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New DNC TV Ad-Republicans Want to End Medicare
September 6, 2009, 3:09 pm
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From the Washington Monthly

Is the ad true? Actually, yes. Most Republicans really did “oppose Medicare from the start.” As recently as the 1996 presidential campaign, Bob Dole bragged about having voted against the original bill. And for years, GOP leaders have “called for cutting Medicare.” Indeed, the McCain/Palin platform called for significant cuts to the popular program.

But did Republicans vote to “end,” “abolish,” and “kill” Medicare? It’s provocative, but it’s a supportable claim. In April, 137 Republicans voted in support of a GOP alternative budget. It didn’t generate a lot of attention, but the plan, drafted by the House Budget Committee’s Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) called for “replacing the traditional Medicare program with subsidies to help retirees enroll in private health care plans.”

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50 Reasons to Vote Obama
November 3, 2008, 3:00 pm
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I didn’t vote for Obama by Kentuckyscott
November 3, 2008, 6:30 am
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I voted for Obama because I believe in love instead of hate, and in hope instead of fear and because I think the Obama/Biden team will lead us out of the morass of the last 8 years.  Here is a story I read about someone elses reasons for voting… 

 

“I Didn’t Vote For Obama” by kentuckyscott
Monday, October 20, 2008

“I’m a middle-class white guy living in Jacksonville , Florida . I’ve got a wife and two kids. Because the kids had no school today, I took a vacation day from work, and took the kids downtown to vote early. Fifty-nine minutes later, two smiling children and I proudly sported “I Voted” stickers.
But I didn’t vote for Obama.

I voted for my ancestors, who believed in the promise of this country and came with with nothing as immigrants. I voted for my parents, who taught in the public schools for decades. I voted for Steve, an acquaintance of mine from Kentucky . (Killed by an IED two years ago in Iraq ). I voted for Shawn, another who’s been to Iraq twice, and Afghanistan once, and who’ll be going back to Afghanistan again soon — and whose family earned eleven bucks a month too much to qualify for food stamps when the war started. I voted for April, the only African-American girl in my high school — it was years before it occurred to me how different her experience of our school must have been. I voted for my college friends who are Christian, Jewish, Mormon, and yes — Muslim. I voted for my grandfathers, who worked hard in factories and died too young. I voted for the plumber who worked on my house, because I want him to get a REAL tax break. I voted for four little angels from Birmingham . I voted for a bunch of dead white men who, although personally flawed, were willing to pledge their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor, and used a time of great crisis to expand freedom rather than suspend it. I voted for all those people and more, and I voted for all of you, too.

But mostly, I voted selfishly: I voted for two little kids, one who has ballet in an hour, and one who has baseball practice at the same time. I voted for a world where they can be confident that their government will represent the best that is in this country, and that will in turn demand the best of them.
I voted for a government that will be respected in the world. I voted for an economy that will reward work above guile. I voted for everything I believe in. Sure, I filled in the circle next to the name Obama, but it wasn’t him I was voting for — it was every single one of us, and those I love most of all.”



Decision ’08 Presidential Results
November 1, 2008, 3:15 am
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Election tracking at your doorstep

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Vote Barack
October 26, 2008, 6:20 am
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