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David Frum, the Bush Speechwriter who was fired from the American Enterprise Institute for criticizing the Republican Party, commented on NPR's "Marletplace," on 10/27.

Frum stated:

I know, I know, I know! There's Christine O'Donnell, Rand Paul and Sharron Angle. Never mind Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and Fox News. There's the crazy guy in Texas who says that revolution is "on the table." And anyway, what kind of fiscally conservative party campaigns on a pledge to protect Medicare exactly as it is? ... "Yet I will, nevertheless, be voting the straight Republican ticket on Nov. 2 ...

Unlike Frum, I am voting a straight Democratic ticket.

I know that:

  • Joe Miller handcuffed a reporter who asked a question he didn't like,

  • Carl Paladino exercises his right to free speech and transmit racist jokes and pornographic e-mails,

  • Christine O'Donnell doesn't understand that the phrase "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof" establishes a separation of church and state,

  • Sharron Angle believes in "Second Amendment remedies" to election results and

  • Rand Paul appears to condone violence and intimidation –

and that's part of my reasons for voting for Democrats.

But while I support the rights of those people to run for office; what really concerns me is the support people like Miller, Paladino, Angle, O'Donnell and Paul have gotten from Fox News and the organizations funded by extraordinarily wealthy individuals such as Charles and David Koch, Rupert Murdoch, and the Saudi Prince Alaweed bin Talal. Click Here or  here But again, that's only part of it.

Where I live, in Manalapan, New Jersey, the incumbent Mayor Andrew Lucas recently asked the municipality to use "Farmland Preservation" funds to buy the development rights to his farm. While that may be legal, if the government is paying for "development rights, why not buy the property? Still, while Lucas may have acted legally, it has been alleged that he may have used his position to exclude other parcels from consideration - that would be a conflict of interest. I'm voting for Evan Dworkin and Mark Eiger.

Rush Holt, my Representative in the House, a Democrat, has consistently voted to support the rights of citizens. His opponent, a Scott Sipprelle, a Republican, believes that unemployment benefits should be capped to "something below minimum wage" because "life isn't fair." So tech support people or computer programmers who were paid $50, 000 or $80,000 but who find themselves unemployed because their former employers can take advantage of "labor arbitrage" and hire people in India or Phillipines for $5,000 or $8,000, plus overhead, should be able to survive on $12,000 or $15,000?

I support Single Payer. Holt may like it, but I don't remember him fighting hard for it.

I would tax companies that outsource. I would mandate that any company that wants to do business with the government must maintain significant operations in the United States. That is to the left of the Honorable Rep. Holt, however, he helps create tax credits for small business, stops banks from charging unfair credit card fees, has helped make a college education more affordable, supports Obama's health care initiatives.

And in recognition that wealthy people sometimes find themselves on airplanes, in hospitals, stores, limos, and in other ways use the infrastructure of this country; I support Holt and Obama's call to eliminate the Bush Tax cuts for people making over $250,000 per year.

Originally posted to lfurman97 on Thu Oct 28, 2010 at 07:33 AM PDT.


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  •  Wow, way to have the courage of your convictions, (3+ / 0-)
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    basquebob, Fury, Linda in Ohio

    Frum. What a spineless weasel that guy is.

    All goes onward and outward. . . .and nothing collapses, And to die is different from what any one supposed, and luckier

    by kat68 on Thu Oct 28, 2010 at 07:40:29 AM PDT

  •  Heard From last night ... (0+ / 0-)

    it was, well, pretty ridiculous, shallow, and disappointing. Of course, it is things like From that make NPR so distasteful to the right since From proves that Rs simply don't get one second of time on NPRs airwaves.

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    by A Siegel on Thu Oct 28, 2010 at 07:42:24 AM PDT

  •  The teabag party = the radical wing of (4+ / 0-)
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    chrississippi, basquebob, Fury, lfurman97

    the radical Republican party. The party that puts profits before people.

    David Frum and his masters wouldn't have it any other way. More money for him to sell his brand of lies.

    October is breast cancer awareness month.

    by J Brunner Fan on Thu Oct 28, 2010 at 07:43:24 AM PDT

    •  Exactly. I'm beginning to think the grifter meme (1+ / 0-)
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      may eventually begin to stick to GOPers. Between Rove and Caribou Barbie and the burgeoning anti-Muslim, anti-gay, and anti-women hate groups, there's a whole shadow economy run by Republicans ginning up nontroversy and skimming election money that's nothing more than an elaborate Propaganda Ponzi Scheme.

      •  O'Donnell in Delaware and Paladino in NY (1+ / 0-)
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        O'Donnell has paid her mother for accounting services.

        I have heard (but don't have proof) that Paladino owns most of the companies that provide services to his campaign. Even if his companies are not overcharging the campaign, he is profiting. It may not be illegal, but it sure stinks. It's an institutionalization of corruption.

  •  I heard him say this this morning (1+ / 0-)
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    Frum is just another Tea Partier puppet sting handler.  The Tea Partiers are about as dumb as it gets in the U.S., and that's saying a lot.  We progressives know how stupid and contradictory their stances are, but the funny part is, people like Frum know it too.  The Oligarchs are using the stupidity of the Tea Partiers to get the tax breaks and deregulation that will allow them to pillage what's left of America.

    The Tea Pariers are so stupid they don't realize they are laughed at by the left, and laughed at and used by the right.  Maybe part of immigration reform should be: if you're smarter than the average Tea Partier, you get to swap spots with one of them.  

  •  I never trusted him in the first place. (0+ / 0-)

    The smarter and harder I work, the luckier I get!

    by JimmyP on Thu Oct 28, 2010 at 08:00:54 AM PDT

  •  That's what happens when you let (1+ / 0-)
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    Canadians into the country.

    First Celine Dion and now this.

    •  Maybe the Canadians really own this country... (0+ / 0-)

      Maybe it's not the Chinese, even tho they hold so much debt.

      Seriously, tho, maybe in 8 or 12 years, after a term of President Caribou Barbie, the US, Canada, and Mexico will merge into one country. We're already combined in NAFTA.  Then, of course, the nation of 440 million (304 in historic US, 30 in historic Canada, 106 in historic Mexico today, plus growth will disolve into 9 to 12 nations. New England, "The Old Foundry" (NY, NJ, PA, to Mo-town), Dixie, The Great Plains, The Islands - Florida & Caribbean, Mexamerica, Ecotopia, The Empty Quarter, Quebec - see Nine Nations of North America, by Joel Garreau, 1981 Click here for Wikipedia entry.

  •  Of course Frum is voting Republican, he (2+ / 0-)
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    understands the true nature of politics.  It's us versus them, and at the end of the day he's with them. Now if Democrats stop the intrasquad scrimmaging(progressives, pragmatists, conservadems, etc.), and recognize that it's "us versus them"..

    "Because I am a river to my people."

    by lordcopper on Thu Oct 28, 2010 at 08:04:33 AM PDT

  •  Well he tried and no one from the left side (1+ / 0-)
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    offered to pay him handsomely for his political treason so he became the newest 'Not-a-maverick'.

    Obama's at 54% Reports of the death of the Democratic Party have been greatly exaggerated. GOTV.

    by reddbierd on Thu Oct 28, 2010 at 08:34:35 AM PDT

  •  Wasn't Frum also connected with the DLC? (0+ / 0-)

    Or was that a different Frum?

    You may think that. I couldn't possibly comment.-- Francis Urqhart

    by Johnny Q on Thu Oct 28, 2010 at 09:11:57 AM PDT

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