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Congressman Jerry McNerney Put His Liberal Ideology Above His Constituents: Harmer for Congress in CD-11

Original post made by Kelly on Mar 23, 2010

The Editors or web people at the Pleasanton Weekly have repeatedly removed any posts sharing Press Releases or contact information to support David Harmer for Congress. In doing this, they refuse to have a balance. Maybe this time, they will let constituents hear what they need to know!

The national public polls reflect that Congress (Jerry McNerney included)put liberal ideology above constituents, the will of America.

I found David Harmers information at: ttp://www.harmerforcongress.com/issues.htm I agree with his points and know that the majority of constituents in CD11, do too, so check him out!

Harmer on the issues:
We Americans have a decision to make. Will we allow ourselves to be subjected to bigger government, more regulation, higher taxes, and increasing debt? Or will we renew our commitment to preserving the personal and economic freedoms that have set our nation apart from all others?

Ronald Reagan said, "Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives." I agree. My votes in Congress will promote individual liberty, not stifle it.
Economic Growth

Budget And Spending

Nancy Pelosi and Jerry McNerney apparently believe that our government must be big enough to solve everyone's problems. That thinking, reflected in an explosion of deficit spending, has resulted in a national debt of over $12 trillion.

My vision is exactly the opposite: I support limited government and unlimited opportunity. In Congress, I will work to balance the budget by controlling federal spending, not by raising taxes . I will fight to enact real budget reform that ties spending levels to actual revenues, forcing the government to live within its means. I will expose spending bills that are packed with wasteful projects. And I will oppose every attempt to divert taxpayer dollars to bail out failing businesses.

David Harmer has more positive points and if you want to get more information, donate to his campaign or volunteer, get in contact with the offices below:

6920 Koll Center Parkway, Suite 219
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Telephone | (925) 415-1178
Email | info@harmerforcongress.com

Comments (30)

Posted by kelly, a resident of Canyon Meadows
on Mar 23, 2010 at 2:15 pm

This is one candidate that I can get behind. I got to meet David in his office and he is a real person of the people. A truly genuine fiscally responsible man a representative for we the people in Congress.


Posted by anti-stupid brigade, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 23, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Nice name for a GOP congressman. He won't have to bother about hiding his true colors, it's all in his name: "Harmer". Hilarious. "We need a true Harmer in congress!"..."We need to bring more Harmer to America!" "Please folks, for the love of god, don't let a Harmer kiss your baby!"


Posted by Ed, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 23, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Harmer sure has my vote...and contributions.

He is a very strong conservative. Brace yourself...he is actually "pro-America" compared to our Obama Admin including McNerney.


Posted by Pleasanton Mom, a resident of Birdland
on Mar 23, 2010 at 3:14 pm

Harmer has my vote and my contributions. Conservatism is the antidote to Marxism.


Posted by jimf01, a resident of another community
on Mar 23, 2010 at 3:18 pm

My blog post from today

Web Link

Go Harmer! Go home Jerry


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Mar 23, 2010 at 4:13 pm

oh...


Posted by Pleasanton Mom, a resident of Birdland
on Mar 23, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Jim,

Excellent job on the blog! Thank you for everything you are doing to try to protect my children's future. God Bless. :-)


Posted by Sharon, a resident of Las Positas
on Mar 23, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Pleasanton Mom,

I have worked in health care for over 25 years and have seen many people become destitute and even die after benefits were capped in the current system. Your children's future under that system is protected provided you don't lose benefits or find yourself over the cap due to serious or chronic illness. God forbid your child has a pre-existing condition when you need to reapply.

We need to take responsibility for calmly dismissing the rhetoric that exists on both sides of the debate and not perpetuating the hyperbole. Both sides have distorted the truth - and by cutting and posting inflammatory articles to support one position over another we only contribute to that fire.


Posted by Joe, a resident of Downtown
on Mar 23, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Jerry McLameduck...save your money for PUSD and don't run or use it to get your face worked on like Ms Pelosi cuz you is looking old


Posted by Life-long Republican, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 23, 2010 at 7:05 pm

I have been a registered Republican for decades. In the last 4 years I have had a horrendous time obtaining health insurance. It has been very stressful and an awful time for our family - we pay $30,00 a year for health care while our deadbeat relatives skip out on ER bills and maternity bills and then buy new trucks and apple computers. I want to see them have to buy insurance and pay into the system.

I am soooo grateful for this health care bill. Who knew I would ever support a democrat...I will vote for McNerney because I am so grateful that my nightmare will soon be over.

Anyone who oppses this bill is one illness / accident / job-loss away from bankruptcy.

What goes around comes around....some people call it Karma...others call it God's lesson.


Posted by jimf01, a resident of another community
on Mar 23, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Posted by Sharon,
Pleasanton Mom,I have worked in health care for over 25 years and have seen many people become destitute and even die
God forbid your child has a pre-existing condition
...

We need to take responsibility for calmly dismissing the rhetoric

Well, we can all calmly dismiss the rhetoric, right after Sharon's post

Life-long Republican, wrote

Anyone who oppses this bill is one illness / accident / job-loss away from bankruptcy.

WHOOPS - rhetoric resumed!!


Posted by Life Long Republican, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 23, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Hey Jim- it's not rhetoric!!! We have had to pay 30K a year for the past 2 years on health insurance premiums and health expenses. That's 60K in the past few years!!! - who can keep doing that????? It is not rhetoric - it's not a joke in my family so don't be so damned flippant!!

My sister-in-law, a special ed teacher in Raleigh, North Carolina, had breast cancer a few years ago and had "good" health insurance through Blue Cross but she needed a bone marrow transplant that insurance wouldn't pay for. She had 3 kids - one a 5 year old little boy so she did the marrow transplant anyway - that was 10 years ago - she's still alive but they lost nearly everything they had and they have not yet recovered financially. It was horrendous. Consider yourself fortunate if this has not happened to you.

Go jump in a lake. Or lose your job and health insurance. See how life gets nasty. It's not rhetoric. Here's a toast to your health and your job.


Posted by Jane, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 23, 2010 at 10:32 pm

The hyperbole, the vitriol, and the paranoia on these boards of late has sickened me, but I have to say the vengeance and the pure hatred for those who are working on problems, not causing them, is nauseating. I have been monitoring these messages for months now, and still have yet to see a compassionate word from many of you anti-HCR folks about those not so well positioned as yourselves. Yes, PM had her cancer scare, but offered no solace to those with no coverage facing the same.

That is not what Jesus would do.

Pleasanton Mom, Jim, Bill, you assume we are are all living lives as privileged as yours and have the wherewithal to not worry about our fellow citizens. This ungracious attitude and outward hostility has turned me away from conservative causes. That, here in my hometown.

Has Mr. Harmer filed as a candidate, registered his fund raising committee, etc? If not, maybe that is the reason why he is being ignored, not his (unstated/unknown) positions other than the uncooked and regurgitated commentary on the link you note above. Pablum, for the republican masses bent on revenge rather than positive impact.

Okay. I am braced. Let the smashing and stupid begin.


Posted by Repleasnacrat, a resident of Stoneridge
on Mar 23, 2010 at 10:56 pm

I have to say, I have never voted for a democrat in all my life, EVER!. I have NEVER missed voting in an election since turning 18! But I have to say, the republicans really DROPPED this ball, and may cost them for many years to come. Republicans have had many opportunities to at least attempt to rectify the insurance issue...but did nothing. The Democrats barely muster a last ditch effort and manage to pass the LARGEST one time tax increase in history. Grow up fellow republicans, we have no one to blame but ourselves. Now, every laggard, do nothing, drug addict, undoc'd resident will receive some sort of FREE health care. Even single payer would have been better than this boondoggle. Good luck to your kids trying to straighten this mess out. But first and foremost, reflect on what YOU/WE did wrong....not what the Dems did right!


Posted by anti-stupid brigade, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 23, 2010 at 11:36 pm

Note to Life-long republican and Repleasanacrat,

Thank you for your comments, and I too look forward to the benefits of HCR kicking in in 90 days to help lower the costs you and your family have endured (60k over 2 years!??!? That's criminal!) You should be able to buy into the high-risk pools at that point and begin receiving immediate relief from this bill. It's amazing when all the fear-mongering is cleared away and folks actually facing these problems realize the benefits HCR will provide, it becomes an entirely different story.

Jim, PM, Bill, etal., will one day face this themselves, and hypocrites they are will have no problem taking advantage of the benefits of HCR while continuing to curse that evil socialist barack obama...much the same way that hardcore republicans cursed FDR to their dying days while cashing their social security checks. Or the famous teabagger holding up her sign saying "keep the government's hands off my medicare!!!"

We need more republicans like yourself if for no other reason than to be able to again work with people of reason, who have positive ideas on how to fix the problems of this country rather than spitting out diatribes about soclialist/communist/nazi plots...please do more to kick the wingnuts out of your party and make the GOP once again a reasonable partner in running our country...


Posted by Arroyo, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 24, 2010 at 9:00 am

We need more republicans like yourself if for no other reason than to be able to again work with people of reason, who have positive ideas on how to fix the problems of this country rather than spitting out diatribes about soclialist/communist/nazi plots...please do more to kick the wingnuts out of your party and make the GOP once again a reasonable partner in running our country... ASB

Spoken like a true condescending pseuo-intellectual liberal. "We know what is best for America, your family, children, diet, etc." If you do not agree with us, you must be a "wingnut". Pathetic.



Posted by jimf01, a resident of another community
on Mar 24, 2010 at 9:43 am

I see no one has heeded Sharons call for calmly dismissing the rhetoric

rhetoric continues from those who have no knowledge of the real issues facing our country.

As Mr Harmer said "Will we allow ourselves to be subjected to bigger government, more regulation, higher taxes, and increasing debt? Or will we renew our commitment to preserving the personal and economic freedoms that have set our nation apart from all others?"


Posted by anti-stupid brigade, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 24, 2010 at 10:05 am

Arroyo,
It's impossible not to condescend to people who throw out terms about Obama like socialist/nazi/communist/marxist. Terms they have absolutely no clue about. Seriously, all these people holding up signs about obama being a marxist couldn't name a single tenant of marxism. Hell, I doubt they could even name who marxism is named after. A pseudo-intellectual is someone who claims to speak as an expert on something they have no clue about. Like you're average teabagger who claims the HCR bill is "a government takeover of the healthcare industry" when it is anything but that. I don't mind having people disagree with what I believe and making passionate arguments for it, but at least let those arguments be based in reason and not some paranoid delusion of obama being born in kenya or being a closet muslim/socialist/communist. You make yourselves look like idiots and you do nothing but dumb down the society as a whole. We need more republicans like LLR if for no other reason than to have republicans debate on idea rather than paranoid delusions...


Posted by anti-stupid brigade, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 24, 2010 at 10:12 am

"Will we allow ourselves to be subjected to bigger government, more regulation, higher taxes, and increasing debt? Or will we renew our commitment to preserving the personal and economic freedoms that have set our nation apart from all others?"

Wait a minute, I'm confused, is he running for the GOP nomination or against it? Cuz it sure sounds like he's attacking the 8 years of the bush administration/GOP-controlled congress. "Bigger government, more regulation" - patriot act, homeland security, no-fly lists, shoes off at the airport, illegal wiretapping of US citizens, government sanctioned torture..."higher taxes"...shifting of the tax burden from the top 2% to the bottom 96% in 2001 and 2002. "increasing debt"...the national debt in 2001 5.5 trillion, in 2008 over 11 trillion. "preserving the personal and economic freedoms" you mean like GM going bankrupt and needing to be taken over, AIG, Bears Stern, Lehman Brothers, Goldman Sachs, TARP in general, the complete meltdown of our economic system due to GOP not regulating the industry properly (oh yeah, i forgot it was all the fault of the banks being forced to loan money to black people who couldn't afford their homes...thanks for that meme, glenn beck) Personal freedoms, like the patriot act again, rampant unemployment, declining wages (first time since depression that wages were stagnant over a decade...thanks a lot george bush).

I wonder if Harmer realizes he's running against his own party. I wonder if you teabaggers lining up for him realize how stupid you look...


Posted by Sharon, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 24, 2010 at 10:32 am

jmf01 - please don't channel me to make your argument. Your cut and paste of Harmer's quotation qualifies as rhetoric to most of us, as does the same cut/paste penchant from P Mom.

What influences most are the personal stories from people who may have dealt with health crisis on both sides of the debate. Comments by LLR and others who share their experience as a way to open our eyes are most appreciated. Even P Mom has shared a bit of her experience - though what is missing there is an understanding that not everyone has what she does going in to the crisis: financial security, a spouse, access to good health care, etc.


Posted by Pleasanton Mom, a resident of Birdland
on Mar 24, 2010 at 10:50 am

Sharon,

I do understand that we all have very different situations in life. We did not have the extra $20k sitting around, we had to take out loans to pay it, and we continue to live paycheck to paycheck.

But my understanding of other's misfortunes will never lead me to support a government takeover of healthcare. We are going to see WAY MORE DEATH and horror stories under this very sinister government-run system. The whole entire thing is based on lies predicated upon lies. THAT is why the ONLY bi-partisonship involved was in the OPPOSITION to it.

IT IS NOT WHAT THEY ARE TELLLING YOU IT IS. THEY ARE LYING TO YOU. Sorry.


Posted by Pleasanton Mom, a resident of Birdland
on Mar 24, 2010 at 10:53 am

Web Link

It's about Controlling The People.


Posted by Rae, a resident of Mohr Park
on Mar 24, 2010 at 11:08 am

For anyone interested in what Rep. Dingell actually said, and not just a right-wing blog excerpt of a few words "creatively chopped up for political gain" and taken out of context, here you go: Web Link


Posted by Sharon, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 24, 2010 at 11:40 am

P Mom, along with other health care professionals I have strongly advocated for a change in the current system. You appear completely immersed in the hyperbole you worship and unable to see that you might be fighting hard to keep what you feel is your piece of the pie, but that you will still be able to keep your coverage at the status quo. Yes, if your income is over $250,000 you will be taxed in order to fund care for others. Perhaps you can consider these people worthy of your contribution rather than responsible for their circumstance.
Btw – it is part of the responsibility of the organization I work for to keep current on the changes this initiative will bring. Fewer people will die. Period. Stop assuming you know more than those of us who work in this field, simply because you so worship the copy/paste function. I could easily litter this forum with irresponsible comments made by extremists that agree with my position, but contribute to the inflated rhetoric. Show some restraint.


Posted by Pleas Mainstreamer, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 24, 2010 at 12:19 pm

As a common sense mainstream Republican, I'm for Brad Goehring replacing McWeenie.
Pre-existing could have been handled in an afternoon last year.....while also working on JOBS. JOBS. JOBS..oooops, that's right,that never happened! There was no need to wait while wasting a year on the other 2000 pages of torture. And what a tragedy they included a section taking away middle-class student LOANS for college ! ! !WHO would've thought to make that part of health care ?..then vote for it !Go figure ! However, they replaced it with much more money to expand pell grants(free vs loans) for inner-city families earning under $50k...which pretty much leaves out LOANs for Pleasanton families. Barb Lee went on about the 'youth initiative' for the chronically unemployed on MSNBC. Barb Lee also bragged that they had created millions of $$ for minority students to attend medical schools (sort of a special affirmative action program). She went on about the " $ 11 Billion created for "community health clinics" so there would never be any of those 'outdoor' clinics anymore ! ! Somehow in a year & 1/2 we never heard any 'discussions' or debates about pulling middle-class loans, inserting inner-city grants for college, creating a medical school program for minority students (discrimination against whites), $11 Billion for clinics. I guess that's why it took so much time away from jobs....SO many things OTHER than the deceptive name of health care.


Posted by Pleas Mainstreamer, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 24, 2010 at 12:19 pm

As a common sense mainstream Republican, I'm for Brad Goehring replacing McWeenie.
Pre-existing could have been handled in an afternoon last year.....while also working on JOBS. JOBS. JOBS..oooops, that's right,that never happened! There was no need to wait while wasting a year on the other 2000 pages of torture. And what a tragedy they included a section taking away middle-class student LOANS for college ! ! !WHO would've thought to make that part of health care ?..then vote for it !Go figure ! However, they replaced it with much more money to expand pell grants(free vs loans) for inner-city families earning under $50k...which pretty much leaves out LOANs for Pleasanton families. Barb Lee went on about the 'youth initiative' for the chronically unemployed on MSNBC. Barb Lee also bragged that they had created millions of $$ for minority students to attend medical schools (sort of a special affirmative action program). She went on about the " $ 11 Billion created for "community health clinics" so there would never be any of those 'outdoor' clinics anymore ! ! Somehow in a year & 1/2 we never heard any 'discussions' or debates about pulling middle-class loans, inserting inner-city grants for college, creating a medical school program for minority students (discrimination against whites), $11 Billion for clinics. I guess that's why it took so much time away from jobs....SO many things OTHER than the deceptive name of health care.


Posted by jimf01, a resident of another community
on Mar 24, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Hmm, now Rep Dingell claims he meant something other than what he said.

Here is the link to listen to the 12 minute interview --Web Link

I just now listened to the whole thing, he stuck to all of the lib TPs, he tripped up when he said control the people, it was more of a gaffe than anything else.

I thought it was more telling that he talked about incremental progress when Paul W Smith asked him what was the difference between the single payer plan he and his Dad worked on 50 years ago and ObamaCare. Yet another progressive working towards a complete government takeover of your health care.


Posted by Pleasanton Mom, a resident of Birdland
on Mar 24, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Jim,

Did you see the article published on 3/22 by the EU Times Online Newspaper, where a Kremlin legal expert describes the healthcare bill as having "nothing at all to do with health, but everything to do with control."


Posted by Rae, a resident of Mohr Park
on Mar 24, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Ah yes, the venerated EU Times . . .

The European Union (EU) Times online website was created in Oct. 09 and is registered to Jessica Nachtman, a self-described "white racialist", wife of skinhead Christopher Nachtman. Nachtman supposedly provides web hosting for an unnamed "European who lives abroad". Up until Oct 09 she was a member of the neo-Nazi White Revolution hate group; she "respectfully" quit the group after her husband was involved in a stabbing at a Holocoust revisionist gathering. Web Link

The EU Times and a "Kremlin legal expert" . . . now there's a pair to draw to for information!


Posted by So close!, a resident of Del Prado
on Mar 24, 2010 at 3:19 pm

ASB said: "Wait a minute, I'm confused, is he running for the GOP nomination or against it? Cuz it sure sounds like he's attacking the 8 years of the bush administration/GOP-controlled congress. "Bigger government, more regulation"..."

OH! You almost understand! Unfortunately everything is black and white to you and most of the posters on this board. Most tea-partiers and most of the people opposed to this bloated bill that is considered reform, aren't just angry at Obama and his disciples....they're fed up with the size, growth, waste, intrusiveness, and ineffectiveness of the government and most politicians. You're so wrapped up in your partisan politics and regurgitating the party line that you can't see it. You're probably angry about many of the same things. Nobody is saying healthcare reform isn't needed. Let's demand some excellence from our politicians and government; we've been getting screwed for decades and nobody benefits except the elitists who have politicians in their back pockets.


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