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fujiyama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 12:58 AM
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One thing I admire about Dean
Edited on Thu Jul-07-05 12:58 AM by fujiyama
is something that is mentioned very rarely - it's his frugal nature. The story that impressed me was when he was governor or VT, he treated the tax payers' money like his own.

I really admire that and it's the one quality we really need in government these days. This administration especially is looting the treasury and is basically just paying back its cronies and friends in big business.

I especially admire that because I live right outside a city whose mayor has been recklessly spending money on all sorts of extravegences. It's really disgusting (and he's a Democrat that too unfortunately).

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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 01:06 AM
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1. There was a post a few weeks ago here on DU about someone
meeting Dean walking down the street from a subway of something like that to go to his meeting.

The poster said how surprised he was and walked up to Howard just to tell him how much he supported him. Dean smiled and said thanks very much as hie continued to fonish his conversation.

Wouldn't it be great if an American President could feel comfortable just talking to the guy on the street?

It used to be that way! Before the world and most Americans hate the current one!
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dave123williams Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 01:16 AM
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2. Right - if you BORROW money for your tax cut, you have to...

...pay it back with interest, right? Note how there's very little discussion of how giving away a TRILLION bucks in tax-cuts is being financed through bond debt. It's a de-facto tax increase.
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crispini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 01:23 AM
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3. I (heart) Howard.
He's the real deal! :loveya:
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lvx35 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 01:28 AM
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4. Dean is my hero
The courage to stand up, combined with the moral vision. He's as good as it gets right now.
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Califooyah Operative Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 01:44 AM
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5. Yep, Howard Dean Takes the Subway
"5/2/05
Yep, Howard Dean Takes the Subway

Let's just state the obvious: New Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean is no Terry McAuliffe . Where the flashy former Clinton fundraiser was a gregarious ringmaster accustomed to the bling-bling of the highest non-publicly elected Democratic job around, Dean is almost a seminarian in his approach to the post. And, oddly, his style seems to fit with the party's bid to build its blue-collar base--just as McAuliffe's meshed with the DNC's need to raise gobs of money and go high tech.

What's so different? McAuliffe would limo around town, dropping in at the Palm to huddle with Washington big shots. The 2004 presidential hopeful, by contrast, takes the bus or subway, buying his own $1.35 ticket. Sometimes he bums rides from staffers or walks the four blocks to the Capitol for meetings. "Please Call Me Howard" never flies first class and always carries his own bags.

Other signs of the ex-guv's modest style: He eats at his desk, stays in a cheap D.C. hotel, and likes oxford shirts and penny loafers. Affectionately dubbed a "geek" by pals, he's often glued to his cellphone and loves E-mail. "His expertise is grass roots and his lifestyle is no different," says an associate. So far, Washington likes what it sees, surprised he's not the oddball that newsies pegged him as last year. Says an aide, smiling: "They're giving him a shot.""

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/politics/whispers/articles...

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but yea, there's a quite a few warming articles out there highlighting his modesty, among his other -human qualities.
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