#Election2016: …This #Birtherism Nonsense Isn’t About #TedCruz Anymore

This Birtherism nonsense isn’t about Sen. Ted Cruz anymore. At least, I don’t think it is about Sen. Cruz anymore. This has become about scoring cheap points or who hates who more. Dumb nonsense like this is why this whole thing isn’t about Sen. Cruz:

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who recently ended his own presidential bid, couldn’t help but laugh when asked if Canadian-born candidate Ted Cruz is eligible to be president.

“I just want to say, I think Ted is qualified to run for president of the United States,” Graham said on the Kilmeade and Friends radio show on Friday. “I think he is a natural-born citizen. I am sure.”

Did Sen. Lindsey Graham say this out of the goodness in his heart? I don’t think so:

“Whether I’m right or not I believe that to be so. I don’t want Ted to be the nominee. I don’t dislike Ted, but I don’t think that issue disqualifies him,” he added.

Asked if he was surprised the issue was being discussed, the South Carolina senator began to laugh.

“No, not by Trump, no not at all,” he chuckled as he said. “I thought it was pretty clever on his part actually.”

What is going on here? I thought Sen. Lindsey Graham didn’t like Donald Trump at all? Sen. Graham isn’t taking a stand on this issue because he thinks it is the right thing to do. I think it has to do with Sen. Rand Paul joining the Birtherism bandwagon (for purely political reasons, I am sure):

Rand Paul said on Wednesday that he’s not sure if his Canadian-born rival for the Republican presidential nomination Ted Cruz is eligible to be president of the United States.

If you don’t remember, Sen. Lindsey Graham got into the race because he wanted to counter Sen. Rand Paul in a foreign policy debate. Smacking Sen. Paul around would give Sen. Graham no end of joy.

What is interesting is that Sen. John McCain has come down on the side of Donald Trump:

Arizona Sen. John McCain said he doesn’t know if the Canadian-born Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is eligible to be president, saying the Supreme Court might have to decide if Cruz is eligible to be president.

This is notable because we now know Sen. John McCain’s hatred of Sen. Ted Cruz overrides his hatred of Donald Trump. Noted.

I come down against this nonsense, because it is nonsense. Any honest reading of statue confirms that Sen. Ted Cruz (when matched up with his history) is more eligible to be president. I am not going to debate the merits of the law or if someone born out the U.S. should be able to run for POTUS.

I don’t know anymore. All I know is that it is clear to me people are taking a stand on this issue for other reasons than their stated reason.

Well, see ya’ later!


#Trump2016: Not Defending @realDonaldTrump/@AnnCoulter #Birtherism Nonsense

I told you I’d criticize Donald Trump if he crossed the line. Well, here it is (via SooperMexican):

Donald Trump said in an interview that rival Ted Cruz’s Canadian birthplace was a “very precarious” issue that could make the Texas senator vulnerable if he became the Republican presidential nominee.

“Republicans are going to have to ask themselves the question: ‘Do we want a candidate who could be tied up in court for two years?” That’d be a big problem,” Trump said when asked about the topic. “It’d be a very precarious one for Republicans because he’d be running and the courts may take a long time to make decision. You don’t want to be running and have that kind of thing over your head.”

Trump added, “I’d hate to see something like that get in his way. But a lot of people are talking about it and I know that even some states are looking at it very strongly, the fact that he was born in Canada and he has had a double passport.”

*face palm* I can’t defend this nonsense. I can’t. There is no reason for me to go step by step to prove Cruz is one, you can do that yourself. Ted Cruz was born a citizen. Period. Full stop. End of story.

Even Ann Coulter knew Ted Cruz could be President before going full retard herself (Never Go Full Retard).

Okay, I am ready for Fighting Ted Cruz to slam El Trumpo into his place and- and… He’s not going to fight back, is he?

Catherine Frazier, a spokeswoman for Cruz, declined to comment Tuesday.

Fuck me! This is why I can’t get behind Ted Cruz either. A perfect time to blast Donald Trump and he refuses. I mean, Trump went after him first and Cruz would be completely justified in defending himself. Tweeting the Shark Jumping scene from Happy Days is not defending yourself, that is mocking. Cruz later, and fearfully, explained his tweet. If Cruz isn’t going to defend himself against Trump, why should I defend Cruz?

Well, see ya’ later!

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#Trump2016: @realDonaldTrump, #PoliticalCorrectnessKills, And #Hypocrisy Abounds

I want to apologize to Donald Trump. He is not Ego, he is the ID. Trump is unfiltered. Trump is unbound. Trump is incoherent.

The fact that Donald Trump is the Id, scares a lot of people. I understand that sentiment. You see, The Left is Ego (where Political Correctness comes from) and The Right is Super-Ego (where Morality comes from).

However, The Right wants to (at the same time) embrace and dismiss the Id too.

What do I mean? Recently, The Right floated the hashtag #PoliticalCorrectnessKills. The basic idea is that Political Correctness will keep you from doing what is right, because you do not want to be shamed. The San Bernardino shooter’s own neighbor thought Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik were acting suspicious, but did nothing because he did not want to be called a racist. We bitch and moan that President Obama is not doing enough to screen people coming into the United States and destroying ISIS. Then we turn around and condemn the Id, I mean Donald Trump, for speaking out as he does.

Like I said, I understand not being rules by the Id. However I think it is height of hypocrisy to summon the Id and then recoil when it rears its head.

Look, we are talking about war here. The whole point of war is to keep hitting someone until they say stop or stop moving. The idea is that we need to win the next five wars while winning the current war. The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a horrific thing to do, but a prolonged invasion of Japan would have been even MORE horrific. The bloodshed, rape, and destruction across Japan would also not have sit well with anyone. It also showed the world the horrific nature of Nuclear Weapons in general. If we didn’t have those images from the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, I personally don’t think we could have come out the other end of the Cold War.

I am not saying we should nuke the Middle East, what I am saying is that we need to stop being politically correct about war. Donald Trump is not saying wants to put Muslims in concentration camps, he wants to pause Muslim immigration until we can get a better screening process to root out Radical Islam (YOU DO NOT HAVE CONSISTULTIONAL RIGHT TO MIGRATE OR VISIT THIS COUNTRY). Donald Trump wants to take the hand-cuffs off the US Military and stop pussy-footing with ISIS/ISIL (THEY DON’T GIVE TWO CENTS ABOUT OUR FAMILYS, WHY SHOULD WE?).

We need to either embrace political correctness and welcome our doom, or reject political correctness and defeat Radical Islam once and for all. I am exhausted from hearing from people talking both ends on this subject.

I am going to leave you with the best part of the video called Darth Vader, which actually matches more than the other parts of the video. Come to the Dark Side, we have Trump Steak!

Well, see ya’ later!


#Trump2016: The @realDonaldTrump Is Starting To Annoy Me

Matt Walsh pretty much sums up my current annoyance with Donald Trump:

So to review: Trump is currently in favor of affirmative action, tax hikes, single payer health care, and the State seizing private land.

Let’s not forget ethanol subsidies. I am not going to defend these stances. I am not in the Cult Of Trump.

However, on the issues, I tend to agree with Donald Trump more than disagreed. I will continue to oppose Trump on the issues that I disagree with him on. I am not a single issue voter, I tend to look at the overall take on issues and a potential leader. I can find no other his equal.

As much as I have criticize Donald Trump over these past months, he has set the debate. Trump is quite literally the center of gravity right now. Everyone reacts to Trump, not the way around.

Well, see ya’ later!


#Election2016: Proof #BigCorn/#BigEthanol Is A #PaperTiger After All

I want to start here that I am actually on Ted Cruz’s side than Donald Trump on ethanol subsidy, and I do not like Trump’s Cruz Birthism.

However Donald Trump does bring up a good point:

“He’s a nice guy. I mean, everything I say he agrees with me, no matter what I say,” Trump began. “But with the ethanol, really, he’s got to come a long way.”

He added: “If Ted Cruz is against ethanol, how does he win in Iowa? Because that’s very anti-Iowa.”

Ted Cruz does opposed the Renewable Fuel Standard’s ethanol subsidy, yet he is raising in the Iowa polls? How can this be?

Another big supporter of the ethanol subsidy, Mike Huckabee, sits at 3% in Iowa. It is looking more and more likely that Big Corn/Big Ethanol is a paper tiger after all. I am not going to sit here and try to convince you that I understand polls. However Ted Cruz is doing something over there to gain a lot of support overnight and someone needs to figure out what.

However this hasn’t move the needle nationally for Ted Cruz or in any other state poll. Again, I am looking for leadership and being the “Rebel For Life” is not leadership (see: Ron Paul/Rand Paul).

My main point here is that, we need to stop being afraid of Big Corn/Big Ethanol. It won’t hurt or help you.

(UPDATE): A new poll shows Trump back on top in Iowa. So what do I know?!

Well, see ya’ later!


#Trump2016: @BarackObama Endorses @realDonaldTrump Too

I, like many others, watched President Obama’s speech last night. There are many things to pick apart about the speech. I am going to leave that great task to others. However one statement just jump out at me as being completely tone deaf and a sign that President Obama is completely out of touch with reality. One or two other insightful people may have picked up on brief tour of absolute insanity and I am sure I will not be the last. This is what President Obama said:

We’re working with Turkey to seal its border with Syria.

*facepalm and then a scream of frustration*

And there we have it. The final and clinching proof that God currently smiles wonderfully in Donald Trump’s direction. As the sun rises in the east and then sets in the west, the slow realization of this will drive some people insane. I, for one, am not fighting the insanity anymore. In an insane world, you have to be insane to be sane.

If Donald Trump doesn’t pick up this gold nugget and run with it, then Trump doesn’t deserve to be in the White House himself. I mean, the talking points from Trump pretty much write themselves at this point in time:

“Obama wants to secure Turkey’s southern border with Syria in the name of Terrorism, why can’t (he or I) secure our southern border with Mexico in the name of Terrorism?”

It is over people. The writing is on the wall. Everything beyond this point is simple formalities. You are now officially throwing good money after bad supporting any candidate other than Donald Trump.

Well, see ya’ later!


#Trump2016: The #ParisAttacks Is Why I’m Endorsing @realDonaldTrump …For Now

I want to state first and foremost, that I do not think Donald Trump is the right person for the job. That honor goes to Scott Walker. However, as much as I hate to say it, Donald Trump may very well be the only person who can be President right now.

At the start of November 2015, I thought I could sit out the GOP primary without endorsing anyone. When the Florida primary came around I would vote for Scott Walker as a write-in and take pop-shots at Hillary Clinton whenever I could. The Paris Attacks woke me up and told me I could not very well sit on the sidelines anymore. So I sat down and went through the candidates.

I like Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina, but I can’t endorse them. Ben Carson lacks ego. Carly Fiorina has ego and drive, but lacks everything else. I honestly think they would make better Senators.

To be brutally honest, I can’t endorse any Senator running because of Barack Obama. I would make an exception for Marco Rubio, however I rather he become Florida’s next governor and THEN become President.

The only governors I would have endorsed, were Rick Perry and Scott Walker. Of course they dropped out and we as a nation lost big time when they did.

I dismissed Donald Trump out of hand. I distrust the guy. Trump is a loud mouth, unrepentant egomaniac. Until a few years ago, Trump was also an unrepentant liberal. In fact, he still sometimes spews liberal nonsense. Trump latched onto the crazy Birther nonsense and would not let go.

Yet President Obama’s unbelievable response to the November 13th’s Paris Attacks made me take a second look at Donald Trump.

So I decided to sit down and list what are Donald Trump’s positives: Here is a guy who turned a million dollars, into billions of dollars (which is honestly no small feat). Here is a guy whose mantra is to “Make America Great Again” and that is great goal no matter how you spin it (whether or not he has the right policies or not, is up for debate). Here is a guy that says some things I agree with (even if I don’t agree how he says it).

You know, I did not endorse Florida Governor Rick Scott in the GOP primary when he ran in 2010. Yet I gritted my teeth and I voted for him in the general election that year. I have call him out many times, especially on Sun Rail. However not once have I regretted voting for him. He has not been the best governor ever, but Rick Scott is clearly not the worst governor. Through sheer force of will alone Rick Scott has moved Florida forward, for good or ill.

I am not a single issue voter. Nor am I looking for someone who totally matches my world view. I’m looking, first and foremost, for a leader to move America. A leader is someone who moves his followers, not the other way around. The only person I keep coming back to who could move America forward through sheer force of will alone, is Donald Trump. This is not done lightly or without a lot of prayer. So, for now, I am endorsing Donald Trump for President of The United States.

This endorsement is not meant as support for everything Donald Trump has done or said. In fact, I will continue to be one of Trump’s biggest critics when I disagree with him. I will not join the Cult Of Trump, so I will not jump down your throat for any reason. I will lay down the marker that I will vote for the GOP nominee, whoever he or she might be.

Well, see ya’ later!

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#Election2016: #EatTheRich And Defining #TrumpCare Before They Do

If there is ever a chance for conservatives to defeat ‘The Don’ and send him away forever, here it is. ‘The Don’ just outted himself as a “big government” progressive Republican. On his newest populist nonsense pitch, ‘The Don’ wants to eat the rich:

Scott Pelley: Who are you going to raise taxes on?

Donald Trump: If you look at actually raise, some very wealthy are going to be raised. Some people that are getting unfair deductions are going to be raised. But overall it’s going to be a tremendous incentive to grow the economy and we’re going to take in the same or more money. And I think we’re going to have something that’s going to be spectacular.

Scott Pelley: But Republicans don’t raise taxes.

Donald Trump: Well, we’re not raising taxes.

To paraphrase Megan McArdle: An AADHD day trader with a cocaine habit has considerably more consistency than ‘The Don’ here. The man likely doesn’t have “consistency” in his personal vocabulary.

This is nonsense on sticks. ‘The Don’ wants to lower taxes on the middle class and then instead of offering a spending cut to go along with that, he wants to raise taxes on the rich. Basically he wants to “Eat The Rich” to push a tax cut on the middle class. That is populism and you know how much I hate populism.

Bill Whittle made a video on how bad of it of an idea “Eat The Rich” was and still is:

Amity Shlaes wrote in Bloomberg in 2013 about effective rates:

Official rates matter, but so do effective rates, the percent of income that people actually pay in tax. The Internal Revenue Service reckoned that the effective rate of tax in 1954 for top earners was actually 70 percent.

Or lower. Marc Linder, a law professor at the University of Iowa, has shown that a more comprehensive interpretation of income that includes capital gains suggests the real effective tax rate for millionaires was 49 percent in 1953. The effective rate dropped throughout the decade, reaching 31 percent by 1960. That 31 percent is just slightly higher than the 29 percent level a Congressional Budget Office report figures the average effective tax for the top quintile will be in 2014. And that number for 2014 doesn’t include taxes in Obama’s health-care law.

A second fantasy about the 1950s is that government soaked the rich. Joseph Thorndike and Martin Sullivan in Tax Notes magazine took a look at the tax distribution of the decade. They found that those earning more than $100,000 paid less than 5 percent of the taxes collected in the U.S., a far smaller share than the wealthiest shoulder today.

We really don’t have to tax the rich more or less. What we need to do is get out of big and small business’s way to create jobs. Deregulation is the key, not higher or even lower government!

Oh yeah, almost forgot. Speaking of ObamaCare, ‘The Don’ wants to relabel ObamaCare and wants to start his own TrumpCare. I am not joking. Here is Gabriel Malor ripping TrumpCare apart:

According to Trump, uninsured people are going to get coverage because he’s going to “make a deal with existing hospitals” and “the government’s gonna pay for it.” There’s a word for this exact proposal: Medicaid. Trump probably doesn’t know this, but Medicaid expansion was a huge part of ObamaCare. The “deal with existing hospitals” is so unfavorable for doctors and hospitals that many of them do not accept Medicaid patients because it would put them out of business. Does Trump know this? Meh, he doesn’t care.

But that’s just the uninsured. Trump goes on to say that “for the most part,” his plan will be “a private plan and people are going to be able to go out and negotiate great plans with lots of different competition.” If this idea also sounds strangely familiar, it is because this too is already part of our healthcare framework. Trump described the ObamaCare exchanges just like Obama did, as increasing competition in the private insurance markets by providing lots of options.

So TrumpCare is just ObamaCare rebranded. We must now define TrumpCare before he or his batshit crazy supporters (ie: Ann Coulter and Breitbart.com) define it. It is everything we have been fighting against. It is big government and it is a further intrusion.

Well, see ya’ later!


What About #HouseSpeaker @realDonaldTrump? Why Not?!

Yesterday, people were losing their damn minds. Speaker John Boehner (R) has chosen not only resign his leadership role, but his seat in the U.S. House altogether. Republicans were cheering. Democrats were lamenting. The world has gone mad. So if I can’t tune out the madness, I’ll join the madness and throw out my two cents out there.

What I want to know, is how does Boehner’s resignation defund ObamaCare or Planned Parenthood? Or get around any Obama veto? Don’t get me wrong, I have gotten mad at Boehner and McConnell at times. Believe me, they have pissed me off more times than I can count. However I have read many articles and no one has been able to give me a good answer.

And you think Speaker Boehner is bad, just wait until we have Speaker McCarthy! We will go from a Ohio Republican to a California Republican, and all that comes with a California Republican.

We should just make “The Don” Speaker of the House! I’m not joking here! Article One, Section 2, Clause 5(a) of the Constitution notes:

The House of Representatives shall chuse [sic] their Speaker and other Officers…

There is NO mandate that the Speaker has to be a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Currently, the Speaker usually doesn’t take part in debate and even rarely votes. As far as I see it, an entire congressional district is completely unrepresented if their representative is elected Speaker.

So I ask again, why can’t someone outside the U.S. House of Representatives be the House Speaker? And why can’t that person be “The Don” himself?

I mean, the man’s perfect! ‘The Don’ can do no wrong in the GOP primary, so he’ll bring back ‘winning’ to the GOP-control U.S. House of Representatives! On top of everything, he can still run for President! Everybody wins!

Why? Why Not?! If we are going to burn this country to the ground, let’s do it in a ‘classy’-ist style we can do it in!

Well, see ya’ later!

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#Walker2016: @ScottWalker Takes On The Lying Liar

Do we really need introductions or a set-up? Let’s not delay and go right to film:

Major props to Scott Walker for leaving that lying SOB in the video. His team could have cut him out, but they left him in to show how much of a fool The Don really is. Scott Walker and his team is clearly unintimidated by a clown show.

How do I know The Don is a lying liar? Because even PolitiFact has to bow to Gov. Scott Walker’s winning record in Wisconsin:

Then Trump said: “But when the folks of Iowa found out the true facts of the job that you’ve done in Wisconsin, all of a sudden … he was No. 1 and now he’s No. 6 or seven in the polls. So, look, we brought it out, you were supposed to make a billion dollars in the state. You lost 2.2 — you have right now, a huge budget deficit.”

Boiled down, that’s essentially the same claim Trump made in Iowa in July 2015, when he said — mixing apples and oranges — that under Walker, Wisconsin “projected a $1 billion (budget) surplus and it turns out to be a deficit of $2.2 billion.” Our rating was Mostly False.

In early 2014, there was a projection of a $1 billion surplus in the state budget heading into the 2015-’17 budget period. Late in 2014, there was a projection of a $2.2 billion shortfall — the difference between expected revenues and the amount of money being requested by state agencies. But the shortfall was never a deficit — and some of the surplus was consciously spent by Republicans, as tax cuts.

No matter how you cut it, The Don can’t make up facts. Now responding to The Don, Scott Walker noted:

“We balanced a $3.6 billion budget deficit, we did it by cutting taxes — $4.7 billion to help working families, family farmers, small business owners and senior citizens. And it’s about time people in America stand up and take note of this.”

Walker’s first claim was similar to one he made in 2013, when he said: “The $3.6 billion deficit we inherited has turned into more than a half-billion-dollar surplus.” Our rating on the 2013 statement was Half True. Walker cited accurate or close-to-accurate numbers that showed a turnaround from red to black during his first two years as governor. But his claim had a context problem because it mixed two different ways to define the size of the turnaround. When viewed properly, the turnaround fell a little short of what he said.

As for the claim of cutting taxes by $4.7 billion as governor, we’ve rated that True.

So while The Don is making False statements, Gov. Scott Walker is making True statements about his record. It would make sense that a cheating and lying brat would support The Don.

I don’t know about you, but I think real leaders don’t need to lie in order to win. Real winners who walk the walk need only to tell the truth. Governor Scott Walker is the winning leader we need now more than ever. That is why I support a conservative with a proven record of reform.

Well, see ya’ later!

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