Posts Tagged ‘ elections ’

Abolish the sugar program

August 13, 2015
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James Bovard JimBovard.com
by James Bovard  

"America would be more prosperous if not a single sugar beet or sugar cane were grown anywhere in the United States because bankrolling sugar production in Florida makes as little sense as growing bananas in Maine. So when Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., walked into the Koch conclave earlier this month and defended his home state boondoggle in front of the most powerful enemies of corporate welfare [sic], he became the bravest man in politics. Rarely has such political daring been offered in a more worthless cause." [editor's note: The Kochs knock down tens of millions of dollars in corporate welfare every year, both from the US government and other governments, on everything from state-subsidized timber to state-subsidized grazing to state-subsidized ethanol production to eminent domain. In fact, their initial fortune was made on Soviet communism, building state-owned oil refineries for Stalin - TLK] (08/12/15)

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Republicans and crony capitalism

August 13, 2015
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Michael D. Tanner Cato Institute
by Michael D Tanner  

"As Carly Fiorina gets a second look following her strong performance in last week's debate, observers are noticing the emergence of an interesting theme in her campaign: opposition to the crony capitalism that infests so much of our economy today. 'What we have now is less and less free market,' Carly points out, 'and more and more crony capitalism.' It is a distinction that her opponents would do well to note." (08/12/15)

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Chris Christie’s fearmongering argument against privacy

August 12, 2015
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Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"One of the most telling moments in last week's Republican presidential debate came when moderator Megyn Kelly asked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to defend his position that Rand Paul, the Kentucky senator, should be held responsible for the next terrorist attack on Americans because he opposes the National Security Agency's indiscriminate collection of our telephone records. Christie bragged about prosecuting terrorists, repeatedly invoked 9/11, but never answered the question. That's because Christie's claim is indefensible, relying on blind fear, fuzzy thinking, and automatic obeisance to a government that claims to be protecting us." (08/12/15)

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NH: Sanders surges ahead of Clinton in poll

August 12, 2015
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The Hill The Hill    

"A stunning new poll has Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) beating presumptive Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire. Sanders has eclipsed Clinton by a 44 to 37 percent margin, according to a new Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald poll that was first reported by the Boston newspaper Tuesday evening. The previous FPU/Herald poll taken in March had Sanders trailing Clinton 44 to 8. Today's poll is the first to show Sanders, whose liberal policies are popular with the Democratic base, ahead of Clinton in New Hampshire." (08/12/15)

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Jeb Bush’s confused mindset over Iraq

August 12, 2015
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Poor Jeb Bush. He just can't get his mind straight on Iraq. Perhaps that's because he's reluctant to criticize his brother George W. Perhaps it's because he wants desperately to be president and is willing to take any position on Iraq that will garner him votes. Whatever the reason is, when it comes to Iraq Bush just keeps digging himself a deeper hole, as reflected most recently by an attack regarding Iraq that he leveled yesterday against Hillary Clinton, accusing Clinton and President Obama of a 'premature withdrawal' from Iraq, which, Bush says, enabled the rise of ISIS." (08/12/15)

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The living dead

August 12, 2015
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OpEdNews
by Bob Alexander  

"The Republicans who shambled onstage for their first debate laboriously memorized their lines fed to them by their billionaire backers. The audience in the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, and those watching at home, reacted to the dripping red meat of xenophobia, racism, and homophobia thrown to them by the 'debaters.' Whoever garnered the loudest screams for more blood 'Trumped' a win. Only flesh-eating zombies could stomach such a spectacle. But let us now peek behind the curtain and look at the billionaires backing the Republicans. Can anyone doubt that the Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson, Foster Friess, and the other high rollers are anything other than the Walking Dead?" (08/11/15)

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Trump bags an elephant

August 11, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Sage Stossell  

Cartoon. (08/11/15)

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Social Security: An inconvenient truth

August 10, 2015
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Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Here's what the politicians don't want to tell you: Social Security is going to end. Even if the US government hadn't operated it as a Ponzi scheme, spending its revenues and paying old claims from new revenues, the demographic changes of the last 50 years would have made it untenable. And even absent those demographic changes, well, Ponzi schemes always collapse sooner or later." (08/09/15)

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Where were the immigration reforms in the GOP debate?

August 10, 2015
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"The funniest part of the Republican presidential debate last night, for me, was the part about immigration. Every one of the candidates emphasized and reemphasized that illegal immigration is extremely important to the American people and, therefore, that it's imperative that the candidates present a solution. So, what solution did they propose? Not one!" (08/07/15)

http://fff.org/2015/08/07/immigration-reforms-gop-debate/  

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GOP candidates respond to Kellygate, Trump calls us all deviants

August 10, 2015
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Elizabeth Nolan Brown Reason
by Elizabeth Nolan Brown  

"The circus surrounding Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump and Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly continues, as other conservative candidates scramble to condemn Trump's speculation about from whence Kelly may have been bleeding during Thursday night's GOP debate. The most amazing response, of course, came from Trump himself, whose inexplicably mixed-font email stated that 'Mr. Trump said 'blood was coming out of her eyes and whatever' meaning nose, but wanted to move on to more important topics. Only a deviant would think anything else.'" (08/08/15)

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Election 2016 scorecard #1: Political careerism

August 9, 2015
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Thomas L. Knapp KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp  

"A 'careerist' is 'a professional who is intent on furthering his or her career by any possible means and often at the expense of their own integrity.' A political careerist, of course, is a careerist whose chosen career is politics. How do we measure political careerism? Well, here's the formula I came up with ..." (08/07/15)

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The Bret Baier Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace Variety Show

August 9, 2015
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Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"'Look at us!' 'See how smart and clever we are!' 'This is our show,' Bret Baier was no doubt thinking to himself when he started off the GOP Fox News debate with the first bullshit question of the evening ..." (08/08/15)

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Why the candidates keep giving us reasons to use the “F” word

August 6, 2015
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Steven Horwitz Foundation for Economic Education
by Steven Horwitz  

"'There are far too many candidates,' writes Dana Milbank at the Washington Post. 'And to gain attention they are juggling, tooting horns and blowing slide whistles like so many painted performers emerging from a clown car.' The two clowns making the most noise in recent weeks are Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. At first glance, it would seem they couldn't be more different: a Democrat and a Republican, a friend of the unions and a CEO, a man of relatively modest means by congressional standards and one of the wealthiest men in the United States. But a closer look reveals some interesting similarities and teaches us an important lesson about the history of ideas. What Sanders and Trump have in common is no laughing matter." (08/06/15)

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Rich plutocrat Bernie Sanders hates the poor but loves power

August 6, 2015
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Jason Brennan Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Jason Brennan  

"Bernie Sanders, a rich 1-percenter plutocrat from Vermont, craves political power. His main goal in life is to hold as much power as he can over other people, and to do so, he prostitutes himself, trading political favors for campaign donations. Recently, a Vox article exposed that Sanders is little more than a rightwing reactionary, a person who sides with rich corporations at the expense of labor. When asked about open borders -- a policy that is unambiguously, by many orders of magnitude, the single most effective way to reduce world poverty -- Sanders said he opposes it simply because some donors to rival campaigns support it." (08/05/15)

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Sanders’s immigration comments prove we need a radical left

August 6, 2015
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Cory Massimino Center for a Stateless Society
by Cory Massimino  

"The sorry state of the mainstream left that embraces bad economics and closed borders (as a cover for xenophobia and anti-foreign bias) is a sign that we need a truly radical left. Without one, we’ll never transcend the downright cruelty that the political game rewards. A radical left that understands the solution to low wages and worker exploitation is to strike down monopolies, rather than create new, bigger ones. A radical left that recognizes the evils of state control and closed borders." (08/06/15)

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Two questions for the GOP debate

August 6, 2015
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"I wish the mainstream press would ask the following two questions to the GOP presidential candidates in Thursday's debate: Given more than 40 years of death, destruction, and failure in the war on drugs, as president will you seek a repeal of all drug laws and will you immediately pardon all federal drug offenders? As president, will you reject any attempt by the CIA, including on grounds of 'national security,' to delay the scheduled release by the National Archives in October 2017 of the records relating to the JFK assassination that the CIA has kept secret from the American people for more than 50 years?" (08/05/15)

http://fff.org/2015/08/05/two-questions-gop-debate/  

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Heads of pro-Rand Paul “super PAC” charged with 2012 campaign violations

August 6, 2015
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"In a further blow to the fundraising efforts of GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul (R-Ky.), the Justice Department on Wednesday indicted two leaders of his main 'super PAC' on charges stemming from the 2012 campaign of Paul's father, Ron Paul. Jesse R. Benton of Louisville, Ky., and John M. Tate of Virginia were charged with covering up campaign payments to an Iowa state senator to persuade him to abandon his support for then-Rep. Michele Bachmann's 2012 presidential campaign and instead endorse Ron Paul. Benton was also charged with lying about it to the FBI. They are the key people behind America's Liberty Pac, the largest of the outside PACs supporting the Rand Paul 2016 campaign." (08/05/15)

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Taxing the poor is counterproductive; Rand Paul’s plan fixes that

August 6, 2015
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Citizen of Laconia
by Bill Walker  

"Every Progressive recipe for helping the poor starts with 'first, raise taxes on working people. Then ...' There is a logical fallacy here. As John Cleese's Robin Hood says about the poor in Time Bandits: 'Oh you must meet them. I'm sure you'll like them. Of course they haven't got two pennies to rub together but that's because they're poor.' Maybe the poor might do better if we didn’t take their money in the first place." (08/02/15)

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The Republican road block ahead

August 5, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Norm Ornstein  

"We head into the first presidential debate in Cleveland with Donald Trump leading the field and confounding the confident predictions of a slew of pundits that his collapse was at hand -- whether after the Mexican-rapists comment, the slam at John McCain as no hero, or other statements that offended elites but only seemed to attract more support from Republican hoi polloi. What explains the Trump bump? The answer is the emerging, even dominant force in the GOP -- an angry, anti-establishment, anti-leadership populism that was triggered by the financial crisis and the 2008 bailout, cynically exploited in 2010 and 2012 by the 'Young Guns' in the House and other GOP leaders in Congress to convert anger into turnout and elect Tea Party-oriented candidates. This force is now turning on those leaders, creating problems not just in the presidential race, but in a Congress whose leaders face the possibility of implosion ahead." (08/05/15)

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The Trumping of real over unreal

August 5, 2015
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OpEdNews
by Dr. Cheryl Pappas  

"Donald Trump is producing an endless field day of a political season for any psychologically inclined media looky loo. The outrage and shock waves following Trump's every word are so extreme that the noise pours into the streets and rocks the political media theatre daily. Trump's stunning achievements in the polls, which seemingly grow as we go along, are a matter of great meaning. I think there is something even deeper and stronger in Trump's appeal beyond the important issue of immigration." (08/05/15)

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FBI investigates security of Clinton’s illegal email server, content

August 5, 2015
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NBC News NBC News    

"The FBI is looking into the security of the [illegal] private email server that Hillary Rodham Clinton used when she was secretary of state. The Washington Post also reported Tuesday that the FBI has asked Clinton lawyer David Kendall about the security of a thumb drive, containing copies of Clinton's emails, that Kendall possesses. ... Last month, the inspector general of the U.S. intelligence community alerted the Justice Department about classified information included improperly on email that went through Clinton's [illegal] home server." (08/05/15)

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Fox announces candidate line-up for first GOP debate

August 5, 2015
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Fox News    

"Fox News has announced the line-up for the prime-time Republican presidential debate this Thursday, and here's who qualified: Real estate magnate Donald Trump; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; Texas Sen. Ted Cruz; Florida Sen. Marco Rubio; Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. The roster of 10 candidates was determined based on an average of the five most recent national polls." (08/04/15)

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Is Rand Paul missing his Giuliani moment?

August 5, 2015
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The American Conservative The American Conservative
by Daniel McCarthy  

"Rand Paul tells the Washington Post's Dave Weigel that Thursday's Republican presidential debate will pit him against rivals who 'want to blow up the world.' He has reason to use stark language. After weeks of negative press, single-digit poll numbers, and lackluster fundraising, Senator Paul needs a 'Giuliani moment' -- something that will do for his campaign what a showdown with 'America's mayor' did for his father's effort after the first debate of 2007. In fact, Rand Paul has the opportunity to do much more than his father ever could. But he's missing it: Rand's 'Giuliani moment' is the Iran deal, and it calls for action, not words." (08/04/15)

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Marist suspends GOP polling ahead of Fox debate

August 4, 2015
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Politico    

"The Marist Institute of Public Opinion has suspended its polling of the GOP primary field to protest how polls are being used to determine debate participants. The poll, which is done in conjunction with McClatchy, is one of the more respected national polls regularly conducted. But Lee Miringoff, the director of the Marist Institute, told McClatchy that the poll is being suspended for this week for this week because the debate criteria assume the polls are more precise than they are in reality." (08/04/15)

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Bernie Sanders is wrong on open borders: They’d help boost the economy

August 4, 2015
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Cory Massimino The Guardian [UK]
by Cory Massimino  

"Bernie Sanders has come out against open borders, claiming they are a 'right-wing proposal' that 'would make everyone in America poorer.' He argues that, while we have a 'moral responsibility' to 'work with the rest of the industrialized world to address the problems of international poverty ... you don't do that by making people in this country even poorer.' But there is a vast amount of literature showing that open borders could be the single best policy to alleviate global poverty." (08/03/15)

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