Posts Tagged ‘ Republican Party ’

A bankrupt candidate for a bankrupt nation

August 3, 2015
posted by

Mises Canada
by Doug French  

"What would a Trump presidency look like? 'Classy,' they said 'a presidency of hope.' One gentleman even said 'it'd be nice to see the debt clock go the other direction.' Maybe he's got a point, after all, if Trump knows how to do anything it's stop a debt clock. He has filed for corporate bankruptcy four times, in 1991, 1992, 2004 and 2009. As Forbes reports, these bankruptcies were connected to over-leveraged casino and hotel properties in Atlantic City. He's never filed personal bankruptcy, 'an important distinction when considering his ability to emerge relatively unscathed, at least financially,' writes Clare O'Conner. Trump did take some financial lumps before learning to gamble with other people's money without risking his own resources." (07/30/15)

http://mises.ca/posts/blog/a-bankrupt-candidate-for-a-bankrupt-nation/  

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Still won’t stand with Rand

August 2, 2015
posted by

Abigail Hall Independent Institute
by Abigail Hall  

"Last week I published a piece on Rand Paul. In particular, I argued that Paul or any other 'libertarian' political figure would not generate the changes desired by those who value liberty. The responses to this post have been numerous. Many people agree with me. For others, it's as though I backhanded their mothers in suggesting that Rand Paul isn't the savior of America or its politics. I'd like to offer some additional reflections on a possible 'President Paul' or any other libertarian or free market candidate and address some of the more frequent comments and questions regarding the piece." (08/01/15)

http://blog.independent.org/2015/08/01/still-wont-stand-with-rand/  

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Why the GOP will never defund Planned Parenthood

July 30, 2015
posted by

Christopher Cantwell ChristopherCantwell.com
by Christopher Cantwell  

"Across America, demonstrators took to the streets Tuesday to demand Congress stop giving upwards of $540 million of taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood each year. The rallies came just as the Center for Medical Progress released the third of what is likely to be many videos showing the morbid practice the corporation engages in, of selling baby parts to medical research companies. Following that, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) assigned Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) to come up with a plan to defund the abortion clinic. The vote will fail, everybody who is paying attention knows that, and like so many other things which go on in Congress, this is little more than a publicity stunt." (07/29/15)

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Donald Trump is ruining everything for the GOP: The five stages of Republican grief explained

July 30, 2015
posted by

Salon
by Marcy Wheeler  

"While once thought of as a flash in the pan, Trump's candidacy has proven to be a far bigger problem for the Republican Party than establishment figures ever expected. In coping with such a colossal headache, the Party seems to be following the Kubler-Ross model of grief -- the model frequently used to describe how people come to grips with the death of a loved one." (07/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pgjhlo7  

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Rand Paul’s Statue-of-Liberty-sized immigration contradiction

July 30, 2015
posted by

Shikha Dalmia Reason
by Shikha Dalmia  

"Those who think that Rand Paul is some heroic champion of civil liberties thanks to his filibusters against drone strikes and NSA surveillance ought to think again. There is no functional difference between the war on drugs and the war on immigration. Both use the power of the state to go after the supposed perpetrators of victimless 'crimes' (actually, in the case of immigration, the 'crimes' are not only victimless, but have only beneficiaries) while running roughshod over civil liberties and decimating minority communities. Yet Paul opposes the drug war and supports the immigration war ..." (07/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qerwcyh  

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Gilmore enters presidential race

July 29, 2015
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Roanoke Times    

"And then there were 17. Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore officially filed paperwork Wednesday to run for president. ... Gilmore, a former U.S. Army intelligence officer, was governor during the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon. He later headed the Gilmore Commission, a congressional panel that advised Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush on domestic capabilities for terrorism involving weapons of mass destruction." (07/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/njd45lc  

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Rand Paul: Fraud, failure, liar

July 29, 2015
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"So Rand Paul is now repeating AIPAC's dishonest talking points. This is reminiscent of the same sort of propaganda that led the US to invade Iraq: 'factoids' ripped out of context and promulgated by the Bush administration and its pet neoconservative pundits to create an entirely false picture of an Iraq that was seeking nuclear weapons. In short, the Rand Paul that we were all hoping for -- someone who would stand up to the War Party and refute their propaganda -- is no more, if he ever existed in the first place. Instead of refuting the lies he's joining in the telling of them -- and in doing so, he's crossed the Rubicon as far as libertarians and all those who oppose war with Iran are concerned." (07/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qdqvskh  

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GOP congressman launches bid to oust John Boehner as House speaker

July 29, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"A Republican congressman has filed a request to oust House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) in a new and unusual challenge to his leadership from the GOP's right flank. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) on Tuesday evening filed a 'motion to vacate the chair,' which, if successful, would force the election of a new speaker. Such a challenge has never before succeeded in the House, and only once before -- 105 years ago -- has it been attempted. Meadows said Tuesday that he was trying to force a 'family conversation' among Republicans on the course of congressional leadership after a series of conflicts between Boehner's leadership team and a cadre of a few dozen conservatives." (07/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q5o5fe8  

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Chris Christie torpedoes his own presidential campaign again

July 29, 2015
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Bloomberg    

"Residents in U.S. states that have legalized marijuana should toke up while they still can, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said. 'If you're getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it,' Christie, a Republican campaigning for the 2016 presidential nomination, said Tuesday during a town-hall meeting at the Salt Hill Pub in Newport, New Hampshire. 'As of January 2017, I will enforce the federal laws.' ... Christie is trying to pump up his candidacy ahead of the first Republican debate on Aug. 6 by talking to voters in New Hampshire, the state with the first primary. Fox News, the debate sponsor, plans to winnow the party's field of 16 candidates down to 10 using an average of five national polls. The RealClearPolitics polling average currently has Christie in ninth place." [editor's note: If Christie ever had a real shot, which seems unlikely, he's worked diligently with idiocy like this to reduce his chances from "slim" to "none" - TLK] ()7/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q376rws  

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Why Donald Trump matters

July 28, 2015
posted by

Paul Waldman The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman  

"The political press is struggling over how exactly to report on Donald Trump. On one hand, we absolutely love covering him -- Trump's intoxicating combination of boorishness, ignorance, tactlessness, and overconfidence, all wrapped up in a gold-plated package, is utterly irresistible as copy. On the other hand, we feel a little guilty about it, as though we know it's bad for us and bad for the public. Which is what produces the endless assurances that, despite his rather remarkable strength in the polls, you should rest assured that he is not going to be his party's nominee." (07/26/15)

http://prospect.org/article/why-donald-trump-matters  

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Will Kasich’s anti-green resume kill his presidential hopes?

July 28, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Harvey Wasserman  

"Kasich will ultimately have to be heard on an issue that could decide [Ohio's] financial and industrial future. For Ohio's teetering economy, sinking yet another $3 billion into obsolete fossil/nuke burners would be suicidal. Germany, California and other advanced powers are now transition into a future defined by green power. If Kasich continues to steer Ohio away, the state is doomed to obsolescence and decline. ... Kasich is well positioned to become at least the GOP's Vice-Presidential nominee. Ohio is always a key swing state, making the governor a valuable geographic asset. As a candidate, where he stands on the future of energy will be heavily scrutinized. Thus far he seems firmly in the Koch camp, supporting the billionaire brothers' attacks on any energy source that threatens their gargantuan investments in obsolete fossil fuels/nukes." (07/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qem6hhr  

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Was Donald Trump right about John McCain?

July 28, 2015
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump set off a firestorm within the conservative community by suggesting that former Republican presidential candidate U.S. Senator John McCain shouldn't be considered a war hero just for being captured during the Vietnam War. Apparently Trump has survived the firestorm because he's still topping the Republican polls. In creating the controversy, however, Trump missed the important question -- whether a soldier can be considered heroic when he blindly obeys orders to engage in illegal and immoral acts of war." (07/27/15)

http://fff.org/2015/07/27/donald-trump-right-john-mccain/  

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Donald Trump is an actual fascist: What his surging popularity says about the GOP base

July 28, 2015
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Salon
by Conor Lynch  

"In the political discussion of today, there always comes a risk of being discounted as a crackpot when using a word like 'fascist' to describe a political opponent. The word, much like 'socialist,' has been so abused since the fall of fascism that it lost its meaning quite some time ago. Comparisons of modern leaders to Hitler tend to be completely void of any substance, and there is even an Internet adage, 'Godwin's law,' that says, 'As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.' In a recent article by Jeffrey Tucker, however, it is argued, quite justly in my opinion, that Donald Trump, whether he knows it or not, is a fascist (or is at least acting like one)." (07/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/plr7dv5  

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Cruz “loses”

July 28, 2015
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"When Sen. Ted Cruz gave an impassioned speech on the Senate floor, last week, he ruffled a few feathers. Calling Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a liar in front of everybody is just not done. ... Cruz defended himself. 'It is entirely consistent with decorum ... to speak the truth.' The 'squabble' was over the Export-Import Bank, mainly. Cruz blurted out how McConnell had betrayed his own party members in the Senate by cutting a backroom deal for the crony-capitalist moral hazard that is the Ex-Im." (07/27/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/07/27/cruz-loses/  

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Huckabee’s nuclear deal derangement

July 27, 2015
posted by

Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"Huckabee's claim is ridiculous with respect to the substance of the deal, and it ought to be out of bounds in any sane policy debate. It is also the sort of shameless tactic that other hawks have used in previous foreign policy debates to defame their opponents. In the months before the Iraq war, it was commonplace for hawks to accuse opponents of the invasion of being 'pro-dictator' or otherwise supportive of Hussein. Huckabee's charge is serving much the same role in the Iran debate in that he wants to identify support for the deal as an endorsement of mass murder. It's a crazy accusation, but it is one designed to stoke fear and confusion about the deal with Iran. Like those other attacks, Huckabee's statement is dishonest and false, but he is trying to horrify people so that they have a distorted view of the entire debate." (07/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pq4ldog  

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Two weeks to go: Republicans scramble to make debate stage

July 27, 2015
posted by

The Hill The Hill    

"The race is on for the final spots on stage for the first Republican debate. With the highly-anticipated showdown less than two weeks away, candidates with low polling numbers are in a high-stakes scramble to qualify for an event that represents their best shot at breaking out. Fox News is capping the Aug. 6 debate in Cleveland at 10 candidates based on five as-of-yet unspecified national polls released by 5 p.m. on Aug. 4. Based on five polls used by RealClearPolitics (RCP), eight candidates look like locks to make the stage, while the race for the final two slots is headed for a controversial photo finish. For the candidates currently ranked between 9th place and 14th place, the polling differential is negligible." (07/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pgjxpln  

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Donald Trump visits my hometown!

July 27, 2015
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump just visited my hometown of Laredo, Texas! Not surprisingly, Trump entered Laredo filled with fear. I say 'not surprisingly' because Republicans live their lives filled with fear. Communists! Terrorists! Muslims! Illegal aliens! Drug dealers! Bin Laden! Saddam! Ho Chi Minh! Republicans are convinced that they're all coming to get us. Knees are always a'knockin' among Republicans." (07/24/15)

http://fff.org/2015/07/24/donald-trump-visits-hometown/  

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Rand Paul supports having a powerful federal government

July 26, 2015
posted by

A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg  

"It's no secret that I'm not a fan of Rand Paul. Unlike his father, Rand is an inconsistent man that sways whatever way the political winds are blowing. His supporters, or the Rand Rapid Response Team as I like to call them, are always quick to claim he is just playing politics to win the presidency so he can beat Americans in the head with liberty. They never seem to have an answer as to why Rand, upon winning office (which he'll never do), don't continue to play politics to get a second term but I digress. From an anarchist point of view Rand is a tyrant through and through. But even from a small government point of view Rand is a tyrant. For example, his latest tirade was against so-called sanctuary cities." (07/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/noftbtu  

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The Rand Paul tax plan

July 26, 2015
posted by

National Center for Policy Analysis National Center for Policy Analysis
by Jacob Kohlhepp  

"Senator Rand Paul's (R-KY) comprehensive tax reform titled, 'fair and flat,' is an improvement in comparison to the status quo with respect to investment, simplicity and growth. The plan is expected to boost GDP growth by slightly less than one percent per year, according to research associate Jacob Kohlhepp at the National Center for Policy Analysis." (07/24/15)

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=25887  

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Trump and the chattering class

July 24, 2015
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The American Spectator
by George Neumayr  

"It is a toss-up as to who is more bombastic: Donald Trump or his critics in the chattering class. The latter is generating sympathy for him among primary voters by reacting so hysterically and pompously to a handful of off-the-cuff remarks. How bad can he be, they conclude, if liberals are calling for him to 'leave the race' and boycotting him like a Christian baker? In some respects, Trump's critics exceed his bombast. They obnoxiously present themselves as arbiters of who is and who is not worthy of running in a party they hate. Their unsolicited advice on the 'best candidate for the GOP' is always fatal." [editor's note: I haven't noticed any "liberals" (by which Neumayr means "Democrats") calling for Trump to "leave the race." Indeed, the ones I've talked with unanimously say they devoutly hope he wins the Republican nomination - TLK] (07/22/15)

http://spectator.org/articles/63522/trump-and-chattering-class  

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Trump at Mexico border: “Hispanics love me”

July 23, 2015
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"Ever sure of himself, Donald Trump paid a visit to the Mexico border Thursday and predicted Hispanics would love him ('they already do') because as president he'd grab jobs back from overseas and give more opportunity to those who live in the U.S. legally. 'There's great danger with the illegals,' the Republican presidential contender told reporters. But he claimed a 'great relationship' with Hispanics, even as Latino leaders have come at him with blistering criticism for his painting Mexican immigrants as criminals. 'I'll take jobs back from China, I'll take jobs back from Japan,' Trump said. 'The Hispanics are going to get those jobs, and they're going to love Trump.'" (07/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ngvvslb  

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Standing with Rand? Maybe take a seat

July 23, 2015
posted by

Abigail Hall Independent Institute
by Abigail Hall  

"[A]re we headed toward a 'libertarian revolution?' Will politicians who value freedom take office and work to constrain the ever-expanding powers of the government? Will freedoms lost in the name of combatting the war on drugs and war on terror be restored? Will such political figures repeal or drastically alter a variety of policies detrimental to individual liberty? While I sympathize with the desire for such an event, I think my libertarian friends would be disappointed with Rand Paul as President, or any other 'libertarianish' politician." (07/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nh5qjep  

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Clinton lags among voters in swing states against leading GOP hopefuls

July 22, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Hillary Rodham Clinton would lose or tie for the presidency against three leading Republican hopefuls if the election were held today in three key swing states, according to a new poll. A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday found that Clinton has strikingly negative favorability ratings among voters in Virginia, Iowa and Colorado, especially compared with where she stood in the spring. ... In matchups with [Jeb] Bush, [Scott] Walker and [Marco] Rubio, Clinton would lose by as many as 9 points in Colorado and Iowa. In Virginia, where Gov. Terry McAuliffe, her longtime friend and fundraiser, has enthusiastically endorsed her, Clinton would be defeated by those Republicans by only 2 or 3 percentage points, making the hypothetical races too close to call." (07/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nody29p  

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Cowards, heroes, and servers

July 22, 2015
posted by

J. Neil Schulman J Neil Schulman @ Rational Review
by J Neil Schulman  

"There is a mythology of Service applied only to those who serve the State that questioning their heroism or service is unpatriotic. Donald Trump tripped that wire and that makes him briefly worthwhile to the libertarian cause. Someone's job description is always up for rational analysis and there are no protective halos -- not for soldiers, not for a president, not even for a Saint Mother Teresa or a Pope Francis." (07/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oyfrk46  

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Biden and Trump, the Dumb and Dumber of politics

July 22, 2015
posted by

Garry Reed Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"Please please please draft Joe Biden to run for President on the Democratic Party playbill. It would make the 2016 elections truly a PARTY if he and Donald Trump somehow slither their way up to the tops of their respective political landfills and held a series of head-to-head -- swelled-head vs. airhead -- Unpresidential Debates. ... The alternative is too horrifying to contemplate: Another Clinton-Bush choice, like a rerun of a crossover episode of All in the Family meets Dynasty. At least a clown president would keep us entertained as we slowly backslide down the backslope of empire into our inevitable Third Worldism." (07/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ps87n8u  

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