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Former Sen. Howard Metzenbaum dead at 90
www.CNN.com ^ | 3-13-08 | AP

Posted on 03/13/2008 12:12:30 AM PDT by NoLibZone

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Sen. Howard Metzenbaum, an Ohio Democrat who was a feisty self-made millionaire before he began a long career fighting big business in the Senate, died Wednesday night. He was 90.

Metzenbaum died at his home near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, said Joel Johnson, his former chief of staff. No cause was given.

During 18 years on Capitol Hill, from 1977 to 1995, Metzenbaum came to be known as "Senator No" and "Headline Howard" for his abilities to block legislation and get publicity for himself.

He was a cantankerous firebrand who didn't need a microphone to hold a full auditorium spellbound while dropping rhetorical bombs on big oil companies, the insurance industry, savings and loans, and the National Rifle Association, to name just a few favorite targets.

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: buhbye; democrat; howardmetzenbaum; liberal; metzenbaum; obituary; rip

1 posted on 03/13/2008 12:12:32 AM PDT by NoLibZone
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To: NoLibZone

Silence on my part is truly golden. RIP anyway.


2 posted on 03/13/2008 12:24:17 AM PDT by Mark (REMEMBER: Mean spirited, angry remarks against my postings won't feed even one hungry child.)
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To: NoLibZone

I remember him best as one of the senators giving Clarence Thomas a “high-tech lynching of an uppity black who deigned to think for himself.”


3 posted on 03/13/2008 12:35:06 AM PDT by Prince Caspian (Don't ask if it's risky... Ask if the reward is worth the risk)
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To: Mark
"feisty self-made millionaire before he began a long career fighting big business"

And he made his money how? By buying property and making parking lots to serve the same businesses he later fought against.

Metzenbaum became wealthy through insightful investments, particularly in real estate near what became the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, which Metzenbaum and his partner, Alva "Ted" Bonda, correctly envisioned would make for extremely profitable parking lots. By 1970 he had sold his interest in his airport parking lot company for $20 million.

AKA - Hypocrite. He made his money selling to 'big business' but he didn't want anyone else to make their's the same way.

4 posted on 03/13/2008 12:40:43 AM PDT by perfect stranger (Nobama)
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To: perfect stranger
He made his money selling to 'big business' but he didn't want anyone else to make their's the same way.

That could be the very motto of the elitist Dem party: "Mine Is Got. Yours? 'Fraid Not."

5 posted on 03/13/2008 12:50:01 AM PDT by JennysCool (They all say they want change, but they’re really after folding money.)
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To: NoLibZone
He bragged about his ability to take advantage of tax loopholes, but as senator said he sought to erase loopholes favoring the wealthy.

He got his, everybody else can rotate. What a putz.

6 posted on 03/13/2008 12:50:09 AM PDT by RoadKingSE (How do you know that the light at the end of the tunnel isn't a muzzle flash?)
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To: ADemocratNoMore; Akron Al; arbee4bush; Badeye; Bikers4Bush; BlindedByTruth; bonfire; boxerblues; ...

No comment Ohio Pings!


7 posted on 03/13/2008 12:57:44 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." Hillary Clinton, June 2004.)
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To: NoLibZone
He was a cantankerous firebrand who didn't need a microphone to hold a full auditorium spellbound while dropping rhetorical bombs on big oil companies, the insurance industry, savings and loans,

Metzenbaum once described himself as "born knowing how to make money."

He bragged about his ability to take advantage of tax loopholes, but as senator said he sought to erase loopholes favoring the wealthy.

Typical Democrat. “It is OKAY for me to be rich but not for you.

8 posted on 03/13/2008 1:14:20 AM PDT by Pontiac (Your message here.)
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To: NoLibZone

no great loss


9 posted on 03/13/2008 1:16:48 AM PDT by CzarNicky (The problem with bad ideas is that they seemed like good ideas at the time.)
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To: NoLibZone

Good for me, I outlived another one of the bastids!


11 posted on 03/13/2008 2:20:18 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: NoLibZone
During 18 years on Capitol Hill, from 1977 to 1995, Metzenbaum came to be known as "Senator No"

I always thought Senator Helms was Senator No. There were many times when a Senate vote went 99-1 that Helms was the one.
12 posted on 03/13/2008 2:34:11 AM PDT by wolfpat (If you don't like the Patriot Act, you're really gonna hate Sharia Law.)
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To: Pontiac
“...Metzenbaum once described himself as “born knowing how to make money...”

If I said that, I'd be accused of being anti semetic...

13 posted on 03/13/2008 2:44:37 AM PDT by chadwimc (Proud to be an infidel ! Allah fubar !!!)
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To: Mark

He will NOT be missed


14 posted on 03/13/2008 2:48:33 AM PDT by Wavrnr10 (Eagles soar but weasels don't get sucked in jet engines)
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To: NoLibZone

No great loss. Watch for the long lines along the Washington mall waiting to cue up to pass by his coffin lying in state in the rotunda of the Capitol.


15 posted on 03/13/2008 2:52:24 AM PDT by veritas2002
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To: NoLibZone
If my memory is correct the departed Senator was as shill for the American Trail Lawyers Association and against Tort Reform.

During the years of my epistemological conversion to conservatism, you remember vividly the foils on the other side. The Senator was one of them.

In regards to another Freeper's post about his abilities to find tax loopholes, you would be surprised (without getting into the details) how liberals love Clintonian higher marginal rates, yet hire the best CPA/EA's/CFP's to find every deduction possible to lower their effective rate. The hypocrisy is mind-boggling.

16 posted on 03/13/2008 3:20:06 AM PDT by taildragger (The Answer is Fred Thompson, I do not care what the question is.....)
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To: NoLibZone

How do you like abortion now Howard?


17 posted on 03/13/2008 3:35:26 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

Oooooh, very pithy! I love it.


18 posted on 03/13/2008 3:58:42 AM PDT by patj
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

You beat me to it! LOL I’m REALLY hoping I outlive big-head Ted.


19 posted on 03/13/2008 4:13:35 AM PDT by The Ghost of Rudy McRomney ("Rush has unsealed the mummy's tomb-he has unleashed the undead."-Hugh Hewitt)
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To: RoadKingSE; SWAMPSNIPER; SkyPilot; Wavrnr10

I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying that I approved of it.
Mark Twain


20 posted on 03/13/2008 4:48:05 AM PDT by Recon Dad (Marine Spec Ops Dad)
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To: NoLibZone

If you can’t say something good don’t.....

Not saying anything so do gooders won’t flame me


21 posted on 03/13/2008 4:50:11 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Never say never (there'll be a VP you'll like))
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To: NoLibZone

My late mother always told me it was impolite to speak ill of the dead, but I could make an exception in the case of this moron.


22 posted on 03/13/2008 5:49:33 AM PDT by mort56
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To: Mark

One more liberal turd to melt in hell.


23 posted on 03/13/2008 5:51:16 AM PDT by ohioman
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To: NoLibZone

Senator M was an uncle of one of my cousins in Cincinnati by marriage & so was at occasional family functions. Personally I found him quite nice (much like Kuchinich).. but a RAT is a RAT is a RAT..


24 posted on 03/13/2008 6:07:08 AM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: NoLibZone

I think he was the leader of the popular liberals who tried to keep Ed Meese from becoming attorney general.


25 posted on 03/13/2008 8:16:07 AM PDT by Theodore R. ( Cowardice is still forever!)
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To: NoLibZone

People in OH are known for falling for this kind of politician periodically. Sometimes they never get enough either.


26 posted on 03/13/2008 8:17:11 AM PDT by Theodore R. ( Cowardice is still forever!)
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To: NoLibZone

Burn in hell.


27 posted on 03/13/2008 9:40:27 AM PDT by mbraynard (You are the Republican Party. See you at the precinct meeting.)
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To: Mark

Him & Kuchinich were enough to get me to move out of Ohio back in the 80s.


28 posted on 03/13/2008 9:43:48 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: NoLibZone

Wasn’t he caught up in some kind of scandal involving the post office at the Capitol?


29 posted on 03/13/2008 11:01:10 AM PDT by lady lawyer
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To: lady lawyer

Maybe I’m thinking of someone else.


30 posted on 03/13/2008 11:01:58 AM PDT by lady lawyer
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To: Pontiac

And he knew it was O.K. to pay people NOT to work! Thanks to those of his ilk, this state spends more money on entitlements than most.
I don’t know who brought that report out that Ohio ranks in the middle in terms of paying state income taxes. If that’s true, then we pay much more In Federal and City taxes, which of course leads to big business leaving this state, at the same time telling people who want to sit on their arses and get free (taxpayer)money to move right on in.


31 posted on 03/13/2008 12:17:26 PM PDT by cleveland gop (WOO HOO!! March Madness is finally here!! We'll miss ya Brett! GB#4, the HOF awaits you!)
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To: mort56
My late mother always told me it was impolite to speak ill of the dead, but I could make an exception in the case of this moron.

My mother also taught me only to speak good of the dead. So, here goes...

Howard Metzenbaum is dead.

Good.

32 posted on 03/13/2008 1:57:43 PM PDT by Knitebane (Happily Microsoft free since 1999.)
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To: Knitebane

Now why didn’t I think of that? Thanks for the smile.


33 posted on 03/13/2008 3:54:00 PM PDT by mort56
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To: NoLibZone

His son-in-law wanted to be the first Jewish president - even changed his name to try to improve his chances. It appears that his political strategy didn’t work.


34 posted on 03/13/2008 8:22:59 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: NoLibZone

Interesting. Identified as a Democrat in the first sentence... (compare Spitzer)


35 posted on 03/13/2008 8:24:21 PM PDT by NCLaw441
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; george76; ...

“a feisty self-made millionaire” who once accused fellow Democrat John Glenn of never having held a job.


36 posted on 03/13/2008 10:28:59 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/______________________Profile updated Saturday, March 1, 2008)
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