The Best Case For #Hillary2016 Victory

Meet Rosie Scenario. Marriage to Rosie looks like a good idea at the beginning. But Rosie tends to trip down stairs, gets grumpy, then turns sour. But for now let’s trip the life fantastic with Rosie at our side.



Hillary2016 has a romance with Rosie Scenario. Here’s Rosie, via a crystal ball polished by Larry Sabato:

Is Florida the key state for the upcoming 2016 presidential election? Is it the decider – whichever candidate takes its 29 electoral votes, takes the White House as well?

After spending a few hours fiddling with vote maps we think there’s a good argument that’s the case. [snip]

The foundation of this theory is the fact that over the past 15 years the nation’s electoral map has been unusually stable. University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato and the crew at his “Crystal Ball” newsletter make this point in their newest issue. Since 2000, 40 of the 50 states have voted for the same party at the presidential level every single time. Five of the remaining 10 states have voted with the same party in three of the four elections.

Only five states have split, voting twice for Republicans, and twice for Democrats, since 2000. These swing states are Nevada, Colorado, Ohio, Virginia, and Florida.

According to “Crystal Ball,” this likely split is 247 electoral votes for Democrats, and 206 for Republicans. Remember – 270 is the magic winning number. So the Democrats are pretty close there, right at the start.

If nothing else the Democrats are close enough to have a margin for error. They could lose one or both of the biggest swing states and still put together a victory.

Florida has 29 electoral votes. Rosie Scenario, fresh from Common Core math courses, takes several hours to figure out what this means. Common Core failures that we are we will summarize: 247 + 29 = 276.

Rosie Scenario says if Hillary Clinton campaigns only in Florida she wins. Pour all resources (time, money, organization, appearances) into Florida and it leads to victory. Rosie Scenario smiles.

“In theory, Hillary Clinton could campaign exclusively in Florida for the next 18 months and still be the odds-on favorite to win the presidency,” writes the conservative commentator.

Rosie Scenario is ecstatic and so informs Hillary Hater Maggie Haberman at the New York Times:

Hillary Rodham Clinton appears to be dispensing with the nationwide electoral strategy that won her husband two terms in the White House and brought white working-class voters and great stretches of what is now red-state America back to Democrats.

Instead, she is poised to retrace Barack Obama’s far narrower path to the presidency: a campaign focused more on mobilizing supporters in the Great Lakes states and in parts of the West and South than on persuading undecided voters.

Mrs. Clinton’s aides say it is the only way to win in an era of heightened polarization, when a declining pool of voters is truly up for grabs. Her liberal policy positions, they say, will fire up Democrats, a less difficult task than trying to win over independents in more hostile territory — even though a broader strategy could help lift the party with her.

This early in the campaign, however, forgoing a determined outreach effort to all 50 states, or even most of them, could mean missing out on the kind of spirited conversation that can be a unifying feature of a presidential election. And it could leave Mrs. Clinton, if she wins, with the same difficulties Mr. Obama has faced in governing with a Republican-controlled Congress.

Rosie will have none of it. Rosie closes her eyes and ears and ignores Obama history, via once lucid, now full tilt kook, Brent Budowsky:

Here is the scoreboard of the political legacy that Obama may leave his party:

When Obama assumed office, Democrats controlled the House of Representatives. That majority was destroyed and a Republican House was elected on Obama’s watch.

When Obama assumed office, Democrats controlled the Senate. That majority was destroyed and a Republican Senate was elected on Obama’s watch.

When Obama assumed office, Democrats controlled a majority of governorships. The majority was destroyed, and Republicans took a majority of governorships on Obama’s watch, which led to the reapportionment after the 2010 Census that was catastrophic for House Democrats.

Rosie snorts and says “stick with Obama.”

Rosie Scenario somersaulted into sunshine when she heard the sunshine strategy was already in full swing:

Ceding Nothing to Bush, Clinton Lays Groundwork in Florida
The presumptive Democratic candidate is taking early campaign steps in a state Republicans likely need to win the White House.

MIAMI—Publicly, Bill Clinton’s crisscrossing of Florida last year was part of Democrats’ effort to retake the governor’s office. But in behind-the-scenes conversations, the former president was working toward an additional goal: scouting out Hillary Clinton’s chances for victory here in 2016.

Analyzing out loud, the former president talked to friends and operatives alike about how to win the nation’s largest swing state, particularly in the event that two of its favorite sons—former Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio—enter the race.

The consensus: Florida is up for grabs.

The former president’s political reconnaissance is an early indication that his wife has little intention of ceding the state, which many consider Bush country, in her presidential bid. While those close to Hillary Clinton maintain that her immediate attention will be focused on Iowa and New Hampshire, the early-voting states that kick off the primary season, Florida Democrats say her camp is taking early steps in the state—a place that has both lifted and frustrated the Clintons’ political careers. [snip]

For the Clintons, Florida occupies a special place in family lore.

Bill often credits his win in the state’s straw poll in 1991 as a critical moment in his own presidential campaign, boosting him from obscurity to rising political star. (He lost the state in the 1992 general election but won it in 1996.)

For Hillary, the memories are more bittersweet. After losing the hotly contested 2008 South Carolina primary to Obama, she won Florida but was denied its delegates because the state had violated party rules by holding an early primary. The win was little more than a symbolic show of strength that left her supporters feeling disenfranchised after record voter turnout.

Florida could have been the springboard that clearly set a path to victory for her,” said Ana Cruz, a Democratic strategist who helped run Clinton’s effort in the state. [snip]

Reeling from a series of losses in statewide contests, Florida Democrats are already offering the Clintons campaign advice, telling the couple that Hillary Clinton must travel outside the Democratic bastions of South Florida and compete for working-class, white women in the northern reaches of the state.

“Won’t happen again” says Rosie. “This time Florida’s in the bag.” The consequences of that victory, says Larry Sabato are big:

First, if Republicans lose either Florida or Ohio, the nominee has no realistic path to victory. Both states are typically at least slightly more Republican than the nation as a whole. [snip]

Second, while there are credible Democratic paths to the White House without Virginia, anything other than a win or a loss by just a percent or two in the Old Dominion will signal the Democrat’s downfall.

Rosie says don’t worry about Virginia. There’s a governor there who is a strong Hillary ally. Rosie says don’t worry that in Florida and Ohio the Republicans controls House, Senate, governorship and all statewide offices – thanks to Barack Obama. “It’s in the bag”, says Rosie.

Is a Clinton condo in Bradenton next.

And, um, the Hillary2016 fundraising numbers are in for the first quarter: $45 million.

“It’s in the bag”, says Rosie. Nothing can go wrong.

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138 thoughts on “The Best Case For #Hillary2016 Victory

  1. For Hillary, the memories are more bittersweet. After losing the hotly contested 2008 South Carolina primary to Obama, she won Florida but was denied its delegates because the state had violated party rules by holding an early primary. The win was little more than a symbolic show of strength that left her supporters feeling disenfranchised after record voter turnout.

    “Florida could have been the springboard that clearly set a path to victory for her,” said Ana Cruz, a Democratic strategist who helped run Clinton’s effort in the state. [snip]

    Reeling from a series of losses in statewide contests, Florida Democrats are already offering the Clintons campaign advice, telling the couple that Hillary Clinton must travel outside the Democratic bastions of South Florida and compete for working-class, white women in the northern reaches of the state.

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    Oh yes, Florida…who can forget Fla. and Michigan. Not us, not Hillary nor Bill.

    Even further back, the Fla. Supremes and their vote to let ShrubII win Fla. is still a bad memory.

    I’m glad Bill is taking Fla. seriously…which means Hillary is taking it seriously too.

  2. Ahhh, Florida. Good times. Good times….

    I was just reading the chapter in Ted Cruz’ book about the Bush/Gore recount in Florida after the 2000 election. Forest Gump Cruz was the first Bush lawyer in Florida the day after the election (was a domestic policy advisor on the campaign) and helped put together the initial legal team, including another Rehnquist clerk, John Roberts.

  3. allow me to throw in my two cents…

    in addition to all said above…Florida is one of the most corrupt states in the union when it comes to voting…particularly Broward and Dade…

    personal example…while waiting in a very long line during a past election when O was on the ballot, I personally witnessed someone from inside the voting location come outside with the voting machine and go into a car and heavens knows to do what…at that point with a voting machine in someone’s car they could have changed every vote that had gone into that machine…no questions asked…no control…”just do it!”

    in addition, there is no control of how they handle absentee voting…people in Dade have gone to jail after recent elections for fraud with absentee voting…

    too late to change the election but they went to jail for fraud…damage done…mission accomplished…too bad, they got caught after the fact…

    …Florida really depends on who controls the machines…the party with the best crooks can pull anything off in Florida…

  4. Cruz says the fundamental problem Gore had in Florida was that their strategy was to keep counting until Gore had enough votes, but every time they did another recount, Bush still won…

    He also says that Gore’s legal team was so bad that it bordered on malpractice, something that surprised him given that there is no shortage of trial lawyers in the Democrat party.

    Cruz said the advantage the Bush campaign had was that the first trial lawyer they brought in to handle the case immediately predicted that it would end up in multiple state courts, multiple circuit courts, and the Supreme Court so within a day, they were assembling a huge legal team including several top appellate lawyers.

  5. http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/republicans-laugh-trump-their-peril_981768.html

    To 2016 Republican primary voters, Trump is a throwback they are in the mood for: the fiery non-political presidential candidate. Beyond his risible self-presentation and rambling announcement speech, Trump is a stream of this electorate’s consciousness with his lists of all the ways government has failed them, from Obamacare to the porous Mexican border to the Chinese cyber-hacking. Not since Ross Perot has an outsider come on the scene prepared to harness so much voter disgruntlement. In an election cycle that seemed on cruise control for Bush vs. Clinton, that role should not be underestimated.

    Bush – the only rival Trump attacked by name in his kick-off speech – laughed when first asked about Trump’s candidacy. But he won’t let himself do it again. Much of the nearly $100 million he collected for his super PAC before officially becoming a candidate may need to be reserved for defense against Trump in New Hampshire, a state Bush can hardly afford to lose given his uphill battle in Iowa. Trump would seem like the only candidate more culturally estranged from Iowa than Bush, but his hiring of Chuck Laudner, the operative who managed Rick Santorum’s unlikely caucus victory there, indicates he’s not writing it off.

    Other Republican candidates have to only hope that Trump focuses his ire on Bush instead of them. Trump’s lack of a political past or future leaves him completely free to torch whoever is in his sights. Chris Christie already got a taste of this when Trump bashed his signature policy proposal, means-testing Social Security, by likening it to government theft. Christie has the most to lose from Trump’s rise because it renders his personal appeal of bluntness – “Telling it like it is” is his official campaign motto – redundant in the 2016 field.

    Like Perot, Trump can self-fund his presidential campaign. The financial disclosure he gave lists $300 million in cash and cash equivalents, with most of the rest of his $8.7 net worth in real estate. Those holdings are illiquid and their values are basically Trump’s opinions about them; he also won’t be allowed by law to borrow against them to fund his campaign. But $300 million is more than enough to get Trump through the GOP primary, even in a TV war with Jeb Bush. He could borrow from Perot’s playbook and buy national infomercial time slots, making a direct-to-camera appeal to voters when the multi-state primary elections start in March.

    What will Trump say? So far his pitch has been mainly to the cynical side of voters, and it remains to be seen if he can do better than that. [snip]

    He may not know it, but Trump’s real contribution to the 2016 Republican contest could be exorcising the demons of 2012. The party’s play-it-safe approach four years ago proved unresponsive to contemporary politics, from Tim Pawlenty’s refusal to double down on “Romneycare” to Mitt Romney’s own pass given to President Obama on Benghazi during their third and final debate. Trump is the anti-Romney and won’t let that reticence happen at any of the debates he’s involved in.

  6. From the Cruz book on the hanging chad Supreme Court case:

    So I suggested a fallback argument: We should tell the Court that even if they didn’t completely agree with us, they should nonetheless vacate the decision below, clarify the federal law in question, and then send the case back down to the Florida Supreme Court to reconsider. I worked with Tim Flanigan and Noel Francisco— two dear friends, and incredibly talented lawyers— to draft the portion of our brief asking the Court to do so.

    And, in Bush v. Palm Beach County, that’s exactly what the U.S. Supreme Court ended up doing. Unanimously.

    The highest court in the land remanded the case back to the Florida Supreme Court . . . which then proceeded, astonishingly enough, to ignore the U.S. Supreme Court. Instead, the Florida Supreme Court (consisting of seven judges, six of them appointed by Democrats) simply reinstated its prior order of a statewide recount that would allow each of Florida’s sixty-seven counties to use a different standard for deciding which hanging, swinging, or pregnant chads count as “votes.”

    Because we believed the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution was violated by a recount that did not treat the votes of one county equally with the votes of another county, we went back to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    In oral arguments there, our lawyer, Ted Olson, emphasized that the Florida Supreme Court on remand, after being unanimously vacated by the Supreme Court, did not so much as cite the U.S. Supreme Court decision. They just ignored it. If there is anything that the Court’s swing justices— Justice O’Connor and Justice Kennedy— believed in, it was the authority of the U.S. Supreme Court. Both of them were outraged by the Florida court’s defiance. Every time Ted reminded them of that defiance, Justice O’Connor or Kennedy would say something to effect of, “What? They didn’t cite it?? What?!”

    I don’t think the Supreme Court’s outrage affected its 7– 2 decision on the merits, agreeing with our argument that the statewide recount ordered by the Florida Supreme Court was unconstitutional because it allowed different counties to count votes using completely different standards. But the justices’ outrage did affect what came next.

    Two of the seven justices who agreed with us were willing to give the Florida Supreme Court yet another chance to get it right. But five of the seven justices who agreed with us were so outraged by the Florida Supreme Court that they said, in effect, “Enough is enough. This is a presidential election. It has dragged on for thirty-six days. The ballots have been counted four times. Bush has won every time. He is the winner. The end.”

    Cruz, Ted (2015-06-30). A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America (Kindle Locations 1960-1979). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.

  7. Trump’s lack of a political past or future leaves him completely free to torch whoever is in his sights.

    ——
    Trump has lots of experience torching his opponents…Bush and others are not going to be able slide on by to home base with Trump still in the running.

    It will be Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride for the GOP.

  8. Of the swing states mentioned in the Sabato article above, two – Nevada and Ohio joined in law suit against Barack and his immigration policy. A third, Colorado, which is listed as “competitive” – neither D nor R in Gallup polling did not join, but immigration has been a hot issue there. And, Gardner -R defeated incumbent Udall D in 2014. http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/immigration-reformers-make-stand-colorado

    Immigration is such a big issue to Americans, it may have quite an impact on 2016 elections. I seems a bit presumptuous to consider any of these three states to be in the bag.

    Just because they voted for Barack, doesn’t necessarily seem to be a guarantee that Hillary can count on their votes. People are angry with Barack. Regardless of media’s prop-up job, Americans know he has not been good for the country. Will they tell him? Would they vote against him? Maybe not – what with his presidency being “historic” and all (please!), and lord knows, no one wants to be thought of a racist. But you can bet your lunch money voters will have no problem expressing their disdain for O by voting against Hillary, especially if she is positioned anywhere near him – as has been said her.

    i’m not a politically savvy person, but history and common sense advise against putting all one’s eggs in one basket. FL is hugely important, but we are in a political Bazzarro World. We should expect the unexpected.

  9. Ted Cruz is a chickenshit coward and a hypocrite for his too little too late vote against the TPA/TPP. They are going to tax small business to pay for some of the workforce damage it does. Any senator or representative who did not speak out against it needs to be voted out of office.

    Here is the latest from Zerohedge on Ofucktards dreams of global domination:

    NSA Leak: “Washington Is Negotiating With Every Nation That Borders China… So As To ‘Confront’ Beijing”

    Another “Wikileak” of a confidential NSA intercept, and yet another crucial insight into the vision not only behind the Obama administration’s desperate push for the Trans Pacific Partnership, but the strategic thinking – if one may call it so – when it comes to the entire US approach to global trade and commerce. Which may well explain why global trade has been imploding in recent years, masked first by just US QE and then by QE from all “developed” central banks.

    The synopsis:

    Intercepted communication between French Minister-Counselor for Economic and Financial Affiars Jean-Francois Boittin and EU Trade Section head Hiddo Houben, reveals Boittin’s discontent with U.S. approach towards a WTO pact. Additionally Houben stated that the TPP (being an American initiative) seems devised as a confrontation with China.

    EU Officials Perceive Lack of U.S. Leadership on Trade Issues, Skeptical of Pacific Initiative (TS//SI//OC/NF)

    (TS//SI//OC/NF) Washington-based EU trade officials ascertained in late July that the U.S. administration is severely lacking in leadership when it comes to trade matters, as shown by the absence of a clear consensus on the future course of the WTO Doha Development Agenda (DDA). French Minister-Counselor for Economic and Financial Affairs Jean-Francois Boittin expressed astonishment at the level of “narcissism” and wasteful contemplation currently on display in Washington, while describing the idea of scrapping the DDA in favor of another plan–which some U.S. officials are seen to favor–as stupefying. The Frenchman further asserted that once a country makes deep cuts in its trade barriers, as the U.S. has done, it no longer has incentives to offer nor, as a consequence, a strong position from which to negotiate with emerging nations. Boittin’s interlocutor, EU Trade Section head Hiddo Houben, after noting the leadership void in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, declared that with regard to the disagreement within his host government on DDA, a political decision must be made about what direction is to be followed. On another subject, Houben insisted that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which is a U.S. initiative, appears to be designed to force future negotiations with China. Washington, he pointed out, is negotiating with every nation that borders China, asking for commitments that exceed those countries’ administrative capacities, so as to “confront” Beijing. If, however, the TPP agreement takes 10 years to negotiate, the world-and China-will have changed so much that that country likely will have become disinterested in the process, according to Houben. When that happens, the U.S. will have no alternative but to return to the WTO. Finally, he assessed that this focus on Asia is added proof that Washington has no real negotiating agenda vis-a-vis emerging nations, including China and Brazil, or an actual, proactive WTO plan of action.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-07-01/nsa-leak-washington-negotiating-every-nation-borders-china-so-confront-beijing
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    Comments suggest this will not end well.

  10. So far his (Trump’s) pitch has been mainly to the cynical side of voters,
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    Cynical is not the word I would us to describe Trump’s appeal to voters.

    For some he is the canary in the cave.

    For others he is the little boy who shows the emperor has no clothes.

    For still others (including me) he is a combination of those.

    But cynical he is not.

    And neither are we.

    Which brings me to O’Reilly’s latest gut wind.

    He claims the reason Republicans are losing is because they are not united.

    The rebuttal is why should anyone with common sense unite behind a rino.

    An army of lions led by a stag is not an army of lions.

    Even if the stag’s name is Jebediah.

  11. I am one of the half people of Florida. We have one UGLY Tea Party Governor on his second term in office who is as corrupt and greedy as Ofuctard, but not as incompetent. He has had time now to re-rig the system for his buddy the Jedediah Doe Boy. So Hillary better not count on anything.

    People roll their eyes when Hillary’s name comes up. We have a lot of illegals and most people REALLY do not like it. So I guess it will be a matter of who gets to vote, the citizens or the illegals. Guess what the ugly governor is going to say?

  12. admin
    July 1, 2015 at 3:51 pm
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    My question is this:

    Will the robot(s owner) have to pay for the crime?

  13. Lu4PUMA
    July 1, 2015 at 7:23 pm

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    That sucks and the Shrubs also have the FLA Supreme’s in their back pocket so, God knows if Hillary can win that state with honest voting. O’Fraud had ACORN, the DNC, busing in students to multiple polls and downright cheating in his bag of nasty tricks in 2008.

  14. With a 20 point lead over any Republican contender according to CNN, I would expect Hillary to win all 50 states in a landslide. I’m not sure that Fritz Mondale lost by 20 points, did he?

    According to the pollsters and pundits, this election is basically over. Hillary just has to run out the clock.

  15. DIARY OF THE LEFT

    Dostoevsky’s 6 Nightmare Prophecies That Came True in the 20th Century

    Few people in the last 200 years understood human nature and mankind’s fallen state quite like Dostoevsky. His uncanny abilities to dissect the pathology of a killer or the spiritual joy of a contented Russian peasant have inspired generations of writers, thinkers, and even psychologists for a century and a half.

    But more than simply being an insightful novelist on the human condition, Dostoevsky turned out to be a truly prophetic voice in his predictions of the dangerous and deadly places where certain ideologies and philosophies popular at the time would lead his beloved Russia in particular, and the modern Western world in general.

    In the course of a number of his books – The Devils (aka The Possessed) and The Brothers Karamazov, for example – he foretold of the coming socioeconomic and geopolitical nightmares that awaited 20th century societies that would adopt progressivism, nihilism, and socialism as their guiding principles. His words carry with them a deeper weight since Dostoevsky lived during his youth as a progressive ideologue eventually sentenced first to death and then, after a mock execution meant to “get his attention,” to four years of hard labor in Siberia.

    He returned a deeply religious man and, after spending a few years in Europe investigating the teachings of leading Western intellectuals, a vehement anti-socialist.

    In describing the underlying motivations of the young, radical, rabble-rousing character Peter Verkhovensky in The Devils, Dostoevsky said:

    He’s a kind, well-meaning boy, and awfully sensitive…But let me tell you, the whole trouble stems from immaturity and sentimentality! It’s not the practical aspects of socialism that fascinate him, but its emotional appeal – its idealism –what we may call its mystical, religious aspect – its romanticism…and on top of that, he just parrots other people.

    Only someone who has known the “other side” of the psychological lines, commiserating among those who wish to tear civilizations and their institutions down from within, can write with such creative specificity.

    But again, Dostoevsky’s strength remains the predictive quality of his novels. He identified the STRATEGIES THE LEFT would use in the 20th century and their final destinations. Three of these nightmare prophecies stand out:

    1. WAR ON THE FAMILY:

    2. MILITANT ATHEISM: THE WAR ON GOD

    3. GENOCIDE: THE WAR ON MAN

    Great evils like tyrannical monarchies and human slave-trafficking had existed on planet earth since time began, but this devious mixture of both with a calculated and cavalier attitude toward human life startled those in the 19th century like Dostoevsky who first heard the schemes of the original community organizers (and had the good sense to believe that they’d carry out their plans should they ever gain power).

    It’s very difficult for my generation – the current 18 to 35 demographic – to grasp just how much suffering and death and oppression took place in the 20th century. We do not receive a comprehensive version of history in our public schools and institutions of higher education that might shed critical light on ideologies many in academia support. And to be sure, we can’t count on Hollywood and the entertainment industry to pick up any such slack in the culture.

    But this matters. Ideas have consequences. Tens of millions died in the last century because of evil ideas.

    And if an epileptic, compulsive-gambling, ex-convict in Russia 150 years ago could so accurately peer into the murky future to warn us, the least we can do is simply turn around to take in the much clearer view from this side of world history.

    http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2012/12/16/dostoevskys-6-nightmare-prophecies-that-came-true-in-the-20th-century-part-one/

  16. I’m stunned . . .

    My world is toppling . . .

    Bob Beckel has been fired from FOX.

    Gone is the romance that was so sublime

    Its broken but cannot be mended.

    He will go his way I will go mine

    Now that this love dream has ended

    What pray tell will WE do?

    Without the F word?

    Without the digitus imputicus (flipping the bird)

    However all is not lost.

    Andy Weiner has applied for the job

    When they pull his chain

    We can count on him to remain civil.

    In lie of flipping them the bird

    he will drop his drawers

    And show them the real thing

    This will be damned good for ratings.

    http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2015/06/25/bob-beckel-fired-from-fox-news/

  17. According to the pollsters and pundits, this election is basically over. Hillary just has to run out the clock.
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    I don’t need pollsters or pundits to tell me that.

    The democrat advantage is baked into the electoral numbers.

    Furthermore, the flood of money to Hillary guarantees it.

    Finally, once we get past the primary, big media will line up like zombies.

    It now seems likely that she will extend the policies of Obama.

    And the shadow of Dostoevsky will hover over the 21st century.

  18. Dostoevsky’s 6 Nightmare Prophecies

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    Dostoevsky was not just a great writer, he wrote about things that he lived though, just disguised as similar fictional writing.

    He was very political in times that being so were very dangerous. He spent many years in prison for being so, and was before a firing squad, saved at the last second…that does something to a person. Certainly it does not teach ‘respect’ for the state.

  19. One of the few respectable members of Congress, former Senator Dr. Tom Coburn (R-Ok) spent 10 years in Congress trying to rein in the federal government. Last year, he resigned and is leading this organization. Its worth devoting time to. It is a do able proposition since Republicans outside the beltway control 69% of the state legislatures. However, as we see in Louisiana, some of those Republicans are not Republicans–they are RINOs and the need to be buried politically.

    PREAMBLE TO THE CONVENTION OF STATES

    1. The Problem:

    We see four major abuses perpetrated by the federal government.
    These abuses are not mere instances of bad policy. They are driving us towards an age of “soft tyranny” in which the government does not shatter men’s wills but “softens, bends, and guides” them. If we do nothing to halt these abuses, we run the risk of becoming nothing more than “a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.” (Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1840)

    1. The Spending and Debt Crisis

    The $17 trillion national debt is staggering, but it only tells a part of the story. Under standard accounting practices, the federal government owes around $100 trillion more in vested Social Security benefits and other programs. This is why the government cannot tax its way out of debt. Even if it confiscated everything, it would not cover the debt.

    2. The Regulatory Crisis

    The federal bureaucracy has placed a regulatory burden upon businesses that is complex, conflicted, and crushing. Little accountability exists when agencies—rather than Congress—enact the real substance of the law. Research from the American Enterprise Institute shows that since 1949, federal regulations have lowered the real GDP growth by 2% and made America 72% poorer.

    3. Congressional Attacks on State Sovereignty

    For years, Congress has been using federal grants to keep the states under its control. Combining these grants with federal mandates (which are rarely fully funded), Congress has turned state legislatures into their regional agencies rather than respecting them as truly independent republican governments.

    A radical social agenda and an invasion of the rights of the people accompany all of this. While significant efforts have been made to combat this social erosion, these trends defy some of the most important principles.

    4. Federal Takeover of the Decision-Making Process

    The Founders believed that the structures of a limited government would provide the greatest protection of liberty. Not only were there to be checks and balances between the branches of the federal government, power was to be shared between the states and federal government, with the latter only exercising those powers specifically granted in the Constitution.

    Collusion among decision-makers in Washington, D.C., has replaced these checks and balances. The federal judiciary supports Congress and the White House in their ever-escalating attack upon the jurisdiction of the fifty states.

    We need to realize that the structure of decision-making matters. Who decides what the law shall be is as important as what is decided. The protection of liberty requires a strict adherence to the principle that power is limited and delegated.

    Washington, D.C., does not believe this principle, as evidenced by an unbroken practice of expanding the boundaries of federal power. In a remarkably frank admission, the Supreme Court rebuffed a challenge to the federal spending power despite acknowledging that power had grown far beyond the bounds envisioned by the Founders:

    This framework has been sufficiently flexible over the past two centuries to allow for enormous changes in the nature of government. The Federal Government undertakes activities today that would have been unimaginable to the Framers in two senses; first, because the Framers would not have conceived that any government would conduct such activities; and second, because the Framers would not have believed that the Federal Government, rather than the States, would assume such responsibilities. Yet the powers conferred upon the Federal Government by the Constitution were phrased in language broad enough to allow for the expansion of the Federal Government’s role.

    New York v. United States, 505 U.S. 144, 157 (1992).

    What Does this Mean?

    This is not a partisan issue. Washington, D.C., will never voluntarily relinquish meaningful power—no matter who is elected. The only rational conclusion is this: unless some political force outside of Washington, D.C., intervenes, the federal government will continue to bankrupt this nation, embezzle the legitimate authority of the states, and destroy the liberty of the people. Rather than securing the blessings of liberty for future generations, Washington, D.C., is on a path that will enslave our children and grandchildren to the debts of the past.

    The problem is big, but we have a solution.

    Article V gives us a tool to fix the mess in D.C.

    2. The Solution

    We are approaching a crossroads.

    One path leads to the escalating power of an irresponsible centralized government, ultimately resulting in the financial ruin of generations of Americans. The other path leads to the restoration of liberty and an American renaissance.

    The correct path can be found within Article V of the United States Constitution.

    The Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress; provided that no amendment which may be made prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any manner affect the first and fourth clauses in the ninth section of the first article; and that no state, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate.

    – Article V, U.S. Constitution

    Watch the video below:

    https://youtu.be/oVQH0JbwIgA

  20. Admin: I hope you are right. I hope the electorate has not lost its ability to think. But if past is prologue they clearly have. What we have today is a nation of yellow dogs. The inability of roughly half this nation to wrap their brains around Obama’s serious failures in the areas that affect this nation, their willingness to enter the virtual world he has created for them—a world of bitter hatred for this nation—all these symptoms of decline and death are advanced by the political class to protect their own at all cost. My concern, obviously, is that rosy is right, and the country would accept the soft tyranny of the left, and the future of the void. Any attempt to restore balance to the system begs the inevitable question of who wins, but more importantly who loses. The sheer failure to tell the truth, like this 5.4% unemployment rate is calculated to obscure the fact that our economic system is collapsing. The figures do not lie, and eventually mathematics will repudiate the left wing narrative. And we face this problem at the same time that the social compact between government and its citizens is being torn asunder by the very people who were supposed to have be the court of last resort last week. With so many PARASITES attached to the federal government, and can see no real path forward until this corrupt system implodes under its own weight. At that point, the major factions will go to war, and the outcome depends on who wins: the nazis or the communists. Then the genocide will commence. Looking ahead, I for one, see nothing to be optimistic about. I question the sanity and the morality of those who do. The same people who refuse to face the music on Iran, fail to do so with our economy. Problems like this do not ameliorate over time. Sooner or later they produce a Gotterdammerung. The substantial segment of the milenials who would rather be living somewhere else, and do not wish to inherit 20 trillion in debt and over 100 trillion in unfunded liability are just being rational. The clue is the quiet deal that Pelosi and Boehner cut which reduces the Teamster pension benefit from $3000 to $1500/month.
    The only hope we have is this Article 5 strategy. But whose to do it, if it means confronting those who feed at the public trough. They have long fangs, and most people do not have the wealth and staying power that Trump does to smack them in the kisser. It is the nation’s survival not their survival. They are the ones who have lived large and are now expendable in any Hobsian scenario.

  21. FYI…

    Donald is putting on the Miss USA pagent on Reelz TV (as you all know by now he got “dumped” by NBC and left all the contestants and their families stranded…did they give one thought to how hard all those girls worked for and looked forward to this event…not to mention the money they have spent to get there, clothes, travel, etc, etc, etc

    http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/trump-miss-usa-reelz/2015/07/02/id/653212/

    The 54th annual Miss USA pageant will air on Reelz on Sunday, July 12, starting at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, live from Baton Rouge, La.

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    my suggestion, even if you dislike pageants, if you have Reelz TV( I will have to find it) put your tv on it during the show to give them a protest ratings boost for The Donald and ‘free speech’

    ******************************************************************************
    ******************************************************************************

    as opposed to the mayor of NYC, DeBlasio the dope who is trying to censor free speech and put Donald out of business…despite all Donald has done for New York…because De Blasio doesn’t like Donald’s comments

    http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/de-blasio-reviewing-contracts-trump/2015/07/01/id/653149/

    De Blasio: NYC Reviewing Contracts with Donald Trump

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    freaking Democrats are turning into Communists

  22. one last article on this to illustrate how spiteful these people are…and so called judges are being…they wanted to go after Donald for his inelegant wording on a legitamate issue re: our borders and illegal immigration

    none of them gave any thought to these poor girls for who this event is the ‘center of their lives’ at this time…they are young and essentially innocent and have become pawns in a game played by the increasing destructive democratic left and illegal immigration special interests

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    http://touch.sun-sentinel.com/#section/1099/article/p2p-83913777/

    Reelz to broadcast Donald Trump’s Miss USA pageant

  23. I agree S,
    you disagree with the Communist, it’s full metal jacket time.
    I wonder if he realized how they would come at him?
    I sure hope he’s really in it for the long haul after all of this.
    As#wipes…

  24. S

    July 2, 2015 at 9:47 am

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    freaking Democrats are turning into Communists

    ______________________________________________________________

    TURNING? Since the masks fell while ramming Obamacare down our collective throats, it’s been pretty apparent that’s who they are. If you thought otherwise, you haven’t been paying attention.

  25. freaking Democrats are turning into Communists

    ——
    Correction, the congress and Supreme’s are too lazy to work together to fix the damage that is being done by Obamacrats.

    All of them are the ones that keep their high paid jobs, while doing nothing but scratching each others back and ass. Rethugs are no better than the Obamacrats.

    Trump is the only one that is willing and has his own money to expose all the backroom deals going on. If it weren’t for him…we would have no one telling the freakin’ truth to the public.

  26. I am tired of Hillary keeping quiet…it’s July now Hillary…put on that orange pantsuit and start fighting like a woman for the American public!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. If a Republican mayor or one of any party other than Democrat announced plans to terminate contracts with businesses owned by members of opposing parties they would be crucified in far left media. I wager that nothing will be said about DeBlasio’s plans regarding Trump owned businesses.

    The people of NYC did themselves a great disservice when they elected this small minded, racist, cretin of a mayor.

  28. I hear you Blow…thought it would be a good time to emphasize how it continues and how bad…really bad…it is becoming…

  29. I am not worried for Donald.

    He reads them the same way I do which is the same way Guderian read the Marginot Line.

    They are predictable to a fault.

    His lawsuit against Univision will have a deterrent effect on other potential foes.

    The position is very strong—a straightforward breach of contract case, and-

    $500 billion in damages, plus attorney fees, is a lot of money.

    How ironic that Unvision who sought to attack Donald

    Will end up financing his campaign

    Hey Univsion, life’s a bitch when you are stupid.

    In addition, his counterattack to boycott on Macie’s and NBC

    Will cost them more than he loses selling a few shirts and ties.

    And the wrath of De Blazio?

    Is that supposed to mean something?

    After his dissing of the cops and the cop killings.

    It would not take much to get the police going.

    Ya know, its always good to have a good general.

    But it is even better when you have an adversary

    Who is stupid, predictable and vulnerable.

    The only other thing you need is a will to counter attack.

    The RINO has no stomach for a fight.

    Donald lives for it.

  30. I get no kick from cocaine
    I’m sure that if
    I took only one sniff
    It would bore me terrifically too

    ———-
    Or–when you have a big ego, a fortune, celebrity status and passion to save the country, a frontal attack on a weak opponent like big media is an intriguing challenge, and a good way to escape ennui. But sooner or later they will muster a credible defense, so before they can regroup, you must start to present a coherent set of policies, so you can leave them in the dust when all they want to do is talk politics, and ask silly questions like: do you wish you had not said X? Then you can say things like, the country is not interested in the punch and judy routine of people like you. You live in the beltway. The country is beyond your geography, your span of interest, and if you have not looked at the numbers lately your credibility with the American People is rock bottom.

  31. it’s July now Hillary…put on that orange pantsuit

    You had me for a minute. I had to do a double-take. The right-wing blogs are always calling for Hillary in an orange jumpsuit. Orange prison jumpsuit…. 🙂 I think that’s a little harsh, myself. There’s no proof that she’s ever broken the law…

  32. Obviously, hwc, you weren’t around in 2008 to see Hillary in her orange pantsuit. We remember it well.

  33. Google says she wore an orange pantsuit for the Greek columns Democrat convention. I must confess that I did not watch one minute of that historic event.

  34. Southern Born
    July 2, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Obviously, hwc, you weren’t around in 2008 to see Hillary in her orange pantsuit. We remember it well.

    ———-
    Yes Southern, the toll must have been sleeping during those days. He has now smoked the hopium of the Cruz dens and posts all that crap here, as if…

  35. Replace King George with “The Preznit”:

    When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. —

    Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

    He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

    He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

    He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

    He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

    He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

    He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

    He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.

    He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.

    He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

    He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.

    He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislature.

    He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to civil power.

    He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:
    • For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
    • For protecting them, by mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states:
    •For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world:
    • For imposing taxes on us without our consent:
    • For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury:
    • For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offenses:
    • For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule in these colonies:
    • For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments:
    • For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

    He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us.

    He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

    He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation.

    He has constrained our fellow citizens taken captive on the high seas to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.

    He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
    In Jefferson’s draft there is a part on slavery here

    In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

    Nor have we been wanting in attention to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.

    We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

  36. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jul/1/joe-biden-likely-to-join-2016-white-house-race-nex/

    Vice President Joseph R. Biden’s team is putting out the word that he is leaning in favor of joining the presidential race next month, according to a prominent Democratic fundraiser.

    The veep’s entrance would dramatically shake up the Democratic contest, confronting front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton with a formidable opponent who is equally well-known across the country and poised to tap a network of major donors.

    “They have given increasingly strong signals that Biden is going to throw his hat in the ring,” said New York businessman Jon Cooper, a top bundler for President Obama’s 2012 campaign who has been testing the waters with fellow bundlers for a Biden run.

    “I’m as confident as I can be that he will be entering the race,” he said. [snip]

    He said many of Mr. Obama’s bundlers, including himself, couldn’t get excited about Mrs. Clinton’s campaign, with some resigned to sitting out the presidential race next year and others eagerly searching for an alternative candidate who inspires them.

    Mr. Biden would fit the bill easily, he said.

    “It was almost a diametrically opposed reaction than to Hillary. With Hillary, no excitement, they couldn’t get enthusiastic about her for whatever reason,” said Mr. Cooper. “But when I mentioned that maybe Biden was going to enter the race, there was palpable excitement.

  37. admin

    July 2, 2015 at 4:39 pm

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    O and his peeps are out to screw Hillary…and she and Bill have opened the door and welcomed them in to do so…

    does she not realize she has let so many traitors infiltrate her campaign…

  38. Obots couldn’t get excited about Hillary so they want Joe to run, which will bring palpable excitement.

    Really?

    Excitement on Joe based on what?

    – Joe is easier to control than Hillary???

    – Because it’s such a great time for Joe now that he has just lost his son to brain cancer?

    – Because Joe is not a woman???

  39. Joe is blandly more ‘exciting’ than Beanie Sandman…Zzzzz….at least Joe’s gaffs are sometimes entertaining.

  40. S

    Hillary has been near silent, as Admin advised until July…now Hillary needs to lock and load and go to war, not pamper the kooks that will never like her. She can attack the GOP candidates mainly, but she has to break away from the obvious mistakes and corruption of Obama.

    I’ve given her the time she needs, now I want to see her come out and show how much better she is than Obama ever could be.

    COME ON Hillary!!!!!

  41. This was tied up in the courts for all these years…

    BP to Pay $18.7 Billion for Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

    NEW ORLEANS — The federal government and the Gulf Coast states have reached a tentative deal with the British oil company BP for it to pay about $18.7 billion, the largest environmental settlement in American history, to compensate for damages from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, federal, state and company officials said Thursday.

    An American BP subsidiary, BP Exploration and Production, will pay at least $7.1 billion, and possibly more, to the federal government and the states of Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas and Florida, for damage to natural resources; $5.5 billion in penalties to the federal government for violation of the Clean Water Act; $4.9 billion to the states to compensate for harm to their economies; and up to $1 billion to more than 400 local governments.

    “This is a landmark settlement,” Gov. Robert Bentley of Alabama said at a news conference in Montgomery. “It is designed to compensate the state for all the damages, both environmental and economic.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/03/us/bp-to-pay-gulf-coast-states-18-7-billion-for-deepwater-horizon-oil-spill.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

  42. Shadowfax, Hillary should remain silent, more so than she has been. Her problem is not words or lack of words. Her problem is strategy. Rosie Scenario is wrong.

    Bernie Sanders just filled up a 10,000 stadium in Madison. These people will never vote for Hillary. Hillary needs to stop chasing them and pandering to these kooks.

    Hillary should have started her campaign in Kentucky and all the states she got 40 point margins over Obama in 2008. If Hillary showed strength with working class whites that would be a message of great power. Instead she chases kooks and the kooks reject her – a lurid display of weakness.

    http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2015/07/01/massive-crowd-bernie-sanders-rally-fills-10000-seat-stadium-in-madison-wisconsin/

  43. I, for one, and rooting for a Greek Revolt. Here is why it works so well:

    http://davidstockmanscontracorner.com/good-on-you-greece-but-dont-waver-now-part-2/

    Yesterday the embattled Greeks delivered still more body blows to the rotten regime of Keynesian central banking and the crony capitalist bailout state to which it is conjoined. By defaulting on its IMF loan, walking away from the troika bailout program and taking control of its insolvent domestic banking system, Alexis Tsipras and his band of political outlaws have shattered a giant illusion.

    Namely, that the world’s debt serfs will endlessly and meekly acquiesce to whatever onerous, eleventh hour arrangements might be concocted by their official paymasters——even when these expedients are for no more noble or sustainable purpose than to forestall a Monday moring hissy fit among the gamblers in the world’s financial casinos.

    So at midnight on June 30 the proverbial can was not kicked again as scheduled. Instead, Greek democracy kicked back. And it is to be hoped that the end result will be a mighty boot to the tyranny of the status quo in the form of a resounding “no” vote on Sunday.

    The latter would clarify that everything at issue between the parties is false. There is no way to pay Greece’s debts, modify the troika austerity plan, save the euro, rescue Greece’ banking system or stabilize Europe’s hideously mispriced and distorted debt markets.

    Its all going to blow and it should. The entire European mess has been concocted by statist politicians and policy apparatchiks who falsely and arrogantly believe they can defy the laws of markets, sound money and fiscal rectitude indefinitely…

  44. Hillary should have started her campaign in Kentucky and all the states she got 40 point margins over Obama in 2008. If Hillary showed strength with working class whites that would be a message of great power. Instead she chases kooks and the kooks reject her – a lurid display of weakness.

    The problem with that strategy is that those white working class voters in the southern and border states are gone for the Dems. Obama kicked them out. I don’t know if Hillary could get them, even if she tried (which she obviously has no intention of doing…).

    Gone. And, nothing’s gonna bring ’em back…

  45. I laugh at all of the pearl clutching and clucking from the media about Trump and the state of the Republican race, but, looking at it objectively, I can’t imagine that Dem strategists can be terribly happy with the dynamics of their race. Clinton has the nomination inevitably wrapped up, but the dynamics of the party result in a nomination process that kills enthusiasm for her candidacy.

    The real fun starts when her campaign starts dropping thermonuclear bombs on Bernie Sander’s head….

  46. admin
    July 2, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    Shadowfax, Hillary should remain silent, more so than she has been. Her problem is not words or lack of words. Her problem is strategy. Rosie Scenario is wrong.


    I agree that letting ObamaBoyz run her campaign is wrong Admin…when should she start talking? She just seems to be collecting money and paying along with the Dims.

  47. Here is a hypothetical scenario.

    1. The Republicans nominate a RINO (and continue trashing conservatives)

    2. Hillary wins the nomination (O’Malley pledges his support, Sanders condemns it, and Webb runs as an independent).

    3. 30% of the Republican base stays home (because they have no use for a lying RINO–fool me twice–shame on me.)

    4. Hillary wins the election. (a landslide and a pledge to carry on where her predecessor left off)

    5. Hillary doubles down on Obama’s policies.

    6. The conservatives break away from the Republican Party–since the RINO will not fight.

    7. The conservatives conclude that they cannot win a national election.

    8. Therefore, conservatives pursue an Article 5 remedy.

    9. The purpose of which is to limit the power of the federal government.

    (Note: this is more likely than it sounds.)

  48. Ouch. That will leave a mark.

    Just read the chapter of Cruz’ book about his unlikely win over Lt. Gov David Dewhurst for the Senate seat from Texas. A pivotal moment was in the third debate. Cruz talked about his father, the immigrant who fled Cuba to come to the US and then described a Dewhurst mailer his father had received a few days earlier. He pulled the mailer from his pocket and described the front of the mailer — a picture of Dewhurst in front of American flag — before flipping it over to the back — a picture of Cruz in front of a Chinese flag. He then expressed his disappointment in such negative attack tactics.

    Dewhurst tried to defend himself and walked into a buzz saw.

    Debate clip

    Ouch.

  49. Shadowfax
    July 2, 2015 at 7:24 pm
    ————————

    Hillary went all out in 2008 and won the nomination only to have the rules changed. All she has to do is navigate the boobery and treachery of Barack Obama. Less said the better. It is a long time until the election.

  50. She definitely she hit Orlando and other areas outside South Florida…she has the vote locked up here. On the other hand, the big money is here Miami, Boca Raton, and Palm Beach…

  51. Hillary should have started her campaign in Kentucky and all the states she got 40 point margins over Obama in 2008. If Hillary showed strength with working class whites that would be a message of great power. Instead she chases kooks and the kooks reject her – a lurid display of weakness.
    ———-
    That would have been the smart thing to have done.

    It would have played to her strength.

    And it would have helped with the general election.

    Instead she is following the Obama playbook.

    Which raises two problems.

    First, Obama is no longer well liked.

    Second, even if he was, she is not Obama.

  52. u4PUMA
    July 2, 2015 at 6:32 pm
    Joe Biden has had several brain aneurysms.
    ———Did he have them BEFORE he entered politics?

  53. admin and wbboei:

    Do you really think Hillary could target an appeal to working white voters without completely kissing goodby to the Obama coalition lefties (blacks, hispanics, and limousine liberals)? She tried that in 2008. Eight years later, with the party taking a major lurch to the left? I don’t know…

    I’m not sure that she has any choice but to pander to the left.

    It’s not like the Republican party where the Washington cartel establishment types want a go-along-to-get-along centrist. The Washington cartel establishment types in the Dem part are Obama, Valerie Jarrett, Eric Holder, Harry Reid, Patty Murray, James Clyburn, Nanci Pelosi….

  54. She cannot get out the African American and younger voters like Obama did, but may not need it if she can appeal to the middle class who despite the jobs report have never really recovered and are working more for less.

  55. But, can she get the nomination if she appeals to the middle class? Doesn’t that just leave the door wide open for a Bernie Sanders, or Liz Warren, or Eric Holder, or any other lefty?

    I mean, who is voting in Dem primaries and caucuses now? There aren’t any blue dog democrats left (except for maybe Joe Manchin and even W Virginia has flipped Republican).

    As it is, she’s pandering to the left as hard as she possibly can and Bernie Sanders is drawing 10,000 people in Madison.

  56. NBC GUSHES: 223K JOBS ADDED IN JUNE! UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FALLS TO 5.3%!! ANOTHER MILESTONE FOR OBAMA

    NBC NEGLECT TO MENTION: 432K LEFT WORKFORCE IN JUNE! APRIL MAY REVISED 60K DOWNWARD!! DURABLE GOOD NEGATIVE IN MAY!!! NOT OBAMA FAULT.

    Some things never change—lying and errors of omission by big media.

  57. I just made a $25 contribution to Dr. Carson. He is a man of high moral character. I trust him. I have made too many arguments about who is the most qualified. They fall on deaf ears. Carson has high morals, and he will attract that sort of people in his campaign. So I have a Cruz hat, a Carson bumper sticker and if neither of them is nominated, then I will vote for Hillary on the assumption that the states will call a Constitutional Convention to take power back from a tyrannical and oppressive federal government. You have got to admit that is novel. Maybe a little schizophrenic too. But fresh from his latest assault on the Constitution, Roberts is in his usual trance, and this time he is finding in his heart compassion for people like me, in some drug induced Article 9 penumbra between his ears. Personally, I think he is mad as a hatter.

  58. Univision’s owner gave $2 million to Hillary’s PAC.
    Univision cut their ties to Donald Trump this week.
    Univision interviewed (actually debated) Ted Cruz today.

  59. I like Carson as a person, brilliant surgeon, kind, gentle, but he runs a terrible campaign…he’ll never make it. He is also too passive. I don’t think he has the gravitas to negotiate with Putin, Iran, etc…politically naive.

  60. Ted is arguing with a closed minded individual who is a miasma of left wing talking points, and cannot mentally process anything Ted is saying. This guy Jorge or whatever his name is deserves the Vaudeville hook. He is nothing short of pathetic.

  61. “I like Carson as a person, brilliant surgeon, kind, gentle, but he runs a terrible campaign…he’ll never make it. He is also too passive. I don’t think he has the gravitas to negotiate with Putin, Iran, etc…politically naive.”
    ______________

    Yes, indeed.

  62. I like Carson as a person, brilliant surgeon, kind, gentle, but he runs a terrible campaign…he’ll never make it. He is also too passive. I don’t think he has the gravitas to negotiate with Putin, Iran, etc…politically naive.
    ————-
    Maybe I am so sick of career politicians at this point that that is all I am looking for. People who cannot tell the truth.

  63. This guy Jorge is a SINGLE INTEREST PUNDIT.

    THE ONLY THING HE GIVES A RATS ASS ABOUT IS ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.

    And, naturally, he wants more of it.

    He is willing to sink the ship and cast aside the law to get it.

    The other thing is, he comes across to me at least, as pretty stupid.

    Muy estupido.

  64. I will tell you what it is with this guy Jorge that really grates on me, besides his superficiality.

    I think he is more loyal to Mexico than to the United States.

    His loyalty to America and to the rule of law is non existent.

    He obsesses over illegal immigration, when if he were legitimate, he would be focused on legal immigaration.

    He has zero respect for our laws, our sovereignty or our status as a nation.

    I do not think he is a legitimate voice.

  65. Wbb

    Carson revealed himself to be another RINO when he spoke about health care advocating for Health Savings accounts. My Dad was a surgeon and he warned against these plans from the beginning. There are just schemes to keep people from going to doctors unless they pay, pay, pay. We were forced into one of these plans by my husband’s former employer. Our premium was about $10,000 per year and our deductible was first $5,000 and then $10,000 per year. We spent 15,000 and 20,000 with just primarily routine issues. How many families can afford to expend that cash on healthcare each year? Combined with almost 0 interest rates, we have seen our financial picture for retirement scuttled.
    At this point I don’t want to see hillary win. We need a president who will end illegal immigration, and end Obamacare. I want a universal not for profit insurance but that is not happening anytime soon thanks to Obamcare.

    Check out the latest from Numbers USA. Prepare for the next planned assault on our southern border of young illegal immigrants who we are all assuming the costs for. My school district received some of these students and I’m sure we will receive more due to the large numbers of illegal families here already.
    We are being faced with building a multi million dollar school expansion for all the illegals. Our school taxes have already doubled and this next wave should drive some of us out of our homes.

  66. You guys are giving Jorge too much credit. He makes no pretense of being a journalist or conducting an interview in the traditional sense of the word. He and his network are Democratic campaign operatives. His boss is one of the two biggest donors to the Clinton PAC.

    This is a political debate between Cruz and a high profile Clinton surrogate. Cruz knows that. I think he acquits himself rather well. He is dogged when it comes to staying message.

    Here is Ted Cruz laying out exactly what he thinks of the media yesterday:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqeDY9OZKQo

    After a young staffer told Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz how “nice” a member of the media is, Cruz said he actually stopped the young man with a harsh reminder about the intentions of most reporters.

    “I actually stopped him and I said, ‘You know what? No, she’s not [nice]. She wants to destroy you. Nothing would make her happier than to take your life and filet you on the front pages. And don’t think for a minute that because she smiles and is friendly to you, that it’s anything else,’” Cruz said, sharing the story on The Glenn Beck Program.

  67. Correction. Jorge’s boss, the owner of Univision is the LARGEST contributor to Hillary’s SuperPAC. He gave $2 million. Soros gave $1 million, but to the David Brock attack ad PAC, not Hillary’s SuperPAC.

    In simple terms, this was the Democrat’s largest campaign contributor attacking a Republican presidential candidate. The specific goal was to get video of the Republican candidate saying something that can be used against him in a campaign ad such as:

    Yes, I want to deport 6 year old kids.

    Or, yes, I would stop loving my daughter if she were gay.

    Or pivoting from Jorge’s attempt to get Cruz to say he’s a bigot to the left’s silencing of two gay men hosting a fundraiser for Cruz.

    Or pivoting from immigration to questions about why Univision doesn’t run stories about the effect of the Obama economic policies on the Latino and Hispanic communities across the country?

    Good Republican candidates need the discipline to not give them the soundbite and the skill to turn the questions into opportunities to stay on message, such as the brilliant question to Jorge, “What would Mexico do if an American illegally crossed the border?” Or, asking Jorge if he thinks Obama really wanted to take positive steps to address the immigration issue and, if so, why didn’t he when he had control of both hosues of Congress? Cruz is very good at framing the debate to his advantage.

  68. …thought about this whole Donald Trump controversary last night…

    everyone knows Donald is bombastic and blunt and likes to shock…

    unfortunately he blurted out the words “mexicans and rapists” in the same phrase while he was going off script…

    …imo…what Donald was trying to say…was that ‘our whole country is being raped’

    that is the essence of his message…that everyone…China, Mexico, etc…former and current trade deals…Ocare…and the upcoming version of Ocare 2016…are all working against the common good of the USA and our citizens…for so many reasons…we are getting ripped off, our jobs are leaving us…etc, etc, etc

    Donald is smart…he has a highly educated family, emphasis top daughter, and many smart people/consultants in his inner circle…

    He does not need to double down on a poorly phrased comment…he needs to broaden and explain the bigger picture of what he meant…

    …he is doing that a bit…but he has to be stronger and provided with better research…rather than let the celebrities, all these companies an opening to go after him…

    he needs clearer and better prep of his facts and when stating them put all these people going after him on the defense…or left speechless…as he has done when a few of them are trying to pigeon hole him…

    so…it is ‘our country that is being raped’…and as he asked recently in response to Don Lemon…“who is doing the raping?”

    and then he can hit back full throttle with the bottom line answers…

    he should be cognizant that the media is going to pound him…and beat them at their game…not create self imposed errors that side line his message…

    …don’t get me wrong…I think Donald is speaking truth to power…he needs some self editing to his own advantage … don’t give them a throw away line that is not necessary…

  69. S

    July 2, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    https://www.yahoo.com/politics/former-virginia-sen-jim-webb-announces-candidacy-123048280886.html

    *****************************************************************

    as far as my comment above about Jim Webb…

    …first, in reference to Biden being exciting…Webb just announced yesterday evidently by email…hardly more exciting than Biden who now some insiders are hailing as needed because he is most exciting than their perception of lackluster Hillary…

    my point is…if Webb is “in” he is a ‘centrist/moderate’

    and as time goes on and the campaign goes into full swing down the road…perhaps the presence of Webb will keep Hillary’s leftist strategy in check as some of her recent comments thus far sound ludicrous…

  70. It’s the WORKFORCE PARTICIPATION, dummy! ObamaWhoppers:

    http://davidstockmanscontracorner.com/barrack-obama-tells-another-whopper-he-did-not-create-12-8-million-jobs/

    There is no mystery as to how the White House and Wall Street celebrate year after year of “jobs growth” when the long-term trend of full-time, family-supporting employment levels is heading south. Its called “trickle-down economics”, and not of the good kind, either.

    What is happening is that the Keynesian money printers at the Fed are fueling serial financial bubbles. This generates a temporary lift in the discretionary incomes of the top 10% of households, which own 85% of the financial assets, and the next 10-20% which feed off the their winnings. Accordingly, the leisure and hospitality sectors boom, creating a lot of job slots for bar tenders, waiters, bellhops, etc.

    I call this the “bread and circuses economy”, but it has two problems. Most of these slots generate only about 26 hours per week and $14 per hour. That’s about $19,000 on an annual basis, and means these slots constitute 40% jobs compared to the breadwinner category at about $50,000 per year. Besides that, a soon as the financial bubble goes bust, these jobs quickly disappear.

  71. imo…what Donald was trying to say…was that ‘our whole country is being raped’

    No. He was talking about rapists coming across the border. He tried to clean up the mess the following day by assuring all that some of his best friends are Mexican… 🙂

    Trump is appealing to anti-Mexican xenophobic prejudices. There are pluses and minuses to that kind of appeal.

  72. foxyladi14
    July 3, 2015 at 4:41 pm
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    A fine rendition of this patriotic song.

    Unfortunately, these fine young people are today’s counter culture.

    The dominant culture is sewer culture of the sewer rats of big media.

    Caveat: this comparison is not intended to violate the nostrums of political correctness or to impugn, disparage or offend the rodent population, which is growing, but not nearly as fast as the the human rats of the left, or the ignorance of the American People.

  73. Florida has 29 electoral votes. Rosie Scenario, fresh from Common Core math courses, takes several hours to figure out what this means. Common Core failures that we are we will summarize: 247 + 29 = 276.
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    Admin: Very nice.

  74. …just wondering how many Mexicans our resident troll has actually employed…as in given real jobs with a paycheck to…as compared to Donald Trump…in the real world…

    just saying…not even worth responding to such flip, imo…worthless comments…

  75. shadow…so agree…

    my heart breaks for the family of that young woamn…heaven knows how many more there are but the media never reports because it is not politically correct to acknowledge illegals who murder innocent americans…

    pisses me off big time…innocent white lives don’t matter

  76. …someone should do a rendition and compilation of all the innocent Americans who have been murdered…and yes, raped by illegals…and have essentially gone unreported by our so called exhalted media…and tag it ‘all innocent lives matter’

    if it must be Trump…then so be it…

    there is probably a sad list to start with at the Texas borders…and then head west towards Arizona and then on to California…

    so fed up with this BS…

  77. finally some clearer heads are prevailing and beginning to speak up…

    this issue is much larger than a few insensitive and inelegant remarks Donald Trump made…this is about all Americans having access to freedom of speech…not to mention those two people who just got fined over $100,000 because they would not bake a cake…

    what is happening to our country???

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3147942/Woman-randomly-shot-death-popular-San-Francisco-pier.html

    snip

    Thursday, de Blasio shot back, saying “Donald Trump’s remarks were disgusting and offensive, and this hateful language has no place in our city.”

    But his press secretary went a step further, saying the city was reviewing all of Trump’s contracts. Now civil liberties advocates are striking back at the mayor’s proposed action, which Dershowitz said was “plainly unconstitutional.”

    They point to a landmark 1996 Supreme Court ruling that overwhelmingly declared it was unconstitutional to tie governmental contracts to a person’s beliefs.

    “The city says, ‘We don’t want to renew it because we don’t like your speech.’ That would presumptively violate the First Amendment,” noted UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh in a DCNF interview. “The statement by the Mayor is a real danger to public debate,” he said, charging it would set dubious precedent for all city contractors, big and small.

    **********************************

    so…now all of us have to bite our lips and be afraid to speak and express our opinions…less we offend DeBlasio and the far left looney control freaks…

    back off…

  78. I am not a legal scholar but it sounds like all these companies dropping Trump would eventually have little or no case in a court of law…

    i’d like to see Trump sue the pants off of all of them…others have said much worse and no one blinks an eye…go after Sharpton, Farrahan, people who call for killing…actually killing of others…

  79. 36,007 illegal immigrants — processed for deportation though freed
    while awaiting disposition of their cases under Obama & his
    administration.

    The revelations by the Center for Immigration Studies,
    which obtained an internal Department of Homeland Security document, showed that the 36,007 criminal aliens carried out 87,818 crimes including 193 murders, 426 sexual assaults, 303 kidnappings, and 1,075 aggravated assaults. They also generated more than 15,000 drunk driving convictions.
    ******************************

    what does Eva Longoria have to say about that?

    as long as it is not your daughter, your mother, your son, your boyfriend…then those ‘innocent lives don’t matter’

  80. From living in NY metro area so long, I had a recollection of Donald Trump rescuing NYC from itself over their magnificent skating rink. Here, from Wikipedia:

    Wollman Rink is a public ice rink in the southern part of Central Park, Manhattan, New York City. The rink was opened in 1949 with funds donated by Kate Wollman (December 5, 1869 – October 15, 1955) who donated $600,000 for the rink to commemorate her entire family from Leavenworth, Kansas. Kate’s brother was William J. Wollman who operated the W.J. Wollman & Co. stock exchange firm originally in Kansas City and later in New York…
    For many years the rink was the venue for a series of outdoor summer rock, pop, country and jazz concerts. Then it was known as The Wollman Theater or “The Wollman Skating Rink Theater”…
    Wollman Rink no longer hosts concerts, but in the summer it contains the Victorian Gardens Amusement Park. Wollman Rink has been featured in several movies, including Love Story and Serendipity.
    The rink was closed in 1980 for an announced 2 1/2 years of renovations. When the problem-plagued work was not completed by the city by 1986, Donald Trump persuaded Mayor Ed Koch to let him complete the work and he completed the renovations in three months to have it open by the end of the year. Koch initially objected to Trump’s proposal when Trump offered to pay for the renovations himself with the stipulation that he be allowed to run the venue and an adjacent restaurant and use the profits to recoup his costs. Public pressure prompted Mayor Koch to reverse his position.

    Wollman Rink is currently operated by the Trump organization, and is today known as the Trump Skating Rink. Donald Trump operated the rink from 1987 to 1991. From 1991 to 2001 George Makkos from The Makkos Organization of M&T Pretzel, operated Wollman Rink. Since 2001, Wollman Rink has been operated by a joint venture between Trump Organization and Rink Management Services of Mechanicsville, Virginia. The Trump name is prominently displayed on the walls of the rink as well as on the Zamboni that maintains the rink. Operation of the Lasker Rink on the north edge of Central Park is also handled by the group….
    http//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wollman_Rink

  81. I hate “Sanctuary Cities”, this is America and they are in fact unconstitutional and flaunt their disrespect to our rule of government. Austin is such a city, I hate it. I bet, since he was in Texas and let go, it was probably Austin, though I am sure their are other such cities in Texas.
    They should all be sued and elected officials all jailed.They are complicit in all these crimes, including murder…
    How senseless, what a shame…

  82. In the 1950’s, Henry Ford II and Walter Reuther, long time head of the UAW were touring a Ford automobile factory in Detroit, and Ford pointed out some robots which had been introduced into their assembly line—primitive in terms of what exist today. Ford turned to Reuther, and told him, well, there you have it Walter, the future, staring you right in the eyes . . . so tell me Walter, how are you going to get those robots to pay union dues? Reuther replied, well Henry, off the top of my head, I don’t know. But I have got an even better question for you Henry: how are you going to get those robots to buy automobiles? And in this case, are we prepared to extend Miranda rights to the robot in this case, if the murder of which he stands accused happened in this country. If you ask that delusional fool, that rapist of the Constitution, Roberts, you can be certain the answer would be yes.

  83. hwc
    July 4, 2015 at 2:54 am
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    He is brilliant.

    Today, on the Fourth of July, I will be wearing my Ted Cruz hat. He is the ONLY candidate who stands up for the Constitution. That to me is the litmus test of a conservative. There is no other test.

    Little Chuck Todd is miffed because Trump mentioned him by name in one of his speeches as an example of what is wrong with Washington. Ergo, when Ted calls down that same parasite that is killing the host, namely the Washington cartel, Todd gets very defensive.

    They realize that Cruz will be much harder for them to fight than Sarah was. Couric got flummoxed according to Mrs. Smith.

  84. amazing how the woman I once supported and admired, I now disagree with on every issue.
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    HANOVER, N.H. (AP) —Hillary Rodham Clinton warned New Hampshire voters Friday that if the country elects a Republican president, the next administration would repeal President Barack Obama’s care overhaul and undermine policies helping large numbers of Americans.

    The Democratic presidential front-runner presented herself as a candidate of continuity from Obama and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, praising the Supreme Court’s recent ruling upholding health care subsidies under the overhaul. She said past Republican administrations had left incoming Democrats with economic headaches.

    “Let’s break that and have a Democratic president to continue the policies that actually work for the vast majority of Americans,” Clinton said. She said that at the end of her husband’s two terms, the economy had generated 22 million jobs, a balanced budget and “a surplus that would have paid off our national debt if it had not been rudely interrupted by the next administration.”

    Addressing about 850 people on a sun-dappled kickoff to the Fourth of July weekend, Clinton said bluntly that if the nation sends a Republican to the White House, “they will repeal the Affordable Care Act. That is as certain as I can say.”

  85. Tony Stark
    July 4, 2015 at 1:23 am
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    Trolls – Overblown sense of entitlement.

  86. alcina
    July 4, 2015 at 9:37 am
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    It is a long time until election day. Keep listening. At least she is referring to the Clinton record of success instead of Obola’s fail policies.

    She is not going to support repealing Obamacare. Even if she hates it, she is not going to support repeal. The law does address the issue of pre-existing conditions and does extend the age of coverage for “children”. The general problem with the law is that:

    Money Paid In = Services Paid Out + Corporate Profits

    and the Corporate Profits are excessive. The Corporations would never have allowed it to pass, if it had not been so.

    I think the message behind referring to the Clinton record for success, in connection with this law, is that she intends to “fix” it so that it is, affordable healthcare.

  87. alcina

    Clinton said bluntly that if the nation sends a Republican to the White House, “they will repeal the Affordable Care Act. That is as certain as I can say.”
    ____________________________________________________________________

    She’s more hopeful than I am.

  88. Lu4PUMA

    July 4, 2015 at 10:02 am

    I think the message behind referring to the Clinton record for success, in connection with this law, is that she intends to “fix” it so that it is, affordable healthcare.
    ___________________________________________________________________

    There is no way to “fix” it. It’s not healthcare – it’s expensive, largely useless, insurance. There is NO WAY to put a layer of bureaucracy between insurance AND health care, which government administrators must be paid for with taxes, AND make it less expensive. It defies basic principles of economics. Eliminate the insurer, then you have the huge inefficiency of Government making the decisions the insurer formerly made. What is anyone’s experience with government workers? They’re unmotivated and unaccountable. Anyone doubt that availability and coverages will be subject to political whim in such an arrangement, on both a local and national level? Government has no business in healthcare. It is a STUPID and unworkable idea.

  89. Ha. It’s not just Chuck Todd that Cruz has needled. Love this story of his needling Andrea Mitchell. Context here is the debt ceiling government shutdown where the Washington cartel argues that horrendous things would happen if we defaulted on our debt. That’s a false argument because the govt takes in $200 billion a month and the debt service is only $40 billion. So if we never increased the debt ceiling again, there would always be enough revenue to pay the debt service. You would just have to cut other spending. Default is a red herring. Cruz debated this with Schumer on a Sunday show:

    A few days before the dinner I had appeared in a debate of sorts on Meet the Press with New York’s senior senator, Chuck Schumer, one of the most partisan, quotable, and effective politicians on the Democratic side, discussing the administration’s effort to raise the debt ceiling. Schumer took issue with Republicans like me who were urging that the Congress take action on spending restraints before voting again to increase our ever-growing federal debt. He argued that it would be terrible to risk the full faith and credit of the U.S. economy by, as he put it, holding the debt limit increase “hostage.”

    In the course of our discussion, I turned to Senator Schumer and said happily that we had found an “area of substantial agreement.” We should never risk the full faith and credit of the United States. Then, right there in front of moderator David Gregory, I offered him a deal. I said he could sign on as a cosponsor of legislation that would effectively remove the issue from the table. He could, I urged, support a bill saying that regardless of what happened on the debt ceiling vote, the United States would always, always, always pay its debt. We could make bipartisan news; together we could permanently guarantee to our creditors that we would never default on our bills.

    “I support the concept,” Schumer replied haltingly, somewhat flummoxed. To date, he has not signed on to the bill. Nor is he likely to. What he hid from viewers was the fact that Democrats weren’t really interested in protecting America’s obligation to its creditors as much as they wanted to keep spending on programs to please their constituencies without any limits or reductions.

    Cruz, Ted (2015-06-30). A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America. HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.

    Apparently, Andrea Mitchell was shocked at the disrespect Cruz showed to a man of Chuck Schumer’s stature, integrity, and propensity towards easy bruising:

    After my appearance, Mitchell had gone on the MSNBC program Morning Joe to say she was “shocked”— shocked— that I dared confront Schumer. Indeed, she was offended. As she herself later explained, she was not offended that Democrats like Schumer were proposing raising more taxes—“ raising revenues” was Schumer’s preferred D.C. lingo— on struggling Americans. Nor was she offended that we were doing nothing serious to tackle the debt we were handing to our kids and grandkids. Or that I had made a point against Schumer that he struggled to counter. No, she was offended because she believed I’d violated the Washington rules of decorum. My offer to join together on legislation preventing a default was, she declared, “rude” to poor Chuck Schumer— a man who doesn’t strike anyone as easy to bruise verbally.

    So at the Alfalfa Club dinner, as she stood next to her husband, Greenspan, I approached the legendary Andrea Mitchell with a smile. “I have to say, you shock quite easily,” I said to her.

    She looked baffled. It was clear she had no clue what I was talking about. I suppose hers were just words to fit a time slot— an easy slight against a Republican on a liberal news network— and so didn’t merit her recollection. But in fact she did remember. Many months later, to buttress her claim that the “Meet the Press” exchange had been “shocking” and “rude,” she noted that Schumer had engaged in the usual banal niceties during the segment, calling me “the gentleman from Texas” and “my friend, Ted” even though he didn’t know me at all. Most freshman senators, she pointed out correctly, are preoccupied with “making friends” and “going along” with the crowd. I didn’t do that, which is supposedly what made me “rude.”

    Cruz, Ted (2015-06-30). A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America. HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.

  90. Ted Cruz is a phoney and you can tell by the narcissism and overblown sense of entitlement of the trolls that are pushing him on people who do not want him.

  91. Troll, stop posting in Admin’s PINK box, it is annoying as Hell and doesn’t make us read your posts!

  92. Shadowfax
    July 4, 2015 at 12:14 pm
    Happy 4th of July to Admin and Big Pinkers.

    God bless America.
    —–
    Amen Shadow.

    I hope Hillary uses this time to reflect on the history of this great nation, and that the path back to sanity is with the traditional democratic coalition and the constitution. I would like to support her again.

    The thing that I never realized until yesterday was the depths of the fears of the Founders that the very thing that is happening today–the rise of a soft tyranny would ever happen. They studied the history of classical history to discover why republics fail over time, and descend into tyranny. They adopted the framework to prevent that from happening, i.e. the separation of powers concept of Montesquieu, the concept of federalism, the Bill of Rights. And, in the event that was not enough to retain the framework of limited government, they included a poison pill provision Article V. If politics and business interests came to so dominate the agenda that the federal government was usurping the powers of states and the people protected in those three foundational documents, then the people could convene a Constitutional convention to limit the scope of the federal government.

    I just finished watching a story on the Battle of Little Bighorn (1876). It is very hard for me to admire Custer. I never knew this before that he used Indian women and children as human shields in a major campaign against the Indians eight years earlier, and in the final stages of the fateful battle at Little Big Horn Montana, he was at it again, only this time he was in hot pursuit of them so he could turn them into hostages. As they fled one side of the river he pursued them on a parallel course, split his column (a huge mistake) and looked for a place to cross. But he was unable to find one because the river bank was quicksand. The Indians, led by Crazy Horse knew where to cross, commenced hot pursuit and they engaged Custer’s divided command. (Interestingly, Col. Bentine harbored great animus for Custer and was in no hurry to rescue him, and Major Reno went stark raving mad.) Custer ordered his men to dismount, which was his second mistake because they lost mobility. One of the last to die was Custer’s scout who pleaded for his life on behalf of his women and children. The Indian braves asked him what about Custer has done to our women and children?

    The great Indian chief Sitting Bull sat out the engagement. But before hand, he went through a ritualistic ceremony which involved self mutilation–not the tattoos that millenials do to themselves, this involved cutting large cutting large pieces of flesh from his body until he was covered with blood, as an offering to the Great Spirit. Whereupon, the Great Spirit rewarded him with a cautionary vision–of dead soldiers everywhere, but their corpses must not be looted. Human nature being what it is they Indians defied that directive. The eastern papers described this battle as a massacre, invented stories of Indian squaws defiling corpses and Congress ordered revenge. Whereupon the Indians were chased across the US and into Canada by the likes of General Miles for whom Miles City Montana is named, to the final battle at Wounded Knee. Sitting Bull’s vision was proven right.

    My vision, which is probably just bull, but I will stick to it until a better idea comes along, like maybe Hillary will revert back to the candidate we all supported in 2008, is as follows:

    1. The Republicans nominate a RINO

    2. The Republican base stays home

    3. Hillary wins

    4. The Republican Party is shattered.

    5. Hillary doubles down on the destructive policies of Obama.

    6. Conservatives still control over 2/3 of the state legislatures

    7. The states face the very real prospect of loss of sovereignty.

    8. Conservatives are forced to give up everything they believe in.

    9. At this point there is no possible way Hillary can unite the country.

    10. Faced with the prospect of annihilation by the federal government

    11. Conservatives reach for the only weapon they have left

    12. Efforts begin in earnest to Convene a Constitiutional convention pursuant to Article 5.

    Then, I woke up and realized I was only dreaming. The sheeple are to dense to see what is happening, and too lethargic to react.

  93. Shadowfax
    July 4, 2015 at 1:13 pm
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    The troll has no respect for Admin, and is intentionally provoking. I think the thing is actually challenging Admin for the attention of the board, as in, hijack the discussion. So, we are really naughty to even acknowledge it’s existence. The thing is a spawn of Obola and the Cruze stuff a diversion. All that offensive posting is not promotion.

  94. Maybe we can break up and get back together without inviting WA, OR, CA, IL, NY, MA, MD, and DC. They can have their own confederation and abuse their citizens anyway they see fit.

  95. Lu4PUMA
    July 4, 2015 at 2:21 pm
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    Lu–let me paraphrase something Patrick Henry said 140 years ago:

    I know not what course others may take but as for me the i) constitution is paramount, ii) high moral character is essential, and iii) an ironclad commitment to unlock the potential of the American People are the leadership qualities most needed in the next president. These are hard qualities to cultivate and maintain in a political culture which elevates power and money over the general welfare. So when I hear someone like Cruz talk about the constitution, Carson demonstrate high moral character, and Fiorini talk about unlocking the potential of our nation, that means something, because it is not rhetoric, each of them have acted on those ideas. Like big media, some are looking for that chink in the armor, and seek to dismiss the candidate on that basis. The point to remember however is something Jimmy Stewart said in the movie anatomy of a murder: nobody is all one thing. The question is do they see that fait glimmer of light, and are they really committed to pursuing it. Because our future hangs in the balance. We have seen the bad results that flow to the nation when we have a president who is devoid of those qualities, and always appeals to the lowest common denominator. That more than anything is why Hillary is making a dreadful mistake embracing and trumpeting the policies of Obama. Some have suggested she has no choice. I do not buy that. Leadership is about defining a new path, rather than following one that rewards the few at the expense of the many. She needs to get the hell away from Goldman Sachs, and reclaim the white middle class. It is not their fault she lost in the 2008 primary. I know what happened. I was there. Now is the time to move in a new direction. If she does not, and if she follows Obama in lock step she runs the risk of being seen as Mary Tudor.

    . I favor self government, not government by an elite class who

  96. On the economic home front, the markets have suffered minimal impact from the China collapse to date. However, stock buybacks now exceed market payouts. The buybacks are done with ZIRP money from the central banks and the central banks also buy the stocks directly to keep the prices from crashing. To say the markets are toxic is an understatement.

    JP Morgan and Citibank are buying trillions in gold and silver.

    Tomorrow Greece will vote on its referendum. And next week we will see impacts there as well as watch China try to stop the free-fall there. It is likely the central bank of China will have to enter the market directly to do that.

    Get your pop-corn ready and watch the show.

  97. wbboei
    July 4, 2015 at 3:11 pm
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    As much as I admire Hillary for being relatively consistent in her talk and her actions, I would not consider what she says today (which should be very little) as how she would lead the nation once elected.

    I guess it is a matter of what you think was real, the person who campaigned in 2008 or the candidate that has to deal with today.

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