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You couldn't make this stuff up

  1. Mar 13, 2008 #1


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    You couldn't make this stuff up !!!

    I understand that it is common in US politics to tack your own little special-interest bill onto the end of a major peice of legislation in return for your support - but normally this is at least done rather quietly!

    Having had the retroactive immunity for illeagal wiretaps bill rejected - they found the ideal bill to attach it to - and then made a speech defending this!

    “This bill is intended to ensure the mental health of Americans; yet, no American’s health can be fully secured if they are under attack by a terrorist or facing the potential threat of terrorist attack,”
    Representative Peter Hoekstra , R-Mich., said last week on the floor of the House of Representatives, in support of his attempt to amend the Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act.
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  3. Mar 13, 2008 #2

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    My mental health is far more adversely affected by the threat of a tyrannical government than it is by terrorists. And the fact that we see such a ludicrous effort to undermine the Constitution makes it downright Orwellian.
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  4. Mar 20, 2008 #3
    I second that! Even if the government as is could be trusted with absolute power it is absurd to assume it will remain so.
  5. Mar 21, 2008 #4


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    To have this shady amendment attached to a bill originated by arguably the most honest and clean politician of the last century is such a travesty!
  6. Apr 3, 2008 #5
    But you are wrong..

  7. Apr 3, 2008 #6


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    :rofl: Sure it is not an April's Fool joke ?
  8. Apr 4, 2008 #7


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    It's not like the present administration is providing false or misleading information to justify invading another country, or repeating phrases like "But we don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud," or putting out terror alerts. Oh, wait - they are.

    Bush et al have done plenty to cause alarm or fear in the American psyche, and it appears to be rather deliberate.

    And then look at the administrations response to Katrina.
  9. Apr 4, 2008 #8
    To be honest, having lived with terror for most of my childhood and adult life, I find Americas reaction to be more like hysteria. But then I suppose that's how I would of felt if I wasn't used to it. This terrorist threat thing is way less scary than the IRA thing, and once the funding from the US dried up from that, then it was dead in the water. I'm hoping the same will happen with Al-Qaeda, that slowly but surely they will dry up, but, I'm thinking not being in the ME is the only way that's going to calm down also, whatever is the best time frame for that.
  10. Apr 15, 2008 #9


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    Around here there's more chance of a wolverine ripping my legs off than a terrorist doing a number on the local Starbucks.

    Well, not quite... some store-owners blew-up their Taco restaurant to collect insurance recently and took out the Starbucks next door. However, more frequently, there are wolverines driven into the this locale during forest fire season.

    The govt's (and corporations) of the world think they need to instill fear in the civilians to keep them down and under control (and buying arms).

    What would the world look like if we just cooperated with each other and the environment? I have a feeling everyone would get what they need or want.

    editBTW... I am so impressed with congressman Waxman. I have really enjoyed the interviews with him by PBS. If anyone will keep America on track, upfront and honest this guy will.
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  11. Apr 15, 2008 #10


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    Waxman's great! He drives my friends on the right absolutely crazy :tongue2: !
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