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Former U.S. Senator from North Carolina and perennial Presidential Candidate John Edwards needs to come clean to the folks in Iowa.  It's just the right thing to do.

A 527 group, callling itself Working for Working Americans ( is promoting a video using the closure of the Maytag plant in Iowa and costing 1800 jobs as an example of outsourcing and the ill effects of NAFTA. More to the point, the ad then tells of how John Edwards would cure these ills.

Is that what happened?  Is NAFTA, as bad as it is, to blame in this instance?  Or is it a case of corporate pillage and rape by greedy, profit driven investors backed by hedge funds?  Let's look at the facts:

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Governor Bill Richardson has called for the removal of all of our troops from Iraq in six to eight months; and in no case more than a year.  The other candidates in the race for president have called this irresponsible and simply not logistically possible.

Given that none of the Senators or Congressman running have prior military logistical experience, one must assume they consulted logistics experts for their conclusions.  Yet, they never identify these so-called experts.

Now appears US Army (Ret.) LTC Lon Cross, who has drawn upon his knowledge as a retired field-grade infantry and logistics officer, and presented the facts that are relevant to an evaluation of what is logistically feasible regarding the redeployment of US Forces from Iraq.Lon Cross is a Research Fellow at LMI (formerly known as the Logistics Management Institute) where he specializes in Logistics and Supply Chain Risk Management and Process Improvement. Currently, all of his clients reside within the Department of Defense.

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Mon Oct 22, 2007 at 11:34 AM PDT

We're in a Mess, Folks!

by VeniceDave

Yesterday, I was privileged to serve as the surrogate speaker on behalf of Governor Bill Richardson at Straw Poll 2008, an event hosted by the San Mateo Democratic Party.  It was a wonderful fundraising event to help fund the 2008 Election effort in San Mateo.  Over 1500 tickets were sold, and approximately 1000-1200 people attended.  

Dennis Kucinich led the speakers, with a fiery speech that certainly rallied his supporters.  This was billed as a major event for Rep. Kucinich, and the campaign had invested thousands in this event.  Similar organizational efforts were made by the Edwards and Obama campaigns.  State Senator Jackie Speier spoke on behalf of Senator Clinton, Lynne Gravel Mosier gave a great speech on behalf of her father, State Senator Leland Yee talked very emotionally about his experiences growing up and how that related to his support for John Edwards.  Unfortunately, I had to follow our former State Treasure and gubernatorial candidate, Steve Westly, who is the California Co-Chair for the Obama Campaign.  Steve is a great guy, and a wonderful speaker.

Below the fold is the text of my prepared remarks.

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This morning, in an 11-2 vote, the Los Angeles City Council joined hundreds of other cities, municipalities, and states in calling for an immediate withdrawal of all U.S. military forces and civilian contractors from Iraq.  

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Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 08:28 AM PDT

Leno on Iraq

by VeniceDave

From last night's "comedy" intro:

"If you watched, the three Democratic frontrunners said last night -- this is what they said. Hillary and Barack and John Edwards, they said setting a timetable for a complete withdrawal is irresponsible, because you can't project what the future situation will be in Iraq. And pulling out troops basically depends on the situation on the ground. Otherwise known as 'the Bush plan.' Hello?"

'nuf said!


Tue Sep 25, 2007 at 09:06 AM PDT

Long Enough

by VeniceDave

Bill Richardson, once the darling of the blogosphere, until he didn't perform as well in the debates as some expected or against three trial lawyers, has once again engaged us on the war in Iraq.  Matt Stoller, Chris Bowers, and Christina Siun O'Connell all speak out in the latest Richardson ad, released just before tonight's New Hampshire debate:

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Mon Aug 20, 2007 at 08:56 AM PDT

Lying to the People W/Poll

by VeniceDave

Growing up in West Virginia, I lived in a city of political activism (yes, we do have a couple of "cities" in West Virginia!).  I will never forget one of our community activists who would attend every City Council meeting, or political rally, and would always keep our candidates and elected officials in check.  "You need to start telling the truth", she would call out, "You are lying to the people!"  As they would attempt to spin a web of even more lies to cover themselves, she would simply say over and over, "Lying to the people!  Lying to the people!

How I wish she was alive today!  I would have put her in the front row of Drake University yesterday during all the verbal balderdash of how long it would take to remove withdraw troops from Iraq.  It was backpedal day for three of the four frontrunners, with Senator Edwards providing the least spine of all, simply opining that, "I agree with Joe."


What about troop withdrawal??

76%197 votes
11%30 votes
8%22 votes
2%7 votes

| 256 votes | Vote | Results

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When news of the supplemental bill reaching the House and Senate floors today was made known, many on Daily Kos assumed it was a coalition of DLC/Blue Dog/Third Way Democrats that were fueling the yea votes to provide funding for the occupation of Iraq and a blank check to the President.

I haven't checked the votes against caucus lists to see how everyone voted, I was most concerned about how my Representative, Jane Harman, was going to vote.  I have been calling and emailing her office, urging her to vote "nay" on this ill advised supplemental appropriate, just as she voted in favor of the McGovern amendment a few days ago.

Whether it was due to the volume of calls and mail she received, or her own personal experience and reflection, or a combination of both, Jane Harman once again voted her conscience.....

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Fri May 18, 2007 at 08:30 AM PDT

Are Gaffes and Votes the Same Thing?

by VeniceDave

Since the Democratic Presidential debate, Governor Bill Richardson has been summarily barbecued on Daily Kos for his answer to the "model Supreme Court Justice" question.  Even though Governor Richardson has called his answer a mistake, and said it was the "first name that popped into my mind."  Richardson also gets no credit for naming Ginsburg, and for giving a defense of her dissenting vote on the latest attempt by the Supreme Court to erode Roe v. Wade.

Yesterday, Kos seemed to indicate that gaffe was a disqualifier.  Does an admitted mistake on an unprepared answer in a debate automatically disqualify a candidate for consideration as the Presidential nominee?  Are votes more important than debate answers?  Is a vote a gaffe, mistake, error, or cardinal sin?  These are my ponderings of the day.

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Thu Feb 15, 2007 at 10:59 AM PST

Harman Takes the High Road

by VeniceDave

Any of us who followed the restructuring of House committees, post election, were, at times, amazed, disgusted, concerned, and left feeling incredulous on how the MSM characterized the change in leadership of the House Select Committee on Intelligence.  Regardless of how you felt about Jane Harman, there was consensus among thinking Democrats that the MSM's hypothesis of a "cat fight" taking place was, at its very core, sexist and degraded both Speaker Pelosi and Rep. Harman.

I am a proud supporter of Jane Harman, and I believe her views reflect the majority of Democrats and citizens of the Congressional District she represents; much the same as Jim Webb's views represent the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia.  I was also upset when Speaker Pelosi chose not to waive the term limits for members of the Select Committee, as it pertained to Rep. Harman.  At the same time, however, I acknowledge the Speaker's right to make such a decision.

Todays article in the Politico shows us another side of Jane Harman.  

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According to a breaking story in the NY Times, Leiberman links Al Qaeda support to pulling out of Irag!

"Senator Joseph I. Lieberman seized on the terror arrests in Britain today to attack his Democratic rival, Ned Lamont, saying that Mr. Lamont's goals for ending the war in Iraq would constitute a "victory" for the extremists who are accused of plotting to blow up airliners traveling between Britain and the United States."

"If we just pick up like Ned Lamont wants us to do, get out by a date certain, it will be taken as a tremendous victory by the same people who wanted to blow up these planes in this plot hatched in England," Mr. Lieberman said at a campaign event at lunchtime in Waterbury, Conn. "It will strengthen them and they will strike again."

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Speaking on the floor of the United States House of Representatives, Rep. Jane Harman (D-36 CA), called for the immediate redeployment of troops, and to begin a three to six month window to help the Iraqi people with political and economic self-determination, while reducing our military footprint.

The text of her statement is below:

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