Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Chris Dodd

Christopher Dodd, was born May 27, 1944, in Connecticut and is a five-term U.S. Senator from that state. Dodd was reported to be a likely contender for the Democratic Vice President slot on John Kerry's ticket in 2004. In May 2006, Dodd said he has "decided to do all the things that are necessary to prepare to seek the presidency in 2008", including hiring staff, raising money and traveling around the country in the next few months to enlist support.[61] On Jan. 11, 2007, Dodd announced his Presidential candidacy on the "Imus in the Morning" radio show with Don Imus.[62]

* U.S. Representative from the Connecticut's 2nd congressional district: 1975–1981
* U.S. Senator from Connecticut: 1981–Present

The Good

When most of the democrats were voting that Iran's Republic Guard was a terrorist organization, he staved off and kept true, not giving Bush his okay to label Iran a terrorist nation, and thus put them under the umbrella of the war on terror. He realized by doing this, Bush would not need congressional approval to go to war with Iran.

Chris Dodd is also committed to ending the war in Iraq. He has a good grasp on why this war is wrong and will work to end it. Dodd has been a staunch opponent in the last few years, standing against this war and any and all funding for it.

The Bad

Chris Dodd supports a wide variety of programs that will assist the public. Health care, education, labor, all things he wants to step in and "fix". The problem with this is that its more government control, more government intervention. I'm not looking for more government, I'm looking for less. The solution to every problem is not to have the government step in and handle it. Unfortunately, its a common problem with democrats, they always think its the governments job to fix everything.

Dodd is a very classical democrat with classic democrat solutions to problems. He isn't very innovative, but is very outspoken. I think he does better in his current position in a balanced system. He is very liberal, which isn't all bad, but he needs to moderate his views if he wants my vote.

The Ugly

The united states is in a huge predicament with the deficit. There are several ways to fix that, the most proven way would be to cut government programs. Starve the beast so to speak. But Dodd will do what most classical democrats do, he will raise taxes. And seeing the amount of programs he has on the list to create or expand, it looks like we would be in for a huge tax hike. Now I'm okay with paying taxes for something worth while. Unfortunately, I have great heath insurance, so I don't want to pay more taxes just to be moved to a universal health care system. More spending equals more taxes, equals less money in my pocket for my family. Its basic math. I have worked hard for what I make, and the last thing I want is the government taking more of it for programs I won't use.


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