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WillyT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 11:19 AM
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Wall Street Front Group Loading Up Conservative Activists W/Soft Ball Questions For GOP Town Halls
Wall Street Front Group Loading Up Conservative Activists With Soft Ball Questions For GOP Town Halls
By Lee Fang - ThinkProgress
Apr 22nd, 2011 at 4:50 pm

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Slates Dave Weigel reports that American Action Network, a relatively new conservative front group founded by a group of Wall Street bankers, is loading up conservative activists with softball questions and talking points to bolster Republican lawmakers on the Ryan plan:

Meanwhile, the American Action Network, the think tank and campaign shop run by former Republican Sen. Norm Coleman, is making Ryan budget talking points and questions available for conservatives who want to buck up their members.


American Action Network did not return ThinkProgress request for more information on the budget talking points. As we reported last year, the group was founded by investment banker Ken Langone, former Goldman Sachs executive Robert Steel, and investor and former Nixon official Fred Malek.

As the Wonk Rooms Pat Garofalo has explained, the Republican budget also contains provisions to unwind new regulations imposed on major financial services corporations. The Ryan plan repeals provisions in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law that allow the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) to designate some firms as systemically significant and subject them to stiffer regulation a major reform Wall Street has lobbied aggressively to stop. The American Action Network board features a number of executives and lobbyists with a potential interest in rolling back financial regulations:

American Action Network board member Fred Malek is chairman of the investment firm Thayer Capital Partners.
American Action Network board member Isaac Applbaum the founding General Partner of Opus Capital.
American Action Network board member Dylan Glennis the Senior Vice President of Guggenheim Advisors.
American Action Network board member C. Boyden Gray is a director of FreedomWorks and founder of a lobbying firm called Gray and Schmitz. Gray recently penned an article calling financial reform unconstitutional.
American Action Network board member B. Wayne Hughes Jr. is the founder of American Commercial Equities Inc.
American Action Network board member Ken Langone is the chairman of investment banking firm Invemed Associates LLC.
American Action Network board member former Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL) is an executive at JPMorgan Chase.
American Action Network board member Vin Weber is a lobbyist for a number of banks and insurance companies.

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Link: http://thinkprogress.org/2011/04/22/american-action-net... /

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FormerDittoHead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 11:24 AM
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1. May work, however, I don't see people being loyal to their banks as their doctors...
On healthcare, a lot of people on the right were afraid of the "gov-mint" telling them what doctors to see. (or they said so at least)

At some level, one HAS to trust their doctor(s).

I really don't see them having any loyalty to their banks, almost all of which have been bought up by major banks. I've had good relations with my bank, but I don't trust them as far as I can throw them.


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Scuba Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 11:37 AM
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6. I don't trust my doctor either.
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FormerDittoHead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 12:27 PM
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8. Huh? I DO trust my doctor as should YOU.
Ultimately, you have to trust your doctor.

What do you do when they ask you to take your clothes? "I don't trust you to touch me down there"?

If you don't trust your doctor, you should switch.

Doctor knows things and have special training which any amount of "googling" won't equal.

I'm not talking about second opinions before some serious operation,

I'm talking about simple trust - something which I don't give my bank.

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Scuba Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 12:47 PM
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11. No. I don't have to trust my doctor, even though I let him ....
...order an anesthitist to put me out so he could cut me open. I didn't trust him; I had no choice.

I know some wonderful physicians who genuinely care about their patients and practicing "best medicine".

I know some who go throught the motions, doing the least possible to fund their lifestyle.

I know some who are grossly incompetent.


I don't trust any of them.
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Scuba Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 11:26 AM
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2. More...
Edited on Sun Apr-24-11 11:26 AM by Scuba
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WillyT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 11:34 AM
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4. LOL... Ya Know... I Did A Search...
to make sure I wasn't posting a dupe...

Guess I need to widen my search parameters.

:D

:hi:
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Scuba Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 11:37 AM
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5. No big deal. Need visibility anyway and the replies to the earlier topic are req'd reading. n/t
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proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 12:32 PM
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10. +1
I had missed the other one
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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 12:18 PM
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7. I didn't see it before - thanks for posting it.
Some things should be posted two or more times.
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quaker bill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 11:28 AM
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3. It is not truly kabuki
until they give the Reps the scripted answers.
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proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 12:31 PM
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9. I don't think there are any republican town halls near me
I have all week off and could attend a few if needed. Are there any N. California Republican town halls going on ?
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Scuba Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 12:48 PM
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12. The go see the Dems and hold them accountable while supporting them.
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