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    Republican Attacks FISHY White House Request

    The headline shouldn't be about the Republican Senator. It should be about the administration's BIZARRE request.

    Republican leader attacks 'fishy' White House request

    A leading Republican US Senator on Wednesday sharply assailed a White House request for supporters to help track "fishy" claims about President Barack Obama's plans to overhaul US health care.

    "I am not aware of any precedent for a president asking American citizens to report their fellow citizens to the White House for pure political speech that is deemed "fishy" or otherwise inimical to the White House's political interests," John Cornyn of Texas wrote US President Barack Obama.

    "As Congress debates health care reform and other critical policy matters, citizen engagement must not be chilled by fear of government monitoring the exercise of free speech rights," he wrote.

    Cornyn was responding to a message on Tuesday from Obama's director of new media, Macon Phillips, who asked on an official White House blog for members of the public to forward questionable claims to the administration.

    "There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation," said Phillips.

    "Since we can't keep track of all of them here at the White House, we're asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov," said Philips.

    Cornyn, who also leads the Republican effort to expand its 40-seat minority in the Senate, asked how the White House would use the information collected, what actions if any the White House would take against citizens linked to "fishy" claims, and whether they would be told about being flagged.

    "I can only imagine the level of justifiable outrage had your predecessor asked Americans to forward emails critical of his policies to the White House," Cornyn wrote, referring to former president George W. Bush.

    "I suspect that you would have been leading the charge in condemning such a program -- and I would have been at your side denouncing such heavy-handed government action," he wrote.
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    2. Outright Chicago-an, is what it is

    3. Intimidation

    4. Ratting out one's neighbors!

    5. Watch what you say!

    6. On these very pages!

    7. You might get audited!

    8. Or worse

    9. This crew just does NOT get it

    10. They are POLITICALLY killing themselves

    11. They have 100 times more to fear from US than we do from THEM

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    Re: Republican Attacks FISHY White House Request

    I see no problem with this. To me it's the same thing as reporting a child molester you have info on or guy who beats up an old lady.

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    Re: Republican Attacks FISHY White House Request

    Quote Originally Posted by The Prof View Post
    The headline shouldn't be about the Republican Senator. It should be about the administration's BIZARRE request.

    Republican leader attacks 'fishy' White House request



    1. Downright unAmerican

    2. Outright Chicago-an, is what it is

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    4. Ratting out one's neighbors!

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    9. This crew just does NOT get it

    10. They are POLITICALLY killing themselves

    11. They have 100 times more to fear from US than we do from THEM

    12. Obama's GOING DOWN, baby!

    13. He is fast becoming HATED


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    Re: Republican Attacks FISHY White House Request

    Quote Originally Posted by Devil505 View Post
    I see no problem with this. To me it's the same thing as reporting a child molester you have info on or guy who beats up an old lady.
    People excercising free speech and child molestors are the same things, now? That's scary!
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    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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    Re: Republican Attacks FISHY White House Request

    Quote Originally Posted by Devil505 View Post
    I see no problem with this. To me it's the same thing as reporting a child molester you have info on or guy who beats up an old lady.
    So you see no problem with Republican Senators requesting people report information to their offices about others who express fishy support for governement run healthcare, eh?


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    Re: Republican Attacks FISHY White House Request

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    People excercising free speech and child molestors are the same things, now? That's scary!
    No...but paid operatives attempting to squelch freedom of speech are worse than child molesters. Child molesters are mentally ill........operatives are thugs for hire.

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    Re: Republican Attacks FISHY White House Request

    Quote Originally Posted by TOJ View Post
    So you see no problem with Republican Senators requesting people report information to their offices about others who express fishy support for governement run healthcare, eh?


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    I have no doubt they do it all the time.
    (sometimes to find & kill rats you have to get down in the sewer where they live)

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    Re: Republican Attacks FISHY White House Request

    There is already a thread on this

    http://www.debatepolitics.com/breaki...rn-things.html

    btw - they aren't asking who is saying things about health reform, they're asking about what they're saying. They're trying to keep tabs on what chain letters are saying. It's completely mundane

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    Re: Republican Attacks FISHY White House Request

    Quote Originally Posted by Devil505 View Post
    I have no doubt they do it all the time.
    (sometimes to find & kill rats you have to get down in the sewer where they live)
    Seeing a boogieman around every corner has to be taxing. Must suck to be you.


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    Re: Republican Attacks FISHY White House Request

    I am suddenly reminded of the Nazi block wardens which were used to find hiding Jews way back in the late 30s and 40s. If Obama wants to expand his concept the will be right in line with the National Socialist Party of 1919 to 1945.
    It also reminds of the old song the John Birch Society. Here's a couple lines from it.
    You cannot trust your neighbor or even next of kin
    If mommie is a commie then you gotta turn her in
    For the total lyrics to confirm a possible parallel; Chad Mitchell Trio - The John Birch Society LYRICS

    As I recall the the leader of the National Socialist Party of 1919 to 1945 also wanted to build a peoples car, and I swear I head that repeated by some guy named Obama only he wants his to be electric.
    I see nothing FISHEY here. Not much I don't. Do you?
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