Jane Chastain : Politically Direct

Trump’s Almost Perfect Running Mate

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Dr. Ben Carson, the man Donald Trump put in charge of his search for a running mate, has confirmed that Trump now has “the list.”

One name, who must be on that list is head and shoulders, figuratively not literally, above the rest.

You can scratch Chris Christie, John Kasich and Newt Gingrich, three of the names that have been bantered about most often.  The last thing the real estate mogul needs is another aging white guy on the ticket.

Trump has indicated that he would like to choose someone with political experience.   He would be wise to pick a person who is political savvy, but who is not tainted with the smell of the hated Washington establishment.  He would be wiser still to pick someone who could appeal to the very voters with whom he is weakest: women and Hispanics.   Read the rest of this entry »

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May 25th, 2016 at 5:30 pm

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The Israli Women Combat Canard

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On April 27, liberals on the House Armed Services Committee attached an amendment to the 2017 Defense Authorization Act that would require our young women age 18-26 to be subject to the draft should we face a real war and an all-volunteer force prove inadequate.

Due to some smart maneuvering by Pete Sessions (R-TX), the chairman of the House Rules Committee, that amendment was stripped from the House bill, but now the Senate Armed Services Committee has adopted it.  The upper chamber will soon vote on the measure and it’s likely to pass, barring a huge public outcry. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 18th, 2016 at 5:30 pm

Worse than Cowardly

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Imagine your beautiful 18-year-old daughter in a life-and-death struggle with an ISIS fighter in Iraq.  It is kill or be killed.  She must depend on her own strength.   What are her chances for survival?  You know the answer to that.  A big fat zero.

Only a fool or a coward would send a young woman into direct ground combat where the mission is to seek out and kill the enemy.  It appears that the House Armed Services Committee has plenty of both. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 11th, 2016 at 5:30 pm

That Telemarketer on the Phone may be Your Congressman

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There is a reason most people screen their telephone calls. Telemarketers.  Would it surprise you to know that the most aggressive bunch of telemarketers are the very people we have elected and sent to Washington, D.C., our very own representative and senators.

If you have made the mistake of donating to a political party or one of its offshoots like a congressional or senatorial committee, you know what I mean.   At first it may be flattering to get a call from one of these people inviting you to a “special event” or thanking you for your past support.   However, you can be sure that the primary reason for that call is to separate you from your money.

The phone calls never stop, even during working hours. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 4th, 2016 at 5:30 pm

Ted Cruz’s Barbie Doll Problem

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On paper, Ted Cruz should be the hands-down favorite to be the Republican nominee for president.  He should be able to unite the party, bring in Reagan Democrats and win this election by a landslide.

Cruz satisfies the electorate’s desire for an antiestablishment candidate like no other, having won his Senate seat against his party’s “preferred” candidate.  Once in Washington, he stuck to his principles, even calling out Mitch McConnell when the majority leader engineered a vote that allowed Senate Democrats to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, the poster child for corporate welfare.  Cruz was the only candidate from either party who had the guts to go into Iowa — the corn capital — opposed to ethanal subsidies.

Cruz is an expert on the Constitution and strongly defends the original intent of the framers who believed in a limited federal government, states’ rights, individual liberty and equality for all —not special privilege for some — under the law.   Isn’t that what most American’s want?   A level playing field, the ability control your own destiny and to keep a fair portion of what you earn without having it stolen out from under you by an ever increasing federal government?   Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jane Chastain

April 27th, 2016 at 5:30 pm

Posted in Presidential Race

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