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September 21, 2010

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Ummahgummah

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I heard that Harry Reid called Barney Frank the hottest senator!

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Rob

Wait for it Monica - the Bama will find a way to blame others for his uncontrolled spending.

His story never changes. If the earth were invaded by aliens from space tomorrow, our Blamer-in-Chief would say it was directly caused by 8 years of failed Bush economic policy.....and maybe a little because of John Boehner....as long as it's not HIS fault or responsibility.

As for Harry - We've all heard that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. It's time for Nevada Harry to stay in Vegas too. Permanently.

Ummahgummah

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OK.

In order to repeal BamaCare we need to fight back with information.

This means if they want to compare "youthful indiscretions", LET'S DO IT.

Please list any and all enemy "youthful indiscretions" you can remember.

Bama: drugs, terrorist friends

Barney Frank: live-in pot farmer boyfriend

Ted KKKennedy: Manslaughter while driving drunk

John KKKerry: Hanoi Johnny, lied about military accomplishments

I need your contributions to this list!

I want to post this all over the net.

They started the witch hunt.

WE WILL FINISH IT

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gringoman

///That sound you hear in the distance is the hooves of the Tea Party and conservative cavalry, coming to the rescue. And not a moment too soon.////

Yes, yes, and yet....... there is House of Bush wunderkind, Tokyo Rove, telling us that Tea Party's Christine O'Donnell for US Senate, Delaware, is "unelectable." Etc etc etc ad Demopublicanus,

Conclusion: The Republican wing of the DNC (Demopublican National Corruption)will not stop the Tea Party stallions and conservative cavalry? No? Not even with Republican and Democrat predator drones?

It won't?

Can Americans be as confident it won't as Monica seems to be?

Can Demopublican unmanned aircraft be neutralized with 'Witchcraft,' (including Frank Sinatra version)?

Sinatra VIDEO/////http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIZIBm2QGaM

Ummahgummah

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I prefer a witch over a BEARDED MARXIST any day!

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gringoman

I prefer a witch over a BEARDED MARXIST any day!

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Posted by: Ummahgummah | September 21, 2010 at 12:01 PM

So does Sinatra.

Sinatra VIDEO/////http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIZIBm2QGaM

So does the Tea Party Rebellion.

In fact, so does most everybody, except the House of Bush wunderkind and the DNC (Demopublican National Corruption)
and Corporate Charley's Obama-sucking mediacks.

Ummahgummah

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Let's find out what "youthful indiscretions" Tokyo Rove might have been into, shall we?

By the way, how electable is Karl Rove?

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Rob

Thanks for the Sinatra break!

I dunno - Now I'm starting to hear the theme from the Bewitched TV show in my head too. If she starts twitching her nose.....

jay

About Obamacare. Not saying that is right or wrong. But,since the World Health Organization stated that as a country. We spend more than twice what other countries do on Healthcare. But,we are DEAD last when it comes to preventing what they call "Preventable Deaths." Doubt if Obama care could be any worse!At least the Dems try to solve the problems of Health in this country. No Republican President or Congress even tried.Never will, either.Since the tea Partiers are more conservative. They would be even less incline to do anything!The GOP has stated that there are problems with Healthcare. But, they never try to fix them. They wait until the Dems do something. The Clinton attempt and then Obama's. Then, they do their best to stop it.

DJ

Jay,

I think a socialized heath care plan has been in the works for at least 30 years now. What or who is behind the drive for nationalized healthcare is none other that large corporations. For example: I can recall back during the Reagan Administration the Auto Executives demanding some sort of government health plan whereby it would relive the burden of paying its employees health care benefits. The additional cost per unit was estimated at approximately $1500 to $2000, thus putting them at a competitive disadvantage with their foreign compitition. Again, we can blame Obama or the Dems all day long, but the real power behind pushing Obamacare on us is the large corporations.

DJ

Again, we can blame Obama or the Dems all day long, but the real power behind pushing Obamacare on us is the large corporations.

Posted by: DJ | September 21, 2010 at 02:09 PM

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This is why when the Republicans gain power again, they WILL NOT revoke Obamacare. They, too, work at the pleasure of large contributors, i.e., large corporations and wealthy special interest groups/organizations.

jay

DJ, you are truly an adult! No name calling to attack the person. You are right about the corporations. To get the insurance companies to go along. They HAD to make law that ALL people had to have insurance. WE do have (the best?) Comgress that money ever bought!That was true in Mark Twains day as well

DJ

"DJ, you are truly an adult!"

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Well, thanks, Jay.

Now if I could only convince my wife of that. LOL

TexasPride

This is one peasant sharpening his pitchfork in anticipation.

gringoman

Jay,

I think a socialized heath care plan has been in the works for at least 30 years now. What or who is behind the drive for nationalized healthcare is none other that large corporations. For example: I can recall back during the Reagan Administration the Auto Executives demanding some sort of government health plan whereby it would relive the burden of paying its employees health care benefits. The additional cost per unit was estimated at approximately $1500 to $2000, thus putting them at a competitive disadvantage with their foreign compitition. Again, we can blame Obama or the Dems all day long, but the real power behind pushing Obamacare on us is the large corporations.

Posted by: DJ | September 21, 2010 at 02:09 PM

DJ,

Pointing to Corporate Charley's role in saddling Americans with CaliphCare is well founded.

It would be even better founded by asking why Corporate Charley is even in the position of wanting to get health care off his back. There is nothing in the Constitution that saddled him with what was always a more or less private enterprise,

And then FDR and the Communist-infested New Deal came along. And guess what happened? That's right. FDR and his crypto-Commies did the deed.

Ergo, this is a major reason for why Corporate Charley often sleeps with Socialist Sally today, and lets his mediacks hack away for Sally. They both have something the other wants---saddling Americans with the dream of Lenin, Stalin and Fidel Castro: a state-run medical system that only the eliteniks can escape. The little Commies under FDR were far-seeing---the Republicans obviously no match for them. They took a private system, made Corporate Charley responsible for paying about half the costs for each worker,back when even the poor sometimes got house calls from a doctor Now, when costs have escalated beyond belief, Charley obviously would want to dump his New Deal obligation onto the taxpayers. Clever Commies. Lenin: One step backward, two steps forward.

So what's the point of not giving the commies their due in Obama's CaliphCare? It's not just Corporate Charley, and never was. Charley is basically apolitical, willing to let the socialists and even Tea Party fight it out. He doesn't even care about the libniks now dominate his media. Bottom line,Baby, bottom line.

i get drunk with ted kennedy

I need your contributions to this list!

I want to post this all over the net.

They started the witch hunt.

WE WILL FINISH IT

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Posted by: Ummahgummah | September 21, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Ummahgummah i think i can add for your list that all demoncrats refuse to allow a right to life amendment so we can end the murder of infants.

gringoman

Speaking, as Monica is, of LIB HORRORS.......


In November 2010, who will be more horrified by the election of Tea Party-supported Carl Paladino, the next Governor of New York?

The Democrats?........Or the Republicans?

Any guesses, Monica?

gringoman

Prediction from gringoVision: One of our favorite Republicans, Monica Crowley, will hop aboard the Carl Paladino Bandwagon sooner or later, and probably sooner.

Monica already has touted new Republican "star" Governor Christy (NJ) for President.

Who knows what she'll be touting Paladino for?

LongRifle

$200 Trillion?? Call me nuts, but that's SMALL CHANGE compared to what's coming. While pundits squabble over Republicans and Democrats, Obama is building his One World Government. Stopping all drilling by US oil companies in the Gulf and then loaning Mexico and Brazil billions to drill in the Same place. His new Credit Card Czar -who will wield vast power over all credit card carrying Americans- answers to No One but him (or Soros) and is on the payroll of the FED. Congress was completely bypassed--both Dums and Repigs- and can do nothing about it. THIS IS JUST BEGINNING...

i get drunk with ted kennedy

i agree LongRifle - this is just the beginnig. How much longer before the concentration camps and martial law?

M/M

$200 Trillion?? Call me nuts, but that's SMALL CHANGE compared to what's coming. While pundits squabble over Republicans and Democrats, Obama is building his One World Government.
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The Republicrats are the same party. No Democrats. No RINOs.

M/M

Monica already has touted new Republican "star" Governor Christy (NJ) for President.

Who knows what she'll be touting Paladino for?

POSTED BY: GRINGOMAN | SEPTEMBER 21, 2010 AT 05:07 PM
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No to Chris Chrisy because:

1) He is against the AZ law and I think he is for shamenesty..

2) Did not have a problem with The Hamasque

3) endorsed Mike Castle

Three strikes and you're out. (Oh, and Obama bowed to him. Hmmmm....)

M/M

How much longer before the concentration camps and martial law?

POSTED BY: I GET DRUNK WITH TED KENNEDY | SEPTEMBER 21, 2010 AT 07:42 PM
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I was wondering that myself.

M/M

I dunno - Now I'm starting to hear the theme from the Bewitched TV show in my head too. If she starts twitching her nose.....

POSTED BY: ROB | SEPTEMBER 21, 2010 AT 12:30 PM
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I LOVE that show. Still watch the reruns every week.

Enjoy...song is at 2:17
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BksRTAc0mSM&feature=fvsr

M/M

Let's find out what "youthful indiscretions" Tokyo Rove might have been into, shall we?

By the way, how electable is Karl Rove?

POSTED BY: UMMAHGUMMAH | SEPTEMBER 21, 2010 AT 12:11 PM

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That's what I thought when I saw him juxtaposed on the evening news with Christine O'Donnell's. The anchor was discussing her "questionable background" I laughed so hard I cried.

Tokyo Rove has helped me reach across the aisle to the Left. Now, I finally understand why they hate, old, white, Republican guys. I now have something in common with Code Pink. Heck of a job Rovie!

M/M

This is one peasant sharpening his pitchfork in anticipation.

POSTED BY: TEXASPRIDE | SEPTEMBER 21, 2010 AT 03:32 PM
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Isn't it fun! What else can we do to piss off the Republicrats?

gringoman

Monica already has touted new Republican "star" Governor Christy (NJ) for President.

Who knows what she'll be touting Paladino for?

POSTED BY: GRINGOMAN | SEPTEMBER 21, 2010 AT 05:07 PM
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No to Chris Chrisy because:

1) He is against the AZ law and I think he is for shamenesty..

2) Did not have a problem with The Hamasque

3) endorsed Mike Castle

Three strikes and you're out. (Oh, and Obama bowed to him. Hmmmm....)

Posted by: M/M | September 21, 2010 at 07:58 PM

Don't forget the NJ transit worker who burned the Koran, on his own time, NOT company time. He was fired, a clear violation of his Constitutional rights. Good Republican Christy, in best tradition of the House of Bush, supported that violation.

gringoman

MARINE AND LIB HORROR

"Although the internal divisions described have become public, [Mr. Woodward's] book suggests that they were even more intense and disparate than previously known and offers new details. Mr. Biden called Mr. Holbrooke “the most egotistical bastard I’ve ever met.” A variety of administration officials expressed scorn for James L. Jones, the retired Marine general who is national security adviser, while he referred to some of the president’s other aides as “the water bugs” or “the Politburo.”

gringoman

PETRAEUS AND LIB HORROR

"Gen. David H. Petraeus, who was overall commander for the Middle East until becoming the Afghanistan commander this summer, told a senior aide that he disliked talking with David M. Axelrod, the president’s senior adviser, because he was “a complete spin doctor.” General Petraeus was effectively banned by the administration from the Sunday talk shows but worked private channels with Congress and the news media."

SteveOk

I believe the $200 trillion dollar figure, it's absolutely right. This is unfunded obligations of the US Government that we are committed to paying in the future that is currently unfunded. This includes all the entitlements such as Social Security, Medicare, and other benefits that we are committed the paying. If the government was doing its books like a private company they would have to report this liabilities on their balance sheet, but the government doesn't do this because it's believed they can always raise the money through increased taxes. Here you have the gameplan of the Democrats and the socialists, they want to increase taxes so the more they spend the more they can justify increasing taxes to meet the unfunded entitlements. These people don't care about growth or wealth creation, they only care about wealth redistribution through increased spending and increased taxes.

gringoman

LIB HORROR, NEW YORK

Sources: Mayor Nanny Bloomberg will endorse Democrats' Fanny & Freddy Cuomo against Tea Party-backed Carl Paladino for NY Governor,

M/M

Don't forget the NJ transit worker who burned the Koran, on his own time, NOT company time. He was fired, a clear violation of his Constitutional rights. Good Republican Christy, in best tradition of the House of Bush, supported that violation.

POSTED BY: GRINGOMAN | SEPTEMBER 21, 2010 AT 09:45 PM
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Didn't make the connection. Thanks for reminding me.

gringoman

LIB HORROR, NEW YORK

Sources: Mayor Nanny Bloomberg will endorse Democrats' Fanny & Freddy Cuomo against Tea Party-backed Carl Paladino for NY Governor,

Posted by: gringoman | September 21, 2010 at 10:37 PM

Nanny? Who cares?

What we want to know: Has Monica endorsed yet?

For Runner

Kirsten Gillibrand is the ultimate flip-flopper politician on all of the major issues. She changed all of her opinions and voting on the masjor issues and legislation from when she was a Conservative-Democrat NY State US Congresswoman from 2006-Jan-2009.

After she was appointerd NY US Senator 1-29-09 to replace left-wing-liberal-Democrat Hillary Clinton she flip-flopped on every major issue because of Chuck Schumer and the left-wing-liberal NY Democrats harrassing her for her past Conservative-Democrat; views-opinions-political-voting-record, etc.

Read about all of her long list of major political flip-flops here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirsten_Gillibrand

I wish that Joseph DioGuardi could beat her 51-49 or by a majority of votes at 50-50.

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Kirsten Gillibrand

Early years and education

A member of a politically active family, Kirsten Rutnik was born and raised in Albany, New York. Her parents are Douglas P. Rutnik, an attorney and Democratic lobbyist with close ties to Republicans Al D'Amato and George Pataki, and Polly Noonan Rutnik, also an attorney.

Gillibrand's maternal grandmother, Dorothea "Polly" Noonan (1915–2003), was a women's rights activist who was a leader of the Albany Democratic machine and the closest confidant of longtime Albany mayor Erastus Corning. "As a 10-year-old girl," Gillibrand later said, "I would listen to my grandmother discuss issues and she made a lasting impression on me."

After attending Albany's Academy of the Holy Names, she graduated in 1984 from Emma Willard School in Troy, New York. At Dartmouth College, she majored in Asian studies and graduated magna cum laude in 1988.

While in college, Gillibrand was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and studied abroad in both Beijing, China and Taiwan. She is semi-fluent but "rusty" in Mandarin Chinese and still uses Chinese words and phrases occasionally in her normal vocabulary. Her Chinese name is Lu Tian Na (陆天娜)

She received her Juris Doctor degree from the UCLA School of Law in 1991. She interned for Senator Alfonse D'Amato (R-NY) during college, and served as a law clerk to Judge Roger Miner on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Legal career

During the Clinton administration, Gillibrand served as Special Counsel to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Andrew Cuomo.

She worked on HUD's Labor Initiative and its New Markets Initiative as well as on TAP's Young Leaders The American Democracy, on strengthening Davis-Bacon Act enforcement, and on drafting new markets legislation for public and private investment in building infrastructure in lower income areas.

As an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell and a partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner, Gillibrand worked on a wide range of legal and policy-related issues. She handled many pro bono cases, including abused women and their children, and tenants seeking safe housing after lead paint and unsafe conditions were found in their homes.

Gillibrand was the Chair of the Women's Leadership Forum Network and was on the Boards of the Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee and the Commission on Greenway Heritage Conservancy for the Hudson River Valley. She also served on the Advisory Board for the Brennan Center for Justice.

Controversy over Philip Morris representation

During her employment with Davis Polk & Wardwell, Gillibrand represented the world's largest cigarette company, Philip Morris (now Philip Morris USA, a division of Altria Group), during major litigation, including both civil lawsuits and U.S. Justice Department criminal and civil racketeering probes.

Davis Polk permitted its associates to decline to work on tobacco-related cases if they had moral or ethical objections, but Gillibrand chose to represent Philip Morris in some of the most sensitive matters related to its defense.

Gillibrand was closely involved in key tobacco-related litigation,
including aiding Philip Morris's controversial efforts to suppress
information on the health effects of cigarette smoking collected by its German lab, the Institut für biologische Forschung, and advising Philip Morris officials on the content of public statements regarding their
products and practices. She continued to represent Altria Group while a partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner.

In her 2008 Congressional campaign, Gillibrand reportedly received in excess of $18,000 in campaign donations from the tobacco industry, placing her among the top dozen House Democrats receiving such contributions.

When her past work for Philip Morris surfaced during the 2008 campaign, Gillibrand claimed that she had no control over what cases she was assigned as a Davis Polk associate. She also noted that she had previously spoken about her Philip Morris work and that she had voted in favor of all three anti-tobacco bills in that session of Congress.

She maintained that most of her work consisted of assisting the company in assembling documents in response to subpoenas, adding, "I don't think clients you represented as an associate are relevant, I think how you vote is relevant." She also claimed to have no knowledge of the financial contributions by Altria and Altria executives to her campaign, and was unfamiliar with her father's work as lobbyist for Philip Morris.

The issue resurfaced after she took her seat in the Senate, when The New York Times ran a front page investigative piece in March 2009 on Gillibrand's work on behalf of Philip Morris. Gillibrand reacted quickly the Times article by placing ads on Google stating "Gillibrand Fights Tobacco" and directing viewers to a link to a page on her site touting a 100% anti-tobacco voting record.

Political career U.S. House of Representatives

In 2006, Gillibrand defeated four-term Republican incumbent John E. Sweeney in New York's 20th congressional district election by a margin of 53%-47%.

She co-founded the Congressional High Tech Caucus with Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) at the beginning of the 110th Congress. She was also a member of the Blue Dog Coalition during her tenure in the House.

Gillibrand while serving in the House of Representatives

Gillibrand won her bid for re-election in 2008 and enjoyed a sophomore surge, defeating challenger Alexander "Sandy" Treadwell 62%-38%. During the campaign, she was criticized for hosting fundraisers in London, England, and Paris, France.

While the fundraisers were legal and contributions only came from American citizens living abroad, some critics claimed that her actions were hypocritical since during her first campaign, she had criticized Sweeney for hosting an out-of-state fundraiser for the

2006 election.

Media reports of her relationship with colleagues in the New York congressional delegation have been contradictory.

During the spectacle surrounding Gillibrand's eventual appointment to the United States Senate in January 2009, commentators like Politico's Glenn Thrush and New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd claimed that Gillibrand was "unpopular" and was known within her delegation by the unflattering nickname "Tracy Flick", after the Reese Witherspoon character from the movie Election. Recently, 11 members of the NY Congressional Delegation, including 5 from the NYC area, endorsed her 2010 Senate campaign.

During her tenure in the House, she would travel the Washington Metro with her son Theodore and drop him off at the congressional day care center before proceeding to work. She has also posted her daily schedules, earmark requests and financial disclosure forms on her website.

In a May 2008 New York Times article, Gillibrand was mentioned along with fellow Representative Gabrielle Giffords as a "young Democratic dragon slayer who won in a Republican district" in the context of possibly becoming the first woman to be elected President.

U.S. Senate

Gillibrand with Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch

On December 1, 2008, President-elect Barack Obama announced his choice of Hillary Rodham Clinton, the junior U.S. Senator from New York, as United States Secretary of State.

Clinton's nomination was confirmed by the Senate and she resigned her Senate seat on January 21, 2009, creating a vacancy in the Senate to be filled by appointment by Governor David Paterson until a special election in 2010 for the balance of Clinton's term, which ends in 2012.

Gillibrand had been rumored by the media as one of several people, including Caroline Kennedy and New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, to be under consideration as Clinton's replacement.

On January 23, Paterson announced his selection of Gillibrand as the junior Senator from New York. In attendance were Al D'Amato, in whose office she interned and who is one of only three living former Senators from New York (along with Clinton and James L. Buckley),
and other New York State officials and some members of the New York
Congressional delegation.

Gillibrand officially took office on January 27, taking the oath of office from Vice President Joe Biden.

Gov. Paterson's choice of Gillibrand was met with both praise and criticism. She was touted by some Democrats as a rising star in the Democratic Party.

New York Democratic Representative Carolyn McCarthy, a vocal supporter of gun control who reportedly considered challenging Gillibrand in the 2010 primary because of this issue, expressed strong objections to the appointment of anyone with a 100% positive rating from the NRA.

Senator Chuck Schumer, also a strong gun control advocate, supported the appointment and urged McCarthy to give Gillibrand a chance.

McCarthy has since said she will not run for the seat The New York Immigration Coalition also objected to the appointment based upon Gillibrand's views on immigration reform. President Obama, Secretary Clinton, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid all expressed their support for the appointment.

A Quinnipiac Poll in January 2009 showed that a plurality (46%) of New Yorkers polled expressed approval of Gillibrand's appointment to the Senate, but when asked if they have a favorable opinion of Gillibrand, 63% said they do not know enough about her yet.

A Siena College poll at the same time showed twice as many respondents had a favorable opinion of her as had an unfavorable one (30–14%), but also reported a majority of respondents having neither a favorable nor unfavorable opinion.

Committee assignments

Following her swearing in, Gillibrand was assigned to the following Senate committees:

Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
Subcommittee on Energy, Science and Technology
Subcommittee on Domestic and Foreign Marketing, Inspection, and Plant and Animal Health (Chairwoman)
Subcommittee on Hunger, Nutrition and Family Farms
Committee on Environment and Public Works
Subcommittee on Green Jobs and the New Economy
Subcommittee on Oversight
Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health
Committee on Foreign Relations
Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps and Narcotics Affairs
Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy and Global Women's Issues
Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs, and International Environmental Protection
Special Committee on Aging

Political views

During her tenure in the House of Representatives, Gillibrand was a member of the Blue Dog Coalition and was considered a centrist, Gillibrand has received an 8% rating from the American Conservative Union, 70% from Americans for Democratic Action, and 90% from the American Civil Liberties Union. OnTheIssues.org rates Gillibrand as a "Populist-Leaning Liberal."

Health care reform legislation

Gillibrand voted in favor of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Senate's version of health care reform legislation, although it did not contain provisions for a public option for health insurance, for which she had previously expressed support.

The Senate bill was heavily criticized by New York Governor David Paterson and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who warned that it would force New York City to close 100 health clinics, would create a $1 billion hole in New York State's budget, and threaten the existence of struggling hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities. Bloomberg, who called the bill a "disgrace," subsequently telephoned Gillibrand personally to express his extreme dissatisfication with the bill.

When confronted with these criticisms, Gillibrand responded, "What the mayor and the governor are talking about is the Medicare
reimbursement rates...

I've been fighting on this issue for over six months. What it is, Erroll, is when it comes to funding formulas in the Senate, there are more small states than big states, and so the funding formulas tend to help small states.

And that's something Senator Schumer and I have to push back on every single time, because the fact of the matter is, for every dollar New York sends to Washington, we only get 79 cents back, and that's largely due to these formulas. We win on the formula debate on the House. So what I've been trying to do is fight for the House version of the bill when we are in conference... If we are successful we can close the $1 billion gap."

Gillibrand also claimed that the bill would be a net benefit for New York because it would bring in $40 billion to the state, insure 2.7 million New Yorkers, increase the use of preventative care by requiring that it is covered, and give tax credits to 250,000 small businesses to help them afford health care coverage.

Economic crisis measures

During the height of the global financial crisis in 2008, Gillibrand, then a member of the House of Representatives, voted twice against the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, calling it "fundamentally flawed". However, she did vote for the automobile industry bailout in December 2008.

In 2009, as Senator, Gillibrand voted for the $787 billion stimulus plan backed by the Obama administration. At a press conference on January 25, 2009, Gillibrand said that during her first week in the Senate, she would work to ensure that the stimulus bill included relief funds for New York State. She supported the President's recovery plan and budget, and voted for cram down to allow judges to write down mortgages of struggling homeowners.

Abortion and Reproductive Issues

Gillibrand espouses a pro-choice position and has voted in favor of federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, contraception and United Nations Population Fund programs.

She voted against Senator Ben Nelson's proposed amendment to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which would have prohibited the government from allowing insurance plans that cover abortion in a national healthcare exchange.

Labor

Gillibrand is a co-sponsor of the Employee Free Choice Act commonly referred to by its opponents as card check . The legislation would allow the formation of a union without an election by secret ballot when 50% or more of workers sign authorization cards.

Gun rights

Gillibrand's position on gun rights has changed since she joined the Senate. While in the House, she was an outspoken opponent of gun control.She had received a 100% positive rating from the NRA, and sponsored an amendment to the 2008 Farm Bill that would have allowed expanded hunting on public lands.

Gillibrand has also worked to strengthen the NRA-endorsed National Instant Criminal Background Check System Improvement Act.

Gillibrand's pro-gun rights positions received great scrutiny after her appointment to the Senate and were the object of scathing criticism by some of her fellow New York Democrats, particularly those in the New York City area.

Within days of her being named to the Senate by the governor, Gillibrand indicated that her pro-gun rights position was flexible. At the start of a statewide "listening tour" in Harlem, Gillibrand was asked whether there might be NRA positions that contradict the gun-control needs of an inner-city community. She replied, "There might well be," adding, "I'll look into it."

In one of her first votes as a Senator, Gillibrand voted to reject a measure that would have expanded gun rights in the District of Columbia.

While Gillibrand's spokesman characterized the vote as consistent with her previous view that local governments have the right to determine gun restrictions, the Albany Times-Union noted that her position was counter to her vote just five months earlier on an almost identical House bill.

She also cosponsored the Gun Trafficking Prevention Act of 2009 with Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, a longtime advocate of gun control. Gillibrand also opposed federal legislation that would have allowed American citizens to carry concealed firearms across state lines if they were legally allowed to carry the weapons in their home states.
Illegal immigration

Gillibrand has also modified some of her positions on illegal immigration to the United States since her appointment to the Senate.

As a Representative, Gillibrand opposed granting any sort of amnesty to illegal immigrants and supported empowering local police to enforce Federal immigration laws. She also opposed giving federal contracts to employers who have hired illegal immigrants and supported increasing the number of border patrol agents.

She was a co-sponsor of the SAVE Act, which aimed to crack down on
illegal immigration by means of more border guards, surveillance
technology, accelerated deportations and a mandatory program requiring employers to verify the immigration status of employees. Breaking with former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, Gillibrand opposed his plan to issue drivers licenses to illegal immigrants.

She also voted in favor of Rep. Tom Tancredo's legislation targeting and withholding Federal funds from sanctuary cities. Gillibrand also sought to make English the official language of the United States.

Following her appointment to the Senate, Gillibrand's positions were harshly criticized by immigration advocates and Democratic elected
officials.

She subsequently changed some of her positions, explaining that "it’s a case of learning more and expanding my view.” She now opposes deporting illegal immigrants and cutting off funds to sanctuary cities. She also supports an earned path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

She is a co-sponsor of the DREAM Act, which would provide amnesty to any undocumented immigrants under the age of 35 who first entered the United States before the age of 16, has been in the country for at least the last five years, and has earned a high school diploma or GED in the United States and would retroactively repeal the federal law that prohibits state colleges and universities from giving undocumented immigrant students in-state tuition rates.

She also supports a moratorium on home raids until comprehensive immigration reform is passed. She still opposes granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.

LGBT issues

Gillibrand favors legalizing civil unions across the country and leaving the issue of same-sex marriage up to the States, once stating, “All [the] things that we give to married couples, committed gay couples should be eligible for. And then the question of whether you call it a marriage or not, what you label it, that can be left to the states to decide.”

In 2007, Gillibrand received an 80 out of 100 rating from the LGBT advocacy group the Human Rights Campaign—the lowest score out of New York’s Democratic representatives. She declined to cosponsor legislation repealing the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. She voted against legislation to grant same-sex partners of U.S. citizens and permanent residents the same immigration status of married couples.

In an interview with the editorial board of the New York Times following her appointment to the Senate, Gillibrand insisted that she had supported same-sex marriage since shortly before her re-election to the House in 2008. On the morning of her appointment to the Senate, she called the Empire State Pride Agenda to reiterate her full support for same-sex marriage.

According to the ESPA, as a member of the Senate, Gillibrand will also support a repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. On April 16, 2009, Gillibrand endorsed Governor Paterson's proposed legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in New York.

In July, 2009, Senator Gillibrand announced she was considering introducing an amendment to the defense authorization bill that would impose an 18-month moratorium on the discharge of gays serving in the military.

She ultimately decided against introducing the amendment, as she could not amass the 60 votes required to avoid a filibuster, but told the blog The Daily Beast that she was able to secure the commitment of the Senate Armed Services Committee to hold hearings on "don't ask, don't tell" in the fall of 2009.

However, the hearings were postponed and began on February 2, 2010.

In December, 2009, the LGBT publication The Advocate, citing Senator Gillibrand's position on gay marriage and her work
toward repealing "don't ask don't tell", declared her one of its five
"People of the Year".

Taxes

She opposes the No Child Left Behind Act, because she believes it "places an unmanageable strain on county and school budgets". She supports doubling the Child and Dependent Care Credit, and eliminating or permanently fixing the Alternative Minimum Tax.
ACORN

In September 2009, the U.S. Senate voted 83-7 to strip federal housing funds from ACORN in the wake of the a controversy over apparently illegal activity exposed on undercover videos. Gillibrand split from Sen. Charles Schumer and joined just six other senators who voted against the bill.

Gillibrand defended her vote, claiming that eliminating funding for ACORN "would be harmful to the thousands of hard-working New Yorkers who need extra assistance in the middle of this economic crisis."

For Runner

Kirsten Gillibrand is the ultimate flip-flopper politician on all of the major issues. She changed all of her opinions and voting on the masjor issues and legislation from when she was a Conservative-Democrat NY State US Congresswoman from 2006-Jan-2009.

After she was appointerd NY US Senator 1-29-09 to replace left-wing-liberal-Democrat Hillary Clinton she flip-flopped on every major issue because of Chuck Schumer and the left-wing-liberal NY Democrats harrassing her for her past Conservative-Democrat; views-opinions-political-voting-record, etc.

Read about all of her long list of major political flip-flops here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirsten_Gillibrand

I wish that Joseph DioGuardi could beat her 51-49 or by a majority of votes at 50-50.

For Runner

Breaking News: DISCLOSE Debate Tomorrow!

9/21/10

The Hill reports that Senate Democrats will once again attempt to shove the First Amendment-shredding DISCLOSE Act (a.k.a. The Establishment Protection Act) down our throats. A top spokesman for Harry Reid, Jim Manley, tweeted this afternoon that the Senate would debate DISCLOSE tomorrow, with a vote likely Thursday.

At the end of July, the liberty movement was able to hold off DISCLOSE by just one vote! We knew they would bring it back up in an attempt to catch us off guard. This is the time for the movement to stand tall in the face of statism and deal this bill a final blow.

For more information on this egregious affront to our personal liberties, visit our past blogs on the topic. This bill will force non-profits like C4L to turn over a donor list to the federal government and make it publicly available on our website.

This will expose donors to "controversial" issue advocacy organizations to intimidation and harassment (every issue is controversial to someone). It would force organizations to adopt needless layers of bureaucracy in order to comply with the paperwork and filing deadlines of the new bill.

It will restrict our free speech by placing vague, arbitrary restrictions on the language of our communications (even with our own members). Additionally, it further blurs the line between issue advocacy and express endorsements of a candidate, leaving the determination up to the federal government.

Contact your senators today and demand they OPPOSE DISCLOSE!

For Runner

the Senate is likely to hold a vote on the First Amendment-shredding DISCLOSE Act (a.k.a. - the Establishment Protection Act). This legislation, S. 3628, targets non-profits such as Campaign for Liberty and seeks to muzzle them during the election season.

The House struggled and barely passed H.R. 5175 before the July 4 recess, and with your help, we can make sure it is defeated in the Senate.

Incumbent politicians have always sought to separate their actions during the legislative season from the electoral season, and this bill gives them the opportunity to do so.

Drawn up as a knee-jerk reaction to the Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court decision this January, Democrats seek to change the rules in the middle of the game a mere 3 ½ months before the mid-term elections.

A handful of powerful organizations are intensely lobbying Senators Scott Brown, Susan Collins, and Olympia Snowe to support the DISCLOSE Act by writing editorials and contacting media in their respective states.

If we intend to stop this legislation from passing, we must surpass these efforts with our opposition. Currently they have all indicated misgivings on the bill, but they must hear from their constituents in opposition to this unconstitutional legislation.

We must make every effort to ensure this legislation meets its demise when they bring it to the floor for a vote. Whether it be calling, emailing, or faxing your senators, writing an op-ed to your local paper, informing your friends and family, or stopping into your senators' local offices, whatever action you can take at this time will help in defeating this egregious affront to our constitutionally protected rights of free speech, privacy, and freedom of association.

Truther

I have been a big supporter of the Tea Party, and wish them every success, and I chaffed, when Krauthammer declared O'Donnell's chances at 10%. Krauthammer looked like an establishment person, planted in place.

Although it would be nice if all politicians gave excess campaign money to the GAO, it isn't happening. How much post-election spending of campaign money, in violation of the 89 law still goes on? It has every appearance that Christine is in violation, and has been a person employed by campaigning for office since at least 2007. There are people that think O'Donnell has misused at least 20K.

Based on this there is increasing pressure to investigate on the part of the state of Delaware, and I believe that Christine will, if she does not come forward quickly with an explanation or make amends, lose the seat. Palin needs crisis mode here. It might still be possible to find a write-in candidate.

Truther

The grassroots supporters of the Tea Party need to ensure the Party appears to be financially responsible, a very basic requirement for a Party that desires financial reform. The fear is that the rank in file Republicans are marginalizing the movement by allowing flaky candidates to run, leaving the grassroots out of luck, without representation.

Once the grassroots are viewed as flakes, voting for people who cannot balance a checkbook, then this core support will wane, and people will shrug their shoulders and feel powerless to do anything. That must be avoided.

One must ask, of all the possible Tea Party candidates for office, why select Christine? Lipstick?

If there are substantive legal issues at play, if Palin does not deal with this (and so far she had only told Christine to avoid the national press), the grassroots people behind the party should start demanding cleaner, more standup candidates. What next? A candidate packing heat?


M/M

I wish that Joseph DioGuardi could beat her 51-49 or by a majority of votes at 50-50.

POSTED BY: FOR RUNNER | SEPTEMBER 22, 2010 AT 12:19 AM
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Me too.

M/M

Bernard is on WABC today from 10 -12.

M/M

I think you have a legitimate concern Truther, but at this point it IS the issues. I'd rather vote for a flawed candidate than put a back-stabbing weasel like Kirsten Gillibrand back in office. Christine defends herself on Hannity:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtdU5Fz1b_w

As for the Tea Party putting legitimate candidates in office, they are a grass-roots movement that just started two years ago. The established RNC had two years to find legitimate candidates to run against "the status Cuomo", the very vulnerable, flip-flopping Gillibrand, and the anti-teabagging Schumer. What's their excuse?

Adolf Rohan

Washington DC is in rebellion against the American People and not vice versa. America is doing an intervention on the politicians in Washington who are deluded that they our America's rulers; when in reality, they are America's servants.

DJ

So what's the point of not giving the commies their due in Obama's CaliphCare? It's not just Corporate Charley, and never was. Charley is basically apolitical, willing to let the socialists and even Tea Party fight it out. He doesn't even care about the libniks now dominate his media. Bottom line,Baby, bottom line.


Posted by: gringoman | September 21, 2010 at 04:08 PM

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Right.

It's the unholy alliance between Corporate Charlie and Socialist Sally. They use the propaganda arm of their regieme (MSM) to brainwash the masses into going along with their globalist agenda. Corporate Charley and Socialist Sally made an absolutely brilliant move by INSTALLING Obama as president. Even though 70% of the people are against Obamacare, Obama, as a "black man" can sign such a monstrosity into law. He can do this because he benefits from his dark skin which in effect insulates him from criticism. The MSM(the new thought police) and all the rest of the Left can, and do, enforce PC hate speech laws that unduly and invariably label anyone who protests Obama's actions as racist.

AND THIS TACTIC STILL WORKS TO KEEP US IN LINE!!!

Americans are the most brainwashed and manipulated people on the plant!

M/M

Glenn Beck must be reading Monicamemo because he just elaborated on the article I posted on Dr. Phil's concerns with self-gratification while viewing "certain sites" on the Internet. You go Glenn!!!!!!

DJ

[C]harley is basically apolitical, willing to let the socialists and even Tea Party fight it out. He doesn't even care about the libniks now dominate his media. Bottom line,Baby, bottom line.


Posted by: gringoman | September 21, 2010 at 04:08 PM

Sure, Corporate Charley is mainly concerned with the bottom line, but Corporate Charley has a secondary objective; that being to promote multiculturalism and diversity (all with a tinge of anti-white bias of course). It's all part and parcel of implementing their globalist agenda. One not need to look further than their multicult, anti-racist (read: anti-white) advertisements as evidence.

gringoman

I think you have a legitimate concern Truther, but at this point it IS the issues. I'd rather vote for a flawed candidate than put a back-stabbing weasel like Kirsten Gillibrand back in office. Christine defends herself on Hannity:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtdU5Fz1b_w

As for the Tea Party putting legitimate candidates in office, they are a grass-roots movement that just started two years ago. The established RNC had two years to find legitimate candidates to run against "the status Cuomo", the very vulnerable, flip-flopping Gillibrand, and the anti-teabagging Schumer. What's their excuse?

Posted by: M/M | September 22, 2010 at 08:22 AM


Previously I raised the issue myself of Christine O'Donnell's possible "flaws," including allegations that she's used campaign contributions for her personal living expenses. I considered all this. Conclusion: I decided to support her unflinchingly. Why?

1. Even if you assume that some of these charges might be true (my mind is open) nothing has been proved.

2. Even if these charges warrant investigation and trial (my mind is open) it is impossible to conduct that before Election Day.

3. Therefore the call for an emergency "write-in" candidate is ludicrous, something you'd expect from Libworld to beat down another threat to lib hegemony. You'd expect this from Libworld They want you to dump a candidate on the basis of allegations---at the same time that they have a whole carload of unindicted conspirators who may be guilty of horrendous crimes against the national economy, and giving us the calamity of the sub-prime mortgage meltdown, names like Andrew Cuomo, Franklyn Raines, Barney Frank, Senator Dodd,Carl McCall etc etc. These and other big Dem names are alleged to be involved in malfeasance of staggering proportions (Franklyn Raines, according to reports, has walked away from the Fanny & Freddy debacle with $100 million!

Yet Libworld, after years without prosecution of any of their big names, wants little Christine O'Donnell disqualified immediately in Delaware on the basis of un=proven allegations about her living expenses?

Okay. Got it,

DJ


I just heard Bernie say he is in favor of allowing gays to openly serve in the military.

Congratulations to Bernie.

He's just proved he is dumber than Hannity... and that doesn't give him much turf to tread on.

gringoman

[C]harley is basically apolitical, willing to let the socialists and even Tea Party fight it out. He doesn't even care about the libniks now dominate his media. Bottom line,Baby, bottom line.


Posted by: gringoman | September 21, 2010 at 04:08 PM

Sure, Corporate Charley is mainly concerned with the bottom line, but Corporate Charley has a secondary objective; that being to promote multiculturalism and diversity (all with a tinge of anti-white bias of course). It's all part and parcel of implementing their globalist agenda. One not need to look further than their multicult, anti-racist (read: anti-white) advertisements as evidence.

Posted by: DJ | September 22, 2010 at 09:56 AM

This may be giving Corporate Charley a little too much credit for being an ideologue or philosopher.

When Reverend Rip-Off hires a bunch from the corner stoops to picket Corporate Charley for advertising on the "racist" Imus in the Morning, because Imus used a word that is used all the time in Black Rap, Corporate Charley's immediate surrender to Reverend Rip=off says nothing about his "ideology."

It says everything about his fear and nervous concern for protecting his company, especially against charges of "racism," which in Politically Correct Society is close to a death sentence. Fear is not an ideology. It's just fear.

Rip-off's protege, Reverend Shakedown shows up and orders Corporate Charley to hire by color, which trumps merit. You can say that Charley obeys due to his belief in "diversity and multi-culturalism." Others will say it's due to Shakedown. And fear. Nothing ideological about it, for Charley.

DJ

Rip-off's protege, Reverend Shakedown shows up and orders Corporate Charley to hire by color, which trumps merit. You can say that Charley obeys due to his belief in "diversity and multi-culturalism." Others will say it's due to Shakedown. And fear. Nothing ideological about it, for Charley.

Posted by: gringoman | September 22, 2010 at 11:45

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Acually both reasons apply.

Corporate Charlie obeys due to his belief in "diversity and multiculturalism" AND OR due to fear of (fill in the blank)_________________. Trends indicate the former reason is waxing and latter waning.

We can attribute this development, or decline, to the multi-cult/racial/gender egalitarianism indoctrination the students are forced to be subjected to in the "institutions of higher learning" -- especially the Ivy League Unis.

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