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Harold Ford Redux

January 25, 2010

Politicians are by definition extremely boring to listen to, and even more boring to read.  Harold Ford’s unsuccessful Senate campaign a few years ago appears to have done nothing to change the banality of his personality (that rhymes!), as evidence by his op-ed in the NYT today.

First, cut taxes for businesses — big and small — and find innovative ways to get Americans back to work. We can start by giving any companies that are less than five years old an exemption from payroll taxes for six months; extending the current capital gains and dividend tax rates through 2012; giving permanent tax credits for businesses that invest in research and development; and reducing the top corporate tax rate to 25 percent from 35 percent.

That sounds like the same old Harold Ford who we all thought was lying through his teeth to us when he was trying to win a Senate race in one of the reddest states in the Union.  As my father used to say, “Bob Corker’s best attribute in this race is that he gets to be himself,” a luxury that Ford could absolutely not afford.  Now, I don’t know Harold Ford, but I do know that he’s a squeaky clean product of one of the slimiest political machines in one the bluest cities the country—just go Google his cousin John Ford if you don’t believe me.  So you’ll forgive me for chalking his words up to opportunism in a political environment that just produced a Republican senator in Massachusetts.

But that’s not the only reason that I’m taking his piece with a massive grain of salt—the ideas he presents, which I presume are supposed to cater to the anti-big-government populism of today, are not feasible and border on the inane.  We absolutely cannot afford a package that “prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions” in the absence of an individual mandate because that is bound to produce a cesspool of adverse risk, even though Ford “thinks” that’s one of the only things we can afford.  Apparently he also has been in a cave for the last year, as evidenced by this phrase: “we need to address budget deficits now rather than waiting for some ideal future economic situation.”  Well, no, Harold, that’s wrong.

Of course, it’s kind of mean to give him absolutely no benefit of the doubt, which is precisely what I’m doing right now.  But, you know what?  He was a Congressman from my state for ten years, and his family is full of smarmy politicians.  I’ll believe Harold Ford is a moderate when Tiger Woods is revealed to have more mistresses than victories in major tournaments.  Wait, that’s true?  Okay, bad analogy.

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  1. January 26, 2010 8:11 AM

    I like Harold Ford. I really hope he is able to pull this off but I think he might have gotten in over his head. There are so many forces stacked against him (particularly Chuckles Schumer) that it would seem to be a herculean task before him. But if anyone can do it, he can. he’s a smart guy and a good guy.

    Carpetbagger? New York has a bit of a history there: Bobby Kennedy, Hillary Clinton…I don’t really think it’s a problem.

    That being said, a lot of people who should know better are predicting that 2010 will be a Republican year. They aren’t paying attention. The extremists within that party will only continue to destroy it. Anyone who thinks that 2010 is going to be a Republican year had better think again. The Tea Party knuckleheads are already taking credit for the Massachusetts upset last week and are set (they believe) to take over the party. When they are denied the opportunity to do that, they’ll splinter the vote with third or even fourth party uprisings.

    How am I so sure of this? It’s quite simple, really. These people are not only crazy, they’re dumber than doggy dung. It’s only a matter of months before their mad house of cards comes crashing down.

    Tom Degan
    Goshen, NY

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