Did Senator Kerry Just Join The Tea Party?

Ah yes, the stentorian tones of Secretary of State wannabe Senator John Kerry. The Senator makes dribble sound almost comprehensible. “Darling, it’s not how you feel, but how you look”. The Senator and I go way back; back to the days of Vietnam Veterans Against the War, his never proven war crimes acquisitions, and the Purple Heart he received for the splinter in his pinky; but I digress.

The mandatory blaming of President Bush had the Senator claiming the Bush’s deficits were three times larger than the Obama deficits. The CBO disagrees; the Bush years never approached an annual deficit level of even $500 billion with the largest of the Bush year deficits coming as the Democrats took control of Congress. Since then, the CBO says the average annual deficit has been more than triple the worst of the Bush year deficits. The Senator is long on tone modulation; short on facts.

But, could there be an epiphany in the offing? The Senator, after calling the S&P downgrade, ‘The Tea Party downgrade’ went on to agree with key Tea Party positions: economic growth, structural addressment of the debt regarding entitlements and cutting $4 trillion from the deficit; $4 trillion! John Kerry?

If further evidence of Tea Party impact is required refer to John Kerry. For, likely, the first time in his political life he sees the need for fiscal restraint. Hey, folks; if John Kerry gets it, it must be real!

But wait; take a look at the history of what the Senator has supported in terms of cuts. The Senator has at various time supported severe reductions in Armed Forces staffing, weapons systems, submarines, tactical fighter wings, the B2 bomber, high-tech munitions and of course missile defense.

The Senator believed, at various time, we did not need: the F16, M1 Abrams tank, Patriot Missiles, Apache Helicopters, tomahawk cruise missiles and the Aegis Air Defense Cruiser; all current staples of the various services and used to incredible effect in recent conflicts. One more thing, in 1993 he argued for the forced retirement of 60,000 service members. He told the Harvard Crimson in 1970; “I’m an Internationalist; I’d like to see our troops dispersed through the world only at the directive of the United Nations”. Just saying!

Of course John being John he pays homage to administration talking points, as in the proposed infrastructure bank. He compares U.S. infrastructure spending to China. China spends 9% of GDP on infrastructure, says he. That may be true but China essentially started from scratch 20 years ago when U.S. base infrastructure had been in major development for 60 years.

The Senator claims that revising the Patent Laws will create “millions of jobs”. Really, when; how long would that take and why has the President not proposed actual legislation to make it happen? Why is that legislation not pending in Congress? Republicans could agree to that. Oh yea, that whole leadership by speech approach we’ve watched for the past two and a half years. Senator one more thing; why have you not proposed legislation you claim will create millions of jobs?

Sound and fury signifying nothing!

  • D.D.Mao

    Landreaux:

    Well if the Senator did join the Tea Party then he has some explaining to do. According to the web site Newsbusters.org on the 5th of August 2011 there is an article where the Senator says he wants the media to not give equal time or equal balance to the Tea Party. The article is entitled “John Kerry Ask Media to Not Give Equal Time or Equal Balance to Absurd Tea Party Ideas.” and is from his appearence on the “Morning Joe” this past Friday. His quote is “The media in America has a bigger responsibility than it is exercising today. The media has got to begin to not give equal time or equal balance to an absolutly absurd notion just because somebody says something. It doesn’t deserve the same credit as a legitimate remark.”Sonds very similar to the same thing Paul Krugman said recently in his New York Times column and also smacks of the Presidents remark about the political elite are the only ones to be trusted with what is good for the country.

    I apologize for not including a link but my cut and pasting is awful and I did enclose the sites name,date and title if you wish to read it.Again my apologies.

    I wish this was my quote but it’s not:
    The President should run in 2012 on the campaign slogan “YES WE CAN……TOTALLY RUIN THE ECONOMY IN ONLY 3 YEARS”

  • landreaux

    The media only has a responsibility to represent Progressive points of view. you’ll remember that the attempt to pass “the fairness doctrine” was specifically aimed at conservative talk radio and the FCC’s newly appointed members have even more radical ideas for limiting free speech within the marketplace.

    By their own behaviors they demonstrate the fact that many of their “beliefs” don’t hold up to logical analysis and they only way to protect themselves is to silence the other side. Mr. Kerry is more gentle about it but the basic idea is the same.

  • D.D.Mao

    The perfect example of how the Liberal/Progressive beliefs don’t hold up to logical analysis is this “Six line Dialectical Contradiction” entitled “Economic Justice” I came across while going thru some old clippings.

    *America is capitalist and greedy-yet half the population is subsidized.

    *Half the population is subsidized-yet they think they are victims.

    *They think they are victims-yet their representatives run the government.

    *Their representatives run the government-yet the poor keep getting poorer.

    *The poor keep getting poorer-yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about.

    *They have things that peolpe in other countries only dream about-yet they want America to be more like other countries.

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  • You say one side is being subsidized . Which side is being subsidized . I can make a equally strong arguement for either side . but a lot of you dummies can’t , and the greedy dummies are on both sides too . Just becuase you are poor or work for the goverenment doesnt evaporate evil or selfishness from your heart .