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Ann Kuster, A Pre-Corrupted Politician

Thank you Kathy Sullivan for being so diligent in recognizing potential ethics violations. That Charlie Bass may have benefited after he left office from Green Legislation meant to encourage the growth of the Green Economy in the USA and in New Hampshire. New England Wood Pellets has certainly grown in the past 10 -12 years providing employment in the Monadnock region. Yes, because of a fluke of birth, Charlie Bass was able to take advantage of his family’s business.

That does bring up the major ethical issues that Ann Kuster presents as a former Lobbyist, whose job it was to influence legislation to benefit her clients. How can we ever be sure that if elected she would be serving the residents of NH CD-2 and not her clients both former and future?

We know that she worked for clients in the Banking, Healthcare and Pharmaceutical industries. Will Kuster, if elected have to recuse herself from all legislation having anything to do with these industries? Ann Kuster needs to release a list of all her clients that she lobbied for so the voters will be able to tell if she were elected, when she is voting for the NH CD-2 residents and when she is voting for her clients.

I found it a bit strange that the Democrats were so happy to support a Lobbyist as their candidate in NH CD-2. After all the hullabaloo from the folks with BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome) over the past 10 years regarding Bush and Congress just being tools of the Corporate Lobbyists, it was rather intriguing that they would go ahead and nominate a Lobbyist as their candidate.

Charlie Bass was a perfect NH CD-2 legislator, he voted with his Party 60% of the time, the other 40% he crossed the aisle and stood with the Democrats, especially when it involved social issues or environmental issues. Hodes who promised to have a backbone ended up voting 94% with his party line and 100% as told to by Nancy Pelosi in the Democrat Caucus! For Charlie all I can say is “Be careful if you lie down with dogs you might get up with fleas!”

Again, thanks Kathy for bringing this up, it is high time that Ann Kuster comes clean about her corporate relationships. The residents of NH CD-2 have a right to know what kind of legislator they might be getting if they vote for Kuster!

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I understand "spin" and I've done my share of it through the years, but I find it sad that especially during election time we (that means both sides) dig so deep to find something to attack our opposition on.

Lobbying is a good profession. I'm not, never have been, and never expect to be a "lobbyist" in the purest sense of the word -- although I've been offered to do such -- but it is an honorable profession. We have something like 600 registered lobbyists in Concord, and in Washington there are over 20,000 of 'em. Lobbyists represent constituencies and speak up for their points of view in this process of government that we call "democracy."

There's no conflict for Ann Kuster in fighting for those causes in which she believes either as a candidate or, if elected, as a member of Congress unless she crosses the line and receives direct personal benefit. I served in the State Senate with her Mom, Susan McLane, and I found her to be of the highest ethical ideals. I know her daughter has those same standards.

Another "spin" I cannot understand even during the heat of a political campaign is why there is criticism about a candidate or office holder voting for or supporting a political party's position 80% of the time, or even 90% of the time. Perhaps, just perhaps it's because that candidate happens to be a Democrat or a Republican -- and who says it's not the party itself that happens to "agree" with that candidate 80% or 90% of the time? So what? That's their beliefs, so it's up to the voters to decide.

In Ann Kuster's case, or Carol Shea-Porter, they happen to belong to the political party that brought us Social Security, Medicare, OSHA to protect us in our workplaces, women's choice, diversity equality, and has been the party of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Give-Em-Hell Truman, John F. Kennedy, and Bill Clinton. I'd say those are pretty high American ideals.
October 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJim Splaine
As Ricky Ricardo might say: "Splaine, you got some more splaining to do" You forgot to mention the Democrats also brought us more and more government intrusion into our lives,
more and more spending (of money that does not exist in the true sense of the word), more and more entitlement programs (under the guise of helping the downtrodden, more on that later) and all the while displaying a total arrogance toward and disdain for anyone who does not agree with their policies.

Getting back to helping the downtrodden: For the past half-century or longer, the major urban areas of our country (New York, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, etc) have been under Democratic control (mayor, city council, and son on). The core population of these areas are minorities (i.e. non-white), with the majority of them being black. Despite all the entitlement programs made available to them, welfare, aid to dependent children, subsidized housing, ectra, ectra, ectra, from the various data sources and studies I have seen, I would conclude that their life situation has not appreciably changed. They still live in what most people would regard as slums, the schools are sub-standard, and so on.

Perhaps this is because they constitute a consistent and reliable voting bloc who will always vote Democratic. So, we are left to ponder the question, Why, after all this time and money has nothing changed. Perhaps the answer is that the people in charge, deep down inside, do not want it to change?
October 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGreyGhost

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