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SI town hall pounds prez over health
nypost.com ^ | Oct. 7, 2009 | JENNIFER FERMINO and CARL CAMPANILE

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: 111th; bho44; bhohealthcare; democrats; donttreadonme; obama; obamacare; socializedmedicine; townhalls

1 posted on 10/07/2009 12:19:10 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Good news from Staten Italy. Of course, Molinaro and the "conservative" Party will still endorse the Obamabot McMahon when he runs in 2010.

Staten Italy politics are notoriously incestuous and unprincipled. Good to see, however, that many islanders are sensible.

2 posted on 10/07/2009 12:21:25 PM PDT by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
McMahon, a moderate who represents the city's most conservative district

Perhaps not for much longer...

3 posted on 10/07/2009 12:21:32 PM PDT by T. Buzzard Trueblood
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To: Free ThinkerNY

read the comments


4 posted on 10/07/2009 12:21:33 PM PDT by Billg64 (It is my belief that this is our last opportunity to peacefully protect our republic.)
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To: T. Buzzard Trueblood

Agreed..


5 posted on 10/07/2009 12:31:19 PM PDT by ken5050 (Save the Earth!!!!! It's the ONLY planet with chocolate!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
I was there. The room holds 998 people. That is how many were in it at all times. A police officer at the door was only letting one in when one went out.People continued to arrive until after 9PM for a 7 to 9 event. ALL of the passion was on our side. The ratio of against/for 90/10 as was self evident in the number of union thugs huddled in the corner up front on the right. The SEIU brought preprinted signs. Signs where a violation of the rules but the union people are not much more than tall children so of course they HAVE to be excused. When anyone of these fools spoke it was all emotion and no facts.
In the biggest city in the union, dripping with union thugs they couldn't get out more than about 100 knuckle draggers and a few lefties from the local Teachers' union office on Amboy Road who were most likely on the union's clock. They have NOTHING going for them, nothing except Nancy Pelosi.
6 posted on 10/07/2009 12:37:34 PM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

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.


7 posted on 10/07/2009 12:37:42 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: Free ThinkerNY
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8 posted on 10/07/2009 12:45:01 PM PDT by GloriaJane (http://www.last.fm/user/GloriaJane)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This was obviously racist...


9 posted on 10/07/2009 12:47:24 PM PDT by NMEwithin
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To: Free ThinkerNY

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!!!


10 posted on 10/07/2009 1:00:43 PM PDT by SMARTY ("Stay together, pay the soldiers and forget everything else" Lucius Septimus Severus)
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To: nutmeg; Jeff Head

Ping


11 posted on 10/07/2009 1:13:31 PM PDT by EdReform (The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed *NRA*JPFO*SAF*GOA*SAS*CCRKBA)
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To: SMARTY

Only two things in the middle of the road: painted lines and dead, indecisive animals!


12 posted on 10/07/2009 1:24:12 PM PDT by ExTxMarine (Hey Congress: Go Conservative or Go Home!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

OBAMA IS A MARXIST IDEOLOGUE

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.


912: AMERICA AWAKES IN 2009


AMERICA NEEDS EACH OF US TO RESTORE THE CONSTITUTION

13 posted on 10/07/2009 1:27:50 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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14 posted on 10/07/2009 1:36:39 PM PDT by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org | Self defense is a basic human right!)
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To: jmaroneps37

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...


15 posted on 10/07/2009 1:57:46 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Clemenza

Several years ago there was a vote for Staten Island secession. 51st State?


16 posted on 10/07/2009 2:22:51 PM PDT by Aroostook25
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To: GloriaJane
Excellent work, Gloria Jane! I'm in total agreement with you. I wonder if the surprised look on Pelousy’s face has anything to do with the middle finger of Harry Reid's left hand?
17 posted on 10/07/2009 6:04:45 PM PDT by itssme
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To: Clemenza
"Anyone who believes their taxes aren't going to be raised believes in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny."

"Republicans believe in God; Democrats believe in Santa Claus."--P.J. O'Rourke

18 posted on 10/07/2009 6:38:50 PM PDT by denydenydeny ("I'm sure this goes against everything you've been taught, but right and wrong do exist"-Dr House)
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To: Aroostook25

No. Staten Island voted in a non-binding resolution in 1992 to become its own city.


19 posted on 10/07/2009 6:49:55 PM PDT by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: ExTxMarine

Painted lines and SLOW critters


20 posted on 10/08/2009 5:16:35 AM PDT by SMARTY ("Stay together, pay the soldiers and forget everything else" Lucius Septimus Severus)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

listen to what the people had to say.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdzspfkujHQ


21 posted on 10/08/2009 9:38:19 AM PDT by teeman8r (i liked GWB... really, i did.)
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To: Clemenza
Check out this link at http://www.library.csi.cuny.edu/archives/FindingAids/fa0012.htm

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.

22 posted on 10/08/2009 1:46:46 PM PDT by Aroostook25
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