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    Calamity Jean, lostinamerica

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/...

    Shalala ran down the list of functions that would be stopped.

    "Social Security checks, Medicare reimbursements...welfare checks to the state, Medicaid checks to the state."

    ....

    To make matters worse, the economy today is in much worse shape than it was in 15 years ago. The impact of employees out of work, and beneficiaries without checks, will hit the country much harder in the next year than it did under President Clinton. "It would stop all new enrollees into the [Social Security] system," Shalala said.

    "It bounces through: it's grocery stores, it's farms," she said -- and the list goes on. "It bounces through when people don't have money at that scale."

    ....

    My take -- tell your parents (or grandparents) to visit the doctor before election day.

    "Your victory has demonstrated that no person anywhere in the world should not dare to dream of wanting to change the world for a better place." -- Mandela

    by agoldnyc on Thu Sep 02, 2010 at 08:50:35 AM PDT

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