Jane Chastain : Politically Direct


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“Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motive.” Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray


President Obama still is refusing to dip more than a toe in the water to defeat ISIS in Syria.  Nevertheless, he wants the rest of the world to open its doors to the Syrian population as it flees the war-torn country.

Worse still, he is doubling down on his plan to bring tens of thousands of Syrians here to be resettled among our population, even though our intelligence chiefs have informed us there is no way to adequately screen out radical Muslim terrorists hell-bent on our destruction.

Compassion is one thing: Stupidity is quite another.  In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, many countries are rethinking their plans to take in these Syrian migrants, since at least one of the attackers was among the recent arrivals and others were never successfully assimilated into the French population. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 18th, 2015 at 5:30 pm

GOP Establishment Kentucky Fried

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Let’s get real:  There is a lot of angst among the GOP establishment over the outcome of the Kentucky governor’s race.

You would think that they would be celebrating the fact that a Republican, Matt Bevin, will control the executive branch in Frankfort for only the second time in four decades.  You would think that those who have been pulling the strings of power behind the scenes would be doubly happy that Jenean Hampton, his female running mate, is the first African-American from either party to hold a state-wide office, but no.

There is no joy among GOP power brokers who are accustomed to handpicking the candidates who are allowed to seek these lofty positions.  Secretly, they were pulling for Jack Conway the Democrat. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 11th, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Boehner’s Gone: Who’s Crying Now?

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“It stinks!”  That was how incoming Speaker of the House Paul Ryan explained the back room deal hatched by outgoing Speaker John Boehner and Democrat leaders that raised the debt ceiling and put us on automatic pilot to the spending stratosphere through the rest of Obama’s term.

Boehner claimed he was “cleaning the barn” before Ryan took control of the House of Representatives but where is that smell coming from?  The entrance  to the place is spotless, but the bad odor will linger well after Boehner is gone because of all the brown stuff he piled up in the stalls.

Thanks to Boehner and the Senate’s worthless Mitch McConnell, it’s Obama who will come out smelling like a rose.   The nation is on a collision course with the grim reaper over unrestrained spending and all the hard decisions have been put off until the next president takes office.

Does anyone seriously think that Paul Ryan’s hands are clean?  Boehner spent weeks begging Ryan to take the reins of the House.  If Ryan had put his foot down and said “No” to this deal it never would have happened?   Instead, Ryan blessed the deal by voting for it, along with all Democrats and a mere 78 of his Republican colleagues.   Read the rest of this entry »

USA on Slavery’s Slippery Sloap

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The average life of a democracy is 200 years.  Our country has outlived its expiration date largely because it is a democratic republic with a constitution that guarantees our citizens certain inalienable rights and a government with three co-equal branches, each with checks on the other two.

We are  now seeing those basic rights eroded by an aggressive Supreme Court.  We also are seeing those checks and balances upset by an equally aggressive president and a Congress that is reluctant to use the power at its disposal.

Furthermore, the financial stability of this nation has been undermined by our elected representatives who have learned that the best way to stay in office is by spending our money and doing favors for their supporters.

As a result, our economy is at a near standstill and we are mired in debt.  China is bullying us, but we owe so much to that communist country there is really nothing we can do about it.  This has to stop before it is too late because, as the Bible says, “The borrower is the slave to the lender.”

Just how far have we fallen down slavery’s slippery slope?   Read the rest of this entry »

What is Democratic Socialism?

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Bernie Sanders, a socialist, has achieved quite a following in the race for the Democratic nomination for president.  How many of his followers really know what he stands for?

There was a telling moment in the first Democratic presidential debate in which Anderson Cooper tried to pin him down. It took several tries but Cooper finally backed him into a corner when he said, “You don’t consider yourself a capitalist, though?”

Sander’s final answer to that simple question was, “No I don’t.”

Sanders calls himself a democratic socialist so what exactly is that? Read the rest of this entry »

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October 21st, 2015 at 5:30 pm

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