What they’re saying about Obama’s role
“This is not the change we need, this is not the change we want, this is not the change we should ever vote for or support.”
— U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who claimed Obama’s health care plan will create 53 new federal agencies.
“We need to take H.R. 3200 (the Congressional health care bill), put gasoline on it and set it on fire.”
— Nancy Rumelt of Loveland, who’s associated with the 9-12 Project.
Obama’s czars “leave the door open for a lot of ‘creative’ judgment on people with disabilities.” The president “didn’t say what I wanted to hear.”
— Jeff Lambert, a Grand Junction Regional Center employee pushing a client in a wheelchair near the town hall meeting.
“(The health care package) is going to bankrupt the country. I think he’s (Obama) lying when he says you can keep your own health plan. He hasn’t fooled me.”
— Paul Ash, 52, a Delta Republican who rallied outside Central High School.
“I want to support Obama. I think he’s got a big job ahead of him, and I bless his effort.”
— Bob Gardner, 57, Basalt, demonstrating
on Warrior Way outside Central High School.
“I had never been involved in politics but felt compelled this year. This thing about, ‘Grandma’s going to die,’ it’s crazy.”
— Chuck Ernst, 69, of Colorado Springs, who left at 7 a.m. to drive to Grand Junction to rally outside Central High School.
“If you want to mortgage my kids’ future and make them ignorant and poor, I will fight that like a tiger.”
— Marcy McGlochlin of Grand Junction, who had a ticket to the town hall meeting, but couldn’t get in when she arrived five minutes too late with her husband, Roy.
“They are trying to rip the foundations of this country right out from underneath us. We have to fight.”
— Liz Matz, Republican, Paonia, who attended two anti-Obama rallies Saturday.
“I think this rally is very important because it gives people the opportunity to show their opposition to what is happening in Washington, and I think it’s more than just a health care issue. I think it has to do with all the rights that have been trampled on and, with this administration as well as previous administrations, government politicians are out of control. They have no concept of what the people really want. They are out of touch. They are so bound up with special interest groups that they won’t focus on the people who put them in office. And it’s ridiculous that they are running over our rights, and they need to start listening to the people.”
— Susan Renz, 47, of Grand Junction, an independent, at the Lincoln Park rally
“I have grandparents who are going to be going through difficulties that arise from this health-care bill. In fact, I have a grandfather who sadly passed three weeks ago, but he had a kidney transplant five years ago at 78, which I don’t think he would have gotten under this (plan). ... He got another five years that he wouldn’t have had otherwise, and I still have three other grandparents, and I don’t want to see them have their health care rationed.”
— Shawn Allen, 30, Republican, Grand Junction
“I don’t like that there are so many issues with it, like the cost of it and how it doesn’t cover tort reform. That’s an extremely important thing that has to be covered in it. It would make taxpayers have to pay for abortions, and I am absolutely against our tax dollars having to pay for that.”
— Colleen Nycum, Republican, 39, Grand
“I’m trying to open the Roan because the oil field is super slow, and I used to have a job, and now I don’t.”
“There are other issues: The oil field is super slow, and Ritter has been shutting everything down, and Obama is anti-oil field, and I don’t have a job because of that.”
— Jojo Been, 17-year-old male, conservative, Grand Junction