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Replace Jerry McNerney

Original post made by jimf01, another community, on Sep 13, 2010

We need jobs. We need a new direction. Let's replace Jerry McNerney
David Harmer - CA 11 is Running Against Insider Incumbent Jerry McNerney
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Posted by No phonies
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 13, 2010 at 2:59 pm

Seat-warmer McNerney sat there silently as part of the corrupt DEM LEADERSHIP TEAM for the last FOUR (yes, 4 yrs) msPelosi has been IN CHARGE OF CONGRESS...for FOUR years leader & SPEAKER carried out her role in charge of everything financial coming out of Congress. With corrupt CHAIRMAN Barney Frank, and Maxine Waters (preparing for trial for her role in mortgage schemes) silent teammate Jerry just closes his eyes to their corruption. Speaker Pelosi & that team was at the wheel during the last 2 years of Bush administration....that is the roll of Speaker. It's been 4 long years of DEM Congress. Our current tragedy is that we have a Pres AND BOTH houses of Congress of the SAME PARTY....no body to check anything !


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Posted by No phonies
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 13, 2010 at 2:59 pm

Seat-warmer McNerney sat there silently as part of the corrupt DEM LEADERSHIP TEAM for the last FOUR (yes, 4 yrs) msPelosi has been IN CHARGE OF CONGRESS...for FOUR years leader & SPEAKER carried out her role in charge of everything financial coming out of Congress. With corrupt CHAIRMAN Barney Frank, and Maxine Waters (preparing for trial for her role in mortgage schemes) silent teammate Jerry just closes his eyes to their corruption. Speaker Pelosi & that team was at the wheel during the last 2 years of Bush administration....that is the roll of Speaker. It's been 4 long years of DEM Congress. Our current tragedy is that we have a Pres AND BOTH houses of Congress of the SAME PARTY....no body to check anything !


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Posted by Little Mikey
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 13, 2010 at 3:11 pm

David Harmer believes the following:

- An Italian named angel "Moroni" spoke to a pedephile and polygamist, Joseph Smith, in the 1800's leading to the Book of Mormon.

- Joseph Smith, the Mormon prophet, used special magical glasses to decipher the writings of Moroni the angel.

- Jewish people lived in North America before the native peoples.

- special underwear will save him from fires, earthquakes, zombie attacks, etc.

- Christ visited North America

Do we really want someone so divorced from reality to be in government? Obviously, critical thinking is not his strong suit.


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Posted by radical
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 13, 2010 at 4:10 pm

yikes, proggies are getting desperate, they are turning on the full on religion attack
let's elect someone who has beliefs in something besides the goodness and wonder of big government to solve all problems and keep us safe


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Posted by No Harmer
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 13, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Harmer = carpetbagging anti-gay hypocrite


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Posted by Patriot
a resident of Country Fair
on Sep 13, 2010 at 4:30 pm

YES Harmer. We need real effective CHANGE not more of the same failure.. People need jobs. People need to be able to afford to keep their homes. We need accountability not more of the same. Yes HARMER!


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Posted by Jacob/Alma
a resident of Canyon Oaks
on Sep 13, 2010 at 4:31 pm

David is one of the Lost Delusion Sheeps that mask as normal everyday citizens. Its hard not to allign this freaks religious ideals with his political ideals. Its impossible to overlook. Morons are the strangest, most homophobic and arrogant religion out there. How come everyone is a white male and the women act and dress as if they were in the 1920's. Show me some gold tablets David and what kind of underwear are you wearing?


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Posted by Harmer = WaMu
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 13, 2010 at 4:41 pm


Harmer has spent much of the past decade as a corporate attorney for a financial services company that received massive federal bailouts (JPMorgan Chase & Co.), and another that has been accused of being a major predatory lender (Washington Mutual). After recent congressional hearings, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., said Washington Mutual was "emblematic of a whole host of irresponsible mortgage lenders that loaded up our mortgage markets with toxic securities."

Read more: Web Link


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Posted by radical
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 13, 2010 at 4:43 pm

so by your reasoning Harry Reid should be voted out of office?


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Posted by ty
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 13, 2010 at 4:49 pm

I'm sure Harmer has the homophobic, racist, bigot vote in his corner but I'm not sure that will be enough to win in November.


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Posted by voter
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 13, 2010 at 4:58 pm

OK, so who do we elect? I'd like someone definitely not funded by the unions who have ruined the state and someone who can create jobs for the middle class.

However, I'd also prefer someone who does not support tax cuts for people making over $250k but does support keeping taxes down for people making under this amount.

I'm OK with the new health legislation and want to keep the environmental momentum going. I don't like all the entitlement spending and really dislike the politicians who are raising costs or delaying legislation by trying adding in pet projects for their vote.


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Posted by radical
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 13, 2010 at 5:30 pm

sorry charlie voter, you cannot support the new health legislation and cap and trade and support keeping taxes down for people making under $250k
health care IS a new tax, and cap and trade "will necessarily cause your energy costs to skyrocket" per candidate Obama in 2007, so there goes your "environmental momentum"


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Posted by No phonies
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 13, 2010 at 5:42 pm

The ALL DEM Congress has been at the wheel for FOUR yrs (not just 2 ). The disaster is...we desperately need a divided government all Dem House, Senate, & Pres is dangerous. Need to inject some REPUBs in the Congress...we need some branch doing some checking.


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Posted by voter
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 13, 2010 at 5:53 pm

I'm OK with energy costs going up - they should and need to, people need to be more careful with the energy they use - it is not unlimited and we have to protect future generations here. It is a worthy investment.

I'm OK with health because it means that people can't be cut off from insurance as soon as they have something wrong with them - rich or poor - and everyone has to pay into the system.

I'm not OK with unions and the current pension situation because it has gotten completely out of hand and I am not prepared to pay union workers for salary increases, loads of days off etc. in this economy or pension spiking ever.


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Posted by SpeakUpJerry!
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 13, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Dear Voter,
Please get over your mindset of class differences between Americans. That is what democrats WANT you to focus on, however, so that you remain riled up and angry of the perceived "unfairness."

Regarding the democrats $250k figure, please realize that this is a "gross revenue" amount which will impact many many small business owners. They are considered "rich" by democrats ... yet by the time they pay their employees and other business expenses, they are likely left with a very small salary for themselves. Yet, Obama, McNerney and other dems want to PUNISH them for their efforts at bettering themselves and provide for their family!!!

Stop focusing on any class differences! I've been dirt poor as a college student, living in rodent infested environs...and I once had an incredibly high income for about 5 years. I am now back down to peanuts. So how would you classify me???

I don't look at classes. I look at opportunity (while we have it...tho under Obama, McNerney and other dems, we are losing the American Dream fast.)

Please vote for conservatives who will return the American Dream to its citizens...despite Democrats' efforts to destroy it.


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Posted by het
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 13, 2010 at 8:37 pm

We will never be fooled again and return to the failed policies of the GOP. They had their chance and it led to the Great Bush/GOP Recession. Our fine congressman Jerry McNerney and the Democrats have done the hard work to dig us out of the GOP dug hole and now the GOP wants us to vote them back. We are not idiots and will never vote for the GOP. Harmer should not even be considered for the job. He does not even live in the district. Harmer is a carpetbagger out of touch with us and can't even vote in the District.


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Posted by Patriot
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 13, 2010 at 9:11 pm

"so by your reasoning Harry Reid should be voted out of office?"

That logic escapes me. Please provide a link or something. Did Reid work as a lawyer for some bailed out bank? Maybe you're saying that he softened the financial regulation and let bailed out investment banks off the hook?

I think Harmer has a real problem here. But he can still tell us how he feels about critical financial regulation before November.

"Washington Mutual undid itself by reckless and predatory lending. Seeking to become "the Walmart of lenders," the bank went after lower-income borrowers, buying Providian and other subprime lenders.

It plunged greedily into a dubious market with products such as high-fee Adjustable Rate Mortgages. The result was the biggest bank failure in U.S. history. Legions of borrowers lost their homes. Shareholders were wiped out. The whole country was sucked into recession.

A good question for the four Republican candidates for the 11th District seat is whether they believe government has a role to play in regulating financial markets."

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I'm still hoping to find out. No answer to my emails. People complain about McNerney not responding. What about Harmer. Why won't he answer the question?


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Posted by radical
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 14, 2010 at 8:16 am

Chet - you missed the 'C' on your ut and paste, at least you have moved off the Jerry is a fine congressman talking point to the republicans are worse than democrats talking point

pat - as the article you linked states

Harmer supports regulatory reform, but contends Democrats are perpetuating the problem by continuing to hold that some banks and big companies are "too big to fail."

Harmer would not only let private companies suffer the consequences of bad decisions, he wants to abolish Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, federal mortgage corporations that buy and securitize mortgages.

"He says we need to get taxpayers off the hook," Clark said

David Harmer addressed this also in the televised forum you can watch online


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Posted by voter
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 14, 2010 at 10:20 am

speakupJerry: I'm not focusing on class differences or unfairness per say. I have a similar background to you, so I don't know what we are - maybe middle class? Smart enough to do well when opportunities are around, but not rich enough /smart enough to coast through bad times without thinking about it.

The thing that worries me is the gap between the very wealthy and the other 98-99%. It's about as uneven as it's been since just before the great depression and that's not good for any economy and leads to abuse of power. (which is why I don't think it's a good idea to extend tax breaks to the top 2%).

Many jobs have been outsourced or given to people who don't pay taxes because that is the only way that companies can grow fast enough to keep interest from stockholders.

Therefore jobs go to other countries (or other states) with a lower wage structure or people who don't pay income tax. This is why I think we need to get competitive as a state / country, reduce union influence, reduce public sector rules and regulations etc. We should make it possible and practical for companies to employ US workers and still make a profit. If we sorted this out, US companies could employ taxpaying workers here in the US - which would create jobs.

I agree with a previous poster that we need to have more balance in congress and probably will be voting republican. The thing that saddens me is how bad some of the candidates are on both sides.

So, I will probably vote republican though not sure, and not happily if the focus is on the top 2%. I honestly don't believe that's what is needed. So difficult.


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Posted by voter
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 14, 2010 at 11:00 am

And a few comments on how to get people back to work and how to afford the services we need.

Create jobs: Only let people who are legal in any particular country work there (I think this is usually true in most countries). Make more people legal if needed, starting with the people who are going through the process properly, filling in the right forms and waiting patiently to get approved.

Save money: Don't allow unemployment benefits outweigh the benefits of working in a low paying job. Sometimes you have to start over on a lower rung than you were before, it happens.

Reduce public spending: Benefits that are paid for by taxpayers only go to taxpayers or people who are actively trying to be a taxpayer.

Encourage working and help develop working skills: After 6 months of unemployment, people must voluteer 20 hours a week until they get a job to keep any benefits. This will keep skills updated, keep people interested in work and help other people.

Save money: Make sure public sector jobs and benefits can be paid for by the income the state / city / country takes in in a year. If they can't, renegotiate, don't take out loans and hope your kids will pay it for you.




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Posted by markm8128
a resident of another community
on Sep 14, 2010 at 1:23 pm

I never have thought we would see the day, when mainstream citizens, in America, would be fooled into voting for a candidate by the most extreme, fringe group in American politics, today....the Tea Party movement!

Quite honestly...quite a few of these people, who just a short time ago, were parading around with guns, misspelled signs, and hurling racial epitaphs...are what is left over of the KKK and John Birch Society.

Now that these extremists, have captured the GOP nomination...the GOP is trying to clean them up, and make them look like mainstream, responsible citizens.

But listen closely to what they say.... They seem to have no understanding of economics....and provide no solutions to any of our problems.

Jerry McNerney has provided excellent, sound, and knowledgable leadership, on a whole range of issues, of relevance to this district.

Why would we want members of this radical fringe group to try and run our government?


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Posted by Rae
a resident of Mohr Park
on Sep 14, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Well, I watched the CD11 Candidate Q&A and it pretty much confirmed what I've seen and heard so far from Mr. Harmer and his supporters.

While Mr. Harmer had the Tea Party/GOP rhetoric down pat, and made sure to repeat the often-used phrases at the right time, Mr. Harmer had nothing to offer CD11 voters other than the national Tea Party/GOP line. He certainly had nothing specific to say regarding how he would represent and support CD11 if elected. Although (LOL!!), I do have to say it was entertaining to watch him blink and wink his way through the questions (I think he was channeling Ms. Palin!).

For example, when asked what the alternative was to the recently passed State and School Aid bill, Mr. Harmer first called the bill "fiscal child abuse" (saw that one coming) and said he certainly didn't want to have to cut back on 1st responder or school funding since his wife is a teacher. His alternative: "there's nothing to say that everything that is funded must continue to be funded". OK, that's definitive.

"Repeal Obamacare" was Mr. Harmer's plan to counter rising health care costs and fix the problems with health insurance like pre-existing conditions. Uh huh, and???

With unemployment insurance like a "10lb tick on a 5lb dog", Mr. Harmer felt the government should back out and just let the private sector take over with all those new jobs they're just waiting to provide. In San Joaquin County?

Mr. Harmer ignored the question on what his position would have been on the recent war funding bill, but he does want to know why we're in Afghanistan. Gee, that would have been a good question 9 years ago when GW ignored AlQaeda in Afghanistan in order to invade Iraq where AlQaeda wasn't . . .

The only thing, according to Mr. Harmer, on Wall Street that really needs reforming is to get rid of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Yep, let's not touch those golden parachutes!

To solve the illegal immigration problem, Mr. Harmer says we should secure the border and just "build the fence". First he channels Sarah Palin, then John McCain!

Oh, and of course, "make the Bush tax cuts permanent"! Now that was a big surprise!!

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Mr. Harmer, if elected, will fall in lockstep behind his GOP leadership; at least he won't have any new lines to memorize! CD11 interests will not be represented and our issues will not be addressed – that was obvious from the Q&A Forum.

Rep McNerney has worked hard for CD11 on a variety of issues, including veteran benefits and clean energy. His serious answers were in sharp contrast to the Tea Party/GOP canned rhetoric Mr. Harmer winkingly put out there. I want someone representing CD11 who I know will continue to work hard for our district because he lives here and has a vested interest in making sure we succeed. Rep McNerney has my vote.

Come to think of it, there are at least two more votes Mr. Harmer won't get – his and his wife's. Since they don't live in CD11, they can't vote on anything specific to CD11. And yet, we should believe Mr. Harmer has CD11 voters best interests at heart??? Why? It's not like anything that directly affects CD11 will impact Mr. Harmer and his family - they'd actually have to live here for that to happen.


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Posted by SpeakUpJerry!
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 14, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Rae,
We all know you hate...

America
Our national defense
Low taxes
A Strong Economy
Freedom
Energy Independence
Capitalism
the U.S. Constitution

...
So go vote for your BigGovernment/WorldGovernment/ProPelosi/ProObama...Socialist/Marxist McNerney.

After you vote for him...how about continuing to assist in the campaigns for Hugo Chavez, Castro...and Obama's/McNerney's other political mentors.


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Posted by voter
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 14, 2010 at 4:05 pm

I'll certainly listed to McNerney as well as the other candidates to find the best match.


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Posted by No P h o n i e s
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 14, 2010 at 4:53 pm

het, read your Constitution. CONGRESS is charged with managing the money and the financial agenda. PELOSI, carrying out her role as SPEAKER was IN CHARGE of CONGRESS and the hole digging DURING last TWO YEARS of the lame-duck Bush Administration. Then she has continued on for ANOTHER TWO years as leader in the Obama Administration....that's 4 years of being SPEAKER, the HEAD DIGGER, with yes man Jerry carrying her bucket.


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Posted by Jacob/Alma
a resident of Canyon Oaks
on Sep 14, 2010 at 5:36 pm

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Posted by dublinmike
a resident of Dublin
on Sep 14, 2010 at 11:28 pm

I will give you a bag of marbles. Each time you believe a Republican, remove one. Once your bag is empty...the you are a Republican!

The Grand Obstructionist Party has proven one thing: It's all about them...win at any cost even if they ruin this country.


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Posted by SpeakUpSUJ!
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 14, 2010 at 11:46 pm

Rae gave a very thorough analysis, and you responded by attacking her character and patriotism (I'd love to know what your definition of a patriot is, by the way...) Is this because you have no foundation to base your claims upon? I'm still waiting for a coherent argument that's not based on personal attacks and Tea Party talking points...


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Posted by Nurse Shark
a resident of Canyon Creek
on Sep 15, 2010 at 7:02 am

SpeakUpJUJ, you realize you're probably talking to a kid, don't you? I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for an informed or rational response.


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Posted by izzy
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 15, 2010 at 9:52 am

Harmer is a total joke. All he has to offer is bumper sticker slogans, empty rhetoric, and an unhealthy fixation with mentioning Ronald Reagan every 30 seconds. I'll take a man of substance and integrity like McNerney over a right-wing talking points machine(aka Harmer).


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Posted by karen
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 15, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Oh Jim, honestly...go away. It's one thing to post on the forums as a Pleasanton resident - it's quite another another to jump in here as a paid Republican Party operative.


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Posted by SpeakUpSUJ
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 16, 2010 at 1:58 am

Nurse.... I'm in college, and would probably be classified as a "kid" by many on this forum. Sadly, age does not make some people wiser...


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Posted by Kelly
a resident of Canyon Meadows
on Sep 16, 2010 at 2:12 am

This ad hits it on the nail! Jerry McNerney, out of touch with the people in his district! Hey Jerry, quit spending us into the black hole of debt or does one more trillion in money we don't have not even make you bat an eye?

TIME TO LAYDOWN, ROLL OVER AND GO BACK TO NEW MEXICO!


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