Skip to comments.Tom Harkin is an idiot
Posted on 03/21/2009 11:04:44 AM PDT by mywifecallsmerobi
This week, I was just as outraged as I am sure many of you were, when I learned that millions of dollars were paid out in bonuses to employees at companies that received bailout funding. I am dumbfounded to think that some of the very people at AIG whose recklessness caused such harm to the financial system and our economy are now being rewarded.
Whats more is that the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department knew about these bonuses before they went out and did not aggressively act to stop them. The Treasury needs to step up oversight of those companies who have received federal bailout dollars and become a much more forceful watchdog of taxpayers dollars.
A lot of people have written and called my office to express their anger, and with good reason. Up and down Main Street, businesses are closing, homes are being foreclosed on and people are in financial trouble, while workers on Wall Street continue to profit. But, folks in Iowa look at that and see business as usual. They see one set of standards for ordinary working families and a very different set for the privileged and wealthy. They see the federal government requiring union workers at GM and Chrysler some making as little as $14 an hour to renegotiate their contracts and accept lower compensation as a condition for federal relief for their employers. But the bonus contracts for millionaires at AIG are held up as somehow untouchable. Iowans are sick and tired of seeing those who break the rules get richer and richer.
Congress must act now to recoup the bonuses paid out. We need to pass legislation that completely taxes those bonuses away. We need to send a message to AIG and other companies who received bailout money. They need to know business as usual will not be tolerated, incompetence and recklessness will not be rewarded and this kind of insult to Iowans and all Americans will not be allowed to stand.
X2 on the idiot.
Your bill of attainder places you directly in the group we call oppressors, Tommy boy.
From the horses ass..err mouth. Class envy and economic warfare. How dare those college educated MBAs make more than a GED holding line worker at a GM plant.
Every word that he spit out against AIG could (and should) be equally applied against him and the other moronic dhimmis in congress.
A pox upon their houses!
Try telling him that. He does not reply and will not debate anyone even in iowa
That Dung Heap is a fine Senator from the Bahamas courtesy of the people of Iowa... How Iowa can send Tom Harkin and Charles Grassley to the US Senate is oxymoronic.
All you have to do is listen to what this idiot says and then assume that the opposite is true.
He is either a liar or stupid. You pick.
I’ve reluctantly come to the conclusion that there is a surprisingly large concentration of idiots in Iowah.
not the people mostly just our reps
all the dems votes come from the big cities
Ummm, Tom, you voted for the legislation that allowed those bonuses to be paid.
Tom, you did read the bill before you voted for it, didn't you?
Dear Senator Harken,
My outrage is not so much at AIG, but at Congress, who made it possible for this mess. How do you sleep at night, knowing you kept the rest of us worrying about what is up your sleeve next for us hard working people?
Someone who can read better than you can.
I used to love my home state. But, (now from a distance) year after year, I continue to be astounded that this arrogant jerk keeps getting re-elected. How gullible ARE my former fellow countrymen?
Then, adding insult, enough Hawkeyes are hoodwinked by BO that he is propelled by these same sheeple in the primaries. Thanks a lot Iowa City, Des Moines and other bleeding heart enclaves.
Dunno. Glad I claim another state as home now. Saddens me greatly. Hoping the DM Register will fail soon. Folks need to reclaim their heritage and not cower in fear of the PC crowd.
Iowa city is the biggest dem crop in iowa. iowa state is farmers and engineers and a hole diff story
“How Iowa can send Tom Harkin and Charles Grassley to the US Senate is oxymoronic.”
No - it’s not. Grassley actually went one step further than Harkin when he calld for suicide. Both senators are idiots.
and dem reg is hurting thank god
Yes, far better to make sure everyone is failing. What a clown.
If they want to stop wasting taxpayers money defund congress and the senate before they do any more damage to the nation!
I can’t agree with that tom has said a lot worse
is that a harkin kerry hand shake
looks like there is 3 hands in there
I’ve had a number of unannounced visits/interactions with folks doing the same volunteer work for the US gov’t in WY, MT, ND, SD, NE and IA. Without a doubt the majority of my interactions in IA (especially eastern IA) were relatively negative. The same situations in the other states father west and north were almost always extremely positive.
An idiot and a liar. Remember when he claimed he flew “combat missions” from Guantanamo? A couple of freepers actually defended him with some technicality. (Probably because they were using the same lie)
not sure where father north is
could not be fother from the truth
Most farmers vote for RATS, you can’t blame it all one the cities in Iowa!
Dude (or dudette), you’re going to get culled out for using “one” ilo “on”
Yea, I couldn’t see posting the correction when it was obvious what it should have been.
I was just using you to try to tweak “IA supporter” ;-)
Actually, Harkin claimed to have flown combat missions over Vietnam (declaring that he would have “refused orders to bomb civilians”), when the only flying he actually did was to ferry damaged but flyable aircraft to Japan, without ever flying through Vietnamese airspace.
Harkin was challenged over this lie in 1992, and his ambition to be prez was toast soon afterward.
Harkin reached his pinnacle at the Wellstone funeral. He’s a demagogue’s demagogue.
Hey, Tommy boy, if that is the case you and the rest of your Marxist friends need to be fired now!!!
He claimed to have flown combat missions from both Vietnam and Guantanamo, Cuba, claiming they were both officially “combat zones”, thereby making him a “combat pilot”.
Oh yeah. I grew up in W Central Iowa, and have ended up along the Mississippi... they are two different places. The combination of union goonery, ethno-politics (various hyphenated Americans, all followed by the word Democrat) and a glut of college/university safety-pin Communists in places like Dubuque, Iowa City and the Quad Cities have negated any charm they could hold for me.