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Governor Martin O’Malley
The Daily Beast: Opinion: Jonathan Miller: For 2016, Take Martin O’Malley Seriously
This post was originally posted at The New Democrat on Blogger
It is way too early right now to be talking about 2016 for president especially since we are still three months away from the 2014 mid-term elections that will decide who controls Congress next year, or will Congress be divided again and who will control the majority of state governorships and state legislatures. But I wouldn’t be much of a political junky if I didn’t look ahead to elections down the road. And this is one thing that makes politics so interesting is that politicians and potential politicians do the same thing which gives of good stuff to write about.
I’m a native Marylander or Free Stater for those of you not familiar with Maryland, as well as a Democrat who voted twice for Martin O’Malley for Governor of Maryland. And I’m as proud of those two votes as any votes that I’ve ever cast. For several reasons, but here’s a few. He’s a hell of a great Governor who governs one of it not the wealthiest states in the union as far as quality of life, per-capita income and wealth. So of course he has a lot going for him as well as location being in the Mid-Atlantic. But it still takes a good leader to make those things work, or the state can lose ground to other great states in the region like New Jersey or Virginia.
We have the best public schools in the nation and those rankings came during his administration. Maryland doesn’t invest heavily in education, but we invest well and get solid results. During the Great Recession we always had an unemployment rate below the national average and never had serious debt or deficit issues unlike most of the rest of the country. If you want to look at the economy and freedom issues. Again with the great schools not just K-12 but we have a great state college system with Maryland University and others. We have great roads and other infrastructure as well.
The taxes both personal and on business are a little high compared with our competitors in the area. And I would like to see them come down especially since we now have legalized gambling and will probably legalize marijuana in the near future as well. But for the taxes we pay in this state and again a bit high the results that we get in return are pretty good. We are gaining business’s and tourists everyday. Maryland is a state where you have good skiing in the winter, good beaches in the summer on the Atlantic. Where you can gamble, smoke and posses marijuana without going to jail for it. Where gays can get married and where you are never more than two hours away from doing anything.
I believe the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries will not just be about a mushy-middle Centrist who’s afraid to take any solid positions on anything controversial in Hillary Clinton. Or a New Deal Progressive who will take the strongest positions possible perhaps even just to get to the Left of Hillary. I believe there is room for at least one more person who can run and say “I share the same Democratic and liberal values as you do. And I have a record of producing solid results. I’m not from Washington (even though I live next door to it) and I know how to govern”. Who will still be fairly young in 2016 who can appeal to other gen-xers and Millennial’s and that person could be Martin O’Malley.
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Politico: Opinion: Kenneth Vogel & Tarini Parti: The Existential Crisis of the Liberal Millionaire
Just so we are clear that Liberals and Democrats (and I mean real Liberal Democrats) aren’t against millionaires and wealth. How I know that because the Democratic Party if anything may have more wealthy millionaire individual donors than the Republican Party. It was Barack Obama who had the most contributions from Wall Street in 2012. Not Mitt Romney in case anyone wasn’t familiar with that. Wall Street doesn’t back incumbents and candidates they believe are against them, or trying to put them out of business, or being wealthy.
There are plenty of Liberal Democrats who are multi-millionaires and if anything worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Hollywood is a perfect example of that and Democrats always get more contributions from Hollywood than Republicans. And the Hollywood types who are all in favor of being economically successful and being wealthy. But tend to be very liberal if not libertarian on the social issues. As well as tend to like liberal economic policies as it relates to education and infrastructure investment.
And these liberal donors back Democrats that they like who tend not to be on the Far-Left. They back center-left Liberal Democrats like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and John Kerry in 2004. And are very friendly with the Bill Clinton’s in the Democratic Party. So when you hear things that “Liberal Democrats are against wealth and being rich”, you should look at the Democratic donor list and where Democratic politicians get their political contributions. You’ll see a lot of union contributions, but you’ll also see a lot of contributions from very wealthy Liberals as well.
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43rd President of The United States
Crooks and Liars: Politics: John Amato: What Ross Douthat Overlooks About President Bush’s Failures: What Reunited The Democratic Party in America.
Looking back at it now, George W. Bush never should’ve been reelected President in 2004. Even though he had a better economy then President Obama in 2012, but because of Afghanistan and Iraq, rising debt and deficit. Was perhaps as vulnerable a President for reelection as his father in 1992. What he had going for him was John Kerry, who in a lot of ways is a great man and I. Believe would’ve made a very good President and his father had Bill Clinton who was ready to be elected President and knew how to get it done. We’ve really been in a Democratic era as far as party since 2004. All of these New-Democrats we see today and the message of the party was started in 2004. We just didn’t have a leader who get us over the finish line, got us damn close and had he handled. Ohio better like spending the rest of his money there, he wins that election despite being swift boated by Karl Rove and company. But that just goes to President Bush’s vulnerability as a candidate for reelection.
After the Democratic Party lost the Senate in 2002 and were now confronting a united Republican Congress in 2003-04. They didn’t have any agenda of their own at least coming out of Congress. But by the late summer of 2003, the Iraq War was already looking like a big mistake and a distraction from Afghanistan. And the Congressional Republicans pass their Medicare Advantage plan borrowing 700B$ to pay for that in late 2003. In the House and Senate with almost know Democratic support and then the Democratic Presidential season. Heats up in late 2003 and not only Democrats ready to see what the Democratic Party had to offer but Independents as well. Perhaps losing support for President Bush, the New Democratic Party had what it needed to not only fight. Back but then by nominating John Kerry for President, had an agenda of their own.
Go back and watch the first Presidential debate in 2004. President Bush thanks to the swift boating of Senator Kerry and Kerry not defending himself, had like. A ten point lead going into that debate, that was Bush’s chance to seal the deal to reelection. But it was all that Kerry needed to get back in the debate and show what he and the Democratic Party had to offer and what Republicans were. Doing was wrong and why it was wrong and he clobbered Bush in that first debate. Leaving that debate with his first lead in the polls against President Bush without any Al Gore personal mistakes in it. If the same John Kerry who not only defended himself in that debate but landed shot after shot against. President Bush who didn’t seem prepared to defend himself. If that was the Kerry we saw against the swift boat attacks, he wins that election.
As I said before we’ve been in a Democratic era since 2004. We just didn’t have a leader to get us over the finish line which changed in 2005-06 where we had. Several different leaders of the party in Congress and with Howard Dean leading the party as party Chairman with one goal in mind. Defeat the Republican Congress and give President Bush a check to stop him. And then in 2008 we get our leader in Barack Obama who took us over the finish line.
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