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September 19, 2010

So How Conservative IS Pat Toomey?

Via Joe Sestak's website, I found this.

As it's Sestak's idea of what Pat Toomey's website should be, we can assume a certain level of political rhetoric going on. But on the first page there was a link that led here:
A kindly reader forwarded this 2004 piece in The American Spectator musing on the U.S. Senate race in PA back then, between Arlen Specter and Pat Toomey, who’s currently running against Joe Sestak for that same seat. You will be amused to find out that, back in ’04, that then-senator Rick Santorum actually backed Specter, and told “everyone within earshot that the primary challenger, Rep. Pat Toomey, is ‘too conservative for Pennsylvania.’” [emphasis added.]
Say it ain't so, Rick!

It's so. It a piece written during the Toomey/Specter primary race way back in 2004, our Lil Ricky was defending Arlen Specter (who was then the Republican Incumbent) against a challenge from the right - Pat Toomey. Colin McNickle elaborated Rick's conundrum back then. He had to support Specter because he would have lost his Senate ranking (no. 3 at the time, if I am not mistaken) if he did.

That aside, so how conservative IS Pat Toomey? From RealClearPolitics:
Toomey's lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union is 97%; Santorum's is just 88%.
Pat Toomey - More conservative than Rick Santorum.

5 comments:

Conservative Mountaineer said...

Pat Toomey - More conservative than Rick Santorum.

Cue Beevis & Butthead.. Hehehehhehe. Good.

And.. this is a problem, how? Only to netroot wachkos and you liberals.

Can you say "Senator Toomey"?

Ol' Froth said...

Its a problem because Toomey is a lunatic? Good gravy CM, are you that detatched from reality?

Toomey has strongly advocated for deregulation of the financial services industry. While serving on the House Banking CommitteeUnited States House Committee on Financial ServicesThe United States House Committee on Financial Services oversees the entire financial services industry, including the securities, insurance, banking, and housing industries. The Committee also oversees the work of the Federal Reserve, the United States Department of the Treasury, the U.S...
, Toomey, in 1999, helped write House Resolution 10, which led to the repeal of parts of the Depression-era Glass-Steagall ActGlass-Steagall ActThe Banking Act of 1933 was a law that established the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in the United States and introduced banking reforms, some of which were designed to control speculation. It is most commonly known as the Glass–Steagall Act, after its legislative sponsors, Carter Glass...
. The repeal of the Act, which had regulated the separation of banks and investment firms, allowed the creation of huge companies that combined banking and investment operations. Toomey commented, "I would like to see us continue to deregulate on many fronts, including the financial services industry."


Toomey is one of those direcrtly responsible for the economic collapse we're now suffering through.

Toomey has been a consistent advocate of reducing and eliminating taxes. While in Congress he voted to reduce the capital gains tax, to eliminate the estate taxEstate tax in the United StatesThe estate tax in the United States is a tax imposed on the transfer of the "taxable estate" of a deceased person, whether such property is transferred via a will, according to the state laws of intestacy or otherwise made as an incident of the death of the owner, such as a transfer of property...
, to cut small business taxes, to eliminate the "marriage penaltyMarriage penaltyThe marriage penalty in the United States refers to the higher taxes required from some married couples, where spouses are making approximately the same taxable income, filing one tax return than for the same two people filing two separate tax returns if they were unmarried...
", to first cut federal income taxes and other taxes by $958B over 10 years (the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001
Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001
The Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 , was a sweeping piece of tax legislation in the United States. It is commonly known by its abbreviation EGTRRA, often pronounced "egg-tra" or "egg-terra", and sometimes also known simply as the 2001 act...
) and later to make these cuts permanent, to reduce capital gains and income taxes by nearly $100 billion (the Economic Security and Recovery Act of 2002), and to expand and extend multiple tax credits to individuals and businesses.


These are insane fiscal policies, as it would bankrupt the country, lead to an explosion in the debt, amount to an enormous transfer of wealth from the middle and lower classes to the wealthy and make the federal government unable to do the most rudimentary of its responsibilities, but it is par for the course for a plutocrat.

The guy is an absolute nutjob.

EdHeath said...

CM, aren't you the guy who said that Obama was raising taxes on those making over $250,000 by 39.6%, instead of allowing their taxes to increase by around 5 or 6 percent back to the Clinton era level? In other words, didn't you make a 35$ error, trying to scare people?

You conservatives are trying to persuade us liberals of anything? Do your conservative friends (and/or clients) know how careless you are with numbers?

EdHeath said...

CM, aren't you the guy who said that Obama was raising taxes on those making over $250,000 by 39.6%, instead of allowing their taxes to increase by around 5 or 6 percent back to the Clinton era level? In other words, didn't you make a 35$ error, trying to scare people?

You conservatives are trying to persuade us liberals of anything? Do your conservative friends (and/or clients) know how careless you are with numbers?

jaywillie said...

What happened to Rick Santorum in his re-election campaign in 2006? How well did his ultra-conservatism help him?

Toomey needs to be worried. In a political environment we are told overwhelmingly favors Republicans, he has not polled higher than 50% in a single poll. Why can't he seal the deal with PA voters?

This is eerily reminiscent of how Sestak beat Specter. For months Specter led in polling, hovering in the mid-40s, and then Sestak came on over the closing weeks to win it.

CM's comments are exactly what I mean when I say that these Teabaggers enraged that someone would go against them or tell them went to do demand absolute fealty to conservative dogma. And anyone who doesn't subscribe to it isn't American enough, isn't Christian enough, and isn't white enough for them.

They have become completely unhinged and already think they've won the elections.

Well, millions of us liberal and moderate voters would like to have our say before Teabagger Republicans start measuring the drapes.