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Rudy Giuliani: 2012 Presidential Profile

Personal Information

Rudolph William Louis “Rudy” Giuliani was born May 28, 1944 in Brooklyn, New York. He was the only child of Harold and Helen Giuliani, both of whom where first-generation Americans, and children of Italian immigrants.

Family
Rudy Giuliani has been married three times. He has two children with his second wife.

 


Religious Affiliations
Roman Catholic
In his younger years he considered joining the priesthood but ultimately decided against it.
Prefers not to discuss his religious affiliations, stating:

“My religious affiliation, my religious practices and the degree to which I am a good or not-so-good Catholic, I prefer to leave to the priests.”

Education
1961- Graduated from Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School
1965- Graduated from Manhattan College
1968- Graduated from New York University School of Law

Political
1968- Volunteered for Robert F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign
Mid- 1960’s- Worked as a Democratic party committeeman on Long Island

America’s Mayor
Rudy Giuliani became known as “America’s Mayor” because of his steadfast leadership during the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the World Trade Center Twin Towers.

After the initial attack on the World Trade Center towers, Mr. Giuliani came out front and center to be the voice of authority in the tragedy. His response and leadership role earned him the nickname of “America’s Mayor.”

Political Affiliations
1970’s- Democrat
1970’s- Independent
1980’s to current- Republican

Political Career
1970- Prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney
1983- Appointed U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York

1985 – 1986 Guliani indicted 11 mobster bosses in what is known as the Mafia Commission Trial where Guliani stated he was out to wipe out new York’s “Five Families’ of the  Mafia underworld, in which eight defendants received hundreds of years in jail.

1989- Ran for mayor of New York and lost
1993- Ran once again for mayor of New York and won
1997- Ran for re-election and won by a wide margin, carrying four of the five New York City boroughs
2008- Ran for the Republican nomination for president but bowed out of the race after the early primaries

Private Sector Career
Private Law Practice in Washington, D.C.
Ronald Reagan Department of Justice
2001- After leaving office as Mayor of New York, he founded Giuliani Partners, a security consulting business

Principles and Values
John McCain is one of his heroes
“Live free or die”
Fiscally Conservative
Socially Liberal
Believes president should have executive experience

On The Issues
Personally opposes abortion, but feels it is the woman’s choice
Fundamental Economic Beliefs- Low taxes, few regulations, control spending
Supports getting rid of capital gains tax permanently
Favors a simplified and flatter tax plan
Would end the death tax immediately
Believes the internet should be policed but not taxed
Supports domestic partnerships but not same-sex marriage
Supports gay rights
Pro-business, saying, “business goes abroad when we overregulate and overtax.”
Pro death penalty- prefers it as punishment for the 9/11 conspirators
Supports Ten Commandments and Prayer in schools
Supports empowering the parents in their children’s education
Accepts Global Warming
Supports working towards energy independence
Would make welfare offices job location centers
Child Protection Services should move toward permanent foster homes
This is one of my passions- the Broken System of Foster Care. I would love to talk with Mr. Giuliani at great length about this issue in particular.

Supports both the Iraq and Afghanistan War
Supports The Patriot Act
Believes in small government which should be focused on terror, immigration and tax cuts
Supports Second Amendment but some gun control
Believes Medicare and Medicaid should be privatized
Not in favor of socialized medicine
Believes we should remain vigilant and on-guard in regards to Muslim terrorists
Supports tamper-proof ID card and path to citizenship
In favor of allowing Immigrant children going to school
In favor of challenging the law to allow immigrants to run for president
In favor of a security fence at our borders

Public Relations Nightmare
Mr. Giuliani has had somewhat of a troubled personal life that has played out in front of the public’s eye. The tabloids exploited public feuds between he, his wife and his girlfriend. There were also a series of police brutality cases that further harmed him in the public’s eye.

In addition to the personal and political feuds that were made public he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Honorable Mentions
2001- Was named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year”
2002- Rudy Giuliani received an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II due to how he handled the September 11, 2001 tragedy.
2002- The Episcopal Diocese of New York presented him with the Fiorello LaGuardia Public Service Award for Valor and Leadership in the Time of Global Crisis.
2002- Former First Lady Nancy Reagan awarded him with the Ronald Reagan Freedom Award

He has received numerous other awards as well.

On The Web
Due to the fact that Mr. Giuliani has not officially thrown his hat into the ring for the presidency there is no official campaign website at this time.

Rudy Giuiani’s Facebook Page

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Sources:
Wikipedia
Who2.com
NYC.gov
OnTheIssues.org
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Dominique Strauss-Kahn – Typical European Leftist

Dominique_Strauss-Kahn official portraitDominique Strauss-Kahn (a.k.a DSK and  “the great seducer”) is having girl troubles .. again. The International Money Fund (IMF) leader and probable successor to current French president Nicolas Sarkozy was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a maid in his New York City hotel room.

This is the second time “the great seducer” has been in trouble for his inability to keep things where they belong. In 2008, he was investigated for an improper relationship with a subordinate.

In the current case, the maid alleged that 62 year old DSK  chased her down a hallway and pulled her into a bedroom and forced her to perform oral sex on him. She was able to break free and escape. DSK left quickly after the alleged attack. Police that arrived moments later found a room where Dominique had left his cell phone behind. DSK had supposedly called the hotel from JFK airport to reclaim his phone and police had Port Authority Police detain him

Police said that once brought in, the maid picked DSK out of a line up and he was charged with criminal sex act, attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment. Strauss-Kahn has submitted to a medical forensic examination at police request.

The facts of the case are not why is this such big news in the United States. He’s a socialist and the left is beyond upset that the only socialist that might be able to unseat Sarkozy is possibly now fallen. The Huffington Post is running an op-ed that now is trying to show that maybe DSK wasn’t socialist enough.

But even before this latest scandal broke, Strauss-Kahn didn’t seem like much of a socialist. Last week, the press caught DSK, as the local press calls him, and his wife tooling around in a borrowed $150,000 Porsche, which reinforced his image as wealthy playboy.

Those of us familiar with the true, non-Utopian version of socialist-elitism would disagree. What does socialism look like? This is what socialism looks like!

The left isn’t disappointed in his behavior, they accept the role of women as girls on-the-side and good socialist wives are complicit. Progressive socialists just can’t believe he messed up their chance to retake the French government and return France to it’s former glory as an unsustainable deficit-producing machine as the author makes the point that, “..[Sarkozy’s] deep cuts in French social benefits have led to a search for alternatives.”

As far as progressives are concerned, his lack of morality, disrespect of the woman that is his wife, and lack of respect of the rule of law are nothing to be concerned about. The HuffPo piece continues the distraction by saying that everyone should be focused on the fact that he just isn’t socialist enough.

Strauss-Kahn looks like nothing so much as a faux-left version of Sarkozy, leaving voters to feel that elites, regardless of professed party identity, serve mainly themselves, their own megalomania and tawdry materialism.

Unfortunately, the post’s author, Robert Kuttner couldn’t be more wrong. Leftist candidate’s “leaving voters to feel that elites, regardless of professed party identity, serve mainly themselves, their own megalomania and tawdry materialism” is nothing new. It is the identity of the left. Elitism is a characteristic of the entirety of the extreme left.

  • Nancy Pelosi’s privileged jet rides received no scorn from the American progressive media
  • The press practically praises Obama and Michelle for lavish vacations, constant golf outings and questionable high-profile figures coming to the White House
  • Charlie Rangel should be tried for tax evasion and was instead given a slap on the wrist
  • Maxine Waters allegedly used her influence on bank regulators to the benefit of a bank where her husband was on the board of directors

*not a exhaustive list by any means

We currently have the megalomaniac-in-chief that can’t get through an important speech without a liberal (see what I did there) spraying of the pronouns I and me. I did this, I did that, it was thanks to me..

Consumerism is not a Conservative trait. Entrepreneurship is. Nike shoes, bling, jeans no one can afford, ridiculous cars .. not bastions of the right – but that which is coveted by the left. More, more more – stuff at any cost.

The entirety of the progressive philosophy is to even the field by taking from someone perceived to be stronger and give that material to someone that is thought to be  weaker. If that’s not materialistic, nothing is.

Robert Kuttner doesn’t realize, as most good little progressives don’t, that the things they have come to hate the most are their own progressive, left-wing extremists. They don’t realize it because they believe what they are told. They follow the doctrine. They ignore the facts and the behavior of their heroes – heroes like Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

 

House Reps Block Bill to Recover $179 Million Dollars of your money

      I realize with our yearly trillion dollar deficits today that 179 million is a small figure to the fatcats in DC today, but there is  more than first meets the eye, (or ears) here. This situation should have every hard working, tax paying American citizen demanding answers. Yesterday the house voted on a bill sponsored by Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) that would require the repayment of  money the UN had collected from the U.S and had not proven that it has spent. This tale gets stranger by the minute when we try to understand what is going on here. Something smells, and smells real bad when we take a look at the “excuses” we are being told, as to why our Government isn’t demanding this money be given back to us.

      First of all I find it quite intriguing when the only congressmen talking about this situation so far are all from New York, where the U. N Headquarters just happens to be located. They seem to be on the frontlines of this attempted cover-up.

     Rep Peter King (R-NY) gave us his insight about this situation when  the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee said the issue affected the safety of New Yorkers and the thousands of tourists who visit the landmark building. he then topped off the fear-mongering with: “The fact is this is a disaster waiting to happen,” said King, who broke with his Republican colleagues in opposing the bill. So did another New York Republican, freshman Rep. Michael Grimm. Since we are talking national security here with the new chairman of The Homeland Securtity Committee,  why are we only hearing from New York politicians? Could it be that the State of New York has an interest in sweeping this situation under the rug? Apparently so , as we will see further on in this article. This was the first clue to me that something isn’t right here, and this needs to be looked into bigtime.

    We catch a glimpse of why this bill failed with a vote of  259-169 as it needed a 2/3 majority to pass, in an article from the AP on Yahoo News* here:

” The House on Wednesday rejected a Republican-led effort to force the United Nations to give back $179 million in overpayments, falling short in the face of Obama administration arguments that much of the money already had been designated to boost security around an international headquarters susceptible to terrorist attack.”

    The United Nations has its own security counsel that is paid for out of their general funds, of which the U. S.  is the biggest contributor by far. Where did this extra money go?  We have some people saying this money has already been spent, and the President saying it has been designated to boost security. Maybe someone should ask the folks over at the U. N. to weigh in on this matter, and they did, as further on in the AP* article we have this:

” At the United Nations, spokesman Martin Nesirky declined to comment on the House vote. He noted that the United States was obliged to provide security as host country of U.N. headquarters, but said ultimately it was up to the U.S. to decide how to spend the money in the fund.”

    So here we have the U.N spokesman saying we have the money, and we have a U.S congressman saying we need to take it back from the U.N, and we have a President that says it has already been “designated.”  If this doesn’t show how incompetent our government has become, I don’t know what does here. I do know, that if you follow the money you eventually get at the roots of the corruption/malfeasance/or cause of incompetence in any situation. How did we come to “overpay” the U. N in the first place?  When people give answers and reasons for situations like this that do not make sense, it usually points to a cover-up, designated solely to hide the truth. We as American citizens need to demand the truth today, and it is our duty towards securing our future freedoms.

    Thanks to the tireless work of Ros-Lehtinen, this issue isn’t over by a long shot. This will be voted on again, and much more intense scrutiny will be given, as the people start demanding answers.  To sum this all up in her own words,  “”This is not about security,” said Ros-Lehtinen, who argued that the U.N. and the administration were looking for another excuse to avoid making tough choices.”  The State of New York and N.Y. City in particular seem to have gotten the biggest chunk of this money. They are also high on the States most likely to file bankruptcy list. Coincidence?

   In these times of economic crisis, I agree with defunding the UN entirely. They accomplish very little for the billions they rake in every year, mostly from the U. S. taxpayer. Case in point? Where are the blue helmets of the vaunted UN Peacekeepers in Egypt, Tunisia and across the globe today? Sure are lots of riots, and governments are being toppled today without any discernable U.N. action.  No more U.S. taxpayer dollars should go to the United Nations, period.

* http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110209/ap_on_re_us/us_un_money_congress_2

New York Times Rues the Loss of Earmarks

Raymond Hernandez, in his New York Times post, still doesn’t get it and he’s found that many in Congress are also missing the point of the earmark moritorium.

On Capitol Hill, though, many lawmakers remain opposed to the ban, including Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand of New York, who has long supported overhauling the earmark process and who was among the first lawmakers to place her own requests online.

“It’s shortsighted and misguided,” Ms. Gillibrand said, noting that such money is particularly important these days with local and state governments making cuts.

What’s shortsighted and misguided is the spending that Representatives and Senators have shoved into bills without having to have a direct vote on the initiatives.  If this spending is such a great idea, why can’t it stand that test by a House and Senate vote? Because that kind of spending shouldn’t be done at the federal level and would fail that vote.

Steve Axinn, the president of Lake Oscawana Civic Association, agreed. “Not all earmarks are the same,” he said. “There are some that are good and some that are clearly abusive. It is the responsibility of our elected representatives to know the difference.”

That’s the problem, they are all the same. Every earmark is a simple bribe. The Times article goes on to make the case that earmarks aren’t a large portion of government spending.

For all the debate that earmarks stir, the amount of money directed toward them is relatively small. For the fiscal year that ended in September, earmarks made up $15.9 billion of a $3.5 trillion federal budget, according to Taxpayers for Common Sense, a government watchdog group.

In “The .5% Lie Progressives Need You To Believe“, it’s obvious that earmarks aren’t dangerous because of the small amount of spending they represent, it’s how earmarks garner support for the larger spending bill by bribing an otherwise fiscally-opposed member of Congress into voting for it.

Earmarks are not a major issue as a pure percentage of federal spending.  Earmarks are an issue because they tend to force a yes vote on larger spending bills even though the larger spending bill may not be in the best interest of the nation.  This is how “no” votes are turned into “yes” votes, the sponsors of the bill give favors to the dissenters in the form of pork barrel spending, pet projects, earmarks, or whatever else you want to call them.

Libraries and museums are a good thing to spend money on, but not Federal funds. If a community wants a museum, it should pay for it from city and state funds.  Why should someone in Detroit fund a library near New York city? How many libraries in other states did Sen. Gillibrand’s constituents help fund with their taxes?  They’ll never know and that’s the point.

By making spending local, it will likely be more tightly controlled. If property, sales and income taxes keep going up to fund local spending, that local populace will cry out – with their votes. Well, now this abusive spending has reached such levels that the entire country has cried out “Quit spending, quit spending, quit spending”. It would appear that Congressional Progressive Democrats like Kirsten Gillibrand just aren’t hearing them.

Conservatives Prevail in NY District 23 Race

dougHoffmanIn a last-minute move, two key actions have taken place in the NY 23 special election that show that Conservatism is on the rise.

First, Dede Scozzafava, a liberal Republican has dropped out of the race leaving only Bill Owens, a liberal Democrat, and Doug Hoffman, a Conservative independent.  Hoffman has been even with Owens in recent polls even without the substantial resources of the GOP behind him.  With Scozzafava out of the way, it is assured that the GOP will assist the Hoffman campaign.

Secondly, Newt Gingrich, who had previously supported Scozzafava, now backs Hoffman.  Gingrich joins a long list of Conservative leaders in backing the true Conservative candidate in this race.  This could serve as an indicator that the GOP has received the message: if you want to win, get more Conservative and by the way.. stuff your big tent garbage elsewhere.

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