Skip to comments.Democrats, Get Down to Business (Harold Ford Jr.)
Posted on 01/25/2010 6:59:39 AM PST by reaganaut1
SCOTT BROWNS victory last week in the Massachusetts Senate race, following the Republican gubernatorial triumphs in New Jersey and Virginia, marked the third time in three months that the Democratic Party has lost the support and trust of independent voters.
The message these voters sent was clear. With one out of five Americans unemployed or underemployed, President Obama and the Democratic Party need to shift attention away from health care and toward a bold effort to create jobs, improve the economy and rein in the size of government.
Here are four simple steps we must take immediately to put us, and the nation, on a better course:
First, cut taxes for businesses big and small and find innovative ways to get Americans back to work. We can start by giving any companies that are less than five years old an exemption from payroll taxes for six months; extending the current capital gains and dividend tax rates through 2012; giving permanent tax credits for businesses that invest in research and development; and reducing the top corporate tax rate to 25 percent from 35 percent.
Americas primary job-creating machine the private sector needs to be rejuvenated. Democrats must lead now on job creation or risk forfeiting Congressional majorities in November.
Second, we should pass a more focused health reform bill that restructures current health care costs before spending more, prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions, enacts responsible reform on malpractice suits and extends health coverage to all children. And we must allow states to have input into the expansion of health coverage, as they will have to pay for much of the reform themselves.
This program isnt all that Democrats wanted from health care reform right now, but its what the country wants.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
He’s got it half right. Leave health care alone. Cut taxes.
I think we in NY have had ENOUGH with CARPETBAGGERS. Our Homegrown LIBERALS are Bad ENOUGH.
Is Ford still a Democrat? That makes no sense to liberals.
Lying to your enemy.
Known in Islam as ‘taqiyya’.
Only problem is no one in the Democrat party has the sligthest clue how to do any of this. Everything they are purposing is making a bad situation worse
Every American politicians should be required to read this book. They are following exactly in the same footsteps the Japanese did all during the 1990s. It failed. It will not work this time either.
Japan's Lost Decade: Origins, Consequences and Prospects for Recovery by Gary Saxonhouse and Robert Stern
So where have I heard this plan before?? Oh, that’s right, it’s very close to the Republican alternative to the Porkulus. But guess what? There’s no money left. They blew it on pork!
I don’t know what kind of Democrat Harry Jr. is. All I know is that he did battle with Nancy Pelosi and lost, and anything with a “D” by their name is dubious at best.
Why did Harold Ford move to New York?
After losing the Senate election to Bob Corker in 2006 in his home state of Tennessee, he now lives in New York and is considering a political comeback there.
What’s with carpet bagging Democrats going to New York to run for office? Are they too liberal for the places they left behind? Is New York’s law very liberal on carpet bagging politicos not being residents there?
And I know Alan Keyes ran for Senate in Illinois in ‘04 when he lived in Maryland, against Obama that year. I don’t like the carpet bagger idea. Our elected representatives are supposed to be from the places that elect them.
Following Hillary's footsteps as carpet bagger extrordinnaire, I see. His home state didn't want him. I guess he thinks he'll have a chance in NY since he's Derek Jeter's evil twin.
he apparently is morphing into a more liberal pol than he was in TN.
i hope Pataki jumps into this race give Rs a chance to grab another “blue” Senate seat and force Dems to play even more defense
He's Southern Democrat. That makes no sense to liberals, either..............
I wish he’d been the democrat presidential nominee in 2008. That way I could have voted for the first black president AND the more conservative candidate.
Harold Fraud, Jr., scion of the notoriously corrupt Memphis Ford family, talks out of both sides of his mouth. He’s smart enough to pose as a moderate Dim, but get him on his home turf (like a black church or union townhall) and you will see what he really believes.
For just one of his lies see: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1714829/posts
BS. We don't need political opportunists. We need people who do what they swear to do in the first place when they take office: uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States.
The NY RATS may see him as too moderate and pick a different RAT to nominate. With any luck that will piss off the blacks that vote based on skin color, as long as it has the magic ‘D’ after the name.
That may give the Republican candidate just enough of an edge to squeak out a win.
Got a job on Wall Street ... Merrill Lynch I think.
Unless Democrats understand that Government does not create jobs, they are doomed to failure and making the problem worse. Stimulus was nothing more than a payoff to contributors. No jobs were created (or saved) because of the stimulus.
I see they want to break up the banks. Interesting because, here in Ohio, National City Bank was acquired by PNC Bank because of an infusion of Government funds (TARP or Stimulus - I can’t get an answer to which). I just got a letter from PNC that all my account numbers are going to change (necessitating me having to rework my automatic deposits and bill paying) and they are going to charge fees for wire transfers (both directions). This reminds me of the Air Academy National Bank at the Air Force Academy that charged us for deposits. Looks like I have to go shopping for a new bank.
Democrats “getting down to business” is what CAUSED Brown’s election!!!
wait a minute...aren’t these some of the ideas that repubs have been talking about all year?? So now Ford comes in, takes the repub talking points as his own and the GOP will just sit there and let it happen.