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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:04 AM
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Just how right wing is Harold Ford? Very.
Democrats, Get Down to Business

By HAROLD FORD Jr.
Published: January 24, 2010

SCOTT BROWNS victory last week in the Massachusetts Senate race, following the Republican gubernatorial triumphs in New Jersey and Virginia, marked the third time in three months that the Democratic Party has lost the support and trust of independent voters.

The message these voters sent was clear. With one out of five Americans unemployed or underemployed, President Obama and the Democratic Party need to shift attention away from health care and toward a bold effort to create jobs, improve the economy and rein in the size of government.

Here are four simple steps we must take immediately to put us, and the nation, on a better course:

First, cut taxes for businesses big and small and find innovative ways to get Americans back to work. We can start by giving any companies that are less than five years old an exemption from payroll taxes for six months; extending the current capital gains and dividend tax rates through 2012; giving permanent tax credits for businesses that invest in research and development; and reducing the top corporate tax rate to 25 percent from 35 percent.

Americas primary job-creating machine the private sector needs to be rejuvenated. Democrats must lead now on job creation or risk forfeiting Congressional majorities in November.

Second, we should pass a more focused health reform bill that restructures current health care costs before spending more, prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions, enacts responsible reform on malpractice suits and extends health coverage to all children. And we must allow states to have input into the expansion of health coverage, as they will have to pay for much of the reform themselves.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/25/opinion/25ford.html
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Loge23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:16 AM
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1. "Tax cuts for businesses"
The mantra lives! Shameless Republicanism at it's beat-your-head-against-the-wall best!

Personally, I think Edgar Bergen did it so much better with Mortimer Snerd.
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:18 AM
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2. his whole schtick is tax cuts and cuts in social programs.
he's a pig. I want to see him go down in ignominious defeat.
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invictus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:45 AM
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3. "I met Harold at the Playboy party."
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:48 AM
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4. harold wants to run in new york cause he can't get arrested in tennessee, his home state
i saw him speak in 2006 he defended bu$h* iraq war vigorously

dino
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 11:02 AM
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5. He's not a right-winger. He was chair of the DLC: that means liberal-bashing,
smooth-talking, business-as-usual friend of the corporate class. The corporate class is a mixed bag; one generally expects them to oppose regulation and taxes and unions, but they'll generally also want stability and a predictable playing field, and they've not necessarily conservative on social issues. Moreover, it's a large group, and although some generalization may be accurate overall, it contains a lot of people with varied views
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jaxx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 11:05 AM
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6. Harold Ford needs to remember he's supposed to be a D.
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Kceres Donating Member (839 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 11:13 AM
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7. Does anyone know where he stand on reproductive choice?
My sister told me he was anti-choice but I have not been able to find direct proof of this.
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ralps Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 11:27 AM
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8. Here's a thread from Crooks & Liars w/ Harold For stating he's not Pro Choice
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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 02:05 PM
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9. This is a Democrat??
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