Tuesday, July 18, 2006

What matters most to Joe Lieberman?



No, not really.

I'm pretty sure Joe doesn't have a drinking problem. Even if he did, I'm sure he'd still be functional in most areas.

Except where the nation's policies are concerned. Then, the whole "drinking" thing suddenly starts being more believable.

But no...I'm going to believe that Lieberman ISN'T a drunk...he's just a Republican.

(Personally, I'd rather be a drunk.)

See if you can spot the irony in this article. It's not hard to find if you read it.
Experts divided on relevancy of personal tax data
Mary E. O’Leary, Register Topics Editor

The release of personal income tax information has become a campaign issue in the Democratic Senate primary, but how relevant it is has experts divided.

The Associated Press requested that U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman and his challenger, Ned Lamont, make public their income tax returns for the past five years.

Lieberman, who has been senator since 1988, released his, as he did when he was the party’s vice presidential candidate in 2000 and a presidential contender in 2004.

Lamont, a Greenwich businessman, who has been steadily gaining ground in his primary bid against the 3-term incumbent, now has agreed to release his 2005 returns once they are finished next week.

But he is not willing to go beyond that, with his staff arguing that until he threw his hat in the ring in March, he was essentially a private person. Also, his stock holdings already have been detailed in his filings with the Senate ethics office and are available for public examination.

To Tom Swan, Lamont’s campaign manager, this is all just a distraction from the issues.

"We have the entire Middle East in flames. We have destablized Iraq. We have 47 million Americans without health insurance, but the most important thing Joe Lieberman can talk about is Ned Lamont’s past taxes? This is a cheap political stunt," Swan charged.

But Marion Steinfels, spokesman for the senator’s campaign, disagreed.

"What’s he trying to hide?" she asked. "He is not being open with the voters of Connecticut," she said.

Lieberman himself, however, in his book, "In Praise of Public Life," said challenging an opponent’s votes are fair, but "digging into (a candidate’s) bank account ... is wrong."

more here
"Wrong - wrong - wrong!" Your words, Senator.

Although, I have heard that memory lapses are a fairly common symptom of advanced alcohol abuse...not that you actually HAVE that problem; it just might be something you should discuss with your family physician.

Anyway, Joe Lieberman is apparently much more worried about Ned's tax return than these little incidentals, such as Bush/Cheney's War in Iraq, the Health Care Crisis, the Middle-East going up in flames, Bush's insistance he's above the law, etc. etc. etc. ad nauseum.

If Lieberman even attempted to make half as much noise about Bush's ACTUAL, DOCUMENTED violations of the law (rather than the phony issues he's using to try to discredit his honest Democratic opponent's character) maybe more people would support him.

Yeah, I guess you don't have to be drunk to see Joe's real agenda here.

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