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Liberty Belle

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I'M BACK!!! And I found a book disagreeable and the other libs on this board need to read. :lol:

Do As I Say (Not As I Do)
by Peter Schweizer


Hypocrisy has proved to be a wonderful weapon for liberals in their war against conservatives. When a pro-family politician gets caught cheating on his wife, or a conservative pundit turns out to have a bad habit or addiction, their enemies use the charge to good effect. Fair enough. But what happens when the spotlights are turned on liberals themselves? Do the supporters of progressive taxes, affirmative action, strict environmental safeguards, and unionized labor practice what they preach? In a word: NO.

Do As I Say (Not As I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy is Hoover Fellow Peter Schweizer's hard-hitting exposé of the contradictions between the public stances and real-life behavior of prominent liberals like Hillary Clinton, Michael Moore, Al Franken, Ted Kennedy, Nancy Pelosi, Ralph Nader, Barbra Streisand, and many more.

Some of the shocking hypocrisy Peter Schweizer reveals:
• "I don't own a single share of stock," Michael Moore declares. No, his tax returns show he has owned hundreds of thousands -- profiting from some of the very companies (like Halliburton and Boeing) he viciously denounces

The Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel: ultra-left class warrior, defender of the inheritance tax -- and trust-fund heiress who fought the IRS all the way to the Supreme Court to avoid paying $2 million in estate taxes

• During the 2004 campaign, John Kerry complained that the "super-rich" don't pay their fair share in taxes. Care to guess what percentage of their income Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry -- who are worth over $700 million -- are paying in taxes?

Noam Chomsky opposes private property and calls the Pentagon "the most vile institution on the face of the earth" -- yet he has made millions in contract work for the Pentagon, owns two luxurious homes, and set up an irrevocable trust to protect his assets from Uncle Sam

Ted Kennedy favors racial set-asides on federal contracts -- but when it came to his own investment in an entire city block of Washington, DC, he got his political friends to help him waive an affirmative action set-aside

Al Franken habitually calls conservatives "liars" and "mean and nasty" -- yet as a writer for "Saturday Night Live" he penned jokes and skits so mean-spirited they appalled even his colleagues, and he uses brazen lies for his bestselling books all the time

Hillary Clinton supports the right of thirteen-year-old girls to have abortions without parental consent -- yet she forbade thirteen-year-old Chelsea to pierce her ears and enrolled her in a school that would not distribute condoms to minors

Ralph Nader: how he speculates in the stocks of companies that might be influenced by his political activism. How he conceals enormous wealth and a lavish lifestyle behind a façade of pretended frugality

Nancy Pelosi has made supporting labor unions a cornerstone of her public career. Yet the vineyards and hotels that comprise her $35 million fortune have one thing in common: they don't use union labor

Barbra Streisand: how, on the three causes with which she seems most concerned -- poverty, environmentalism and feminism -- she engages in the very behaviors she says she deplores
Schweizer makes it clear that when it comes to the things that matter most in our lives -- protection of family, property, and privacy -- even the most outspoken liberals jettison their progressive ideas and adopt conservative principles. In short, he writes, "these do-as-I-say liberals don't trust their own ideas enough to apply them at home... Which can only make one wonder: If their liberal prescriptions don't really work for them as individuals, how can they work for the rest of us?"
 

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But these "gods and godesses" know what's best for the commoners. Of course we can't expect them to live up to the same standards! :roll:
 

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Al Franken's Nightmare: Book Hits NY Times List

Peter Schweizer's new book "Do As I Say (Not As I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy" has made it to the coveted New York Times best-seller list in its first week out. I can't wait to get my copy!

Tell you what disagreeable, if you'll post your name and address; I'd just be tickled to send you a copy, free of charge. I try to do all I can to educate the ignorant.
 

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LB, I'd be happy to reimburse you for a couple copies if you find anyone else who needs one. We're flying out to CA in less than two weeks, I'll pick up a copy to read while traveling, thanks.
 

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Cal,
Have fun in California. Maybe you can spread a little conservative sunshine. I found a little more information about Schweizer's book to share with you:

In "Do As I Say (Not As I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy," Hoover Fellow Peter Schweizer reveals the glaring contradictions between the public stances and real-life behavior of prominent liberals including Michael Moore, Ted Kennedy, Al Franken, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and Ralph Nader - among others.

"Yet for all the talk about conservative hypocrisy, there has been very little investigation into the prevalence of hypocrisy on the left."
After two years of research into liberal hypocrisy, Schweizer said, "what I discovered was just stunning."

Schweizer's well-annotated book, published by Doubleday, has just been released and its sure to turn several well-known liberals red with anger.
Among the eye-opening revelations of "Do As I Say":

• Filmmaker Michael Moore insists that corporations are evil and claims he doesn't invest in the stock market due to moral principle. But Moore's IRS forms, viewed by Schweizer, show that over the past five years he has owned shares in such corporate giants as Halliburton, Merck, Pfizer, Sunoco, Tenet Healthcare, Ford, General Electric and McDonald's.

• Staunch union supporter Rep. Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) has received the Cesar Chavez Award from the United Farmworkers Union. But the $25 million Northern California vineyard she and her husband own is a non-union shop.

The hypocrisy doesn't end there. Pelosi has received more money from the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees union than any other member of Congress in recent election cycles.

But the Pelosis own a large stake in an exclusive hotel in Rutherford, Calif. It has more than 250 employees. But none of them are in a union, according to Schweizer, author of "The Bushes: Portrait of a Dynasty" and a regular contributor to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and other periodicals.

The Pelosis are also partners in a restaurant chain called Piatti, which has 900 employees. The chain is - that's right, a non-union shop.

• Ralph Nader is another liberal who claims that unions are essential to protect worker rights. But when an editor of one of his publications tried to form a union to ameliorate miserable working conditions, the editor was fired and the locks changed on the office door.

• Self-described socialist Noam Chomsky has described the Pentagon as "the most vile institution on the face of the earth" and lashed out against tax havens and trusts that benefit only the rich.

But Chomsky has been paid millions of dollars by the Pentagon over the last 40 years, and he used a venerable law firm to set up his irrevocable trust to shield his assets from the IRS.

• Air America radio host Al Franken says conservatives are racist because they lack diversity and oppose affirmative action. But fewer than 1 percent of the people he has hired over the past 15 years have been African-American.

• Ted Kennedy has fought for the estate tax and spoken out against tax shelters. But he has repeatedly benefited from an intricate web of trusts and private foundations that have shielded most of his family's fortune from the IRS.

One Kennedy family trust wasn't even set up in the U.S., but in Fiji.

Another family member, environmentalist Robert Kennedy Jr., has said that it is not moral to profit from natural resources. But he receives an annual check from the family's large holdings in the oil industry.

• Barbra Streisand has talked about the necessity of unions to protect a "living wage." But she prefers to do her filming and postproduction work in Canada, where she can pay less than American union wages.

• Bill and Hillary Clinton have spoken in favor of the estate tax, and in 2000 Bill vetoed a bill seeking to end it. But the Clintons have set up a contract trust that allows them to substantially reduce the amount of inheritance tax their estate will pay when they die.

• Billionaire Bush-basher George Soros says the wealthy should pay higher, more progressive tax rates. But he holds the bulk of his money in tax-free overseas accounts in Curacao, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.

Schweizer writes: "Liberals claim to support affirmative action but don't practice it. They support higher taxes but set up complicated tax shelters to avoid paying them. They claim to be ardent environmentalists but abandon their cause when it impinges on their own property rights.

"The reality is that liberals like to preach in moral platitudes. They like to condemn ordinary Americans and Republicans for a whole host of things - racism, lack of concern for the poor, polluting the environment, and greed.

"But when it comes to applying those same standards to themselves, liberals are found to be shockingly guilty of hypocrisy.

"The media and the American people need to hold them accountable."
 

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Republican hypocrites:

#3 - Tom DeLay who rushed through a bill to stop Terri Schiavo's husband from removing her feeding tube, even though he approved removing his own father's tube and allowing him to die.

#2 - Bill Frist. After breaking a long standing tradition and campaiging for Thune in the last election, he claimed the Democrats had insulted him by calling for a "special session" without the traditional notification of the other party.

And #1, of course, is George W. Bush who claimed he believed leaking classified information was a serious offence and that anyone in the White House found to have leaked such information on Valarie Plame would be fired. When it came out that Rove had leaked the information, Bush backed off (I read that reporters actually laughed in his face) and said any White House employee indicted would be fired. Scooter Libby has been indicted; he wasn't fired. And we know (from the reporter and Rove's attorney) that Rove outed a CIA agent, yet he still sets at Bush's right elbow and still has a security clearance!

I'm sure if I spent more time I could come up with some more, but think posts like this are childish and usually ignore them.
 

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If you're talking about Security Clearance, honey buns, read "Denied Access." You'll learn a lot about Security Clearance with regard to the Clinton Administration.

BTW, it was written by an FBI agent who was in the White House at the time.
 

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Faster horses said:
If you're talking about Security Clearance, honey buns, read "Denied Access." You'll learn a lot about Security Clearance with regard to the Clinton Administration.

BTW, it was written by an FBI agent who was in the White House at the time.


Spin away. I'm not talking about security clearances; like Ms Ding Dong, I'm talking about hypocrites. Delay posturing about the value of human life and we should "save" Terri Schiavo while he didn't stop the removal of a life saving tube from his own father! But he'll stick his nose into the private life of the Schiavo family!

Bill Frist broke the long standing tradition that the Senate Majority Leader not campaign against a setting Senator, then acts like he's been peed on when the Dems break another tradition to try to get out the world on the skewing of the intelligence that Bush used to justify his Iraqi war.

And Bush! At least two of his top advisers, Rove and Libby leaked information, he said he'd fire anyone that did that. He hasn't.

So I'll say it again, it's no wonder more than half of Americans don't think Bush is honest.
 

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99.9% of Americans know politicians in general aren't honest, and the remaining 0.1% are working on campaigns. It's part of the job description.
 

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mp.freelance said:
99.9% of Americans know politicians in general aren't honest, and the remaining 0.1% are working on campaigns. It's part of the job description.

I must be the .1% then because I don't think politicians, in general, are crooks. Most of them want to do good for their community, state, or country.

You continually claim that Americans aren't turning their backs on this war. The poll says:

"On Iraq, a new high — 55 percent — say the Bush administration intentionally misled the American public in making its case for war, up 12 points from last spring. Sixty percent say the war was not worth fighting, up seven points just since August to another high."

The link to the poll with be in the ABC poll post.
 

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reader (the Second) said:
Disagreeable said:
mp.freelance said:
99.9% of Americans know politicians in general aren't honest, and the remaining 0.1% are working on campaigns. It's part of the job description.

I must be the .1% then because I don't think politicians, in general, are crooks. Most of them want to do good for their community, state, or country.

You continually claim that Americans aren't turning their backs on this war. The poll says:

"On Iraq, a new high — 55 percent — say the Bush administration intentionally misled the American public in making its case for war, up 12 points from last spring. Sixty percent say the war was not worth fighting, up seven points just since August to another high."

The link to the poll with be in the ABC poll post.

I may be a liberal but they are 99.9% full of hot air and subterfuge. Sorry Dis but as a 14 year old I got to work for a family friend who ran for office and watched him self-destruct. That's why they call it "political" -- it's not about integrity and selflessness. That's not to say that there are not GOOD things done by politicians but people attracted to politics have egos, are willing to compromise themselves, and give themselves up to be "handled" by their PR and other goons.

The best are the senior guys like Harkin and Warner and a few wackos like the only one who voted against the Iraq War (not to say the vote was right but he had integrity). You know, the guy killed in a plane crash (of course).

Of course politicians have egos. No one would put up with all the crap they have to take if they didn't have a huge ego. But I don't believe that they're all crooks, especially the local and state politicians.
 

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You know it just hit me, why Dis is such a blow hard on here. Dis must be a politician or a paid political hack. Why else would it believe that politicians are basicly honest and good unless it is one. Would also explain the sour uncomprimising attitude as well.
 

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