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ChasG 10:15 AM on 11/22/2011
Socialized medicine = government ownership of the entire healthcare industry.  Not going to happen; not even where the ACA is heading.

If state mandates led to socialism, why doesn't mandatory auto insurance lead to state ownership of the entire auto iindustry?

This is nothing more than typical GOP pandering to low information voters who think anything with the word "social"  Read More...
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Chrystal Eastland
Scott me up Beamy!
08:51 PM on 11/22/2011
Does anyone else notice that the audience in this picture have a certain age commonality? Where is the vitalized youth for good old Newt?
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CarlIII
Liberal Virginian living in Remlap Alabama
09:16 PM on 11/22/2011
John McCain was finished in 2000 when he was destroyed by Bush in South Carolina. He just didn't know it in 2008. Newt was finished in 1998 when he resigned the Speakership of the House in disgrace. He just doesn't know it yet.
08:34 PM on 11/22/2011
I am tired to hear the words "socialized medicine". Can somebody explain me what is wrong with that? Can anybody heard Norway, Sweden, Germany or UK complained about it?
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james denton
08:39 PM on 11/22/2011
The VA is a truly socialized medical system, do the republicans what to get rid of the VA?
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Robert Lee Harrington
I'd Love To Change The World..
08:59 PM on 11/22/2011
Romney proposed Privatizing the VA...on Veteran's Day...in front of veteran's....
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KrazyKitty
Entitled to your own opinion, not your own facts
08:51 PM on 11/22/2011
They're just recycling the old St Reagan vinyl recording he made about the 'evils of socialized medicine' when he was against Medicare...trying to scare the elderly and 'real Americans' who were still in the midst of uncovering 'communists' under every bush. The GOP just want's to 'privatize' everything so corporations can 'profit' even more from the middle class than they already do.
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indjoe
Keep our Constitution; Do not mix church & State
08:32 PM on 11/22/2011
Newt took 36 million from the Health care lobby that is a big pay day for anyone
so I would say he is just a bit paid off !
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CarlIII
Liberal Virginian living in Remlap Alabama
09:23 PM on 11/22/2011
Newt is the "Stay Puff Marshmallow Man" from Ghostbusters.
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WorkhelpWorkhelp
Control your money locally. Charter banks now.
09:32 PM on 11/22/2011
Naw. He's the glutton from Thanksgiving past..
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Marcusarilius
Marooned Star Traveler
08:32 PM on 11/22/2011
And what is wrong with Socialized Medicine? Compared to NOT having any medical insurance at all? We owe our brothers and sisters better than this.
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Chrystal Eastland
Scott me up Beamy!
08:54 PM on 11/22/2011
Haven't you heard that Americans would MUCH rather people just drop dead in the streets than have medical available for all. Isn't that part of the American Dream? I mean, really how could those who pay for their medical insurance POSSIBLY appreciate having it unless others are denied and die for a lack of it. It's the Republican utopia.
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modeforjoe
We had the experience, but we missed the meaning
08:56 PM on 11/22/2011
Fan me and I'll fan you.
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WorkhelpWorkhelp
Control your money locally. Charter banks now.
09:33 PM on 11/22/2011
Fan ME and I'll fun you. :-)
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liberalbug
do you want fries with that?
08:19 PM on 11/22/2011
And socialized medicine is bad why?
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BUMbO
Trickle down is a rotten trick!
08:38 PM on 11/22/2011
Who knows? You know the GOP is filled to the tipping with uncompassionate, self-promoting, egocentric corporate shills and wannabes, right? I guess they think socialized medicine is bad because they don't get to profiteer from it.
08:14 PM on 11/22/2011
An unemployed man who loves the institution of marriage so much that he has decided to deal with it several items, has a problem with a man so bland that when he walks by a refrigerator mayonnaise laughs.

Hopefully each of their corporate sponsors has approved their messages.

These guys aren't leaders, they are flag football veterans who giggle when someone grabs the flag hanging at the side of their belt because it feels like a tickle.

Hubert Humphrey may have been perceived as a little weak, but he was a leader and a real politician who stood for something. His beliefs weren't for sale. These guys are felt puppets with a corporate hand up their puppet hole.
08:10 PM on 11/22/2011
Newt is the turkey of the month among the losers that make up the Republican clown show.
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NYC80
I am an independent
07:28 PM on 11/22/2011
Obama second term would be a lock with this arrogant dirty candidate called Newt.
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Hwrd Sprague
08:19 PM on 11/22/2011
Another year of dismal economic growth and lack of employment all the while Obama campaigns doing nothing to alleviate the problems and Obama won't be elected dog catcher.
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Marcusarilius
Marooned Star Traveler
08:37 PM on 11/22/2011
Another year of Bagger Obstruction in Congress for job creation. Your masters do not work for you. (Unless you own a 100 billion dollar bank)

Say Hi to David Koch...
08:37 PM on 11/22/2011
The president does not have a vote on laws, he only sign or veto them. It is the congress who is responsible for lack of new job incentive promulgated through laws. If you are not happy with what we have, change the congress, not the president.
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mug555
07:28 PM on 11/22/2011
The only things I want to know about Newt is whether he baths before sex or after sex and has he ever held a real job other than political.
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liberalbug
do you want fries with that?
08:19 PM on 11/22/2011
christ man, it's dinner time. thanks a lot for the image you just seared on my brain.
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08:34 PM on 11/22/2011
You got yourself one weird trivia collection hobby, there.
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Republicanistan
Ignorance is Strength in Baggerstan
07:24 PM on 11/22/2011
Take a Bath Newt, and wash the stink of the Lobbyist money you made off you.
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Robert Lee Harrington
I'd Love To Change The World..
09:04 PM on 11/22/2011
..If anyone’s dirty, it’s Newt Gingrich. A man whose personal morality has been drawn from the sewer. A man who spreads poison through the political process.”

"...It’s easier to clean one’s body than it is to clean the soul."

Martin Bashir
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04:09 AM on 11/23/2011
...and Clinton was impeached...what is your point. Since when does an Liberal give a damn about morality...now there's an oxymoron for you.
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Robert Lee Harrington
I'd Love To Change The World..
01:01 PM on 11/23/2011
Ronald Reagan was America's only divorced president.
And several men who occupied 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue ,
Bill Clinton perhaps most notably in contemporary times, were unfaithful to their spouses.

But there’s only one candidate seeking the nation’s highest office this year who has both knocks against him: Republican Newt Gingrich.

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Elections/President/2011/1115/Infidelity-divorce-and-Newt-Gingrich-Can-voters-get-past-his-record
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Albert Jenkin
down with the Rebs! And the Dixiecrats
07:10 PM on 11/22/2011
"Socialized" is not the same as "Socialist". Some out there are cheerfully confusing or conflating them.
Socialism has the means of production owned and managed by the government, acting, they say, in the name of the people. If your favorite political punching bag is not advocating nationalization of industry, he/she's not a genuine Socialist.
Socialized means handled on behalf of the people: by administration or by regulation. Not necessarily government owned. Public education could reasonably be called Socialized. The Postal Service is socialized and dates back to before the founding of the Republic.
Words have meaning, that's why we have dictionaries
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Alonzo
Discount anything I say about myself.
08:53 PM on 11/22/2011
Many of the comments assumed that Newt, whose anti-Socialism is well established, was criticizing Romney's plan because it was the kind of policy that would lead to a dreaded socialist
government. They assumed this was the case whether Newt's use of terms was accurate or inaccurate.
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Giggie
06:45 PM on 11/22/2011
The republicans originated the universal health care plan, increased taxes as needed, compromised and governed. What are they doing now? Trying to hide their shameful past...."I was wrong"......."wahhhhh dont hold it against me I was out of my mind"....."please Grover I'll be good from now, whatever you want, I'll work just for you"
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cantbreallife
Voters will Shutdown the GOP
06:35 PM on 11/22/2011
According to a Self magazine story featured on The Doctors today, the two healthiest cities in the United States are Boston and Cambridge Mass. The panel of doctors said it was because of the health insurance mandate. 97% of people have health insurance. Why on earth would Mittens run away from such a good result?
07:14 PM on 11/22/2011
Remember during the obamacare debates, when it was supposed to be a single payer system, it was changed by the GOP. You never heard a peep out of any insuance company in protest. They knew they would make tons more money and they even paid millions to the commete to get them to make it the way it is. We need the insurance co's out of it altogether. Make it not for profit.
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cantbreallife
Voters will Shutdown the GOP
07:43 PM on 11/22/2011
Yes I know what you are saying, but Romney is distancing himself from the mandate that he started as governor of the state with two of the healthiest cities in the country which doctors are attributing to the mandate. Why run from it?
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Chrystal Eastland
Scott me up Beamy!
09:01 PM on 11/22/2011
Because Republicans have proved that they are Coo Coo for Coa Coa Puffs. Remember booing the gay soldier and cheering the idea of a 30 year old man dying for simply have no health care? Mittens is trying to get reelected amidst voters who cherish death to the poor and have an idea that utopia is literally climbing over bodies to make more money while urinating on the carcasses as they climb. Doesn't that just sound like Disneyland to you? It's called the American Dream!!
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antipodal2u
Just say NO to hypocrisy
06:34 PM on 11/22/2011
Socilaized this and socialized that. What decade are these republicants living in? Gasp...YOU SOCIALIST!
06:31 PM on 11/22/2011
I think Newt Gingrich has 1,000 pounds of political baggage. I'm beginning to think most of the Republican candidates were kicked in the head by a Texas mule.
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KrazyKitty
Entitled to your own opinion, not your own facts
09:07 PM on 11/22/2011
That 1,000 pounds of political baggage Newt has consists of manure, and frankly it's starting to reek.
09:19 PM on 11/22/2011
No kidding.