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Congressman: Republicans Are ‘Knuckle-Dragging Neanderthals’

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Posted on Oct 1, 2009
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Rep. Alan Grayson, the congressman who said the Republican health care plan is for Americans to die quicker, tells Wolf Blitzer and friends what’s up: “Democrats have to have guts. And now we have to have the guts to take the majority that the American people have given us and do something with it.”

You can thank the good people of Orlando for this firebrand.  —PS

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By Dave, October 3, 2009 at 11:07 am Link to this comment
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Republicans do want people to die.

They tried to turn the two year wait for disablity into a three year wait becasue they know that many will become homeless and lose their ability to fight and others will just go ahead and kill themselves.

Im one of those with several pre existing conditions and Republicans have never tried to help that I could see.  their plan really is ‘dont get sick’ and if you do then you better have a lot of money.

The republicans cut funding which caused a two year freeze on housing assistance where I live.  in addition to that, 3% of the people living in subsidized housing where kicked out becasue there wasnt enough money.  we have no idea what happened to these people.

I had a friend in the southeast who reported to me that some local seniors had been forced out of their nursing homes becasue of the cuts made by Bush. 

republicans are money first kind of people.
people are less imporatnt than money to your average republican.  its sick.

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By CWB56, October 2, 2009 at 6:59 pm Link to this comment

We gave the GOP a chance to be part of the change
American needs and they responded loudly with lies. 
They blew it.  Time to answer them loudly with the
truth.  They hate America and only care about getting
themselves and their corporate bosses back in power. 
Time to finish them off.

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By Fat Freddy, October 2, 2009 at 5:43 pm Link to this comment

“So easy a caveman could do it”

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By Rodger Lemonde, October 2, 2009 at 5:34 pm Link to this comment

What a terrible thing to say about Neanderthals. They
can’t eve defend themselves against this slander.

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By Fat Freddy, October 2, 2009 at 4:20 pm Link to this comment

Carville was loving it. Borger was just besides herself. The fact is, this guy (Grayson) has been all over the Federal Reserve. He has also been all over bonuses for execs at companies that received bailouts.  In recent years, he specialized in whistleblower cases aimed at companies that allegedly profited from the War in Iraq. His personal background is impressive, as well.

http://grayson.house.gov/about/

I just hope he doesn’t get caught sodomizing his illegal immigrant housekeeper, Carlos, or something like that.

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By ElkoJohn, October 2, 2009 at 3:24 pm Link to this comment

he’s a Dennis Kucinich with TEETH.

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By Louise, October 2, 2009 at 1:34 pm Link to this comment

grumpynyker, October 2 at 11:04 am #
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“While you hypocrites are cheering for Rep. Alan
Grayson, were you the same people calling for the head of Cynthia McKinney for questioning Donald Rumsfeld or Dennis Kucinich for trying get mad king George 43 impeached? 

Or the California representative stating that Bush sent young people to war to die for his pleasure?  Words are nice, but actions are better.”

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Uh no. I don’t think the folks here are the same folks you mention. Well at least not on this thread .. so far.

You’re right of course, action is always better. The question is what action is most effective. Following a successful campain of emails to shareholders, pressure on Congress and rallies on street corners, comes word that CEO Ken Lewis is leaving Bank of America. And the TrueMajority.org add campaign certainly helped. If the plan is to target the bad guy, first you have to go public with who the bad guy is.

I think Grayson did a spectacular job of that!  And it’s pretty easy to target who the bad guy, guys is/are, cause they’re the ones screaming outrage the loudest! Now, if everyone here makes sure everyone they know, who may not know, knows what Grayson did, and then went on to let their rep know they think what Grayson did was a really good, far past due, thing to do. Then asked when their rep was going to grow “the cojones of his/her convictions” we may all be a bit surprised. I don’t expect any radical changes among the cowardly, but I think it’s barely possible a few who hesitate now, may actually begin speaking up.

The trick is letting them know WE WANT THEM TOO!

But it must be noted, a lot do. I’ve heard my guy attack/challenge the repubs more than once. The problem is my guy hasn’t yet been able to raise the hackles on the roosters on the right enough to get the media to notice, and that’s what it takes.

Oh duh ... let the media know when your guy calls one of those red roosters out! Course it helps to go to the right media, the ones on the left.

Or, we can so blatantly insult the right that they can’t ignore it, even if they are ‘Knuckle-Dragging Neanderthals’.

Thanks Grayson.

Actually I think comparing republicans to Neanderthals is a cut to the Neanderthals.

But we got the message. smile

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By ThomasG, October 2, 2009 at 12:06 pm Link to this comment

Rep. Alan Grayson Stands Against Unmerited, Undeserved Deference to Right-Wing Conservative EXTREMIST Republicans

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Unmerited, undeserved deference will be taken as a sign of weakness and the Right-Wing Conservative EXTREMIST Republicans that are infesting Truthdig Forum, the media, the Right-Wing Echo-Chamber and the Right-Wing Conservative EXTREMIST Movement as a whole, take the unmerited, undeserved deference they are given as a sign of weakness from the Left and all Liberals that extend them unmerited, undeserved deference for use of their accusation, condemnation and denunciation in pursuit of Right-Wing Conservative EXTREMIST Republican domination of political dialogue are doing nothing other than appeasing a determined enemy; the Right-Wing Conservative EXTREMIST Movement is McCarthyism trying to enforce 21st Century appeasement on an American population of Neville Chamberlains that are starting to wake up to reality.

Representative Alan Grayson, Democratic Congressman of Florida, recently said that “The Republican Health Care Plan” is “Don’t get sick, and if you do, die quickly.” What Rep. Grayson said is the policy and agenda of the Right-Wing Conservative EXTREMIST Republican Movement and their organized antipathy toward using the 70% MAJORITY Common Population in pursuit of Privatized-Capitalism that produces benefit for the few at the expense of the many that is “If one gets broken, throw it away and get another one; there are plenty more where that one came from”; which leads to “Don’t get sick, and if you do, die quickly;” “Republicans are knuckle dragging neanderthals who think they can dictate policy to America by being stubborn”; and “the Republican Plan is amorphous nonsense”.

Rep. Alan Grayson has given voice to what the 70% MAJORITY Common Population has known and lived through from the time of Goldwater through Reagan, Bush I and Bush II, a Right-Wing Conservative Policy and Agenda that has bankrupted the USA with borrow and spend governance, destroyed the U.S. Economy, deindustrialized the U.S. in pursuit of short-term profit, created a Mercantile Economy in the U.S. in pursuit of short-term profit, financialized the U.S. Economy in pursuit of short-term profit, created and inflated a financial bubble in pursuit of short-term profit that broke and brought down not just the U.S. Economy, but the economy of the entire World and resulted in socialized responsibility having to spend TENS of TRILLIONS of DOLLARS to clean up the Right-Wing Conservative mess that the Right-Wing Republicans created in greedy pursuit of short-term profit.

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By ThomasG, October 2, 2009 at 11:30 am Link to this comment

Rep. Alan Grayson Stands Against Unmerited, Undeserved Deference to Right-Wing Conservative EXTREMIST Republicans

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It is unseemly that after all that the Right-Wing Conservative EXTREMIST Republican Movement has done that is harmful to the U.S. as a nation, to the U.S. National Security and the masses of the U.S. population as a whole, that Rep. Alan Grayson is the ONLY person that has spoken out directly about the Agenda of the Right-Wing Conservative EXTREMIST Republicans.

It is patriotic of Rep. Alan Grayson to speak out, and patriots throughout the United States as a nation must speak out strongly in the same way as Rep. Alan Grayson did; it is foolishness to give unmerited, undeserved deference to those who are using and abusing you, the Left, Liberals; who from the time of Goldwater through Reagan, Bush I and Bush II have been used, abused, accused, condemned and denounced by the Right-Wing Conservative EXTREMIST Movement in an ongoing effort that enabled them to bankrupt the U.S. with borrow and spend governance and destroy the U.S. Economy in pursuit of their own greedy short-term financialized interests.

Rep. Alan Grayson did not give the Right-Wing Conservative EXTREMIST Republican Movement unmerited, undeserved deference and no one on the Left, no Liberal should give the Right-Wing Conservative EXTREMIST Republican Movement unmerited, undeserved deference; this Republican Movement is out to destroy the Left and Liberals utterly and completely—— and have used, abused, accused, condemned and denounced the Left and Liberals since the time of Goldwater through Reagan, Bush I, Bush II and continue to do so in pursuit of political domination by Autocratic Right-Wing Conservative EXTREMIST Republican Government in the U.S. that can do as they please absent responsibility to the masses of the U.S. population for their self-serving , self-centered governance in pursuit of their own self-interest.

It is time for a change and Rep. Alan Grayson, Democrat of Florida has taken the first step.  It is now up to ALL true patriots of democracy in the U.S. to get behind Rep. Alan Grayson, support Rep. Alan Grayson and to speak out against the Right-Wing Conservative EXTREMIST Republican Movement and give voice to the abomination that it is.  The time for unmerited, undeserved deference is past. It is time that the Right-Wing Conservative EXTREMIST Republican Movement be brought to account for what it is and what it has done.  Rep. Alan Grayson did so, and started the process; it is up to all of us as patriotic Americans to follow Rep. Alan Grayson’s lead.

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By Spiritgirl, October 2, 2009 at 11:02 am Link to this comment

Sniff, sniff, he’s my HERO!  If only there were more in Congress that had the cojones of his convictions!  Does he have brothers that can be exported to say, Montana, North Dakota, Iowa, etc.?  HEY FLORIDIANS - YOU FINALLY DID SOMETHING RIGHT!

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By Rick, October 2, 2009 at 8:54 am Link to this comment
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Finally a politician who can be decisive, walk into the lions den, slay the
lion and use words like yes and no versus dodging tactics.

I applaud Grayson on an outstanding no BS, in your face, fix it or get the
hell out of the way so I can posture.

Well done.

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By Gordy, October 2, 2009 at 8:24 am Link to this comment

Ha ha ha, Alex Castellanos was totally crushed but was
too much of a knuckle-dragger to even realise it.  He
was rather silent, I thought, during the second half,
as the ‘balanced’ CNN soldiers apparently tried to do
his job for him.

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By grumpynyker, October 2, 2009 at 8:04 am Link to this comment
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While you hypocrites are cheering for Rep. Alan
Grayson, were you the same people calling for the head
of Cynthia McKinney for questioning Donald Rumsfeld or
Dennis Kucinich for trying get mad king George 43
impeached?  Or the California representative stating
that Bush sent young people to war to die for his
pleasure?  Words are nice, but actions are better.

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By Virginia777, October 2, 2009 at 7:35 am Link to this comment

Grayson is right! “Democrats have to have guts. And now we have to have the guts to take the majority that the American people have given us and do something with it.”

and I’m with Ouroborus, its about time the Dems get some spine!!

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By Leefeller, October 2, 2009 at 2:44 am Link to this comment

Damn it TD3, dashing the last beacon of hope is not very nice, though the odds are with you.

Well I enjoyed the Knuckle dragging thing anyway, which in some ways may have just humored the Republicans and followers, with firmly attached Tea Bags in their left non dragging knuckles.

A vision to behold, masses of tea bags circling in unison next to heads placed between dearly parted butt cheeks.

Now if Rep. Alan Grayson had painted such a picture, I would have paid extra money just to see the look on the Blitzes mug inbetween tea bag dances.

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By dzent1, October 2, 2009 at 12:11 am Link to this comment
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Looks like we should have voted Grayson in as President. At least he’s not afraid to take off the gloves and speak to neocons in the language they understand. Good for you, Congressman!

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By truedigger3, October 1, 2009 at 11:45 pm Link to this comment

Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats wants a TRUE health care reform.
It seems Rep. Alan Grayson is new in town and he doesn’t know how the game is played Washington DC.
The health care “reform” bill was already written few months ago by the insurance/pharma/medical industrial complex, and that bill will finally pass which will keep the status quo with minor cosmetic modifications and will give the insuranc/pharma companies several millions new customers who are forced or subsdided to join by that bill.
What is going on now is nothing but a theatrical show that is jointly produced by both the Republicans and the Democrats including Obama.

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By vern, October 1, 2009 at 9:57 pm Link to this comment
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I LOVE THIS GUY! Go ahead Alan, tell it like it is!

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By herewegoagain, October 1, 2009 at 9:38 pm Link to this comment
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The larger context around many of Grayson’s remarks is spot on: it is absolutely absurd for Democrats to be on the defensive because they want to make healthcare accessible to all. The majority of Americans want this reform and also think the Republicans are idiots. Grayson says he plans to stay on the offense. Having seen how he grilled Bernanke and Geithner several months back, I believe him.

Dems, watch and learn.

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By DCGuide, October 1, 2009 at 8:34 pm Link to this comment
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CNN—the new FOX!

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By Kristen, October 1, 2009 at 8:29 pm Link to this comment
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What a shame that the world’s superpower does not have health coverage for its citizens as all of the other industrialized countries do.  We only have money for unnecessary “wars” for the war profiteers, weapons manufacturers, mercenaries, military-industrial-congressional complex, etc.

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By Ouroborus, October 1, 2009 at 5:31 pm Link to this comment

Oh my god, a democrat; gloves off and calling the
republicans what they are. About time!

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By D. R., October 1, 2009 at 5:12 pm Link to this comment
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This reminds me of the interviews with John Lennon and Yoko Ono during the bed-in for peace. The reporters were being so smug in feigning their objectivity, but when you look at it 40 years later, the reporters look like idiots, and you realize Lennon and Ono were on the correct side of history.

Forty years from now, people will be reviewing Wolf Blitzer’s questions and going:  What an idiot.  And they’ll be looking at the congressman going, well, he had it right.

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By doublestandards/glasshouses, October 1, 2009 at 4:04 pm Link to this comment
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Talking heads get their underpants in a bunch when
democrats dare to criticize republicans.  It’s fun to
watch.

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By Ed Harges, October 1, 2009 at 2:30 pm Link to this comment

Reports are that overnight his campaign coffers were deluged with between
$125,000 and $150,000 in online donations:

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/10/grayson-campaign-weve-
raised-between-125k-150k-since-yesterday.php?ref=fpb

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By pikawicca, October 1, 2009 at 2:22 pm Link to this comment

This guy rocks!

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By glider, October 1, 2009 at 1:48 pm Link to this comment

A good example of irresponsible CNN style “objective journalism”.  The truth be damned, forget investigative journalism, just present both sides of the story as being equal, whether on not one is a complete lie.  Wolf Blitzer gave a disgraceful performance that defines the root of MSM corruption in my opinion.  Congressman Grayson I salute you.  You are an honorable government servant, a rare breed indeed.

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By hidflect, October 1, 2009 at 1:42 pm Link to this comment

Very good news but too little, too late.

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By Donna Bubb, October 1, 2009 at 1:28 pm Link to this comment
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Three cheers for Congressman Grayson. We’ve got a
fighter along with Congressman Kucinich. These two true representatives of the American people want universal healthcare. With them on our side, there’s still hope.

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By ocjim, October 1, 2009 at 1:27 pm Link to this comment

Those words are music to my ears coming out of the mouth of an elected congressman or woman. I get almost sick when wimpish Democrats respond to Republican miscreants like Wilson. Civility with misanthropes does not work.

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By marc medler, October 1, 2009 at 1:13 pm Link to this comment
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These well paid media giants are pea brains and show no interest in the health care debate(substance). I am in shock that this drivel is touted as a current event news show.

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By Leefeller, October 1, 2009 at 1:10 pm Link to this comment

Finally a Democrat who seems to think and says what he thinks, anyone calling his comments controversial is preferring business as usual, for in the status quo book, truth shall not be heard. I like what he had to say and I support his comments, lets hope he does not cave in. we need more like him in Congress, the fact he is saying it while in office seems to be ahead of Obama making empty promises on the campaign trail.

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By Freedom Loving American, October 1, 2009 at 1:09 pm Link to this comment
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Since the beginning of the neocon control of the United States of America in 1980 they turned the greatest nation in the world into a country that stands for and means nothing to anyone but greed, hate, fear, and terror.  Our great nation and the world have suffered immensely.  Today the US is home to 400 billionaires, 10 million millionaires, and 290 million people that have little hope or future. And this is what the lying selfless scum want.  The US will never have healthcare for all since the rich view the workers as machines and once used up they would rather we simply die. The republicans view this as useless spending on used up machinery, plain and simple. 
We only have 2 facets of the same party to vote for but there are a few democrats in congress that do care about the average American. Once we get more democrats elected and the war criminals executed and the wall-street thugs imprisoned for live maybe just maybe we can live in a country where freedom, liberty, and justice for all mean something more than simply a corning saying from a time long ago and in a place far away.

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By tomack, October 1, 2009 at 12:49 pm Link to this comment

Excellent! Finally…

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