we have elected, and I believe it a governing law of all human reality that you will reap what you sow, you will reap it later than you sow it and you will reap twice as much as you sow.

    10. Christopher Ppham Sm says:

      Regrettably, the economic turmoil in which we find

      ourselves boils down to the responsibility of every registered voter.

      In a brief speech in November of 2007, I reminded

      the audience of an admonition from FDR.

      To paraphrase, he said: "Never let the Oval Office

      or Congress dictate to you the people; never allow those two branches of government to tell you(the people) what to do". As we enter the new age

      of Socialism in America, perhaps this statement

      is food for thought.

      See: http://www.popham08.com

    11. Keith Ressler, Dover says:

      America became the most powerful Socialist nation in the world on 13 February 2009. Unless this measure is overturned and common sense and fiscal responsibility once again become the rule rather than the exception, I fear our days as a sovereign nation are numbered.

    12. Laurie Kodysh says:

      It seems that the House and Senate have just acted once again, with the same reckless abandon that they have scolded home-buyers for in the ongoing mortgage debacle…not reading the "fine print" and being exactly aware of "what you are getting yourself into". What has happened to the old addage that, "Haste Makes Waste"?

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    14. Marvin Kraus Troy,Oh says:

      This bill is pig in a poke and full pork and it discusts me with speed with which it was rushed through the voting process.

    15. Brent Allan, Las Cru says:

      Fasten your belts! Here we go down into the abyss of the most "trasparent and honest" presidency in history! Yea Right.

    16. Daniel Longo says:

      Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government…

      when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

    17. Randy says:

      What a dark day for all of us in the USA. Americans as a whole seem so surprised by the content and lightening fast passing of this monsterous bill. If voters had paid attention to the real Obama agenda in the election, one could clearly forsee what we were in for as a country in the election of Mr. Obama. Being the most liberal voting senator out there, his associations with many questionable people and organizations and his plan for change. It's change alright; voters got exactly what they asked for in President Obama- a man who gets things done- as far left as possible, leaving no room for questions. Democrats are partying at the taxpayers' expense. The Republicans are finally realizing that they have moved away from their core responsibilities to the true conservatives and are way late on the draw. The true conservative voters/taxpayers are throwing their hands in the air in disgust scrambling for ideas on how to protect the rights to life and liberty that are left to us for the moment. Hold on to your Constitution America, it's going to be a fight to the death – its only been 25 days since Mr. Obama has taken office. Such an example to other nations we will be…The great USA, finally beat down to the Socialistic values we shed so much American blood to prevent elsewhere, submitting under the hand of a smooth agenda that slid right by anyone who buys the idea of 'change' without examining the content thereof. God save us all.

    18. Hilda Perez says:

      The bill passed because the people who put the Democrats and the President in office, do not follow politics, do not listen to the radio, TV, or read newspapers on a regular basis. I know plenty of those. Pelosi, Obama, Reid, et al know it so they don't care about what the rest of us think. That is why they want to start silencing talk radio and certain cable news outlets. That is why they are in a hurry to implement so many projects before the media get out of their American Idol/Dancing with the Starts daze and begins questioning what is going on. Would it be too late then?

      I am, for one, planning to e-mail Pelosi, Reid, Kerry, Bill Nelson (FL), Schumer and request every three months a quarterly update of how many jobs have been created and how many programs have contributed to job creation. We, the people, should hold government to a higher level of scrutinity and accountability. It is hypocritical of the Democrats in the House and the Senate who voted for the spending bill to demand so much of those in the private sector while they continue to fly in government paid jets, wine and dine at the people's expenses, and appropiate funds to projects that are designed to pay off political debts acquired during the Presidential campaign.

      I hope that each of us, individually and through organizations such as The Heritage Foundation, continue to keep them in check.

    19. Boyd Leavitt, Beverl says:

      I am thoroughly discusted with Obama and his cohorts. This was once a country built on the hard work of its people and became the worlds greatest free market country. We were a symbol for the rest of the world's countries and an example to them of what life could mean for their citazins. We are now a mockery to all!

      An oath is apparently only words to some people!

    20. Brad, Douglas County says:

      Long live President Pelosi! Ooops, Obama. Wait, who is running this country now? I am so confused. Why do a few from San Francisco get to dictate to us how we live. Wait, I know, it must be the NUT JOBS that voted into office people like, Reid, Pelosi, Boxer and others. When will it stop? Will Conservative Americans finally wake up or lay dormant while Socialism in America takes full grip upon our lives. Can we really hold on for two more years and will the tide be reversed? How odd the most evil happens in the darkest hour and this occurs on Friday the 13th.

    21. Dennis, Ohio says:

      This, is truly a day that will live in infamy.

      Mr. Obama seems to recklessly head off into the void. Now it is up to us, The Conservatives, to assure a more responsible vote in 2010.

    22. LarryOldtimer, Phoen says:

      A president in panic, and a Congress in panic. And a real mess to come. No good will come of this, not a single thing.

    23. Martha, Washington says:

      Democracy: "a system of government in which power is vested in the people, who rule either directlty or through freely elected representatives."

      Yes, Friday the 13th was indeed a sad day for America. It was beyond irresponsible to vote on such an obscene pork laden bill, over a 1000 pages long, that no one had time to read. This is a blatant abuse of power.

      The following democratic senators are up for reelection in 2010:

      • Bayh – IN

      • Bennet – CO

      • Boxer – CA

      • Burris – IL

      • Dodd – CT

      • Dorgan – ND

      • Feingold – WI

      • Inouye – HI

      • Leahy – VT

      • Lincoln – AR

      • Mikulski – MD

      • Murray – WA

      • Reid – NV

      • Schumer – NY

      • Wyden – OR

      And of course, Arlen Specter, R – PA

      Check the reelection status of your congressmen too.

      Let our voices be heard in the voting booth!

    24. Brian, Milwuakee says:

      Was it passed on Friday the 13th, or Valentines day the 14th? In that case you can call it (in the Chicago tradition) the St Valentines day massacre.

    25. jwdance minooka IL says:

      I will be the optimist… the president and congress are now lashed to this. There will be no escape. Win ,lose or draw they have sealed their own fate I see 2010 …I see the democrats tangled and beckoning from the back of this bloated monstrosity ….just a thought

      ishmal:)

    26. C. Lindstrom, Color says:

      Thanks to our elected Congress members, our children will never have and know the America our fore fathers fought for and gave us. Congress has sold our freedom spirit and the soul of America to the Socialist way of goverment. I feel so sorry for all of our children and grand children because our goverment will destroy the spirit of accomplishment and pride, unfortunately 50 to 70 percent, if not more, of their income the goverment will take from their pockets. Depression is coming and bondage of the people by the goverment. Goverment is not the answer. God forgive us for rejecting HIM and replacing HIM with GREED, SELF POWER and desires.

    27. R. Todas, Illinois says:

      Well, those who voted for him got change alright, just as he promised. Now all of us must live with it. Only hard lessons get throught o some people. The people in power now will not give up easily, even with people against them.

    28. Tim Taylor, North Ca says:

      Alas, this is just the beginning of the insanity, and there is little difference in the current Republican and Democratic establishment. The conservative leadership must find a way to create a new Conservative Party or this country will continue to spiral out of control. Under the guidance of President Bush we began spending money like a bunch of sailors. Under the guidance of President Obama we are spending money like a bunch of drunken sailors [no offense to sailors intended - your service is respected and appreciated].

    29. John Kuethe, Elk Gro says:

      What kind of person promises transparency and then pushes a bill obscenely loaded with pork and lacking any measures of substance designed to boost the economy at such a pace that the lawmakers who have to vote on it don’t have the time to read it? A President and his chief of staff who are products of the Chicago Democrat political machine, that’s who. These are street thug tactics, the kind that have made Chicago lore over the years.

      The formula for this is easy to decipher:

      First, create an environment of panic and hysteria where the public looks for some shining kight to save them. Just look at the way people are star struck, babble incoherently with glee as they bask in Obama’s presence.

      Then put together a bill that contains enough pork to satisfy the needs of your political allies; one that overreaches just enough that it will be pared down during the vetting process.

      Next get the initial votes passed so that the bill goes to conference for final adjustments.

      During the conference more deals are made and many of the items that had been cut out during the vetting process are put back in.

      Then push for a vote as quickly as possible without letting the public have enough time to read the gigantic bill and form an opinion on its content.

      Finally, get it to the President to sign into law.

      This is the way things have been done in Chicago for decades; put together a deal that benefits all the conspirators, get it passed and signed, all before the public knows what hit them. All you need to do is look at the history of the state of Illinois for the past 20 years and you will see the training ground for President Obama and his Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

    30. ron stratton, Oneida says:

      All it took for evil to succeed was for enough good men and women to do nothing. The Democrats did not "win" so much as they benefitted by the default of our Republican elected officials. Most of today's economic mess was started when our guys were in, or at least had access to the microphone. If we had stuck to our beliefs as strongly as the Democrats stuck to theirs, we would still be in control. Our guys switched sides. Don't blame the winners.

    31. Bruce Nelson, St. Pa says:

      Friday 13, 1307 was the date on which the Templar Order was routed in France by King Phillip because the group threatened his power. Friday 13, 2009 marked the day Barak Obama routed the Constitution of the United States of America, because the document threatened his power. The people that will be most stunned to realize the loss of their freedom are the wobbly kneed journalists who failed to ask the following two questions.

      1. Who is Barak Obama?

      2. What is in this bill that transparency would have uncovered?

      The dumbfounded look on the American Journalists’ faces will be akin to that of the 9/11 hijackers upon finding out those 72 virgins were not awaiting their triumphant arrival.

    32. Cathy, Mobile, AL says:

      It is a sad day, that is for sure. But for those of us who know how to pray and believe – if God is for us, who can be against us? Don't know if you have heard about it, but Glenn Beck has started a movement along with Fox News called "We Surround Them". I felt so helpless in this situation because I felt that none of our politicians are "hearing" us. Help me to help us be heard…join with us as "We Surround Them". I am ready for conservatives to form a demonstration more than several million strong..just like Louis Farrakan did with the Million Man March in Washington D.C. so they know we mean business. Obviously the senators and congresspeople of my state will be under scrutiny in their voting. Shelby is already hanging by a thread for voting in a known tax cheat.

    33. dmc222 Michigan says:

      I find it reprehensible that anyone would vote on something having never read it.

    34. April McNamara, Colo says:

      I felt as devistated as you do now when the Patriot Act was signed into law. What a black day that was. Talk about stripping away our liberties. A gigantic bill that was rushed through congress that nobody had time to read.

      I'm always amazed, whenever Democrats want to try and help the middle class, Republicans call that Socialism and Communism. But, when tax credits are dolled out to big business…well, that is prudent economics. Millions of people are losing their jobs. Don't you care about that? Doesn't that worry you? What about your neighbor? What about your fellow citizen?

    35. Lucy Brown San Fran says:

      Nothing Obama is doing is new to me. It is Roosevelt's play book one illegal action after another. "We have to feed them," but they will be the voters in 1936. He got rid of his opposition to his New Deal, using the IRS to spy on his opponents, using his power to manipulate the Supreme Court to support his Fascistic agenda. He use the NRA to control every aspect of business. He raised taxes up to 79% for the rich. He hated Corporations, and believed he could even impose his ideas to the world, starting with England. He Started Federal Charity, buying votes. He was an egotist who could soothe the public with his beautiful voice, a la Obama but really only loved himself. He bought the American people to secure a Democratic base for ever, and he did until 1994. He gave us a broad welfare base, Social Security, and 10 years of a depression.

    36. Mark Reading, PA. says:

      A very sad day for us all regardless of your politics. In this climate the new patriot will need to be the silent majority that never speaks up when confronted by liberalism. I’m through being nice to socialists that have no respect for the many sacrifices made by everyday Americans that gave it all when asked. I love this country and I’m sickened by those that disrespect it or don’t appreciate the dwindling freedoms fought for and paid for with American blood. Speak up Conservatives we need to wake up the brainwashed lemmings. Our argument is solid and easy to make: theirs is very hard to defend.

      In the words of Mr. Wilcow " your freedom to be you includes my freedom to be free from you".

    37. John Bull says:

      The "sea of dependency" argument is nonsense, because the alternative to welfare is child support, which has reduced fathers and husbands to the level of indentured servants. The only answer is to stop enabling single motherhood and to reject feminist values, which have devastated the American family. But some of you on the right don't have to guts to confront the real issues.

      Until you reduce single motherhood, welfare is preferable to child support slavery for dads.

    38. Steve, Georgia says:

      Velcome to the glorious peoples republic of obama, pelosi and reed i.e., the U(socialistSA comrades!

      how disgusting!

    39. Glenn, Santa Clara, says:

      Hi all. Prior to September 11, 2001, I wasn't paying much attention to politics. Yes I vote and consider myself an American Patriot first, but I was asleep to what was going on politically prior to that fatefull day. Scince then I have been trying to find my political self through means of reaserch and education. I am not highly educated. But I do consider myself intelegent. I work hard as a thirty-year journeyman machinist here in the Silicon Valley. I take care of my family, pay my taxes and try to enjoy life. Does my life sound like your life?

      I have never blogged before (sorry about grammer mistakes) but I am at the point where I can't contain this any longer.

      I am very concerned about the newest events that are unfolding. The state govenment, that is supposed to work for us, has run our great state into the ground and their only solution is more taxes. Our federal government in charge wants to blindside the American people into debt oblivian. I am mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more! My question: How does one become connected to people who share similar sentiment and want to get involved?

    40. Mara, Charlotte NC says:

      Glenn, one way you can get involved is to volunteer at your local GOP headquarters. Even though I blame the republicans for some of this mess we find ourselves in by going back on their "contract to America," I believe they are trying to get back on track with fiscal responsiblity and returning to their conservative roots. I am also to blame by not seeing what was happening and not getting involved, but no more. My eyes have been opened and I will fight for our country's freedom. This website is an excellent source of information. I encourage you to e-mail everyone you know articles from the site so others can have exposure to the truth. They are not getting it from the mainstream media. Good luck, Glenn. You are not alone.

    41. Paul Holding on in, says:

      Due to Corrupt Government Officials, Non-Existent Oversight and Foolish Wall Street Executives that abandoned free market principals and deliberately invented fictional financial products. Our Countries Financial system has been crippled, and our country has been invaded by citizens of other nations ,in an illegal way .

      I believe we need to look at a way to stop the government from having the ability to take our money before we have it.I think we also should demand the creation of a "Tax Ballot" and have a way of deciding exactly where our money goes.

      I'm tired of the government using my own money against me.

      I believe we all have a constuitional right to as a citizen to enter into a private contract of employment with a private or non government employer. and have a right to choose weather I or not to allow the government to take taxes automatically.

      This is "Us against Them" The Free Market Business and the free American Worker talk to your co workers and your Business owner…what do you have to loose I am if we and our employers didn't have to pay so many rediculas taxes think what we can do whith that money.

    42. Kouier Radek says:

      All in the name of "fairness", "equlity", "brotherhood…correct, April M? BTW..the Patriot Act did not strip away our liberties. It provided a means to protect them. Do you have something to hide..or have you just jumped on the media band wagon to let them do your thinking for you? The Dems helping the middle class…what a crock!

    43. Bruce Macomber, Miss says:

      Well, folks, the writing was on the wall long before Obama was elected President. We tried to warn the public that they were being lulled by an empty Hope-Change rhetoric.

      Say 'Hello' to tribulation.

      Depending upon your point of view, the notion that there really is an 'end-times' may or may not be of comfort.

      From a scriptural point of view, Isaiah had it covered when he said:

      Isaiah 5:18-21 (KJV)18 Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope: 19 That say, Let him make speed, and hasten his work, that we may see it: and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw nigh and come, that we may know it! 20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! 21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

      Welcome to ObamaNation.

    44. Susan says:

      I must adminish all the congressional leaders who voted for the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act 2009 because the method, the cost, and the content of this bill betrays and highjacks my generation, the Y generation – Echo Boom.

      -Highschool Freshman

    45. Susan Lithia, Florid says:

      I must admonish all the congressional leaders who voted for the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act 2009 because the method, the cost, and the content of this bill betrays and highjacks my generation, the Y Generation – Echo Boom.

      -Highschool Freshman

    46. Phil H., Phoenix AZ says:

      I don't think that America can stand to wait until 2010. Can Representatives and Senators be re-called?

      As a comment to those refering to God. Think about this – the reason that Obama came out of nowhere and became President Obama, and this terrible economic catastrophe bill was passed, is because in end time prophecies the USA is not mentioned. Therefore as there were other other minor biblical kingdoms not mentioned in the Bible, America much greatly diminish and no longer be a world power. This began 2/23/2009. Just food for thought.

    47. Bruce, Michigan says:

      Democrats Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Barney Frank, Christopher Dodd, started this financial 'crises' by forcing banks to loan money to people Democrats and the banks knew couldn't or wouldn't pay the money back! Former Clinton appointees Franklin Raines and Jamie Gorelich ran Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae into the ground by buying up these Democrat forced loans and then took big bonus's fron Freddie and Fannie after Freddie and Fannie gave huge campaign contributions to Dodd and Obama (Obama by the way received the 2nd highest amount of contributions next to Dodd from Fannie and Freddie). Bush warned of impending doom back in 2002 but Barney Frank and the Democrats said let's keep loaning money to people who couldn't pay the money back, it isn't our money anyway! And now Democrats Frank, Dodd, Oabama and the rest are blaming Bush and Capitalism! True capitalism would not have let banks make loans to folks they knew wouldn't pay them back. Capitalist fire folks who loan money to folks who don't pay the money loaned back. It was the Democrats who caused this and now they are going to get us out? I have trouble believing that don't you! Humbly submitted in the interest of fact over fiction.

    48. Jennifer, Louisville says:

      I am sick of being told we got what we deserved since we voted them in. I didn't vote ANY of them in and I don't want to suffer through their idiotic policies!! I do not want to be held hostage to their socialist initiatives and I don't want to be ROBBED of the fruits of MY hard labor. I don't want to be forced to help people who refuse to help themselves and I don't want to contribute to government projects that I don't believe in. The country is deeply divided. Obama did NOT receive a mandate; he got a SLITE majority. I want to bow out of this mess. Let's divide the country in two: One side for the Capitalists and one side for the Socialists. I will gladly move my family and home, if I can just escape this MADNESS!!

    49. K.Vodicka, Columbus, says:

      Come on people wake up! Our country is under attack by those self serving liberal democrats led by Pelosi and the all mighty messiah. This group of traitors are a clear and present danger to the liberties and freedoms our founding fathers set forth. Is anyone truly suprised by there actions? I am more concerned with our lack of action. Now is the time to speak up and take the fight to them. The consersative movement has been hampered by a decade of trying to meet them in the middle, but we can no longer afford to play there game. It's time to take the high ground and leave those stuck in the middle behind. Let's start with the three in the Senate who truly stabbed their party in the back and allowed this massive pork spending bill to take place.

      GET OUTRAGED! We have embarked on the sure path to Socialism. WAKE UP AND MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!

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    51. Wayne, Indian River, says:

      ENOUGH DOOM AND GLOOM!!!!!!! I hear a lot of frustration, a lot of fear, and a lot of anger. GOOD. Now go do something positive with it. This is right where Obama likes you. I have written all of my reps in DC(DisConnected)and told them it is time THEY started looking for a job. Support The Fair Tax if you want to take the money out of their hands. And let them know you're doing it. In some cases we will need to seek out new leaders, for too many of them are just too far gone to change. Watch your reps like a hawk, tell your friends and neighbors to do likewise. Organize, meet, march, recruit. And for the Love of God, TALK TO YOUR CHILDREN. Take an interest in what they are being taught. Read their books, interview their teachers, teach them to speak out. We have enough sheep in this country.

      I hear a lot of talk about God.

      "Call to me in times of trouble. I will save you, and you will honor me."

      Psalm 50:15

      Get back to the basics of our Christian Nation. Live your lives with honor,and responsibility, and demand it from your neighbors. We must all demand it from our government. How many of you who had the opportunity, voted for Huckabee, or Paul? The reason I ask is these two were the ones who actually had a PLAN for change. The change we need is a return to our roots. We are a Christian Nation, formed as a Constitutionally limited Republic. These two things are where our salvation lies. Godspeed to all of US!

    52. Kurt Krueger. Milwau says:

      Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" should be required reading for every citizen of this soon to be once great country…we have taken a giant step toward that being an prophetic reality "show" being played out before the people that drank the Kool Aid with the assistance of the willing media. Of course the problem is our public schools can not turn out a product that can read so the point is moot.

    53. Chris Goral , East T says:

      Voted for hope and change in November? Congratulations on your slice of ownership of the greatest coup in the history of the world.

    54. Cathy R, Virginia says:

      We the people need not give up because many have fought and died for the freedoms that we have. Please continue to stay informed and let those that represent us know that you are not happy with them. Remember that the pen is mighter than the sword and that we need to protect our rights to free speech and watch out for the Fairness Doctrine that is in danger. Keep the faith.

    55. Peter, New Hampshire says:

      I have been concerned for a number of years about the direction our great country is heading. The way that this huge bill was presented at 11PM and voted on the next morning is disgusting. I am disgusted that Nancy and Harry have that much power, but I am even MORE disgusted that the Republicans allowed themselves to be bullied into voting on this. Why didn't they DEMAND 48 hours to read this pig??? It's the LAW!! It was supposed to be on the internet for anyone to look at. They put it in PDF format so that you couldn't search for it. Nancy claimed that the urgency to get this thing passed was so great that there wasn't five minutes to spare…and then our new President left for a four day Holiday, before signing it. NOBODY read it!!! This is absolutely mind boggeling!!! This is the classic salesman trick of shoving a blank sales agreement under your nose to sign, telling you not to worry about all the details.."I'll fill those in, later. Just SIGN it." Nobody in their right mind would sign it.

      Be afraid…VERY afraid. In the next few months details of this huge mistake will come out that will outrage people. This is 100% a liberal power grab under the guise of "helping" the average working American, that does more harm to our way of life than any single event in our history.

    56. Sam Kendall, Wiscons says:

      I find it quite fitting that, due to a cold, I lost my voice on Saturday. After all, it seems as though the people have lost their voice with Congress, or at least with the alleged party of the people.

    57. April McNamara, Colo says:

      Better be careful…you are a half-step away from calling President Obama the Anti-Christ. Not such a great argument. The world over has been quoting scripture and referring to leaders with whom they disagree as Satan's own for centuries. Let's stick to discussing the issues.

      The Republicans, under President Regan started rolling back regulations which have allowed for corporate greed to run amuck. They didn't mean for that to happen. They were trying to support a "free market". However, if banks loan out money to people, then they should carry the risk. Instead they were allowed to sell it off and wash their hands of it…all the while making tons of money.

      The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) was established by the Democrats to help people who were being turned down for loans because of the color of their skin or because they lived in low-income areas. It was established to help people who could afford to buy a lesser home to get a loan. The purpose was to stop racism and support freedom and equality. The Democrats never meant for the CRA to be set up to allow people to not pay back their loans. The deregulation of banks and lending institutions allowed the lenders to follow poor (dishonorable) lending practices and then pass the debt onto someone else. Also, people bought homes that they couldn't afford. That debt was eventually pooled and now we have a financial crisis.

      Something needs to be done. If we just propose bills that bail-out banks and big CEOs then we will be perpetuating the crime.

      I for one am incredibly grateful for our 2-party system. We help keep each other in balance. I can listen to and respect your arguments. It takes a balance. But, please, no more of the Armageddon stuff.

    58. ra,ohio says:

      Folks, I think the only thing that will get the politician's attention is to reduce the tax revenue that they expect, and demand from us every year.

      I have sent many e-mails to our reps and senators, and all you get back is an automated reply.

      TAKE THEIR MONEY AWAY,…maybe 50% to start, and then see what happens.

      They can't get all of us.

      ra

    59. Thomas Carroll, Mary says:

      We have to blame ourselves. This is not an isolated event, but the culmination of a long slide. The wolf in sheeps clothing was the complete lack of fiscal discipline exhibited under the 6 years of Republican control and George W. Bush. While President Bush may have been a very principled man, smaller government was not one of those values.

      We let the "war on terror" consume our resources and justify a complete rejection of the concepts of smaller government. Let's face it, we are governed by will of the well financed. Either global business interests or global social interests. Until we have a modern day Boston Tea Party, were our representatives are repudiated for their lack of conviction, we as Americans are well down the slippery slope of National mediocrity.

      I keep playing the old mantra, "As Goes GM, so goes this nation." Sad but true.

    60. mck, oklahoma says:

      On whose ear mark did we get all those (107,200) metal cars with 144 shackles each. Here comes the Barstow express. We lost a lot more than our freedom. Now they pass a bill without looking at it. Great. He posted it, but who can decifer something like that in such a short time, if at all. Not the American public. Being disappointed in President Obama is the understatement of my life.

    61. Barb -mn says:

      Please. We don't have to blame ourselves. It's the leadership that is too weak to stand up for this country and her principles. It is their chosen actions. It is those that betrayed us and stole the freedom we've come to know America to be. It is especially, the President of this country.

      EVERY American's part in this country is to "ask not what this country can do for you, ask what you can do for this country." What EVERY American(All American and foreign born) in this country can do for this country is to be self-reliant, self-sufficient, independent and free. Don't let the government stop you do your part America. There should be FEW exceptions.

    62. Sam J., S.C. says:

      Only the severely misinformed would believe that government deregulation (especially under Reagan!) placed our economy in its current crisis. We've probably had the most gov't intervention in the past five months since LBJ, and we're nowhere near a solution.

    63. Grace, Florida says:

      This day will go down as one of the worse days in history. Not only is this bill going to change our country it's going to change our people also. The strong will rise above it and not give up others will accept everything the government offers them and others just won't care one way or the other. It's a real shame what's happening here. Obama is not my president!

    64. Sliver, Wisconsin says:

      The liberals planned the dumbing down of America 40 years ago so you can't expect a large portion of our population to be able to read or understand what's happening. The school system teaches very little basic subjects, they are more concerned about teaching gay rights or how bad America is without knowing anything about history. When a black woman stands up and says that Obama will now make her rich because he won the election,well need I say more. To be PC

      I grew up in a mixed race community and some of my best friends were black and there was never any racial disrespect that I can remember, but a lot of people got rich over racial unrest in the last 30+ years.

    65. Tim says:

      I find it interesting that so many of you think you can just leave it to God to fix this mess. How convenient it is to forget that God helps those who help themselves. God gave us certain inalienable rights. Such as freedom of Speech. The right to keep and bear arms so that no man could be enslaved by another. Even if that other believes he is the Massiah. Yes Liberals are working on the destruction of free speech from those that appose them. Once they have silenced us. Through the help of the media you will not here about the loss of American lives as the government begins to seize private arms. Once they believe the American citizens have been dissarmed there will be no need for further elections. We will then become a communist country. The differnce between socialism and communism is small. Socialists tell you to do as they say on penalty of prison. Communists tell you to do as they say or you will de killed.

      I believe the 2010 election could be the turn around to Americas present heading towards communism. That said the liberals have funded acorn and other election steeling organizations as an insurance policy in 2010. Americans must reserve the right to march on Washington D.C. by the hundreds of billions demonstrating their Second Ammendment rights and removing all from office who appose our Constitution Of The United States Of America. Americans have revolted before. Lets hope it can be avoided this time.

    66. jerry says:

      If you and all readers would look up treason in the ditionary you will find that the people who voted for this bill are all guilty. Treason as definded as is violation of allegiance towards one's sovereign and country especially the betrayal of one's country by consciously and purposely acting to harm the country. Any betrayal of trust and confidence. The sad things is now we have to live with it and suffer and the people we elected sit by and watch our great country suffer suffer suffer.

    67. April McNamara, Colo says:

      Sam J. of SC. Google "Subprime Crisis" and read Wikipedia. President Regan was instrumental in deregulating the banks. Remember the Savings & Loan scandal of the mid-80's? President Regan is not solely to blame for our current crisis. I beleive that it has been a "perfect storm" of variables.

    68. Christopher Ppham Sm says:

      As of March 15th, 2009 there is a movie on the Internet that is also "food for thought". Its title is "The Obama Deception". At first, I thought this was just another critique of the new Administration. But it is more than that.

      This well documented film is like a good book that you cannot put down. If only half of the

      presentation of facts and figures are true, then

      we have more to be concerned about, regarding the

      safety, security and sovereignty of America than

      I ever imagined. The movie should be seen by all

      patriotic citizens.

      It is indeed, "food for thought".

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