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  • Astroturf For Hire: Left Does What They Do Best

    The blogosphere is picking up on the Left’s hypocrisy regarding their claims of astroturfing protesters at health care town halls the past few weeks:

    So I received an email/comment this morning about a craigslist ad soliciting health care activism for money. “Activism for money,” I thought!! Was this it at last? The missing link Democrats have been searching for? Obamacare opponents turning up at town halls really are a mob?

    Nope, just one of thousands of advertisements calling for activists to help in “urgent grassroots campaigns” because “we need people like you–lots of people like you–to go out in communities around the the country this summer and help make change happen.” You’ll be paid, too: “$11-16/hour.”

    That’s small peanuts, however:

    …Billionaire George Soros has pledged to sink $5 million into the fight, the group getting the money confirmed. Soros — whose operation carefully guards the privacy of such donations — made the pledge to Health Care For America Now, the leading coalition of pro-reform groups, unions and providers, HCAN chief Richard Kirsch confirmed in an email…

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    23 Responses to Astroturf For Hire: Left Does What They Do Best

    1. matthew, queens n.y. says:

      No surprise here. The left is so hypocritical.All during the Bush years all you heard was dissent was patriotic. Now they call those who dissent " unamerican " We can only pray that they will be out of power before they have destroyed this country!

    2. Lee, Wisconsin says:

      here here matthew from queens

    3. Jeff Brodhead, WA (s says:

      Call them TurfSmirfs!

    4. Roger S., Ma. says:

      Didn't the late George III do something similar, in 1776?

      Hessian mercenary troops to deal with the Minutemen and General George Washington? Was he successful? — I think I'll invite them in for coffee and cookies, yak a couple of hours, waste their time and Soros money, then, when they're ready to leave, tell 'em what I really think ! Or, would it be better to just waste their time, agree, let 'em feel good and then vote the other way, next election? Surprise ?! Any ideas ?!

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    7. Brad L, Phoenix says:

      We conservatives need a new game plan to get our Health Care alternatives in front of the public. Since the current media will not show both sides of the issue, we must move forward on our own to get the message out. Where are our multi-millionares to support such a program. I'm willing to donate, but I need to see an action plan.

      Reading these comments at Heritage make one feel energized by the conservative prinicples reaffirmed, but it is the millions of voters who do not visit these websites or listen to talk radio that must be reached.

    8. Bob, Portland, OR says:

      The audacity of the Obama democrat's continues to amaze me. Every day we are shown who these people really are, what they truly want and the disdane they have for us. As for Mr. Soros, it is clear that he hates what America stands for…and it's people. Anything he is involved with can't possibly be good for the citizens of the United States of America.

    9. Normca says:

      Astro turf in this situation is as phony as the left having principles. They do not have a core, other than what is happening at the moment. And their drones do not have any beliefs.

    10. Centaur, Purcellvill says:

      I don't think it's only a matter of they don't have principles: they've abandoned the principles which we have stood on for over 230 years. Basic, non-partisan principles of family and self-government are abandoned by the left and indifferent to the moderate. That is our primary problem.

      Imagine: if Americans truly understood and deeply valued the rights of parents to make decisions for their families, the rights of parents to guide the upbringing of their children, the rights of parents to raise their children as they have for over 230 years, would we have the health care bill? Would parental notification in the case of an abortion even be an issue? Would the liberal agenda stand a chance in Congress?

      The critical issue today is defending the family and parents — and getting involved is easy. Visit http://www.parentalrights.org for more information on how you can help to protect parental rights.

    11. Carl T Avondale, AZ says:

      Our Arizona Rep. John Shadegg (R) has a great plan called Private Choice. It put US, not the Govt Bueraucrats in charge of our decisions.

      He spoke of it extensively at his Sat Townhall in Phoenix. BTW, they planned for 200 to show up and according to the police/fire counts, we had over 600!!

      Please check http://www.ArizonaWebTv.com
      for more info or John Shadeggs website!!

    12. Lynn B. DeSpain says:

      Sometimes the President, Congress, and all the World Summits remind me of a group of ants running up and down a Redwood tree, trying to figure out how to put out a forest fire! They can't do it! Sometimes it is best to just seek shelter and pray.. Let the others burn.

      Hozro

    13. Daver Ft. Worth says:

      Shameful Thuggery! What a sad way to govern in 2009!

      Did I mention for the first time in my adult life I am no longer proud to be a citizen of this government?

    14. Elizabeth, Ojai, Cal says:

      Saw the Leftist Astro-Smirfs in action last night at a "Townhall" Meeting in Alhambra, Ca. It was easy to pick out the matching T-shirts and pre-printed signs. AT least we show some creativity with our hand-made signs! The entire meeting was basically an infomercial dominated by a so-called "Blue Dog" and his hand-picked drone panel. After over an hour and a half of vacuous "droning",all buttressing up the Big Government Plan,some citizen questions were taken, but use of a microphone for citizen questions was forbotten.

    15. Paul T. Anchorage says:

      Since we can't get proposal in the moron media or introduced as a bill into Congress, that leaves printing what we think is a better answer and passing it out at the "townhalls"! We don't have to worry about wasting paper on the Obamacrats as run around trying to look as though they were superior.

    16. Luis Rosales says:

      has he visited the VA or tested Medicare?. Not surprised. if you want socialist medicine, take a trip and understand the VA.

    17. Jerry, VA says:

      Daver, you are not a citizen of this government, you are a citizen of this country.

    18. Jill, California says:

      Fine. Call me Astroturf. I'll be the one laughing when this administration dries up and dies from the drought of public support gone bye-bye.

    19. Jerry from Chicago says:

      I don't think we are going to see many more townhall meetings. The politicians that haven't had them are not likely to want to submit themselves to the kind of heat they are likely to encounter.

      I've also seen signs that Congressmen and Senators are realizing that they may have gone too far with their arrogant and nasty comments about townhall audiences. Yesterday Nancy Pelosi said that such meetings were a good thing and that Americans had a right to speak their minds at such meetings. So did Arlen Spector. They obviously weren't expecting the kind of reaction they got over their initial comments.

      They, of course, have not changed their initial feelings one bit. They have however, realized that maybe they should tone down the insults.

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    21. Guy Valentine says:

      There are no better thugs than those under the big boy union bosses. Give a heap of the union "boys" a couple of Bud Lites, a van filled with co-ignoramuses and a crow-bar or two and you have some of the most intelligent "Chicago Style" bad boys available. These frightening socialist believe most of the (unionists)Town-hall folks are passive and no match for their impressive bulling type of manhood. But, these less than bright-minds don't have the smarties to realize this Obama Care also affects them. They are too in love with their egos and the high salaries they alone bring home.

    22. Rose from Georgia says:

      I'll be in Washington on Sept 12 to "tell" them (Obama, Congress and the news media) by my presence I've had enough of their spending, insults, and corruption. I'm not so different from most of you. We take a lot. BUT, Congress and the White House have crossed the line. It's time to take a stand.

      If you can't pay for it you don' buy it.

    23. John B. San Diego says:

      What a shameful thing for any party, or organized group, or anyone to diminish the power of the people during these town halls. I happen think that applies to elected officials especially. August recess with congress back to the states in touch with constituents, the officials should be out of touch with DC, and return to Capital Hill with messages from the people! This is not the case with all elected officials. Political posturing and grandstanding for cameras, mics and pens of a bias media is the case. The proposed program is larger than all political parties; DC can not fund nor administer this huge healthcare proposal as evidenced by some examples Postal Service, Social Security, Medicare. Ask yourselves Americans, what happened to "Our Republic" and what is to become of "We the People?"

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