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From Heath Care Now!:

On June 7th, events across the country will celebrate the fact that we have a bill in Congress, H.R. 676 that will deal equitably with the healthcare crisis for all of us. We are encouraging everyone to join us in these events by organizing one or joining one already organized in your city or area.

ORGANIZE AN EVENT --So, on June 7th, we are encouraging all healthcare activists to organize an event: a press conference; a demonstration in front of an insurance company; a screening of our new animated film "Don't Be a Chicken" explaining the issue in an entertaining way; distribution of information at a local ball game (the people in Seattle plan to leaflet the Mariners' game together with the Raging Grannies); the display of 676 national healthcare banners along highways and bridges ; invitation to speakers and organizing of Learn-ins about the healthcare crisis and how it can be solved; holding a concert, or a Citizen/Congressional Hearing where people can talk to their members of Congress.

More ideas and info below....

WHAT YOU CAN DO ON WEDNESDAY --June 7th is a Wednesday so it is a good day to get your City Council to vote for a resolution in support of John Conyers' (and 68 co-sponsors') National Health Insurance Act, Medicare for All, H.R. 676 and have a big press statement about it on the steps of City Hall. Healthcare NOW Activists in Delaware, New York Atlanta and other places are planning to do that. June 7th is a good time to visit your Congress Members' regional offices.


WHAT YOU CAN DO ON WEEKENDS -- On the weekends before and after June 7th you can distribute literature in your churches and synagogues and ask them to make a statement in support of H.R. 676. Their moral value and scriptural statements on the healthcare crisis are critical. Alfredo: this text is changed: See draft resolution in tools. A petition picnic in the park would be good too.

CANDIDATE FORUMS -- The weekends are also good times for inviting your Members of Congress and their opponents to a candidate forum to talk about the issue and to gauge their support for H.R. 676 We want to elect a NEW, HEALTHIER CONGRESS this fall! Now is the time to find out who they are.

TAKE RESOLUTIONS in support of H.R. 676 to your unions, your national bodies, your national assemblies, conventions and judicatories for action as we move into this critical decision-making time for our country.

MATERIALS ARE AVAILABLE including bumper stickers, city council resolutions, a copy of the bill and the impressive lists of supporters including more than 100 union endorsers and 69 Members of Congress who have signed on. We will also do a national press release. Please call our office, 212-475-8350 to get a packet and to report to us the activities you are planning or to order the new film dvd. Youu can also email your information to Please include your full mailing address, zip and phone number along with $20 in overnight shipping charges to receive the dvd by June 6th.

WE NEED TO KNOW YOUR PLANS -- We will have a calendar of events in this space next week. Your plans and your contact information should be here. There will be lots of events, and we want to ensure that they will be successful and fruitful in bringing us closer to a national single payer healthcare system by the end of 2009.

We have a constantly updated list of events already being planned and some materials you might use.

Template for Your Own Press Release
Be sure to mention Healthcare-NOW so it is clear that this is a national campaign.

Recommendation from our Media Adviser:

"If you post/ release your 676 release now you are under-cutting your release on June 4 or 5; if released now, it will be considered "old news" by June. An alternative will be to send out an Advisory to media a couple of weeks before 676, and follow up with a press release on June 5."

Press Release:

Healthcare-NOW! Takes Single Payer Campaign Nationwide!

It's Time for Universal Healthcare...

Citizens in 90 Cities Spread the Messsage: "Everybody In, Nobody Out!"

City, State - New York, NY Apr 30, 2006 Healthcare-NOW! announced today that it will launch a three year nationwide campaign in support of U.S. House Bill 676, sponsored by Congressman John Conyers, which would establish a single payer system of universal health care for all Americans. A wide variety of actions will take place in over 90 cities.

National Organization Reveals Solution to America's Healthcare Crisis...

The bill in Congress, HR 676, is supported by 69 members of the House of Representatives. The United States National Health Insurance Act is also described as Enhanced and Improved Medicare for All Americans.

"We believe healthcare for everyone in the United States can be achieved within the next three years if people vote for healthcare in the coming Congressional elections. Healthcare for everybody is achievable by 2009 as this movement continues to grow and people begin to understand the issue," said Marilyn Clement, National Coordinator of Healthcare- NOW!.

"The Massachusetts plan is deceptive, punitive, and a disaster in waiting. Single Payer universal health care is the real solution, not misleading shell games that force the uninsured to further enrich insurance companies" said John Horgan, a Massachusetts electrical worker. "The insurance companies want to mandate more money out of our pockets in exchange for stripped down health policies."

On June 7th, 6/7/6 events across the country will celebrate the fact that we have a bill in Congress, H.R. 676 that will deal equitably with the healthcare crisis for all of us. Businesses and workers and their families will all benefit.

Says, Jim Winkler, National Co-Chair of the Campaign and General Secretary of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, "We believe that healthcare is a human right. Everybody should be covered . A single payer system is what we need. It will cost a lot less per capita than the Massachusetts plan and everybody will get comprehensive coverage because billions in administrative duplication by hundreds of insurance companies will be eliminated."

For more information on the plans for winning a national healthcare system during the next three years or to find out who is organizing in your region, contact Healthcare-NOW!.

About Healthcare-NOW!:
339 Lafeyette Street, New York, NY 10012
E-mail: info [at]
All Rights Reserved (c) Healthcare NOW 2006

Sabrina-Marie Wilson
National Media Contact
email: sabrinamariew [at]
phone: (334) 279-0551


The trailer of the new film you can use to promote H.R. 676 at your events on 6/7/6. Click it on to look at it. Then go to the next link below and purchase it for $20 including overnight postage to get it by June 5th. If you want to order a copy for a later date, just send $10.


HERE IS HOW YOU ORDER IT: Just send your donation for the film to Healthcare-NOW.



Originally posted to SarahLee on Mon May 22, 2006 at 01:27 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  medicare for all (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    I like it.

    One thing I'm not sure of, though, is whether it's a good idea to say single payer instead of medicare.  "Single payer" is a pretty wonkish term that a lot of people just don't understand.  Everyone gets medicare, though.

  •  Great idea... (0+ / 0-)

    ... for a most important issue!

    Carolyn Kay

  •  Forget about selling it as a good thing , sell it (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    tmo, SarahLee, AlanF

    as an economic benefit for the country as it will allow bug companies to be more competative on the world market.
    Sell it as we already have it in a piss poor manner. When people go to ER for basic care because they don't have insurance and stiff the hospital that cost gets passed on to people whose health insurance premiums go up.
    So we sort of have an inefficient universal health care.
    They always point out that Canadians can't get operations but overlook not only are all the people covered but at a lesser cost then here. If Canada put as much into health care as us, they could give everyone operations post haste and the English and others have a longer life expectancy.

    •  The economic benefits (0+ / 0-)

      to local economies (county hospitals), state and federal, businesses large and small are important selling points.

      We've had a greate many diaries discuss these issues, so I was trying to just stick to the effort to get people out to sell it to their neighbors.

      Last Feb. bonddad  had a great diary on "Biggest Republican Health Care Lies DEBUNKED"

      From that, a friend I forwarded to, made the following flyer:


      Americans don't want government involved in health care because it would be bad.

      Not so. According to a nationwide ABC/Washington Post poll in 2003, Americans by a 2-to-1 margin, 62 to 32 percent, prefer a universal health insurance programs "run by the government and financed with taxpayers' over the current healthcare system. The poll showed 4 in 5 Americans said it is more important to provide universal health care, even if it meant raising taxes, than to hold down taxes and leave some citizens with no coverage.

      Limiting jury awards will automatically bring down health care prices.

      It hasn’t so far. The state of California passed a series of laws in 1975 that capped damages victims of medical malpractice could receive. 13 years later, insurance companies were charging doctors 450% more for malpractice coverage.

      In Ohio, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported in 2004 that "more than a year after [the state's] malpractice cap took effect, doctors were paying more for coverage than ever.

      In Texas, the nation's largest malpractice insurance company, GE Medical Protective, actually raised physician's premiums by 19% just six months after Texas enacted a cap on malpractice awards.

      Health care is expensive because of the outrageous administrative expenses typical of private insurers.

      Government payment for health care means rationing, while private insurance doesn't.

      The only reason that private health insurance companies exist at all is to ration health care, limiting the amount of coverage patients get in order to save cash. Even the Supreme Court admits that. In 2000, the justices issued a unanimous opinion noting that the existence of HMOs means "there must be rationing and inducement to ration care."

      In order to make money and increase their profits they must deny coverage for certain procedures because the cost of the procedure would have a negative impact on profits.

      American can't afford universal health care coverage because it’s too expensive.

      If the government is the main source of funds for health care costs, there is automatically far less bureaucracy. Less bureaucracy means more money to spend on patients rather then shuffling papers back and forth. That savings would allow the US to extend coverage to everybody. We are already paying for universal health care—we just aren’t getting it.

  •  thanks for posting this action diary (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    I hope you continue to share your ideas, tools & more....

  •  Not as sexy as impeachment talk around here (2+ / 0-)
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    MediaFreeze, SarahLee

    but oh so important!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is the kind of public action that is needed to get the ball rolling.  Wouldn't it be great if this little snowball started to really get big.

    Rep Conyers is a great, insightful American, IMO

    Political censorship is the root of all evil! It is the antithesis to a functional democracy!!

    by truthbetold on Mon May 22, 2006 at 04:11:22 PM PDT

    •  But I accept responsibility (1+ / 0-)
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      for bad timing of the posting.

    •  Co-Sponsors ~ If your Rep isn't on the list.... (0+ / 0-)

      write him/her.

      Sponsor: Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-14] (introduced 2/8/2005)  (Rep. Kucinich also helped draft this bill, but Thomas only list one sponsor per bill)

        1. Rep Kucinich, Dennis J. [OH-10] - 2/8/2005
        2. Rep McDermott, Jim [WA-7] - 2/8/2005
        3. Rep Christensen, Donna M. [VI] - 2/8/2005
        4. Rep Rangel, Charles B. [NY-15] - 4/5/2005
        5. Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] - 4/5/2005
        6. Rep Olver, John W. [MA-1] - 4/13/2005
        7. Rep Wynn, Albert Russell [MD-4] - 5/5/2005
        8. Rep Stark, Fortney Pete [CA-13] - 5/5/2005
        9. Rep Farr, Sam [CA-17] - 5/5/2005
       10. Rep Lee, Barbara [CA-9] - 5/5/2005
       11. Rep Watson, Diane E. [CA-33] - 5/5/2005
       12. Rep Cummings, Elijah E. [MD-7] - 5/5/2005
       13. Rep Hinchey, Maurice D. [NY-22] - 5/5/2005
       14. Rep Abercrombie, Neil [HI-1] - 5/5/2005
       15. Rep Miller, George [CA-7] - 5/10/2005
       16. Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. [CA-6] - 5/10/2005
       17. Rep Owens, Major R. [NY-11] - 5/10/2005
       18. Rep Clay, Wm. Lacy [MO-1] - 5/10/2005
       19. Rep McGovern, James P. [MA-3] - 5/10/2005
       20. Rep Payne, Donald M. [NJ-10] - 5/10/2005
       21. Rep Baldwin, Tammy [WI-2] - 5/10/2005
       22. Rep Serrano, Jose E. [NY-16] - 5/12/2005
       23. Rep Fattah, Chaka [PA-2] - 5/17/2005
       24. Rep Pastor, Ed [AZ-4] - 5/18/2005
       25. Rep Gutierrez, Luis V. [IL-4] - 5/18/2005
       26. Rep Frank, Barney [MA-4] - 5/18/2005
       27. Rep Jackson-Lee, Sheila [TX-18] - 5/19/2005
       28. Rep Waxman, Henry A. [CA-30] - 5/19/2005
       29. Rep Thompson, Bennie G. [MS-2] - 5/19/2005
       30. Rep Grijalva, Raul M. [AZ-7] - 5/25/2005
       31. Rep Jackson, Jesse L., Jr. [IL-2] - 5/25/2005
       32. Rep Scott, Robert C. [VA-3] - 5/25/2005
       33. Rep Weiner, Anthony D. [NY-9] - 5/25/2005
       34. Rep Nadler, Jerrold [NY-8] - 5/25/2005
       35. Rep Lewis, John [GA-5] - 5/25/2005
       36. Rep Davis, Danny K. [IL-7] - 5/26/2005
       37. Rep Kilpatrick, Carolyn C. [MI-13] - 5/26/2005
       38. Rep Maloney, Carolyn B. [NY-14] - 5/26/2005
       39. Rep Towns, Edolphus [NY-10] - 5/26/2005
       40. Rep Udall, Tom [NM-3] - 5/26/2005
       41. Rep Carson, Julia [IN-7] - 6/7/2005
       42. Rep Evans, Lane [IL-17] - 6/7/2005
       43. Rep Lantos, Tom [CA-12] - 6/7/2005
       44. Rep Sanders, Bernard [VT] - 6/7/2005
       45. Rep Engel, Eliot L. [NY-17] - 6/7/2005
       46. Rep Hastings, Alcee L. [FL-23] - 6/13/2005
       47. Rep Tierney, John F. [MA-6] - 6/15/2005
       48. Rep McKinney, Cynthia A. [GA-4] - 6/16/2005
       49. Rep Honda, Michael M. [CA-15] - 6/22/2005
       50. Rep Solis, Hilda L. [CA-32] - 7/12/2005
       51. Rep Jones, Stephanie Tubbs [OH-11] - 11/14/2005
       52. Rep Napolitano, Grace F. [CA-38] - 11/14/2005
       53. Rep Brown, Corrine [FL-3] - 11/15/2005
       54. Rep Lynch, Stephen F. [MA-9] - 11/17/2005
       55. Rep Becerra, Xavier [CA-31] - 11/17/2005
       56. Rep McNulty, Michael R. [NY-21] - 12/6/2005
       57. Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [IL-9] - 12/13/2005
       58. Rep Capuano, Michael E. [MA-8] - 12/13/2005
       59. Rep Delahunt, William D. [MA-10] - 12/15/2005
       60. Rep Velazquez, Nydia M. [NY-12] - 12/15/2005
       61. Rep Waters, Maxine [CA-35] - 12/15/2005
       62. Rep Rush, Bobby L. [IL-1] - 12/15/2005

       63. Rep Wexler, Robert [FL-19] - 2/1/2006
       64. Rep Brown, Sherrod [OH-13] - 2/1/2006
       65. Rep Roybal-Allard, Lucille [CA-34] - 2/8/2006
       66. Rep Kaptur, Marcy [OH-9] - 2/14/2006
       67. Rep Reyes, Silvestre [TX-16] - 2/14/2006
       68. Rep Green, Al [TX-9] - 2/16/2006

       69. Rep Doyle, Michael F. [PA-14] - 5/22/2006
       70. Rep Meehan, Martin T. [MA-5] - 5/22/2006

      •  Eighty Nine Union Endorsements (0+ / 0-)

        Resolutions endorsing HR 676, Universal Single Payer Health Care, have been passed by the following union organizations:

        1. Duluth (Minnesota) AFL-CIO Central Labor Body
        1. American Federation of Government Employees Local 2028, Pittsburgh, PA, representing 1,700 nurses, other professionals & service workers at two Veterans Administration Hospitals
        1. Plumbers and Steamfitters HVAC, Local 188, United Association, Savannah, GA.
        1. United Steelworkers of America, Local 1693, Louisville, KY, amalgamated local representing 1,700 workers
        1. Local 2322, United Automobile Workers, representing 3,800 workers in Holyoke, Massachusetts
        1. Washington Alliance of Technology Workers (WashTech), Communications Workers of America (CWA), Local 37083, Seattle, WA
        1. Local 576, Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), Louisville, KY
        1. United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, Local 630, West Palm Beach, FL
        1. Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), National Convention, Oct. 2003
        1. Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), National Convention, May 2004
        1. Jefferson County Teachers’ Association (National Education Association), representing teachers in the public school system, Louisville, KY
        1. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 2629, AFL-CIO, representing Louisville Metro Government Employees, Louisville, KY
        1. Northwest Indiana Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, Hammond, IN
        1. Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical, Energy International Union (PACE) Local 5-2002, Louisville, KY
        1. United Steelworkers of America, Local 6787, representing over 3,000 steelworkers in Burns Harbor, IN
        1. Local 506, United Electrical Workers, Erie, PA, representing 4,000 workers at GE.
        1. Plumbers, Steamfitters, and Refrigeration Fitters, Local 393, AFL-CIO, San Jose, CA.
        1. California State Pipe Trades Council, United Association, AFL-CIO, Sacramento, CA
        1. Local 576 Laborers’ International Union Retirees’ Council, LIUNA, AFL-CIO, Louisville, KY
        1. Nurses Professional Organization, Louisville, KY
        1. Independent State Store Union (ISSU) Harrisburg, PA
        1. Local 2320, United Automobile Workers, Chicago, Illinois, representing nearly 4,000 workers across the country, primarily in legal services and human services.
        1. Washington Chapter 10, The Retired Public Employees’ Council of Washington, AFSCME, Convention September 2004.
        1. Steelworkers Active Organization of Retirees (SOAR) Chapter 31-9, Chicago, IL
        1. Local 3310, Communications Workers of America (CWA), representing workers at Bell South in Louisville, KY
        1. St. Joe Valley Project Jobs with Justice, South Bend, IN
        1. United Electrical Workers (UE), Pittsburgh, PA
        1. American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), Chicago/Midwest Region
        1. California Nurses Association
        1. National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), Branch 84, Pittsburgh, PA
        1. Local Lodge 794, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), Albuquerque, NM
        1. South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council, San Jose, CA, April 2005
        1. Community Action Program (CAP), 3rd & 4th Areas, Kentucky, United Automobile Workers (UAW)
        1. Community Action Program (CAP), Southern Indiana, United Automobile Workers (UAW)
        1. Local 1375, United Steelworkers of America (USWA), Warren, OH, April 19, 2005
        1. Western Connecticut Central Labor Council, Waterbury, CT
        1. Local 619, Graphic Communications Conference/IBT, Louisville, KY
        1. Local 409, Plumbers and Pipefitters, United Association, San Luis Obispo, CA
        1. Local 6355, Communications Workers of America (CWA), Missouri State Workers Union
        1. District Council 62, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) representing public employees in Indiana and Kentucky, October, 2005.
        1. Kentucky State AFL-CIO, Convention, October 2005
        1. Local 6000, United Auto Workers (UAW), State of Michigan Employees, Region 1A, Retiree Chapter
        1. Local #36, Sheet Metal Workers, St. Louis, Missouri
        1. New York Professional Nurses Union (NYPNU), New York, NY
        1. Central New Mexico Labor Council, Albuquerque, NM
        1. Building and Construction Trades Council of St. Louis, AFL-CIO, St. Louis, MO
        1. Washington State Alliance for Retired Americans
        1. Metropolitan Detroit AFL-CIO Central Labor Council
        1. Southeast Missouri Building and Construction Trades Council, Cape Girardeau, MO
        1. District Council 5, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFSCME, St. Paul, Minnesota
        1. Local 2222, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Boston, MA. Representing 4000 Verizon workers in the Greater Boston area.
        1. South Central Federation of Labor, Madison, Wisconsin
        1. Local 675, United Steelworkers (USW), Carson, CA, representing workers in Southern California and Nevada
        1. Greater St. Louis Labor Council, AFL-CIO, St. Louis, Missouri
        1. Allegheny County Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Pittsburgh, PA
        1. Division 4, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET), Rail Conference, IBT, Toledo, OH
        1. Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR), Chapter 20-20, Aliquippa, PA
        1. Local 2320, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Manchester, NH
        1. Local 2321, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), North Andover, MA
        1. Local 2322, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Middleboro, MA
        1. Local 2323, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Cranston, RI
        1. Local 2324, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Springfield, MA
        1. Local 2325, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Northborough, MA
        1. Local 2326, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Essex Junction, VT
        1. Local 2327, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Augusta, ME
        1. Kentucky Jobs with Justice, Louisville, KY
        1. Lorain County AFL-CIO Federation of Labor, Lorain, OH
        1. Beaver-Lawrence Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Beaver, PA
        1. Troy Area Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Troy, NY
        1. Southwestern Illinois Building & Construction Trades Council Collinsville, IL
        1. United University Professions, Local 2190 AFT, New York State United Teachers Albany, NY
        1. Cleveland AFL-CIO Retiree Council, Cleveland, OH
        1. Toledo Area Jobs with Justice, Toledo, OH
        1. Washington State Machinist Council, International Association of Machinists District #160 (IAM), Seattle, WA
        1. Greater Louisville Building & Construction Trades Council, Louisville, KY
        1. Local Lodge 1044, International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (IAM) Pittsburgh, PA
        1. Santa Clara & San Benito Counties Building & Construction Trades Council, San Jose, CA
        1. Local 21 NABET/CWA, National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET)/Communications Workers of America (CWA), Albany, NY
        1. Massachusetts State CAP Council, United Auto Workers (UAW)
        1. 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, MD, DC, NY State, MA New York, NY
        1. AFSCME Retiree Chapter 36, Los Angeles, CA
        1. Local 829 United Steelworkers (USW), Owosso, MI
        1. Local 2-591 United Steelworkers (USW), Riverview. MI
        1. PEF/encon Albany Steward Council (Public Employees Federation/encon) representing Professional, Scientific and Technical employees at the New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation, Albany, NY.
        1. North Central Florida Central Labor Council, Gainesville, FL
        1. Ashtabula AFL-CIO Retiree Council, Ashtabula, OH
        1. Ashtabula AFL-CIO Labor Council, Ashtabula, OH
        1. Cleveland Painters District Council 6 Retiree Council, Cleveland, OH
        1. Local 1000, American Federation of Musicians (AFM)

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  •  It is a start (0+ / 0-)

    I have just read HR 676 and it is a beginning. I do not want to throw cold water on this plan as much work has gone into it. There are going to be needed more clauses to make it effective, and affordable.

    The fee schedules refer to what is generally charged in the area. This has to be cut immediately to Medicare fees but in doing this we have to free up providers to take advantage of savings that can be made in administration as the provider revenues would be about 28% less. The book Health Security America:Fixing the health care crisis deals with this in detail. Simply by removing all providers from non-compete contracts they are under will allow this enormous savings to occur. This is about 142 billion dollars per year.

    We have to have citizens elected and have hearings to determine coverage and what this means for cost followed by their decision. This can not come from the government. Special interests meaning drug companies, professional groups, hospital associations and similar groups spend millions yearly to lobby. Without citizens governing in more direct fashion than just another government bureacracy we will still get caught with very self serving decisions as we are dealing with in Medicare Part D and FDA not allowing us to buy drugs in Canada-they are unsafe- yet no one believes this and it remains a hinderance to all of us.

    Hospitals look to be dealt with and the non-profit classification is great.

    The non-profit idea is excellent, however, non-profits build enormous inner empires in administration that is terribly costly. Again, Citizen governance is important to see this does not occur.

    It is very hard to justify everything in a comment but I urge all to go to to keep the information flowing on how to make this a great plan should this be the one selected.


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