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Hillary Clinton Hypocrisy on the Wage Gap (The Democrats Political Unicorn)

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I was having brunch with some new, very accomplished, female friends when the subject of the presidential race came up.  One of these friends announced that she was a Democrat because she believes in equality.

Women now control 51 percent of all wealth in the U.S.  They hold 52 percent of management and professional positions.  They earn more degrees of higher learning and own 30 percent of all private businesses.  Still, one of the key myths promoted every election cycle is the wag gap.  It’s the  political unicorn used to persuade millions of women that they are victims of inequality and they need Democrats like Hillary Clinton to save them.   Like the legendary horse from classical antiquity, it doesn’t exist.   Read the rest of this entry »

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August 31st, 2016 at 5:30 pm

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

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

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 Syrian Refugee Grinch in the White House

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Cold, heartless, cruel, callous, merciless, hard-hearted!  Those are just a few of the words that have been used to describe Republicans and others who want to put the brakes on President Obama’s plan to resettle thousands of Syrians fleeing their war-torn country here in the United States.

Resettling those people constitutes a grave threat to our country given the fact that it is impossible to adequately vet them.  Nevertheless, our hearts go out to these people and quite naturally we want to help.

So here is the question for bleeding-heart liberals who want to throw caution to the wind and bring plane loads of these people here to the United States:  Would you like to help 10,000, which is Obama’s plan for the current year, or 610,000 of them? Read the rest of this entry »

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December 16th, 2015 at 5:30 pm


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