Author: Jeff Rabinowitz

Transparency

Recently a friend emailed me this article, I am sharing the article he sent as well as my reply. I think candidates and lawmakers should be as transparent as possible. Having insight on how they think, is very important before you vote for them. Article By Merlin1963 Progressives always get the BS line about how we are “purists” when it comes to politicians we support, but I will say that I would gladly support a moderate Democrat for office here in KY, if I thought that any existed. But with the exception of Howard Dean, I cannot think of any other figures in the Democratic Party in my state or national level who are truly moderate. Let me explain. I’m one of those older people who remembers when moderation was defined as a political philosophy that accepted change but at a more gradual pace. Moderates didn’t want to overthrow the political system, but they sought to manage necessary changes. In other words, you do not fix what is not broken, but when something isn’t working, you acknowledge there is a problem and try to make make corrections. Moderates accepted a role for government as a positive good, but they didn’t think it was the solution to all our problems. And they could criticize government failures. Fair enough. And, it appears that some had principles that they would not negotiate...

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My Sense of Mission

I use to wonder how incredible it would be to have my own private Jet Plane, a yacht or a really awesome sports car. But then something changed. My left eye became extremely irritated. It just kept getting worse. It got to the point were I couldn’t hardly see out of it. I went to my doctors office and she told me, my Glaucoma had taken a turn for the worse. My doctor began prescribing drops to remedy the problem. I was up to 4 different drops 3x a day. In addition she added a 1000 milligrams, of a pill that should have took care of the problem alone. All that simply wasn’t working. I may be about to go blind in one eye. She contacted a Glaucoma surgeon specialist who scheduled me for immediate surgery 3 days later. Fortunately I had insurance through my employer and the surgery worked. Without insurance I would have been doomed. I often wonder if world leaders had ever been in such predicaments, would they change their approach. If they didn’t have access to emergency state of the art healthcare when needed. If they had ever experienced what it felt like to be hunkered down in the basement of their own home, while enemy military air sorties passed over dropping bombs. Not knowing if the bombs would miss their intended targets and hit...

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Pittsburgh not Putin

The president made a statement, he’s pulling out of the Paris climate agreement because he represents Pittsburgh not Paris. An interesting point of view. Its your choice, you can laugh or cry at how pathetic and ignorant that comment is. Pittsburgh as well as the rest of the country has twice as many solar jobs as it does coal jobs. He also mentioned he is capable of renegotiating a better deal. As we all know he fancies him self a deal maker.The problem is 193 countries are on board. As well as the fact that our current clean energy policies make the Paris agreement targets achievable here in the U.S. The clean energy revolution started by President Obama, has made things like LED lightbulbs, manufactured in large numbers. Making them cheaper and better over the past 8 years. So my guess is Donald Trumps statement should have been he was elected to represent Putin not Pittsburgh. Why do i say that. Most of us are in agreement in some way, shape or form President Trump is indebted to Russian banks. He jumped into being elected with an aggressive agenda to ease sanctions on Russia. That didn’t pan out. So now he’s trying to deliver on his commitment to Putin by causing friction with our European allies. President Trump also forgot to mention the part of the speech that confirmed...

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NATO

With a heavy heart I make this statement. Our president has become the laughing stock of the entire world. His comments and conduct and comments during the G7 meeting in Taormina Sicily prompted leaders from all over the world to simply laugh at president Trump. His penchant for revenge or possibly his debts to Russian banks connected to Russian intelligence service, maybe why he made some of the comments he made. As well as some of the things he forgot to mention. His lashing out at Germany, our very trusted long term ally may have to do with the fact that they are providing information to our intelligence agencies, that could lead to his dowmfall. Be that as it may, lets understand how the NATO alliance works. The president saying there are many NATO allies that owe us money for protection, simply makes it clear he does not understand how NATO works. There are no unpaid protection invoices lingering in the Department of State. NATO is a security alliance with an understanding that allies within the alliance spend 2% of thier GDP on security. That allocation is assumed to be enough to keep the NATO allies military equipped, trained and staffed sufficiently to participate in an agreed on joint military action. An example of how poorly informed the president is. This is a Tweet the president sent. It was...

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Montana

We lost the special elections in Montana, even after the Republican candidate body slammed a reporter and broke his glasses. The New York Times called this a point of contention between cautious party leaders, who want to pick their shots in the battle for control of Congress in 2018 and militant grass roots activists who want to fight Republicans everywhere. I have to say I agree with those who say they want to fight Republicans everywhere. I recently received an email that informed me that the DNC considered Congressional District 15 in play. This is the district I’m running in presumably against incumbant Dennis Ross. My plan of attack is not to attack at all. I can say with absolute confidence, we all got the memo about how horrible, sick demented and destructive an agenda Republicans are pursuing. I am going to work hard to talk to people about what motivates me to run for office, and my plan as Florida’s newest Congressman. I think we should all rally around my commitment to public education. Instead of implementing trillions of dollars in corporate and the very wealthy tax cuts. We should invest our money in building the most amazing public education community in the world. This investment would create good paying jobs, giving our anemic economy the jump start it needs. As a Congressman representing Florida’s 15th district, if...

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