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The Best News out of Iowa

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The best news out of Iowa is not that Ted Cruz won or that Donald Trump’s political gamble of skipping the last debate, like a sulking child, likely cost him a win there.

It’s not that the long predicted surge of Marco Rubio finally happened.

No, the best news out of Iowa is that a candidate who had the courage to boldly proclaim his opposition to federal mandates and subsidies for ethanol — which comes from corn — the top crop in the state, actually won there.

Be it Ted Cruz or Joe Blow, it turned the conventional political wisdom on its head.  It proves that you don’t have to pander to get elected.  If you are willing to make the case that these government handouts keep you under the thumb of Washington and wind up hurting everyone, eventually enough reasonable people will listen. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 3rd, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Donald Trump vs. Megyn Kelly

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Donald Trump is skipping Thursday’s night’s GOP presidential debate hosted by Fox News anchors Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace and holding his own town hall instead.  The lemmings in the news media will dutifully follow him and make this the story.

Let’s be clear.  The reason Trump is ducking this debate is because he is afraid to face the razor-sharp Kelly.  Trump, who has been short on specifics and long on bravado clearly came out the big loser when Kelly questioned him in the Fox News’ debate last August and he has been smarting over it ever since.  Sure, he won the on-line polls which amounted to little more than Trump groupies or paid operatives sitting at their computers for hours on end clicking his name over and over again.  However, he was caught flat-footed and ill-prepared by Kelly who cut him down to size as she has so many other egotistical politicians and office holders.

She had no intention of backing off in Round Two.  That’s why Trump asked Fox to replace her.  Read the rest of this entry »

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January 27th, 2016 at 10:01 pm

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The Siren Song of Bernie Sanders

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If you are flummoxed as to how an aging, hard-core, avowed socialist like Bernie Sanders is leading in New Hampshire and nipping at Hillary Clinton in the national polls for the Democratic nomination for president, don’t be.  It’s really quite simple:  We all like free stuff.

Think about it.  Why does every product advertised on television these days offer a second product for free.You instinctively know that those advertisers simply double the cost of the product you buy so that they can “give” you that second one you didn’t want or need.  However, consumers seem unable to resist this temptation so they buy, paying twice as much as they should have.  Of course this charade didn’t begin with television.  It’s as old as time.

Little wonder that so many are gaga for Sanders.  All he needs is a white beard and we could call him Santa Clause.   Read the rest of this entry »

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January 20th, 2016 at 4:30 pm

The State of the Family

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In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Obama, once again, told us that “the state of the union is strong.”  Our citizens know differently.  Here’s what Obama didn’t tell you:

  • The unemployment rate may be down, but the labor participation rate is a paltry 62.6 percent. It is still stuck at a 38 year low.
  • The average hourly pay also is stuck, sliding one cent last month to $25.24. That left the growth of average pay at 2.5 percent for the year, well below the 3.5 percent economists consider healthy.
  • The same goes for health care.  The percentage of adults without coverage remains at around 12%.  Meanwhile, Obamacare premiums skyrocketed an average of 7.5%.
  • The Dow Jones industrial average, faded by 2.2 percent, its first down year since 2008.

Armed with this knowledge, I was much more interested in Monday night’s report on the “State of the Family” delivered by Tony Perkins at the Family Research Council Read the rest of this entry »

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January 13th, 2016 at 5:30 pm

The Cosby-Clinton Connection

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The recent revelations about Bill Cosby have turned the nation’s decades-long love-affair with the actor into one of disgust, even repulsion.   This begs the question:  How long before the nation’s decades-long love-affair with the nation’s 40th president will come to an equally abrupt end?

The sordid stories of the sexual escapades of Bill Cosby and Bill Clinton are strikingly similar:

  • Both men held powerful positions in their respective fields which they abused again and again with no accountability.
  • Both men were surrounded by staff at various levels who were willing to coverup, if not facilitate, their encounters with vulnerable women.  Read the rest of this entry »

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January 6th, 2016 at 5:30 pm

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