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This decision is not easy for any lifelong Republican. In 2008 I voted for Barack Obama, the first time I ever voted for a Democrat, because the Republican Party was drifting toward a dangerous path that put extreme party ideology above national interest. Mitt Romney heads a party remaining on that dangerous path, proving the emptiness of their praise as they abandon our service members, veterans and military families along the way.
President Obama ended one war, is ending another and meeting our national security needs with support of our military leaders. He's laid out a clear plan that would reduce the deficit and prevent the mandatory military spending cuts that no one wants. But today's Republican Party, including Ryan who voted for the deal that would trigger the cuts, is willing to bring our country's defenses to the fiscal cliff -- just so a multimillionaire doesn't have to pay a single extra penny in taxes. And the real lack of leadership? Failing to own up to your role in racking up a record debt from two unpaid wars and two massive unpaid for tax cuts. Mitt Romney leads the party that fails this leadership test.
The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics. It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.
Currently Senator Larry Pressler works as a lawyer, a member of three corporate boards of directors/advisors; and holds a Fulbright professorship. Attorney-at-Law, Member of the Bars of New York and Washington DC. Appointed by President Barack Obama, on November 10, 2009, as a Commissioner for the United States Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad.
The Commission is an independent agency of the Government of the United States of America. It was established by U.S. Public Law 99-83. The law directs the Commission to—
identify and report on cemeteries, monuments, and historic buildings in Eastern and Central Europe that are associated with the heritage of U.S. citizens, particularly endangered properties, and
obtain, in cooperation with the Department of State, assurances from the governments of the region that the properties will be protected and preserved.
The capitulation of the Democratic Party’s congressional leadership to the Bush administration’s request for nearly $100 billion of unconditional supplementary government spending, primarily to support the war in Iraq, has led to outrage throughout the country. In the Senate, 37 of 49 Democrats voted on May 24 to support the measure. In the House, while only 86 of the 231 Democratic House members voted for the supplemental funding, 216 of them voted in favor of an earlier procedural vote designed to move the funding bill forward even though it would make the funding bill’s passage inevitable (while giving most of them a chance to claim they voted against it).
Originally posted by Kali74
reply to post by Wrabbit2000
With credentials such as he has, he could have easily taken an appointment etc... from a Republican. I'm sure he had offers.
And yes, Huffington doesn't hide her bias.edit on 8-10-2012 by Kali74 because: (no reason given)
(Former Senators Biography on his site)
Lectured at Bar-Ilan University, Tel Aviv, on "President Obama's Foreign Policy: Engagement and Its Limits". Israel – March 2009
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
Got a Republican that says this.....who isn't an Obama political appointee at the same time he's saying it? Err.... Shame on Huff-Po. Their biased, but this is outrageous for missing. They aren't some neighborhood blog site.
He's by no means a cabinet level guy, but The Huff-Po piece would suggest he's a serious, long time conservative or something and just now turning to view Obama as the best thing since sliced bread....when we can see they've had a personal relationship at some level since 2009 at least. I'm assuming Obama meets and talks with those he appoints to Gov't agencies, anyway.
So I can't say it shocks me that this particular former Senator has a preference for the guy who hired him to a pretty cushy post by the sound of it. Hmmm
Same Source as OP's
This decision is not easy for any lifelong Republican. In 2008 I voted for Barack Obama, the first time I ever voted for a Democrat, because the Republican Party was drifting toward a dangerous path that put extreme party ideology above national interest.
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
He's by no means a cabinet level guy, but The Huff-Po piece would suggest he's a serious, long time conservative or something
Larry Pressler was a member of Congress for twenty-two years, serving in the U.S. House (R-S.D.) from 1975–1979 and a member of the U.S. Senate (R-S.D.) from 1979-1997.
Pressler held such notable positions as the Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, Science and Transportation Committee, Foreign Relations Committee and European and Asian Subcommittees. He briefly sought the Republican Presidential Nomination in 1980.
Originally posted by neo96
The Democrats' Support for Bush's War