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SUSAN ADAMS FOR CONGRESS

Susan Adams

(This post is from Mitch, not Heraldo or Eric.)

There are at least three good progressive candidates for Congress on our ballots: Susan Adams, Andy Caffrey, and Norman Solomon.

I’m for Susan Adams, and I’ll explain why.

First, Adams’ positions.

  • Put people to work on infrastructure projects, especially improving energy efficiency.
  • Reduce military spending.
  • Let the Bush giveaways to the wealthiest 1% expire, and use the resulting revenue to help the middle class.
  • Expand health care reform to be truly universal, by implementing Medicare for All.
  • Ensure full funding for veterans’ services and the VA.
  • Strengthen Social Security and Medicare.
  • Allocate more money to education, including jobs retraining for older workers.
  • Support a woman’s right to choose, and support women’s health services.
  • Require an act of Congress to send troops to fight overseas.
  • Bring Humboldt’s transparency in elections to Washington (three cheers for her willingness to champion a local Humboldt project).
  • Protect the North Coast’s environment, opposing offshore drilling and LNG projects.

Those positions are my positions.

But it’s not just that I agree with Adams on her positions.  My desire for Adams over Solomon (I don’t think Caffrey, realistically, stands a chance of being elected) goes well beyond the positions.

I think one of the biggest problems facing our country is the type of person we send to Congress.  I don’t want another person whose main history is one of making eloquent speeches.  I don’t want someone who knew from high school that they’d go into politics.  I don’t want more of the same, and I mean that in a deeper way than people’s stands on the issues — I mean it in terms of their personalities, their motivations, and their backgrounds.

Susan Adams became a nurse, not a politician.  That tells me she wants to help people: not just in the abstract, by making speeches about the way things should be, but by rolling up her sleeves and changing bedpans when necessary.

Then she became a Professor of Nursing.  That tells me she excelled as a nurse, and that in addition to being very caring she is very, very smart.

Then she became a county Supervisor.  That tells me she understands that, in politics, you start at the local level and learn, you don’t try to jump directly into Congress.  (What sort of person says they want to be a public servant, but isn’t willing to start small?)  She has a long list of accomplishments as Supervisor, starting with Marin’s clean energy programs and improved access to health care.

Then she didn’t accept Marin’s car allowance for Supervisors, and has not taken the pension money Marin offers.  That tells me she’s really still in it for others, and she “gets” it: people are  suffering economically, and she needs to lead by example in order to reduce government waste.

By being a Supervisor, and developing a record, Adams has shown us that she is able to make things happen in the political system.

Frankly, I think it’s a piece of cake for someone to make eloquent speeches — even speeches I agree with and think are wise.  Lots of people can do that.  Lots of people do that.  They just can’t actually IMPLEMENT any of the changes we all agree are important.

To really implement change requires an ability to persuade, to negotiate, but also, critically, to listen to your opponents and respond to their needs.  That’s not weakness — it’s strength.  Anyone who thinks otherwise is, in my opinion, simply wrong, and doesn’t understand the nature of democracy.

I believe Adams is exactly correct in her policy positions, and I can see she’s a demonstrated winner in politics.  She’s proven by her entire life that she really cares about people.  She’s proven by her job performance that she can bring people together to accomplish critically important change.  She’d be a fantastic representative for our district.

SUSAN ADAMS FOR CONGRESS

  1. May 17, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Damn! I just sent in my absentee ballot yesterday and voted for her. After reading Mitch’s post, almost sorry I did now. Then again, no real good choices in that race, anyway. Anybody but Huffman in 2012!

  2. Mitch
    May 17, 2012 at 10:26 am

    It’s ok, Fred. You’re allowed to think for yourself. No need for knee-jerk reaction.

  3. doggdaze46
    May 17, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Wow………this $ench is so far to the left, she’s gonna roll off the wing! Maybe that ‘ol Muslim ‘Bamer will raise her taxes to pay for the give-aways…. Or, howz about asking the Chinaman of another loan…

  4. iraqwarvet1201
    May 17, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Sounds like someone is using the playbook of the rightwing talking heads and Sarah Palin. Mitch can’t vote for “someone who only has speeches”???? Guess he voted for McCain in 2008 with that analysis.

  5. Mitch
    May 17, 2012 at 10:57 am

    From 1997 to 2004, Barack Obama served three terms in the Illinois State Senate.

    From Wikipedia:

    Obama was elected to the Illinois Senate in 1996, succeeding State Senator Alice Palmer as Senator from Illinois’s 13th District, which at that time spanned Chicago South Side neighborhoods from Hyde Park – Kenwood south to South Shore and west to Chicago Lawn.[44] Once elected, Obama gained bipartisan support for legislation reforming ethics and health care laws.[45] He sponsored a law increasing tax credits for low-income workers, negotiated welfare reform, and promoted increased subsidies for childcare.[46] In 2001, as co-chairman of the bipartisan Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, Obama supported Republican Governor Ryan’s payday loan regulations and predatory mortgage lending regulations aimed at averting home foreclosures.[47]
    Obama was reelected to the Illinois Senate in 1998, defeating Republican Yesse Yehudah in the general election, and was reelected again in 2002.

  6. Anonymous
    May 17, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Don’t our current laws require an act of congress to send troops overseas for war? It seems our presidents are above the law.

  7. iraqwarvet1201
    May 17, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Mitch, I understand your point, no need to site Wikipedia. You’re just using the same talking points as the right. You want a career politician (like McCain) rather than someone who has worked/spoken all over the world trying to do what is right for man-kind. Spreading Peace and equality.

  8. HUUFC
    May 17, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Where is she getting all of that money she plans to give away?
    Require an act of congress to send troops overseas? The Constitution of the United States gives the power of Commander in Chief of the armed forces to the President.
    We already have enough people in congress that don’t read the Consitution, one more won’t help.

  9. Mitch
    May 17, 2012 at 11:20 am

    iraqwarvet,

    Thirty-three years in health care does not sound to me like “career politician”.

    See http://www.susanadamsforcongress.com/about-susan-adams/

    Susan’s 33 years in health care, as a maternity clinical specialist and women’s health nurse practitioner, has fueled her passion for working for sustainable, healthy and safe communities. She earned a Masters and PhD in nursing from UCSF and has taught women’s health and maternity care at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Susan holds an adjunct professor position in the Dominican University Graduate Nursing Department.

    One of her most fulfilling accomplishments on the Board of Supervisors has been the implementation of Marin’s Wellness Center, guaranteeing all in the County have access to affordable health care. She led the effort to establish the Marin Medical Reserve Corps, a volunteer group of health care professionals who assist in times of crisis and is a nationally recognized program. Susan also serves in a leadership position for the National Association of Counties Health Committee, where that groups recommendations were included in the Affordable Care Act.

    I won’t criticize anyone for traveling and speaking to spread peace and equality. But as I grow older, I have more and more questions about whether traveling and speaking about peace and equality actually has any demonstrable effect on the amount of peace and equality in the world.

    Changing bedpans, on the other hand, almost always makes at least one person better off.

  10. iraqwarvet1201
    May 17, 2012 at 11:21 am

    HUUFC;

    Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 of the United States Constitution, sometimes referred to as the War Powers Clause, vests in the
    Congress the power to declare war, in the following wording:

    “[Congress shall have Power…] To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water”

    Co-Equal branches, remember???

  11. iraqwarvet1201
    May 17, 2012 at 11:22 am

    3 terms in the County Office and now running for a congressional seat……here comes her second career, hopefully not!

  12. Mitch
    May 17, 2012 at 11:26 am

    iraqwarvet,

    I understand that you are for Norman Solomon. But I’m curious: what do you object to about Susan Adams? Are you bothered by her behavior as a county Supervisor? Have you even examined it?

  13. Anonymous
    May 17, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Anyone who flaunts the American flag as she does in one of her campaign picture gives me pause – looks like she’s pretty damn proud of our empire building. Reminds me of George and Obama with their American flag lapel pins as they send drones to kill innocent people.
    This country’s actions, at this time, do not deserve a display of nationalism.We refuse to take responsibility for our role in climate change, we attack peaceful people all around the world and just today I see we’re sending a brigade to Africa.

    Mitch, it’s great that Ms. Adams became a nurse to help people but what makes that better than the person who “got” the bigger picture of social and economic justice from the beginning. Becoming a nurse or a county supervisor wouldn’t be anywhere near the first choice to change our current system for the better but educating people would be a logical choice. Nurses, educators and many other professions are based on a desire to serve others.

  14. What Now
    May 17, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    It would be refreshing to have more elected officials not beholden to AIPAC.
    Analysis of funding sources indicate both Solomon and Huffman are hardwired in to THAT network of dominionsists, racists and war mongering crackpots

  15. Mitch
    May 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Anonymous,

    The American flag represents us. It’s a crying shame that it has been largely co-opted by the right wing.

    I think protesters made a huge mistake during the Vietnam period by burning the American flag. The appropriate reaction would have been to WASH the American flag free from the imperialist mud.

    You ask a really good question about my preference for someone who became a nurse rather than someone who “got the bigger picture.” I’ll do my best to give you a sincere answer.

    It’s a personal issue for me — when I was younger I worked for a while as a community organizer at a group led by a former leader of SDS. I’ve also been exposed to a lot of do-gooders — way too many for anyone’s health.

    There are many incredibly wonderful people involved in big picture organizing. However, I’ve found that there are certain occupational hazards. The most critical one for me is that, because you virtually never win, you become very prone to overestimating your impact. Many non-profits will toss a few hours of some volunteers’ work into an issue, and then trumpet their “win” if the issue doesn’t lose. Others just think they can measure their impact by the number of dollars they raise, the number of pronouncements they make, the number of interviews they give. It becomes more and more about a particular individual’s importance, often disguised as the importance of “their” outfit, because only by increasing their importance/wealth/membership/power will the world change.

    It’s just not that simple.

    One of my beliefs is that everything is connected, and that change is much more a result of many small actions by a great many people, most of them unnoticed, than a result of some swell speech by an eloquent and well-meaning man (and it’s almost always a man giving “the speech,” he’s almost always white, he almost always attended an Ivy League college, he almost always comes from a family of either wealth or academic or professional connections).

    “The speech,” or the audience’s receptivity to “the speech,” is almost always a result of real, hard, on-the-ground, hard-to-notice work by a ton of people like nurses, teachers, and garbage collectors who have no direct association with the hero. Yet, often, their work is not noticed, and we end up with a Congress largely filled — it seems to me — with people who think it’s all about their eloquence and power.

    It’s not.

    A while back, somebody quoted a lyric from The Who’s Dont Be Fooled Again; I think it’s right on: “meet the new boss, same as the old boss.” For me, there’s a big danger that many people giving speeches from a progressive point of view don’t realize the danger that, were they ever to get power, they’d be “the new boss, same as the old boss.” I’ve seen it in microcosm in too many organizations that turn into ego-gratifying kingdoms, worshipping the hero-in-charge.

    I think we’re less prone to get that if we have more women in Congress, and more people who chose a career that involved disposing of other people’s piss instead of one exhorting others about what’s wrong with the way things are done.

  16. Anonymous
    May 17, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Mitch said: “What sort of person says they want to be a public servant, but isn’t willing to start small?”

    Um, I believe the late, great Senator Paul Wellstone, & Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to Congress, were not elected politicians when they were elected to Congress. Here in CA, I think Jerry McNerney fits that profile (maybe not the best example).

  17. Mitch
    May 17, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    1:49,

    Yes, Wellstone’s a good example of someone whose first political office was high. Wellstone had run for state auditor, and lost, eight years before getting in.

    It’s still a good question, don’t you think? What sort of person says they want to be a public servant, but isn’t willing to start small?

    Really, the person it makes me think of isn’t Solomon, but Lawson.

  18. iraqwarvet1201
    May 17, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Mitch,

    My only problem with Adams is that I’ve never heard her speak of issues concerning World Affairs, I’m not sure we need someone representing us that will be getting on-the-job training, will she just be a follower and vote to engage our military in unnecessary wars like the other 434 (including Rep. Thompson) who gave President Bush free rein? I know that if Norman Solomon was in office on Sept 14, 2001, like Rep. Barbara Lee, he would have voted against this. I can’t risk another Soldier, Sailor, Airmen, or Marine’s life with a rookie on foreign affairs.

    In your response to 1:49 you said “what sort of person says they want to be a public servant, but isn’t willing to start small?” I understand the dictionary version of Public Servant pretty much means government official working for the people, but Solomon has been an Unpaid Servant for the entire Public for over 30 years now. Now that is commitment!

  19. May 17, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    A while back, somebody quoted a lyric from The Who’s Dont Be Fooled Again;

    Norman Solomon’s favorite song!: http://khum.com/d0a

  20. Mitch
    May 17, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Anon 2:22,

    Serious question: what difference do you think two votes instead of one in opposition to the authorization of the use of military force (in response to 9/11) would have made?

    I think Barbara Lee is a hero for her vote. I wish there had been two; I wish there had been 435. But what do you think the actual effect would have been?

    Adams is calling for closing half of our foreign bases and cutting military spending in half.

    Here’s an extract from a web site called mendoday, http://www.mendoday.com/news/2012/news_04_13_2012_adams.php

    Asked about the poor record of the Democratic Party when it comes to issues of war and peace, and military spending, Susan took a very progressive stance. She was critical of the use of war instead of diplomacy, and in particular of using military drones as an instrument of policy. She stated that she believed it should be possible to close at least half of the military bases the U.S. maintains in foreign countries. She also would like to see military spending reduced by half. The money currently spent overseas could be used to rebuild the American economy and meet critical needs of U.S. citizens. She named Roots of Peace as an organization she is associated with. She also talked about the work she has done to help returning war veterans.

    Hank,

    I LIKE Norman Solomon. I think he’d be a good representative.

  21. Mitch
    May 17, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Here’s Adams speaking on war and peace, in 2011:

  22. High Finance
    May 17, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Just another typical Democrat.

    More taxes, more spending, more deficit. With that type of Representatives in Congress we will soon go the way of Greece.

  23. Mitch
    May 17, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    If only the Democratic Party were so lucky as to have Susan Adams be the typical congressional Democrat.

  24. Jack Sherman
    May 17, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    It’s simple….a democrat is going to win.

    That’s why I’m supporting Norman Solomon.

    It’s irrational for democrats to complain about a president who hasn’t had the support he needs in Congress and then fail to send a powerful progressive voice to back him. After 3 decades of effectively advancing progressive democratic values, there’s little question how Solomon will perform or how desperately he is needed.

    Solomon’s once “radical” views have, regretfully become mainstream.

  25. iraqwarvet1201
    May 17, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I think Barbara Lee is a hero for her vote. I wish there had been two; I wish there had been 435. But what do you think the actual effect would have been?

    Mitch, I want someone who will always vote their conscience and do what is right, not just politically correct. I don’t want to elect someone equal to Mike Thompson or someone who is just left of him, this country and this district needs someone with consistency and who will never compromise, who will help bring the political spectrum back to the center from the far right that it’s been for the past 10+ years. We here in this district have that opportunity to make real change where it counts, within the halls of Congress. No more moderates! No more weak Dems! No more compromisers! And most definitely please, please do not send another ConservaDem/Blue Dog to represent us (i.e. Huffman or Lawson).

  26. tra
    May 17, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    How our representative votes is very important, but it is also important that our representative is able, whenever possible, to persuade other representatives to vote with them.

    Also important is their ability to listen to other viewpoints, to find common ground and to be able to work constructively with people who agree with them on some issues, even if they disagree, sometimes strongly, on other issues.

    So having strong policy positions, and being willing to push hard for what you believe are both very important, but being an effective legislator is also a question of temperament, personality, and communication skills.

  27. Mitch
    May 17, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    But anonymous, you didn’t really answer my question.

    I understand why — it’s painful to realize that two votes or ten would probably have made no difference.

    What we need is not people who will draw our own lines in the sand — what we need are people who will listen to what others have to say, and be listened to in turn. We need people to do the best job possible of reuniting us, while making the best possible case for progressive values.

    More than anything else, we need to stop thinking that the reason people in Mississippi don’t act just like people in Humboldt is that we haven’t yet educated them. They have had different life experiences, and have their own perspectives on things. I don’t like those perspectives one bit, but I don’t get to vote them out of the country.

    Unless you plan on breaking the country into two or more pieces (and I sometimes fantasize about how wonderful that would be, but then I realize it would probably lead to millions of deaths, sooner rather than later), the best we can hope for is to have someone who can go into a room, not get bought by the big money, stand tall for our beliefs, and make sure our views are well-represented in the mix that emerges, and presented with the best possible chance for success. I think Adams is that person, more than I think Solomon is that person.

    If I wanted a Professor-in-chief, I’d probably vote for Solomon. I want someone to represent my views in Congress, so I’ll vote for Adams.

  28. iraqwarvet1201
    May 17, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    When primaries within the Democratic Party happen and I have a chance to vote in these, I always ask myself the following question…Do I want a Feinstein or a Boxer. Do I want a weak Moderate Democrat or an outspoken tough as nails Liberal? It’s that simple.

  29. iraqwarvet1201
    May 17, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Mitch, that was beautiful, but simple put you’d like another compromiser. Maybe we can just give in on medicare and cut food stamps, and privatize social security just so we can pass another tax break for the rich. Is that the working together that you like?

  30. Mitch
    May 17, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    No, I’m not looking for another tax break for the rich, and for further cuts in social programs. I confess it becomes annoying when people choose to frame things that way.

    Neither Adams nor Solomon, nor you nor I, want what you describe. We each have our own views as to how to get to what I suspect is very nearly the same place.

    It would be just lovely if it were a simple matter of electing the non-compromiser, so that we could have exactly our way. If you honestly believe that’s the way things work, your vote is clear, and the President is a traitor — simple as that. If you suspect that it might be more complicated, you could choose to give it some more thought.

    Thought is not dangerous, but sometimes it reveals complexities that are unpleasant to look at. The advantage of seeing the complexities is that they will be there and have their impact, whether you choose to ignore them or not.

  31. walt
    May 17, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Hmm. Tough call. Iraqwarvet, why do you think “Adams would be a blue dog?

  32. iraqwarvet1201
    May 17, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Walt,

    I don’t think that Adams would be a Blue Dog, I was speaking about Lawson and Huffman. Adams sounds like a compromiser though, anything to pass legislation, right Mitch?

  33. May 17, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    All of the top contenders are in agreement on Single Payer Health Care, ending the Bush Tax Cuts, lifting the cap on Social Security and ending the wars. So if you don’t like those positions you have two Republican’s to chose from, well you at least have the tea party favorite Mike Halliwell, as Roberts tends to lean to the middle left on social issues.

    My argument to Jack Sherman would be the same one I made in response to the person who was criticizing Hank for his position, in that Norman (god love him for all of his activism) can not win in run off with Huffman. I’ll copy part of my earlier statement again here:

    …The one key point that Hank did not expound on is who is most likely to upset Huffman if they were on the November ballot, and there Susan Adams has the clear advantage.

    As it’s been reported by others Norman was twice a Ralph Nader delegate and like Nader voting for Solomon is a principled vote, but also a wasted vote in my opinion in that Norm is simply not a contender to win in a general election run off with Huffman. He does not and can not draw Republican or moderate independents. Where as in spite of Susan Adams sharing most all of Norm’s liberal positions from Single Payer Healthcare, to opposition to these senseless wars, a woman’s right to choose, fully funding Social Security by lifting the contribution cap, increasing funding to education and investment in our infrastructure, she continues to win support from what is commonly referred to as “cross over” supporters.

    It does not hurt that she’s shown herself to be fiscally responsible, such as not taking the county’s pension that all of the other board members in Marin happily accept and promising to decline the Federal one if elected, nor does she take her significant car allowance which all of her colleagues on the Board of Supervisors accept, but these [moderate and even conservative] voters are also attracted to her working class background, her rural roots and her close ties to the Northcoast.

    Her political experience includes a proven track record of winning over those in opposition to her, by listening, …rather then lecturing, and the fact that she is not backed by the Democratic “party machine” means she’s not the establishment candidate and in a general election that gives her appeal to voters looking for an alternative to the status quo, who in this case arguably carries the weight of an incumbent from his years in the state legislature (some feel things haven’t been working out all that well under his leadership in Sacramento…).

    If all Hank [or Jack] wants is someone to get on his soapbox and challenge Huffman with out actually being a threat to defeat him, then his choice is sound. If however he wants to see November be an actual contest, he should reconsider his position, as Susan Adams is the contender with the best chance of upsetting Huffman in the General Election.

    I would add that finger waving and lecturing as a House freshman will not win you many friends when you’re trying to bring home Federal dollar in the form of Community Block Grants etc.. Listening respectfully and winning the opposition over to your side, or agreeing to disagree, along with being a proud American who’s brother has served seven tours of duty (it might make her proud of the flag, but it also cemented her strong opposition to both of the wars!), these are traits that would serve Humboldt well in our next Congress member.

    Richard Salzman
    Humboldt Field Rep
    Susan Adams for Congress

  34. tra
    May 17, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Adams has been endorsed by both Mark Lovelace and Virginia Bass. I see that Richard Salzman is her Humboldt Field Rep, and I noticed that Richard Marks announced his support for her candidacy on his SamoaSoftball blog.

    So it looks like, at least here in Humboldt, Adams is drawing significant support both from self-described “progressives” and self-described “moderates.” If she’s doing that in other parts of the district as well, that would seem to bode well for her chances.

  35. Ponder z
    May 17, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Right on HI FI, I’m thinking the same thing. Grease! How many progs like the way Grease is? Because? A. they need to pay workers more. B. because they overspent themselves into debt. Hint, If you pick A, kick yourself in the ass.

  36. Herodotus
    May 17, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Greece got fleeced by Goldman Sachs and the Greek 1%, with help from the european 1%. No wonder people there are pissed. They deal with the flotsam and jetsom in the wake while the profiteers move on to target a bigger country, the USA.

  37. Herodotus
    May 17, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    What I meant to say was that I don’t think Susan Adams had anything to do with the debacle in Greece. Probably none of the other candidates either.

  38. HUUFC
    May 17, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Medicare for all? Medicare has $82 trillion in unfunded liabilities. Where is she getting all of the money she wants to spend?

  39. Ponder z
    May 17, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    run up a bigger tab, just like in Greace.

  40. High Finance
    May 17, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    “Goldman Sachs” ??

    Isn’t that Warren Buffet’s company, the darling of the left ?

  41. May 17, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    HiFi has become a parody of himself.

  42. Herodotus
    May 17, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Jeez, you guys, read some history, and pay attention to current events during 4th period. You might learn somethin’.

    I’m confident that Susan Adams had nothing to do with the Greek crisis.

  43. Eric Kirk
    May 17, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    run up a bigger tab, just like in Greace.

    Obviously we didn’t run up much of a tab on… oh, it’s too easy a shot. I’ve got some standards.

  44. May 18, 2012 at 6:04 am

    “Greece got fleeced by Goldman Sachs and the Greek 1%, with help from the [E]uropean 1%.”
    Thank you Herodotus. Finally someone else has pointed out that Greece was a victim of some fancy swindling.
    That money they “Borrowed” went straight into the pockets of the uber-rich. There were no schools built. There were no hospitals. The people suffering these “austerity measures” are the saps stuck with paying for the money stolen by their own 1%.
    This is the same game being played on us. The rich steal the money, and then make municipal governments and working class people pay it back. Being in the ruling class is a license to steal in America. And that is what they do. They steal it, then they and their lackeys start harping about “deficits” of course there’s not problem with deficit spending when the money is going to banks and billionaires.

  45. Mitch
    May 18, 2012 at 6:42 am

    moviedad,

    Exactly. What a joke to talk about countries as if they were individuals.

    We are continuing to live through what is probably, by the numbers, the greatest theft in world history. Anyone who points that out is accused of engaging in class warfare.

  46. (Susan Adams Email) via Mitch
    May 18, 2012 at 6:55 am

    From Susan Adams, via email sent at 1:30 AM,

    I love the debate…hopefully there are at least equal parts listening as well as talking. Re: my foreign policy thoughts…I think one of the blog posts captured it pretty well…
    Get out of the war and allow the Bush tax cuts to expire ($10 billion/mon that we have been spending in an overseas war at a time when Bush 2 cut taxes) goes a long way toward helping with domestic issues). Eliminate oil subsidies…they are making buckets of money. Close military bases overseas…[…] with military fighter pilots launching and flying aircraft overseas from silos in the US, it seems a huge waste of money to keep so many open. I am glad to see my friend Heidi Kuhn of Roots of Peace was cited in the blog…for a paltry sum of money, she has been removing land mines and helping communities rebuild an agricultural economy (and good will in the process). We need more Heidi Kuhns in the world…more real peace keeping, diplomacy and building of good will. Supporting women and women’s issues is also a move toward a more peaceful world. […]
    Having a brother who served 7 tours overseas since 9/11 reconfirms my resolve to bring our troops home…many of whom will be our next wave of homeless mentally ill vets because we are cutting the programs that help them reintigrate back into civilian life and deal with their wounds. I am a nurse…a healer…my lens comes from that perspective. And I believe I would have been strong enough to stand by Barbara Lee in her historic and brave vote. The constitution provides that only Congress can go to war.

    Regarding the flag…the photo was taken on a Humboldt Bay patrol tug with the harbor master as I was learning more about the challenges on the bay and the issues that are important to fisher people, tribes, businesses and environmentalists. The flag happened to be on the back of the boat I was in…and when I think about all of the countries I could be living in, I feel pretty darn lucky that I live in this country and in this beautiful 2nd district where we still have the freedom to blog our thoughts and debate the issues…and these constitutional rights are certainly worth fighting for by whomever is elected.

    On a smaller scale, I have taken brave votes and fought tough battles. In spite of threats from PG&E about my political future, I was the deciding vote to launch the Marin Energy Authority which is working toward 100% clean renewable energy product for our county in the next 7 years (we are already half way there). My two colleagues who joined me in that historic vote passed away within the last year and I doubt I would have had the same outcome with my new board. A tough candidate was put up against me because of that vote and I won…

    I do not support a pre-emptive strike on Iran…that will lead to nothing good. We are at a critical junction in our history…7 billion of us sharing this little blue marble in space…and if we don’t start working together as a human race, the human experiment could go the way of the dinosaurs.

    I am not getting rich being on the county board of supervisors. I made a better living as a professor of nursing and a women’s health nurse practitioner (especially because I do not take the county pension plan or $9600/mon car allowance because I ride my bike and use public transit when in county)…and if the voters do not chose me, I will be satisfied that I did what I could and offered what I could to my community to make things better…and happily go back to bringing babies into the world.

  47. HUUFC
    May 18, 2012 at 8:58 am

    “The constitution provides that only Congress can go to war.” That is just not an accurate statement.

    The Constitution states that Congress may “declare war” the current events in Iraq and Afghanistan demonstrate the difference clearly.

    All of the foreign policy discussion is outside the purview of the House of Representatives, all bills for raising revenue originate there, that’s enough work. And our current rep. knows that’s where you can spend it like a drunken sailor.

    I still want to know where is all of the money comming from to do everything you want to do?

  48. Mitch
    May 18, 2012 at 9:12 am

    The Constitution states that Congress may “declare war” the current events in Iraq and Afghanistan demonstrate the difference clearly.

    huufc, meet George Orwell.

    If soldiers are sent to die in it, and lose limbs in it, and there are grenades being thrown and rifles being fired, and defense contractors making great money, and civilians including women and children cowering in the corners of their homes, I think it’s a war.

  49. HUUFC
    May 18, 2012 at 9:17 am

    That’s coming not comming, whoops.

  50. Jack Sherman
    May 18, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    “…what we need are people who will listen to what others have to say,If I wanted a Professor-in-chief, I’d probably vote for Solomon. I want someone to represent my views in Congress, so I’ll vote for Adams.” (Mitch)

    Any evidence for Solomon is not listening? I haven’t seen you or Salzman at any of his events!

    Solomon is the only “Professor In Chief” to repeatedly appear in national media with calm, reasoned, knowledgeable acumen for progressive causes. The only candidate effectively advancing progressive values the last 30 years and exactly the kind of candidate Obama needs behind him. How painful it is to read a “liberal” crapping on academics like republicans always have.

    “He (Solomon) does not and can not draw Republican or moderate independents.” (Salzman).

    It is precisely this kind of “pragmatism” that wins candidates that appeal to our opponents.

    Hence, nothing changes, and in fact, it’s getting worse and worse.

    On the other hand, if democrats rallied behind Solomon, the progressive candidate, (who has long-mastered the issues the other candidates aspire to), they could go door-to-door to educate and register the OTHER HALF of the potential electorate that abstains…. disgusted by “democrats” that vote like republicans.

  51. Mitch
    May 18, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    I’ve heard Solomon on the radio several times. I’ve even called in and engaged him in dialog. I’ve said a few times — I like him. I prefer Adams. She shares his positions, has built a record IN government, and has a different focus that I prefer.

    The seesaw between pragmatism and going for broke is always going to be there, and there will always be good arguments on both sides. I don’t think it’s an argument that can be “won” by one side or the other; people of good will just have to decide what they feel is the best path forward, in each specific situation.

    I say that as a former Nader voter. I voted for him because I knew it was a completely safe vote in California (despite the howls of offended Democrats), and because of my hope that he’d get a high enough percentage to direct future Federal campaign funds to the Green party. I felt then, and I feel now, that Ralph Nader was the best human being to have run for President in my lifetime.

    It didn’t happen. He showed no ability to get even the minimal percentage necessary to turn the Greens into a real national party.

    That’s the country we find ourselves in. It’s a shame, but sticking your head in the sand doesn’t change things for the better.

  52. Jack Sherman
    May 18, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Taking one’s head out of the sand reveals the self-defeating cycle of “pragmatic” party-leaders backing “democratic” candidates that appeal to republicans…making discouraged voters more discouraged with even more refusing to vote…requiring MORE “pragmatic” democratic candidates even MORE willing to “reach across the isle”. This has been taking place in earnest for a generation until half the potential electorate abstains…a disgraceful reality completely censored in mainstream media.

    Until a massive nation-wide education/registration canvass is launched we can continue to pretend we’re getting somewhere with lots of democrats in office staying the course in cutting Soc. Sec., Medicare, continuing bailouts, perpetual wars, offshore tax havens, “free-trade”, et al.

    With the loss of the Fairness Doctrine, it was up to the parties to reach out to voters…until that happens, we can keep dreaming.

  53. Former Eurekan/ The Carpetbaggers who stole Eureka suck
    May 18, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Adams is merely another liberal imbecile who has zero clue as to where the money comes from to support their agendas. As such, she’s perfect to represent the people of her district who choose not to work, are intellectual elitists who lack a modicum of common sense and/or are too high. She could win… as she is perfectly willing to kiss a** to represent the losers who reside in her district. Atlas shrugs; Me, I moved to a state that doesn’t severely confiscate my income to placate to Democrats voting constituencies, aka those who suck off the work of others. Who won’t this clown give money to as long as they don’t create jobs or earn their own way through life.

    I’m all for supporting the less fortunate.I make less than half of what Crazy Uncle Joe Biden makes and gave more than 5 times what he did to charitable organizations. I’m just not in favor of the government confiscating my money and making those charitable choices for me.

  54. Mitch
    May 19, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Maybe it’s time to remind folks like Ms. Rand, just above, of how Uncle Sam spends the money it confiscates.

    For every $100:

    $24 goes to war and veterans of war
    (to ensure we get cheap access to the oil
    that God mistakenly placed under other countries)
    $20 goes to Social Security
    (to ensure the elderly won’t starve if they are childless,
    or if they have raised bastards or their children are poor)
    $13 goes to Medicare
    (so the elderly can afford medicine
    and be treated for their sicknesses)
    $9 goes to non-Medicaid, non-Social Security programs to help the poor
    ($2 for food stamps, $0.50 for school lunches, etc…)
    $8 goes to Medicaid
    (so the poor can be treated for their sicknesses)
    $8 goes to pay bankers for the debt
    (to pay interest on the debt, mostly from past wars
    and the Bush unfunded tax cuts to the 1%, in time of war)
    $3 goes to help unemployed workers
    $2 goes to defend the homeland,
    (’cause that’s apparently not what the Dept of Defense does)
    $2 goes to transportation
    $2 goes to education
    $2 goes to non-Medicare, non-Medicaid health
    $1 goes to the environment and natural resources

    Every other category is under a buck.

    Foreign aid is $0.60, of which the US Agency for International Development gets $0.12 and the Peace Corps gets $0.01, about the same as the CIA’s retirement fund, and about 0.02% of what we spend on the war machine.

  55. Anonymous
    May 19, 2012 at 9:56 am

    This article explains why the military budget takes such a huge bite of our tax dollars: $17,000 for a helicopter drip pan from a huge GOP contributor’s company when the same could be purchased for $2,500 from another, not so “well connected” company.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/19/us/politics/behind-armys-17000-drip-pan-harold-rogerss-earmark.html?hp

  56. Anonymous
    May 19, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Of course, if Tom Wilson, the owner of Phoenix Products wasn’t making $15,000 profit on these drip pans, he wouldn’t have the millions he donates to the GOP.

  57. Amy Breighton
    May 19, 2012 at 11:02 am

    The good people of our rural county and cities would never settle for the kind of corrupting influences that monied-influences have on politics in Wash. D.C..

    Ha Ha

  58. May 19, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Susan Adams is the best candidate for this District, bar none…she knows local and has actually had a wage paying job prior to service on the Board of Supervisors…Huffman and Solomon are the archetypical non-profit, phony baloney guys, pass them on by they will head back to one of the 97,000 non profits in California.

  59. May 20, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    You mean, Tra didn’t post this either ? Oh, i forgot he didn’t know he could post .

  60. Mitch
    May 20, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Unless I’m tra, which would make my private emails back and forth with tra alarming, this was not posted by tra.

  61. Anonymous
    May 20, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Almost as alarming as the debates you’ve had with yourself as Mitch and yourself as Tra. It’s sad how desperate the trolls have to be to use such silly tactics to discredit.

  62. tra
    May 20, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Well, Mitch, supposedly I’m Heraldo, too…

    “Peter” thinks he’s clever, but he apparently doesn’t realize how ridiculous his theory looks to anyone who has read this blog for a while.

  63. What Now
    May 20, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    “Peter ” allegedly has a list of over 230 Heraldo’s and Heraldo sympathizers,Heraldo dupes and fellow travellers, some of which are highly placed in positions of power ……

  64. Jack Sherman
    May 20, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Mitch says:
    May 16, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    “Should anyone care (and I don’t really see why anyone would), the first part of the IP address associated with the 1:13 post is 70.36.”

    Mitch, could you please explain your intent in this post?

  65. May 21, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Tra, a.k.a. Heraldo, Mitch,etc thinks he’s clever but he apparently doesn’t realize how easy it has been caught red handed by continuously posting at the same time all his other alliases do with exactly the same syle of intelligence & writing . Anyone who reads this blog for a while can figure him out .

  66. May 21, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Even though he thinks he’s clever ( and he is ) but he doesn’t fool me because all his phony names shows up with the same I.P. address .Ha Ha you’ve been caught !

  67. Mitch
    May 21, 2012 at 9:45 am

    11:39,

    Rose has posted (at her blog) IP addresses connected with various comments at her blog.

    Your IP address, as it shows here, does not match those that Rose posted. I thought Rose was entitled to know that.

    By only including the first half of your IP address I believe I have reasonably protected your privacy. (If I’m mistaken, I apologize, but that’s a risk you take by commenting on the blog.)

  68. Mitch
    May 21, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Peter,

    Sometimes people, especially very dumb people, see that several others disagree with them in similar ways and assume that — since they must be correct — all the people who disagree with them must be the same person.

    There’s a certain minimum amount of intelligence required for a person to recognize how dumb and ignorant they are. It’s a shame, but that’s the way things work.

  69. Anonymous
    May 21, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Rose and Peter seem to share that intelligence deficit, i.e. thinking everyone who disagrees with them must be the same person.

  70. Mitch
    May 21, 2012 at 9:56 am

    And Peter,

    If you are getting comments on a thread from the Herald, they are probably ALL arriving with the same IP address, which probably belongs to wordpress.com.

    Like I said.

  71. Anonymous
    May 21, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Peter just discovered that he TOO is Mitch going by the IP address on his posts here. HAHAHA!

  72. May 21, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Tra just deleted my past comment which again, Heraldo gives your identity away . Time to change your name again since you’ve been caught .

  73. May 21, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Oh Oh, you caught me, Heraldo er i mean…anonymous . Tee Hee he .

  74. Anonymous
    May 21, 2012 at 10:27 am

    LMAO @ Peter. Does it ever post anything relevant to the threads or just claims that it knows who posters really are? This type of idiot is hilarious in what they expose about themselves when trying to discredit others. People with the facts (as opposed to faux facts from the right wing hate machine) must all be the same person because Peter has never heard those facts before and it’s sure there can only be one person who believes those facts, so anyone who bases their arguments on these facts that Peter hasn’t heard must all be the same person. .In fact, I think Peter is projecting and Peter is really Rose as well as a number of other trolls. They are the same in their illogic.

  75. Jack Sherman
    May 21, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    “Your IP address, as it shows here, does not match those that Rose posted. I thought Rose was entitled to know that…I have reasonably protected your privacy.” (Mitch).

    Oh great merciful one, shedding light onto Rose’s darkness, protector of others privacy, I humbly bow to your reasonableness.

    Like it or not, when the focus in an anonymous venue becomes poster’s identities….whether from the left, or right….you enter a most petty realm enjoyed by tyrants immemorial!

  76. May 22, 2012 at 2:44 am

    The Tyrants are coming! The Tyrants are coming!

  77. walt
    May 22, 2012 at 7:05 am

    MD, they moved in MONTHS ago. Al and Edna Kaida live next door.

  78. Mitch
    May 22, 2012 at 7:26 am

    It makes my heart swell with pride to think there is at least one person out there deluded enough to try to disrupt some threads at the Herald.

    It reminds me of the vast powers of the Herald to sway public opinion, shine light on our darkness, and lead us all to a better world. With the Herald, our bored typing becomes (presto!) SUPER-TYPING.

  79. May 22, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Jack Sherman says:

    May 21, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    “Your IP address, as it shows here, does not match those that Rose posted. I thought Rose was entitled to know that…I have reasonably protected your privacy.” (Mitch).
    Mitch says:

    May 21, 2012 at 9:45 am

    11:39,

    Rose has posted (at her blog) IP addresses connected with various comments at her blog.

    Your IP address, as it shows here, does not match those that Rose posted. I thought Rose was entitled to know that.

    So now we positive proof that both Jack & Mitch are really Heraldo and tra .

  80. Mitch
    May 22, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Redeye is completely correct. Jack and Mitch are Heraldo and tra. So now you have a complete confession, Redeye. There is only one of us, and he lives in a dark lair deep under H Street in Eureka, from which he operates the local affinity group of the Great Dark Conspiracy. The various aliases are per GDC Memorandum #1432, dated 9/11/2001, and signed “GDC Prime.”

    If you doubt my confession, my advice to you would be to learn about punctuation. For example, from time to time, you may see two short vertical lines not quite coming down to the level of the characters. It’s called a quotation mark, and it usually comes paired with another. It means that the material between it and its companion consists of one person quoting another.

    In return for this explanation, would you mind sending a pizza to deep underneath H Street? Tell the Live from New York folks “GDC’s dark lair under H.” I’m hungry.

  81. May 22, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Mitch ; Please only use commas where your supposed to and there is no comma neccessary before ” and ” .as in your sentence………” quotation mark, and it usually comes paired with another.”

  82. Mitch
    May 22, 2012 at 11:00 am

    I will do my best. My overuse of commas is terrible as is my overuse of parentheses.

    I use commas where I’d pause when speaking. Whenever I try to correct things myself I worry I’m making things worse. It’s one of those areas where following the rule always looks wrong to me.

    Thanks for your concern.

  83. Jack Sherman
    May 22, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Mitch says:
    May 22, 2012 at 7:26 am

    “It makes my heart swell with pride to think there is at least one person out there deluded enough to try to disrupt some threads at the Herald.”

    Apparently, it makes your head swell to blame one person when the “disruption” was a group effort, beginning before my post.

    Like it or not, when the focus in an anonymous venue becomes poster’s identities….whether from the left, or right….you enter a most petty realm enjoyed by tyrants immemorial!

  84. Mitch
    May 22, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Jack, admit it. You’re me. I’ve already confessed. The jig is up.

  85. Hermitrack!
    May 22, 2012 at 11:40 am

    LOL

  86. Jack Sherman
    May 22, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Your right….it was all about you….not Susan.

  87. Anonymous
    May 22, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    ha…the butt of his own sarcasm falls on mr. moderator. Congrats, mitch, you’re a “mod” and you know you love it. How much they paying you again? How much money was it you said you were receiving in compensation? The amount of goods and/or services and/or cash and/or credit you recieve for volunteering these moments of your life are what? How much are they paying you to spend your time staring at this screen? What kind of kick backs are you getting to be some kind of wannabe arbitrator on an internet discussion forum? What’s in it for the moderator these days? What is the benefit to yourself that you believe exists in reading these very words while viewing your private internet browser in an exclusive moderator status? The newfound degree of prosperity in your life, having joined the ranks of those who deem themselves qualified to corral the electronic script of random and anonymous participants is making your life so much more complete in how many of what ways and why? The very life force of your being is given strength by way of your sensory submission to the metaphysical mindspace that is the internet how again? When you wake up in the morning, you have to take a leak and at some point in the day absorb your attention among the collaborative focus of these very words on your screen why?

  88. Anonymous
    May 22, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    …and I would appreciate an answer to each individual question, mitch. You’re the expert, afterall!

  89. Hermitrack!
    May 22, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    12:37…. hahahaha!

  90. Mitch
    May 22, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    12:37,

    Please address your questions to my other personas.

  91. Richard
    May 26, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Sorry for skipping over the above circle jerk, but I did want to respond to Jack earlier questions and say that I’ve long listen to Norm which is why I’ve always been a fan, then I listened to Norm back in Oct when all of the front runners gave their speeches at the DOTY dinner and then I listened to him when we had lunch, as I met each candidate prior to making a commitment to endorse and later work on behalf of Adams. I’ve long been a fan of Norm’s. I’m also a student of electoral politics and 538.org type analysis of what it takes to win an election.
    I don’t mean it as insult when I point out that Norman Solomon was twice a delegate for Ralph Nader (2000 + 2004), it shows a willingness to stand on principal over pragmatism. Just don’t fault me for making an argument that’s based on pragmatism, and in this case I don’t have to compromise principal since an equally liberal candidate offers me both the policy positions I want and the ability to build a collation that can defeat the front runner in November.
    This is a primary. Yes, we’re “opponents” now, but mostly we’re alias, so a bit less vitriol would serve us all well.

  92. Jack Sherman
    May 27, 2012 at 12:30 am

    Thanks Richard, it’s too bad that the repetition of obvious-truths seems “vitriolic”.

    Since Nixon, Reagan and Bush Sr., it’s been the democrats doing all the compromising, which goes far in explaining why only half the potential electorate is registered to vote! Many voters who considered themselves democrats have been devastated by these compromises, especially with the continuing bailouts and the ineffective Wall Street regulations that followed, the perpetual wars, the continuing tragedy of being the only industrialized nation without universal health insurance, reasonable tariffs haven’t been reestablished, offshore tax havens remain in place…meanwhile, our city budgets, public services, infrastructure and environment decay.

    Little wonder a tiny handful of this county’s republicans could waltz into the HCDCC like they own it.

    And yet, mainstream media political coverage, including local pundits, stick to the same old propaganda; applying the “positive” litmus test to candidates…”who’s most willing to reach across the aisle”? “Who’s the best listener”? “Who will bring all sides together”? “Who can we count on to compromise”? And, “How will they accomplish this”?

    Issues? Ha!

    Unlike Nader, Solomon is running in a campaign where a democrat is going to win. Since 1999, both Nader and Solomon’s “radical” issues have become obvious and mainstream.

    The reason I’m supporting Solomon is because I’ve read his editorials and books, I’ve followed his organization and activities, and I’ve watched him, somehow, make it onto mainstream news….effectively advancing progressive values for 30 years! This is the candidate with the most experience in keeping his cool when the heat’s on, head-to-head with Huffman.

    There’s no doubt in my mind that Solomon will represent my values in Washington, and that his democratic principles, mastery of the issues, and his calm, reasoned debating acumen, is exactly what Obama lacks in his “democratic” Congress where far too many were “pragmatically” chosen to WIN.

    Adams would definitely be my second choice.

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