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Blogger Profile: Alan Grayson

Former Florida Congressman Alan Grayson was born and grew up in the Bronx neighborhood of New York City.  He graduated with high honors from Harvard College.  Congressman Grayson worked as an economist after college, but returned to Harvard.  In four years, Alan earned a J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School, and a master’s degree from the Harvard School of Government, and Alan finished all of the course work and passed the general exams for a Ph.D. in Government.  His master’s thesis focuses on gerontology.  He went on to be a founding member of the Alliance for Aging Research. 

In the early 1990s, Alan took leave from the practice of law, and started a business. Alan was the first President of IDT Corp., a telecom/internet company, which is now a Fortune 1000 company, traded on the New York Stock Exchange. 

Congressman Grayson was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008.

Alan Grayson lives in Orlando with his wife, Lolita, and their five children, Skye, Star, Sage, Stone and Storm.

Alan Grayson's Blogs

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Alan Grayson

U.S. Congressman

September 12th, 2013

How We Stopped a War – For Now

We did it! After three frenetic weeks, during which time Team Grayson was burning the midnight oil every night, it’s time to take stock of what we’ve accomplished. Here were the headlines in late August, just before we started our campaign against U.S. military intervention in Syria."Syria crisis: UK and ... continue reading

Alan Grayson

U.S. Congressman

June 14th, 2013

Uncle Sam = Big Brother?

In George Orwell's novel 1984, "Big Brother" is the dictator of Oceania. No one knows whether Big Brother is a real person, or simply the personification of the dictatorship. Big Brother spies on every citizen through "telescreens." Everyone is reminded constantly, "Big Brother is Watching You." Let's compare that to ... continue reading

Alan Grayson

U.S. Congressman

May 16th, 2013

Trade Sell-Out: Out of the Mouths of Citizens...

If you have received my emails for a while, you know that I sometimes refer to you all, affectionately, as "Alan's Army." You are passionate, smart and dedicated. But last week you were something else: Amazing. I told you about a proposed partnership between multinational corporations and their sellout tools ... continue reading

Alan Grayson

U.S. Congressman

May 16th, 2012

Unemployment: Why

I recently happened to be at an event where billionaire George Soros was being interviewed. The right wing hates Soros because he is: (a) liberal, (b) rich, and (c) fearless. [I could also make a case that they hate Soros because he is (d) Jewish, but I leave that up ... continue reading

Alan Grayson

U.S. Congressman

December 5th, 2011

The Fed Bailouts: Money for Nothing

I think it's fair to say that Congressman Ron Paul and I are the parents of the GAO's audit of the Federal Reserve. And I say that knowing full well that Dr. Paul has somewhat complicated views regarding gay marriage. Anyway, one of our love children is a massive 251-page ... continue reading

Alan Grayson

U.S. Congressman

December 3rd, 2011

Lincoln: "Labor is the Superior of Capital"

During my two years in Congress, I heard an awful lot of speeches. Some of them were delivered by some of the finest public speakers in America today – like Barack Obama, Neil Abercrombie, John Lewis, Anthony Weiner and Alcee Hastings. But none of them was as profound and poignant ... continue reading

Alan Grayson

U.S. Congressman

September 27th, 2011

Harry Chapin on What Made America Famous

This may surprise you, but I prefer listening to speaking. Listening is much more relaxing. And, as the Chairman of the Florida Democratic Party often says, I never learn anything when my lips are moving. (Just to be clear, he says that about himself, not about me. He didn't say, ... continue reading

Alan Grayson

U.S. Congressman

September 8th, 2011

My 10-Year-Old's Jobs Program

I like to help my children with their homework, whenever I have time. (And since January, I've had more time.) It's great to help them -- I know all the answers, and I never have to take the exams. Last night, we tried something different. They helped me with my ... continue reading

Alan Grayson

U.S. Congressman

August 8th, 2011

Sometimes, Nothing Works

When I went to the Daily Kos website earlier today, I was surprised to see three – count ‘em, three – diaries about me.  One of them drew over 600 comments.  Hey, I’m not that important.  I’m just a former Congressman.  There are 10,000 former Members of the House of ... continue reading

Alan Grayson

U.S. Congressman

May 4th, 2011

The End of Fear?

About a year after 9/11, I was sitting in an airport terminal, waiting for a flight, when nature called. I turned to the young lady sitting next to me, and asked her if she would watch my carry-on baggage while I went to the restroom. She looked at me, she ... continue reading

Alan Grayson

U.S. Congressman

April 8th, 2011

At Least We Can Still Go Broke

Unless you've been living in a cave recently -- Osama, you can stop reading here -- you know that the Republicans have blocked the passage of the appropriations bills that apply to all federal spending between April 8 and September 30, so we are facing a government shutdown. And as ... continue reading

Alan Grayson

U.S. Congressman

March 21st, 2011

No Fly: A Tactic in Search of a Strategy

One of the unfortunate imperatives of public life is that when something is the lead story, you think you've got to be doing something about it. Not just have an opinion on it. Be doing something about it. Volcano erupts? Prepare a news release on the new anti-volcano policy. Zombies ... continue reading

Alan Grayson

U.S. Congressman

March 12th, 2011

Did They Die in Vain?

On May 4, 1886, in Haymarket Square in Chicago, the public rallied peacefully in support of 40,000 workers in Chicago who had gone on strike, to win the right to organize. The police attacked, and eight died. On July 6, 1892, in Homestead, Pennsylvania, 3800 workers went on strike, to ... continue reading

Alan Grayson

U.S. Congressman

September 6th, 2010

What Robert Kennedy Said

Today is Labor Day. All across America, millions of people are discovering that the best way to celebrate Labor Day is by not working.Do you live to work, or do you work to live?If you are married, look at your wedding album: Are there any pictures in there of you ... continue reading

Alan Grayson

U.S. Congressman

July 21st, 2010

The Republican Plan: Punch Me in the Face

They may not have a health plan. Or a jobs plan. Or a peace plan. But they do have a plan.Here is the Republican plan:"I'll give $100 to first Rep. who punches smary [sic] idiot Alan Grayson in nose."That incitement to violence was tweeted by Dan Gainor. Who is Dan ... continue reading

Alan Grayson

U.S. Congressman

July 1st, 2010

If Conservatives Are Serious About Fiscal Responsibility, They'll Oppose Afghan Funds

By Rep. Mike Honda, Rep. John Conyers, Rep. Alan Grayson & Rep. Raúl M. GrijalvaIt is disingenuous to say this is an "emergency" supplemental. The only "emergency" is this: In funding the longest war in history, we are putting America further into debt with China, expanding the deficit, increasing wasteful ... continue reading

Alan Grayson

U.S. Congressman

June 28th, 2010

Which Party is the Peace Party?

Me: "Why are people so uninformed and apathetic about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan?"Right-winger: "I don't know, and I don't care."A recent poll showed that almost twice as many Americans think that we are losing the war in Afghanistan as think that we are winning it. (Whatever "losing" and ... continue reading

Alan Grayson

U.S. Congressman

June 18th, 2010

Diamonds in Your Bathtub

In the New York Times for June 13th, the Pentagon proclaimed that Afghanistan holds almost one trillion lira - no, sorry, that's one trillion dollars - in hitherto-unknown mineral wealth.Allow me to offer these revelations:(1) Paris Hilton actually is Albert Einstein, with a wig. Think about it - you've never ... continue reading

Alan Grayson

U.S. Congressman

June 7th, 2010

The Longest War

Today, the war in Afghanistan becomes America's longest war. Longer than the war in Vietnam. Longer than the Korean War.It took America two years to end World War I, and bring peace to the world. World War II was a little harder; that took us 3½ years to finish off.The ... continue reading

Alan Grayson

U.S. Congressman

May 21st, 2010

The War Is Making You Poor Act

Next week, there is going to be a "debate" in Congress on yet another war funding bill. The bill is supposed to pass without debate, so no one will notice.What George Orwell wrote about in "1984" has come true. What Eisenhower warned us about concerning the "military-industrial complex" has come ... continue reading

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FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States www.theonion.com WASHINGTON—The FBI announced today that it has uncovered a...

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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge contract pando.com As schools are closed and pensions cut,...

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I'll be at First Time Fest today in New York City at the screening of my first film, Roger & Me. Loews Village 7 at 12:30 pm. Come see it on the big...

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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors pando.com If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com We have largely forgotten that people are at...

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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 www.theguardian.com Former cabinet minister died at...

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  • September 12th, 2013

    How We Stopped a War – For Now

    We did it! After three frenetic weeks, during which time Team Grayson was burning the midnight oil every night, it’s time to take stock of ...

  • June 14th, 2013

    Uncle Sam = Big Brother?

    In George Orwell's novel 1984, "Big Brother" is the dictator of Oceania. No one knows whether Big Brother is a real person, or simply the ...

  • May 16th, 2013

    Trade Sell-Out: Out of the Mouths of Citizens...

    If you have received my emails for a while, you know that I sometimes refer to you all, affectionately, as "Alan's Army." You are passionate, ...

  • May 16th, 2012

    Unemployment: Why

    I recently happened to be at an event where billionaire George Soros was being interviewed. The right wing hates Soros because he is: (a) liberal, ...

  • December 5th, 2011

    The Fed Bailouts: Money for Nothing

    I think it's fair to say that Congressman Ron Paul and I are the parents of the GAO's audit of the Federal Reserve. And I ...

  • December 3rd, 2011

    Lincoln: "Labor is the Superior of Capital"

    During my two years in Congress, I heard an awful lot of speeches. Some of them were delivered by some of the finest public speakers ...

  • September 27th, 2011

    Harry Chapin on What Made America Famous

    This may surprise you, but I prefer listening to speaking. Listening is much more relaxing. And, as the Chairman of the Florida Democratic Party often ...

  • June 14th, 2013

    Uncle Sam = Big Brother?

    In George Orwell's novel 1984, "Big Brother" is the dictator of Oceania. No one knows whether Big Brother is a real person, or simply the ...

  • April 8th, 2011

    At Least We Can Still Go Broke

    Unless you've been living in a cave recently -- Osama, you can stop reading here -- you know that the Republicans have blocked the passage ...

  • September 8th, 2011

    My 10-Year-Old's Jobs Program

    I like to help my children with their homework, whenever I have time. (And since January, I've had more time.) It's great to help them ...

  • March 12th, 2011

    Did They Die in Vain?

    On May 4, 1886, in Haymarket Square in Chicago, the public rallied peacefully in support of 40,000 workers in Chicago who had gone on strike, ...

  • May 21st, 2010

    The War Is Making You Poor Act

    Next week, there is going to be a "debate" in Congress on yet another war funding bill. The bill is supposed to pass without debate, ...

  • May 16th, 2012

    Unemployment: Why

    I recently happened to be at an event where billionaire George Soros was being interviewed. The right wing hates Soros because he is: (a) liberal, ...

  • March 21st, 2011

    No Fly: A Tactic in Search of a Strategy

    One of the unfortunate imperatives of public life is that when something is the lead story, you think you've got to be doing something about ...

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