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Asia is doing better than the USA so it makes sense to try and pass this health care bill, before taking a break and relaxing in Indonesia etc...I wonder if President Obama can still speak Indonesian?

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Why do I get the feeling that Obama's trip to Asia will basically be to beg Chinaand Japan to keep buying our debt?

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elbundamexicano: "I wonder if President Obama can still speak Indonesian?"

I believe the language is called Bahasa... or at least the main language. There is no 'Indonesian'.

Jeff198524: Probably because your last nation was put so far into debt by your last president it's absolutely necessary the US beg China to buy it off.

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He won't pass any legislation. So stop wasting time and go on your trip.

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Probably because your last nation was put so far into debt by your last president it's absolutely necessary the US beg China to buy it off.

Really? Guess you haven't seen the latest budget then. You know, the one where Obama is making Bush look like a cheapskate. Certainly a bargain considering the differences in spending. I mean, he's spending more in one year, then Bush did in an entire term. And that was considering a war and and 9-11. Oh, and if that isn't enough, Obama wants to completely destroy 1/6th of the US economy, and pass Cap and Tax. Heh, if he goes to Indonesian and never comes back... I don't think we'll miss him.

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Obama is a bum. His reforms don`t Left enough to please me. Only one man controls the House and that is Pelosi.

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Obama's sending is keeping this country a float and saving folks. Bush's spending only lined his and his friends pockets.

Obama's money = for the people, (jobs, healthcare, cash for clunkers, etc....)

Bush's money = his self and his friend's companies. (Halliburgtooon, Puss N Boots, Flackslaughter etc......)

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I wish Pres. Obama luck on his trip to Asia. He knows that the problems he has overwhelms whatever the expertise/influence he needs in the Asia Pacific to do him any good. He goes to Asia w/ a weak poker hand - no ace.

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Obama's sending is keeping this country a float and saving folks. Bush's spending only lined his and his friends pockets.

Hmm, methinks you are in lala land. Only way you could think the way you do. Hey, ask your buddy O, how many no bid contracts he has given out just in the short time he's been President. I promise the number is a lot more then zero. Oh, but that doesn't count, because he has a little d by his name.

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"suddenly improved prospects for his sweeping health care legislation"

Oh, no....

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Well, just knowing that Obama will be in the same neighbourhood, geographically, makes so happy I could burst! If HE won't come to Hirakata maybe I will have to go to HIM! I'm sure I could master enough Bahasa to make my myself understood in Indonesia.

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Fact: Over sixty percent of Americans are against Obama ramming this bill thru.

In my opinion, Obama was not clever enough. He lacks charisma and the rhetorical ability to sway the masses.

In order to fool the masses one must proceed slowly so that one day they wake up under the control of the government.

The key is the slow progression.

Jim Jones, while a terrible man, could teach Obama a lot about charisma and manipulation.

Obama is just not up to snuff.

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Well, it hurts to be IN Asia and be told that Obama's visit will be postponed but I guess I can live with it, especially if health care reform looks more likely and the 145,000 Americans who drop dead EVERY day because they know they will never have access to free health care now have SOME hope. I predict that it WILL pass, and Scott Brown and his evil pickup truck will be defeated.

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Momodaisuki, thank you for your comment.

Well, I expect the bill to pass, but the problem remains that most Americans are against it. And that is my point. Because of this the resistance to implementation will be greater than it should have been Or could have been under a more charismatic leader.

It would be much preferred for the masses to accept the notion of government control rather than shove it in such a ham-fisted manner in their faces.

Too much cart before the horse.

I want more finesse.

The bill might even be repealed. All polls point to major losses for democrats in 2010 and 2012.

This is what worries me.

All of this talk about Saul Alinsky and Obama appears to not be following Rules for Radicals. If he had, he would have developed more support among the masses--more careful groundwork. Obama`s numerous appearances and online campaign have actually backfired and I have no other way to put it.

I believe Obama should have proceeded more slowly to ensure a more receptive populace and a second term for himself. He has miscalculated in my view.

I believe we are on the same side, but pushing a bill thru in a federal republic in which state rights remain strong is a process full of pitfalls and land mines.

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Lenin: "Fact: Over sixty percent of Americans are against Obama ramming this bill thru."

60%? RomeoRamen has been claiming 75%.

Which one of you is not being straight?

Is is 60%? 75%? Something else?

I'm interested to see some numbers I can trust.

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Whatever you do don't get your numbers from ABC.

The measure would have the government originate assistance to needy college students, ending a system that has allowed banks and other private lenders to do so at a fee.

This is sort of like a new Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac for education loans. =How long will it take for a bailout?

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Lenin "but the problem remains that most Americans are against it."

Can you prove that? Where are you getting your numbers from?

Fox News?

I read a couple of days ago that a majority of Americans are now for the public option.

Why is the GOP not being honest with the American people?

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"a majority of Americans are now for the public option. Why is the GOP not being honest with the American people?"

Americans want health care reform, but the GOP is apparently blocking it, even though they don't control Congress or the White House.

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Sarge -

Americans want health care reform, but the GOP is apparently blocking it, even though they don't control Congress or the White House.

But (tragically), the Republicans are still part of the American government. This is the message the voters of Massachusetts sent to the GOP when they elected Brown: Stop whining about being so outnumbered in Washington, stop being childish, unpatriotic obstructionists, and START doing your jobs.

No one's buying the tired old "pity us poor Republicans" bullsh@t anymore. You'll find out in November.

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It looks like the conservatives are splitting against themselves. Almost every day there a different %age of Americans the Right claim are against this bill. As I illustrated above, there's real confusion in the conservative ranks, in fact, a cusery glance at their polls and you'll see their numbers are all over the spectrum. Are conservatives just pulling their numbers out of the same place they found Saddam's WMD?

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If we review Japan's health insurance program, it works because it is the individual's responsibility to be covered. There apparently isn't a safety net for those who don't or unable to do so seen from the news item on this site about several who died without insurance coverage. It's draconian but understandable. In the U.S., HC is market driven and the question is, should it be socially driven instead? These are some of the major issues separating the two parties. If socially driven, like Japan the U.S. should have fixed provider fees, but I don't see that happening. It's too contentious. Congress needs to set up the infrastructure and leave it to us to decide whether to use it or not. Medicaid needs to be eliminated in order to do this. Japan would go broke if they their version of Medicaid. Individual responsibility needs to be encouraged with government backing.

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But (tragically), the Republicans are still part of the American government. This is the message the voters of Massachusetts sent to the GOP when they elected Brown: Stop whining about being so outnumbered in Washington, stop being childish, unpatriotic obstructionists, and START doing your jobs.

Actually the message was, stop the Democrats we foolishly put in power. We don't want what they're shoveling.

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Obama continues to sink lower in the polls and I wonder who is going to mention impeachment first. I suggest he is a one time President and the final three years are going to negate all the good feelings we generated in WWII.

I voted for Ron Paul and this would have been a better ride.

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Molenir -

Actually the message was, stop the Democrats we foolishly put in power. We don't want what they're shoveling.

Nope, your version of the "message" is simply what the Repub propagandists want you to believe. Pity so many of you fell for it hook, line, and sinker, but thankfully, there are more good Americans out there than there are Repubs.

Ontopically, I say, along with the majority of Americans, pass this health care reform bill. Now.

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Nope, your version of the "message" is simply what the Repub propagandists want you to believe. Pity so many of you fell for it hook, line, and sinker, but thankfully, there are more good Americans out there than there are Repubs.

lol, thats after all why the bluest of blue states elected a Republican to Teddy Kennedys seat. Sounds like you're the one in denial. You and all your loony friends.

When poll after poll shows Americans overwhelmingly against this, its not Republican propaganda driving this, its the Dems own intransigence. Their refusal to listen to the clear and unequivocal message being sent by their constituents. Well, come November, they'll pay for that. And 2 years from now, O is going to be praying that Republicans put up a weak candidate. If they put up anyone even remotely electable, O is gonna stand for Out.

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Molenir - Just for your information, "LOL" is not a counter-argument; it's more usually a desperate defense mechanism to "hide" the fact that you can't argue me down. Observe:

thats after all why the bluest of blue states elected a Republican to Teddy Kennedys seat.

Exactly. Refer to my earlier post.

Sounds like you're the one in denial. You and all your loony friends.

Nope, no denial. And my friends represent the majority of Americans; look at the current, duly-elected President of the United States of America for proof.

When poll after poll shows Americans overwhelmingly against this, its not Republican propaganda driving this, its the Dems own intransigence.

I've seen just as many polls that show Americans are for health care reform. Besides, wasn't it those of your ilk who claimed that the only significant poll was the one in November 2008? Changing your tune yet again, I see.

Their refusal to listen to the clear and unequivocal message being sent by their constituents. Well, come November, they'll pay for that.

This sentence refers to the GOP, not the Dems. Americans are too smart to let the party of Adolph Bush back in the White House. The party of "no" will indeed pay dearly in November 2010 - and especially in November 2012.

And 2 years from now, O is going to be praying that Republicans put up a weak candidate. If they put up anyone even remotely electable, O is gonna stand for Out.

Corrections: Change "2" to "7", when America elects the next Democratic President of the United States of America; change "praying that" to "knows that"; change "If" to "When"; change "remotely electable" to "completely unelectable"; and change "Out" to "Outstanding".

Now THAT's accuracy. You're welcome.

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Nope, no denial. And my friends represent the majority of Americans; look at the current, duly-elected President of the United States of America for proof.

His ratings are what?

I've seen just as many polls that show Americans are for health care reform. Besides, wasn't it those of your ilk who claimed that the only significant poll was the one in November 2008? Changing your tune yet again, I see.

Please, give me a link to this poll of yours showing a majority of Americans in favor of this disaster.

This sentence refers to the GOP, not the Dems. Americans are too smart to let the party of Adolph Bush back in the White House. The party of "no" will indeed pay dearly in November 2010 - and especially in November 2012.

Again in denial. Guess you'll be terribly and tragically surprised come November when Pelosi becomes Former Speaker of the House, and 2 years from now when Obama becomes not only the first Black President, but the first Black President to ever serve only 1 term. Thats looking more and more likely, with him pushing his radical agenda that only a few die hard leftists like yourself seem to support. But by all means enjoy your denial. See you in November when the dream dies.

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I voted for Ron Paul as well, and if he had won, we'd be out of Iraq, out of Afghanistan, and pulling out of Okinawa, Korea, and everywhere else we're blowing billions of dollars per year to create enemies.

Of course, this is why he could never have won...

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