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Eshoo to seek another term

Original post made on Aug 29, 2011

U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, a Democrat who has been representing Menlo Park, Atherton, Woodside, Portola Valley, and other cities in the 18th Congressional District for nearly two decades, announced Monday (Aug. 29) her plans to seek another term, but this time in the recently redrawn 18th District.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, August 29, 2011, 10:48 AM

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Posted by CD 18 Moderate
a resident of another community
on Aug 29, 2011 at 11:49 am

Congresswoman Eshoo does not get it. The State of California has record deficits and unbalanced budgets. For her to continue to support HSR, in any form, while we are sinking under a mountain of debt is unconscionable. I propose that we consider a viable alternative, if one is available.

Some one like Pete Constant of San Jose, or Duf Sundheim of Palo Alto would both be excellent candidates for Congress. We need people who are fiscally responsible and recognize that all funding comes from our pockets. The spending must be reigned in.


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Posted by Davis
a resident of Woodside: other
on Aug 29, 2011 at 1:26 pm

There is no better argument for term limits than Congresswoman Eshoo.


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Posted by eshoo for palo alto
a resident of another community
on Aug 29, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Eshoo is a shoo-in. There's no one serious to challenge her. Her district loves her. A few malcontents will post a lot of comments. They're just really sad they live in a highly educated area, an area with no elected republicans in national offices, few in state offices.

Term limits were part of gingrinchs contract but when republicans got in power they decided it wasn't so impotant, since many of them got the boot for being corrupt anyway. Gingrich too I think. Ethics term limit for newt. Losers always want limits cept when they finally take power then not so much


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Posted by Arch Conservative
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 29, 2011 at 3:31 pm

20 years is way too long, Step aside and let some new ideas flourish. But will never happen- Pols want to go on forever.
Power corrupts, and............


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Posted by eshoo for palo alto
a resident of another community
on Aug 29, 2011 at 4:01 pm

hey arch con and davis
You are right, 20 years is too long

Gingrich promised term limits - what happened? Call these guys and ask:

boehner 21 years in office

macconnell 26 years in office

cantor 6 terms

kyl 5 terms rep, made term limit pledge then has been in senate for 15 years

Good pledge, that one.

Tell us how your calls go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Speaker John A. Boehner (R-OH) 202-225-6205 202-225-0704 Web Link
Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) 202-225-2815 202-225-0011 Web Link
202-225-2908
Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ) 202-224-4521 202-224-2207 Web Link
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) 202-224-2541 202-224-2499 Web Link


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Posted by okd tuner
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 29, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Boy: I was sure she would not run again. She is 69, out of touch and just can't give it up I guess. Poor Joe Simitian, nowhere to go and termed out next year.


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Posted by Gabe Nether
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Aug 29, 2011 at 10:09 pm

When are we going to get it - we can't beat folks like Anna in California until the Republican party gives up on its BIG GOVERNMENT focus
- BIG WARS and spending on the military industrial complex
- BIG INTRUSIONS into personal lives against womens' choice and sexual preference
- BIG INVASION of privacy with draconian devices like the Patriot Act in the name of security
- BIG INJECTION of religious dogma into government
Give this up fellow Republicans and we can win. Continue to espouse BIG GOVERNMENT and we will continue fail.


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Posted by Scholar
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Aug 29, 2011 at 10:20 pm

20 years in office? Time for someone new. Give someone else a chance.


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Posted by has enough
a resident of Atherton: Lloyden Park
on Aug 30, 2011 at 6:52 am

Boxer and Eshoo both need to go. We need new blood. This last debaucle in Washington just proves this. I am tired of their own personal agendas coming first over what the people in this Country want and need.


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Aug 30, 2011 at 10:57 am

Last election she spent nearly $2 million in contributions from special interests on her campaign. Her opponent spent nothing. Zero. She won with nearly 70 percent of the vote. Her biggest accomplishment in 20 years? Getting a bill passed to regulate the volume of TV commercials; something already regulated by the FCC.


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Posted by eshoo for palo alto
a resident of another community
on Aug 30, 2011 at 11:55 am

arch con and Davis: still waiting to find out what happened to the gop term limits they promised 15 years ago. Please advise as to how your in-depth research is going! How did your calls to the gop office holders above go?

Gabe: sssssshhhhhhhhh!!! don't tell the locals the truth, that the gop is the party of big government intrusions, the party of borrow and spend (see bush.) It hurts conservative's brains when they see actual facts like that!

As Colbert said: reality has a well known liberal bias. Right to bush's face at that dinner.

re: "20 years in office?"

All that means is Eshoo has experience with how to make a government work!

She was there back in the 90's when Clinton cut spending and balanced the budget, even left an annual SURPLUS. Who was the last republican to do that?

She knows that tax cuts don't create jobs, they just wreck an economy. Bush proved it.

Anna Eshoo: help America dig out of this mess. Keep fighting the republicans who ruined our economy.


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Posted by Atherton Resident
a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 30, 2011 at 2:13 pm

First Hurricane Irene now Eshoo wants another term. How much bad news can one take in a week?


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Posted by Ethan
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Aug 30, 2011 at 2:20 pm

If you went to one of Rep. Eshoo's town meetings a while back, you saw the Tea Party alternative. And it wasn't pretty. If those people take over, and they could, it's goodbye affordable healthcare, goodbye Medicare, goodbye Social Security, goodbye quality public education, goodbye clean air and water, goodbye consumer protections, goodbye financial regulations, goodbye science (unless it turns a profit and/or comports with the Bible), and goodbye church/state separation. If you've been following the news, you know these are not exaggerations. It will soon be time to stop quibbling and choose sides.


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 30, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Menlo Voter above is not me.

The "real" Menlo Voter.


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Posted by eshoo for palo alto
a resident of another community
on Aug 30, 2011 at 2:51 pm

po' lil conservatives!

Living in an area of highly educated, prosperous, caring, deliberate and wise voters.

An area with no elected republicans in national offices, few in state offices.


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Posted by eshoo for palo alto
a resident of another community
on Aug 30, 2011 at 2:55 pm

The group now known as the tea party had to change their name because their old name was politically unpalatable. Actually was impolite to use the old name in mixed company.

The tea baggers used to be referred to as "the republican base."

/shudder

Sorry, I should have warned you before I said it out loud.


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Posted by sam sell
a resident of Atherton: Lloyden Park
on Aug 30, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Tea party = repug base

When will the media get that?

Great branding by the koch bros and dick armey's freedomworks.

Good marketing only hides poop for a little while.


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Posted by Interested
a resident of another community
on Aug 30, 2011 at 7:01 pm

re: "20 years in office?"

All that means is Eshoo has experience with how to make a government work!

REALLY. The Government works.......!!!!!!

You must be living on another planet....Eshoo is to the solution...SHE IS THE PROBLEM, and since when did our only alternative become the idiots from the Tea Party.....

I have to believe that there is another candidate out there that knows how business works, is not interested in intruding in peoples personal lives and wants to see our country great again....

If not then we truly are screwed.....


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 30, 2011 at 7:40 pm

"I have to believe that there is another candidate out there that knows how business works, is not interested in intruding in peoples personal lives and wants to see our country great again"

Can you say Libertarian? The party that actually, truly believes in minimal government. Unlike the democrats and republicans that are just opposite sides of the same coin. The only difference between the two is when they pick your pocket what they want to spend YOUR money on.


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Posted by Menlo Observer
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Aug 31, 2011 at 6:51 am

Either Joe Simitian or Gail Slocum would be preferable alternatives to Anna Eshoo. Simitian for his knowledge of politics and Slocum for her sense of fairness and her centrist views.


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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Aug 31, 2011 at 7:15 am

Ethan -

You said that if Republicans got in that we could say "goodbye affordable healthcare, goodbye Medicare, goodbye Social Security, goodbye quality public education, goodbye clean air and water, goodbye consumer protections, goodbye financial regulations, goodbye science (unless it turns a profit and/or comports with the Bible), and goodbye church/state separation."

Do you really think that we have affordable healthcare now? That current Medicare is sustainable? That our Social Security system is sound? That our public education system has been doing well? That our consumer and financial protection systems have been working?

I think we said goodbye to those things a LONG time ago. Neither political party has served us well. Not yours. Not mine.


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Posted by Bob
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 31, 2011 at 8:39 am

She doesn't know how to do anything else.


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Posted by No Way Eshoo!
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 31, 2011 at 12:10 pm

I think it's comical that as hard as "eshoo for Palo Alto" tries, he/she just can't seem to get any traction in his/her posts. Perhaps it's because Ms. Eshoo supported REASONABLE tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union, only 6 percent of the time in 2010, and in 2009 she received a ZERO percent rating from Citizens Against Government Waste, and the organization Americans for Fair Taxation in 2008 gave Ms. Eshoo a rating of ZERO too. Seems like Ms. Eshoo's tax and spend, and spend some more, continues with our homegrown boondoggle of the HSR. You can say it's all the Republican's fault, or Tea Party, or the right wing etc., until the cows come home, but this is Ms. Eshoo's economy now, and she will do nothing, to help fix this problem. Sorry "eshoo for Palo Alto", you can't argue with facts, real facts, not the ones you watch and listen to on MSNBC!


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Posted by Martin Engel
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Aug 31, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Let's be absolutely clear here. Re-electing Anna Eshoo guarantees her continued support for High-Speed Rail on the Caltrain Corridor. Despite her encouragement for the so-called "blended" two-track alignment, that will only be temporary, according to the CHSRA.

Once additional funding becomes available, we are assured that an elevated viaduct with four tracks will be built on the corridor. Congresswoman Eshoo has NEVER spoken out against High-Speed Rail, only its inadequate management in California. She continues to support High-Speed Rail in California, despite its incredibly huge costs to the state in perpetuity.

She does not acknowledge, despite being a Democrat, that High-Speed Rail will be paid for by working, ordinary Californians to provide luxury train service for the affluent who can afford the most expensive train tickets available.

Full Disclosure: I'm a life-time Progressive Democrat!


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Posted by Alfred E Newman
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Aug 31, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Ms Eshoo was just called tax and spend. CORRECT!!

Tax and spend is the fiscally responsible way to run a government, as opposed to republican borrow and spend.

Borrow and spend for Medicare part D. Borrow for wars while cutting taxes on millionaires IN A TIME OF WAR! Borrow to bail out Wall St banksters in Sept 2008 before the election.

As pointed out above, Eshoo was there in the 90's when Clinton tax and spent America to a balanced budget. When was the last time a republican president had a balanced budget?

Then the republicans came along with their BORROW and spend plan and took Clinton's surplus to a trillion dollar deficit and 700,000 jobs lost a month by December 2008.

"no way" thinks that's comical. He then quotes a bunch of Koch Bros funded far right think tanks trying to trash her. He doesn't want to admit that Democrats have been the fiscally responsible party, and hides behind cheap smears.

Sad.

"no way": as asked by others in similar threads - when was the last time our tax rates were significantly lower?


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Posted by Disappointed Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 31, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Is Anna Eshoo competent? When the Democrats ran the House Eshoo was chairperson of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Management. Her subcommittee is supposed to focus on policies and management challenges affecting all 16 agencies that comprise the U.S. Intelligence Community. She has served since 2003 when the committee was charged with preventing a future "failure to connect the dots" that led to the 9/11 attacks.

She clearly neglected her work on the intelligence committee because as the President so eloquently and forcefully pointed out about the Christmas Day bombing attempt, the intelligence system itself failed once again to connect the dots. It is possible she didn't neglect her intelligence committee work, but rather, she simply isn't capable of understanding how intelligence agencies are supposed to work together. Her comments on the intelligence failure on the PBS NewsHour certainly supports the fact she does not understand what happened or why.

Watch the video and see if she makes any sense at all. Former National Security Advisor Richard Clarke appears first, apparently stunned to find that we still don't have a way to "connect the dots." Eshoo appears next and appears equally amazed at this fact despite having served for six years on the committee that is supposed to make sure the dots are connected.

Web Link


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Posted by Alfred E Newman
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Aug 31, 2011 at 1:10 pm

"as the President so eloquently and forcefully pointed out"

She was insulted as ineffective by the President who allowed 9/11 to happen?

By the President who warned in his Aug 6 PDB titled "bin Ladin Determined to Attack in US", and then that President decided to STAY on vacation in Crawford and do nothing in the month before 9/11/2001; that particular President said she was wrong in 2003?

By the President who brags he kept us safe for 7 years, but neglects to point out he allowed 9/11 to happen?

That President? By his own standards then, she has kept us safe since 2003.


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Posted by What Me Worry
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Aug 31, 2011 at 2:46 pm

After the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, which killed six and injured 1,000; President Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.

After the 1995 bombing in Saudi Arabia, which killed five U.S. military personnel; Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.

After the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia, which killed 19 and injured 200 U.S. military personnel; Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.

After the 1998 bombing of U.S. embassies in Africa, which killed 224 and injured 5,000; Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.

After the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, which killed 17 and injured 39 U.S. sailors; Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.

Maybe if Clinton had kept his promise, an estimated 3,000 people in New York and Washington, D.C. that are now dead would be alive today.

What do you think of Bill Clinton now?


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Posted by Alfred E Newman
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Aug 31, 2011 at 3:43 pm

"what me":

You're kidding, right? Some crazy tries to link Eshoo to the intelligence and executive failures of 9/11 and you go back to Clinton?

Frankly, compare that Clinton list of yours to the damage Bush caused to the US with 9/11 (3,000 Americans) and Iraq/Afghanistan (over 5,000 US service personnel killed and trillions of dollars spent) and I think most folks would agree that Clinton was quite the security President over Bush.

Security and a budget surplus - it can be done, it has been done.

Just not by republicans.

If you really want to go back a bit you can see who really showed the terrorists they could get away with bombing US targets overseas with little danger of retaliation - Reagan's running away from Beirut after 250 marines were bombed was the pivotal lesson.

All you conservative haters moan and whine, bring up 9/11 and Clinton and cry some more.

Where's your candidate? Where has your candidate been the last 20 years?

Case closed.


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Posted by Alfred E Newman
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Aug 31, 2011 at 3:53 pm

addendum, as in dumb: "Maybe if Clinton had kept his promise"

"Maybe"? great logic point there, especially:

Who fulfilled the promise of killing bin Ladin? The guy who allowed 9/11 on his watch and promised he'd get him?

Or are you so far out on the fringe you don't believe bin Ladin was really killed? Need a birth certificate, a death photo, a death certificate, whoops, they're all forged by a secret Muslim President!!!!!

Wing nuts.

Haters hate. Where's your candidate?


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Posted by No Way Eshoo
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 31, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Ok, I have to correct myself "Alfred E Newman" is the most comical! He or she calls Conservatives "hate mongers" when all I did was post facts with numbers, something I guess Alfred does not understand?? Then Alfred goes on his or her hate campaign calling Conservatives "wing nuts, "hate and moan and whine" and other snippits from MSNBC.
I am sorry, 4 more years of your community organizer, that has never owned a calculator will quadruple ANY debt that a Republican President could have done in 100 years,
I think we DO need that change you all so aggressively chanted only 2.5 years ago Alfred!


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Posted by Alfred E Newman
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Aug 31, 2011 at 10:03 pm

"no way" says

"4 more years of your community organizer, .... will quadruple ANY debt that a Republican President could have done in 100 years"

Reagan tripled the national debt from one to three trillion.

Bush 1 added a trillion.

Clinton added a trillion, but took the Reagan/Bush 1 deficit and turned them into a SURPLUS. (name the last republican to do that!!)

Bush 2 doubled the national debt from 5 trillion to 10 trillion, taking a SURPLUS and turning it into an annual deficit of OVER a trillion dollars a year. Along the way, he drove our economy into a ditch, when he left office, we were losing 700,000 jobs a MONTH!

President Obama has added about 50% to the national debt, in the worst times since the First Republican Great Depression.

Comical? No. Very sad for our country. Very, very sad.

"4 more years of your community organizer, that has never owned a calculator will quadruple ANY debt that a Republican President could have done in 100 years"

You, Missy, are the one who needs a calculator.

Obama inherited a mess. He has made a lot of mistakes, though you and I will disagree with which of his decisions are mistakes, obviously.

But seriously? Quadruple? Darling, look at the math.

Quadruple? Who's the hater?


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Posted by What Me Worry
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Sep 1, 2011 at 6:58 am

How do Bush and Obama compare on closer inspection?

According to the White House's Office of Management and Budget, during his eight fiscal years, Bush ran up a total of $3.283 trillion in deficit spending. In his first two fiscal years, Obama ran up a total of $2.826 trillion in deficit spending ($1.294 trillion in 2010, an estimated $1.267 trillion in 2011 and the $265 billion in "stimulus" money that was spent in 2009). Thus, Bush ran up an average of $410 billion in deficit spending per year, while Obama is running up an average of $1.413 trillion in deficit spending per year — or $1.003 trillion a year more than Bush.

Obama, of course, has said the economy made him do it. But the average inflation-adjusted deficits through Obama's first two fiscal years will be more than ten times higher than the average inflation-adjusted deficit during the Great Depression. Even as a percentage of the gross domestic product, the average deficits in Obama's first two fiscal years will more than three times higher the average deficit during the Great Depression. The fact that Obama's deficits have, by any standard, more than tripled those of the Great Depression, cannot convincingly be blamed on the current recession.

And none of this even takes into account Obamacare, which the Congressional Budget Office says would increase spending by more than $2 trillion in its real first decade (2014 to 2023) — and which, even under very rosy projections, the CBO says would increase the national debt by $341 billion by the end of 2019.

It's not often that one gets to hear a call for "responsible" fiscal stewardship from someone whose deficit spending is outpacing President Bush's by more than $1 trillion a year — yet that's apparently what we'll get to hear tonight. But President Obama's actions tell another, far clearer, story about his commitment to deficit reduction.


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Posted by Alfred E Newman
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Sep 1, 2011 at 9:45 am

Copying and pasting old National Standard articles without attribution?

Unless your name is Anderson, you just stole someone's property without attribution.

One notes you did't back up the claims with links to the specific numbers from White House's Office of Management and Budget, so here you are.

The real data from the OMB: Web Link

Fiscal Year In Current Dollars
Receipts - Outlays - Surplus or Deficit (−)


2001 1,991.1 1,862.8 128.2 Clinton's last budget- note the SURPLUS
2002 1,853.1 2,010.9 -157.8
2003 1,782.3 2,159.9 -377.6
2004 1,880.1 2,292.8 -412.7
2005 2,153.6 2,472.0 -318.3
2006 2,406.9 2,655.0 -248.2
2007 2,568.0 2,728.7 -160.7
2008 2,524.0 2,982.5 -458.6
2009 2,105.0 3,517.7 -1,412.7
Bush's last budget, almost a trillion and a half, w/ 700k job loss per month

$1.4 trillion in deficit.

So the claim that Obama "will quadruple ANY debt that a Republican President could have done in 100 years" is absurd. Granted, handed a $1.4 trillion deficit AND the worst economy in 80 years, he has a lot of work to do.

Getting back to the thread, Obama and Eshoo need to follow the Democratic example of Bill Clinton and cut spending while increasing revenues to move towards a balanced budget.

Given the Bush disastrous example compared to the great Clinton experience, the choice is obvious.

To repeat: where have the republican candidates to Eshoo been for the last 20 years?


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Posted by What me Worry
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Sep 1, 2011 at 11:03 am

Al seems to be confused. But the rest of America with the exception of Washington D.C, Noo Yawk, and the california coast is not. Obama will most certainly get the boot for being an inept, puerile, and pusillanimous leader who refuses to accept responsibility for his actions. I will even be surprised if he gets the nomination. Hillary is so far better qualified than Obama.

My bet is there will be a draft Hillary movement and Obama seeing the handwriting on the wall will not run for a second term. Thank God! I think America has had enough of the Ted Mack Amateur Hour.

He would feel more at home being the head of the United Nations. That way he can continue to bash America with great Gusto.


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Posted by No Way Eshoo!
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 1, 2011 at 11:17 am

I think Alfred E is using some very odd math that he picked up from Moveon.org. His math completely goes against every economist, every OBJECTIVE newspaper (I know there are not many of them) and even the CBO. This President is out of control with his spending. Ronald Reagan is dead, Clinton is on the speaker's circuit, Bush has been out of office for 2.5 years! In your earlier post you pinned Bush's ineptitude during 9-11, and said this was caused while he was President, so..........drink some of your own medicine, and get your Socialist President to drink it too, HE and HE alone is responsible for this mess. The real numbers, numbers that don't lie and aren't manipulated by Alfred are 25 million unemployed, close to 10% unemployment..........all numbers your Socialist President said would not exist at this stage of his experimental Presidency. He owns this, and he will lose a second term because of it. And, to be continued, I wake up to read that Mr. Obama wants to spend $2.4B MORE dollars for green jobs, mostly for batteries for electric cars. We've already done this, with Johnson Controls, and gave them $300M of taxpayer money, for 150 jobs - that means we spent $2M per job! C'mon do the math, his failed policies are just that, failed policies!


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Posted by Alfred E Newman
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Sep 1, 2011 at 11:47 am

"His math completely goes against every economist, every OBJECTIVE newspaper (I know there are not many of them) and even the CBO"

Odd that. I posted the OMB numbers and the link. Every economist? Hyperbole much? Almost all the economists want job creation and stimulus to get America out of this disastrous Bush economy - 700k job loss in Jan 2009.(see other threads for the Pimco right wing economists who agree.)

You guys bring up Obama as a "socialist" (never defining the word) in a thread on Eshoo, when it is exactly Obama and a Dem congress that can get us out of this mess to return to a balanced budget that we had a mere decade ago, under Democratic President Bill Clinton.

Again: who was the last republican to balance a budget?

It was Bush and Cheney with Cheney's famous mantra "Reagan taught us that deficits don't matter" that brought this fiasco upon the good American people. Web Link

"Obama will most certainly get the boot ... I will even be surprised if he gets the nomination."

Wow. Out of touch much? Turn off the fox. Who can beat President Obama from the gop?

Perry? He has a 20 point lead. Perry ten years ago:

"Legislation authored by border legislators... establishes an important study that will look at the feasibility of bi-national health insurance. This study recognizes that the Mexican and U.S. sides of the border compose one region, and we must address health care problems throughout that region."

Perry: "we must address bi-national health insurance with Mexico" Web Link

"Perry Proposed A Bi-National Health Insurance Plan With Mexico In 2001"

No acronyms here, as I am really so enjoying typing the words, I have to spell it out:

Rolling on the floor, laughing my (behind) off!

Seriously, who do you have that's going to give the President of the United States of America "the boot"?

Obama and Eshoo: let's get America back to sanity, rebuild the economy and fix the Cheney "deficits don't matter" mistakes of the Bush calamity.


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Posted by Alfred E Newman
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Sep 1, 2011 at 12:18 pm

I just can't get over it. I'm going to miss you guys over the long weekend. The hilarity you folks pick up from rush and fox constantly amuses.

When you define "socialist" for us, please let us know where this fits in on the "socialist" spectrum:

"Perry's 2001 remarks on study of joint health plan with Mexico get scrutiny" Web Link

I'm thinking it pegs the "socialistometer" squarely in the red-red-red, if it doesn't break the meter completely! Heads exploding in teabagger land.

This is the guy that's going to save you from President Obama? Turns out he flip flops more than Willard Romney, author of the Affordable Care Act aka RomneyObamaCare or whatever tpaw called it.


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Posted by What me worry
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Sep 1, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Big Al,

The spotlight is on Obama and it does not look good. You can change the subject or obfuscate as much as you want but the bottom line is that Obama is an inept dilettante who is way over his head and is wrecking the country in the process. So you can cheer for Obama all you want but be advised you are cheering for a pyrrhic victory and ultimately this country's demise.

Fortunately most of the country do not share your extremist views and will vote Obama out of office for the sake of survival of our great nation


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Posted by Alfred E Newman
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Sep 1, 2011 at 1:59 pm

"the country do not share your extremist views and will vote Obama out of office"

Look at the polls: the country WANTS a balanced, shared sacrifice plan that includes tax hikes for the ultra wealthy. From your rightie NewsMax site: "Most Americans want to see tax increases on the nation's wealthiest individuals and businesses included in any plan that Congress' joint super committee on deficit reduction produces for dealing with the nation's budget problems." Web Link

Again, I ask: who will they vote for? Who's your man? or woman?

The half term governor?

The women who thinks the revolution started in NH, who spent her life on the public dole, first as a lawyer for the IRS? Omigawd, an IRS lawyer? TEA (taxed enough already?) bagger IRS lawyer?!?

Perry? Gov. Rick "I wanna give Mexican Nationals healthcare" Perry

The Tiffany's quarter million dollar charge account guy with 3 wives?

Ron Paul's going to win?

Mitt? I thought it was your guys' life mission to defeat him.

The pizza guy?

Chris "I ain't running till 2016 when Obama's gone" Christie, the guy who came out against Cantor yesterday as an extremists bozo? (points for that, btw!)

Who's YOUR choice? Don't waffle and stammer about "any one of them" or the other typical blather.

I keep asking and RARELY get an answer from the righties on this forum, just another load of gobbledygook without any facts. I'm less than thrilled with Obama, but geez, look at the competition!

Who ya got? Who's you man?

Figure it out and we'll have a beer and a laugh when I get back.

Have a great (& safe) LABOR Day weekend!

You too, Rep Eshoo!


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Posted by eshoo for palo alto
a resident of another community
on Sep 2, 2011 at 11:52 am

Eshoo strikes again. Trying to bring the moderate over to see the light on the left.

You anti-union folk ought to love this rule.

from the front page Web Link

"Open-government advocates also are asking why Obama, who promised to be "the most open and transparent" president ever, hasn't adopted the order. They say it would allow the public to see how corporations and labor unions influence the federal contracting process.

Such a move could blunt the power of a year-old Supreme Court decision that has allowed corporations and labor unions to make unlimited, anonymous contributions to independent groups that run political advertisements."


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Posted by eshoo for palo alto
a resident of another community
on Sep 2, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Even republicans want to spend money on JOBS to get the economy and our country on the road to recovery: Web Link

Which do you think should be more important for the Obama administration: reducing the deficit, even if unemployment might remain high or creating more jobs, even if it might mean less deficit reduction?

ALL
Reduce deficit: 30
Create jobs: 68

REPUBLICANS
Reduce deficit: 44
Create jobs: 54

INDEPENDENTS
Reduce deficit: 32
Create jobs: 66

DEMOCRATS
Reduce deficit: 16
Create jobs: 83


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Posted by Menlo Moderate
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Sep 3, 2011 at 9:16 am

We must have a better alternative than Eshoo. She has been in the job too long and has taken us for granted. We need a new voice with fresh ideas; not more business as usual. Joe Simitian would be a good choice. So would Kirsten Keith, Rich Gordon, or Ira Ruskin.


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Posted by Political Savant
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Sep 5, 2011 at 11:19 am

There is one person, a political newcomer, who would be a good congressman for the 18th Congressional District. His name is John Woodell. He is the one behind his wife's success and is more even keeled and knowledgeable than Joe Simitian (who would be my second choice).


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