Posts Tagged ‘ elections ’

Hillary Clinton’s terrible tax plan

August 18, 2016
posted by

Veronique de Rugy Reason
by Veronique de Rugy  

"Hillary Clinton recently laid out her plan for the economy, which boils down to more government, more spending, more taxes, more regulations, and more red tape. It translates into more debt and less growth. Some of the most outrageous provisions of her plan are those that target U.S. corporations abroad. To be fair, Clinton's policies are very similar to those of President Barack Obama. They both want to prevent U.S. companies from leaving the country through a process called inversion. They both also fundamentally misunderstand the reasons behind inversions and try to fix the perceived problem by treating the symptoms rather than the causes." (08/18/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/08/18/hillary-clintons-terrible-tax-plan  

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Donald Trump and the national debt

August 18, 2016
posted by

Michael D. Tanner Cato Institute
by Michael D Tanner  

"Imagine that your family was so deep in debt that your credit-card bills exceed your entire paycheck. Every week you spend more than you take in, with no respite in sight. And you still haven't figured out how you are going to fulfill your promise to send your kids to college. But in today's mail comes one of those credit-card offers with a low introductory rate. Sounds like the perfect time to borrow some more and take that Caribbean vacation you've been dreaming of, right? Paul Krugman thinks so -- and, unfortunately, so does Donald Trump." (08/17/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/donald-trump-national-debt  

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MN: Candidate offers answers to questions about her marital history

August 18, 2016
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Minneapolis Star Tribune    

"Ilhan Omar, whose victory in a Minneapolis DFL primary last week means she likely will become the nation's first Somali-American legislator, released a statement Wednesday that sought to clear up questions about her marital history. Omar married Ahmed Nur Said Elmi in 2009 in Hennepin County, but she identifies a different man, Ahmed Hirsi, as her husband in campaign literature. The discrepancy led to a raft of speculation on conservative news and websites ..." [editor's note: Exactly the kind and quality ("it's not libel because we put WHAT IF in front of it!") of speculation you'd expect from those sites - TLK] (08/18/16)

http://www.startribune.com/ilhan-omar-offers-answers-to-questions-about-her-marital-history/390512041/  

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Seven reasons to vote for Gary Johnson

August 18, 2016
posted by

The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo  

"Seeing as this is the Internet and the vast majority of people have lost the ability to recognize and process sarcasm, I should point out, for the sake of my own sanity, that this video is facetious. These are the arguments I've had Gary Johnson supporters put forward in favor of Gary Johnson." [Flash video] (08/18/16)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2016/08/18/7-reasons-to-vote-for-gary-johnson/  

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A coup against Trump?

August 18, 2016
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"What if the electorate has a change of heart after a president is elected? What if the president starts doing things that people don't like? Under the law of the Constitution, that's too bad. The Constitution provides for only two ways to remove a president from office: by voting him out of office in the next election or by congressional impeachment and conviction for having committed high crimes or misdemeanors. That's it. Under the law of the Constitution, there is no other legal way to remove a president from office. Those are the only two ways. The Constitution has never been amended to provide a third way. But as a practical matter, ever since the late 1940s there has been another way to remove a duly elected president from office, albeit illegal. That's through a coup engineered by the national-security branch of the federal government -- specifically through the military establishment and the CIA." (08/17/16)

http://fff.org/2016/08/17/a-coup-against-trump/  

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Clinton: Unhinged?

August 18, 2016
posted by

Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L. Knapp  

"Clinton's strategy for distracting attention from her corruption and incompetence, so that she can win the White House, is an all-out attempt to re-start the Cold War (at the risk of one or more very hot wars) and resurrect Joe McCarthy between now and November. And it just might work. No, I can't bring myself to support Donald Trump. But it's getting harder and harder to peg him as the distinctively harebrained, irresponsible, unhinged one in the race. Clinton is still a game down to Trump in the World Series of Crazy, but it looks like the series will go all the way to seven." (08/17/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/7164  

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Gary Johnson and the rise of Libertarian centrism

August 17, 2016
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Walter Olson  

"As with so much in 2016 politics, a pattern is beginning to emerge that might have been hard even to imagine a year ago. When libertarian candidates have made inroads in the GOP in the past, it has often been in some of the party's rightmost precincts. But Johnson and Weld thus far have enjoyed little success (and, to be fair, shown little interest) at wooing the most conservative elected officials and pundits. While the Libertarian ticket has been drawing an entirely unprecedented [sic] 8-10 percent in national polls, little of its energy comes from the Republican base. Instead, it is making noticeable gains in the center." (08/16/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/gary-johnson-rise-libertarian-centrism  

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The benefits and hazards of Trumpism

August 17, 2016
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"Donald Trump's most recent foreign policy speech, in which he explained how he would deal with the Islamic State (ISIL) and the Middle East in general, contained multitudes -- everything good and everything questionable about his brand of 'America First' nationalism. Here is Trumpism on full display, the common-sensical and the nonsensical intertwined. While I realize a presidential election campaign is not the time for nuance, it behooves us to pull apart these disparate strands if we want to understand this moment in our history." (08/17/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/08/16/benefits-hazards-trumpism/  

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Trump campaign shakes up leadership in latest sign of tumult

August 17, 2016
posted by

Kokomo Tribune    

"Republican Donald Trump announced a shakeup of his campaign leadership Wednesday, the latest sign of tumult in his bid for the White House as his poll numbers slip and only 82 days remain before the election. The billionaire real estate mogul named Stephen Bannon of the conservative Breitbart News website as chief executive officer and promoted pollster Kellyanne Conway to campaign manager. Paul Manafort, Trump's controversial campaign chairman, will retain his title, but it is unclear if his role will change." (08/17/16)

http://www.kokomotribune.com/news/nation_world_news/trump-campaign-shakes-up-leadership-in-latest-sign-of-tumult/article_9538554a-6473-11e6-a4a2-0b2bedae701b.html  

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Election 2016: Liberty loses no matter who wins

August 16, 2016
posted by

Ron Paul Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul  

"For all the hand-wringing about the threat to liberty and constitutional government posed by the major party presidential candidates, there is little discussion of how this threat is due to the political class's long history of supporting expanded presidential power. There is also little talk of how the imperial presidency is just as much a creation of Congress as it is of power-hungry presidents. Since war is the health of the state, it is not surprising that presidential power expanded in tandem with the expansion of the warfare state." (08/15/16)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/election-2016-liberty-loses-no-matter-wins  

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William Weld: You’re fired!

August 15, 2016
posted by

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith  

"Libertarians across the entire country were dismayed and nauseated last week to hear 'their' Vice Presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Governor William F. Weld denounce, in the most mechanically and historically ignorant terms possible, the private , civilian ownership of AR-15 rifles -- apparently because they can be loaded with more than five cartridges (the appropriate loading, the moron claims, for military weapons) and address handguns as possibly an even worse 'problem,' inspiring even as squishy a publication as Reason.com to assert 'William Weld Isn't a Softcore Libertarian -- He Just Isn't a Libertarian At All.' It is a most ugly and dishonorable thing for the man to hobnail his way up onto the LP soapbox and shamelessly attempt to exploit it for the sake of his long-discredited and utterly obsolete Liberaloid agenda." (08/14/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle885-20160814-02.html  

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Holiday greetings from planet Elizabeth Warren

August 14, 2016
posted by

Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"It is an election year and I am a political junkie. Therefore my inbox runneth over with political emails. Recently I’ve received numerous such emails (from avowedly 'progressive' organizations) alerting me to US Senator Elizabeth Warren's latest hobbyhorse. 'Election Day should be a holiday,' says the Massachusetts Democrat, 'so no one has to choose between a paycheck and a vote.' How exciting! A new 'birther' controversy motoring over the horizon in our direction! Senator Warren passed on a presidential run this year but enjoyed considerable buzz and may well reconsider in 2020 or 2024. So I’d like to see her birth certificate -- long form, please -- with a view toward contesting her eligibility. She's obviously not from this country, and probably not even from this planet." (08/12/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/7117  

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Ukraine’s “October Surprise”

August 14, 2016
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"[T]he Ukrainians -- like the rest of the world -- have been watching the US presidential campaign, and they don't like what they see. Donald Trump, while disdaining to get involved in Ukraine's feud with the Kremlin, is asking 'Wouldn't it be good if we could get along with Russia?' This has provoked the Ukrainians into paroxysms of spittle-flecked hysteria. ... In short, the leaders of Ukraine hate Trump, have continually denounced him, and are openly rooting for a Clinton victory in November: by launching a terrorist attack on Crimea, and before that trying to assassinate the President of the rebellious Luhansk Republic in eastern Ukraine -- they put a bomb under his car, seriously injuring him -- they hope to provoke Putin into taking military action. And voila!, we have an 'October surprise' -- with Hillary taking a hard-line anti-Russian stance, and Trump put in the position of seeming to defend Russian 'aggression.'" (08/12/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/08/11/ukraines-october-surprise/  

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Election 2016: Time for Libertarians to dump Bill Weld

August 11, 2016
posted by

Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Why on earth would Libertarians want to dump vice-presidential nominee William Weld? To let American voters, especially gun owners, know that the Libertarian Party still supports their rights as it always has. ... Since the nomination, Weld has campaigned vigorously against the party's platform -- not just on gun issues but on due process rights -- often spouting nonsense that makes him sound as ignorant and as nutty as Donald Trump at his worst." (08/10/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/7078  

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#NeverNeverTrump: What’s Evan McMullin really after?

August 9, 2016
posted by

Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"For months, voices from the #NeverTrump movement have confidently promised Americans a fifth credible presidential candidate .... Echoing those promises, a shadowy group calling itself 'Better For America,' funded by Mitt Romney associate John Kingston III, has been doing prep work for that unnamed candidate. On August 8 the suspense, such as it was, came to an end. The candidate is David Evan McMullin, a name unfamiliar to voters but well-known on Capitol Hill. Starting as an adviser to congressional Republicans on national security issues, he rose to the position of GOP House policy chief. Now he's running for president. Why? The conventional wisdom says that he’s there to keep Trump out of the White House -- even at the cost of a Hillary Clinton presidency -- by giving anti-Trump Republican voters somewhere else to go. I think the conventional wisdom is wrong." (08/08/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/7055  

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Regardless of the election, Americans can expect less privacy

August 9, 2016
posted by

Anthony Gregory Independent Institute
by Anthony Gregory  

"As far back as we can trace the American surveillance state, its defenders and detractors have transcended any consistent partisan divide. Republican president Theodore Roosevelt created what became the Federal Bureau of Investigation, against warnings from both parties. Democrat Woodrow Wilson oversaw a massive expansion of foreign and domestic intelligence during World War I. For forty-eight years, J. Edgar Hoover's FBI conducted spying on behalf of both parties' presidents, who were often eager for his assistance targeting political enemies. Both Republicans and Democrats targeted foreigners, allies, the far right, and the radical left." (08/08/16)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=8842  

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“Anti-Trump” Republican launches independent presidential bid

August 8, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Former CIA agent Evan McMullin is set to announce his independent presidential bid as an alternative to Republican nominee Donald Trump, US media reports. Mr McMullin, the chief policy director of the House Republican Conference, is backed by an anti-Trump group. He is likely to face challenges in appearing on some state ballots just three months before Election Day. The 40-year-old Mormon has never held elected office. Mr McMullin is an outspoken critic of Mr Trump on social media, calling the businessman an 'authoritarian.'" [editor's note: "He is likely to face challenges in appearing on some state ballots just three months before Election Day." Yes, if "challenge" means "impossibility" and "some" means "all but one or two at most;" he might even be too late for the Utah ballot! - SAT] [editor's note: The Utah petition due date is August 15th -- and the group he's running with may have already been gathering signatures - TLK] (08/08/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2016-37012626  

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Principled non-voting: The missing element

August 8, 2016
posted by

Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp  

"If all you do vis a vis voting is not vote, it doesn't bother statists nor does it really negatively affect the state. There's a certain amount of immunity there in the form of the claim/perception that people who don't vote aren't voting because they're apathetic rather than because they have a problem with the system, and that in turn buttresses the whole 'if you don't vote, don't complain' / 'not voting is consent to abide by whatever the people who do vote decide' consensus. ... In order for not voting to be an effectual statement, or to be or become the tactic of a movement, the people who don't vote have to say why they're not voting, and some non-trivial portion of them have to agree, at least roughly, on why that is." (08/08/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/08/principled-non-voting-missing-element.html  

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Thailand: Junta says voters overwhelmingly approve junta-backed constitution

August 8, 2016
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Epoch Times    

"Thai voters on Sunday overwhelmingly approved a new junta-backed constitution that lays the foundation for a civilian government influenced by the military and controlled by appointed -- rather than elected -- officials. In a referendum called by the military government, 62 percent of the voters said they approved of the new constitution, while 38 percent rejected it, Election Commissioner Somchai Srisutthiyakorn told reporters. He said that 91 percent of the ballots had been counted, and that the result was not expected to change much after all votes are in." (08/07/16)

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2133388-thai-voters-overwhelmingly-approve-junta-backed-constitution/  

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Vote if you must … then do what really matters

August 8, 2016
posted by

Kevin Carson Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson  

"The heat of a presidential election campaign is a good time to reflect on the old Howard Zinn quote about voting: 'Would I support one candidate against another? Yes, for two minutes -- the amount of time it takes to pull the lever down in the voting booth.' But what really matters, for building a genuinely just and democratic society, is what we do with our time before and after pulling that lever. Zinn's observation has never been more true than in this election year, when the two candidates running under major party banners have the fewest redeeming features of any presidential candidates in my lifetime." (08/07/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/45859  

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Pence endorses Ryan, Trump doesn’t but encouraged it

August 3, 2016
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"Donald Trump is not prepared to endorse House Speaker Paul D. Ryan in his primary race next week, but Trump's running mate offered his unyielding support Wednesday. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence told Fox News that Ryan was a longtime friend and Trump encouraged him to back Ryan. ... Trump has also tweeted praise for Paul Nehlen, a businessman who is challenging Ryan in his Wisconsin district's primary next week." (08/03/16)

http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/trailguide/la-na-trailguide-updates-mike-pence-endorses-paul-ryan-1470246273-htmlstory.html  

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TN: Lawmaker jailed in campaign sign theft bailed out by victim

August 3, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"A Tennessee political candidate didn't want his rival to be behind bars when the two square off at the polls -- even if the jailed lawmaker is accused of taking his campaign signs. Mark Lovell, one of state Rep. Curry Todd's opponents in Thursday's Republican primary race, tells news outlets that he posted a $100 bond for the lawmaker on Tuesday as a 'good deed.'" (08/03/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/lawmaker-jailed-in-campaign-sign-theft-bailed-out-by-victim/2016/08/03/288ca2da-59aa-11e6-8b48-0cb344221131_story.html  

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Libertarianish, Democratish?

August 3, 2016
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"The Johnson-Weld take, economist Mark Thornton noted, is more libertarianish than libertarian: the pair are 'fiscally conservative and socially liberal for Republicans which is great, but they fall short of Libertarian.' This isn't exactly a shock. Anyone who watched the bizarre CNN town hall with Johnson and Weld will remember that odd moment when Johnson called Democrat Hillary Clinton 'a wonderful public servant' and Weld dubbed her a 'lifelong friend.' No need to attack Mrs. Clinton personally, of course, but when a Libertarian cannot find one discouraging word about what a President Hillary would mean, it seems they want to appear Democratish. And not libertarian." (08/03/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/08/03/libertarianish-democratish/  

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Clinton supporters to hold fundraiser at cybersecurity conference

August 3, 2016
posted by

CNN Money    

"Some of the world's top security officials are heading to Las Vegas for Black Hat this week. And Hillary Clinton's campaign could get a boost. During the week-long conference, a cybersecurity-focused fundraiser will be held, according to Clinton's website. According to a campaign official, the event was organized by supporters without any involvement from the campaign. ... Developing relationships with supporters in the security community makes sense for a campaign that's been plagued with a number of cybersecurity issues, most notably Clinton's email controversy. The Democratic National Committee recently revealed that it had been hacked, and some experts believe it is linked to the Russian government." (08/02/16)

http://money.cnn.com/2016/08/02/technology/clinton-fundraiser-black-hat/  

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The Clinton chasm

August 3, 2016
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Hillary Clinton is roundly disliked by millions of outsiders, but admired by hundreds of politicians and activists. What sets her apart? She listens. Well, that's Ezra Klein's take in 'Understanding Hillary,' an almost-believable piece of apologetics courtesy of Vox. He calls Hillary's problem 'The Gap,' though 'Vast Chasm' is more like it." (08/02/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/08/02/the-clinton-chasm/  

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