Jane Chastain : Politically Direct

Why the Gender-Gap is Bigger than Ever (Can It Be Erased)

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Democrats are counting on the votes of women to put them over the top in the 2016 election, not simply in the presidential race, but in the House and Senate races as well.  Polls show that the gender gap is larger this year, with many more women preferring Democrat candidates than men.  In the last 36 years, that gap has averaged about 8 percent, but this year experts predict that it could double.

Is it simply the fact that a woman is at the top of the ticket for the first time in the history of either party?  Most women are not that easily swayed.  It is the fact that, up until now, the debate over who should be president has centered on the personalities involved, not on the issues that affect our everyday lives.

In the primary, we saw a successful businessman who relied on his bravado when he did not have a solid grasp of these issues, even the ones he strongly favored.   Recently, the more thoughtful Donald Trump — to his credit — has walked back many of his initial statements, as well he should.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton doubled down on the lies surrounding her emails, Benghazi and the all too obvious pay-for-play connection between the State Department and the Clinton Foundation — the dubious charity that served as a slush fund to keep her family and former staffers living lives of luxury between political appointments.

Still, that gender gap exists and may be difficult to overcome for the following reasons: Read the rest of this entry »

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August 24th, 2016 at 5:30 pm

Hillary Goes Dumpster Diving for Economic Plan

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Hillary Clinton served up a tired old economic plan like last week’s old lunch.  It contained everything Obama tried eight years ago that stifled the economic recovery that began  after the financial crisis was ended by George W. Bush.  These policies resulted in a  pathetic average growth rate of around 1 1/2 percent.

During the Obama years the number of Americans below the poverty line increased 3.5 percent. The number of Americans on Food Stamps increased  39.5 percent and median household income decreased 2.3 percent and a real unemployment rate of 10.1 percent.   Meanwhile, the national debt has doubled from roughly $10 to $20 trillion leaving us the most indebted country in the world.

The first thing Hillary retrieved from her dumpster dive was a massive new government jobs program:  “We will put Americans to work building and modernizing our roads, our bridges, our tunnels, our railways, our ports, our airports.”  Wasn’t that what Obama promised with the $750 billion he fleeced out of we the taxpayers for “shovel-ready jobs”?   Read the rest of this entry »

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August 17th, 2016 at 5:30 pm

The other Name for #Never Trump

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I am, like most voters, aghast at the choice we have for president in the 2016 election.  We all knew the Democrats would wind up with Hillary Clinton.  The Democratic primary was rigged from the start and nothing was going to stop her coronation.

The Republicans, on the other hand, had a plethora of excellent candidates and, with one or two exceptions, I would have been happy with any of them.  Unfortunately, with the compressed primary, the large field and thoughtful voters divided, the GOP ended up with Donald Trump, the brash, billionaire egomaniac.

Like it or not, Clinton or Trump is the choice each and every voter faces.  GOP and small government-leaning Democrats who choose not to vote for president, on principle, are, in effect, casing a vote for Hillary Clinton.   Read the rest of this entry »

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August 10th, 2016 at 5:30 pm

Clinton Crimes in Haiti

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My husband and I share something in common with Bill and Hillary Clinton.    We spent our honeymoon in Haiti.  It was on that trip that we first encountered real poverty, the likes of which most U.S. citizens have never seen or even imagined.

After the overthrow of the Duvalier regime, we had great hope for the country but, alas, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who was elected democratically in 1990, turned into one of the most brutal dictators in Haiti’s history.  Bill Clinton often claimed that he “restored democracy to Haiti.”  In truth, by forcing Aristide back on these people in 1994, the country was left worse off than ever before.    Read the rest of this entry »

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August 3rd, 2016 at 7:27 pm

Mike Pence: The Left’s New Bogeyman

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To say that the left is adamantly against Mike Pence, Donald Trump’s running mate, is to state the obvious. However, in the days since the Indiana governor was chosen, liberals have been having conniptions for fear that this unassuming, soft-spoken, likable Hoosier, might be able to sway some to, horrors, vote Republican.

Pence is their new bogeyman, one to be feared more than ISIS, more than corporate greed, even more than the greatest threat to mankind — global warming.

Eric Schmeltzer, writing for the Huffington Post called him “Sarah Palin (a popular left-wing target) without the charisma.” Whooo!

Schmeltzer again on his blog: “It isn’t so much that Mike Pence is a lightweight in the brains department. It’s that Mike Pence is a lightweight in the brains department and also ridiculously incompetent.” Double whooo! Read the rest of this entry »

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July 20th, 2016 at 5:30 pm


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