bigblock57, Blogalwarning blog.
If you live outside NY state, or even outside this district, you may not have heard about this drama. It all started when Senator Clinton moved to Obama’s administration leaving a vacant senate seat. Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand from this district was picked to fill Clinton’s vacancy in the senate, moving the vacancy to NY 20th district house seat. On March 31st, special elections were held in this district to fill the vacancy.
Background about the district: “I think a fairer way to look at this district is as a classic swing vote district, Siena College pollster Greenberg tells Newsmax”. In 2008, Gillibrand (the departing democrat rep.) trounced her Republican opponent by 14 percentage points. In the presidential race, Obama handily defeated Republican John McCain in this congressional district.
Why is this race important? “The stakes are high, with the contest being widely cited as an early measure of Obama’s ability to sustain his popularity and translate it into political success… Obama had given Murphy a strong endorsement, twice sending messages to his Organizing for America e-mail list developed during the presidential campaign… Vice President Joe Biden was dispatched to help, and voiced a radio commercial backing Murphy that aired during the closing days of the race.” (Newmax).
What are the results? Democrat Scott Murphy led Republican Jim Tedisco, 77,344 votes to 77,279 Tuesday. There were more than 10,000 absentee ballots issued and about 6,000 returned by Tuesday, none of which was to be counted Tuesday night. Absentee ballots will be accepted and counted through April 13.
Conclusion: On one hand, the district is swinging back from Obama towards the middle or beyond. A great message to the Obama administration. On the other hand, the Republican Party is far from coming back to its senses, and still can not hand a blow.
by bigblock57, blogalwarning blog.
An entry of mine in a discussion on another blog:
You see ognir, in my opinion your view that my money is automatically designated for government use is a huge problem. The more of MY hard earned money I am forced to give to the government, the less freedom I have. It is proven again and again that by raising taxes you take away the incentive to earn money (and increase the incentive to cheat) and revenues go down. By lowering taxes financial activity increases and revenues grow. Now don’t get me wrong. I voted GW twice and was deeply disappointed. Probably for different reasons than what you have against him. Nevertheless, very disappointed. However, this trillion dollars deficit he left us with, is something we are all going to long for when Obama is done with us. we are going to have way, way higher deficit, while still paying way, way higher taxes. I know I am digressing, but in my opinion Obama will go down as a dictator who was democratically elected by a bunch of blind fans who were so busy hating GW, they would vote for anything that did not have R beside it. The hell with democracy, freedom and constitution. You may think I am a lun, but you will regretfully come to agree with me, and this will not take long. Though It may be too late for both of us.
A good entry from “gunnerdad” in sodahead.com on the question “Obama voters, do you regret Voting for Obama?”
I didn’t vote for him and neither did nearly 75% of the eligible voters.
Consider that the turnout was just over 50% of the voters. Pretty sad commentary for our Country. Then consider that BO got just over 50% of those people and JM got just under 50%. That means 50% of 50% voted for either party. So something like 28% of the “eligible” voters elected the President of the United States. Seems we may be getting what we deserve. As for the Bush haters…your Democratic Congress encouraged the banks to run their housing racket so people who shouldn’t have gotten loans to begin with. And someone started the run on the money market funds that started the melt down in September that got BO elected. And as usual it all got away from them and our children and grand-children will have to pay for all of these Trillions he’s going to spend trying to spend our way out of the mess we’re in.
You should all be worried. Just like the latest vote from Congress in placing a 90% tax on the few people from AIG. Your group may be next if this stands. The whole point of all that is to draw everyones attention from the fact that 55 Billion Dollars of the bailout money went to overseas banks to cover AIG’s debts. That’s 55 Billion of US taxpayers money that just went bye bye with absolutly no chance of any gain for us. Those bonuses are less than 1% of that money but oh are we making a deal about that. What about the other 99%?
I pray I am wrong but I fear we will all suffer because we (you) elected a rock star…not a President. God Bless America and ALL who Defend Her
In 2002, Michelle Obama was hired by the University of Chicago Medical Center. Her job was to run programs for community relations, neighborhood outreach, volunteer recruitment, staff diversity and minority. Her salary for this position was $120,000.00
In 2005 the Medical Center raised her salary to $317,000.00, for a $197,000.00 raise, nearly twice what her hubby made as a U.S. Senator. Mr. obama became a senator in 2004 and he requested and received a $1,000,000.00 earmark from the Federal Government (our money) for the University of Chicago Medical Center. Good Networking !
In 2007, Ms. obama resigned her job to help her hubby campaign. The hospital has said that her position will remain unfilled.
How could this happen, if a person’s position is so vital to a hospital that they would pay her $317,000.00 and not be replaced ?
This is the couple that does not believe in “Earmarks”, Right !
(Thanks to moph759fl from bersatalk.com)
They have gun control in Cuba. They have universal health care in Cuba. So why do they want to come here? – Paul Harvey 8/31/94
The Bush Pullout
By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Friday, February 27, 2009 4:20 PM PT
Iraq War: President Obama traveled to Camp Lejeune, N.C., on Friday to announce that the U.S. would stay in Iraq at least until 2012 and keep 50,000 troops there even after combat ends. Sound familiar?
Obama’s withdrawal plan would take U.S. forces in Iraq down from a current 142,000 troops to 35,000 to 50,000. Under the status of forces agreement between the U.S. and Iran, negotiated and signed last year by the Bush administration, all forces must be out of Iraq by the end of 2011.
In short, though President Obama will get credit, it was Bush’s plan — not Obama’s…
…In Friday’s remarks, Obama told the assembled Marines: “Today I’ve come to speak to you about how the war in Iraq will end.” But in fact, the actual war has been over for some time. We hate to tell the Bush-haters out there, or to relive painful recent history, but President Bush won it, making the current pullout possible.
That victory was underscored in January when Iraq held largely peaceful elections, in which voters mostly repudiated extremist parties in favor of the moderate leadership of Nouri al-Maliki.
He further lauded January’s elections showing Iraqis have begun “pursuing their aspirations through peaceful political process…”
…Iraq has been a big success, which explains why you never see or hear about it in the mainstream news anymore. Suicide bombings and attacks on troops have become relatively rare, and now that Bush is out of office, there’s little political profit remaining for the left in bashing America’s bold Mideast initiative.
Whether you agree with Bush or not, he brought a kind of democracy to Iraq that can be found nowhere else in that region. His plan rocked al-Qaida back on its heels, to the point where its survival is in doubt. Iraq is a model.
In short, Obama’s policy is really, in most respects, Bush’s policy. That the troops can now come home proudly is a tribute to Bush’s steadfastness. But Obama will be wise not to remove them all.
We kept troops in Europe and Japan after World War II and in South Korea after the Korean War. Bush’s policy proved that democracy can take root where no one thought possible. But as in Europe, Korea and Japan, it must be protected.
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