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Kansas Republicans critical of Obama’s address

January 24, 2012

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— Kansas Republicans on Tuesday said President Barack Obama's State of the Union address was more about politics than policy.

"I'm ready to work with the president and the Democratic leadership in the Senate, but there has to be a blueprint," said U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas. "There has to be a plan forward. There has to be leadership and results. Tonight we heard a campaign speech," he said.

Roberts said he wished Obama had laid out details on reducing regulations, reforming taxes for all Americans, promoting businesses, such as aviation companies, and reducing entitlement spending.

U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, said she was willing to work with Obama on bipartisan solutions but that his rhetoric was divisive.

"Rather than urging Americans to come together to tackle the challenges we face as a nation, the president seems content to stoke partisan disagreement and further divide the American people," said Jenkins, whose 2nd District includes west Lawrence.

"This may be effective rhetoric along the campaign trail, but even in a campaign year, I expect more out of a sitting president addressing Congress for a State of the Union," she said.

Obama urged Republicans and Democrats to work together but given the partisan battling, the political divide is expected by many to widen during this election year.

U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, blasted Obama, saying the president "is running from his record but there is nowhere to hide."

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tange 2 years, 2 months ago

"Kansas Republicans critical of Obama’s address"

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?

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WilburNether 2 years, 2 months ago

Only an absolute idiot would NOT be critical of Obama's address.

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James Nelson 2 years, 2 months ago

Isn't it just sad that regular republican voters in Kansas march blindly to the polls to pull the red handle. They no more have an idea if their candidate is honest or, like themselves, acting without doing any thinking at all. It can wind up devastating our country. It almost did under dubya. All I ask is that they do some thinking and listen to both sides of more arguments. The truth is there. For God's sake, and the sake of our country, look for it - demand it.

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 2 years, 2 months ago

Why is this a news item. If the President had said that up is up and down is dwn these facists would have said the opposite. iIf the President had said that the sun comes up in the East, 41 tea parters would have screamed that it comes up in the West. If the President said that water runs downhill, Robber and Moron would have posted a facebook that water runs uphill. If the president said that the earth rotates around the sun, Rush Limbaugh would have said that it rotates around Mars. Do not take any of these Republican Terrorists too seriously. They only want to defeat the government. They have no credibility.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 2 months ago

"U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, blasted Obama, saying the president "is running from his record but there is nowhere to hide."

So says the party of no...

BRING ON EMPLOYMENT = THE GREATEST REPUBLICAN FEAR ON EARTH!!!

Keep in mind a prospering america can overcome repub fear mongering... it must.

What is the repub party afraid? Why do they ALWAYS say no?

Repubs:

  • Fear a dramatically improved quality of life for all americans

  • Fear Jobs Jobs Jobs for americans

  • Fear New USA industry thus new wealth for america

  • Fear new cleaner energy sources because it would create so many new jobs and reduce rates across the board

  • Fear Improved Medicare Insurance for All = huge tax dollar savings to government,public schools,small business and all of us in general. Single Payer Medicare is the answer. http://www.healthcare-now.org/

  • Fear Clean Collar Industries which produce jobs that cannot be outsourced

  • Fear educated Americans because WE ask questions

  • Fear llosing of tax incentives/tax breaks for the wealthy that actually create tax increases for entire spectrum of the middleclass

  • Repubs should NOT fear a dramatically improved quality of life for all Americans but they keep saying NO

  • Repubs should NOT fear Clean air, clean water, clean energy and healthy green space scattered throughout America however they always vote NO

  • Repubs fear a dramatically improved quality of life for all WOULD keep them out of control for decades.

BRING ON EMPLOYMENT = THE GREATEST REPUBLICAN FEAR ON EARTH!!!

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Phoenixman 2 years, 2 months ago

"Images by Tyrone Greene"

Dark and lonely on a summer's night. Kill my landlord. Kill my landlord. Watchdog barking. Do he bite? Kill my landlord. Kill my landlord. Slip in his window. Break his neck. Then his house I start to wreck. Got no reason. What the heck? Kill my landlord. Kill my landlord. C-I-L-L my land lord!

I feel like our house (America) has been wrecked and my neck (taxpayer) has been broken.

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beatrice 2 years, 2 months ago

Did any of them forward any e-mails to voice their displeasure with the President ... or the First Lady?

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tomatogrower 2 years, 2 months ago

"Roberts said he wished Obama had laid out details on reducing regulations, reforming taxes for all Americans, promoting businesses, such as aviation companies, and reducing entitlement spending."

Would someone tell Roberts that Congress is suppose to write the laws, not the president. Or will ALEC cut him off if he tries to write a law himself?

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TinmanKC 2 years, 2 months ago

Pat Roberts should have to wear a jumpsuit like Nascar drivers with the logos of all his corporate sponsors on it. His offices should all have "For Sale" signs out front.

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catfishturkeyhunter 2 years, 2 months ago

I can't believe how many moronic arm chair quarterbacks there are in support of the republican and the democratic party. Most the people choosing either party are doing so primarily because mom and dad did or because their friends did it that way. Stupid idiots can't even think for themselves. Half of the people here watch too much tv and talk about stuff they have no clue about. One thing is for certain, this countries problems are rooted so deep that unless we as a country come together, we will continue to have this pathetic bickering between political parties for many more years to come. We will continue to face the very problems that exist in this country for a long time. Say what you want about Obama's speach, but he said what needed to be said a long time ago and he is putting his best foot foward which is more than I can say for the Republican party who stedfastly refuses to compromise. Democrats are just as guilty. The American people are just as guilty. The voter turn out in this country is pathetic. There was a mere 38% of eligible voters that showed up in the last presidential election and the ones that do vote don't even know what they are voting for. They aren't voting for the issues at hand, they are voting for the party. Its a crying shame that in a country as powerfull as the one we live in, thats the best we can do. So all you Republicans and Democrats, keep it up.. Keep on driving this country into the ground. Its obvious niether party wants to be a part of the soloution. I didn't vote for Obama last go around and honestly I never have cared for the guy. But weather your a Democrat or a Republican he said what needed to be said last night.

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tomatogrower 2 years, 2 months ago

I heard one Republican say that out sourcing jobs had nothing to do with the crisis. Maybe not, but why should a company get a tax break to take jobs out of the US? Duh. If you give an incentive to a company to keep their jobs in the US, you create jobs for US citizens. It just doesn't count if you are creating jobs for Chinese or Indians. You can brag all you want about creating jobs, but if they aren't here, I don't want to hear it. Penalize companies who take their jobs away. Reward countries who create jobs right here.

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kernal 2 years, 2 months ago

We really should lighten up on the KS Repubs - they only did what they do best.

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IndusRiver 2 years, 2 months ago

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IndusRiver 2 years, 2 months ago

FYI:

Medicare is a colossal mess because it is the easiest government program to defraud. And it is defrauded to the tune of billions a year.

Secondly, whenever someone retires or needs disability payments, they are mandated to accept Medicare. They have NO choice, and that's a problem. I often wonder how many people would refuse to accept Medicare if they had a choice.

Democracy = choice.

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IndusRiver 2 years, 2 months ago

Class warfare will be the only thing Obama will talk about right up to election day in November.

...All those confedrate flags still a-flappin' in the breeze. Southern aristocrats - the war's been over how long now?

Just be glad you don't have to pay 'em back since you write the legislation, eh?

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IndusRiver 2 years, 2 months ago

Obama did not run the United States, Iraq, Afghanistan, and world markets into the ground.

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globehead 2 years, 2 months ago

Kansas Republicans critical of Obama’s address would have a quality of thinking along the same lines of quality as those doing their shopping at say, Walmart or Target, etc. If Kansas politicians are critical, then Obama must on the correct track.

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profound 2 years, 2 months ago

How could anyone not love Obama?

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its_just_math 2 years, 2 months ago

I just left Dillon's, Hy-Vee, Wal-Mart and Target in Lawrence and not one single package of Kool-Aid on the shelves.

Kool-Aid drinker's ball today on LJW.

Wow----just wow!

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overplayedhistory 2 years, 2 months ago

It was almost as if Barry has resigned himself to the fact that the GOP will never approve anything he says, even if it was originally their Idea. So he just decided to write a laundry list that would make them come unhinged.

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beatrice 2 years, 2 months ago

I hear pancakes are critical of crepes, too.

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Lateralis 2 years, 2 months ago

National defense authorization act: Major fail Campaign promise to never use signing statements: Major fail Campaign promise to get us out of this (Iraq) war AS THE FIRST THING I WILL DO as President: Another Fail (first it was the first thing - then it was a 16 month time table - then finally 3 years) Corporate welfare: Obama is the biggest corporate slut of all = Bailout. Increasing the debt limit and national debt: Another fail.

"Stopping tax breaks to companies that move jobs overseas"? The high corporate income taxes force jobs over seas you flippin idiot. Our corporate earnings taxes are some of the highest in the world.

United States # 2 behind Japan.

Combined Corporate Income Tax Rate: 39.21% Current rate in place since: 2008 2010 forecasted GDP growth: +3.3%

Recent Rate Changes Rates have fluctuated within the narrow range of 39.25% and 39.44% since 1998. The largest year-over-year changes since 1981 were 1986-1987 (49.8% to 44.2%) and 1987-1988 (44.2% to 38.6%).

Obama has no clue how the business cycle works. The Federal Government is a failure at creating jobs. The unemployment rate is not entirely accurate.It doesn't count those that have expired their unemployment benefits or just quit filing claims.

Besides it's not the president's responsibility to create jobs. The MARKET creates the jobs.

Everyone do their fair share? I know immigrants that have come to this country (legally) with virtually nothing. They do their fair share, work, then bring their families.....while some lazy jerk sits on unemployment for 92 Weeks.

The Republicans are no different than Obama. They aren't helping either. Stalling congress and progress toward compromise to submarine Obama's upcoming election bid.

The ONLY person running for office that understands the business cycle and the TRUE and few responsibilities the executive office is Ron Paul.

Ron Paul 2012

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Agnostick 2 years, 2 months ago

"Coming up after the break, more shocking news: Water is wet.... not dry... and the sky is blue. Stay with us!"

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yourworstnightmare 2 years, 2 months ago

Great speech by the President.

He signaled he is willing to work with Congress, but will move forward without them if they are recalcitrant. A controlled choice for a childish Congress.

Down with the filibuster. The filibuster is an unconstitutional "gentleman's agreement" in the senate which effectively makes the senate a 2/3 majority decision making body and runs counter to the simple majority described for the senate in the Constitution.

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Les Blevins 2 years, 2 months ago

Oh; Roberts said he wished Obama had laid out details on reducing regulations, reforming taxes for all Americans, promoting businesses, such as aviation companies, and reducing entitlement spending?

Doesn't our esteemed senator know the State of the Union Address isn't the place for the details? Doesn't he know the details is what he and his colleagues in the Senate should now begin working on?

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Milton Bland 2 years, 2 months ago

Biden is a bobble-head. Obama is such a hypocrite. If he were sincere he would approve the Keystone pipeline. He pushes job training, but that does no good if there are no jobs available. He simply lied when he said America's standing abroad was improved, he is not respected by any of our allies. He ruined America's healthcare. We need a real leader, not a community organizer.

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Only_place_to_live_in_KS 2 years, 2 months ago

There was a great comment made about class warfare last night. Republicans are crying that Obama is focusing on this too much by asking those that can afford to pay more, to pay more. However, no one is crying class warfare when Gingrich and the other Republicans state that the poor are lazy and describe Obama as a "Food Stamp President". How is demonizing the poor not class warfare? How is that any more acceptable than Obama asking the fortunate to pay their fair share. Many people that were not poor have been forced to use food stamps because they can't find a job and need food. Eliminating social programs will not help motivate someone to find a job that has already been unable to find one. There are people that abuse these programs and they should be punished, but these programs were created and still exist for a reason. There is an honest need for some to use food stamps and other need based programs. These people should not be punished or made to feel inferior because they have fallen on hard times.

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billbodiggens 2 years, 2 months ago

"I'm ready to work with the president and the Democratic leadership in the Senate, but there has to be a blueprint," said U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas.

In other words, we aint budging. Same-o, same-o. Washington is in leadership (both sides) bankruptcy.

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 2 years, 2 months ago

This is not news! This is a foregone conclusion. I would assume that they had their attacks on the State of the Union address prepared by the middle of the afternoon. These facist throwbacks have only one agenda, to get their corrupt and inept "candidate" elected so they can carve up the USA.

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Ken Lewis 2 years, 2 months ago

They should change the name of the event to "The Address of Megalomania". It has been that way, at least, since I heard my first one by Reagan in 1984.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 2 months ago

Biden looks so life-like in the photo.

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mloburgio 2 years, 2 months ago

U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, Huelskamp Farms Fowler, KS 67844 collected $1,594,867.35 from the Farm subsidy welfare for poor farmers program

Huelskamp Farms Fowler, KS 67844 $ 1,594,867.35 from 1995-2010

http://farm.ewg.org/addrsearch.php?s=yup&stab=US&zip=67844&z=See+Recipients&last=Huelskamp&first=tim&stab=KS&fullname=&stab2=AL

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mloburgio 2 years, 2 months ago

U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka voted to end MEDICARE, SOCIAL SECURITY and MEDICAID!

This analysis shows the immediate and long-term impacts of these changes in the 2nd Congressional District in Kansas, which is represented by Rep. Lynn Jenkins. The Republican proposal would have adverse impacts on seniors and disabled individuals in the district who are currently enrolled in Medicare. http://housedocs.house.gov/energycommerce/medicare_2011/KS2.Jenkins.pdf

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mloburgio 2 years, 2 months ago

Pat the world is still waiting for you to finish Phase II in the manipulation of Iraq intelligence, warrantless domestic spying, and torture – Roberts has transformed his committee into a “Senate Coverup Committee” for the Bush administration.

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS): Chairman of the Senate Cover-up Committee

http://thinkprogress.org/report/roberts-coverup/

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Shelley Bock 2 years, 2 months ago

Maybe I don't care anymore about "post-game" interviews, but did anyone not expect that the Republicans would trash Obama's speech. They will always deem it political without plans bipartisanship or details.

Would you rather he say "Everyone please turn to page 139, paragraph 3 and we'll examine why we increase taxes 1.7% on those earning between $255,000 to $262,500. After that exercise, we'll examine each deportation case individually that has occurred in the past year. Next week we'll go through the Federal Register and discuss each and every regulation that has come about in my administration." Is that the type of detail Jenkins or Roberts wants? Get real.

Every year after each State of the Union the party out-of-power says "Didn't like it. No details. It is a political speech. We need bipartisanship". It would make headlines if Roberts had stated "President hit a home run. He's got some great ideas we Republicans should adopt, etc." I would be surprised if he would say that the speech was simply "interesting" and leave out the commentary. I hated Bush's State of the Union speeches just as much because he would come out with grandiose pronouncements and no details. I suppose Obama's critics think that Bush's speeches were enlightening, informative and had all the details clearly stated.

Maybe the President should just go back to the tradition of sending over a written statement to Congress. Wouldn't happen in this day, but then we could avoid those dumping on the Office by their inane comments. I recognize that such a criticism could be leveled against me when I would talk about Bush's State of the Union messages.

This post speech critique is worthless unless it is made to specific statements.

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Mike Ford 2 years, 2 months ago

dumblicans elected by a head in the sand constituency....how kansas of them.....

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usnsnp 2 years, 2 months ago

What I find interisting is the Leadership of the Republicans in Congress was critizing {the Presidents speach even before he presented it last night.

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its_just_math 2 years, 2 months ago

Cap'n Kangaroo says:

"You know what's divisive? Sam Brownback.

Raising taxes for 80% of Kansas taxpayers in order to pay for a large tax cut for corporations. That's divisive.

Also divisive -- loyal party members who say criticizing that type of boneheaded tax policy is "class warfare"."

Obama's speech was filled to the brim with class warfare. And I paid the taxes and registration on my new truck yesterday----$2400. Don't tell me taxes in Kansas weren't jacked-up before Brownback because they were and have been in this state since the day I moved here. Our property tax has doubled in ten years too. Plus, Kansas is one of the few states who makes you pay taxes on money you did not spend, i.e., my almost $10k rebate---that's right, you heard right---I paid taxes on almost $10k I did NOT shell out.

Folks whine about a few percentage points of income tax, but fail to mention the god-awful high property and sales tax in KS.

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jafs 2 years, 2 months ago

It's a bit curious to me - why would they expect the president to lay out their agenda?

He laid out his agenda, which differs from theirs. But, as far as I read, he's willing to work with them.

And, given the recent Boeing debacle, why would we want to "promote" aviation companies? We did that, with them, and they turned and left the state.

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jaywalker 2 years, 2 months ago

Their criticism was mine as well. Not the right time or place for a campaign speech.

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FalseHopeNoChange 2 years, 2 months ago

As long as Obama's OWS crew loves him, the rest of us can continue to pay money to him and with luck, OWS crime will not hurt us too much.

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Kim Murphree 2 years, 2 months ago

President Obama gave a great speech last night. History will show that he is a GREAT President, who was saddled with failed policies, and in the face of divisiveness, won through. Thank you President Obama and First Lady Obama for your courage, intelligence, and spirit.. you are true examples of the American Dream, and all the best that America can be.

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Bob_Keeshan 2 years, 2 months ago

You know what's divisive? Sam Brownback.

Raising taxes for 80% of Kansas taxpayers in order to pay for a large tax cut for corporations. That's divisive.

Also divisive -- loyal party members who say criticizing that type of boneheaded tax policy is "class warfare".

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question4u 2 years, 2 months ago

"Kansas Republicans critical of Obama’s address", oh, and the sky is blue, water is wet and Mike O'Neal giggles like a little girl at crass emails. This headline could have been written on Monday (and probably was).

"... the president seems content to stoke partisan disagreement and further divide the American people," said Jenkins, as she stoked partisan disagreement and further divided the American people. Hypocrisy Lynn, it's not just a word that you never learned. Some people actually think that it's a character flaw.

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ibroke 2 years, 2 months ago

Roberts said he wished Obama had laid out details on reducing regulations, reforming taxes for all Americans, promoting businesses, such as aviation companies, and reducing entitlement spending.

maybe it is because Obama isnt going to reduce any of these things

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KS 2 years, 2 months ago

I find this picture interesting. The dynamic duo. Glad I did not watch it. Storage Wars was much more interesting.

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cato_the_elder 2 years, 2 months ago

Is this the same president who told us that if his Porkulus spending boondoggle were passed, unemployment would never exceed 8%? What's happened to the unemployment rate since then? What's the real underemployment rate for Americans?

That's not something Obama wants to talk about. Class warfare will be the only thing Obama will talk about right up to election day in November.

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David Albertson 2 years, 2 months ago

Arent these the same people that told us the Iraq war would only be a few weeks or months. Aren't these the same people that said the Iraqi people would greet us as liberators? Aren't these the same people that said the war would be paid for by oil revenue? Aren't these the same people that have blocked routine legislation for political points? Aren't these the same people that took us to within a day of defaulting on our debt? Aren't these the same people that told us Obama was a muslim? Aren't these the same people that said Obama didn't have a valid birth certificate? So now they are saying they are ready to work with the President? I'm supposed to believe them now? I think not. The whole Republican party is a scam. If you don't like the Dems, vote for an independant. Keep these 2 faced liars out of power.

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parrothead8 2 years, 2 months ago

I don't know how Roberts was able to say "I'm ready to work with the President" while keeping a straight face.

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olddognewtrix 2 years, 2 months ago

TGypical partisan Republican knee jerk tea Pary reaction

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