Posted by Resident, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Mar 13, 2009 at 8:40 am
I contacted McNerney too. He does not seem to care about what we think, even though we voted for him. He is, in my opinion, a puppet for the democrats, especially Pelosi and Obama.
Hopefully the nation will vote republican in 2010, not because that party is any smarter or better, but to send a loud message to the democrats: you are completely out of control. It is so silly to blame the past administration for the current 410 billion dollar spending bill full of earmarks, approved by a congress led by democrats, and signed by a new president, a democrat who promised change - and instead he is delivering more of the same.
Posted by Ray, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Mar 13, 2009 at 8:57 am
Wow, thanks for the right-wing propaganda. Someone listens to too much Rush Limbaugh. I'm sorry, did your hero Richard "Redneck" Pombo ever have the courage to regularly meet his constituents? Don't think so.
Posted by Ray, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Mar 13, 2009 at 9:18 am
Gee Bill, maybe if your gang of self-righteous republican thugs showed some class and approached McNerney with some tact, instead of shouting like crazed rednecks, he might have been more willing to answer your loaded questions. You are a puppet of Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, and pure ignorance. Please move to Alabama to be around your own kind.
Posted by -, a resident of the Castlewood neighborhood, on Mar 13, 2009 at 9:31 am
"Our Kind???" Let me tell you what "OUR KIND" is...
OUR KIND happens to LOVE AMERICA (at least the pre-Obama America)...where capitalism enabled entrepreneurship, rugged individualism and an ample amount of freedom, not to mention our love for the US CONSTITUTION.
YOUR KIND...on the contrary seems to prefer the opposite of the above.
I wholeheartedly agree with the other posters on this board who strongly believe that McNerney (who votes nearly 100% in lock step with Pelosi) is simply a spineless errand-boy for Pelosi.
He has voted against new oil exploration and production, against terminating the 'Fairness Doctrine" , and many other bills that in total weaken this country. Regarding new energy reserves...I understand that he gets tingles up his leg with the promise of KUDZU as a bio-energy resource for the US. Here China is drilling for oil off the coast of Florida and strengthening their military while HE is relying on KUDZU for America. We are in a world of hurt with absolute flakes like McNerney representing us.
Posted by Ray, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Mar 13, 2009 at 10:01 am
resident of the Castlewood, so you don't love America now that Obama is president? HA!! You're a turn patriot!! So you only love this country when a republican is president? How pathetic! Please go form a country with your redneck friends and elect Rush Limbaugh as your leader. Let me know how that works out.
Posted by Mike, a resident of Livermore, on Mar 13, 2009 at 10:57 am
Look what happened when we did vote Republican... no thanks.
I do agree with Ray, that if you approach a person, any person, without hostility, perceived or real, that you are likely to have a better discussion.
I think the first writer had an agenda already drawn out before he met with Rep McNerney. Also, please point out a time when Pombo came out to the Tri-Valley to meet with us? Just name one time, other than a campaign appearance or a Republicans-only meeting. At least McNerney is attempting to reach out.
You feel that since he does not cater to your request or view that he's the enemy. He is a patriot... at least he has the courage and moral conviction to run for office. Do you?
Posted by ., a resident of the Castlewood neighborhood, on Mar 13, 2009 at 11:50 am
I can understand why you do not like conservatives. You're probably addicted to that government cheese and other govt. handouts. You've been too use to your govt. nanny to take care of you from cradle to grave.
Regarding our country, I prefer freedom to socialism. And you? Perhaps you'd much prefer to live in socialist countries like Venezuela, or some of the European lands.
Why do you hate the US so much and want to weaken it from a national defense, energy, economic, and healthcare standpoint (among others)? Please understand, I do not blame you for your ignorance, however. You've been indoctrinated by the main media, public school system, and the George Soros PR machine to understand that liberalism is a cruel and dangerous disease.
Posted by Resident, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Mar 13, 2009 at 12:21 pm
I suppose those defending Obama are okay with:
- the 410 spending bill full of earmarks (pork odor research, for example)
- Geithner: what a joke!
- the foreclosure bill: bailing out irresponsible people who should not own a house in the first place? how does that help? they will more likely default again.
I voted for Obama, but that does not make me blind to all the nonsense going on.
Obama so far seems like a follower, not a leader. He even blames the past administration for the 410 spending bill? How is that possible? A democratic congress, a democrat president - explain to me again, how this is the past administration's fault.
I am an independent, and I did not like the candidates from either party, but went with Obama hoping for real reform, positive changes, but so far, it does not look good.
And for those who reference RL: get a life, the guy is an entertainer at best and not a policy maker. It seems like all the people who want to defend Obama when there is really not a good way to do so given his poor choices so far, look for a scapegoat, and now that Bush is not around they are going with RL- how sad!
Stop making excuses for the current administration. They are not performing. Geithner as a treasury guy says it all.
Posted by Ray, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Mar 13, 2009 at 12:45 pm
resident of the Castlewood neighborhood (without the guts to show his name), you're the one who just said you stopped loving America because Obama became president and you're saying I don't love America? Due to your sour grapes, you put the agenda of Rush Limbaugh ahead of the USA. You are a sorry excuse for an American. Have fun at the GW Bush Fan Club/Tea Party group. Long live McNerry.
Posted by Big Boss Man, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Mar 16, 2009 at 6:33 am
I have said this in an earlier post before the election...
"Doesn't make any difference what he says to you or me...his congressional voting record is in lockstep with the democratic leadership which doesn't demonstrate any independent thinking on his part. Nobody, can agree 100% of the time on everything. I'm am certain he is a nice guy, but he just doesn't impress me...sorry"...
That was in October 08, and nothing has change for me.
Posted by Won Hung Lo, a resident of the Golden Eagle neighborhood, on Mar 16, 2009 at 9:00 am
Back to the original topic of rather McNerny is Pelosi's puppet. Of course he is!!! He is just your very ordinary left-wing loon that doesn't have a productive thought in his head. What is more frightening is the realization is that Queen Nancy the Loon is actually the one running the country, because she has total control over Barack Obama the Novice and Harry Reid the Dolt. We are much like Russia now in the sense that the head of the government is not the one calling the shots. Have you noticed the similarity in leadership style between Pelosi and Putin? The big question is whether the one in real control is Queen Nancy the Loon or George Soros. God, have mercy on us until we can vote in again in 2010 to remove the socialists in Congress. We need to do our part to ensure that McNerny the Lap Dog is sent back to flailing at windmills (oops, that company no longer exists - he went bankrupt).
Posted by John, a resident of Dublin, on Mar 16, 2009 at 9:02 am
Things don't happen over night... Thanks for that all of you pro-Republican Bush supports. Now we have 4 years to fix your mess, and hopefully continue on with another 4 more years of restructuring. I see things a little brighter then the past 8 years. Things will not happen overnight, but I have faith we can turn things around. Reflecting on the past eight years of lies, war and corruption is not something I'm proud of, but hopefully we can gain back some trust and become a stronger America.
Posted by Concerned, a resident of the Apperson Ridge neighborhood, on Mar 16, 2009 at 9:06 am
McNerney, like that idiot Pelosi, is a socialist at heart who believes the government solves everything. Name one thing our state government, for example, is good at?
Building roads & infrastructure? Uh, no. When is the last time a project came in on budget?
Running services like the DMV? Nope
Running our education system. Do I even have to answer that one?
Running our social services. Nope
I am not a republican, but an independent. I fundamentally have a problem with the government taking money from me and spending it on my behalf. You can raise taxes all you want, but the people who actually make money will take action as a result, such as move from CA, or sell their business, or stop working after they make a certain amount. The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.
Posted by Diane, a member of the Foothill High School community, on Mar 16, 2009 at 9:07 am
I was at the Feb. 21 meeting with McNerney too. When I got my 3 minutes with him, I expressed my expectation that he represent his constituents by working for a tax code that recognizes that what is "high income" in many parts of the country provides a middle class lifestyle at best in places like Pleasanton. His response was that the top marginal tax rate should be 90%!!!! I repeated it back to him to make sure that was really what he said, and he said yes. Can you imagine what that would do to the economy? People need to know that about him.
Posted by Dominic Di Blasio, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on Mar 16, 2009 at 9:12 am Dominic Di Blasio is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Let's stop playing the blame game, this is just "being lame". How can anyone think that not reading a bill that spends trillions is responsible, let alone a good thing...It continues to amaze me that the liberal thinkers beleve they are the open minded ones, and this is called progressive!
What we need is a grassroots movement for sound principles and accountablity in our government representation, this includes local and national...Here is how a true progressive put it in a time gone by... "A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have"
Posted by My Kids Mom, a resident of the Castlewood Heights neighborhood, on Mar 16, 2009 at 9:37 am
When are we going to recognize that the problems in our country are not Republican or Democratic? Our problems aren't rooted in a political party, they are rooted in dishonesty, greed, and desire for power on both sides.
Personally, I don't care if my representatives are R's or D's. I just want someone to represent me who is honest and who will do what he or she says they are going to do!
There will be those who will call me naive. Naivete has nothing to do with it. I fully recognize that we are at a point that expecting honesty and true representation from 99% of the people we have in office now is unrealistic. But that doesn't mean we have to put up with this kind of leadership any longer. Why are we so willing to put people into office that we KNOW are lying to us? They have well-established track records of doing it, and yet we continue to put them in positions of power!
I have spoken to Mr. McNerney's office on several issues. When I called regarding TARP 1, the response I got was that Mr. McNerney was "very disappointed" by the unnecessary spending in it. Yet, when push came to shove, he voted for it anyway. That's NOT what I'm looking for in a representative. I'm looking for someone who will stand up and say, "NO, THIS ISN'T RIGHT AND I'M NOT SIGNING MY NAME AND MY REPUTATION TO THIS!"
When I called about the stimulus bill Jerry McNerney's office plainly acknowledged that he hadn't even read it before voting on it. Of course, none of them did! But he still voted. A true representative of the people would have stood up and said, "I'M SORRY, BUT HOW CAN YOU EXPECT ME TO VOTE ON SOMETHING I HAVEN'T HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO READ." Why aren't we expecting more from him???
Jerry McNerney is a puppet for his party. His voting record proves it. But he's got a whole cast of puppets from both parties to keep him company. It's time for us to stop being Republicans and Democrats and start being Americans. We are handing our country over to people who are either too stupid to realize what they are doing to it, or who are too self-involved to realize how careless they are being with our freedoms.
Posted by Joan, a resident of the Kottinger Ranch neighborhood, on Mar 16, 2009 at 10:19 am
I totally agree with "MY KIDS MOM". It's about time we elect someone for standing up for his/her voters! Not follow party lines - poll the people in your district and vote accordingly! Who really cares about the party as long as it's what your voters are asking for.
It's LONG overdue - we need to not have Dem's or Rep's - we need more INDEPENDENTS voting - we are all one country - this voting while not having read it is NUTS - VOTING for what the "popular people" think is WRONG!
Wake up Pleasantonians!!! Saddling our kids and grandkids with these bills are ludicrous. WHAT ARE WE DOING ???? When the kids finally figure out what the "elders" have done to them - will you like it when they are in charge of your nursing homes???
Posted by independent from birdland, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Mar 16, 2009 at 10:37 am
Wow- a lot of bashing goes on here. I don't think that the name calling is going to do a lot. Let's try to stick to the facts.
First, I learned NEVER to sign anything that I did not read first.
I believe that it is a fact that McNerny didn't read the bill- one of the most important bills he'll ever sign. That is NOT right and it is irresponsible.
Second, politicians must expect all kinds of people to show up to public functions- some sympathetic, some belligerent. He should know that and still try to talk to everyone. He probably pulled people one by one so he could control the event and you can't quite criticize him for that. If you don't like his leanings, then keep on showing up. That said, at least he's talking to us. I never heard from Pombo and don't remember any chances to talk to him.
Now, I do want to say that we have swung too far to the left if McNerny wants to jack up taxes so much. (Referring to his comment that the highese tax payers should pay 90%) That is scary! It is a slap on the face of so many immigrants who have come here- they come to succeed, not to be punished if they achieve the "American Dream." Just today I read a good article in the Times about an immigrant from Iran who has started several companies. Jerry- you are out to punish this man for his success? I'm sure he is wealthy- but has done a lot of good with it.
I just returned from NYC- the city is THRIVING! Why is that? They supposedly have suffered from the worst of this economic financial crisis- but my hotel was jammed with clients, we had to wait to get in restaurants in Midtown, and I didn't see empty shops. Compare that to this area! Why have we been hit so hard? We barely have come out of the Silcon Valley crash (also something the rest of the country did't suffer from so much) and now we're getting slammed again. I'm hard pressed to find any decent conversation on this- I want to point this out in case locals here think that the whole country is going through what we are. They are NOT! Also, we visited New Jersey and Bucks County PA--- NO CLOSED UP SHOPS, "For Sale" signs, "Going out of Business" signs. Think about this...
In addition, these bailouts are a huge cry for help, if I ever saw one. Both sides of the aisle don't know what they're doing with OUR money- yes the government is US, people. We should have representatives that safe guard it like it was their own. I am in no way conifdent that that is what is happeing.
Posted by Concerned2, a resident of the Las Positas neighborhood, on Mar 16, 2009 at 12:24 pm
'My kids mom' & 'Joan': Very well put & I couldn't agree with you more! Regardless of what party you belong to or how you voted, everyone is at fault for what happened in the past & what may be happening now. Get over the blame-game & start working together to fix these problems. The real question is... How does this country get everyone to work together? Unfortunately, there is too much greed, hate & blame going on for anyone to try to accomplish anything.
Posted by Hmmm, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Mar 16, 2009 at 1:06 pm
From Joan's comments above:
"I totally agree with "MY KIDS MOM". It's about time we elect someone for standing up for his/her voters! Not follow party lines - poll the people in your district and vote accordingly! Who really cares about the party as long as it's what your voters are asking for.?
That person in the 2006 race for the 11th District would have been Pete McCloskey, and it's a shame he was overlooked by too many voters going along party lines. A Republican at the time, he was willing to speak up and vote his conscience on issues, not follow the party line.
Posted by My Kids Mom, a resident of the Castlewood Heights neighborhood, on Mar 16, 2009 at 1:34 pm
Concerned2 and to those concerned,
For too long our country has been corralled into Rep/Dem camps, like sheeps to the proverbial slaughter. We've chosen sides and our leaders have betrayed our trust. They have all gone back on their promises. Not one of them in recent history, has meant what they said and said what they meant.
If we are all TRULY honest, we have to accept reality. Bush, Obama, Clinton, Bush, they've all let us down, perhaps in different doses and way...and our current and future leaders will continue to do so for as long as we let them! We have made it easier for them to disregard us than it is for them to answer to us.
Politicians are supposed to be working FOR US! Yet they all know that they only have to be accountable to us to a certain extent.
They clearly see that we are terribly busy fighting with each other and trying to prove to one another that "our guy" is better than "their guy."
They know we've taken our eye off the ball and we've beaten each other down so badly they assume there's little fight left in us to direct where it rightly belongs...at them!
I think the American people still have plenty of fight left in them and I think the tide is starting to change. There are many groups who are organizing to band together and let our politicians know that we are fed up.
The bottom line is our politicians lack principles and values that they are willing to express, live and lead by. They are so indebted to special interest and their campaign money machines that the people they vow to serve are merely stepping stones they trample across in their self-serving pursuit of power and money.
We all have to find our own way, but I do believe that America is beginning to unite to become its own special interest group. Seek out other like-minded individuals whose values and principles you share.
For those interested in learning more about a movement that I believe in, I would invite you to learn about Glenn Beck and his 9/12 project. I'm not going to link it...if you are truly interested in learning more it will be easy enough to find.
For the haters, please do not start on me about Beck. We are all entitled to our own opinion and, for now, we all enjoy the ability to exercise Freedom of Speech.
Posted by Bill Melton, a resident of the Highland Oaks neighborhood, on Mar 16, 2009 at 3:16 pm
I do not hide behind false names or places because I am proud of where I stand on what I believe is good for our country that I have fought for in military service to give me the right to speak my piece. Any of you people that have voted for President Obama or Jerry McNerney and will be happy with a 90% tax rate should be ashamed that you think so little of our great country that you are willing to become a Socialist are probably to stupid to be voting and are a very good reason that there should be a test to become a voter. I have earned the right to speak what I fwwl is good for our country. Have most of you earned that right.
Posted by Dex, a resident of the Golden Eagle neighborhood, on Mar 16, 2009 at 3:31 pm
No worries - unless we all pull in the same direction the Chinese are going to eat the USA for breakfast. Wake up America - the greed, the crap cars, the over blown and over priced rip off health care, dependence on foreign oil to name but a few acts of sheer stupidity.
hare and enjoy our differences but get the job done.
Posted by Rick, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Mar 16, 2009 at 6:54 pm
We voted these crooks and liars into office didn't we? Doesn't matter if they are republicans or democrats they find away to help their benefactors instead of all Americans. We went from idiot Bush to the Obamanation where all this money is going into a "Black Hole".
Posted by Tea Part y Info, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Mar 16, 2009 at 8:27 pm
If you want to get involved: There is a Tea Party April 1, 2009,Wed., 11 am, San Francisco. Its a march to Nancy Pelosi's Office. It's to make a statement about the spending Its hosted by Eventbrite. If you go to that site or just google the info I gave you, you can learn more on how to get involved.
Even if you can't go, pass it on to those who might be interested.
Posted by Tom, a resident of the Stoneridge Park neighborhood, on Mar 17, 2009 at 6:45 pm
I can't believe what I've just read through. You all sound crazy. I'm sure you are not crazy but you sure do sound like it.
It amazes me how many people in this area know how to fix this economy and how we got into this mess. It seems to me that all of you who are so sure that President Obama, Vice President Biden, Speaker Pelosi (it must just really grate on all of you to think of her as 3rd in line for the presidency), Congressman McNerney, Senators Feinstein and Boxer and Secretary Geithner are so off base in their approach to getting our economy back on course, please tell them and all of us exactly what should be done instead. By the way, please be specific, since you are all so upset about the less than 1% of the $410B budget package that was attributed to earmarks. Oh ya, remember, the saintly republicans contributed 40% of the amount spent on earmarks.
I find it especially hilarious how the economics word "socialist" and the word freedom are juxtaposed. I really love this comedy! I only wish the comedians would give way to some serious constructive comment. Oh well, I needed a good laugh! Thanks to all.
There is a NON PARTISAN, TAX Revolt TEA Party in Pleasanton CA on April 15th, 2009 at the Amador Valley Park, 4301 Black Avenue across from the Pleasanton Post Office. It will be in full attendance by the press as well as everyday people who are coming together to speak out against all the wasteful government spending of not just our tax dollars but our unborn great grandchildren!
To find one in your city or state go to: Web Link however, the one in Pleasanton will be uber huge with support from Bay Area news stations so if you don't plan to go to Sacramento and live in the East Bay, this is clearly the one you should be at.
No Taxation Without Deliberation! Free Markets, Not Free Loaders
No Public Money for Private Failure. Cut Taxes, Not Deals.
Joseph Goebbels, German Nazi Party Propaganda Minister is credited with formulating the political usage of “The Big Lie”. It is a simple principle that you can make the people believe the most outrageous falsehoods by simple repetition and effective control of the means of mass communication. Our United States Politicians and Media have continued to refine and use this mechanism. It is a predominant practice of the collectivist left and their “fellow travelers“
Here's one common big lies in use today in the United States and remember, big lies threaten your American Freedom.
"The New Deal solved the Great Depression - In truth economic conditions in the U.S. stagnated or got worse during the Great Depression. This was despite unprecedented and unconstitutional expansion of government spending and bureaucracy."
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Mar 30, 2009 at 7:27 am Stacey is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Another effective application of The Big Lie was the repetition of "There are WMDs in Iraq". Look on the bright side though, Iraq was not the first war the US entered because of a Big Lie. That would be the Spanish-American war. Remember the Maine, to Hell with Spain!
Posted by Matt, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Apr 3, 2009 at 12:09 pm
Another currently popular Big Lie is, "FDR really ruined our country's future by introducing socalism into our pristine capitalist country with the New Deal, and anything the liberal textbooks say about it is a lie of the vast liberal conspiracy. In reality, the New Deal caused the Great Depression, and enabled the Nazis and Communists to run wild."
Got anything else for the memory holes, citizens?
It amazes me when people with no talent or skill or experience for evaluating history repeat what they hear from Rush or Sean and pass it for historical "fact".