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Mon Feb 11, 2013, 11:34 PM

My heart broke just now listening to Tom Harkin on the Ed Show

Catch a repeat if there is one. I'm on the west coast and it's still early here. I heard his voice and his wonderful message, but I wasn't in the room and didn't know who it was. I should have known! He hasn't lost any of his passion. He spoke with eloquence and feeling about economic justice.

Ed let him talk uninterrupted, to his credit, and the emotion in his voice brougt tears to my eyes. What will we do without him? Who will replace him?

Ed asked him about no raise in the medicare age, and he seemed soberly optimistic about that.

We'll miss you, Tom!

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Reply My heart broke just now listening to Tom Harkin on the Ed Show (Original post)
senseandsensibility Feb 2013 OP
xxqqqzme Feb 2013 #1
Cha Feb 2013 #2
exboyfil Feb 2013 #8
Cha Feb 2013 #9
thucythucy Feb 2013 #3
dreamnightwind Feb 2013 #4
amandabeech Feb 2013 #5
Iwillnevergiveup Feb 2013 #6
Archae Feb 2013 #7

Response to senseandsensibility (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 11:37 PM

1. It will be harder

w/o his voice. I was glad Ed let him speak uninterrupted. Very poignant.

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Response to senseandsensibility (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 11:54 PM

2. Tough to follow but there's word Bruce Braley will

replace Sen Harkin and that he's actually been grooming him.



Democrats have landed their top choice to succeed Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, who announced last month that he would not seek reelection: 1st District Rep. Bruce Braley, who has served in the House since 2007. Braley, 55, emailed supporters Thursday morning to say he was "ready to go," making him the first major candidate to enter the race.

Braley had long been close with Harkin, and both local and national Democrats have viewed him as the strongest and most likely candidate to replace Harkin, in the event of a retirement. Braley first won an open seat in 2006, when GOP Rep. Jim Nussle made an unsuccessful bid for governor. Braley survived a serious scare in 2010, escaping with a two-point victory in the Republican tidal wave that year, but all the while he continued to move up the leadership ranks among House Democrats, eventually becoming a vice-chair of the DCCC

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/02/07/1185355/-Democratic-Rep-Bruce-Braley-will-run-to-succeed-Tom-Harkin-in-Iowa-Senate-nbsp-race#

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Response to Cha (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 03:43 AM

8. Go Rep. Braley

He is my congressman, and I look forward to supporting him. I am going to try to get my teenage daughters involved in his campaign (the oldest can vote in 2014). Maybe my oldest can put her video editing skills to work as well.

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Response to exboyfil (Reply #8)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 03:51 AM

9. Yay on your

daughter and her mad skills, exboyfil! That would be invaluble work!

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Response to senseandsensibility (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 11:55 PM

3. Senator Harkin deserves undying gratitude

for his work leading the effort to pass the Americans with Disabilities Act.

A generous man with a compassionate heart--we don't see that depth of character, compassion, knowledge and political know-how more than two or three times in every generation of senators.

I just hope he knows how much he will be missed, and how much he is appreciated for all that he's done for people with disabilities.

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Response to senseandsensibility (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 12:27 AM

4. K & R for Harkin

He was one of the better ones. Enjoyed seeing him on Ed show.

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Response to senseandsensibility (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 12:43 AM

5. I worked in his '92 presidential primary bid.

Had he become President, there would have been no repeal of Glass-Steagall, no Commodity Futures Modernization Act, and no Wall Street types controlling the economic posts.

He did as much good as he possibly could given that he did not reach that top spot.

A great guy.

His wife's great, too.

And there were some really nice people working on his campaign.

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Response to senseandsensibility (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:15 AM

6. Wasn't it Senator Harkin

who sponsored a huge barbecue before or during the Iowa caucuses?

He's nothing short of a grand human being.

and patriot. Can picture him doing more good work out of office.

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Response to senseandsensibility (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:27 AM

7. Sorry, but I am *NO* Harkin phanboi here.

Harkin is greatly responsible for over a billion dollars going to study woo, and they have nothing to show for it.


In 1991 Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) was a main figure on the appropriations subcommittee in charge of the NIH. (In 2010, he still is.) In 1992 Harkin slipped a line in the report accompanying the NIH appropriations bill that created the NIH Office of Alternative Medicine with $1 million in seed money. Never mind that there is no such thing as "alternative" medicine. If we have an Office of Alternative Medicine, who could question it? In 1999 President Clinton signed into law an appropriations bill that gave the OAM its current name and pumped up its budget to $50 million a year so it could establish a new National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at Bastyr University, a naturopathic college outside of Seattle.*

Harkin got the bug for alternative therapies when he came to believe that his hay fever had been cured by bee pollen. He and a few other political buddies wanted to fund research that would prove the effectiveness of bee pollen and other quackery. Iowa representative Berkeley Bedell believed that Anablast (created by a quack named Gaston Naessens; the stuff is also called "Naessens Serum") had cured his prostate cancer and that cow colostrum had cured his Lyme disease. Cow colostrum doesn't cure anything and Anablast is pure quackery. There is no evidence in the scientific literature that bee pollen cures allergies or has any beneficial effect. Worse, bee pollen can cause life-threatening allergic reactions in some people. Nevertheless, Harkin and the promoters of unproven practices wanted the NIH to find the science that would prove the benefits of specific treatments.

http://www.skepdic.com/NCCAM.html

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