DAvid Cohen DIes

David Cohen, Ex-Common Cause Chief, Dies At 79

President of Common Cause, fighter for post-Watergate laws on ethics, self-proclaimed, highly skillful lobbyist, Mr. David Cohen passes away at the age of 79 in Westport, Conn., on the 29th of November, 2015. The cause of his death was reported to be a heart attack.


Mr. David Cohen was most popularly known for his involvement in stimulating resistance to the war in Vietnam through the means of non – profit group, Common Cause. He joined Common Cause in the year, 1971 – a year after it was originally founded by John W. Gardner. The group’s rank increased from 4,000 members to 250,000 within a span of five years while ending up being the nation’s largest nonpartisan citizen’s lobby.


Though David Broder, a Washington Post columnist, penned down in 1977 that the agenda of Common Cause was “redolent of an unacknowledged bias for middle-class activism.” He also gave credit to the organization to have “more impact on changing and opening up the political system than any other group in America in recent years.”


But, Mr. David Cohen’s primary vision with regard to Common Cause was to successfully broaden the definition of lobbyist from an overpaid, surreptitious replacement for ravenous personal interest individuals to the kind that works towards promoting relevant public causes.


Mr. David Cohen went heights to achieve this vision while also characterizing his profession as “prophetic and priestly.” He believed that public interest lobbyists especially remain worried about the incorporation of the views of people who don’t normally have to do anything with the process.”


In fact, he went on saying to the Pacific Standard Magazine back in 2013 that, “We all know the cartoon character of the fat guy with a big cigar passing out oodles of money. That’s not the full story or anything close to it. Lobbying is about representing people’s interests as they work to redress their public grievances. We all have special interests, and they should not be dismissed or castigated.”


Being born and brought up in Philadelphia, he was a son of Joseph Cohen and Gertrude Schwab – former European immigrants. He did specialization  in history from Philadelphia-based Temple University and further graduated in the year, 1958. As he grew older, he moved to Washington in order to fulfil his dreams of becoming a legislative representative for the liberal Americans for Democratic Action. He and his wife, Mrs. Florence Cohen, partially owned Politics & Prose, a popular Washington bookstore.


Mr. David Cohen is survived by two children – a son, Denis P. Cohen (former assistant district attorney) and a daughter, Sherrie Cohen, who is a trial lawyer.


His idea of an effective lobbyist was someone who “listens all the time, for signals, for code words, for clues,” adding, “Even within the framework of something you are advocating, there is room for difference and room for finding different ways to get to the same place.”


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Matchmaking Could Be Lucrative?

After just doing research on Sugar Babies where young women advertise themselves on a website to attract older men with money, it is quite interesting to research and explore matchmakers whose ultimate goal is to find their client a mate to marry and live happily ever after. Encounters are big business. Everyone is a certified Life Coach, Dating Expert, Matchmaker, etc these days or know of someone who believes they are an expert in human relations and should charge for it.


I understand marriage counselors charging an arm and leg for their service because they have material to actually work with in order to help the couple in need to adjust and reconnect to continue strengthening their union. However, a matchmaker does not have much to go on with two strangers who are presenting their best representative upfront as opposed to who they really are. I, myself, was a matchmaker in Los Angeles for a brief time. One couple got married and miraculously they are still together. I think I just got lucky on that one. I did not charge because they were both friends of mine looking for someone special. I introduced them, they moved in together within a few months of dating, got married, and now have two kids. What technique did I use to put the two together? They were both Capricorn, serious types, educated, business-minded, love the same music, love to travel, she was an entertainment attorney, and he was in publicity. What they did not have in common was he loved to go out and party while she was bored with the Hollywood scene. He was flashy and she preferred to never draw any attention to herself. I thought they would be perfect for each other to balance each other out. They became best friends immediately.


Now when I attempted to actually take on a paying client, it was very difficult. He was an extremely good-looking Beverly Hills chiropractor. I met with him at his office and interviewed him. He wrote me a check to find him a wife. The pressure was on. As I was searching for his Mrs. Right, he decides to give me a call one night to tell me he wants actress Megan Fox. Not a woman who just looks like Megan Fox, he actually wanted to pay me a bonus to get the real Megan Fox. I asked why. He said she is The One. Oh God. Fortunately, Megan Fox got married that following weekend to actor Brian Austin Green. My doctor was so disappointed. I knew I was not going to be able to find another Megan Fox to satisfy him. I gave up. I just stuck to being a liaison in business where I match business associates with one another to make money together. That is safer and easier. However, I have not figured out a way to charge for this service.


Patti Stanger of the Millionaire Matchmaker charges quite a bit for her service. Her clients have to show proof that they are, indeed, millionaires and they have to pay her upfront. Stanger came from a long line of matchmakers, so she is a guru at it matching couples together full-time. However, Stanger has been receiving much criticism for having two failed engagements in her own personal life. The Bravo TV network canceled her show. I am a strong believer that there are amazing doctors out there who have saved many lives, but it is impossible to operate on yourself or properly diagnosed yourself. Stanger is a great matchmaker, charging a lot of money for her service and she deserves it.


She uses astrology in her process to bring people together and her gift for simply understanding how humans operate. I respect her craft. When I have a few million in the bank, I might hire her for myself. Others have developed apps now and websites for matchmaking such as PIQ, eHarmony, Match.com, Tinder, and the list continues. Some of these are free sites and others charge a monthly fee. I have friends who are addicted to online dating. And all of the designers of those apps and sites are making a very pretty penny. Love is big business and it will never go out of style.


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