Saturday, September 26, 2009

"We Are Given Moments Historically"

And with that, Senator Chris Dodd updated Connecticut bloggers on his legislative agenda at a meeting today in New Haven.

CTblogger and ConnecticutMan1 were there with their video camera. Here are the highlights on domestic issues. ConnecticutMan1 has a great post on Afghanistan:
  • He will introduce a bill on FISA next week to "uphold the rule of law" and prohibit retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies. He pointed out that it took years to get credit card reforms through, and that this needs another airing. He specifically thanked the blogosphere for not letting this issue rest.
  • Student loan legislation will be introduced next winter
  • Overdraft legislation will be introduced to provide consumers with choice -- allow the customer to decide if he wants the card rejected when it hits the credit limit or when there isn't enough to pay a debit card purchase, or if he wants the overdraft.
  • The Banking committee will look at interchange fees and related contract terms that merchants are subjected to when they agree to take credit cards for payment. As CTKeith pointed out, small business owners who once accepted only cash can't survive today without credit cards, but the fees and terms are hurting business terribly. Dodd said this is a particularly complicated issue, but they are committed to tackle it
  • The Senator will co-manage the floor debate on healthcare and the Democratic caucus wants the bills to come to the floor so there can be debate on the merits of the bills in full view of the public.
  • Dodd said that dealing with the big issues is long overdue. They've been working "around the edges" for too many years and now there is a lot of work that needs to be done. He said, "We are given moments historically..." and that now is the time to act on these pressing domestic issues of healthcare and finance.


Charles said...

What is your take on Merrick Alpert? He strikes me as a great candidate! What's not to like?

CT Bob said...

Merrick strikes me as a personable fellow and a reasonably earnest candidate. But his problem stems from having virtually no support at all from Democrats in Connecticut. I believe he entered the race thinking there was a strong anti-Dodd sentiment among Democrats similar to the 2006 race against Lieberman. There isn't. Not even close.

We're not willing to throw away Dodd's leadership and experience when he's been a million percent more consistent with Democratic ideals than Joe Lieberman was at the time (or continues to be, for that matter).

Merrick seems like a nice guy, but he has zero chance in this race, and if he wants to have a political future in Connecticut, he should consider dropping out and endorsing Dodd, and maybe running for a state House or Senate seat instead. Otherwise the only possible effect he'll have on the race is to funnel a scant few votes away from Dodd and perhaps keep them from going to the GOP candidate.

Charles said...

I'd give Merrick the benefit of the doubt on his motive, it's possible he thinks Dodd has dropped the ball on this banking thing and doesn't deserve reelection. I agree with you his support looks thin.

I understand the desire to remain loyal, but unless I'm misreading it, the Republicans are relishimg a run against Dodd. Can't say that about Merrick - he's a standup guy, former Air Force, had his own business, attractive family....central casting couldn't provide a better candidate.

Whatever happens, it'll be an interesting election, especially on the Republican side. It could be a fracas! :)

Rocco J. Frank Jr. C. E. & Michael Vecchiarelli M.A. said...

Dodd can really make a comeback, but I am still weary of him. I would forgive all his previous criticisms if he decides to co-sponsor SB 604, the billd to audit the Federal reserve. With 296 Congressmen and 31 US Senators already listed as co-sponsors of this bill you would think its a "no-brainer."

If Dodd agrees to Co-Sponsor SB 604 it will be clear that he is not "bought and paid for" by the big banks.

When I see his name on the list, I will jump on board helping him win next election. I really hope someone can get him to agree with the Fed Audit.

On a last note, the Fed just hired Enrons PR firm to dissuade Congress from doing the right thing. Please help Dodd make up his mind if any of you are close.

Rocco Frank

Anonymous said...

Jeez Rocco,

You posted over at Ctnewsjunkie that you are giving 10K to Schiff and now your here thinking you can bribe Sen Dodd with your support if only he does something you want.

Your Behavior makes anything you post on any website totally without any credibility?


PS_Great report Kirby,

Connecticut Man1 said...

I have video of the event going up as well. Kirby had some some great comments and questions.

Rocco J. Frank Jr. C. E. & Michael Vecchiarelli M.A. said...

Ct Keith I have not donated yet I am waiting to see what Dodd Does first. There is a long way to go on the US SEnate Race and my donation is limited by law

Rocco J. Frank Jr. C. E. & Michael Vecchiarelli M.A. said...

One last point, quit acting like a partisan "wanker" and just get word out that Dodd is not fooling any patriots until he co-sponsors sb 604.

Todays post is for you Dems. Visit I will be happy to e-mail you the full slate of photos if you wish.

There are alot of people I can get off Dodd's back if he just would "FUC%^G" co-sponsor SB 604.

What is he waiting for?


Rocco J. Frank Jr. C. E. & Michael Vecchiarelli M.A. said...

Direct link: to all others

Anonymous said...


The fact you think the teabaggers are having any effect on any decision Sen Dodd makes or ever will shows you're an idiot.

None of these wackjobs ever voted for a Democrat and certainly won't in the future.


Rocco J. Frank Jr. C. E. & Michael Vecchiarelli M.A. said...

The fact that you really believe that is scary. I am not going to tell you what to think or how to think.

I just dare you to come to a Tea Party, any Tea Party meet people and ask them if they are Democrats Independents or Republicans, you will find that these are ordinary Americans, people that could easily be your friends and neighbors.

The reason I know, is because the last event I attended was with several friends of mine all of whom were Democrats, except for five that were unaffiliated and two Republicans.

How many Tea Parties have you been to? When was the last time you polled a crowd and asked some simple “who are you” questions to get to the truth? No offence CtKeith but you really sound like a “saber rattler.”

For the Record Fox news and people like Glenn Beck would love to think that this is a right wing issue. Personally I despise Glenn Beck that false profit of Doom and his right wing news network. The Republicans were decimated by years of Bush corruption now they would like to take credit for the “Tea Party” movement that is mostly libertarian not Republican. Sorry, but the Republicans suck they blew it big time under Bush and they still continue to blow it when they have people like Rush Limbaugh and Anne Coulter demagogue their party.

As for the use of your term “Tea Bagger” Personally I think the term is a bigoted homophobic remark that is condescending to gay people everywhere.

I find it really troubling that on one hand, the Democrats embrace the gay movement and on the other you bash them when the appropriate euphuism props up. Personally I am not gay, but if I were, the term "Tea Bagger" would be like calling a black person the "N" word. There is no difference, and if your party represents such childish labels and insults you will find yourself a most unhappy man one day when you realize that you never stood for anything other than a person who divides and labels others.

Every time I read your stuff CtKeith I am disappointed, you sound more and more like "an agent provocateur." Who do you work for? And are you really happy?

Anonymous said...

Hey Rocco,

If you're going to play this game,learn the Rules.

What you did on your website today is STEALING.You can't copy and paste entire posts of others on your blog.That's NOT fair use.

As for the teabaggers,the bigoted signs they allow at their little partys tells me exactly who and what they are.


CT Bob said...

You know, that occurred to me come all the teabaggers accept the racist and bigoted signs that are displayed at these events without one iota of complaint.

Is it because they're worried about being cast as "libruls" if they take exception to the racism when a part of that rabble?