Skip to comments.SI town hall pounds prez over health
Posted on 10/07/2009 12:19:10 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
It was standing room only at a Staten Island town-hall meeting on health care last night, when close to 1,000 participants launched a raucous, ranting assault on President Obama's reform plan.
Hundreds more were turned away from an auditorium that couldn't accommodate the crush that showed up for the meeting, sponsored by Democratic Rep. Mike McMahon.
McMahon, a moderate who represents the city's most conservative district, fielded a barrage of questions on everything from tort reform to the so-called health-care public option.
"We don't have any money to spend on anything, not health care," said Barbara Paolucci, 63, of Dongan Hills, to roars of approval.
"You're spending money we don't have. China owns us. Dubai owns us."
Although Obama has insisted his plan will cut costs in the long run, Staten Island critics were unconvinced.
One of the biggest bursts of applause came when a participant thundered, "Anyone who believes their taxes aren't going to be raised believes in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny."
The line to speak stretched to the door in the 918-capacity auditorium at the Michael J. Petrides school. Speakers were given two minutes; many went over.
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Staten Italy politics are notoriously incestuous and unprincipled. Good to see, however, that many islanders are sensible.
Perhaps not for much longer...
read the comments
Of course we all know that the people are not really troubled about the increased costs and loss of control and quality in health care - they are just a bunch of racists being paid to protest by some right-wing cable TV hosts.
This was obviously racist...
At one point, a speaker demanded to know if McMahon supported the public option.
“Yes or no,” the crowd chanted, but he refused to be pinned down. “
Ouch!! Oh.. my, my, my .... riding the fence and not going to jump one way or another till the winners are obvious. Ha!!! Caught between lies and their pathological attachment to their offices!!!
Only two things in the middle of the road: painted lines and dead, indecisive animals!
Obama is going about systematically, and with a will, bringing the marxist fundamental change he promised. But more and more Americans are awakening to it and will not let it stand.
that is one large factor in our favor....most of the hard-core union guys I know are too lazy to put down the beer and get off the couch, let alone drag themselves out to a town-hall meeting to defend The Bamster...
Several years ago there was a vote for Staten Island secession. 51st State?
"Republicans believe in God; Democrats believe in Santa Claus."--P.J. O'Rourke
No. Staten Island voted in a non-binding resolution in 1992 to become its own city.
Painted lines and SLOW critters
listen to what the people had to say.
Staten Island: Vote Yes, Inc. was formed in January 1990. Its initial purpose was to secure a "yes" vote for the November 1990 referendum that allowed for the creation of a Charter Commission to study secession. After the referendum's successful passage, Vote Yes changed its charter in order to remain involved in the issue during the Charter Commission's study of secession. In August, 1993, Vote Yes endorsed secession for Staten Island and promoted a "Yes" vote for the November 1993 referendum on secession from New York City. The organizational records contained in the collection are incomplete, but effectively document the mission of the organization. The collection also contains an extensive clippings file on issues related to the secession movement on Staten Island during the 1990's.
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