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Nikki Haley Admits It; She was Attacking Republicans Attracted to Trump

donald_trump The country is lit up w/ a populist fever & the GOP responds by digging in, criticizing the GOP candidates dominating polls?! NOT SMART. — Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) January 13, 2016 I think Laura Ingraham’s comment about Nikki Haley’s response to the State of the Union speech was quite astute. Haley simply brushes it off in her interview on The Today Show: Haley angered some conservative pundits with her response to Obama's address by seemingly saving her sharpest Read more [...] Continue reading →

Paul Ryan Says Obama's Hits on Trump "Degrades the Presidency," but Defends Haley

Paul-Ryan There is no love lost between Paul Ryan and me, but not everything about this interview was bad. In fact, while disagreeing with Trump, he explained one aspect of his rise quite well. "I think people are really nervous. I think people are really anxious. And that's because they believe that the country as they know it, this American idea — the condition of your birth doesn't determine the outcome of your life  ... so many people are worried that's leaving us. "People are going to say, I Read more [...] Continue reading →

How Can Obama Fight National Pessimism? He's the Reason for It

obamageddon This video from Newsy Politics from last night seems surreal to me: "Fighting National Pessimism Is An Uphill Battle For Obama." You can find the text of the video here. Unemployment is down — at its lowest point since before the financial crash in 2008. The percentage of uninsured is down, meaning fewer Americans are going without health insurance. That employment statistic is meaningless and people who don't want insurance are being punished unless they pay rising prices for useless Read more [...] Continue reading →

When Politicians Make Spending Decisions: Neglected Hidden Infrastructure

newyork-under-water CBS News New York published an investigative report, "Experts Say Decaying Gas Lines Are A Ticking Time Bomb Below City Streets." From the city to the suburbs, thousands of miles of some of the country’s oldest and decaying gas mains lay just below the surface of our streets. As CBS2’s Dick Brennan reported, experts said the consequences could be dangerous or devastating. In the early 20th century, there were new roads, rails, and an underground system delivered gas to buildings around Read more [...] Continue reading →

Hillary Clinton Gets Help from Ethics Office

Hillary_Clinton_2016 We've written several times about Hillary Clinton's rock-star level demands for speaking engagements, both in terms of money and amenities. Recently, however, it seems she forgot to disclose some of that money. Sarah Westwood at the Washington Examiner reports, Rep. Jason Chaffetz pressed the Office of Government Ethics last week for an explanation of its decision to exempt Clinton from laws compelling public officials to disclose all forms of income. "Earlier this year, press reports indicated Read more [...] Continue reading →

Porngate Shows Us What Kind of People Rule Us

email The audio in the above video could be better, but the basic point is that the Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who is in some legal trouble at the moment, has exposed others in a scandal. According to the Washington Post, There are jokes about rape and sexual assault, photos mocking African Americans and other minorities, and insults leveled at people because of their weight, their sexual orientation or their religion. At least two state Supreme Court justices and numerous officials Read more [...] Continue reading →

Christmas comes Early for Planned Parenthood and Santa Clause is the GOP

dead-gop-elephant The $1.1 trillion spending bill has been approved by Congress. To get an idea of how evil this is, here's a headline from The Hill: "Planned Parenthood unscathed in spending bill." Planned Parenthood is praising Democrats in Congress after the spending bill released early Wednesday morning spared the organization from cuts.  As expected, the spending bill does not defund Planned Parenthood, a clear deal-breaker for Democrats, but the absence of spending cuts is still noteworthy given the intensity Read more [...] Continue reading →

Big-Spending Republicans Join Democrats for $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

harry reid obama train wreck Remember the "do-nothing Congress"? Don't you miss it? The Hill ran the headline, "Negotiators see $1.1T deal in sight." Bipartisan negotiators hammering out the details of a sweeping $1.1 trillion spending bill see the light at the end of the tunnel. Compromise has come slowly as the sides have haggled over partisan policy amendments as well as a separate package — running on a parallel track — to extend a long list of tax breaks to businesses and individuals alike. But House aides familiar Read more [...] Continue reading →

Wisconsinites Newest Efforts to Eliminate Common Core and Federal Overreach

rotten_apple_core A group of Wisconsin citizens led by retired state representative Don Pridemore has created WINNER, Inc., missioned with finding and identifying a qualified candidate for State Superintendent of Schools. The State Superintendent is the head of Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction. This supposedly non-partisan position is one of the most powerful in the state. Many Wisconsinites believe the current DPI has overreached its bounds by imposing Common Core Standards upon local districts and Read more [...] Continue reading →

David Frum: Trump Is an "Existential Threat" to "Rule of Money" in GOP

david frum Carson is wacky, but Trump is challenging the rule of money over the GOP. The first is unsettling; the latter, an existential threat — David Frum (@davidfrum) November 28, 2015 I am impressed that David Frum didn't let his dislike of Donald Trump blind him to this insight. As Tony Lee at Breitbart.com reports, Donald Trump’s ability to remain the undisputed GOP frontrunner in December even though he has hardly spent any money on traditional television advertising that enriches consultants Read more [...] Continue reading →

Republicans Don't Play Identity Politics

Ted Cruz_02 Conservatives have many reasons to be disappointed with the GOP. But here is something they're mostly getting right. In the Washington Post we read, "The GOP’s identity-politics crisis: Holding race-card aces but loath to play them." Juan Rodriguez, a Colombian immigrant and Republican businessman in Des Moines, is on a mission to persuade his employees, nearly all Hispanic Democrats, to elect a president from what they think of as the party of white guys. This year, with three minorities among Read more [...] Continue reading →

Republican Candidates Poll Better than Hillary

rubio The Fox headline, in my opinion, is rather biased: "FOX News Poll: Rubio does best against Clinton in 2016 ballot test." Republicans want a candidate who can beat Hillary Clinton. A new Fox News poll finds Marco Rubio performs best against the presumptive Democratic nominee. Rubio has an eight-point edge: 50 percent to Clinton’s 42 percent. This isn't inaccurate, but I think the more amazing story is that Hillary doesn't poll better than any top Republican candidate! Then again, Clinton -- Read more [...] Continue reading →