Monday, October 11, 2010

Sharron Angle and Joe Heck Can Run, But Can't Make Their Lies Go Away

Once again, Sharron Angle wants us to forget everything she said that she doesn't want to acknowledge any more. Once again, she's running away from her own words.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle on Saturday bashed “favor-buying pork” politicians, seemingly oblivious to the hypocrisy of her remarks given that she offered her own political “juice” as leverage in trying to persuade a third-party candidate to drop out of the race.

While talking about the health care reform bill that Congress passed this year, Angle said: “We don’t need some kind of favor-buying pork ... Harry Reid isn’t just another vote. He pushed it, he promoted it, he made the deals.”

Angle made the comment during a Las Vegas rally, billed as a free speech event intended to “clear up misconceptions,” but to which the press and supporters of other candidates were unwelcome.

I was spotted midway through the rally and was told it was a “closed event” but was allowed to remain.

Hundreds of Angle supporters crammed into the Blue Martini in Town Square — an ironic venue given Angle’s disapproval of alcohol — to hear their candidate answer questions from conservative radio host Heidi Harris, a supporter who called herself the “official defender of Sharron Angle.”

Although Angle answered more than two dozen questions about education, immigration, health care and Social Security, she was not asked about, nor did she make any reference to, a secretly-taped conversation she had with Tea Party of Nevada candidate Jon Scott Ashjian, in which she said that if he dropped out of the race and she were elected, she would use her influence for his benefit.

So according to Sharron, this never happened...

And this never happened...

And this never happened...

According to Sharron Angle, everything in my blog's archives doesn't actually exist. Hey, don't even click here! Sharron says she never said it. It's "personal responsibility for thee, NOT me!"

And "pastor problem"?

“Liberals have their own religion, but it contradicts the religious community and the people of faith,” he said.

“Isn’t that kind of convenient?” I asked. “If you say that liberal Christians are not real Christians …”

“No, I didn’t say liberal Christians, liberal politicians. Liberal politicians,” he said.

But despite his denial, he was disdainful in our conversations of some other Christian faiths, and his church lends out copies of DVDs that attack other Christian churches. In his talk with me, Pastor Reed had praise for only three denominations—Calvary Chapel, the Baptists and, with some caution, Catholicism.

One of the DVDs is titled Exposing the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Watchtower, Awake Organizations. Another title virtually reads the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) out of Christianity: Christianity or Mormonism?

The LDS church, in fact, pushes one of Pastor Reed’s buttons, and the fact that Harry Reid is a member seems to be only a part of the reason.

“His religion’s a cult,” Pastor Reed said. “The Christian community—all the Christians, theologians and scholars, all recognize that, that Mormonism is a cult. I have books in my library on cults, and it lists Mormonism right there with all these bizarre cults. Well, there must be a reason. I mean, here a member of a cult is one of the most powerful people in the United States. Doesn’t that alarm you? And his allegiance is to Salt Lake City. Something is up with that. Something’s weird. But nobody touches that. … Harry Reid’s allegiance is to Salt Lake City. The Mormon church is rich, powerful, they do illegal things. They do secretive things. They’ve got all this money. They own American businesses. There’s weirdness going on there. Churches are not multi-millionaire organizations like the Mormon church. You know, there’s some weirdness with that, but nobody questions it, nobody asks one question to Harry Reid and says, ‘Tell us about your faith. What does a Mormon believe?’ Ask him about the holy garments that he wears that protect him from evil. Isn’t that kooky? Ask him about getting his body parts anointed by oil. Isn’t that kooky? Ask him about when he goes to the temple and he gets baptized for dead people. Isn’t that kooky? Ask him about the hit squad of the Mormon church and why they need people to kill Mormons that go against them. Isn’t that controlling? Ask him how they shun people, then they get their family members to disown them and divorce them if they dare leave the Mormon church. Isn’t that cultish? I mean, I could go on and on. The Mormon church is a cult, and Harry Reid is a powerful person in a cult, and nobody even questions it.”

He suggested Reid has made “secret promises” to the LDS church

What pastor problem!

But in July 2008, as a candidate for state Senate, Angle included "music ministry, Sonrise Church" on a candidate questionnaire published by the Reno Gazette-Journal, listing it as one of three ways in which she was involved in the community. In the same survey, she also listed herself as a member of the Fellowship Community Church, also in Reno.

In an interview with the Sun, Reed said that Angle, a Southern Baptist, had been a member of his church for "over a dozen years" and for the past year has had "dual membership" in the two congregations. She attended his church as recently as a couple of months ago, he said. He attributed her recent absence to the busy campaign.

Can we believe anything she says these days? It's so hard to keep up with Sharron Angle and her many lies. I mean, it's almost as bad... As bad as Joe Heck's many lies about his own words!

He told us at Saturday's debate that he's a "big proponent of education", and he denied saying he ever wanted to abolish the Department of Education. Too bad for him that he's on record saying just that. The Department of Education is responsible for the block grants that help fund Nevada schools, and they distribute financial aid, like Pell Grants, to college students so people like me can go to college. So when Joe Heck comes to a community college to address us, he says he's a "big proponent of education", but when he talks to teabaggers he says he wants to slash schools to death.

Oh, wait. I guess he got his lines a little mixed up on Saturday. He did let it slip that he objected to Pell Grants being reformed to make financial aid more accessible to college students. So he's a "big proponent of education", but doesn't want people like me finishing school since we rely on those Pell Grants.


And if that isn't bad enough, he can't keep his story straight on health care. He made all these claims about health care reform "hurting small businesses", even though the legislation that passed excluded 96% of small businesses from employer mandates and provided $40 billion in tax credits to help small businesses cover their workers! He's previously pledged to "do everything possible to repeal this horrible bill", but now he says he doesn't want to "repeal the whole bill". What are we to believe?

And are you catching the resemblance yet?

Whoops, again. But then again, what can we expect from someone who shops around for the next higher office to run for, and tells all of us how "moderate" he is while he tells the teabaggers he's 100% with them?

Yet while Joe Heck flips and flops at every turn, Dina Titus is always consistent in what she tells us. She's out in public and providing answers on creating jobs, improving health care and public education, and working hard for all of Nevada's working families.

At the debate on Saturday, Dina provided real answers to education, health care, job creation, and much more. And even when I don't see eye to eye with her, I always know she's thinking through the process and working for the best policy solutions. And since I always have a soft spots for good policy wonks, I'll take her any time over some no good flip-flopper who tells me one thing and tells some "Tea Party" loons something completely different.

I guess that's why the highly respected paper in this town, The Las Vegas Sun, has endorsed Dina Titus. She can think for herself...

Heck has tried to paint Titus as a tax-and-spend liberal, but that isn’t the case. A National Journal review of lawmakers’ votes determined Titus to be a centrist. Titus has split with her party on several key issues, including additional funding for the Troubled Asset Relief Program. She initially opposed the health care bill, objecting to provisions that she said would hurt families and small business. She voted for it after getting those provisions changed.

Titus has been an outspoken advocate for her constituents, particularly homeowners hit hard by the economic crisis. She has worked diligently to marshal federal support.

And while Heck blindly follows the Washington, DC, GOP party line, Dina sticks up for us here in Nevada.

One of the most notable differences between Titus and Heck is their stances on Yucca Mountain, the proposed high-level nuclear waste dump 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas. Nevada’s opposition to Yucca Mountain over the years has been bipartisan and nearly unanimous among the state’s leaders. However, this year many GOP candidates in Nevada have softened their opposition as Republican leaders in Congress have disregarded safety and scientific problems with the plans. They have made clear their desire to dump at least 77,000 tons of deadly radioactive material in the state.

In an interview with the Sun’s editorial board, Heck refused to rule out Yucca Mountain as a waste dump, saying the process to approve it should “go to completion,” a view that puts him at odds with the rest of Nevada’s congressional delegation.

Meanwhile, Titus has taken a stand for Nevadans’ safety, steadfastly opposing Yucca Mountain.

The bottom line: Titus has worked hard for her constituents and been a great advocate for her district and Nevada. She is experienced, knowledgeable and has a track record of success. The Sun endorses Dina Titus.

And that's why I strongly support Dina. Even though I may occasionally disagree with this or that vote from her, I know she always tries to do what's best for Nevada. And she listens to us here in the district, and doesn't blindly follow any Congressional leader. That's the kind of representative Nevada needs in Washington... Not any more folks who tell us one thing and tell party leadership and right-wing extremists something else.

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