January 19, 2010

Health reform teeters as GOP seeks Massachusetts miracle

Posted: 09:34 AM ET

A couple of weeks ago, President Obama appeared to be on the brink of achieving the Democratic dream of comprehensive health care reform.

Today that dream is at risk of being derailed in the most Democratic of states: Massachusetts.

Democrats are increasingly nervous over the once inconceivable prospect that they will lose Tuesday's special election to replace Sen. Ted Kennedy, who died last August. Losing the seat would strip Democrats of their 60-seat Senate majority and give Republicans enough votes to block the reform bill - along with other key parts of the president's agenda.

Kennedy - an advocate for health care reform throughout his career - held his seat for more than 46 years.

The latest poll, however, shows Republican state Sen. Scott Brown leading Democratic state Attorney General Martha Coakley. An American Research Group survey taken Friday through Sunday had Brown ahead of Coakley by seven points, 52 to 45 percent. The survey's sampling error was four percentage points.

No poll released in the past few days has shown Coakley ahead.

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**NOTE: We will have a special LIVE midnight edition TONIGHT to discuss the MA Senate race – let us know what you think about the results!

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ms. doubtfire   January 19th, 2010 11:43 am ET

Today on MSNBC Morning Joe, CNBC stockmarket analyst, Erin Burnett stated, "What is Haiti going to do with all that money or more money," when Donnie Deutsch asked if the too big to fail bankers were going to donate to Haiti with their billions of profits.

She needs to get a heart.

Gerald Jolly   January 19th, 2010 11:59 am ET

Was Heidi Collins dismissed from CNN because she refused sexual advances from a CNN executive.

Your comments would be appreciated.

Lilarose in Oregon   January 19th, 2010 12:10 pm ET

It amazes me that people in Massachusetts would vote for a man they know little about, Scott Brown, who a few weeks ago was an unknown.

He could be their senator for six long years. He plans to stop the congressional effort for health care reform.

Yet he and his family will enjoy the best health care insurance in the nation, that given to congress.

The rest of us can dang well go without, he says.

Dodie   January 19th, 2010 12:55 pm ET

@ Gerald

You are definitely a 'breath of fresh air' No beating around the bush by you!!! True to form! :~) I just love it! ROFL

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It appears there is the possibility Massachusetts may be moving towards a red state! Republican, Scott Brown, who has vowed to stop the Democratic health care bill in its tracks, seems to be gathering a lot of support due to American’s fear of increased taxes, immigration and national security. This is a very sad day for our country when the people are choosing not to provide affordable health care for the American people motivated by fear! However, we are willing to continue supporting TRILLIONS of our tax-dollars in wars at a continued drain on our resources!!! What is wrong with this picture?

We are the ONLY non third world country in the world without affordable health care for all!!! Does that give you a clue where we are headed?? The cost of health care is not breaking us.

It's the darn 3 – 4 TRILLION DOLLARS we have spent on wars in the past 8 years! These wars are sucking the life out of this country, not to mention taking precious lives! Americans need to wake up as we are a declining nation soon to be a 3rd world nation!!!

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Luis B Rosario   January 19th, 2010 1:04 pm ET

@Larry King
The United States cannot afford a divided Congress. It is no secret
that the GOP is bent on wrecking havoc on Obama's agenda.
It is not only health care reform that the Republicans oppose. They
oppose any bill presented to them for legislation that has a
Democratic pary signature on it. We cannot keep a prospeterous
USA with the GOP voting ninety-nine percent(99%) against President
Obama's initiatives. It is a concerted effort to derail the stability of the
federal government and against the goals set forth by the president.
If this bickering, back stabbing and jealousy continuous we are in
for hard times, our economy will continue decaying and our chances
to stay as the superpower of the world are diminishing each day.
I will pray for the Democrat nominee to become the next senator
of Massachussets.

Luis B Rosario   January 19th, 2010 1:28 pm ET

@Larry King
The United States cannot afford a divided Congress. It is no secret
that the GOP is bent on wrecking havoc on Obama's agenda.
It is not only health care reform that the Republicans oppose. They
oppose any bill presented to them for legislation that has a
Democratic party signature on it. We cannot keep a prosperous
USA with the GOP voting ninety-nine percent(99%) against President
Obama's initiatives. It is a concerted effort to derail the stability of the
federal government and against the goals set forth by the president.
If this bickering, back stabbing and jealousy continues , we are in for
hard times, our economy will continue decaying and the chances
for the USA to stay as the "superpower of the world" are diminishing
each day that we show dissention, divisiveness, weakness and
uncertainty among an apparent divided Congress.

A. Smith, Oregon   January 19th, 2010 1:34 pm ET

Why Brown that nobody knows? Simple, to the Republican Party of No Ideas, No action, No Way, he represents the possibility of filibustering all improvements to Health Care, The Environment, Ending America's dependence on Foreign Oil, Cutting back military actions overseas, Rebuilding America's Infra-Structure and Adding family wage jobs here at home in America.

Why Brown? So the Republican party can talk help to death, go figure!

Dodie   January 19th, 2010 1:37 pm ET

Chalmers Ashby Johnson is an American author and professor emeritus of the University of California, San Diego. He served in the Korean War, was a consultant for the CIA from 1967–1973, and led the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of California, Berkeley for years. He is also president and co-founder of the Japan Policy Research Institute (now based at the University of San Francisco), an organization promoting public education about Japan and Asia. He has written numerous books including, most recently, three examinations of the consequences of American Empire: Blowback, The Sorrows of Empire, and Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic.
-- Quoted from

If you have any interest in discovering the causes of the US’s current position, I would recommend listening to Chalmers Johnson.

Thank you A. Smith, Oregon for originally placing this on the LKL website.

IKHAN   January 19th, 2010 1:50 pm ET

Hi Larry,


you guys are doing a fine job.
The last thing this country needs is the Bush era non-sense all over again. If Brown wins then we can say good bye not only to Health Care Reforms but to any possibility of a change in the way things are done in Washington.

Dodie   January 19th, 2010 2:38 pm ET

@ IKHAN Thank you for your kind compliment. I always look forward to reading your blogs, always with great wisdom!

For those of you who fear health care will increase immigration, lets discuss this! While America allows for border crossings and option for green card available almost immediately; rest assured that is not for every country! While people in Asia, Philippines, etc. apply for American visas by the hundreds of thousands, only a few are approved. It seems that is one way America obtains some income as each person must pay a fee for the application regardless of the approval.

And as far as a green card? Good luck. Short of snagging an American in marriage, they might as well forget it! Why the desire for a green card? Because our American system allows for their children to study here through Christian/private k-12 schools on a special visas; however, when moving into the University level, the cost of out of country tuition is 10 – 20 times that of out of state! That translates into mega thousands of dollars! Many parents want their children to have the very best opportunity, having the best education will provide that. The USA, England and Australia are always the priority. I have worked with many families in this endeavor!

Therefore, if people are afraid of the immigration problem and not desiring health care, we only need to worry about one country; not the world!

Joe G. (Illinois)   January 19th, 2010 4:50 pm ET

The majority elected Obama “A bad thing to do.” What ought to be the prize for doing that? Good things? I think not.. “No matter what or how you turn or twist it.” The prize for doing a bad thing is bad things. When are people ever gonna learn? Thank you and good day.

Dodie   January 19th, 2010 5:18 pm ET

~whew~ Tornado warning.. Huge winds ... never seen this before. Oops.. there goes the TV satellite!

IKHAN   January 19th, 2010 6:20 pm ET

Health Care increasing immigration? Where do people get these notions from??
Health care is the basic right, not a privilege, of every American like in any other developed country providing health care to not only its citizens but every resident.

This country needs a viable health care system which provides for affordable coverage for everyone, not just money in the deep pockets of Insurers, not tomorrow or day after but today.
And Larry, what can we say to those that say it was a "bad thing to elect Obama" & that we deserve bad things in return ,I think Dodie answered that pretty well( if that gets thru to them?)

Luis B Rosario   January 19th, 2010 6:47 pm ET

The United States is about #50 in the world providing above average
health care to its citizens and is one of the most expensive. This
condition is relative to our capitalistic philosophy that big business
should have no rules and cap on profits. Insurance CEOs, like banks
earn millions in kickbacks, lobbying Congress and fixing medical costs
for treatments and drug plans. Ditto for pharmaceudicals and
hospital admissions.
France and Canada have provided free health care for decades and
they are not hurting economically because of this.

Gerald Jolly   January 19th, 2010 7:34 pm ET

Hey! folks, in my opinion the state of our health care system is absolutely disgusting, and it should be the one area that we should be ashamed of.

The so-called wealthiest nation in the world and we are rated as the 50th worse country in the world for our health system.

And the GOP are pouring millions in Massachusetts to get an unknown Republican elected as a Senator.

If this happens, I'm sure that Ted Kennedy will be rolling in his grave.

I beg and urge every democrat of voting age to get out and stop this "IDIOCY" from happening.

R J   January 19th, 2010 8:20 pm ET

Go Brown !!….Take ‘em down …

in the Land of Paul Revere..
Voters REVOLT !
Stop –the BILL -you $ave may be your OWN .

RJ   January 19th, 2010 9:07 pm ET

The Democrats were elected in office to fight for the guy in the middle, the guy who has been supporting this country for over 60 years now. Obama wasnt elected because the majority of people liked him they voted for change that he promised. the only people who have benefitted from his policies are the poor and big money ie: banks, wallstreet! All of this at the expense of the middle class or whats left of it! Enough! No more bailouts to anyone! If they cant make it oh well let them fail, this is the American way! Reduce entitlement benefits to below working peoples level. Its not fair to live better than someone who works when you dont!

Joanne Wozniacki   January 19th, 2010 9:48 pm ET

It's crystal clear that if the democrats don't win Ted Kennedy's Senate seat, I don't blame Candidate Martha Coakley for how she campaigned. I blame the stampeding republicans who turned out in droves in Massachusetts to vote for Brown with one goal in mind, to squash health care reform – the uncaring, unpatriotic, and selfish whose children, and parents with health problems, already have health insurance or can afford health insurance at the present astronomical costs. And to the many millions of Americans, many of whom are baby boomers, they are essentially saying, "The hell with you. I don't want change." Sickening.

lilarose in bandon, or   January 19th, 2010 10:30 pm ET

Hey, newly-elected Senator Brown!

Enjoy your cushy health insurance courtesy of the American taxpayers!

And thanks for telling us you won't support our having ANY health insurance!

I hope you need yours, buddy!

RJ   January 19th, 2010 10:30 pm ET

@ Joanne, its not Republicans that are coming out to vote, not in Mass., its the middle class worker who is still working and pays dearly for their employee based health care to see the droves of people with better health care than them and from people who contribute little to nothing in taxes! Its just the start of a wave thats is going to sweep the Dems right out of office. No more giveaways and certainly not to people who contribute the least! People need to go without before asking the tax payer to foot the bill for their lifestyles!

Dodie   January 19th, 2010 10:35 pm ET

@ Joanne Wozniacki

Well stated and right on target! Not to worry, the upper middle class will go down with the rest of us and this country. We are being drained from over three trillion dollars in War for over 8 years and it will flush us ALL down the toilet! So those who do not care for other Americans will also be flushed down the toilet too! I give this country 8-10 years at most before we break apart like Russia! To much money on the military. No separation between Government and Big Business!!!

midstate   January 19th, 2010 10:36 pm ET

How do you dems plan on paying for all this spending, including health care.

midstate   January 19th, 2010 10:37 pm ET

Does it scare anyone else that 100 people were unable to think for themselves but were told how to vote by their party.

Dodie   January 19th, 2010 10:39 pm ET

Ah, the chess game of lobbyists vs Congress. Congress passed an ethics and lobbying law imposing heavier reporting requirements and potential criminal penalties. The law required lobbyists to report four instead of two times a year, along with detailing any campaign contributions and certain meetings with public officials. Because the law made it a crime for registered lobbyists to provide gifts or meals to lawmakers or their aides, the lobbyists are now going underground and trying to either deregister or not register at all! The estimated lobbyist’s peak period was in 2007 placing the count at 13,200. This number fell in late 2008 by 2,000. The end result is we have made no changes surrounding the lobbyists as they will do business as usual and now avoid the spotlight of public disclosure. 1 point for lobbyists and 0 for Congress!

I postulate a law stating any act by an individual representing a group willfully manipulating through monetary gain, gifts, etc. to be illegal and punishable by a very large fine and prison!

As I said, no separation between Government and Big Business! There is where we will go down in flames!!!

RJ   January 19th, 2010 10:39 pm ET

Obama is now lame-duck status. He should have made good on the promise of supporting the middle class instead of bailing out irresponsible banks and Wall Street as well as the dishing out of entitlement benefits to so many people who neither need it or have worked for it. This is America not England or France. In this country in which you work hard to have the things you want not expect someone else to be responsible for the way you live!

midstate   January 19th, 2010 10:39 pm ET

Scares me to death that My own senator from Neb. voted different than his own people wanted him to. In other words we by majority did not like the health care reform here in Neb. but he voted diff. Well we will vote diff. than we did last time too Mr. Nelson.

midstate   January 19th, 2010 10:41 pm ET

I agree Mr. Obama should have concentrated on the promises of CHANGE that he promised. Now we are headed into the same old stuff of bipartisanship and big gov. that he was so against.

Jerry Perch   January 19th, 2010 10:42 pm ET

Guess what it happen again another BOSTON TEA PARTY. Well done massachuttes.

Trish Smyth   January 19th, 2010 10:43 pm ET

Hello America
I'm emailing from Canada's west coast.

I thought that America had finally woken up when they elected Mr. Obama as their president but tonight as the people of Mass. go
republican I'm thinking not everyone has woken up. Come on you
guys you're scaring me! Don't go back!

How can you be SO short sighted about health care? Does America
really want Republicans to rule again? If so, I think I need to move further north (and definitely NOT to Alaska!!!!!!!)

You're the best Mr. King... what you have done for Haiti warms my heart.

midstate   January 19th, 2010 10:46 pm ET

I was taught to work hard for everything I got not to expect a hand out. But I was also told that I lived in a free country. It scares me that in a free country my bipartisan government does what ever they want.

RJ   January 19th, 2010 10:47 pm ET

Hey midstate my understanding was Nelson got the only exemption of any new taxes for this healthcare reform while the other 49 states will have to pay. This should be punishable by prison to be able to sell yourself out to an interest group or your own political party such as the Democrates did to get him on board but was clearly not the will of the voters he was elected by! I bet he has seen his last days in the senate seat he currently holds!

Dodie   January 19th, 2010 10:49 pm ET

With brown in office, we might as well forget the idea of ending our dependence on foreign oil!!! Just stick it to us Americans!!

midstate   January 19th, 2010 10:49 pm ET

I have been praying for Haiti for sometime now. Will it take a catastrophe to pull American back together again or will politics continue to divide us. By the way I still believe in getting rid of the party system in washington so people cannot vote down party lines. but that will never happen because there is to much money involved.

Dodie   January 19th, 2010 10:51 pm ET

@ Trish Smyth

Not all Americans can see clearly! They are manipulated through "fear" We will never learn.

Yes you are correct. We are a power in decline and will soon go down in flames!

midstate   January 19th, 2010 10:54 pm ET

RJ I will admit I voted for Nelson LAST time even though he was from a different party than me because I believed he was the best canidate. Guess I was wrong, I agree with you what he did was wrong and I will never vote for him again. He sold himself and ( me) and all of nebraska out and we are ashamed of him. Please dont hold this against nebraskans it was not what we wanted believe me.

Dodie   January 19th, 2010 10:56 pm ET

@ midstate

As long as those in power in Washington... and I am NOT talking about Pres. Obama, continue to push the FEAR Card! We will never learn! We will continue to place all our money in War, thinking it will make us safe, while on the other side, we will go broke, China will demand their money and the world bank will toss out the American dollar making it completely worthless!

The only good thing, ALL Americans will end up in the toilet, not just the poor, unless you happen to be that 1% wealthy. If you are not, you are also coming down with us

midstate   January 19th, 2010 10:57 pm ET

I heard a great senator say that washington will not change him and I thought he was right but that was a crock of bull. There has to be something in washington to get people to vote so close to party lines that all americans should be scared that their own senators dont vote whats best for them but whats best for their party. Well health care may be the best thing that has happened to the republican party and the worst thing for the democratic party.

RJ   January 19th, 2010 10:58 pm ET

Would it surprise anyone to know that the American tax payer has paid for more miles of logging roads for private commercial logging companies than the combined interstate highway system? Pet projects and you scratch my back and I`ll scratch your back crap has to stop! If we keep spending on unnessecary projects and outrageous entitlement benefits then their can be no future for future generations! Also all retirement need to be paid for or funded entirely by ones own money, no more promising people outrageous retirements that will only bankrupt a business or force the tax payer to bail them out! Start living within your own means without help from someone else!

midstate   January 19th, 2010 11:02 pm ET

Dodie I just hope they flush first, cause im in the same boat as you from what I read in your post. Since I was in high school ( 20 years ago) I always loved government and history,, but I wondered with all the bickering in washington why dont they get rid of the so called two party system. People just vote down party lines and it drives me crazy. Look at T.V. channels have even gotten involved. ( fox Rep) CNN( dem) it crazy. Get rid of the current system.

Dodie   January 19th, 2010 11:03 pm ET


I certainly agree with you there. We need to separate church from state... we also need to separate Big Business from State. America was built by the little guy.. (small business) which is now being squashed by the big shoes of fat corporate America. And with their loss, will be our country eventually

midstate   January 19th, 2010 11:03 pm ET

RJ I dont know what party you are and dont really care cause I agree with what your saying. I wish that would happen around washington alittle more often.

nisra   January 19th, 2010 11:04 pm ET

i just dont understand when commentators start saying too much government in peoples life. they just forget the basic definition of democracy. the goverment is formed by the people, for the people and the people. they r common people representing the people. once they get elected why do u start treating them as some monsters that shud never enter ur lives and ur homes. if u have guts go at the back of lobbyists each and everyone by name

i have only one thing to say people who voted today they r soo lost in their own world of ME and MINE TODAY that they killed the FUTURE of america forever.

RJ   January 19th, 2010 11:05 pm ET

@ Dodie, its not fear its fact, the forces that be are bleeding dry a class of people who not only have carried this country for over 60 years now but who at the point they cant provide a future for their children. Also its a fact that the middle class will foot the bill for this trillion dollar reform! Thats not reform thats another liberal redistribution of wealth. I say have insurance and drug reform, thats where the reform needs to start not adding another 50 million or so to the tax payers burden!

midstate   January 19th, 2010 11:06 pm ET

Im NOT asking for a uprising but I absolutely believe WE AMERICANS need to take back our country. Im sorry but Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are only in it for themselves. By the way they are not the only ones. throw Nelson in there and about 85 percent of the other ones.

Dodie   January 19th, 2010 11:06 pm ET

@ midstate

I have my boat ready... you are welcome! The greedy ones, can find their own boat!

Americans never thought much of History. If they had learned, they would see as clear as you and I.

RJ it does not matter how much money you save, if the dollar is worthless! Good luck

RJ   January 19th, 2010 11:07 pm ET

No political party but Liberterian/Independent would be the closest I suppose

midstate   January 19th, 2010 11:10 pm ET

From My experience here in Nebraska is this. THe rich go to college,, The middle class go to tech school or the military to get to go to college and protect the rich hob nobbers in washington and the lower class just try to survive.

Dodie   January 19th, 2010 11:11 pm ET


What little we spend for those most unfortunate is nothing compared to the 4+ Trillion dollars we have spend on 8 years in war

I will always have medical insurance. This does NOT affect me personally. But my heart does go out for those who have medical conditions or other issues in which they have to sell their homes in order to pay their medical bill. I certainly hope that does not happen to you.

If you have cancer, expect you bill to be close to one million dollars. If you have a PPO, would you be able to pay your 20% of it???

RJ   January 19th, 2010 11:13 pm ET

What gets me is how we have shed 10`s of millions of jobs to only go over seas all in the name of saving labor costs but nothing that is coming back is any cheaper but only in quality! Big business should be ashamed od exploiting next to slave labor as one can get without being slave labor! Not everyone can be a doctor, nurse, computer programmer, ect, their has to be things made here by average Americans or big business wont be able to sell the products that make them rich.

Dodie   January 19th, 2010 11:14 pm ET


I am an independent. I hate both parties. I think house speaker Nancy is as bad as any corrupt Republican. I am really upset she was one of 100 people that used our tax dollars for a vacation in Copenhagen.

President Obama can not make the changes. The 'old boys club' in Washington will not allow that. If he starts to shake things apart, he could end up like JFK

midstate   January 19th, 2010 11:14 pm ET

Well I need to get the kids to bed so I better get off here but I will leave with this parting shot. I am a republican ( dont hate me ) I just registered that way But I vote for and against the things I truelly believe in . Thats how I was raised. Sometimes I am going to be wrong but be true to yourself and more often than not you will be right. We are all told not to try to be something your not. And to often in washington thats what they are doing. I dont hate Obama but I did like some of his ideas but right now his is not doing what he promised. So either he was lying or he is not being who he really is. We have three years to figure it out. As for some senators they have less time to change our minds.

Dodie   January 19th, 2010 11:16 pm ET


That is exactly where we agree! I am very angry with Big corporate America sending all our jobs overseas. They made enough profit here in the US.. Nothing wrong with making money, but please, do not drain a country from Greed

RJ   January 19th, 2010 11:16 pm ET

But Obama exspanded Afghanistan, so he`s no better than Bush other than the fact Obama didnt start a war for no reason. The longer we poke our noses in the Middle East the longer we will be forced to take the good with the bad!

midstate   January 19th, 2010 11:17 pm ET

My wife has MS and cannot change jobs, Ever or will never get insurance again. 20% every year for deductible is alot right now and will only get worse. I am very glad she has some kind of insurance.

Dodie   January 19th, 2010 11:18 pm ET

Good night midstate. I also need to make some dinner! Just got home from work

RJ   January 19th, 2010 11:19 pm ET

Thats the chance Obama should have to take or there can be no change! Unfortunately it has to be that way or we dont need him.

midstate   January 19th, 2010 11:19 pm ET

people believe thats were things all end is in the middle east ( kinda scary )

midstate   January 19th, 2010 11:20 pm ET

goodnight all nice chatting with you.

Dodie   January 19th, 2010 11:20 pm ET


Yes you are correct, and I am really upset over the Afghanistan war too! Al Qaeda will win, because we as a country will go broke.

Good conversation RJ

David Bonnett   January 19th, 2010 11:23 pm ET

Is this REALLY about health care, Afghanistan, Iraq or "back-room deals"? It's about the economy! In prosperous times, we think about things other than feeding our families, providing shelter, and having work. In times such as these, we think little of things other than that which is necessary. BASIC human needs do not include mandated national health care but it does mandate an individuals' ability to pay for it. You can not increase taxes for the unemployed!

Focus on the "have to do's" NOT on the "want to do's". Fix the economy! THEN fix health care. That is what Massachusetts is all about.

RJ   January 19th, 2010 11:24 pm ET

We already have an entitlement system for those who cant truly afford to pay something for health insurance, we dont need a system that makes it even easier for those who could help pay something not to do so! Personal responsiblity bottom line! I cant feel good about my tax dollars going to a person for free health care that totes around a Blackberry or iphone!

Gerald Jolly   January 20th, 2010 12:04 am ET

Today, while the wretched republicans gloat, the memory of a great humanitarian is soiled.

Betrayed by the very people he fought for, throughout his entire political life Edward Kennedy is "ROLLING IN HIS GRAVE"

Truly a devestating blow for all that Teddy fought to get for his constituents.


And that may be taken away by a "KNOW NOTHING NEOPHITE" so that the PUBS can claim a shallow victory over "NOT HEALTH CARE"

This is not a day to rejoice folks, it's a day to hang our head in shame, for allowing the possible death of a bill that sought to bring equality to the poor in our country.

Luis B Rosario   January 20th, 2010 1:01 am ET

@Gerald Jolly
The GOP stole the election in Massachussets, partly because the
Democratic candidate took an exrtended vacation from campaigning
in December, 2 nd.; the candidate was a female(I don't know if
Bostonians appreciated female candidates and 3rd but not last
I do not think that Mass. State was too happy that the late
Sen. Edward Kennedy endorsed Barack Obama. (It was pay back time
in my opinion). Now the real war begin between the GOP (who
will be emboldened by this upset) and the Democrats. I believe that
things in the White House are going to be like in Iraq, Afghanistan
and Palestine(Guerrilla warfare).

Dodie   January 20th, 2010 1:07 am ET

@ Luis and Gerald

Ted was our Lion King! He gave everything for this health care bill. He gave Massachusetts health care. It is why they did not vote Democrat. Talk about twisted fate! I am mortified by this election

IState   January 20th, 2010 1:56 am ET

WE THE PEOPLE–Was the big message sent to Washington-They work for yhe Amercian Citizens–Not Washington controlling every aspecpts of our lives. They seem to forget that when they go to Washington. Abolish Special Interest Groups, IRS, Unions, Credit Reporting Agencies, Federal Reserve. We can speak for ourselves–there the ones who have bankrupt our Country. Tax Payors $$$$-IS spent more in Foriegn Countries but you begrudge Americans for abusing tax Dollars. Special Interest Groups recieve more tax dollars then any welfare mother–Things need to change–Say you win the lottery 10 Million by the time goverment gets hands on it you take home 5. Not Right. WHERES JOBS FOR OUR AMERICAN CITIZENS.
Because if they had jobs they could pay there on health care. Thank You.

Luis B Rosario   January 20th, 2010 2:25 am ET

@Larry King

I was listening to the Massachussetts elections aftermath panel
discussion with Larry King; panel: Paul Ragalla, Andrea Acker -Dem.;
Andy Card and Amanda Carpenter, GOP. The GOP duo was
ruffling feathers with the gloating and goating Barack Obama
to capitulate. They said that this was a message for Pres. Obama
that his reign without the GOP Congress is over. That he must
cease and desist his health care plan or else him and his
entourage will pay dearly in the 2010 elections. They sounded
like Muhammed Ali when he was predicting his next knockout.
You could see the euphoria protuding from lips and eyes.
(To me it was a grotesque exhibition of disdain and disrespect
for the president of the USA). If I were the president I would do
like Andrea Acher suggested (affirmed by Paul). I would do like
former President Bush did" said Andrea. " G.W. Bush could
care less what the Democrats oppose, he would do the opposite,
and the Democrats had to seat helpless with no place to go."
added Andrea(or something to that effect). President Obama
has to stop been the "nice guy " with the GOP. "Speak softly bu
carry a big stick," said Roosevelt. (And the point is that Roosevelt
will swing the stick as hard as Charlie Chan -the karate expert-
he was not afraid to act and both parties knew it. That is why
he was so successful). You cannot deal with the GOP from a
a weak point. "If you are navigating in shark infested waters ,
don't try to take a swim in the waters. Sharks are attracted
to splashing and they are unforgiven and a very formidable enemy.
Skip you swimming anxiety for another day. If the sharks become
overaggressive and attempt to tip your boat, shoot them, or if you
can't kill them, move away from the location as quickly as possible."
Sharks are never the diplomatic type. They are like hyenas . Hyenas
don't negotiate not even with their own kind and they only fear
a more powerful adversary(the lion-the elephant) and even these
better be careful -hyenas are very treacherous animals." The Gop[
is like hyenas – they will stalk their victim until they know that they
are ready to fall. Then they will attack ferociously with a laughter-like
shrill." And now that the Republicans are backed by the Christian
right: Pat Roberson, Newet Gringwich, Rush Limbaugh and the rest
of the gang, don't expect any mercy when your ask for clemency."

Serge Borel, Geneva   January 20th, 2010 6:57 am ET

My condolences to the Kennedy family... Senator Ted Kennedy died for a second time last night... and thinking that an elephant stands for the republican party; Isn't this animal famous for his excellent memory?! We the people, WORLDWIDE, are paying the price for miss-leadership by the republicans during bush-admin. It's just unbelievable, that just 1 year after the obama election people from massachusetts (?!) would vote for a nobody representing exactly the philosophy and ideas that brought us the biggest economical crisis since the 20ies. Is this the response, going along with this tea-party-nonsense, obama – hitler comparisons (which by the way is pure insult to all those who suffered from holocaust) americans are giving nowadays? I almost would wish, obama would not have been elected president in order to let the republicans "clean up" the tremdendous mess they caused... bet they wouldn't even have started.. It's so much easier to go on givin it all to the greedy and takin it all from the needy... Besides, it would have been a good laugh watching that fabulous duett palin/mccain "leading" a country that is on it's knees!

RJ   January 20th, 2010 8:18 am ET

Lilly Liberals need to quit crying! The Republicans did NOT steal anything! This was a message sent to Obama by Democrats, Independents, and what few Republicans that do exsist in Mass. These are the voters who have seen nothing but lies from Obama and the Liberals in Congress! We need insurance and drug reform not another entitlement program that these voters know they will have to pick up the tab! The middle class is tapped out! I`m tired of Liberals asking me how I have help Haiti, I`ll tell you how, by the taxes I pay and the milllions of that I have contributed to a country that will never turn around because that is the culture they choose!! I say to the liberal with his handout and toting a Blackberry to give, enough!

RJ   January 20th, 2010 8:22 am ET

Now watch the liberals distance themselves from Obama, because if they dont they too will be gone next election! This country needs jobs and opportunity not more lines with people afraid to go without and asking for someone else to pay their way! If you wont work for less or working is not worth the hassle then this country doesnt need or want you period! If you cant or wont contribute to the tax rolls we neither need or want you!

Donna   January 20th, 2010 10:26 am ET

when are you stupid people going to wake up from your fog and see things clear? WASHINGTON IS NOT CONTROLLING YOUR LIVES, THEY ARE NOT TAKING OVER THE WORLD. IT'S THE INSURANCE COMPANIES, AND THE BANKS. THE LOBBYEST!!! GET IT NOW? I voted for Bush 9 years ago ,( twice ) because I read about his education and all others background. look where they brought us. the economy fell to the bottom because the republicans let the deceiving , conniving, fraud go on . they didnt want to lose all their rich clients. plus, talking about trillions of dollars being wasted ? who was paying for daily care, equiptment, food and water for every american troop sent over to useless wars? so Scott Brown won the election,,,big deal. let him do his job, we wont step in his way, because he will turn out like a jerk like other republicans . look the mess Arnold Shwartznegger did to california?he was a talker too ! during the Haiti earthquake, Fox news talked down their president most of the time. most others like cnn, msnbc were busy covering Haiti. republicans are constantly stopping, and getting in the way of everything Obama is trying to do. they cry and pout and throw hissy fits when they lose. I would rather hear stories about other countries right now, Americans are not that bright!

Donna   January 20th, 2010 11:11 am ET

I"ve read most of the comments here this morning, and was quite pleased by most of them . I guess you do have your eyes open to all the greed, corruption and fraud in america today. this whole thing is making me angry because I am so tired of these republicans not working together with the democrats trying to help all american people. all they do is try and stop Obama in EVERYTHING he is trying to do, and to boot, they are twisting the minds of so many people, just so they will vote for them in 2012. it will take years to fix this awful mess we are all in. sure I want our safety here in america. Obama will not let things happen to us. that terror on christmas was'nt obamas fault, it was the way our security has been for many years already. they hire lazy, uneducated people in their job, so when something important comes up, they push it aside for someone else to catch! I hope the investigation will fire some of these people. they had many signs and warnings in advance that should have been acknowledged.

Carole Ann   January 20th, 2010 11:31 am ET

Sanator Brown should be ashamed to let the world know that he opposes Health care. I cannot believe that a super power such as the United States of America does not have a health care plan, that all peoples are not equal, which is in their constitution. How humanitarian is that? How ironic is it that the US and I am sure many people from Mass have donated money to Haiti yet they would have people in their own country without a good health plan. In Canada our employers pay for our health plan and the country pays for the people who cannot pay for themselves. We truly believe in 'EQUALITY FOR ALL". Those Americans who oppose Health care for all should be ashamed of themselves. Let us not forget that President Obama is cleaning up the mess that the Republicans made. How quickly one forgets that not the Democrats but the Republicans have the US in the mess that they are in.

eJay   January 20th, 2010 12:30 pm ET

This election is all about stopping Obama, and anything he stands for, the turncoats will rise up.

Ted   January 20th, 2010 1:52 pm ET

Voters of Massachusetts, you are worse than Benedict Arnold!
You elected a President that you can be proud of, but you just tied his hand with electing an opponent whose only plan is to vote against everything the president proposes.

Jean paul   January 20th, 2010 3:50 pm ET

Now things are clear. U.S senat race is not a referendum on health care reform but on Obama. This election demonstrates that Americans in spite of everything are racists. They have chosen Obama in november 2008 only to do the dirty job: preventing U.S economy from a certain collapse. Now Americans are more confident in their economy, then they want no more an African-american for president. Be that as it may, Obama is great, competent, exceptional and the rest of the world like him. Too bad for those Americans who dont like him.

Dodie   January 20th, 2010 6:56 pm ET

@ Luis B Rosario

The GOP knows only one strategy “FEAR” Unfortunately, it works will with Americans. Fear of terrorists, fear of increased taxes. Mention those two words, and everyone runs! That was Scott Brown’s campaign strategy. They are like the “school bullies” flexing their muscles and threatening everyone. I understand today PRESIDENT Obama is looking at taxing the banks. Diplomacy is now out the window. He is a fighter (Thank goodness) I strongly feel, we as a people, need to back this man in every way we can. Demonstrate, go to Washington and let Congress know, We Americans Will Not tolerate any more Crap! If we do not support President Obama, if he does not see our ‘bright light’ it could be disastrous for all of us.

I enjoy your analogies and personal strength! I am very pleased to see others feel the same! This is war for the American people’s rights! Like you, I stand firm, both feet on the ground….willing to do what it takes. We will not go down in flames! We will “stand and deliver” We will stand side by side and fight for our American rights! Thank you Luis B Rosario

I apologize for the delay, having technical difficulties mixed with a terrible storm

Luis B Rosario   January 20th, 2010 9:14 pm ET

@Wolf Blitzer CNN
@Larry King CNN
White House Secretary Gibbs calls Blitzer's Bluff

Politics is treacherous path worth than the labyrinths, the craters
and the deep cannyons creates by earthquakes, volcanos and
erosion. There is more unexpected surprises, treason, backrooms
deals, back stabbing, hypocrecy and dissolution(heartache &
broken heart when you own party betrays you-never mind CNN).
I say CNN because I remembered clearly how much Wolf Blitzer
and Jack Cafferty praised Barack Obama when he was running
against Hilary Clinton. I had a few confrontations with them and
with Roland Martin (CNN political analyst). They put Barack Obama
so high on pedestal that they thought he was the next King Melchor
(of the three 3 wise men-kings that visited Bethlehem, Israel,
to present gifts to Jesus when he was born). Melchor was Black
King; Baltazar and Gaspar were White (Caucasians). Now Wolf
and Jack are following Scott Brown around like if they little chickens
following the mother hen. Scott Brown is the new "man" now and
" the talk of the town."

Wollf Blitzer was trying to corner Press Secretary Gibbs about
why or why not Scott Brown won the senator seat in Massachussets
running as a Independent. Blitzer was trying to blame Barack Obama
about lack of tranparency(the new word used by Republicans)- Most
voters don't even know the meaning of the word. It ( only means
simplicity). Since when Repbulicans use simplicity in the line of duty.?
Gibbs confronted Wolf reminding him that that if anybody knew
about the White House " transparency " policy regarding health care
reform it should be you Wolf" said Gibbs. We have shown you all
our records." added Gibbs. 'It is true', said Wollf "but I don't know
anything about any "back-room deals that went through' said Wolf.
" Common Wolf. You know me and you always said that we have
given you, everything that you asked for. What is the problem now/"
asked Gibbs.
We all should know what is gone wrong. Wolf is looking for
somebody new to try to beef up CNN ratings. Somebody has to
feed Gloria Bolger, and all the Republican analysts at CNN that were
beginning to starve. . An" unknown Independent(because he did not campaign as a Republican) has scored the greatest upset of 2010.
Reel back to 2008. "A virtually unknow Chicago senator, Barack Obama has scored the greatest upset of the century against a well-
known Senator of New York.-Hillary Clinton, former wife of Bill Clinton.,.
Barack Obama is a formidable opponent, a Harvard graduate and
a man with great personality. Republican John McCain is going to
be facing an uphill battle.," Wolf Blitzer-CNN ' The most trusted
news station worlwide..'
Like a blogger wrote to Cafferty File. One Republican upset will not
change the Democratic Majority too much. They still hold 58 seats.
(59 but John Lieberman is just like Scott Brown -an Independent.
" A swing man" that can go both ways").
"For the times are now changing." Bob Dylan
"Judas was not at CNN last night." ( I guess).

Luis B Rosario   January 21st, 2010 12:40 am ET

There is one thing that is bothering me greatly. The new Independent
Party. What does this word mean? In Puerto Rico, Independent means
a third party who advocates independence from the U.S,A.. The party
has a 5% to 7 % voters. Democrats and Republicans split 97 percent
of the votes. Each party has their own leader running for governor,
Lt governor and the rest of the Cabinet. If you are Independent
candidate, you cannot run for office representing another plarty.

Independent" means.: free, uncontrolled, without the assistance
of others, self-reliant( got the point Sen Lieberman and Senator
elected Scott Brown.). Why would you run as Independent when
you are actually a Republican representing Republican interests
and the Republican party, or a Democrat representing the Democratic

An independent should not be a leach, or an ameba who are dependent
on others for sustenance. If the Independent Party is so strong in
the USA like one Republicaan CNN contributor said tonight, then
what is 49 percent of the young American voters doing that he said
are Independents,not Republicans, not Democrats (until election time
when they toss a coin to pick their candidate -because Independents
are switch-hitters-they go both ways.).

If the Independents are so" numerous " and so powerful now
why can they form their own party, the Independent party. Any person
registered as an Independent running for office cannot run for
the same office in another party and vice versa.
The way it is now, Scott Brown ran as Independent(for his
benefit) but still is a Republican senator. Joe Lieberman ran
as an Indepdent but still is allegedly a Democrat. The way
it is now Independent is an anamorphosis (a distorted image
of its true meaning).

That goes for Lieberman and Brown and the "new wave."

Luis B Rosario   January 21st, 2010 10:54 pm ET

@Larry King
The Honeymoon is over between Barack Obama and the Media

The exigency to get a quick separation has superceded the
the need to go to see a counsellor for immediate mediation," said
the attorney for one of the spouses during a divorce proceedings.
Even the councellor will have not made a difference. It has all been
decided and there is no turning back," due to irreconcillable and
incompatible differences," added the attorney.

Do you see any correlation here in the aforementioned episode
and what is happening now between President Barack Obama
and the Media? The honeymon is over. CNN is now combing the
White House halls and exterior (grounds) to see what else is bad
with the president. There is got to be something worst than that,"
says the GOP.
The president is not the same that he was 1 year ago. He seems
to be paranoid about the health care reform controversy and the
issue has affeted him greatly say a pundit invited by Blitzer to
psychoanalyze Barack Obama. Blitzer also interviewed John
McCain about the "alleged upset of the century (the centuy is
only 10 years old but we have seen so much turnmoil in the
White House . 85 pertcent of it caused by external forces who want
to run the administration's agenda for the president . "It is our
given right to tell the president what to do because we voted for
him and for the same reason "Who do you think you are
Mr President ? We put you in office. Now you must listen and listen well if you want to keep your job. " You have been in office for 12
months now and you have done nothing. You health care reform is
no good according to some pundits that CNN invited to give their
opinions and according to the GOP. A better witness is the
beating that you took in Massachussets the home of the
late Edward Kennedy. The people have spoken there for the
rest of the nation. Why not -After all-they (the independents)
know all the answers and they know what is good for this
country- and a health care reform bill is not one of the things
that the USA needs. No Sir. Senor Presidente-you are wrong.
The nation don't need your stinking one way (Democrat only)
plan. As a matter of fact you could take your pllan " and shove
it." The people of the entire USA (Massachussets) have spoken.
And if you don't like what we are saying we will send the
independents after you. You saw what happened in there
in Massachuessets. We do not want to embarass you."
P.S. Correction
It is not only Massachussetts that let you down. What about
Virginia and New Jersey? You see when we put you in office we told
you that if you lost even one state to the GOP in future elections
you will be placed on probation. So you lose not only one but
three(3). What are you going bananas? New Jersey we could
understand and Virginia- Well Virginia is always involved in Basket-
ball, football and the Navy base in Norfolk but Massachussetts.
Now you are talking big time phenomena the home of the Kennedy
Clan with Martha's Vineyard, Cape Cod and the Boston Tea Party?

You see Mr President Barack Obama we are not from Chicago.
That is what John McCain said " we have to stop this Chicago
gangland style politics " and get back to the basics. What you
thought that John McCain was going to forget how you humiliated
him and Sarah Palin by giving them a whooping(a run for the their
money-they say in diplomatic circles)-. After all we are civilized
people here at the GOP. And now that we have the Independents
in our pockets, our new slogan is going to be "Remember
Massachussetts. " Only kidding Mr. President we don't need
the White House for nothing. We are just concerned about the
good USA people.Thirty five to fourty (35 to 40) percent of them
(Americans) have no type of insurance, whatsover. But that is not
our fault. They had a chance to get it like any GOP member's
done it"
By the way Mr President, our next conquest will be Florida where
Governor Crist(Not Christ-Crist) is running for Senator and Marco
Rubio was seen chasing him with Mark McGuire's bat in hand.
Luckily for Rubio that Jose Canseco was pasing by and took the
bat away from Rubio. The former and the latter became super
strong guys after brief encounters of the third kind with steroids.
Speaking about John McCain. He told Wolf Bllitzer that he is not
against his wife's venture into TV commercials (after all she
could use the money to buy some milk and cereal). Ms McCain
has appeared on a gays' commercial with duct tape tied around
her mouth. Mr McCain says that he wasn't present during the
making of the commercial but that he will discuss it with his wife at
the kitchen table at dinner time." I thought that Mr McCain will do
just like the 'Founding Fathers" -make a prayer just before dinner
time, rather than argue about poltics and issues of sexual
Anyway let's skip the subject and back to Massachussetts, I mean
(I'm getting old and I foget certain things) lets go back to health
care reform. That is Obama's Achilles tendon. The rest: the
economy, unemployment and the war is our fault and we don't talk
about it."
Respectfully yours,
P.S. Michael Steele is off tody but Rush Limbaugh will gladly
fill in for him.


Dodie   January 22nd, 2010 2:53 am ET

@ Luis

We have 2 major parties, Republican and Democrat. However we have quite a few third parties such as American Independent Party, Libertian Party, Constitution Party and so on. The American Independent Party (AIP) now called “Independent” was founded in 1967 and Alabama, Governor Wallace ran as the first Presidential nominee in 1968 using that party. You have your right wing Republicans and your left wing Democrats. The Independent is more middle ground and often facilitates well for people who do not want to go to the extremes Right or Left wing, or are sick and tired of both parties. Because the party is not as strong as the Republican or Democrat parties, the independents will often vote for Republican or Democrat as a vote for an Independent is a wasted vote now. Hopefully that will change soon. This is the reason the Republican party and Democrat party are interested in the Independent voters as they know those voters will end up voting Republican or Democrat!

Luis, you are looking at the word “Independent” literally… as in the dictionary definition. In reality, this party is a third party… probably named “Independent” as it is independent of the Republican and Democrat point of view.

Luis, you are very observant. Yes the Independent party is growing stronger and someday strong enough, they will vote for the person running on their party line! Until then, they will ultimately vote Democrat or Republican. They are, what we call, our swing voters. Meaning they could swing the election just as what happened in Massachusetts the other day. There are more Democrats than Republicans in Massachusetts; however, due to the size of the Independent party, they moved from Democrat voting (Obama) to Republican voting (Scott Brown) in the voting polls! When anyone votes in the US, all the names are on the voting ballot, Democrat, Republican, Independent Libertian. You can choose one person from any party listed.

You are from Puerto Rico? Do you live in San Juan? Puerto Rico is a very beautiful country! I have been reading your blogs, and your usage of the English language is exceptional!

Luis B Rosario   January 22nd, 2010 5:02 pm ET

Thanks for the extended informative report. You really went out
of your way to explain the mission of the Independent parthy.
All points are well taken. What I still complain about and I will
not accept is that a candidate like Scott Brown ran as an
Independent but did not renounce as a Republican. So actually
all he did was take advantage of the Independents to beef up
(increase) his chances of getting elected as a Republican. His
ideals have nothing to do with how an Independent feels. He
just used your votes. He is a leach or an ameba. He knew he
had no chance of winning as a Republican. Now that he won
he goes back to the Republican party and gets sworn in as a
Republican. That is not fair to the Democrats, or to the
Independents. He is just exploiting a loophole that allows him to
detach himself from his party for a moment and then come
back and claim his seat. It is llike when a boxer fights the #3
contender instead of the #1 for more money and without risking
his crown. It is just silly and it should be outlaw. This guy stood
no chance of winning as a Republican and he knows it. He is the
real switch hitter which will serve the Independents no good,
because looking out for the Republican party not for you. You
youself said it another correspondence. Massachussets don't
have any need for health care reform. They are doing great with
their own. So why should they change? They are already providing
health care to every citizen(as far as I know).
Thanks Dodie.
P.S. I was born and raised in Puerto Rico but I have live in
the United states for muchos anos(for many years) God bless
you and keep in touch.

Dodie   January 23rd, 2010 2:43 am ET

@ Luis B Rosario

Thank you for your kind compliments and wealth of information pertaining to the different parties in Puerto Rico.

Scott Brown ran on the Republican ticket even though he positioned himself as an independent, conservative. Massachusetts (Mass) has an educated population. Scott Brown listened to what the people wanted to hear, (No tax increase, No medical reform as there is already one in effect due to Ted Kennedy) and based his campaign on their wants and desires regardless of what he will actually do.

Yes, he is a liar. However, he ran on the Republican ticket, so the people knew he was part of the Republican Party. Republicans know how to run a good campaign. President Obama was the only Democrat who knew exactly what he needed to do in order to win. Martha M. Coakley ran a terrible campaign. She was out of touch with the people. The Democrats gave Mass to the Republicans. Talk about tragic!

Luis, because you were discussing Puerto Rico, I made the “fatal” assumption that you have not lived in the US and that is why I went into so much detail. lol

It is a well known fact the Republican and Democrat parties will always utilize the Independents as much as they can. As an Independent, one knows that and should be more careful of the campaign promises! It’s a dirty business, Politics. And it will be much worse since the Supreme Court ruling rolled back a century old regulation, mixed with lobbyists not required to register making it easier to “buy” Politicians. I am afraid we will end up a Fascistic country! It is a natural evolutionary step from Capitalism and we are currently moving in that direction!

I lived in Mexico (San Miguel de Allende) for a year as a child so I still remember a little Spanish! I also lived in Jamacia, Ocho Rios for a year as a child. So I am familiar with all the islands including Haiti! I was out of the USA more than in as a child.

Yo entiendo muchos anos

Buenas noches Luis!


Samuel   January 27th, 2010 2:01 am ET

I would surely hope the Democratic Liberals have reviewed the past. I really think Congress both Republicans and Democrats should be working together for the common good. This is called Bypartisanship.
I would also encourage Mr. President to work together with his congress instead of coming up with his own his agenda would greatly discourage this. He should be mindfull of the people who voted for him. He also need to remember he represents us not just himself or his family during the time he is President. I know i differ with him on a great many issues that effect this country..however he is still the President.

Joanne Wozniacki   January 27th, 2010 2:27 am ET

I feel President Obama is doing an excellent job with the big mess he inherited from George Bush. He does try bypartisanship, but the Republicans are preaching the same rhetoric they did 30 years ago and won't bend. This is a different world. Tens of millions of baby boomers who are AMERICANS who always worked and contributed to society lost their jobs and health insurance under the Bush administration. The 55-64 age group are too young for Medicare and many don't qualify for Medicaid. At that age, it's very hard to find another job offering health insurance in this economy. They can't afford private health insurance because of the disgusting astronomical costs of today. They need health care reform fast. Many are children of World War II war heros and it's a disgrace that in the United States of America, supposedly the most powerful country in the world, these AMERICANS don't have healthcare. They're not illegal immigrants, freeloaders, nor ever lived on government assistance. They're NOT looking for freebies. They're looking for affordable healthcare. President Obama is trying to keep his campaign promises and pass a bill that will allow all Americans to have healthcare. We needed this reform yesterday. It's an emergency, and I applaud Obama for his relentless battle to help all Americans in trouble. Bypartisanship with opponents to this bill is almost futile, and the President knows the urgency to get this bill passed. What a travesty! The world watches as the great USA has half of the country fighting against this bill. What ever happened to "do unto others as you would have them do unto you"? I notice the majority of opponents to health care reform already HAVE healthcare. The opponents could find themselves uninsured very quickly if they lose their jobs or finances. Then they would sing a different tune.

Luis B Rosario   January 27th, 2010 11:42 am ET

@Joanne Wozniacki
@Larry King
Beautiful, eloquent comments. We hope that CNN senior
political correspondents, analysts and contributors are reading
these comments. There is a lot to learn for all of us if we want
to pull this country back together again. Bickering and attacking
the present administration on every issue is very dangerous.
The main problem is that this country never ceases to have
elections. It seems like every month there is an election and
when there is an important seat for grabs, there goes sanity.
Both parties goe insane trying to capture that seat and all other
issues are put in the backburner or disregarded. How many
millions of dollars were diverted to the Massachusetts campaign.
How much treason, intrigue and deception was used particularly
by the Republican party to capture this seat, just to satisfy ego
and revenge. The Republicans wanted to tip the balance of the
60 Democratic majority. It was their only important issue on
their agenda. It does not matter that this man(Scott Brown)
ran a deceptive campaign grabbing votes from all parties but
mostly from the Independents. But he is not going to represent
all of us.(Democrats and Independents), he is going to vote
on party lines(Republican) on every issue. Just watch and see.
" And the beat goes on."
So why did the majority of American voters elected President
Barack Obama with a mandate in the last national elections?
I mean he did not win by 100 votes. It was the majority who
voted hm into office. So why did the electioneering and the
campaign for next president of 2012 still goiing on since
2008. We are worst in politics than the countries that we
trying change around the world. We should not be meddling in
other countries affairs when we cannot solve our own. We are
fighting continuously without stopping 24/7, 365 days a year.
We are doing worst that Iraq, Afganistan and Iran. Why?

Because we are supposed to be the bastion(the mirror) of
Democracy. Are we truly. Are we?

Luis B Rosario   January 27th, 2010 11:43 am ET

@Joanne Wozniacki
@Larry King
Beautiful, eloquent comments. We hope that CNN senior
political correspondents, analysts and contributors are reading
these comments. There is a lot to learn for all of us if we want
to pull this country back together again. Bickering and attacking
the present administration on every issue is very dangerous.
The main problem is that this country never ceases to have
elections. It seems like every month there is an election and
when there is an important seat for grabs, there goes sanity.
Both parties goe insane trying to capture that seat and all other
issues are put in the backburner or disregarded. How many
millions of dollars were diverted to the Massachusetts campaign.
How much treason, intrigue and deception was used particularly
by the Republican party to capture this seat, just to satisfy ego
and revenge. The Republicans wanted to tip the balance of the
60 Democratic majority. It was their only important issue on
their agenda. It does not matter that this man(Scott Brown)
ran a deceptive campaign grabbing votes from all parties but
mostly from the Independents. But he is not going to represent
all of us.(Democrats and Independents), he is going to vote
on party lines(Republican) on every issue. Just watch and see.
" And the beat goes on."
So why did the majority of American voters elected President
Barack Obama with a mandate in the last national elections?
I mean he did not win by 100 votes. It was the majority who
voted hm into office. So why did the electioneering and the
campaign for next president of 2012 still goiing on since
2008. We are worst in politics than the countries that we
trying change around the world. We should not be meddling in
other countries affairs when we cannot solve our own. We are
fighting continuously without stopping 24/7, 365 days a year.
We are doing worst that Iraq, Afganistan and Iran. Why?

Because we are supposed to be the bastion(the mirror) of
Democracy. Are we truly. Are we?

Joanne Wozniacki   January 27th, 2010 8:06 pm ET

The republicans already have their front row seats with their bag of popcorn and laptops to watch President Obama's State of the Union Speech tonight. I think I'll watch a movie right after the speech so I don't have to listen to hours of the idiotic twisting and uncaring remarks of the republican responses, the same rhetoric they preached 40 years ago, that didn't work then, doesn't work now, and will never work, bashing every word that comes out of President Obama's mouth. My mental health can't take it. I think I'll watch a comedy.

Luis B Rosario   January 28th, 2010 4:56 am ET

@ Dodie
Jan 23, 2010
Hello Dodie
Your political expertise is incredible. You should run for office
(unless you are already involved in politics). You would do
better than a lot of the Republican leaders. If you lheard
the President's speech reply by Republican Governor
McDonnell. He was confrontational and so was the Deputy
Republican national committee chairman -Rep. Shjock
(wrong spelling -I forgot his name because he is another
idiot-I mean a complete moron-sarcastic and sadistic.). These
two clowns reiterated that "Barack Obama has to work with
us if he wants to proceed." or something to that effect. (The
president has to work us-has to?-Give me a break . When
99 percent of the Republican Congress voted against the
president in two important issues?). They(Republican leaders)
just want blood and nothing short of that. They are political
vampires. They after Obama with a vengeance(vendetta).
These country is on the verge of collapsing due to partisan
politcal posturing but most of the blame rests on the
Republicans shoulders." They fake (portray) that they want
no war but they want no peace, either." (No quieren ni paz,
ni guerra). This is type of political posturing is called
"animalistic philosophy." Listen to the comments of the
majority of the Republcan leaders interviewed and verify
for yourself what I'm saying here now.
**Dodie what you said it's not offensive. I don't mind at all.
Like I said I was born and raised thereat. 90 percent of
my family live there. Y yo estoy orgulloso de ser de alla.
(And I'm pround to be from Puerto Rico and to be an
American). Thanks for your compliments. Count me
as your friend.

Luis B Rosario   January 28th, 2010 5:06 am ET

@Joanne Wozniacki
You were correct. No sooner than the president spoke when
all the Republican leaders' rethoric began rainning : insults, innuendo,
lies and deceit. No change here.(Not that we expected one-unless
we be naive, ignorant and dumb). "They(Republican leaders) are
one of a kind.."

Luis B Rosario   January 28th, 2010 5:19 am ET

@Joanne Wozniacki
"The Republican leaders bloc is a rare specimen found
in the dephts of a sea of ignorance and deceit." " Their eyesight
is perfect but they are still blind." LBR

Joanne Wozniacki   January 28th, 2010 2:08 pm ET

What HYPOCRITES the republicans are to say that President Obama shouldn’t have criticized the Supreme Court in his speech for their decision to allow the buying of elections and hurting Middle Class America by this decision. The republicans have degraded, criticized, and ridiculed the man who holds the highest office in the land on TV, in newspapers, on the Internet, and wherever else they could, since he took office. They have disrespected his office and showed the world they don’t support a great leader who wants to help ALL AMERICANS, not just the wealthy. HYPOCRITES! SHAME ON YOU! If this isn’t the pot calling the frying pan black.

Dodie   February 6th, 2010 3:03 am ET

@ Luis B Rosario

What brought you to the US? I am always curious as it must have been difficult for you in the beginning. New country, different customs, different language. Even though Puerto Rico is a territory of the US, it is always stressful for anyone!

Thank you for so many kind compliments! Shhhhhhhh I am very much a novice when it comes to politics. You could call it a newly acquired taste!

It is my honor to consider you a friend. Thank You!


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