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Taking and Mooching

15 Nov

1. Collins Mistakenly Crashes Dem Shindig

From Roll Call’s “Heard on the Hill” column, an entry entitled, “Dude, Where’s My Caucus?”

A Democratic staffer camped out at this morning’s caucus meeting for Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s big reveal witnessed a panicky exit by a perplexed newcomer.

“When they welcomed Leader Pelosi and everyone stood up to applaud, a frantic new member got up — breakfast plate in hand — rushed over to me and asked, ‘Wait … what meeting is this?!’ I said, ‘This is the Democratic Caucus.’ He said, ‘Oh s—, I’m in the wrong meeting. Where are the Republicans meeting?’” the anonymous tipster said of the mini-drama.

The confused caucuser? Rep.-elect Chris Collins, R-N.Y.

A Collins aide suggested it was all part of the boss’s master plan.

“Congressman-elect Collins believes very strongly in reaching bipartisan solutions to fix this country’s problems. What better way to accomplish that than introducing himself to his colleagues on the other side of the aisle,” the budding spinmeister assured HOH.

Ha ha very funny because Collins believes quite the opposite, based on what he said during the campaign. Collins only seeks bipartisanship when he controls the game, and as a freshman 1/435 he won’t be controlling anything.  After months’ worth of his hateful and negative Obamapelosi rhetoric, it’s delightful that he mistakenly crashed Pelosi’s party.  (Image courtesy Tom Dolina from Tommunisms.com).

2. Romney blames the 47% on his loss

Lest you thought that Romney tape wherein he asserts that he doesn’t care about – and can’t rely on – votes from the 47% of Americans who pay no income taxes, and see themselves as entitled welfare queen taker/victims, was a fluke

In a conference call with fund-raisers and donors to his campaign, Mr. Romney said Wednesday afternoon that the president had followed the “old playbook” of using targeted initiatives to woo specific interest groups — “especially the African-American community, the Hispanic community and young people.”

“In each case, they were very generous in what they gave to those groups,” Mr. Romney said, contrasting Mr. Obama’s strategy to his own of “talking about big issues for the whole country: military strategy, foreign policy, a strong economy, creating jobs and so forth.”

Mr. Romney’s comments in the 20-minute conference call came after his running mate, Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, told WISC-TV in Madison on Monday that their loss was a result of Mr. Obama’s strength in “urban areas,” an analysis that did not account for Mr. Obama’s victories in more rural states like Iowa and New Hampshire or the decrease in the number of votes for the president relative to 2008 in critical urban counties in Ohio.

“With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest was a big gift,” Mr. Romney said. “Free contraceptives were very big with young, college-aged women. And then, finally, Obamacare also made a difference for them, because as you know, anybody now 26 years of age and younger was now going to be part of their parents’ plan, and that was a big gift to young people. They turned out in large numbers, a larger share in this election even than in 2008.”

The president’s health care plan, he said, was also a useful tool in mobilizing black and Hispanic voters. Though Mr. Romney won the white vote with 59 percent, according to exit polls, minorities coalesced around the president in overwhelming numbers: 93 percent of blacks and 71 percent of Hispanics.

“You can imagine for somebody making $25,000 or $30,000 or $35,000 a year, being told you’re now going to get free health care, particularly if you don’t have it, getting free health care worth, what, $10,000 per family, in perpetuity — I mean, this is huge,” Mr. Romney said. “Likewise with Hispanic voters, free health care was a big plus. But in addition with regards to Hispanic voters, the amnesty for children of illegals, the so-called Dream Act kids, was a huge plus for that voting group.”

Talk about class warfare. 

Making sure that every American has access to quality health care isn’t a free gift you find in some government Cracker Jack box. It’s something that literally every other industrialized democracy has had in place for decades. It’s something every other 1st world nation implemented generations ago yet we still struggle with because of stupid rhetoric. But what it actually does is help treat disease, mend broken bodies, fight cancers, helps cure infections. It helps people; being able to obtain treatment without fearing bankruptcy or resorting to the emergency room is a good thing individually and societally. Your county taxes go to pay millions to reimburse the hospitals for unpaid-for ER care. Obamacare is much cheaper and more effective. 

Everything else Romney has to say about why he lost is just as insulting and accusatory as what he said to donors in Florida about the shiftless laziness of the 47% of Americans who “take” and “want stuff”. 

Romney and people like him love it when government gives free stuff to big business and millionaires. When government gives regular folks something that helps them, it’s socialism and negative. Mitt Romney’s election would have been an utter disaster and the American middle class dodged a bullet. 

Thankfully, even some Republican recognize how awful this sort of rhetoric is, and are trying to get people to cut it out

“We have got to stop dividing the American voters,” Jindal, the RGA’s incoming chairman, told reporters here. “If we’re going to continue to be a competitive party and win elections on the national stage, and continue to fight for our conservative principles, we need two messages to get out loudly and clearly. One, we are fighting for 100% of the votes. And second, our policies benefit every American who wants to pursue the American dream, period.”

Part of the American dream would include “not going bankrupt from medical care”, right? 

3. Social Media Fail

If someone leaves a negative (truthful) review of your business on Yelp, don’t threaten to sue them for their opinion. You may run into someone with some search engine optimization experience.

 4. Collins is dictating to President Obama

Reading this article, whereby rich person Chris Collins categorically refuses to raise taxes on himself and his neighbors, (what is proposed is a small hike in the rate on income earned in excess of $250,000) is infuriating mostly because of the dismissive way he refers to the President of the United States. It’s as if we elected a better-dressed, Botoxed Rus Thompson to go to Washington and stick his middle finger up at the President.  

“[T]ax increases and job creation “go together like oil and water.”” says Collins. Well, that’s patently untrue. What do you call someone who slavishly clings to an ideology that’s been proven wrong by empirical evidence? Hell, even Forbes acknowledges that the Bush tax cuts only affected 2.5% of small businesses. Just because you’re rich, doesn’t mean you’re a small business or that you in any way hire anyone except the household help. 

Luckily, Tom Reed seems to have gotten a different message from his constituents; that Congress should stop bickering. Also notable is that outgoing representative Kathy Hochul sees a path to compromise. This is why it’s so devastating that she – and her pragmatic work to find common ground – will leave New York’s 27th District. 

The Ads

18 May

Shorter NRCC: Nancy Pelosi is a dirty bitch.


Shorter DCCC: Jack Davis and Jane Corwin hate the olds.


Shorter Karl Rove: Stop Jack Davis.


Shorter House Majority PAC (Dems) : Jane Corwin is a big-spending liar.


Shorter Kathy Hochul: You lie!


Shorter Jack Davis: They took r jobs!


See Jane. See Jane Speak.

21 Mar

Back when the sartorially challenged Chris Lee ran for his first term in office in 2008, he seldom spoke on his own behalf. Oh, he’d give prepared speeches, and he’d appear on the occasional talk show, but almost every public pronouncement was handled by Nick Langworthy, who has since become the ECGOP chair.  When WNYMedia.net dared to approach the candidate with a communard “question”, Langworthy ran interference.


A similar pattern is developing with Jane Corwin. The candidate has seldom spoken for herself, running almost all commentary through Langworthy or her own spokesperson, Matt Harakal. Like Lee, Corwin figures all she has to do to win is (1) throw money at the race; (2) deliver right wing talking points; (3) ignore her own Wall Street past and frame herself as a “small businesswoman”; (4) invoke the name of Nancy Pelosi when describing Kathy Hochul.

Let’s see how often Corwin speaks to the cameras on her own behalf in a non-scripted way. Then again, the conservative district would likely re-elect Chris Lee given the chance, because he has an (R) at the end of his name.

NY-26 Called for May 24th (UPDATED)

10 Mar

Thanks, Chris Lee, for making 2011 interesting

Yesterday, Governor Cuomo called the special election to replace the disgraced shirtless online tranny hunter, Chris Lee. It’s been admittedly funny watching the regional Republicans, who slammed Jane Corwin through an abbreviated process, cajole and criticize (1) Cuomo for waiting to call the election until he had a bill passed to help absentee and military voters ensure that their votes are counted; (2) Democrats for not having rammed their own candidate through their own abbreviated process even though no election had been called; and (3) Nancy Pelosi, because she was once the Speaker of the House, and because she’s a woman with a funny-sounding ethnic name ending in a vowel that gets WASPy Republicans reflexively angry.

Over the past couple of weeks I had heard very loud rumors building – from Republican sources – that Jane Corwin had what’s been called a “nanny problem” involving an undocumented immigrant for whom taxes were not paid. A mulleted radio host devoted a show to the topic, albeit blindly, last week, and your humble blogger pulled out all the stops to try and get details about the allegations. It’s one of those issues where everyone knows there’s a problem, but there’s no real way to verify it. So I didn’t run it, because Corwin’s campaign didn’t deign to give some leftist blogger a denial. But if you look at the Corwin campaign’s excruciatingly, painfully careful language in the denial that it ultimately issued early this week, it’s quite clear that there is a “there there”, but that the matter has been successfully buried, and the press release is drawn up in such a way that (1) no one will ever know the truth; and (2) if someone, somehow, manages to track down a Honduran housekeeper who once worked for Mrs. Jane, the campaign can point to its denial and claim it didn’t lie.  Let’s parse.

Jane and (her husband, Philip M. Corwin) do not currently employ a live-in nanny, have never employed a live-in nanny and have never employed anyone in the country illegally.

No one said it was “currently”, no one said it was “live-in” and no one said it was a “nanny”.  It is quite possible with this language that they once employed a non-live-in housekeeper.  “Employed” is a technical term; it is quite possible with this language that they retained the services of an independent contractor who was an undocumented immigrant.

They have always conducted their business with the utmost integrity and have always followed both the intent and the letter of the law.

Ah, yes, but the family “business” was the Talking Phone Book. The paragraph above in no way addresses the Corwins’ management of household help.

It was also revealed that Chris Collins appointee Chris Grant – who once upon a time did occasional guest-blogging stints for this very blog right here – took an unpaid leave to go work for the Corwin campaign. As I described in Chris Charvella’s comments section here, earlier this week Chris Grant engaged me on Twitter about an effort led by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for New York to accept federal money for high speed rail that Florida has rejected. Grant replied that federal local reps should have competed for that money in the first place. I agreed, citing the fact that Mr. Christopher Lee probably could have worked harder for it too, were it not for his Craigslist preoccupation.

He then accused me of blaming the Republicans for everything, to which I responded – earnestly – that I thought Republicans were against EVERY PORTION of Obama’s StimuSocialismKenya plan, and that I was somewhat surprised (pleasantly) to see him advocate in favor of high speed rail funding for New York.

Grant’s Tweets on the subject then mysteriously disappeared. Would that I had taken a screencap. Because I think it’s significant for a candidate when her campaign manager is busy on Twitter arguing in favor of Obama’s stimulus plan and its application for high speed rail throughout New York State.

Finally, the Democrats outlined their process for the NY-26 selection process, which will take place via phone interview on March 12th and in-person interviews in Geneseo on March 19th. From their press release,

Our process is moving forward and has been open and inclusive. We are incredibly excited and energized, and are confident we will have the strongest possible candidate to serve the people of the 26th District.”

The following candidates each submitted a resume and cover letter by our March 3 submission deadline:

Jane Bauch-Orleans County, Kathy Hochul-Erie County, Mark Manna-Erie County, Martin Minemier-Monroe County, Satish Mohan-Erie County, Robert Stall-Erie County, Diana Voit-Erie County

Let me say that I am particularly intrigued and interested in Mark Manna, who is a young, smart Amherst legislator who I think would be a great Congressman from the 26th District.


4 Mar

It’s always somewhat startling to see a supremely well-connected, politically active multimillionaire advocate on behalf of the working class, but that’s just what Carl Paladino does today in a terse and silly open letter to Congressman Brian Higgins.

Mr. Paladino, I agree with you about a lot of stuff, but you’re much more effective when you’re advocating on behalf of the business community. And this message is practically tailor-made to maximize its – and its author’s – exposure on WBEN, but little else. With all due respect, millionaire developers do not want for care, nor do they want for health insurance coverage. Not everyone in this country is as fortunate, and we live in a country where people lose their homes, their jobs, and go hundreds of thousands of dollars into debt to save family members’ lives. We live in a country where delis collect spare change on behalf of victims of pediatric diseases. No other industrialized, civilized society in the world has to do that. Why a wealthy developer would want to foreclose an uninsured working class family’s ability to obtain health coverage is anyone’s guess.

Brian, you have a dilemma. Those overwhelming progressive liberal views that you suppressed in the past have now combined with an ego, arrogance and indifference that has outgrown our community and blossomed into an unacceptable conflict with the views of your moderate working class constituency.

Let’s pause for a moment and realize that the topic of discussion isn’t Brian Higgins’ views, or the views of his constituents. The topic is health insurance reform. Things like eliminating discrimination for pre-existing conditions. Letting insurers compete across state lines. Things like an available public buy-in for people who can’t afford or can’t find decent, affordable private insurance. Higgins isn’t some pinko with a Che shirt advocating for socialized medicine. He’s a political centrist who is going to be voting for a middle way between an untenable and unregulated free market and socialism.

On behalf of the working men and women of Western New York, we warn you that the tax, social and business burdens of the democrat sponsored Health Care Bill in its present form, are overwhelmingly at odds with the best interests of the people you represent. If you vote for it we will vehemently oppose your re-election. Your infatuation with Nancy Pelosi, as with Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, is off the reservation. You should consider serving the interests of those who you represent.

Who died and left Carl Paladino to speak “on behalf of the working men and women of Western New York”? Who is he to say what is in the “best interests of the people” Higgins represents? I’m not kidding, If you vote for it we will vehemently oppose your re-election. – who’s we? Is that a royal “we”?

I hardly think that Higgins’ position on health insurance reform has to do with an “infatuation with Nancy Pelosi”. It has to do with the fact that Higgins believes – as do a majority of Americans – that health insurance reform is desperately needed. It is needed for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is to ensure that the working poor and middle classes – the people who aren’t covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or any other safety-net single-payer program – can get affordable, quality coverage.

You should consider serving the interests of those who you represent

Thankfully, he’s doing just that.