Ask These Debate Questions to the Candidates
The RNC, the candidates, and the voters are all complaining about the debates. The questions have mostly been designed to start fights and cause ratings boosts for the networks. Here are some questions I might recommend get asked. I’m rushing off to class, so my apologies for typos. Trump: You have repeatedly cited your success in negotiations including the use of bankruptcy for your businesses | Read More »
Barack Obama is set to double the National Debt
When Barack Obama took office, he inherited a Fiscal 2008 debt of $10.0 trillion, 69% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). As of June 2015 the debt stood at $18.1 trillion, 102.4% of GDP. Not only has Obama greatly increased the debt relative to the size of the economy, but he’s on pace to risk doubling it nominally by the time he leaves office.
Obama raids crime victim fund to finance new spending binge
Those fines that the Department of Justice collected from big banks that were supposed to provide restitution to people injured by the crimes. Well, the Administration has decided there is a much better use for them: funding new spending. Since the fund’s creation in 1984 by the Victims of Crime Act, it has gathered money from fines imposed on criminals and set it aside to | Read More »
Dear Mainstream Media Delicate Snowflakes: The Debates Are Not About You
There is nothing more frightening to the powerful than losing power. The reason so many politicians stay in elected office despite the ease at which they can make millions of dollars in the private sector is because they do not want to give up that power. The mainstream media, for a generation, had the power to control the narrative (and still do for the most | Read More »
“Defense Spending” can be Wasteful, Too
Here is a game that both parties play: when they attempt to persuade us angry taxpayers that there’s no waste left to cut in the Federal budget, they discuss the budget in terms of “non-defense spending.” The assumption that they’re trying to sell you on is that “defense” spending is ipso facto not wasteful. This is virtually a political silver bullet for conservatives, who tend to | Read More »
Hillary Clinton Misunderstands (Misrepresents?) How Government Pummels the Economy
Hillary Clinton is going to be the Democrat presidential nominee. (Sorry, Bernie Sanders fans. You too, Martin O’Malley fans – both of you.) Unless – and likely even if – she is indicted for her latest foray into self-defined ethics. She has in her past more than a quarter century of…questionable statements, decisions and actions – so it would appear nothing else in this vein | Read More »
John Kasich Thinks CNBC is Great and RedState is Terrible
John Kasich was on CNN’s State of the Union yesterday, and guest host Dana Bash confronted him with a quote from my piece Friday about Kasich being the only human being on planet earth who thought CNBC did a good job moderating the debate. Kasich’s angry, sputtering response is truly something to behold: Kasich’s response is humorous in a number of different ways. First, it’s | Read More »
My Friend Fred, May He Rest In Peace
I was on a train headed from Munich to Berlin in late August of 2007. My friend Ed had roped me into the trip, hosted by the American Council on Germany. The American delegation, having gotten to know each other, was bound for a rendezvous with our German counterparts. Ed, a friend of Fred and Jeri Thompson’s, did not have to sell me hard on | Read More »
Hillary Clinton cronies Ohio Organizing Collaborative caught up in voter registration fraud.
Hillary Clinton’s attorney is lawyer for a group attacking Ohio’s voter fraud laws. Amusingly, the same group just got caught committing voter fraud.
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Senator Fred Thompson dead at 73
Fred Thompson, a former U.S. senator for Tennessee, GOP presidential candidate, Watergate attorney and longtime “Law and Order” star, died on Sunday. He was 73. Mr. Thompson died after a recurrence of lymphoma, according to a statement issued by the Thompson family. “It is with a heavy heart and a deep sense of grief that we share the passing of our brother, husband, father, and grandfather who died peacefully in | Read More »
Is Paul Ryan Obama’s Puppet?
POLITICO has an interesting piece this weekend which I can only think is an effort by the White House to cripple ‘s efforts to achieve a rapprochement with conservatives in general and the Freedom Caucus (HFC) in particular. Titled Obama and Ryan: Covert collaborators, it is unique in being sourced entirely from White House sources. President Barack Obama and House Speaker haven’t had a face-to-face | Read More »
Police Officer Recruitment Down: Is It Worth It To Be Good?
Considering the general tension between Americans and police officers, it is hardly surprising to see more news stories of incidents caught on tape or protests occurring. Those in the audience, regardless of the “side” they’re on, should not be quick to jump to conclusions. Not every citizen stopped by police is a criminal threat, and police officers who apprehend someone, perhaps forcefully, are not automatically | Read More »
Hillary Clinton is “too big to jail”
Another Friday has passed and with it more of Hillary Clinton’s emails. At latest count nearly 700 of her emails, emails that were stored on a private, unsecured server, contained information of various levels of classification. At least two of those emails have been identified as originating with data from a KH-series photo-reconnaissance satellite and had the classification of Top Secret and required handling | Read More »
John Kasich: I Don’t Care About Blogs (Specifically RedState)
At some point, anybody who runs for the Republican nomination for President will learn the lesson that it is not a good idea to insult the very people who determine if you represent the party as their nominee. In 2012, Jon Huntsman, despite a very conservative record as the Governor of Utah, thought it would be a good idea to kick off his campaign by insulting | Read More »