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Vice Chairman Howard Baker, Chairman Sam Irvin & Majority Counsel Sam Dash

Vice Chairman Howard Baker, Chairman Sam Irvin & Majority Counsel Sam Dash

Source: PBS: NewsHour- Robert MacNeil & Jim Lehrer Introduce The Watergate Hearings

If you are familiar with C-SPAN or the Cable Special Public Affairs Network, well the PBS coverage of the 1973 U.S. Senate Watergate hearings is basically the early days of C-SPAN. Gavel to gavel coverage of a major invent in Congress which this was and what they did like what C-SPAN does. Is just show what happened and let the people decide for themselves what it meant and so forth.

Which is exactly what PBS was doing without breaking in to have an analyst explain what the people were watching. But would have the people be able to make those decisions for themselves. Which was basically the early days of what I call PBS News. The news operation over at PBS that produces shows like the NewsHour, Frontline, Washington Week and so forth.

And allowed Americans to be able to see for themselves what Watergate was and what it meant for themselves. With a lot of the key actors in the whole Watergate affair and is a great example of what journalism should be rather than talk down to the audience with so-called experts allow for them to see for themselves what is happening.

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Mike Dukakis
Source: This piece was originally posted at The New Democrat

Governor Michael Dukakis looked like the clear Democratic nominee for President as early as the summer of 1987 and was never really seriously challenged for that nomination. Representative Dick Gephardt was supposed to win the Iowa Caucus and that is exactly what he did being from Missouri and having so much support from organized labor and Iowa being a big organized labor state. Mike Dukakis being more of a New Democrat from Massachusetts even, which is probably not very common, who was to the right of Senator Ted Kennedy.

Mike Dukakis was the Democrat that the George H.W. Bush Campaign feared in 1988 and knew he could definitely beat them. And knew that voters especially Independents would probably like Dukakis who had a great personal and family story coming from a Greek immigrant family. Working his way up and making big success in life. Compared with George H.W. who was born to great wealth. And the Bush Campaign set to take Dukakis down as soon as he won the nomination, because they knew Dukakis would probably beat them otherwise.
20th Century Vision-PBS: MacNeil/Lehrer Report-Iowa Caucus 1988

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Meet the GOP Presidential Candidates

Meet the GOP Presidential Candidates

Source: This piece was originally posted at The New Democrat

Without the Bush Campaign literally bashing Bob Dole in South Carolina in 1988 and doing things like accusing Mr. Dole of fathering African-American babies which I guess was considered a sin for Caucasian men to do at least back then, Bob Dole probably wins the Republican nomination for President. The story would’ve been that the ranking Republican Leader in Congress, the highest ranking Republican in Congress beats the Vice President of the Untied States the 2nd highest ranking officer in the Federal Government and the 2nd ranking officer in the Republican Party. At the time Bob Dole was the Republican Leader in the Senate as Minority Leader. George H.W. Bush was Vice President of the United States.

Because of course George Bush was going to win New Hampshire. He’s a Northeastern Republican a Yankee if you will against Bob Dole who’s from Kansas that looks a lot like the deep South culturally and perhaps even politically. So Dole was probably in better position to beat Bush in South Carolina just for those reasons alone. Plus the fact with Dole’s long conservative record in Congress not just as Minority Leader, but Leader and Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Republicans in the South and Midwest back then tended to trust Bob Dole over a Yankee Northeastern Republican like George H.W. Bush.

So Bob Dole did what he had to do in Iowa which was win the caucus in 1988. Knowing that George Bush was probably going to win New Hampshire and the real test for both and the primary that would give either one real momentum going forward with an opportunity to win several states after that was South Carolina. The Bush Campaign swung for the fences and put in everything they could to beat Dole in South Carolina, including lying about Dole’s record in Congress and they succeeded. With the Dole Campaign apparently unprepared for the Bush attacks.
20th Century Television: PBS MacNeil/Lehrer Report Iowa Caucus 1988

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Source: C-SPAN-U.S. Representative Ron Wyden, D, Oregon 

Source: This piece was originally posted at The New Democrat

The then Democratic controlled House of Representatives looked into tobacco by investigating the industry and looking at ways of regulating the industry. The famous scene with all of those tobacco executives lying under oath that tobacco isn’t addictive. Which no one with a brain who’s familiar with tobacco believes, was the big moment during that investigation. People who support regulating tobacco like a drug didn’t achieve their goals in the 103rd Congress. But with a Democratic Congress both House and Senate and a Democratic President in Bill Clinton, it was worth the effort.

As far as health care reform and the Clinton Administration’s attempt to reform the health care system in America. If it wasn’t dead by the spring of 1994, it probably just had a heart attack and needed emergency surgery in order to save it. If you look at the plan that President Clinton proposed and what President Obama was able to get through another Democratic Congress in 2010, both laws are very similar. Expanding health insurance through the private insurance system and helping people who aren’t officially poor, but do not make enough money to buy health insurance. And regulating the private health insurance system.

But the problem that President Clinton and his economic council had was that they weren’t able to explain what I just did as simply as I did. And the plan was dubbed socialize medicine, even though there was never a plan offered by President Clinton or the Democratic Leadership in Congress to nationalize health care system. Either health insurance or health care delivery. And the Clinton Administration was never able or never did fight back in an effective way. And argue that the Clinton health care plan was mainstream and not some big government socialist takeover.

C-SPAN: U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee 1994 Hearing on Tobacco- Tobacco CEO’s Testify Before Congress

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NYC 1975

NYC 1975

This post was originally posted at The New Democrat

The late 1960s and probably the 1970s as a whole was a very rough period for New York City. Facing high crime rates, high poverty, high unemployment, a lousy economy in general, as well as mismanagement of city funds by the City Government. And then you add the recession of the 1974-75 that effected the whole country including New York and you have a huge economic mess that this city was facing and something serious had to be done about it.

So what the Gerald Ford Administration was confronted with in 1975 to go along with all the economic and financial problems that the rest of the country was going through, was how to help out the biggest city in the country. Something that had to be done, otherwise New York City would’ve gone bankrupt. So what the Ford Administration along with Congress and the New York State Government and New York banks did was arranged for loan guarantees for New York City to keep the city afloat financially and for them to avoid bankruptcy.

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Robert MacNeil

Robert MacNeil


The MacNeil/Lehrer Report I guess as it was called back then, now known as the PBS NewsHour was talking about the influence of political pacs, or political action committees on Congressional elections during the 1982 Congressional mid-term elections in the U.S. House and Senate. Pacs are private third-party committees that special interest groups on both the Right and Left set up in order to influence Congressional elections, presidential elections and state elections as well.

Apparently the 1982 Congressional mid-terms were very expensive at least for 1982. And what the Robin MacNeil and Jim Lehrer were looking at was what influence these pacs may of had on Congressional elections. And they interviewed Representative Phil Gramm who received a lot of pac money for his 1982 House reelection campaign. And Senator Bill Proxmire who apparently also received a lot of pac money in 1982.

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