Locked in a Tight Election, GOP Rep. Mary Bono Mack's 'Third World Toilet' Comments About Her District Resurface
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But you can't cut taxes for her wealthy friends in Palm Springs unless you ignore living conditions, not only in the Eastern Coachella Valley, but anywhere outside the enclaves of the wealthy and powerful.
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Mary Bono Mack isn't a bad person. Her stands on gay rights and prescription drug addiction are commendable.
But she doesn't seem to know or care very much about the lives of her own constituents. Maybe that's because she's so wealthy she doesn't share their problems. It can't help that, as the wife of a Florida politician (Rep. Connie Mack), she doesn't spend much time with them anymore.
Whatever the reasons, Mary Bono Mack is hopelessly out of touch with most people's fears and concerns. She's been unhelpful -- in fact, downright destructive -- to the economic needs of the middle class. The voters of her district would be wise to select someone who can truly represent them as their Representative in Washington.
P.S.: Additional items of interest
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There's more information on Raul Ruiz here.
You can hear "Needles and Pins" on YouTube -- by the great Jackie DeShannon, the Searchers (the British group who had a big hit with it), and the Ramones. (This isn't Joey Ramone's best performance -- his pitch is off in places -- but I still maintain that the under-appreciated lead singer was the male Ronnie Spector).
You can learn more about Sonny's co-writer, the brilliant if troubled Jack Nitszche, here.
There's also a very decent cover of "Needles and Pins" by Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty.
Fun Fact: Tom Petty's hometown of Gainesville, FL, is just a couple of hundred miles from the home district of Mary Bono Mack's husband, Rep. Connie Mack.
More Fun Facts:
Connie Mack's district is 2,541 miles from Mary Bono Mack's district.
Connie Mack is not to be confused with legendary guitarist Lonnie Mack. Lonnie, like Sonny Bono, earned his rewards solely through his own talents and effort.
By contrast, Connie Mack got his political career through family connections -- a trait he shares with his wife, and with his party's presidential candidate. Mack's father was a prominent Representative and Senator, and he had political connections on his mother's side too.
Our political system, especially our system of campaign funding, gives enormous advantages to wealthy and well-connected people like Connie Mack, Mary Bono Mack and Mitt Romney. Those advantages aren't available to idealists like Dr. Raul Ruiz.
The name we have given to that political system is "democracy."