The deadbeat who borrows money then skips town is bad enough. But our modern Democrats are worse—much, much worse. They want the sucker who’s left holding the bag full of IOUs to rip ’em up, then stand at the bus depot waving bye-bye:
In the true spirit of winner-take-all class warfare, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the powerful Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pension Committee, suggested that the government force banks to write off bad mortgages, “especially…for the lower income.” …
…One wonders how in America the Democrats’ psyche has arrived in roughly the same place today as that of the Bolshevik revolutionaries in 1917. The only thing Democrats don’t seem to be advocating, is that all those with wealth be rounded up and executed. At least not yet. (Tom Harkin’s whacky plan to nationalize private debt via Canada Free Press)
The Dems have the mindset of Bolsheviks because that’s exactly what they are. Tom Harkin, for example, has played footsie with the Reds for years.
During his 1982 re-election campaign, his opponent documented that Harkin had always voted against foreign aid for countries friendly to the U.S., but in favor of aid packages to Communist Vietnam, Communist Cuba, Communist Pol Pot’s Cambodia, Marxist Sandinista Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua, and other Communist nations.
In days of yore, Harkin and his ideological comrade, John “Reporting For Duty” Kerry, were instrumental in engineering the eventual Communist victory in Vietnam:
As a staff aide to the House Select Committee on United States Involvement in Southeast Asia, Harkin accompanied a fact-finding mission to South Vietnam in 1970. As part of this mission, during a 30-minute visit to Con Son Prison he snapped photographs of Communist prisoners in “tiger cages.”
When the mission returned, Harkin declared that these photographs were “too important” to be turned over to Congress and to the House Select Committee. Instead he sold the photos, some to anti-American foreign outlets, and others to Life Magazine for $10,000. (Harkin used the money to pay off his debts for his 1972 law degree from Catholic University.)
The “tiger cages” story in Life and throughout the anti-war press turned Harkin into an instant star of the left, including the establishment U.S. media. Harkin gave an interview to the Daily World, official newspaper of the Communist Party USA, in which he made sweeping attacks on the treatment of prisoners throughout South Vietnam. His statements were exploited in Communist propaganda worldwide against the South Vietnamese government and the United States.
Harkin was befriended by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), a Marxist-oriented “think tank” in Washington, DC, and by other leftist institutions and activists that continue to support his career. In 1972 these groups persuaded Harkin to run for Congress…
…When Harkin ran for Congress again in 1974, the tide had turned and helped him to become one of many Democratic “Watergate babies” that this scandal swept into office. The first act of the congressional class of Watergate was to cut off all aid to the Cambodian and South Vietnamese regimes (American troops had been pulled two years previously). Four months later the regimes fell and the Communists proceeded to slaughter two and half million Indo-Chinese who stood in the way of their Communist utopia.
After helping hoist the Red Star over Saigon, Harkin and Kerry proceeded to try and hoist it over Nicaragua:
In April 1985, Kerry, along with Sen. Tom Harkin, ventured to Nicaragua to meet with President Daniel Ortega, a Marxist revolutionary who idolized Fidel Castro and received aid from the Soviet Union.
Kerry, in office only a few months and with no consultation with the administration or the State Department, decided to negotiate with Ortega. He and Harkin walked away from Nicaragua with an agreement for direct talks with Washington. President Reagan flatly rejected it.
“I think there is a very strong sensitivity just ingrained in people like me, Harkin and [Al] Gore by virtue of the Vietnam experience…”
Sure…the same sensitivity that caused him to slander his former brothers-in-arms. For his untiring efforts in defeating American forces, J.F. Kerry was honored by the communists of North Vietnam. But at least Kerry and Gore served in Vietnam. Harkin only claimed to be a Vietnam veteran:
[…] During his service in the Navy, Harkin told Washington Post reporter David Broder, “One year was in Vietnam. I was flying F-4s and F-8s on combat air patrols and photo-reconnaissance support missions. I did no bombing.” But as the late Senator Barry Goldwater (R.-Arizona) was first to notice, nothing in Harkin’s military service file showed that he ever served in Vietnam. Challenged by Goldwater, an Air Force General, to explain why he had been awarded neither the Vietnam Service Medal nor the Vietnam Campaign medal (decorations given to everyone who served in the Southeast Asian theater), Harkin changed his story, claiming instead that he had flown combat sorties over Cuba during the 1960s…
…Harkin actually served as a ferry pilot who flew aircraft in need of repair between the Philippines and his base in Atsugi, Japan. Harkin at last acknowledged that he never had flown air patrols in Vietnam; he began describing himself in speeches as “a Vietnam era veteran.”
The establishment liberal media had never checked Harkin’s claims about serving in Vietnam because his politics paralleled those of the reporters covering him.
Like the privileged Party functionaries of the old Soviet Union who kept luxury villas on the Black Sea, Harkin and Kerry are two of the 57 varieties of Congress critters who have parlayed their so-called public service into large fortunes, although in the interest of accuracy, it must be pointed out that a large portion of Monsieur Kerry’s personal kitty was strategically obtained by marrying wealthy widows. Harkin amassed his substantial nest egg (he’s the 17th wealthiest ‘representative’ on Capitol Hill, with assets of between $8.5 and $19.9 million dollars) during his 36 years in elected office. Annual salary of a U.S. senator? $174,000.
[…] while Tom Harkin was assailing oil companies over “windfall profits” his wife Ruth was (and still is) a director at the oil company ConocoPhillips.
And the newspapers would never mention that Ruth Harkin was also the President and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) from 1993 to 1997. That was right about the time that Enron received hundreds of millions of dollars for loans from the US government via OPIC.
So Harkin and his wife are worth a bazillion dollars. Check out what Harkin uses as his “home” in Iowa in order to stay qualified for his Senate seat:
That’s right, it’s 528 N. 43rd St in the little town of Cumming, just southwest of Des Moines. Harkin and his wife bought it from the Harkin family estate in 2000 for $58,500. His late brother Frank, the deaf one, lived here.
Of course, Harkin rarely ever spends any time here. Oh, maybe a night or two during the Harkin Steak Fry during the summer, but the vast majority of his time is spent in Alexandria, VA or his vacation home in Abaco, Bahamas. (Why Is Tom Harkin So Rich via State 29)
Harkin and the Democrats—redistributing everyone’s wealth but their own.