Biography

RWP was born in Manchester, in the north of England, in the late 1950s, so he is very old. He really liked the north of England, which by 1965 was hip and had three TV channels, and where he went to a coed school. His parents, for reasons best known to themselves, then yanked him away, to Belfast and then Dublin, which had one TV channel that started up at 6 pm with the Angelus (Catholic call to prayer). He also had to go to an all boys school, where he realized he really missed girls. This probably let him focus on schoolwork, though, and at age 19, after he had finished college, he set off for America, where he still resides. He has a bachelors degree in biochemistry and a Ph.D. from Harvard in biophysics, and has lived also in Mainz, Germany, Setauket NY, and Richland WA. He currently divides his time between Nebraska, Rosslyn VA, and Florida.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Solving problems across party lines? Don't make me laugh!

Bipartisan Welfare Reform passed in 1996 with the support of 53 Senate Republicans and 25 Senate Democrats, including Bob Kerrey's Nebraska Democratic colleague Jim Exon. 21 Senate Democrats voted against, most of them, like Ted Kennedy and Barbara Boxer, on the far left of the party. The President signed the bill.

Bob Kerrey voted against it. This was 'reaching across the aisle'?

The bipartisan Partial Birth Abortion Act of 1995 was vetoed by President Clinton. 46 Republicans and 12 Democrats voted to override the veto, including Bob Kerrey's Nebraska Democratic colleague Jim Exon.

Bob Kerrey voted against it. This was 'reaching across the aisle'?

The bipartisan Partial Birth Abortion Act of 2000 was passed by the Senate with support of 49 Republicans and 14 Democrats, including Vice-President Joe Biden and Chuck Hagel.

34 senators voted against. One was Bob Kerrey. This was 'reaching across the aisle'?

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