Harmer, happy with GOP lead for 11th Congressional District nomination, calls it a night Comments on Stories, posted by Editor, Pleasanton Weekly Online, on Jun 9, 2010 at 8:52 am
Although Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton), facing no opposition for the Democrat Party nomination for election to a third term in office, left town at 7 a.m. yesterday to return to Washington, it was quite a different story for the Republican candidates vying for their party's nomination.
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Posted by jimf01, a resident of another community, on Jun 9, 2010 at 9:34 am jimf01 is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Well, I hope David Harmer could sleep, because I could not. The candidate best equipped to defeat McNerney and grab the gavel from Pelosi won!
Jerry McNerney will need to answer for 24% unemployment in CD-11, $13trill Obamacare, staunch support of cap & trade, the Democrats failure to act on illegal immigration, and voting with the Pelosi, Reid, Obama agenda better than 95% of the time.
Jerry McNerney couldn't even answer a Tea Party constituent question last week in Danville on his standing ovation for Mexican President Felipe Calderon
Posted by SteveP, a resident of the Parkside neighborhood, on Jun 9, 2010 at 9:36 am SteveP is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Dee, you're a liar. You obviously did not read the article in the Times last Saturday debunking the same myths you're trying to propogate here. Nice try, loser. Go look up the article and quit the false propaganda.
Posted by Amy, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 9, 2010 at 9:51 am
Jim01, You are soooo correct. Thank you for your very good posts.
By the way, let me add a couple additional items that McNerney should answer for...
- Like a good socialist, he voted AGAINST the 1st Amendment of Free Speech ... when he voted against Mike Pence's petition to permanently dispose of the "(un)Fairness Doctrine" which would, in effect eliminate conservative talk radio.
- He also voted AGAINST a republican's amendment to the Obamacare bill which would have required Congress to have the same healthcare that they are proposing for ordinary Americans. So the Obamacare that McNerney forced upon us is not good enough for him!
Posted by Dee, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on Jun 9, 2010 at 10:18 am
Nice to see all the usual Tea Party zealots (Jimf01, SteveP, and Amy) have shown up to comment here. You Tea Party people sure seem to have a lot of time on your hands! Good luck trying to defend Harmer, a smarmy career politician that hops from district to district looking to get elected. He is all for small government except when he uses government bailout money to fill his bank account. He is a true hypocrite, but since when did hypocrisy ever matter to you conservative ideologues.
Also, if any of you conservatives have trouble understanding big words, I'll write my next comment using those simple-minded, bumper sticker slogans that you people adore. Maybe I can use the word "socialist" over 50 times in my next post just to make Amy happy.
Posted by dublinmike, a resident of Dublin, on Jun 9, 2010 at 11:03 am dublinmike is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Amy, you wouldn't know a socialist if they stood in front of you. McNerney a socialist? Yeah, right. Go study the history of western democracies and socialism as I have, and to get some accurate information lay off watching Beck for awhile.
Posted by jimf01, a resident of another community, on Jun 9, 2010 at 11:38 am jimf01 is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
The more appropriate term is progressive. The McNerney agenda is the progressive agenda is the Pelosi Reid Obama agenda. We've been over this, the evidence is the lawmakers own words, watch the videos.
Posted by jimf01, a resident of another community, on Jun 9, 2010 at 11:44 am jimf01 is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
What CD-11 voters need to understand is unseating Jerry McNerney in November is the important role they play in changing the course of our economy.
If by some miracle, the GOP can take the gavel from Pelosi's hands, and then set us on a course toward smaller government and lower taxes (I don't have a lot of faith the current GOP will do this, but I am sure the Democrats will not), then the US can lead the world out of the recession.
Lower corporate taxes and a friendlier business environment will move investment out of Europe and to the US. It is still possible to GROW our way out of the economic problems we face.
Posted by Gine, a resident of another community, on Jun 9, 2010 at 1:10 pm
Dee...David Harmer's home is less than one mile from the border of District 11. The term carpetbagger is a term originally used to apply to northerners who headed to the deep south after the civil war to take office and take advantage. It has no relevance here. David does know the area and its problems. He has lived here for many years. I'm sure even you would agree that a person who lives 1/2 mile outside of the boundary is not an "outsider" unfamiliar with local conditions. You are either ignorant, a disgruntled Goehring supporter (I won't mention the actual, as opposed to fabricated, skeletons in his closet) or a McNerney opperative.
The same could be said for your lame disinformation about David taking "bailout" money. He had a job with Washington Mutual in their credit card division (the only profitable division by the way) when that bank was taken over by JPMorgan/Chase. He, along with many others whose jobs were now duplicates, lost his job. He was given severance pay. Hardly sinister. That's what happens when people lose their jobs. Then JPMorgan/Chase got some bailout money, along with a lot of other banks. Morgan has paid that money back in its entirety. So the actual facts are that David got severance pay from a bank that received some federal money. So, uh, Dee, remind me again what's the big deal? Or are you just planning to appeal to ignoramuses who wouldn't know the difference between a bogeyman and the tooth fairy? Get your fact straight.
Posted by Ron, a resident of the Las Positas neighborhood, on Jun 9, 2010 at 5:26 pm
The gang of four GOP lightweights slung all the mud they wanted at each other and at Congressman Jerry McNerney but at the end of the day we are going to elect Jerry McNerney. Harmer now the GOP candidate DOES NOT EVEN LIVE IN OUR DISTRICT. How can he even begin to be considered as our Representative. Jerry has been a fantastic Congressman and has done great and hard work for us all. His leadership in getting his two bills passed and signed into law to increase benefits and care for our soldiers, veterans and families is a huge benefit for us in District 11. We are proud to send Jerry back to Washington to keep up his good work. Thank you Jerry McNerney!!!
Posted by dublinmike, a resident of Dublin, on Jun 9, 2010 at 5:53 pm dublinmike is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
jim01, "The more appropriate term is progressive." is closer and thank you for pointing this out. But, I would still not associate him with Pelosi, et al.
I realize that this thread is about Mr. Harmer and Rep McNerney but I would like to add this, you will now find Ms. Whitman moving away from the right and towards the center and my money is that if elected she will be center-right.
Posted by Lisa, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 9, 2010 at 6:03 pm
What is this, the 1950's?
Who cares if you call people "socialists"?
Oh my...such a bad word....
You people pay into the Social Security system, you will collect Social Security, the Federal government, under a Republican administration, effectively nationalized the banking and mortgage industries.
It was under a conservative GOP administration that we enacted the largest expansion of the welfare state in 30 years.
Please , you are the same group who helped bailout the banks, and your friends in Big Auto...
Ronald Reagan is rolling over in his grave.
But it's only Socialism when it helps the little guy...not when we bailout the big guys...like it' ok if it's done in a suit.
Your talking point is wearing a little thin, when Congress' approval is at an all time low, your man Jerry McNerney votes with Nancy Pelosi and the Democrat Caucus 95% of the time, and Jerry states we have near 24% unemployment in this district, yet he still backs Obamacare, cap and trade, and any other spending program he thinks can save his job, increasing deficits and increasing taxes.
Posted by jimf01, a resident of another community, on Jun 10, 2010 at 8:16 am
There is the next phase of the argument, from leftists like Lisa. Why is socialism such a bad word? We all pay social security?! Now, I will assume the Lisa knows the difference between socialism and social security.
Lisa, would you agree with this statement?
"From each, according to his or her ability, to each, according to his or her need"
Posted by susan, a resident of the Pleasanton Valley neighborhood, on Jun 10, 2010 at 9:09 am
The purpose of this exercise is to DEFEAT MCNERNEY WHO NEVER SAW A BILL THAT NANCY PELOSI PUT IN FRONT OF HIM THAT HE DID NOT LIKE, EVEN THOUGH THE CITIZENS OF HIS DISTRICT OPPOSED THEM. OBAMACARE, AND TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF WASTED MONEY. The 11th district is so broken up by the Democratic party who knows whats in it. WE NEED HARMER TO WIN SO THE CITIZENS CAN GET REPRESENTATION.
Posted by resident, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 10, 2010 at 9:30 am
Thank you for your post, Ron! McNerney has done a GREAT job! I would like to know if any of the "complainers" have a pre-existing medical condition and have tried to BUY health insurance prior to the health care reform. Or, have any of you been laid off after 20 years working for a company, no severance package and then watched your COBRA cost go up to unaffordable amounts? Thank God for Obama's plan which supplemented COBRA costs and helped my family and others survive until we could find employment again!
Posted by Gary Palmatier, a resident of the Stoneridge neighborhood, on Jun 10, 2010 at 11:17 am
man oh man, it is amazing to see the vitriol and opinionated disinformation and just plain meaness floating around out there in little ol' P-ton. I am amazed too by reading all these comments (for the most part a lesson in what not to do with my time) that all the commenters apparently comment quite often and seem to be familiar with their adversaries and seem to have a need to get into pissing contests with each other, for lack of a better description.
Posted by jimf01, a resident of another community, on Jun 10, 2010 at 9:35 pm jimf01 is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
In a higher phase of communist society, after the enslaving subordination of the individual to the division of labor, and therewith also the antithesis between mental and physical labor, has vanished; after labor has become not only a means of life but life's prime want; after the productive forces have also increased with the all-around development of the individual, and all the springs of co-operative wealth flow more abundantly—only then can the narrow horizon of bourgeois right be crossed in its entirety and society inscribe on its banners: From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs!
Posted by Janna, a resident of Dublin, on Jun 10, 2010 at 11:47 pm Janna is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Do you actually believe that most people have a choice about who they work for in this economy? Please, most people are just happy to have a job if they actually have one in the first place.
Capitalism is like the bell curve except with most on the bottom. Some people will always be at the bottom, like 95% or so. Choice is only available to those who can afford it. That is not real choice.
Posted by DublinMarx, a resident of Dublin, on Jun 12, 2010 at 4:47 pm
Fascist Amy, let me give it a try to clarify what I mean in the earlier post.
Capitalism focuses on getting the most profit out of the least cost, which make sense. It inherently looks for the lowest costs often by bidding out to the cheapest vendor, in the case of labor it's people. We rent our time. It also seeks to keep associated costs, such as medical or providing a safe working environment, but that's another topic.
BTW, my liberal friends accuse me of being a business conservative. I guess I can't win when I go up people with anger issues, whether it's Amy or the liberals.
Posted by DublinMarx, a resident of Dublin, on Jun 12, 2010 at 4:59 pm DublinMarx is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Hey, I'm the real DublinMarx...the alter-ego of Dublinmike (thanks Amy for the idea!).
Power to the people, down with capitalism.
Amy, why Socialism and Communism fails: people are greedy. As soon as Lenin, Stalin, Mao, et al along with fascists such as Hitler and Mussolini, come into power then it's all about THEIR power. At least Capitalism doesn't hide this: greed.
But every system has its weak spots. For Capitalism, it's greed and the disregard by many businesses for humans. That's why we have to have some safety protections.
You cannot me a Marxist or a socialist (you really should look up the definitions) just because I have, as you perceive, a different viewpoint. Capitalism made this country great but it is not a flawless system. If I thought it was that bad I would have left.
Posted by Amy, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 12, 2010 at 9:26 pm
Sounds like you are very comfortable with your new name.
Regarding "greed," your views are very consistent with the majority of leftists. You confuse the term "self-interest" with "greed." Most honest business people act out of self-interest (vs. greed) to improve their products and/or services to meet or exceed their customers' expectations.
Also regarding the concept of "greed" here is a very short and enlightening youtube on this topic. As Friedman states, "greed" is also found very prominently in "government" especially totalitarian governments...like the one your idol Obama is in the process of creating.
(And BTW: I have a very hard time believing anyone would mistake you as a conservative...especially as you slober all over your boy- (or girl-) friend, Nancy McNerney...who votes with Nancy 98% of the time.)
Posted by jimf01, a resident of another community, on Jun 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm jimf01 is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Looks like you are the new target Amy..
Mike - I will be a bit more generous with you, at least you can give that "Capitalism made this country great" even if we "have to have some safety protections". On that, you and I can agree.
At the level you describe any "system" is the same in that an economy depends upon efficiencies, achieving efficiency in our global economy becomes more and more critical, we are competing against China and India.
It is my view that our own government is hobbling the US economy; if we enact cap & trade and other regulation which doesn't allow us to compete as a nation for one.
Now, I am not spouting protectionism, but if we don't produce, we will die. If we shut off pumps in the delta because smelt populations are low, we do not produce food which is an export as well as feeding our country.
There are many more examples. I see the amount of "safety protections" needed differently than you do. We do need to remain an economic superpower.