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Mr. So-Called President: Just Who Do You Think You Are?

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Mr. So-Called President: Just Who Do You Think You Are?

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Dear Mr. So-Called President:

So let me explain to you how this works.

You were elected as chief executive of the United States. I won’t belabor the fact that you won with a minority of the popular vote and a little help from your friends, FBI Director James Comey and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The bottom line is, you were elected.

And this does entitle you to certain things. You get your own airplane. You get free public housing. You get greeted with snappy salutes. And a band plays when you walk into the room.

But there is one thing to which your election does not entitle you. It does not entitle you to do whatever pops into your furry orange head without being called on it or, should it run afoul of the Constitution, without being blocked.

You and other members of the Fourth Reich seem to be having difficulty understanding this. Reports from Politico and elsewhere describe you as shocked that judges and lawmakers can delay or even stop you from doing things. Three weeks ago, your chief strategist, Steve Bannon, infamously declared that news media should “keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while.”

Just last Sunday, senior policy adviser Stephen Miller declared on CBS’ Face The Nation that “our opponents, the media, and the whole world will soon see as we begin to take further actions, that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.”

What you do “will not be questioned?” Lord, have mercy. That’s the kind of statement that, in another time and place, would have been greeted with an out-thrust palm and a hearty “Sieg heil!” Here in this time and place, however, it demands a different response:

Just who the hell do you think you are?

Meaning you and all the other trolls you have brought clambering up from under their bridges. Maybe you didn’t notice, but this is the United States of America. Perhaps you’ve heard of it? Nation of laws, not of individuals? First Amendment? Freedom of the press? Any of that ringing a bell?

Let’s be brutally clear here. If you were a smart guy with unimpeachable integrity and a good heart who was enacting wise policies for the betterment of all humankind, you’d still be subject to sharp scrutiny from news media, oversight from Congress, restraint by the judiciary — and public opinion.

And you, of course, are none of those things. I know you fetishize strength. I know your pal Vladimir would never stand still for reporters and judges yapping at him.

I know, too, that you’re accustomed to being emperor of your own fiefdom. Must be nice. Your name on the wall, the paychecks, the side of the building. You tell people to make something happen, and it does. You yell at a problem, and it goes away. Nobody talks back. I can see how it would be hard to give that up.

But you did. You see, you’re no longer an emperor, Mr. So-Called President. You’re now what is called a “public servant” — in effect, an employee with 324 million bosses. And let me tell you something about those bosses. They’re unruly and loud, long accustomed to speaking their minds without fear or fetter. And they believe power must always answer to the people. That’s at the core of their identity.

Yet you and your coterie of cartoon autocrats think you’re going to cow them into silence and compliance by ordering them to shut up and obey? Well, as a freeborn American, I can answer that in two syllables flat.

Hell no.

IMAGE: U.S. President Donald Trump returns a salute as he steps from Marine One upon his return to the White House in Washington February 6, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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Leonard Pitts Jr.

Leonard Pitts Jr. is a nationally syndicated commentator, journalist, and novelist. Pitts' column for the Miami Herald deals with the intersection between race, politics, and culture, and has won him multiple awards including a Pulitzer Prize in 2004.

The highly regarded novel, Freeman (2009), is his most recent book.

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  1. Mama Bear February 16, 2017

    I second that!

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  2. plc97477 February 16, 2017

    I would like to add my “hell no” to that and also say, Thank you Mr. Pitts for being there with humor and intelligence.

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  3. itsfun February 16, 2017

    I am sure President Trump doesn’t need Mr. Pitts telling what to do and how to do it. The President was elected by the people of this nation because of what he represents and what he said he would do as President. He is working every day to fulfill his campaign promises. I know that is unique for politicians, but he is doing all he can to do what he said he would do. Whether liberals and “writers” like it or not, President Trump is the President and he does know who he is. President Trump get use to it. There is a new sheriff in town.

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    1. nutbar February 16, 2017

      I’m sure people that defend lying perverts are lying perverts themselves. Probably not as smart as your hero, which places your IQ <52.

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      1. ray February 16, 2017

        that means you.

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        1. ray February 16, 2017

          Sorry nutbar I thought I was talking to Itsfun.I agree with your comment.

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        2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth February 16, 2017

          I have a similar opinion of “itsfun” as you. Don’t mind the mistake. I’ve done that a couple of times myself—Cheerio, friend..

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        3. itsfun February 16, 2017

          Another expert on lying perverts: You seem to know a lot about lying perverts, are you one of them?

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      2. itsfun February 16, 2017

        You seem to know a lot about lying perverts, are you one of them?

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        1. I Am Helpy February 16, 2017

          “I know you are but what am I” – why are you neo-Nazi traitors so convinced this will work? Is it because your mentation was arrested at elementary school levels?

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          1. FireBaron February 17, 2017

            DOH! Off the top rope for a Three Count! And the winnah is Helpy!

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    2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth February 16, 2017

      Poor little fella. The travesty and carnival show may be entertainment for YOU, but deep down you know that Trump’s ship is sinking. Do you really want to go down with the ship?
      You stand alone, forlorn, shell-shocked, wondering “How the hell did Trump begin to unravel this way”?
      From your plaintive bleating about the article, I’m certain that Trump and you have some sort of mental impediment that prevents you and him from thinking clearly. Are you as functionally illiterate as Donald?
      Yes, there is a new sheriff in town, but he doesn’t understand the job. He was “deputized” to be President—but that may not last the year. You may need to get a new sheriff.

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    3. I Am Helpy February 16, 2017

      He wasn’t elected by the people. That would be Hillary Clinton.

      I hope that helps!

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    4. Sand_Cat February 16, 2017

      He was elected by the electoral college. Don’t make yourself look even more foolish than you already do by saying “the people have spoken”; they have, and they chose Hillary.

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    5. Daniel Jones February 16, 2017

      No, fun.

      The people got hoodwinked.

      But we’re speaking up now.

      If you don’t mind a reference to the comic *V for Vendetta*: “Our masters have not heard the people’s voice… …and it is much, much louder than they care to remember.”

      Trump has avoided having to answer to the vox populi for over fifty years. That time is over.

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      1. itsfun February 16, 2017

        President Trump has been in office for 3 weeks not 50 years. President Trump got elected because he heard the people’s voice. He has got more done in 3 weeks than other Presidents got done in 3 years. He will fix healthcare, lower taxes, fix the inner cities, and build a wall. He has already gotten jobs back in the U.S. saved jobs in the U.S. He got the cost of fighter jets lowered, he got the price of the new Air Force One lowered. He even opened up the visitors areas in White House that Obama had closed to the public.

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        1. Independent1 February 16, 2017

          50 Years is about the number of years Trump has been inflicting his moronic pain on his dad (who he cost millions); investors (who he’s cost even more millions); on people who have worked for him – many who he’s even cheated out of their pay; on contractors (many of which he’s screwed so badly he’s driven even them into bankruptcy); and even on attorney’s (who he’s screwed out of their fees for having represented him in lawsuits).

          Trump has been 50 years plus creating a disaster for virtually everything he’s ever attempted. Even today he’s several billion in debt and is therefore living the high life on someone elses’ dime!!

          And you come here trying to stand up for someone who’s been nothing but living in luxury the past 50 plus years while he’s left nothing but a wake of misery behind him for virtually everone who’s ever gotten involved with him!!!

          And you expect those of us who know how terrible he is to buy into your pathological lies?????????

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  4. Aaron_of_Portsmouth February 16, 2017

    Trump is toast. The question remains—Will the GOP be able to get over its obsession with control and power?
    The unusual degree of greed exhibited by Trump and the GOP, their drive for deregulating everything with wild abandon bordering on a state rendering them lower than the animal kingdom, and a disdain for cultivating an appreciation of nature, the arts, and the sciences has all but reduced Trump and the GOP to a vast collection of simpletons unable to climb out of the hole of despair and despondency they’ve dug for themselves.
    Like a pack of feral animals with the ability to show sentience to a limited yet bellicose degree, Trump and the GOP are driving the country towards a cliff, motivated by vain and vacuous thoughts. Hardly the hallmark of an intelligent species which is supposed to represent the apex of creation on the planet, by virtue of the attributes of God bestowed on them(and all other humans).
    The GOP in particular, and Partisan Politics in general, it would seem are in a twilight transition, slowly walking towards obsolescence.

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    1. mike February 17, 2017

      Thanks for making my day. Toast? How funny!

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    1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth February 16, 2017

      A post worthy of any simple-minded Trumpists. Keep on amusing us, and I do hope you’re enjoying the Circus Act on Pennsylvania Ave. in DC.

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    2. I Am Helpy February 16, 2017

      OK thanks for whatever Stormfront meme you posted, traitor.

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    3. Sand_Cat February 16, 2017

      Thanks for the laugh. It’s unbecoming, even “illiberal” to laugh at the mentally challenged, no matter how idiotic and disconnected from reality they may be, but you idiots are just too much to resist!

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    4. Independent1 February 16, 2017

      Wow!! You have to be the biggest LOSER IN THE UNIVERSE!!

      Captured Benghazi Mastermind Says Attack Was Revenge For Video

      http://samuel-warde.com/samuel-warde.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/1912531_10152954728523065_2914603019214990554_n.jpg

      “What he did in the period just before the attack has remained unclear.
      But Mr. Abu Khattala told other Libyans in private conversations during
      the night of the attack that he was moved to attack the diplomatic
      mission to take revenge for an insult to Islam in an American-made
      online video.”

      http://samuel-warde.com/2014/06/captured-benghazi-mastermind-says-attack-revenge-video/

      You’re such an ignoramus you wouldn’t believe the truth if it bit you in the rear!!!

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      1. mike February 17, 2017

        Time to put your head back up your little pooper.

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    5. Independent1 February 16, 2017

      You’re so moronic you clearly can’t tell facts from outright lies!!!

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      1. Dominick Vila February 17, 2017

        He is a distraction to keep us focus on anything but the policies and immature performance of their Savior.

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        1. Independent1 February 17, 2017

          Yes, and it’s been my thought for a long time, that Bannon and Trump issued the Muslim ban and started all the fiasco over the travel ban as a diversion so millions of Americans would be focused on the uproar over banning Muslims and not pay much or any attention to all the real disasters they were intending to inflict on America with Trump’s constant stream of EOs that are tearing apart all the good things Obama worked to create during his 8 years and even more – like destroying the EPA and social benefits like SS, Medicare and Medicaid. Trump is a master at creating diversions to cover up for his illicit actions.

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          1. mike February 17, 2017

            Illicit actions! What a laugh.
            Trump Derangement continues.
            Obama knew his EO’s were built on sand. They are going. Bye Bye

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          2. Independent1 February 17, 2017

            Trump family’s elaborate lifestyle, a ‘logistical nightmare,’ comes at unusual cost to taxpayers

            Not even a month into the Trump presidency, America’s new first family is straining the Secret Service and security officials, stirring financial and logistical concerns, and costing far beyond what has been typical for past presidents.

            Read more »

            https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/trump-familys-elaborate-lifestyle-a-logistical-nightmare–at-taxpayer-expense/2017/02/16/763cce8e-f2ce-11e6-a9b0-ecee7ce475fc_story.html?utm_term=.567e19131c28&wpisrc=al_alert-COMBO-politics%252Bnation

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          3. mike February 17, 2017

            Silliness continues from your diarrhea brain.

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          4. Independent1 February 17, 2017

            Your status as a colossal hypocrite just gets bigger and bigger!!!

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          5. mike February 17, 2017

            Coming from you makes your post very laughable.

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          6. Dominick Vila February 17, 2017

            Exactly. The same goes for the deportation of Mexicans and Central Americans. In addition to having to satisfy the expectations of some Trump supporters, those issues serve as a distraction to refocus the attention of mainstream Americans from EOs designed to pave the way for more Wall Street gambling, or outright fraud; policies that are going to damage the environment, and the cozy deals that Trump Enterprises has been working on in Russia and in some Arab countries. I plan to go to Melbourne tomorrow to help my youngest son paint his house (he just moved from MD). As luck would have it, Trump is going to have what is predicted to be a very large rally in that city. I guess I’ll be dodging pickup trucks with confederate flags driven by skinheads, and Momma’s wearing confederate bandanas! 🙁

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          7. Independent1 February 17, 2017

            Good luck in Melbourne. We vacationed for a number of winters across the river in Indialantic and Cocoa Beach and like the area very much. If your’re not especially familiar with the Melbourne area – we especially enjoyed times at a state park in north Melbourne called Wickham Park which is one of the nicest state parks we’ve ever been in. It has a couple nice ponds with all kinds of recreational activities and a fairly large RV camping ground – a few years back they even used to hold horse shows there.

            We usually stayed at a hotel on the beach in Indialantic in February and when the winds were kind of strong and cool coming out of the northeast, we’d usually spend the day enjoying walking and other activities at Wickham Park. If you’re not familiar with it, give it a look while your there – it’s a large park.

            Be careful there though with all those gun-happy Trump supporters running around.

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          8. Dominick Vila February 17, 2017

            Thank you for the information. I’ll tell my son about Wickham Park. They like to visit parks to entertain their handicapped son.

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    6. Independent1 February 17, 2017

      Fact is that Obama never lied, he only said what was in the ACA legislaton; the fact that insurance companies chose not to play by the rules were the liars, not Obama.

      Obama could have made fools out of health insurance company CEOs but he chose not to and took the hit for their meanness on himself.

      He could have easily held a news conference and said:”I’m not lying about keeping your plan and your doctor. If your health insurer says you have to change plans or can’t keep your same doctor, call their customer service and ask them why they’re not playing the game by the rules; maybe they’re just trying to cheat you. Tell Customer Service, the ACA legislation says that existing policies are grandfathered, so why are you changing my policy such that I can no longer keep my same doctor and plan?”

      Some of what they would have found out is that it has been common practice for private health insurers to revise policies every year for many of their plans – especially those they’ve discovered were not profitable. So changing plans and doctors was commonplace in the private market; a common practice which of course right-wingers have chosen to turn into a fabrication of reality: trying to create the notion that it was Obamacare that created these policy changes, when in fact, it has been common practice for decades!!!

      But all that said, your point is nonsensical, because the number of people who ended up not getting equal or better insurance out of the Obamacare roll-out aren’t even worth counting. They ended up being about one million people out of 270 million insureds: not even .1% of the health insurance marketplace; and they even got a benefit out of the rollover (no penalty for being uninsured).

      See this clueless:

      How Many People Lost Health Plans Under ObamaCare?

      Going into ObamaCare’s first enrollment period in 2013 4.7 million
      of the 270 million Americans with health coverage lost plans. This group
      who lost their plans include about 1.4 million who qualified for free
      coverage from Medicaid and about 2.35 million who qualified for
      subsidies on the Marketplace. All Americans who had canceled plans qualified for a hardship exemption, meaning if they chose not to sign up they wouldn’t pay the fee for not having insurance in 2014. Others were able to keep their plan to additional years up to 2017.

      4.7 million – 1.4 million who got covered by Medicaid = 3.3 million – 2.35 who got cheaper plans because they were = 1 million

      http://obamacarefacts.com/health-insurance-cancellation/

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      1. Dominick Vila February 17, 2017

        It is also important to remember that most of the ACA beneficiaries did not have health insurance before that program was implemented, and relied on Emergency Room care, provided by whomever was on duty at a given time, to be healthy or stay alive. With that in mind, they had no specific doctor to keep. What exactly did President Obama lie about?

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        1. mike February 17, 2017

          You are becoming more laughable with each post.
          Thanks for the good laugh.
          http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/05/04/emergency-room-visits-rise-under-affordable-care-act/26625571/
          Premiums for ACA much higher than promised. Out of pocket higher to the point people are holding off going to their doctors. Deductibles higher to the point people are no longer buying health insurance.
          http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/01/01/middle-class-workers-struggle-to-pay-for-care-despite-insurance/19841235/
          http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/aca/aetna-s-mark-bertolini-aca-exchanges-death-spiral

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          1. Independent1 February 17, 2017

            And for the most part the rate increases in Obamacare have been driven higher because the GOP has worked tirelessly to try and destroy ACA: by not embracing it in more than 20 states, thereby not allowing insurances companies the full expanse of well versus more apt to be sick policyholders.

            And despite the rate increases, given that during the 5 plus years ACA has been enacted that annual rate increases have been about half of what the average annual rates were in the five year period before it was enacted, even with these increases in many states, health insurance insureds will still be paying less today than they would have had ACA not been enacted and rates had gone up at the rate they were before ACA.

            See this from the latimes moron:

            Inside those big Obamacare rate increases: State hostility to the law costs residents plenty

            In all the knee-jerk hand-wringing over the announced rate increases for Affordable Care Act exchange insurance (sorry for the mixed metaphor, but it’s apt), one factor in the increases has been consistently overlooked. On average,
            states that have been hostile to Obamacare are facing the largest premium increases for 2017. Residents in states that have embraced the law will do much better.

            This points to one indisputable flaw in the law as it was enacted in 2010: The ACA gave the states too much power to implement its provisions. Their authority was enhanced by
            subsequent tweaks to the law by the White House and Supreme Court.

            Given the extent to which ideology has clouded minds in many statehouses across the country, this was a real blunder. It was only magnified by the decision of Chief Justice John Roberts to transform the law’s mandated expansion of Medicaid to bring insurance to the poorest Americans into a state-level option.Fully embracing the ACA…is a pretty good way to help keep rate hikes down. — Charles Gaba, ACA Signups.net

            http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-obamacare-rates-20161031-story.html

            ONCE AGAIN, REPUBLICANS HAVE WORKED TIRELESSLY TO SCREW THE AMERICAN PUBLIC!!!!!!

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          2. mike February 17, 2017

            Just remember Pelosi’s words, “But we have to pass the [health care] bill so that you can find out what’s in it….”
            A poorly written bill who few democrats read.
            Here’s more from the imbecile from CA.
            “You’ve heard about the controversies within the bill, the process about the bill, one or the other. But I don’t know if you have heard that it is legislation for the future, not just about health care for America, but about a healthier America, where preventive care is not something that you have to pay a deductible for or out of pocket. Prevention, prevention, prevention—it’s about diet, not diabetes. It’s going to be”
            There was such a rush to get this done—no Republicans voting for it—and now there are unintended effects of this that were foreseen at the time, that you couldn’t know the impact of, and that now this is coming home to roost. Now how did the Senate pass the bill? 60 votes?
            It is not the right that put ACA in its Death Spiral.

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          3. Dominick Vila February 17, 2017

            You watch too much FOX. One of my grandsons is severely handicapped and did not have health coverage before the ACA. Premiums, as a result of rising medical costs and pharmaceutical profit sharing, are immaterial to the beneficiaries since premiums are subsidized. $20 out of pocket per visit is a lot better than no insurance.

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          4. mike February 17, 2017

            It looks like you are in full denial of the facts.
            Is ACA in a death spiral? Yes or NO!
            Obama said keep your doctor, keep your hospital, low premiums, keep your insurance turned out to be all lies.
            Sure there are some good parts of ACA which the republicans will keep.
            I hope this isn’t the son of the son you lost.

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          5. Dominick Vila February 17, 2017

            No this is the son of my youngest son, who just moved from MD to Melbourne, FL, where we are going to spend the day tomorrow helping him paint his house. The ACA is not on a death spiral. There are parts of it that need to be changed, including making it stronger to enable it to moderate rising costs. Unfortunately, the ACA alone is not going to influence the upward trend of rising costs in the USA, in part because it helps only about 8% of our population. Most Americans get their healthcare insurance through their employers, and they have been unable to influence medical price reductions. The pharmaceuticals and makers of medical equipment have been ripping us off for decades, and will continue to do so for years to come. Too much competition is forcing hospitals to rise charges to stay afloat, and doctors buried in student loans are charging more than they should to pay off their debts. These, and other reasons, cause the high cost of medical care in the USA, not the ACA which, if anything, has been ineffective in controlling them.

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          6. mike February 17, 2017

            I am happy for you to have them closer. Family is everything.
            Wrong again Dom. Half of the exchanges are gone, Premiums skyrocketing, fewer people signing up, fewer people going to doctors when ill, fewer signing up because of cost and high deductibles. Where are the young people that were suppose to sign up to cover the old?
            How you can live in denial of the facts is astonishing.
            http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2016/08/16/is-it-time-to-acknowledge-that-obamacare-is-collapsing/

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    7. SandBagger February 17, 2017

      Do you have a meme of Fox and Breitbart kissing 45’s arse? How about Hannity getting on his knees to greet 45? Probably not….

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  5. bojimbo26 February 17, 2017

    The Parasite within .

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