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There are 1109 comments on the The Morning Call story from Aug 11, 2009, titled Arlen Specter Faces Angry Lebanon Crowd On Health Care: Hears f.... In it, The Morning Call reports that:

Republican-turned-Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter is facing a barrage of sometimes hostile questions about health care from wary and frustrated voters.

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Princeton, NJ

#1 Aug 11, 2009
Traveling salesman President Obama is hyping his socialized health care plan telling you that you won't lose the choice of your doctor; if you are satisfied you can keep in place the plan you now have.
This is suspect at best because if you are a federal, state or local government employee/retiree or are covered by a private company health plan paid by your employer, chances are the government or your employer will opt out of a higher-priced private health plan and take the cheaper government plan.
Will the government not participate in its own sponsored health plan? Our elected representatives just voted down an amendment that would have provided for identifying illegal immigrants seeking treatment under the plan, although the bill proposed does not allow for them to receive it, it is a "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
Do you really believe anyone will be denied health care? Nor should they be denied, but should they have the same health care that you work for and/or pay for? You will be paying for it and standing in line behind patients who don't when seeking care.
Do you really believe that his plan will save money over the long haul? What government plan are you aware of that actually saves money? That is not the government way, their way is tax and spend. There will be another out-of-control government bureaucracy to handle the program, or another czar answerable to President Obama. Long after is he out of office getting rich making speeches and writing books, we will be paying the bill.
And for how long is President Obama going to get away with blaming everything on former President Bush? He speaks of the $1.5 trillion mess that he "inherited" from President Bush without mentioning that he quadrupled that in six months. He has spent more than all presidents before him. And what he does he have against rich people? He wants to take, take, take from the rich and give, give, give to the poor.
It is not about the middle class as he often purports, it is just that the majority of us are middle-class and he panders to us. President Obama is a master orator and could sell ice cubes in Alaska in January but if you don't contact your representative now and express your views, pro or con, your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren will be paying for your silence.
I am of the belief that politicians only understand money and votes. Tell them you will deny them either if they don't take into consideration your views. In September they will be back in session and will ram this bill through, so act quickly. You owe it to future generations. Do not vote based on party lines but based on your values and beliefs.
snowman bethlehem PA

Gilbertsville, PA

#2 Aug 11, 2009
Tell ob to go back to arabia and bow to his leader and leave us alone.

Allentown, PA

#3 Aug 11, 2009
He won't support care for illegals because he knows the plan is to make them legal.
The Zar

Allentown, PA

#4 Aug 11, 2009
Spector seemed pretty much like a rat running to its hole when answering the questions.
Uncle Bud

Schnecksville, PA

#5 Aug 11, 2009
To"Ganzeinfach" I couldn't have said it any better!!!

Allentown, PA

#6 Aug 11, 2009
Difference between the federal deficit and the federal debt. A deficit occurs when the government takes in less money than it spends in a given year. The debt is the total amount the government owes at any given time. So the debt goes up in any given year by the amount of the deficit, or it decreases by the amount of any surplus. The debt the government owes to the public decreased for a while under Clinton, but the debt was by no means erased.
” Borrowing involves: using money to finance projects that are not in the budget. There is no Constitutional ceiling on how much can be borrowed. Borrowing leads to: DEBT!! "
To understand the severity of the debt, we need to break down what a trillion is. How big is it? If you had gone into business on the day Jesus was born, and your business lost a million dollars a day, day in and day out, 365 days a year, it would have taken you until October 2737 to lose a trillion dollars.
Why is it so high? Most of the spending is a result of financing things not in the budget (i.e. War) Interest on a large sum ($787 billion economic-stimulus package), is extremely high.(For each dollar of taxes, 19 cents goes to paying just the interest on the debt) The first President to start deficit spending was: FDR The last President to have a balanced budget was: Bill Clinton Do LIBS get the idea yet BOTH THE REBS AND THE DEMOS are sticking it to us the people we have to pay the DEBT!!!! DEBT IS NOW' HOLD ON TO YOUR HEAD "NATIONAL DEBT 12.150 TILLION+8%"

"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can exist only until the voters discover they can vote themselves largess (defined as a liberal gift) out of the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that democracy always collapses over a loose fiscal policy, always to be followed by a dictatorship."
Alexander Fraser Tyler


“There are three kinds of men. The ones that learn by readin’. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.”
–Will Rogers

"The question was never the immediate amount of taxation that the British were asking of the colonists. The question was whether the British had the right to do it at all. We're talking about people [the American colonists] with enormous sensitivity to the dangers of power. If you conceded the right to Parliament to tax and if there was no check on it, no limit, it could go on indefinitely. You could be bled white. The power to tax was the power to destroy." Sam Adams

"The right to freedom being the gift of God, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave." - Samuel Adams

When will the taxpayers Wake-UP?

United States

#7 Aug 11, 2009
I watched it.
There was one "angry" man, who'd been told he could speak. Then he arrived to find 30 numbers had been handed out. The man hadn't received one.
I'd have been angry too!

If you've ever served on a city, county or private association've faced
opposition also. Ask me, I'll tell you all about

If you can't stand the heat, get out of the
kitchen or resign!
In the know

Nazareth, PA

#8 Aug 11, 2009
Wouldnt it be ironic if any of got cancer and lost everything you worked for your entire life.
nobama pelosi communist

United States

#9 Aug 11, 2009
somewhere in kenya a village is missing an idiot.

next election will see spector out of politics for good. his days are numbered.

Englishtown, NJ

#10 Aug 11, 2009
Geez Arlen, how can we trust ANYTHING that comes out of your mouth? Gonna switch positions again? Or parties? Mid-term?

Arlen, bend over and kiss your stone-age rear end goodbye. YOU'RE FIRED NEXT ELECTION IN PA!!!! JUST LIKE BO IN 2012!

Irvington, NJ

#11 Aug 11, 2009
Remember folks, this is the same POS that went from Democrat to Republican and back to democrat all so he could stay in office. I can't believe that any rational person who is NOT a total loser mindless political party hack can not see the selfish self centered nature of this stinkbug piss poor excuse for a public servant.

Quakertown, PA

#12 Aug 11, 2009
In the know wrote:
Wouldnt it be ironic if any of got cancer and lost everything you worked for your entire life.

Hellertown, PA

#13 Aug 11, 2009
i just saw "sicko" it is cool how in canada and england and france you just walk in and get help and not get a bill. BUT what do they pay in taxes? where does the health money come from??? anyone..... anyone.... as far as spector and that halfbreed non citizen who cares they are going to be gone soon as election comes back around
Dances with Wolves

Abingdon, MD

#14 Aug 11, 2009
"Specter tried gamely to explain his positions, saying he wouldn't vote for a bill that adds to the deficit. He also said he wouldn't support a bill that extends coverage to illegal immigrants. None of the bill in Congress would provide health insurance to illegal immigrants"

Spector is pandering. Has he even read the bill? Does he even know what it in it? Does anyone actually believe him since his party flip-flop?

Apopka, FL

#15 Aug 11, 2009
AuntiEm wrote:
He won't support care for illegals because he knows the plan is to make them legal.
The real dirty secret is they do not even have to become citizens. As soon as there is a "pathway" established, the illegals are recognized as legitimately being here ... and eligible for american largess while they wait ... which will stretch out for years and years.

Montgomery, TX

#16 Aug 11, 2009
In the know wrote:
Wouldnt it be ironic if any of got cancer and lost everything you worked for your entire life.
Ohhhh Wellll....

Slatington, PA

#17 Aug 11, 2009
"Angry Lebanon crowd blasts Specter on health care" I hope they used a shotgun.

Since: May 07

Allentown, PA

#18 Aug 11, 2009
This was the idiot that came up with the "single bullet theory" during the Kennedy assassination and he doesn't appear to have become any more intelligent in the interim.
Um no

Florham Park, NJ

#19 Aug 11, 2009
And yet the Mcall suggests a related link: White House Health Insurance Reality Check

Thanks MCall.


Since: Mar 07

Bethlehem, PA

#20 Aug 11, 2009
I read that our country's biggest creditor is China.

I cannot understand how that is, with the amount of junk they make to sell here.

And the Chinese never want to talk about the trade imbalance.

For sending us poisoned pet food, baby formula, drywall, tires that blow apart, shoddy consumer goods, electrically hazardous electrical and electronic devices,.... not to mention bird flu, and every manner of harmful insect,.... tell them to take their "debt" and shove it.

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