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It's not health insurance the American people want. What they truly want is for someone else to step forward to foot the bill. Their goal is to pay about $500 out of their own pockets every year, and then have someone else, either their employer or the taxpayers, be responsible for everything else. ... [A] recent survey revealed that young Americans would rather pay their cell phone bill than use that money to buy insurance. These young workers said that they will just wait to get health insurance until they get a job where it is included in a benefits package. In other words, they make a conscious decision not to get health insurance ... and then fully expect the taxpayers to step up and fill in the financial gaps.

The American people are going to get what they're asking for. Socialized medicine is inevitable in the U.S. ... It's coming - and it's going to be ugly as hell.

- Neal Boortz, Nealz Nuze on Boortz.com

Since 2003, the United States has admitted fewer than 500 refugees from Iraq, an inexplicably low number given the ongoing turmoil in that country.

The Bush administration should move rapidly to loosen the bureaucratic logjam that bars entry to Iraqis who have lined up on the side of democracy and served as interpreters and contractors.

The same goes for Afghans who have aided their country's march toward democracy but now face threats for defying insurgents or Islamic jihadists.

- The Kansas City (Mo.) Star

Charles Ball's first memory was that of his mother, holding him in her arms, walking along a road in Southern Maryland. She begged her master not to sell her only remaining child. As she sobbed, the two were forcibly separated. Mr. Ball never saw her again.

"This story poignantly reminds us," says co-curator Kym Rice, "of the vulnerability of family life for enslaved African-Americans in the Chesapeake region." The first English colony to legalize hereditary slavery, and one that perpetuated the practice for another two hundred years, Maryland also produced some of the most passionate anti-slavery activists in the United States.

- The Maryland Historical Society News, on the exhibition "At Freedom's Door: Challenging Slavery in Maryland"

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