Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Strap In: The Attendant Is Ready To Release The Brakes On The Political Roller-Coaster

Hillary's policies on illegal immigration are the exact opposite of the GOP's, as evidenced by her new slogan: "Make Mexico Great Again."...WH Press Secretary (parody)

As I begin to write this,  reports are surfacing that Kasich will drop out today.  That leaves Trump as the last man standing.  Depending on what the FBI will be doing regarding their investigation into Hillary's email scandal, it looks like it will be Trump vs. Hillary Clinton.

As a result of the breaking news in the last 15 hours, I will present to all my readers what the mission of this publication will be in the next 6+ months.  I'm going to keep this simple, straightforward with no hesitation or reservations-.  My mission will be to:


Strap in. The political roller coaster starts its ride now.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Hillary Clinton Channels George Costanza

"It's not a lie if you believe it." George Costanza of Seinfeld fame

Listening to Hillary Clinton speak on anything---any issue---I'm always reminded of George Costanza's now famous quote. But with Clinton, she always manages to go even further. Her first impulse is to always reach for a lie.

In the past, I and others have written about her countless lies. In fact, I often remind my readers of what the late, great William Safire of The NY Times once wrote of her. He called her a "congenital liar." And that was in 1996.

Clinton did it again yesterday while campaigning in W. Va. As a reminder, in a town hall meeting last March in Ohio, she said: "We are going to put the coal miners and coal companies out of business." In fact, Obama made a similar promise when he was campaigning.

Well, as most know, W. VA. has been a huge coal mining state for decades. I recall traveling on business through the state many times some years ago, and I remember seeing  the coal dust on many country roads. So yesterday, she met with some coal miners in Williamson, W. VA. and was challenged about her earlier remarks last March. She replied regarding those earlier statements: "....that is not what I intended at all."  Say what?  Her March statement could not have been more clear. It's exactly what she intends to do if she were ever to be elected president.

Yet, even with all of her baggage, she has millions supporting her. Author Michael Walsh once wrote of the Clintons: "...Clintons and the Kardashians...forever playing the same shell game on the American people and laughing as we fall for it."

Well, I'm not laughing, and I've never fallen for it. Never Hillary!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Trump + Cruz Make Outrageous Statements? Oh, Really?

"If you ever injected truth into politics, you have no politics...Will Rogers

There is no doubt that both Trump and Cruz have made some outrageous statements during this campaign and throughout their respective  careers.  But let's be frank. Obama, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders add new meaning to lies, deceit and even their own credibility.

Let's review some conspicuous examples:
  • {The Iran Deal} "will make the world safer."  Obama (Iran is still testing ballistic missiles).
  • "We now have more jobs in solar than we do in oil."   Hillary Clinton (in short, bullshit)
  • "The Benghazi probe is the "longest congressional investigation ever.'"  PolitiFact  reported there have been others that were much longer.
  • "I made America the most respect country on earth." Obama  (Don't laugh out loud).
  • "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor." Obama    (Keep laughing)
  • "When you're white....You don't know what it's like to be poor." Tell that to the over 20M white Americans who are poor.
  • Hedge fund managers "pay less in taxes than nurses and truck drivers."  ---"Even interpreted charitably, her claim is greatly misleading." PolitiFact
  • "This is the most transparent administration in history."  Obama.   I guess he forgot about Benghazi, Fast and Furious, and HRC's email scandal just to name a few.
  • We were "dead broke" when we left the White House. Hillary Clinton.  Even she had to walk back that lie to "not truly well off."  ABC News
When we're talking about politicians and their outrageous statements and lies,  I think we can safely come to one conclusion: It's a PUSH.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Under Obama, The Economic Recovery Is A Mirage

Miracles of Socialism, Chapter 1,392. Venezuela runs out of money to print more money...Tweet by David Burge

Well, the GDP numbers for the last quarter are in.  Hold your breath. This is a whopping number. Here we go:  0.5%.  Considering a healthy GDP is about 3%, this number is pathetic.  This quarter is on the heels of the previous quarter that showed a GDP of about 1.4%,

But the Obama administration might just set another record before their term ends next January. This administration may go down as not having one year of 3% growth.  Allow that to sink in. In comparison, Reagan averaged 3.5%.  Even Bill Clinton averaged 3.8% with the help of a Republican Congress. Also, under Clinton, economic inequality skyrocketed (reading this Hillary?) but median wages grew (Washington Post).  G.W. Bush averaged a GDP of 2.15% and that included the beginning of the recession in his final year when the GDP tanked.

This pathetic GDP number follows yet another disturbing report from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  That summary reported 1 in 5 families in the United States has no one who works.  To put that number in perspective. That's about 20% of approximately 81M families in America.  Moreover, under Obama, those receiving food stamps has increased 45% as corporate profits increased by about 180% (reading this Hillary and Bernie?). {Fact Check}.

And if those numbers don't impress you perhaps this one will. As of this past March,  just a hair under 94M Americans remained---out of the workforce. No matter how one cuts it, that's a YUGE number.

This and more clearly shows economic recovery under the Obama administration has been nothing but a mirage.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Listen Closely---You Can Hear The Political Establishment Weeping

At the risk disappointing the young voters,  Bernie Sanders has been dead since the Vermont primary...WH Press Secretary Parody

Trump didn't just win last night. It was a landslide. Not only did he win all five states---he  won every county in those states.  And, as regular readers know, my preferences for president dropped out some time ago (Walker + Perry).  I've also been inclined to lean toward Cruz as the only genuine conservative remaining in this race.  But one fact is now clear.  The "establishment" is weeping today.  Their status quo has been blown to smithereens.  Also, keep in mind, most national elections are not about ideology. It's almost always about the circumstances facing the nation at the time (e.g. the economy, foreign policy, terrorism, etc.).

And I have to give Trump some more props. His speech today on foreign policy is perhaps his most important to date. He finally targeted Hillary Clinton. My only criticism is he should have given this speech months ago.  Here are some excerpts by him that I believe make my point:

  • We're in a war with radical Islam (language we have not heard from Mr. Obama or Clinton);
  • We have done nothing to help Christians...
  • Our rivals no longer respect us.
  • We're rebuilding other nations while weakening our own,
  • America first will be the major and overriding theme of my administration.
If I were 100% behind Trump, I would be very happy with this speech today.  I'm impressed because---along with his wins last night and now this speech---one can clearly hear the political class weeping. And that's a good thing.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Feel The Bern = Feel The Pain

"Socialism only works in two places: Heaven where they don't need it and hell where they already have it."  ...Ronald Reagan

The difference between Capitalism and Socialism is not a mystery.  In short,  Capitalism rewards merit, respects rights and creates freedom (as in creating the U.S. of America). On the other hand, Socialism destroys,  robs prosperity and plunges a knife into the back of hope, aspiration and the national spirit.

The evidence of the damage that Socialism has done throughout history is overwhelming. But one doesn't need to go as far back as the old Eastern European block of countries. As a Pole myself, I've written about it often. It's happening right now in many countries and in many American cities. For example,  Venezuela is currently in the throes of socialist failure. This country---with some of the richest oil reserves in the world---is now importing oil.  It's economy is in shambles after two decades of socialist governments. It's so bad; Venezuelans do not even have access to enough toilet paper. Brazil faces similar challenges. As one commentator said recently, Brazil is wrecked by the twin evils of socialism and corruption. Both of these countries and many others illustrates the dangers of the big government establishment.

On the Democrat side of the aisle, we're watching as two of their toxic candidates are duking it out.  We already know of Hillary Clinton's countless scandals. And while Sanders doesn't appear to have that type of baggage, he does have a history of promoting socialist principles. Keep in mind. This is the guy who flew a Soviet flag in his office as mayor of Burlington, VT. This is the guy who honeymooned in the Soviet Union. And this is the guy who supported the Marxist Sandinista government.  Just as disturbing, Sanders has a long history of bashing Israel and supporting Palestinians (he often refers to "Palestine"---it doesn't exist).  As Andrea Peyser of the The New York Post once pointed out: Sanders is a Jew who's bad for the Jews.

So all of the minions who support Sanders should know this. If he were ever to become president of the U.S.---look at Venezuela today.  That would be America's future. 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Is Trump Reaching Out To The Establishment Or Is He Simply Using It To His Advantage?

Obama Caught Trying To Jump White House Fence...The Onion

Last year, I wrote a piece entitled, "Trump Is Water Skiing In The Wake Created By The Tea Party." At the time, I reported on the reaction of the political class to Trump's rapid rise in the polls. I also pointed out the same establishment types who attacked the Tea Party were attacking Trump.

Earlier this year, I followed that post up with "Trump's Appeal Should Surprise No One." While I pointed out he was not my first choice (I preferred Walker or Perry myself),  He was (is) brash. He refused to apologize. He's often been politically incorrect (a trait I particularly like) and his political sense was often pure genius. For example, prior to Super Tuesday, he received the endorsement of  Chris Christie. Of course, , he also recognized many Republicans despised the GOP establishment one of his favorite targets.

So that brings me to recent news.  Several weeks ago,  the Trump campaign hired an establishment insider, Paul Manafort.  He followed that with the hire of  political strategist Rick Wiley.  Both men have deep ties to the political establishment.  Both appear to be good at what they do----winning elections.  And let's not forget, Trump reached out to Paul Ryan last month. In fact, he said his telephone conversation with the Speaker of the House was "encouraging."

If we've learned anything about Trump, we know he's a shrewd businessman.  In addition, he's calculating politically. And we know---his supporters like Trump being Trump and not the classic politician.

Having said all of this and Trump's apparent reaching out to political operatives posses two questions:  Will he be able to retain his base after hiring two political operatives?   Or Is he simply using the political elite for his long term benefit?  I can't answer that. I doubt many can. As I've said of this campaign on several occasions, it reminds me of solving  Rubik's Cube.