Joe Lieberman is a Putz and a Scumbag!

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Joe Lieberman, a True Man of Conscience

Fifteen years ago in Washington, D.C., I got talked into buying a ticket to a Lieberman fund raiser where I listened to him talk sanctimoniously out of both sides of his mouth, unctuously sucking up to a bunch of K Street corporation lobbyists. He struck me as untrustworthy then and nothing he's done since has changed my opinion. He's been a prominent member of the Democratic Leadership Council and among the farthest to the right of this group of center right democrats who are descendants of cold warrier Scoop Jackson, the Senator from Boeing. Contributors to the DLC include the international oil companies, military contractors and the ultra-right Bradley Foundation. It's safe to assume that these are major Lieberman contributors as well.

Lieberman was a leading early and vocal neocon supporter of Bush's unnecessary, foolish and costly invasion of Iraq. He ran and was elected as an independent after being defeated in the Democratic primary by a progressive Democrat.He supported McCain over Obama in 2008 and was a leading candidate for McCain's running mate until he was steam-rollered by Palin's Bible thumping supporters. Since he was re-elected to the Senate he has caucused with the Democrats but he goes along with the Republicans almost as often as he supports Democratic initiatives. Recently he has threatened to derail health care reform because of his opposition to the public option proposal supported by President Obama and most Democrats.

This Hub was inspired by an article in this week's Newsweek by Jonathan Alter entitled "Bazooka Joe Lieberman's comic health-care ploy." According to Alter, a decade ago Lieberman was a source of pride for most American Jews (who voted 78 percent for Obama). Now Jews are debating "why Joe is such a putz." In case anybody doesn't know what a putz is, it's a Yiddish word which loosely translates to the American "dickhead" or the Swedish "schlong" from Arthur D. Clarke Schlong, according to Uncyclopedia, or the German "schwantz." According to Alter, Lieberman is fooling himself if he thinks only hard core lefties (myself included) are the only ones mad at him. Everyone is tired of how the junior senator from Connecticut is giving acts of conscience a bad name as in his threat on Faux News that he would "as a matter or conscience" filibuster any health reform bill that contained a public option. Apparently he'd forgotten his earlier proposal that any American be allowed to "buy into a national health insurance pool like the federal insurance pool we federal employees and members of Congress have" which sounds suspiciously like the current public option proposals. Despite CBO estimates that this plan would save money, Lieberman says he's against it because of the deficit.

However, the deficit doesn't deter Lieberman from his gung ho support for escalation in Afghanistan. Like other neocons he thinks the principle at stake trumps short run deficit considerations. But when it comes to health care, restraining spending becomes a matter of conscience. Conscious didn't prevent him from getting up at the GOP convention and endorse Sarah Palin as fully qualified to be president. Senate colleagues say Lieberman is consumed by his resentment of liberals, and that defeat of health reform would be the fulfillment of a revenge fantasy. "History is littered with big moments that turned on the pettiness of small men." Lieberman is one of those petty, small men.

[I'm indebted to Jonathan Alter's column in Newsweek November 23, 2008 for much of this Hub.]

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eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

This is funny, 18 moths ago he was held to be the greatest by the left. How fast they turn...just like a pack of wolves!

Go Joe, you are a only a few of the democrats in office with any guts to stand up for what is right. You rule Joe!

Keep on hubbing!


John McCutchen 6 years ago

Can't you wingnuts make a point without making everything up?

Joe Lieberman hero of the left?

On what planet?


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

I've never been a fan of Joe Lieberman, because I always found it impossible to believe him. For me trust is everything, and he doesn't inspire it.


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

He sure doesn't. You can count on Joe always doing what's best for Number One, Joe Lieberman!


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kartika damon 6 years ago from Fairfield, Iowa

Joe Lieberman was never a hero of the left! Most of us on the left were so appalled by his support of McCain, his praises of Palin, and his other antics, we never wanted to hear his name again. He is petty and would kill much needed reform to keep his friends in the insurance industry happy. He really is despicable!


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Interesting read for me in the UK. I like to read about your politics over the pond.


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

Thanks, ethel. Yours is interesting, too.


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barranca 6 years ago

Maybe its my fault. I moved from Nebraska to Connecticut. Ben Nelson and Joe Lieberman are two of my least favorite Senators. I will certainly be out there doing my best to defeat good ole joe in his next run as will everyone I know.


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eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

I think if we go back about 12 or more years, is when liebermann was really great in the democrat party, then about 6-8 years ago things turned. You got to thing more than just the last 2 years.

Keep on hubbing!


Robert Dente 6 years ago

I live in CT and Lieberman has been acting out like a petulant child ever since he lost the primaries to Ned Lamont and was forced to run as an independent. His ego couldn't abide it and it still can't. He's a stooge and a thug for United Technologies, Pfizer and the CT insurance industry. Hence, the profits from war, drugs and healthcare extortion keeps his and his wife's coffers full and he's out to get even with Democrats who oppose his kind of corruption and power.


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blue dog 6 years ago from texas hill country

thanks, ralph, for this.

politics creates many strange bedfellows. i often wondered, of all the strange bedfellows out there, why gore chose a little weasel like joe as his running mate.

would we be where we are today?


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

Eovery, although it's true that Gore picked Lieberman for his running mate, Lieberman never had much support in the liberal wing of the Democratic Party. He defeated Lowell Weicker who was one of the last of a now nearly extinct species--liberal east coast Republicans. See Robert Dente's comment above.


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eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

Oh, yeah, it was Gore time I was thinking of. That was before I got very interesting in politics. I knew I remember something about him in the elections.

Keep on Hubbing!


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fishskinfreak2008 6 years ago from Fremont CA

Joe Lieberman is ALWAYS playing political games, along with BEN NELSON, who first demanded GOP support for the healthcare reform proposal and is now suddenly anti-abortion. Great article. Thumbs up


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jiberish 6 years ago from florida

Deeds, Joe was always on my short list, even more so now. You are right about one thing, it's all about Joe. I'm kind of in agreement with you on this one. (scary). By the way Congrad's to me, I'm a grandmother of a beautiful baby boy, otherwise I would have commented two days ago. .:)


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

Wow! Congratulations! Our grand daughter arrives with her parents tomorrow morning for Thanksgiving. She was one year old last month. And she's the most beautiful baby in the world.


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ddoingit1 6 years ago

The bi-parisonhip, is the strangle hold, past We the People, to the strangle hold of Bretherens of a country unification.

If the nation would interupt, with the studios, mentality, by the presence of I am you, you are, or by the essence of the one who once said

I have a Dream by the birmingham letter, to the Day of Marving, Moma Moma, thiers to many of crying,

We've got to find to bring some loving here today,

So the problem is we have to rind the Marvin Gayes, within our selves, and lift the Gates, of the Cia to their own heavens, so we will know, the essence of health care reform is not a monetary concern of joe bidden, into the ideal, health care reforem is for the people the people.

other wise we are just CEO with Tennis elbows

http://ddoingit1.blogspot.com


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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

I don't think anyone trusts Lieberman. His charade has been exposed by his actions. He is a putz.


opinion duck 6 years ago

Ralph

This hub has a dearth of detailed information.

Name three Senators or three presidents that are different from Joe in the area of it being about them.

Putz is non partisan and it afflicts most if not all of Congress.


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

Opinion duck, feel free to add any details you consider pertinent. You, like many Americans, are apparently alienated from our political system. I ask what are you doing to improve it? Three senators: Russell Feingold, Chuck Hagel, Carl Levin. Three presidents, easy: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Truman, Johnson, Roosevelt, Franklin, Roosevelt, Theodore.


ColdWarBaby 6 years ago

Great work Ralph. Let's face it. We've got a single party with two sub-divisions. One leans only a tiny bit less radically to the right than the other. It makes for better theater. Bread and circuses and all that.


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vrajavala 6 years ago from Port St. Lucie

I heard that Obama's idea to free 1000 terrorists was directly aimed at Joe, the deal is his vote on Deathcare


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

???Just curious, what was your source for "Obama's idea to free 1,000 terrorists? There are two Lieberman putz's BTW, Joe Lieberman and Avigdor Lieberman. Maybe they are related.


ColdWarBaby 6 years ago

vrajavala seems to be the latest member of the HP Troll Squad.

I could be wrong but, I don't think so.


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

He describes himself as a "professional astrologer."


ColdWarBaby 6 years ago

Yes, I've read some of his work. Rather obtuse and fragmented. Seems a bit prone to proselytizing. Not without some interesting lines of thought though.


opinion duck 6 years ago

Ralph

I think that you have it backwards, it is the political 2 party system that is alienating the people. Neither party benefits the middle class, the focus of one party is the poor and the focus of the other party is the rich.

It is hard to change the system, when we have a Row A or Row B vote mentality and worse yet when people think that the political parties are here to help them.

You list FDR, the father of the handout that is causing SS and Medicare to be deemed a major economic problem.

If you must use the word putz, then at least include the putz master Jimmy Carter. He would be followed by Clinton and Obama. Clinton who will always be remembered for giving too much of himself at the office and Obama who has not accomplished any of his election promises. The Bush presidencies didn't do much either. The problem is not the party but that both parties cannot accomplish anything good for the people and the country.

Got any accomplishments for the non putz in politics?


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

Your nom de plume is apt--plenty of opinions, no facts.


opinion duck 6 years ago

Ralph

Your comment has demonstrated all that you are and the worth of your hubs. A vacuum.

My comment also posed a question but you apparently don't have any facts to answer the question.

"The problem is not the party but that both parties cannot accomplish anything good for the people and the country.

Got any accomplishments for the non putz in politics?"


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

Plenty--Social Security, Workers' Compensation, Medicare, OSHA, FDIC, FDA, Civil Rights Act and so forth. Social Security is not "a major economic problem." Your question and comments are so far off the mark that I don't have time to contribute to your obviously deficient knowledge of American history and government. If you are an admirer of Senator Lieberman and don't think he's a putz, feel free to tell us why. As I mentioned in the Hub I met him 20 years ago and decided he was a putz. Just about everything he's done since then has confirmed my original opinion.


opinion duck 6 years ago

Ralph

I will do you the same and not tell you how each one of those accomplishments is not an accomplishment but a liability to this country.

I will give you a start, SS is a governmental piggy bank that is a timebomb from the Democrats (FDR). Contrast SS with FERS and tell me why government employees and Congress have their own retirement system paid for by taxpayers.

SS is mandatory and not the idea of the private sector. Both the employer and employee contribute to SS. Workers are forced from the time of their first job to contribute to SS and it doesn't end as long as they have a job. SS contributions are not stopped when you go on SS, if you still earn money. If you make too much money while you are getting SS benefits, then they start taking SS dollars away from you. The age of retiring with full benefits is between 65 and 70 years old, depending on your birth year. This means that you can contribute into SS for fifty years or more. If you die before retirement, you get nothing.

FERS is a defined benefit retirement system. Most government employees can retire at 55 or earlier with only 20 or less years of contribution. Once retired they never contribute into FERS again. They are guarantee by the government to get a predetermined benefit. That can cost taxpayers money to pay into a retirement system that didn't earn enough to pay the retiree the agree amount.

Why is it that the government can provide their employees with retirement, health benefits and other benefits that are no longer found in abundance in the private sector?

SS is an economic problem because it takes about 14% of the governments yearly budget and the government is using that to take the pressure off of their retirement system economic liability. The size of the government is at least twice the size it needs to be effective. Each unnecessary government worker is a tax liability to the country, both while they are working and especially when they retire.

I would recommend that you look into the rest of the so called accomplishments that you listed. I have arguments on them as well, but I don't believe that you are receptive to the truth.

I am not a fan of Lieberman but I think that using putz for him singles him out from the large group of putz, I call Congress.

From reading some of your other hubs and comments on other hubs, this hub seems to be a negative spike in what seems to be a level hub history.

In light of that, I would hope that you take a serious look at my comment on SS. Question and counter my view on it, but don't sweep it with generalizations or attack me personally.


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

O.D., debating with you isn't likely to go anywhere because you seem to be something of a libertarian or someone who is alienated from our form of government, which I am not although I recognize that it's far from perfect.

So, why don't you sign up and publish your own hubs?

WRT Social Security, here's a link to a hub on it that I published a couple of years ago which, if you read it, will increase your knowledge on the subject.

http://hubpages.com/business/Social-Security-Refor...

And, BTW, you are the one who started the snarkey comments, not me.


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

Great article Ralph!

Lieberman is a turd.

Nuff' said.


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

No more comments from Opinion Sucks unless he registers as a participant in HubPages. I suspect he is a HubPager troll registered under another avatar.


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

Looks like Joe Lieberman decided to try for the old double-cross and say he now opposes the Medicare expansion compromise he’d hinted he would support. Lieberman wants no public option, no trigger that might create a public option, and no expansion of existing programs as a substitute for a public option. And he doesn’t care about expressing that view in misleading ways, timed to cause embarrassment to the Democratic leadership. And, frankly, unlike some other troublesome Democratic Senators one can hardly be all that surprised that he’s making problems for the Obama administration’s #1 domestic priority. After all, Lieberman took the view that John McCain would be the better President.

Matthew Yglesias--"Think Progress"


John McCutchen 6 years ago

Break his teeth

Take his chairmanship

Who needs him


mike reilly 6 years ago

Joe Lieberman is nothing but a sonderkammando for the healthcare industry


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

Yep. And for the banksters as well.


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

In less than two days time, the progressive action group MoveOn.org has raised more than $1 million for its campaign against Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.).

The five-million-member group launched a fundraising drive on Tuesday after the Connecticut independent successfully killed key provisions from the Senate's health care reform legislation.


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

Thanks for the update Ralph and for fighting the good fight.


C.J. Wright 6 years ago

Two words, career politician. Doesn't matter what side of the ilse you sit on. No one can hang around that cesspool(DC) and not get dirty. Lobyist and career politicians....SCUMBAGS.

I have to give you this, Joe makes about the ugliest prostitute I've ever seen!


mandatory retirement 5 years ago

My earliest conscious recognition of Joe Lieberman was during the Obama run for the presidency. Since that time, for the first time in 60+ years, I'm aware of career politians. I always wondered why it seemed seniors were more polically savvy than young people. Maybe we just have more time to listen and COMPARE.


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Ralph Deeds 5 years ago Author

Older and wiser! Thanks for your comment.

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