Jane Chastain : Politically Direct

We Don’t Need a Boehner Clone

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There’s an old saying that should be heeded by members of the House of Representatives:  “Things that are urgent are rarely important and things that are important are rarely urgent.”  So, when it comes to electing the next Speaker of the House — the  office 2nd in line to the presidency —  what’s the rush?

It’s a scheme to pave the way for John Boehner’s hand-picked successor, Kevin McCarthy, to take over the reins.

Clearly, the voters know that the problems we have in this country will never be solved by entrenched politicians.  That is why outsiders are leading the race for the GOP presidential nomination.  That is why House Majority Leader Eric Canter was dumped by the voters in his district in the last election.  That is why Boehner was forced to announce that he will resign at the end of the month.

Unfortunately, unless reason prevails and a major revolt occurs, the Republicans in the House will meet to select their nominee for Boehner’s replacement on Thursday in the Republican caucus.   The vote may already have occurred by the time you read this. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 7th, 2015 at 10:41 am

The Case for Carson

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From the very beginning, Ben Carson has been discounted by the political pundits.  As others in this crowded GOP field went up and down in the early polls, they watched in disbelief at how the support of a mild-mannered doctor who had never held political office, remained steady and began to climb.  After a so-so, if not poor performance in last debate, the chattering class wrote him off, but his polling numbers continued to climb.

When,  Dr. Carson pulled even with Donald Trump in the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, the story is not Carson’s rise but Trump’s fall.  If Carson is mentioned at all by these know-it-alls, they just roll their eyes.   Read the rest of this entry »

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September 30th, 2015 at 10:15 pm

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The Titanium Lady

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In the last GOP debate, there is a reason that Jeb Bush, searching for a suitable woman to put on the $10 bill, came up with Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan’s British partner in the Cold War.   It was Bush’s proximity to Carly Fiorina.

The former Hewlett Packard CEO just naturally causes one to think of Lady Thatcher who was the longest-serving British Prime Minister in the 20th century and the only woman to have attained that high office.

Some would say that Fiorina was channeling the ghost of Margaret Thatcher as she calmly laid out her vision for a United States that is capable of taking on Vladimer Putin, ISIS and the rest of the world if needed. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 23rd, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Illegal Immigration Problem: A Four-legged Stool

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Our  nation’s problem with illegal immigration can be compared to a four-legged stool.  If one of those legs is cut off or wobbly, it isn’t going to stand, at least for very long.

While some of our presidential candidates have address two or three of those legs, unfortunately none have address all four.  I’m waiting!

The first leg is obvious:  Seal the border.  Almost all candidates have vowed to do that in one way or another.  We are the most powerful nation on earth, though not likely to remain so if the present administration’s policies are not reversed and quickly.  We need to put all our available resources on the southern border while a wall is being built and we need to stop tying the hands of our border patrol agents.   However, we must not neglect our northern border. The use of drone technology and electronic surveillance should be used to maximize the effectiveness of our personal there.   Read the rest of this entry »

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September 16th, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Before You Cast Your First Stone (At Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis)

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The PC police, who seem hellbent on forcing all people to accept gay marriage after the  controversial Supreme Court Obergefell decision, suffered a setback when activist federal judge David Bunning released Kim Davis from a Kentucky jail.  Davis, a county clerk, spent five days behind bars after refusing to have marriage licenses to same-sex couples go out under her name, which would, in effect,  be condoning a practice that violates her religious beliefs.

Judge Bunning simply could have slapped Kim Davis with a fine but, no, this activist liberal judge chose to throw her in jail until she complied with his wishes.  Tuesday, Bunning backed down, bowing to pressure after denying Davis her due process and her rights under the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.   Read the rest of this entry »

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September 13th, 2015 at 6:38 pm

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