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GOP to America: Be Afraid... Please.

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America is in a real pickle. No, actually in a jar of pickles -- deadly pickles. If the terrorists don't get you, your own government will track you down and have your doctor kill your ass.

All this is true. At least, that's what Republicans want you to believe. Let's look at the new national threat level:

The Terrorists are Coming, The Terrorists are Coming!

Quick! Round up the towns folk. Get the old shotgun off the wall and jump in the pickup ready for action. Because, according to Republicans, Obama is going to import terrorists into the US! How many? Well, maybe as many as 229 of the little buggers. And the GOP wants you to worry about that. No wait, not just worry, they want you in a white-knuckle panic over it.

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These prisoners would be held in a recently decommission super-max prison in Michigan and the maximum security portion of our premier military prison in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. These are the kind of places that hold dozens of mass murders, including some nut who bludgeoned his mother to death then ate her brains. So far none have escaped and gone on a killing/brain-eating bing.

Right now these 229 accused terrorists are held at Gitmo, a hastily-built holding facility where prisoners are kept in the kind of chain-link enclosures you might find at a high-security petting zoo. Of course, they are surrounded by military guards, but even so, for all it's grim press, Gitmo ain't no super-max prison. Yet none of them have managed to escape and turn Cuba into an al-Qaida base.

Nevertheless, Republicans have jumped at an opportunity to push their favorite button the fear button.

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"To the House Republican leader, it's an "ill-conceived plan" that would bring terrorists into the U.S. despite opposition by Congress and the American people. "The administration is going to face a severe public backlash unless it shelves this plan and goes back to the drawing board," said Antonia Ferrier, spokeswoman for Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio."

While all this nonsense is designed to gin up the GOP's growing full-mooner base, it has also scared more than a few Democrats in Congress. These Dems are not afraid of the al-Qaidians. Hell, only a a complete fool would live in fear of 229 guys locked down behind bars, concrete walls, surrounded by electric fences and razor wire. No, the Dems are afraid that the GOP scare tactic will work, as it has a depressing number of times in the past. These Dems live in terror, not of terrorists, but you, the voter. Which, by the way, means they also believe you're stupid enough to buy into this GOP nonsense.

So much for Democratic Party leadership.

The Government is Going to Murder Granny!

Kiss your granny and grandpa goodbye if the administration gets it's way with health care reform.

Because, even though America can afford a trillion bucks to fight two wars halfway around the world, we can't afford to keep geezers alive past their sell-by dates. (A date, by the way, which will be determined by groups of heartless, and apparently granny-less, government bureaucrats.)

I know this because I heard it from a GOP member of congress:

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On the House floor yesterday, Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-FL) became the latest conservative to claim reform would kill people. "Last week Democrats released a health care bill which essentially said to America's seniors: drop dead," said Waite. Watch it:

For those of you guys out there hoping they are talking about your mother-in-law, sorry. There's not a syllable of truth in the charge. What the GOP has done is to glom onto a single clause in one of the bills that would simply allow Medicare (which largely covers the elderly) to pay for a once-every-five-year consultation with their doctor on end of life care issues, such as a living will and advance medical directives. Both of which anyone with half a brain has -- which might a clue.

When confronted by this fact, GOP fear-mongers have a comeback:

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