Follow the money

Posted by Christine & John on November 29, 2015 at 7:50 PM

Open Secrets publishes a list of who gives money to which candidates. Look at the most recent lists. Notice that the top big-money recipients are mostly blue. Democrats like to cry about the Koch Brothers. They don't appear until # 49, below Bloomberg and just a little above the American Dental Association.

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Obama and Those Hysterical Media Types

Posted by Keeley on November 23, 2015 at 9:48 PM

We're at war. How many ways does this have to be restated? How many planned and horrifically executed suicidal attacks on democratic societies, on societies around the world, will be needed for Obama to state this simple truth? When will he realize that politically correct appeasement on the grounds of diversity, cultivated within the exclusive confines of Harvard and other academic institutions is counter productive? That it endangers lives, rather than provides the essential security necessary for any state to function.

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Do You Trust Barack and Hillary With Refugee Policy?

Posted by Keeley on November 19, 2015 at 7:48 PM

While a public debate blazes between President Obama and many governors, as well as GOP presidential candidates, over whether to give persecuted religious minorities from Syria priority as refugees, it's not really the crux of the issue. The point is that any screening - whether for religious affiliation or any other filter - is only as good as the available data. And in Syria, torn by a three-way civil war, any documentation issued by the state is suspect.

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Amnesty and Your Avocados

Posted by Keeley on November 16, 2015 at 5:34 PM

Immigration as an issue took front and center stage at the GOP debates - along with other issues in what was a substance-filled evening - in the much-analyzed Rubio-Cruz confrontation. But while amnesty is postulated as inevitable by many within the GOP establishment, it is helpful to consider how geography influences voters' views on this key issue.

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Carson and Fiorina? You've Got to Be Kidding!

Posted by Keeley on November 12, 2015 at 8:54 PM

Imagine a Carson-Fiorina ticket ... Ok, maybe then we should talk about the Fox Business debate in Milwaukee. For some, Carson is quiet. a little confused, and a little confusing when it comes to economic policy. None of these things apply to Carly Fiorina, who is sharp, clear and forceful. Her words on following every dollar in zero-based budgeting elicited heartfelt applause rather than the partisan braying for this or that speaker.

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Libertarian Wonks and Well-Heeled Wall-Streeters Target Trump

Posted by Keeley on November 5, 2015 at 8:26 PM

Dollar for Dollar. Trump has announced he will meet negative ads paid for establishment groups like the Club For Growth with negative ads of his own. In fact, he already has come out swinging against the Club For Growth, stating on Hannity that they requested a 7 figure donation from him, and then went negative when he said no.

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Trump Butts Heads and Loses

Posted by Keeley on November 4, 2015 at 8:24 PM

At some point, the GOP field will narrow as candidates self-select the exit option and a new equilibrium is established. For at least a day or two, that is. Nothing it seems, is guaranteed in this race, as several veterans and a few newbies have found out. Carly Fiorina, for example, should be closer to the post-debate bump she benefited from in September after the CNN debate. She's not, and she's slipping back into the bottom half of the second tier - also known as the third tier - as far as the numbers show.

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What Reince Would Have to Do to Get Invited Sunday

Posted by Keeley on October 30, 2015 at 3:56 PM

Is it any wonder that several candidates - Trump, Carson, Jindal, Graham, Huckabee, & Santorum - are planning to have their campaign teams get together this Sunday to discuss organizing the next debate? With no RNC members in sight, according to the story. Reince Priebus has already "suspended" the Republican Party's relationship with NBC, but candidates (Fiorina and Rubio's teams might also attend) are rebelling against their very party, and how it has involved itself with structuring the debates.

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Ryan Wants His Hounds Braying in Harmony

Posted by Keeley on October 26, 2015 at 9:11 PM

For the Freedom Caucus, the romance with Ryan as Speaker was barely a one-night-stand. Hours later in the harsh light of the day, they have apprently indicated that their choice remains Daniel Webster. And they are troubled by some of the conditions demanded by Ryan - who it must be said won overwhelming support from GOP House members in Tuesday's closed-door session.

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Biden out unless Hillary falls

Posted by Christine & John on October 21, 2015 at 7:53 PM

Biden decided not to run. The die was cast when Bernie Sanders acknowledged his capitulation to Hillary by ostentatiously taking her email scandal off his playlist. Hillary is too entrenched and Biden knows that he could not hope to beat her unless he beat her up in ways that would hurt them both.

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Of Committees and Conditions and Paul Ryan

Posted by Keeley on October 20, 2015 at 9:42 PM

In 1973, the Republican Study Committee was founded, 2 years after Nixon famously said "I am now a Keynesian in economics." It was a more cautious and focused version of Milton Friedman's classic "We are all Keynesians now", made almost 10 years earlier in 1965. And all that Keynesian love - as well as Nixon's decision in 1971 to remove the dollar from the gold standard - caused discomfort among conservative GOP members. Hence their decision to model a conservative study group, one almost diametrically opposed to the Democratic Study Group which pushed for liberal values and was founded back in 1959.

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Hillary and Jeb (& Bernie and Byron Too) and Crystalline Wafers

Posted by Keeley on October 14, 2015 at 4:18 PM

If it was up to the GOP establishment, we'd go straight to both conventions and have a coronation of Queen Hillary and aging Dauphin Jeb Le Bush. And then the fun could start. People have spent time and more than a little money, lots of money on both sides in fact, preparing for this inevitable showdown that has proven most evitable for some time now. The undoubtedly battle-scarred and beltway-schooled aides, analysts, and pundits are unwilling, in large part, to let go of what they see as the true battle of choices for 2016.

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Love of One's Own Congressman

Posted by Keeley on October 9, 2015 at 7:43 PM

McCarthy has gone and where is rock bottom? Wait a minute. Is this rock bottom? Or is it the appearance of a real change in the GOP House membership's behavior on the hill, and how they represent their base? That's not to say that bumping along the bottom or in Wall Street lingo - building a base - is not going on right now in Congress among Republicans. Was there another way to do this? If rookie or newer House Republicans had just behaved and listened to Boehner and even McConnell, would everything be fine right now? With voters?

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Carson Digs Deep and Aims High

Posted by Keeley on October 6, 2015 at 9:43 PM

In an interview with Fox, Ben Carson described one similarity that the and Donald Trump share - aside from the fact that they both have never held office - and that is the fact that they "won't be corralled by the political establishment." Imagining Ben and Donald together at a rodeo is fun ... and they have undoubtedly already seen their share of agricultural events, especially Carson. But the metaphor is interesting for other reasons.. In the first place, Carson did not mention Fiorina, who by implication is open to dealing with the political establishment. One wonders who will corral who when it comes to Fiorina and the establishment. But she is clearly comfortable with them, and is arguably already part of the establishment. So Fiorina is both a political outsider, and by running for the Senate, she has also signaled a clear intent to be part of that political establishment.

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Reciprocity & Responsibilty Trump Equality & Generosity.

Posted by Christine & John on September 28, 2015 at 6:52 PM

I dislike how the ideas or equality and rights are currently evolving. They are analogous to a drug where the dosage determines whether they are a lifesaving life-saving medicines or deadly poisons. The kinds of rights I dislike tend to be entwined with egalitarian ideas, which is why I paired them in this essay. A good society values rights and equality, but depends on reciprocity for its real strength.

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