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Election Reform: If I Were Queen

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Election day has lost its meaning.  For most, it’s business as usual, the normal day-to-day stuff,  but voting is no longer part of it.

On Friday, the FBI announced it was reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails and 34 percent of people told pollsters they would be “less likely” to vote for her, but wait!  More than 22 million people had already cast their votes.

Too bad for them. Too bad for the country.  In a race this close, it could affect the final outcome.

It used to be that a voter had to give a reason to vote early,   Now citizens are encouraged to vote by mail or show up at a polling place any old time.   It’s a needless drain of manpower and resources.

States are not allowed to publish the totals from early voting, but most publish everything else:   the race, ethnicity and even the party affiliation of most early voters.  Certain groups are fairly predictable and here is no shortage of analysts to tell us what these numbers mean.  By the time the election rolls around, a voter could get the feeling that its all over, so why bother.  This can suppress the vote and affect the outcome.  Read the rest of this entry »

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November 2nd, 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

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

How to Get the Fed out of Our Public Schools

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We now know that Omar Mateen, the mass murderer who shot up that gay night club in Orlando, had experimented with homosexuality, visited gay dating sites and was a regular at Pulse.

I would not pretend to know what was going on inside the mind of a man who would do such a thing.  However, we do know that his life was in conflict, born into a strict Muslim family and educated in our public schools which are now training grounds for this kind of sexual activity.

If you are not aware of this fact, than you simply don’t know what is going on in your local school.   Read the rest of this entry »

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June 15th, 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


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