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Toomey's Time Has Come

Specter Flips to Democrats

Unionized and Nationalized

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Dear Lowman,

On all the economic issues, the Pennsylvania voter is with Pat Toomey and Pat Toomey is with the voter: Debts and Deficits and Government Spending, at all levels of government, at historic levels. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Pensions, Amtrak, US Postal Service all headed to spending more and more.

Statist policies are destined to fail; violating principles of inexorable economic and financial logic cannot lead to a good result for workers, savers, investors or The Forgotten Taxpayer.

Centered on the Constitution, Limited Government and Free Markets for Free People, Pat Toomey offers a clearly articulated alternative to concentration of wealth and power in union organizers and government bureaucrats.

You can view more posts on my blog.

Pat Toomey's Time Has Come

Righteous Liberal John Micek has done a fair and unbiased presentation of Pat Toomey. Morning Call, of course, knows Pat and it is interesting that Pat beat a an Establishment Democrat the first time out and a union candidate twice.

Pat Toomey's time has come
"Toomey grew up in a blue-collar household in Rhode Island. Academic credentials got him a full scholarship to LaSalle Academy in Providence, where he graduated tops in his class. He went on to Harvard, earning a degree in political science.
After college, Toomey went to Wall Street, working for Chemical Bank in part on the company's foray into interest rate swaps. Two years later, Toomey moved to Morgan Grenfell, a British investment bank, where he helped develop the company's derivatives business.

When the firm was swallowed up by Deutsche Bank, he moved on.

Toomey's career took a different route when he joined younger brothers Steven and Michael in opening Rookies, a sports pub in Allentown. The brothers later added oldies dance club Rockin' Robin's and Boca Joe's Beach Club.

Toomey's first exposure to elected office came in 1994 on Allentown's Government Study Commission, which proposed a new charter. He wrote a plan that required a super-majority for any tax increase, then spent $2,500 of his own money to help win the charter's passage."

Specter Flips to Democrats

For the Record

In his own words, Specter sheds the Republican Sheep's Clothing

Toomey vs. Specter: Unionized and Nationalized

Pat Toomey in the American Spectator explains "Bear in mind, what is lost when Lincoln Chafee leaves the Senate?" and exactly the same thing can be said about Sen. Specter. His waffling on Card Check, a core issue of whether our country proceeds on path of Unionized and Nationalized businesses, like GM.

"Under the plan, GM is asking the Treasury Department for an additional $11.6 billion in loans, on top of the $15.4 billion it has already received. It envisions giving the government at least half ownership of the company as payment for half of the loans. At the same time, GM said it would use stock instead of cash to pay off half the $20.4 billion it owes a United Auto Workers fund to cover retiree health care. That stock would leave the union owning about 39% of GM."

PK: Specter, and some other critics of your time at the Club for Growth, have argued that your support for conservative challengers to moderate Republicans in the primaries cost seats for Republicans. They talk, for instance, about the Chafee-Laffey [U.S. Senate race in Rhode Island], which could have decided control of the Senate in 2006. How would you respond to that criticism?

It's an entirely and completely false charge, like most of the charges that Specter makes. Let's take the Lincoln Chafee situation. Bear in mind, what is lost when Lincoln Chafee leaves the Senate? First of all, within a matter of months, he abandoned the Republican Party formally. He's no longer even a Republican. During the presidential campaign, he publicly endorsed Barack Obama instead of John McCain. So what is it we had in the form of Lincoln Chafee? He wasn't a Republican in any meaningful sense of the word. But as for his political prospects, the man was destined to lose that race no matter what. He was in absolutely irrecoverable decline long before we got involved in the race. And take a look at his general election outcome. It wasn't close...

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