SHARRON ANGLE AND THE PUBLIC DOLE…. If there’s one thing extremist Senate candidate Sharron Angle (R) hates, it’s all of these big government programs providing social services to people. It’s these wasteful, taxpayer-financed programs that, as she sees it, makes Americans “lazy” and encourages some insidious form of “socialism.”

It’s precisely why Angle — in the hopes of freeing us from “tyranny” — will fight to stop protecting consumers from insurance companies, fight to eliminate Social Security and Medicare, and fight to free jobless Americans of the shackles of unemployment benefits.

And while she continues to urge people to endorse her extremist anti-government worldview, Sharron Angle will also continue to take advantage of the generous benefits her family enjoys by way of the federal government.

Angle’s campaign acknowledged to Nevada journalist Jon Ralston Monday that both the candidate and her husband receive health care from the federal government. Spokeswoman Ciara Matthews said in a statement: “Mr. Ted Angle receives his pension through the (federal) Civil Service Retirement System. While it is not supplemented by the federal government, current civil servants pay into the program to pay the schedule of those already retired – much like how the Social Security Program works today. Mr. Angle does not qualify – nor does he receive Social Security benefits. His health insurance plan (the Federal Employee Health Program), which also covers Sharron, is a continuation of what he was receiving while he worked for the federal government.”

Oh, poor Sharron. She’s been tyrannized for years, and apparently didn’t even know it. (That’s how sneaky those awful federal bureaucrats can be.) Angle had the option of going without government-subsidized health care and a taxpayer-financed pension, but she and her family just kept accepting these generous benefits, unaware of the fact that she’d become a cog in an oppressive socialistic scheme.

Break free, Sharron! It’s not too late! Stop cashing those checks! Tear up those insurance forms and tell your family’s physician that, from now on, if you need medical care, you’ll be paying for it out of your own pocket.

Sure, it’ll likely undermine your family’s finances, just as the Angle agenda would hurt middle-class families across the country, but it’s the price of freedom. And can you really put a price on liberty?

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