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This from About.com’s 20th Century History.

Thirthyfive years  today more failed attempts to

make socialism work failed as it always does.

The failure cost 918 people their lives.

Like the socialist Jamestown commune Obamacare

will kill people.

Below is an image of failed socialism.

 

Historical Importance of the Jonestown Massacre: The Jonestown Massacre, which had a death toll of 918 people, was the most deadly single non-natural disaster in U.S. history until September 11, 2001. The Jonestown Massacre also remains the only time in history in which a U.S. congressman was killed in the line of duty.

Date: November 18, 1978

Overview of the Jonestown Massacre:

The Peoples Temple

 

Founded in 1956 by Jim Jones, the Peoples Temple was a racially integrated church that focused on helping people in need. Jones originally established the Peoples Temple in Indianapolis, Indiana, but then moved it to Redwood Valley, California in 1966.Jones had a vision of a communist community, one in which everyone lived together in harmony and worked for the common good. He was able to establish this in a small way while in California but he dreamed of establishing a compound outside of the United States.

This compound would be fully under his control, allow Peoples Temple members to help others in the area, and be far away from any influence of the United States government.

Jonestown: The Settlement in Guyana

Jones found a remote location in the South American country of Guyana that fit his needs. In 1973, he leased some land the Guyanese government and had workers begin clearing it of jungle.

Since all building supplies needed to be shipped in to the Jonestown Agricultural Settlement, construction of the site was slow. In early 1977, there were only about 50 people living in the compound and Jones was still in the U.S.

However, that all changed when Jones received word that an exposé was about to be printed about him. The exposé article included interviews with ex-members. The night before the article was to be printed, Jim Jones and several hundred Peoples Temple members flew to Guyana and moved into the Jonestown compound.

Things Go Wrong in Jonestown

Jonestown was meant to be a utopia. However, when members arrived at Jonestown, things were not as they expected. Since there weren’t enough cabins built to house people, each cabin was filled with bunk beds and overcrowded. The cabins were also segregated by gender, so married couples were forced to live apart.

The heat and humidity in Jonestown was stifling and caused a number of members to get sick. Members were also required to work long work days in the heat, often up to 11 hours a day.

Throughout the compound, members could hear Jones’s voice broadcast through a loudspeaker. Unfortunately, Jones often would talk endlessly on the loudspeaker, even through the night. Exhausted from a long day’s work, members did their best to sleep through it.

Although some members did love living in Jonestown, others wanted out. Since the compound was surrounded by miles and miles of jungle and encircled by armed guards, members needed Jones’s permission to leave. And Jones didn’t want anyone to leave.

Congressman Ryan Visits Jonestown

U.S. Representative Leo Ryan from San Mateo, California heard reports of bad things happening in Jonestown and thus decided to go to Jonestown and find out for himself what was going on. He took along his adviser, an NBC film crew, and a group of concerned relatives of Peoples Temple members.

At first, everything looked fine to Ryan and his group. However, that evening, during a big dinner and dance in the pavilion, someone secretly passed a note with the names of a few people who wanted to leave to one of the men from NBC. It then became clear that some people were being held against their will in Jonestown.

The following day, November 18, 1978, Ryan announced that he was willing to take anyone who wished to leave back to the United States. Worried about Jones’s reaction, only a few people accepted Ryan’s offer.

The Attack at the Airport

When it was time to leave, the Peoples Temple members who had stated they wanted out of Jonestown scrambled on board a truck with Ryan’s entourage. Before the truck got far, Ryan, who had decided to stay behind to ensure that there was no one else who wanted to leave, was attacked by a Peoples Temple member.

The assailant failed to cut Ryan’s throat, but the incident made it obvious that Ryan and the others were in danger. Ryan then joined the truck and left the compound.

The truck made it safely to the airport, but the planes weren’t ready to leave when the group arrived. As they waited, a tractor and trailer pulled up near them. From the trailer, Peoples Temple members popped up and started shooting at Ryan’s group.

On the tarmac, five people were killed, including Congressman Ryan. Many others were severely wounded.

Mass Suicide at Jonestown: Drinking Poisoned Punch

Back in Jonestown, Jones ordered everyone to assemble at the pavilion. Once everyone was assembled, Jones spoke to his congregation. He was in a panic and seemed agitated. He was upset that some of his members had left. He acted like things had to happen in a hurry.

He told the congregation that there was to be an attack on Ryan’s group. He also told them that because of the attack, Jonestown wasn’t safe. Jones was sure that the U.S. government would react strongly to the attack on Ryan’s group. “[W]hen they start parachuting out of the air, they’ll shoot some of our innocent babies,” Jones told them.

Jones told his congregation that the only way out was to commit the “revolutionary act” of suicide. One woman spoke up against the idea, but after Jones offered reasons why there was no hope in other options, the crowd spoke out against her.

When it was announced that Ryan was dead, Jones became more urgent and more heated. Jones urged the congregation to commit suicide by saying, “If these people land out here, they’ll torture some of our children here. They’ll torture our people, they’ll torture our seniors. We cannot have this.”

Jones told everyone to hurry. Large kettles filled with grape flavored Flavor-Aid (not Kool-Aid), cyanide, and Valium were placed in the open-sided pavilion.

Babies and children were brought up first. Syringes were used to pour the poisoned juice into their mouths. Mothers then drank some of the poisoned punch.

Next went other members. Some members were already dead before others got their drinks. If anyone wasn’t cooperative, there were guards with guns and crossbows to encourage them. It took approximately five minutes for each person to die.

On that day, November 18, 1978, 912 people died from drinking the poison, 276 of whom were children. Jones died from a single gunshot wound to the head, but it is unclear whether or not he did this himself.

Only a handful or so people survived, either by escaping into the jungle or hiding somewhere in the compound. In total 918 people died, either at the airport or at the Jonestown compound.

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Rep. Paul Ryan: House budget will assume the repeal of ‘ObamaCare’

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This is from The Hill.

The House controls the purse strings they can defund Obamacare.

I am glad to see some Republicans have possibly grown a pair.

It is time to Willie the Weeper(Boehner) as House Speaker.

 

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Sunday said he will not back down from the battle to repeal the 2010 Affordable Care Act even though some Republicans think the party should move on.

Ryan dismissed criticism that House Republicans have virtually no chance of dismantling the signature legislative accomplishment of Obama’s first term and their efforts might be better expended elsewhere.

He said his budget assumes the repeal of the healthcare law, in an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”

When host Chris Wallace challenged him on that assumption, Ryan said he would not give up the fight.

“That’s not going to happen,” said Wallace.

“We believe it should,” Ryan shot back. “That’s the point. This is what budgeting is all about. It’s about making tough choices to fix our country’s problems. We believe ‘ObamaCare’ is a program that will not work.

“We believe ObamaCare will actually lead to hospitals and doctors and healthcare providers turning people away,” he said.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) suggested shortly after Election Day that the political calculus had changed on repealing the controversial law, which fired up conservatives in the 2010 midterm election.

“Well, I think the election changes that,” Boehner told ABC News’s Diane Sawyer when asked whether Republicans would still pursue repealing the law.

“It’s pretty clear that the president was reelected, Obamacare is the law of the land. I think there are parts of the healthcare law that are going to be very difficult to implement and very expensive,” he said.

Ryan, however, said he would accept the year-end fiscal deal that raised $620 billion in tax increases compared to 2012 policy but made most of the Bush-era tax rates permanent.

“We don’t want to refight the fiscal cliff. That’s current law. That’s not going to change,” he said.

Ryan said his budget would cut spending by about $5 trillion over the next 10 years.

He said his plan would slow spending growth to 3.4 percent per year, down from its current trajectory of 4.9 percent per year.

“Instead of spending $46 trillion over the next ten years, we’ll spend $41 trillion,” he said.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/287205-rep-paul-ryan-house-budget-will-assume-the-repeal-of-obamacare#ixzz2NBYAANqN
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LAUGHING AT THE ISSUES: THIS NEW AD ATTACKING BIDEN’S DEBATE PERFORMANCE IS ABSOLUTELY BRUTAL

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This is from The Blaze.

Paul Ryan had a double disadvantage during the debate.

Ryan had to deal with Slow Joe and the moderator Martha Raddatz.

Slow Joe laughed,smirked and interrupted Paul Ryan.

Then DemocRat hack Raddatz would want to move on so Ryan could not answer.

Raddatz kept interrupting Paul Ryan yet she let Slow Joe ramble.

Martha Raddatz made Jim Lehrer  look like a great moderator.

 

Following Thursday night’s vice presidential debate between Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Vice President Joe Biden, the Republican Nation Committee released an ad blasting Biden for his numerous outbursts, interruptions, and constant laughing:

And the video isn’t that far off from portraying the debate in its entirety. Biden actually interrupted Rep. Ryan quite a bit. In fact, according to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, the vice president interrupted the Wisconsin congressman 82 times.

 

Ryan: Gun Owners Should Fear an Obama Re-Election

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This is from Yahoo News.

Paul Ryan is correct Obama’s reelection will be a disaster for gun owners.

All you need to do is go back and investigate Obama’s anti gun stance.

The rule of law and the Constitution mean nothing to Obama.

Knowing he would not have to face voters again he will go full commie.

Obama will do his best to shred the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan courted the votes of hunters on Saturday in a speech to a sportsmen’s group, suggesting that President Obama would seek to strip gun owners of their rights by appointing judges hostile to a broad interpretation of the Second Amendment.

“I shudder as a gun owner … what would he do if he never has to face the voters ever again?” Ryan asked aloud during a speech to the National U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance’s 16th Annual Save Our Heritage Banquet here.

“The next president is going to pick a lot of judges. The next president will appoint a lot of different judges and these are lifetime appointments. If you want to make sure that judges respect our Second Amendment rights, you need a president who respects those rights as well,” he said.

Ryan likened gun ownership to religious liberty, suggesting that the federal government had intruded on people’s First Amendment rights as well. He also stressed the importance of appointing people to government agencies who will “respect the rights of hunting and fishing,” and said that the widely criticized Fast and Furious gunwalking operation “would never occur under a Romney-Ryan administration.”

He also responded to claims by Vice President Joe Biden on Friday that he and Romney could raise taxes on seniors receiving Social Security. The Obama campaign has sought to argue that because various analyses of Romney’s tax-cut plan suggest the tax burden would shift from wealthy to middle-class families, it is reasonable to assume that the shifted tax burden would fall on Social Security benefits.

But Romney has never said that he would raise taxes on Social Security benefits, and he has promised that he will not reduce Social Security benefits for current retirees. The Obama campaign has been making a similar argument using the Romney campaign’s Medicare plan.

Ryan said his and Romney’s plan makes no changes for those in or near retirement and that Biden himself had voted to raise taxes on seniors’ benefits by supporting President Clinton’s 1993 budget – tax increases that Obama voted to keep in place three times, he noted.

“Shame on the politician who wants to use this issue to try and scare seniors when those of us who are out there [are] trying to fix this problem for my generation and my kids’ generation and your kids,” Ryan said.

Responding to Ryan’s comments, Obama campaign spokesman Danny Kanner noted that Republican Gov. John Kasich said in introducing the House Budget Committee chairman that Ohio has added 123,000 jobs since 2011 “and is moving forward. But rather than building on the progress we’vemade under President Obama, Mitt Romney and Congressman Ryan would take us back.”

Ryan’s appearance before the group Saturday evening underscores his role in the campaign as an ambassador to the middle class who better understands some traditions, such as hunting, with which Romney has less experience. Ryan is a former chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus for four years, and lauds the values he and his wife Janna have taught their children during hunting trips.

“You teach them patience, you teach them respect, you teach them conservation, the outdoors. You spend time with your kids,” Ryan said.

 

Joe Biden’s Greatest Hits!

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Slow Joe Biden Delaware’s  village Idiot.

It will be interesting to see the Ryan and Biden debate.

I see the moderator and Biden teaming to try to destroy Paul Ryan.

There is not doubt in my mind Slow Joe is out of his league.

Paul Ryan has more than enough smarts to smack down Slow Joe.

Smart: Ryan to Campaign With 80-Year-Old Mom in Florida

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This is from Town Hall.

This is a very smart move by Romney and Ryan.

By Ryan’s mom being with him it will prove Ryan is human.

It will show Ryan’s plan will not hurt seniors.

The Romney-Ryan ticket holds a small lead in Florida, according to two new polls.  Hoping to shore up the Sunshine State, the Romney campaign is deploying Ryan to speak at a large retirement community, alongside his octogenerian mother:

How serious is the Romney campaign about seizing the offense in the Medicare battle? The campaign is dispatching Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan, to a Florida retirement community this weekend. Ryan will headline a campaign event at 10 a.m. Saturday in The Villages, the sprawling retirement community frequented by GOP candidates, including by Romney during this year’s primary battle … Ryan will be joined at the event by his mother, Betty Douglas, 80.

As I suggested this week, showcasing Ryan’s mom is one of the most potent tools Republicans have to beat back Democrat disinformation on the GOP reform plan to save Medicare.  If they can effectively neutralize the Left’s ongoing demagoguery, they’ll have more breathing room to land blows on offense.  To that end, sending Ryan and his mother onto the campaign trail together is a brilliant stroke.  I hope the commercials aren’t far behind, to reach a larger audience.  Meanwhile, Mitt Romney outlined the differences between his plan and the president’s Medicare proposals earlier today, using a four-quadrant white board to illustrate his point.  MSNBC lampooned Romney for this performance, but I think it’s just classic, nerdy, consultant Mitt doing his thing:

For their part, seniors certainly do seem positively terrified by Paul Ryan.  John McCormack reports from the trail:

“Hey Paul!” yelled an elderly woman while Ryan was placing his order with the cashier. “Good luck! Kick ass!” The well-wisher, Erma from Howland, Ohio, told me later that she’s not worried that Ryan and Romney would end Medicare. “I don’t believe it,” she said. “Because Obama has a bigger plan to rob Medicare of $617 billion.” “We better worry about Obamacare before we worry about Ryan,” added Erma, a self-described conservative from Howell, Ohio. Erma wasn’t the only conservative senior citizen at the Original Hot Dog Shoppe to demonstrate that the party faithful have absorbed the Medicare message being pushed by the Romney-Ryan campaign this week. “Oh, don’t believe none of that stuff,” Eleanor Costantino, a senior citizen from Warren, told me when I asked her if she was worried about Romney-Ryan taking away Obamacare. “It’s all nothing but a bunch of lies!” “He’s going to save Medicare,” chimed in Eleanor’s friend Karen Combs from Cortland, Ohio. “There’s $700 billion under Obamacare coming out of Medicare, and seniors should be more frightened over that.”

The Medicare debate may be backfiring on The One, but this election will still come down to jobs, the economy, and debt.  Gallup’s latest survey shows Obama in big trouble on all three issues, with his disapproval creeping into the the high 50’s and 60’s on each:

 

Debt Up $6.35T Since Ryan Predicted–in 2008-U.S. Was Headed Toward Bankruptcy

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This is from CNSNews.

Romney and Ryan will restore fiscal sanity.

If reelected Obama will go full throttle Communist.

(CNSNews.com) – Rep. Paul Ryan, whom Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has picked as his running mate, told CNSNews.com four years ago, in August 2008, that the U.S. was heading toward bankruptcy on the fiscal path it was then following and that it would be “mindboggling” to make the problem worse by adding the sort of health-care plan that then Sen. Barack Obama was advocating in his presidential campaign.

CNSNews.com asked Ryan: “If our country, if the federal government of the United States, stays on the fiscal path it is currently following, is the government going to go bankrupt down the road?”

“Yes. We know that for a fact,” said Ryan. “All the actuaries, all the objective score-keepers of the federal government are predicting this. So, this much we know. What we know is our government is growing at an unsustainable pace and it will overwhelm our economy’s ability to pay the bills.”

Since CNSNews.com first published Ryan making this prediction on Aug. 4, 2008, the debt of the federal government has grown by $6.35 trillion–rising 66 percent, from $9,565,042,361,845.53 then to $15,915,814,457,919.46 now.

Ryan then pointed out that estimates by the Government Accountability Office at that time indicated that the U.S. government already faced $53 trillion in unfunded liability to pay the promises it had made through entitlement programs, including Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Each year the government put off dealing with these problems, Ryan said, the unfunded liabilities would increase by $3 trillion. To pay for these government promises without reforming the entitlement programs themselves, Ryan explained, would require imposing massive tax increases on future generations of Americans.

Ryan said he had asked the Congressional Budget Office to calculate what the tax rates would need to be on Americans of his children’s generation to pay for the entitlement promises the government had already made.

“Well, what they told me was really startling,” said Ryan. “They said that the current low rate, the 10 percent bracket for low-income Americans, would have to go up to 25 percent. The middle-income tax rates for middle-income Americans would have to go up to 66 percent. And the top rate, which is what small businesses pay, would have to go up to 88 percent. Those would be the tax rates you would have to if you wanted to tax your way out of this problem. And if you did that, all experts conclude you would literally crash the American economy.”

If we continued down the fiscal road we were on, Ryan said, America would be bankrupted and the children and grandchildren of his generation would be forced into a lower standard of living than Americans have enjoyed in the past.

“What is happening is that these three entitlement programs–Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security—are going to basically to crowd out the rest of the federal budget,” said Ryan. “In about 30 years, they consume 100 percent of the budget. Right now, entitlements are about 60 percent of the federal budget. In about 20 to 30 years, the estimates are that they crowd out 100 percent of the federal budget.

“And we all know that we are going to have an army, we are going to have a navy, we are going to do these other things that the federal government does,” said Ryan. “So, that piles on top of it.

“The point is this: The legacy of this country has always been, each generation confronts the challenges before it so that the next generation is better off,” said Ryan. “With making us safer, by confronting—in the past, we brought down the Iron Curtain and won the Cold War. We got through World War I. We got through World War II. We won the war and Great Depression. The problem we have now—putting foreign policy aside and our fight with Islamic radicalism—we have an economic crisis, we have a fiscal crisis. And that is, we will bankrupt this country and the best century in America will be the last century.

“Unless we turn our fiscal situation around, and pay off this debt, and change the way these programs work to a more sustainable path, the next generation will have inferior living standards,” said Ryan. “We will not have higher living standards for our children and our grandchildren if we continue down the current path we are on.”

CNSNews.com asked Ryan about the potential fiscal impact of the sort of proposal then-Sen. Barack Obama was talking about to enact a national health care program that guaranteed to pay for health care for people who needed it.

CNSNews.com asked: “If we create a national health care program where the government guarantees to pay for everybody’s health-care if they need it, what is going to happen to this problem?”

“The current government-guaranteed program, Medicare now, for people over the age of 65 itself is in the hole by $34 trillion,” said Ryan. “So, the current deficit or unfunded liability for Medicare now is $34 trillion. So, these proposals to basically have Medicare and expand it to cover the rest of the population is mind-boggling given the current program we have right now is so unfunded.”

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that President Obama ended up signing in March 2010—and which Rep. Ryan strongly opposed in Congress—will pay federal subsidies for the health insurance premiums of people earning up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level.

Currently, the federal poverty level for a family of four—two parents and two children—is $23,050. That means Obamacare would subsidize the health insurance premiums of a family of that size earning up to $92,220 per year.

 

The One Thing You Need to Know About the Democrat Plan to Attack Paul Ryan

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This is from Town Hall.

The DemocRat playbook concerning Paul Ryan lies and more lies.

Then they will try to assassinate Paul Ryan’s character.

Then the DemocRats will attack Paul Ryan’s family.

My prayer is that people will be able to detect the Bull sh@@.

This was merely an official tweet from Barack Obama, but Democrats have been promoting this for years. No matter how many organizations analyze this framing of the Ryan plan as “ending Medicare as we know it,” the Democrats will cling to something that they think works.

Joe Biden, Ryan’s presumptive opponent in the vice presidential debate in October, has been banging the drum for a long time. Democratic lawmakers up and down the ticket across the country have tried to scare people about Ryan’s plan to “end Medicare.” Don’t expect them to come up with anything more original in the next few months.

Mere minutes after Ryan’s pick leaked out, the liberal blogs were jumping on this talking point. ThinkProgress popped out “Ryan’s Original Medicare Plan Ends Medicare, Period,” using a claim that was called the “lie of the year” by liberal-friendly Politifact and a “whopper of the year” by Factcheck.org. ThinkProgress went on to repeat the claim while also smearing Ryan, a devout Catholic, as an Ayn Rand disciple. DailyKos called Ryan the leader of the “committee to end Medicare.” Earlier this year, The American Prospect produced a “Guide to Ending Medicare As We Know It,” in an attempt to bring some seriousness to the charge.

Factcheck.org noted earlier this year that, despite being roundly criticized by the news media, Democrats have stuck with the “end Medicare” claim – brought to us earlier this year by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. As they wrote in their “whopper of the year” edition:

[T]he truth: The budget plan that Republicans pushed through the House in 2011 would have radically changed Medicare in the future — for workers now under age 55. Starting in the year 2022, the GOP plan called for new Medicare beneficiaries to purchase private insurance with the help of federal subsidies.But the plan would have continued the present Medicare system indefinitely for those now getting benefits, and for all those who reach age 65 during the next decade.

But the truth didn’t stop Democrats from misrepresenting the proposal shamelessly to scare senior citizens and win election votes. They tested this tactic in a May 26 special House election in New York state, running ads accusing the Republican candidate of endorsing a plan that would “essentially end Medicare” and amount to “cutting benefits for seniors,” claims that were far from the truth.

Take a look at the assembled list of those who have used this line of attack: Joe Biden. Sherrod Brown. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. That list is not going to get any shorter in the next few months, and their claims aren’t going to get any better than (and I hate these Politifact ratings, but whatever) “pants on fire” and “false.” What’s important, however, is to push back. The Ryan plan does not “end Medicare as we know it” according to any reasonable rubric under which one could be considered to “end Medicare.” Ryan does implement some very important changes – but a program that is going to bankrupt the country needs very important changes. This year’s update that Ryan released even keeps a traditional Medicare FFS program for seniors to enroll in and raised the maximum level of spending growth of the program.

No matter, however. This isn’t about truth or honesty for the Democrats. It’s about winning elections at any cost – even lying to the American people.

 

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