Jerry McNerney voted yes to extend the tax reductions State, National, International, posted by Chet, a resident of San Ramon, on Dec 16, 2010 at 10:48 pm
The house passed the tax bill tonight and as promised Jerry McNerney voted yes to pass the bill. All other Democrats in the area voted no. Again Jerry McNerney has shown he is independent and honest and votes to support the needs of our District. Thank you again Jerry McNerney.
Posted by GX, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Dec 17, 2010 at 8:14 am
Yes, it is good to see he is listening. While I voted for him in the past but not this past election (because I felt he wasn't listening to his constituents), it seems as though he has gotten the message.
However, I believe this bill is highly irresponsible and is just hastening the date of our default.
Posted by steve, a resident of the Parkside neighborhood, on Dec 17, 2010 at 8:38 am
Gotta give Jerry credit for hearing the footsteps coming up behind him. It's encouraging to see that the major conservative victories in November are impacting the mindset of those politicians who have ignored the majority of their constituents for the past 4 years. There's hope yet......
Posted by Independent Voter, a resident of the Mohr Park neighborhood, on Dec 17, 2010 at 10:23 am
I'll have to say this bill is the first time I've seen some compromise on both sides of the aisle....gives me some (little) hope that maybe Congress is starting to listen to the people instead of Wall St. and the special interest groups.
Posted by Anita, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Dec 18, 2010 at 9:15 am
Did not vote for McNerney this past election, due to McNerney yes vote for the Obama Care fiasco, and being the D party's puppet. Nice to see McNerney listened to his constituents rather than his party's boss (Pelosi).
Posted by SteveP, a resident of the Parkside neighborhood, on Dec 20, 2010 at 8:36 am SteveP is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Chet, you are starting to sound more like Kim Jung Il, both in terms of your constant propaganda for Pelosi's pet and you broken English in your posts. Your 'Jerry can do no wrong' screeds are tiresome....don't you have some sabre wrattling to do on the Korean peninsula?
Posted by SteveP, a resident of the Parkside neighborhood, on Dec 22, 2010 at 9:52 am SteveP is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
dublinmike-I'll move on after 2012, if that's OK with you (and even if it's not). My best guess regarding the whereabouts of the 'authoritarian conservatives' is that they are busy strategizing with the new House majority to undo the damage from the last four years of Dem majority rule. Thank God that's over.......
Posted by mickey, a resident of Dublin, on Dec 22, 2010 at 1:36 pm
Yes, it really comes as a great relief that congress didn't undo the tax cuts for the wealthiest 1-2%. What would they have done without the billions they saved with the cut? No more lear jets under the xmas tree; no more quick jaunts to marrakesh for the holidays? But most important, they'd have had less money to finance cuts in education and to promote conservative think tanks which do the bidding of the rich. Has anyone seen the University of Maryland study that shows fox news watchers get the facts wrong 30% more often than non-fox news watchers? The study gives a pretty accurate picture of how pathetically misled the largely undereducated, bah-bah sheep of the right can be.
Posted by steve, a resident of the Parkside neighborhood, on Dec 23, 2010 at 9:34 am
The real pity here is the parroting of the class envy position espoused and constantly drummed into the leftist drones.
Those evil rich people (by the way, many of the largest contributers to Dems are rich--think George Soros, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, etc.)you vilify hire people so they can contribute and earn a living. These 'rich' people you hate so, donate more money to charity on average than any of you hypocritical elitists. They pay taxes to support your social welfare programs (you're so generous with other peoples money---bless you).
Anyway, go on hating successful people. I'm not quite sure how blaiming Fox news or people that watch the news solves your problem, but if it makes you feel better, no one from the right will stop you. Heck, if you decide at some point to join the ranks of the successful contributors that make this country great, you can thank a conservative for helping to pave the way for you to succeed.
Posted by radical, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Dec 23, 2010 at 9:52 am
there you go steve - the progressives have to successfully push the class envy argument to get backing for the pro-socialism view, a la 'what is so bad about western europe style socialism'
nevermind that we have a constitution that made this the greatest, free-est country ever on the face of the earth -- nawp forget all that -- we need to bring the rich (who create the jobs) down to bring the poor up, as if it is going to actually work
the comeback kid will get his comeuppance when the new congress de-funds obamacare and overturns FCC regulation of the internet for starters
the class warfare argument will be put to the test in 2012 when the bush tax rates are again expiring and the wunderkind is up for re-election
Posted by Jane Hull, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Dec 23, 2010 at 1:11 pm
There is nothing resembling 'class envy' in the idea of progressive income tax. Nor is there anything resembling 'class envy' in the idea of regulating those so-called heroes who so sacrifice themselves by hiring people. No, without regulation, you have gross exploitation of the laboring people -- e.g., in the form of children working 12-hour days in coal mines, employed by those so-called heroes who own and control. The logic of becoming wealthy in a capitalist society is to exploit whenever and wherever you can. Thank goodness we have a liberal state which ensures (to some degree at least), that there is justice (along with freedom). That's j-u-s-t-i-c-e, a term rarely heard on fox news (unless it's about it being 'unjust' to tax the rich). By the way, I'll take a handful of public grade school teachers as my heroes any day over a couple hundred so-called heroes who hire and pay an unfair wage because they can't or won't do the work themselves. Instead of name-calling from the likes of the echoing steves, I'd prefer to see some argument. But of course those who buy the fox news line don't have arguments, only spoon-fed platitudes. mickey from dublin is right: bah-bah from the undereducated right, too mentally soft to think for themselves, and unable to unpack the lies and deceptions coming from a right-wing propaganda machine like fox news.
Posted by mickey, a resident of Dublin, on Dec 23, 2010 at 1:27 pm
Nope, not 'class envy'. Better to call it popular-based outrage over class exploitation. Average working-class stiffs (middle class, and their progeny) live an average of 10 years less than wealthiest elites. And the wealthiest elites buy off Republican politicians to extend the age limit for social security eligibility. This is OUTRAGEOUS. P.S. you'll not hear anything about this fact on Fox News or for that matter any other corporate-bought-and-paid-for media. And we're supposed to genuflect in gratitude for the wealthy for hiring at minimum wage (while buying off Republicans who fight tooth and nail any advance of minimum wage)? Only woefully misinformed and weak-minded (or the filthy rich) could advance such a view.
Posted by radical, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Dec 23, 2010 at 1:48 pm
ha ha ha, when the argument is for higher taxes on the wealthy we get crying about minimum wage jobs -- and astonishingly from someone, 12 year olds in coal mines? -- UM, OK, but when the argument is against pension reform, we hear the moaning and groaning about $100k workers in the private sector
who hired, all of these people? That's right, rich people did
the ratio of taxes paid to income received by the top 10% was by far the highest in the U.S., at 1.35, compared to 1.1 for France, 1.07 for Germany, 1.01 for Japan and 1.0 for Sweden Opinion: Taxes and the Top Percentile Myth Web Link
But go ahead, jack up taxes on those awful evil rich people, for all the good it will do you Web Link
Posted by Jane Hull, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Dec 23, 2010 at 7:35 pm
Well it seems to me that radical is showing some envy towards hard working public school teachers, begrudging them their pensions. His sympathy seems to lie with the wealthy who are so adept at hiding their assets and income when it serves their purposes. Talk all you want about high tax rates in the U.S., after the wealthy take advantage of tax write-offs and loopholes, the 'rates' turn out to be a joke. Rather than advocating for a more regulatory state that might ensure a fair progressive tax system, the onus is placed on all those high priced public workers radical is so concerned about. radical might try teaching 32 grade school kids in a classroom day in and day out. Radical indicates which side he is on. It is doubtful he gives two hoots about unfair labor practices. No, he's obsessed with public servants who make a fair living wage. (Little to wonder about as to which side radical was on during the Civil Rights movement, or women's struggle for equal wage, or workers' efforts to unionize, or the DREAM act. No, perhaps not so much 'envy' as hatred is fueling radical's position.)
Posted by Joe, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Dec 26, 2010 at 2:22 pm
It strikes me that the lady (radical) protests too much! Jane's comments seem a bit more than name-calling, contrary to what radical wants to believe. Perhaps Jane should write more simply so that the likes of radical don't trip over the ideas along the way to assuming attributions of racism and bigotry? Jane! Think about your readers and how you need to simplify for republican supporting readers!