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    Hey Larry, I am just curious what your views are. And, by asking these, and even covering the very frank ones, I want to make a pact, and ask everyone here to follow it, that we DON'T criticize his opinions. I just would like to know so that I can have a basic idea of what you stand for (I am still giving money, because a Democrat, no matter how conservative, is better than a Republican anyday, and in Idaho, beggers can't be choosers). So, away we go. Please tell me your views, as in depth as you can, on the following issues (Warning: I will go over controversial things like abortion and gays)

    1. Abortion
    1. Social Security
    1. Medicare and Welfare
    1. Free Trade
    1. Estate Tax and Progressive Taxation
    1. Guns (probably pro-gun I am going to assume, due to the area)
    1. Iraq (honestly, no matter what you say here, no one will attack you, so be honest if you want to "stay the course")
    1. UN relations
    1. Lobbying Reform
    1. North Korea (go into detail what you think we should do)

    Thanks Larry, and good luck. Glad to see Dems in the reddest of places. Oh, and just an aside, are there any moderately significant Jewish communities in your district? Possibly in Boise (it's in the 1st, right?)? And if so, how politically active are they?

    •  have you read his web site? (0+ / 0-)

      He has some info there.

    •  I'm answering on the Jewish question (1+ / 0-)
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      Believe it or not, Idaho had the nation's first elected Jewish governor, Moses Alexander.

      Boise has a very strong Jewish community at Ahavath Beth Israel, with Rabbi Dan Fink as one of our state's great activists for social justice.

      A few years ago, the congregation and friends moved their old synagogue from downtown up to the Boise Bench near a historic cemetery. The temple is gorgeous. Please visit if you come to Idaho.

      Humiliate the Club for Growth. Contribute to Larry Grant now!

      by Red State Rebel on Fri Oct 13, 2006 at 04:05:56 PM PDT

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    •  Wow, Jake, can't think I'll have to time to get (7+ / 0-)

      to all of this, but you can check out the website for some of them,  Suffice it to say, I am labeled a fiscal conservative and social moderate.  I used to think I was a liberal, but when I talk about balanced budgets and personal responsibility, I sound awfully conservative.

      A quick run-down.  I am pro-choice.  I will fight to protect Social Securty, Medicare and Medicaid.  I am anti-gun control (grew up hunting and fishing in Idaho).  I've posted my position paper on Iraq on my website, so you can see it there.  Basically, bring the soldiers home as soon as possible by stopping the violence by giving local control to local leaders.

      Hope that helps.

      •  On labels (0+ / 0-)

        Whatever works.

        The D matters and the isssue positions.

        Conservative Larry Grant works for me.

      •  from one red state to another (2+ / 0-)
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        Dear Larry:

        I am writing from Salt Lake City.  Here's something that is heartening: We get the NY Times and our daughter's babysitter -- a smart girl, but deep roots in conservative Bountiful Utah -- reads it at our house.  The report on the 600K dead in Iraq really blew her away.  We spoke to her about our views and despite her background and preferences on social issues, she's ready to pull the D party lever next month. She sees that democrats aren't immoral folks by the contact with our family.  So, good luck up there getting the same kind of reaction.

        •  Yes, we have been on the road since a year ago (3+ / 0-)
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          last June and everywhere we go, we are finding people who are ready for change.  Also, we have spent a lot of time doing some of the non-partisan things in our communities, like working on our local school bond election.  People notice things like that and when they see you doing things like that they tend to realize that Democrats can be good people too.

          •  Yep (0+ / 0-)

            The more people realize we aren't devil worshippers, the faster we can get back people who really should be in our party but are scared by their local Extremist ministers. Finally, sorry to bug you, but if you could, could I just know your view on:

            1. Taxes

            and specifically, and more importantly

            1. The Estate Tax

            Thanks for helping me out Larry.

            •  Larry talks taxes info at Project Vote Smart (0+ / 0-)


              Looks like Larry had to leave after an hour+ of live blogging, but you can get his tax stand info at the site above. Thanks for your interest.

              Humiliate the Club for Growth. Contribute to Larry Grant now!

              by Red State Rebel on Fri Oct 13, 2006 at 04:37:57 PM PDT

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            •  Okay, one last question. (4+ / 0-)

              I am a fiscal conservative.  We can't keep just spending and spending.  Not fair to the grandkids to burden them with our debt.  Most of this can be fixed by cutting spending and reprioritizing, but tax cuts don't help right now.  When was the last time anyone financed a war with tax cuts?  So, let's get our house in order and get back to pay-as-you-go government.  That doesn't mean we don't take a shot at real tax reform instead of the bandaids we use now.

              After all, this is the Congress that gave $8 billion to oil companies in the Energy Bill and then came back a few months later and said we had to balance the budget by cutting Medicare and student loans.

              On the estate tax, we do not need to repeal it outright.  It is a problem for small businesses and farmers who have large capital investments.  So, I say pick a limit, say $5 million to be exempt from taxes, then tax everything over that at some reasonable rate, say 10 per cent.  It think even Bill Gates would agree with that.

              •  Warren Buffett sure does (0+ / 0-)

                I'd go 15-20% myself; it's still a bargain compared to what takes place now but ensures the commonwealth is still enhanced.

                "No, I don't want to respond to him. He's at 20 percent in the polls. No one listens to him. He has no credibility. It's ridiculous." - Joe Biden on the VP

                by The Lighthouse Keeper on Fri Oct 13, 2006 at 05:04:22 PM PDT

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