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51  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Complain to the DNC??? on: April 20, 2016, 11:48:17 AM
ccp:  "Is Bernie stupid or what? 

   - To be an American socialist in 2016, yes, stupid, ignorant or dishonest.  I suspect all three.  Might add hypocrite to that.

"What a gigantic blunder for him to let Clinton off the hook with the emails."

   - Isn't that the truth!  His strategic concern for himself and the careful positioning of his pretend challenge to her then was bigger than any real security concern for the country that her blunder created.  Now it turns out that being honest might have been better, even for a Democrat. Who knew?
52  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Sen.Ted Cruz on: April 20, 2016, 11:38:04 AM
"Rudy Giuliani says that the EDC and her running dogs in the Pravda will know how to hit simple fast balls like Cruz but will be thrown off stride by Trump's unpredictability and that is why he is supporting Trump."

I don't support Trump but Giuliani is partly right on this.  

Not that NY matters but Cruz took a distant third.  86% of NY Republicans don't want the conservati e alternative to Trump.  He couldn't find a district he could win.  New York Values as a slur sounded good to the furthest right of the Iowa GOP, meanwhile we hear no realistic plan about how he would implement his tax plan or turn around this economy.

Cruz got into a fight on radio with Sean Hannity yesterday.  It was ugly and both were wrong.  Cruz won't admit he can't get to 1237 before the convention and keeps repeating his canned line like they accused Rubio of doing.  Hannity is being blockheaded about what can or should happen in a convention.  If you are short of that threshold, you are in the same boat as everyone else short of that threshold.

All we have done since the first debate is drive people away and make Hillary and Obama seem reasonable.
53  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: George Gilder: Why Wall Street Recovered but the economy did not. on: April 20, 2016, 11:03:48 AM

It will be interesting to learn the details his assessment.  I assume it is the Federal Reserve and expansionary money.

"The Scandal of Money: Why Wall Street Recovers but the Economy Never Does"

We are so far removed from addressing the things that are wrong I don't see how anyone can feel optimistic.

I see Scott Grannis has another post on what is going right in a no growth economy.  What a dismal science.  It's like having a fascination with baseball batting statistics when the hitters are striking out half the time, no extra base hits and no one is hitting over .200.

No growth over 2% in the entire Obama era, going back to when Dems took congress in 2006.  Compare that with quarterly GDP growth rates during the early part of the Reagan recovery after tax rate cuts were fully enacted:  1983 Q2 3.35%, Q3 5.75%, Q4 7.83%, 1984 Q1 8.55% Q2 7.99%, Q3 6.96%, Q4 5.63%. Imagine today's economy with that kind of growth!

A commenter on Grannis' post:  "Ted Cruz, was on CNBC live this morning. He ranted that the Fed has been "printing money" and "artificially propping up the stock market for rich people". Ted said its all a bubble that's getting ready for an enormous crash. Nobody running for President has a clue how the Fed works."

That sounds closer to the truth in layman's terms than the twisted explanation of how QE didn't create money.
54  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The war on the rule of law on: April 19, 2016, 01:16:35 PM
He has been meddling from the beginning, like he did with Supreme Court cases, Fast and Furious and IRS Targeting.  Just the fact that he guarantees no political influence tells us there is. 

What else would be holding up the investigation?  Why didn't he start the investigation when he found out about her personal server long before we did?
55  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Drumpf threatens lawsuit of artist who painted him nude w a small penis on: April 19, 2016, 12:58:00 PM

He is a public figure but also isn't truth a valid defense against a slander, libel or defamation allegation?

He has all the symptoms of compensating for something...
56  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Media Issues, NY Times math error on: April 18, 2016, 01:50:54 PM
Soon the corrections section will be bigger than the news section.  This one is a doozy...

Correction: April 10, 2016

An article on March 20 about wave piloting in the Marshall Islands misstated the number of possible paths that could be navigated without instruments among the 34 islands and atolls of the Marshall Islands. It is 561, not a trillion trillion.
Hat tip, John Hinderaker, President of Center for the Amerian Experiment, co-founder of Powerline
57  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Tax Policy on: April 18, 2016, 01:37:23 PM
I posted, "Not a peep about 50% paying not one cent in Federal taxes" on April 13th
Today's headlines on Drudge as Doug points out, "45.3% of American households".
What can I say.  I stand corrected.   wink

45% paying nothing plus rich elite liberals plus government employees plus minimum wage employees plus college professors plus K-12 teachers union members plus crony government 'business' people plus 95% of blacks, gays, Jews, Hispanics and Muslims and a few other groups I missed somehow takes that core Dem market over 50%.

On the other side, taking a really hard line on immigration gets you 33% - of Republicans - and maybe the nomination and second place at best in the general election.
58  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Tax Policy, 45.3% of American households pay no federal income tax on: April 18, 2016, 11:59:04 AM
45.3% of American households — roughly 77.5 million — will pay no federal individual income tax

"On average, those in the bottom 40% of the income spectrum end up getting money from the government. Meanwhile, the richest 20% of Americans, by far, pay the most in income taxes, forking over nearly 87% of all the income tax collected by Uncle Sam."

Reagan lowered the highest tax rates in the country by making his cuts "across the board" tax rate cuts and selling it partly that it would take millions of people off the tax rolls completely.  That last part of it was a mistake.

Our goal now should be the opposite, to get the highest percentage of people to be participating in the next round of economic growth, benefiting from the prosperity and participating in their fair share of paying for what they vote for.
59  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Economics, Now legal to sell natural gas abroad on: April 18, 2016, 11:48:05 AM
(March 28, Dallas Morning News, this story went by without fanfare)

Dumb and Dumber.  In the land of the free and the home of the brave, and in the face of all this talk about trade deficits and also global warming, it has been illegal until now to sell abroad the largest growth product of our time, the product that played the biggest role in curbing our CO2 emissions nationwide in the United States of Ameria, natural gas.

The U.S. can finally sell natural gas abroad, and that could change everything.  28 March 2016

(Makes you wonder, where else are we still shooting ourselves in the foot, maybe by having the highest business tax rates in the world?)
60  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / With millions rolling in, Bernie Sanders now lives as a 1%'er on: April 18, 2016, 11:38:49 AM
"the menu on Flight Class Warfare:  There's lobster sliders, crab salad, red lentil soup, herb crusted lamb loin, chocolate ganache, fine cheeses, white wine..."

They flew a Delta 767, 4/5ths empty, burned 33,193 gallons of fuel, and met with the Pope for what, 3 minutes?  Makes an Occupy Wall Streeter want to pledge another $6 out of their next minimum wage paycheck...

First this, Obama's immediate response to what he will miss as President, Air Force One, his own zillion dollar private jet service known for making a special trip to bring the dog to Martha's Vineyard or to commute the Obamas to Hawaii - separately.

Now it's Bernie, the common man, starting to live not like a socialist, but like a socialist leader, in power and in control of other people's money.


Remember when Bernie Sanders was scoring PR points for "humbly" flying with the ordinary people? That's all gone. And it's been gone for a while now. His campaign is swimming in money and that comes with all the expected Clintonworld perks.

The New York Times' Yamiche Alcindor, who is no Sanders fan, tweeted the menu on Flight Class Warfare.

There's lobster sliders, crab salad, red lentil soup, herb crusted lamb loin, chocolate ganache, fine cheeses, white wine and those are just the highlights.

And all of this was so Bernie Sanders could fly out to Rome to try and associate himself with Pope Francis and take along a bunch of reporters to watch the show.

The plane was a Delta 767 which can seat 250 or so people, though Sanders only took 50 in his entourage.

Sure. Why not.
The whole trip would have used up to 33,193 gallons of fuel, calculated MailOnline, which noted that an average American - who is estimated to fly only 7,500 miles per year - releases fewer carbon emissions via aircraft in 12 months than Mr Sanders did for the trip to Rome.

Hours earlier during the Democratic debate, Mr Sanders claimed some of Mrs Clinton's support came from employees at oil companies and lobbyists for the fossil fuel industry. "'As I understand it, 43 lobbyists for the fossil fuel industry maxed out, gave the maximum amount of money to Secretary Clinton's campaign," he said.
61  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: POTH on Cruz on: April 18, 2016, 10:41:49 AM
There is something about liberal writers that they feel compelled to lie in the first sentence.

"Ronald Reagan, who supported granting legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants."

No.  Reagan agreed to legal status in exchange for ..... , ..... , and ..... that all didn't happen.  That doesn't imply he would favor open borders today after being taken to the cleaners earlier and while we are under attack by terrorists and ISIS is building camps just off our southern border.

Continuing into the article:

"Throughout his Senate career, Republican opponents have cast Mr. Cruz as a master of the ill-considered — a “wacko bird,” as Senator John McCain of Arizona once called him — whose seemingly reckless pursuits were thought to place him well outside the mainstream."

It was only the Senate's wacko birds that called him a wacko bird.  The issue at hand was to fund a Democrat program that was unconstitutional by any fair reading of the law and the constitution and that they were elected to de-fund.  Wacko bird is political term for anyone who still supports limited government this long after the country abandoned that principle.

Cruz's Presidential view of abortion, like Rubio is that it is a matter for the states - that in the most restrictive states would all allow exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother.

Cruz's view on marriage is that a man and a woman become a husband and wife, OMG, exactly what both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton believed as recently as 2010.  It was the Clinton administration support of DOMA that made it a federal issue.

"Carpet bomb ISIS into oblivion".  “He means an overwhelming air campaign,” his longtime national security adviser, Victoria Coates, clarified in an interview.  

That's how I took it too.  Nothing is his personality makes you think he will skip intelligence briefings or ignore the best advice of his military strategists while in office, like his predecessor many times did at our peril.

"He wants to...abolish the Internal Revenue Service and create a tax structure simple enough for Americans to file on postcards."

I wonder if POTH readers find that offensive...

"He wants to return to the gold standard [and abolish the IRS]"

I don't think that means abolish the Federal Reserve, like some want to do and as the sentence seems intended to portray.  Every competent economist would put gold prominently in their "basket of goods' for measuring and targeting the value of the dollar.

"As a teenager, growing up in Houston, he earned money delivering speeches on Friedrich A. Hayek and Ludwig von Mises, expounding on free-market principles at Rotary and Kiwanis clubs."

This is also quite good news.  I have not heard this side of him and guessed that he was weaker than some at explaining the value of free market economics.

" counting Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist as a former boss and Justice Antonin Scalia as a friend whose strict constructionist views helped shape his own."

That's not really out of the mainstream, don't they all still have to take an oath to be 'strict constitutionalists' while in office?

"...Mr. Cruz’s opposition to ethanol subsidies in Iowa..."  
G M, Re: Sen.Ted Cruz takes on King Corn Ethanol, January 27, 2016:

Interesting that Iowans respected that.  Not to cut their subsidy alone, but to put an end to all crony government.

My complaint of Cruz so far is that he has aimed his campaign entirely at people who already agree with him.  He has no experience moving a politically divided state to the right on policy.  But he has the benefit of timing and of facts on the ground.  We have just tried 10 years of a leftist policy direction and it failed to accomplish anything positive the leftists were promising.

It will be interesting to see how Cruz can adapt to a general election race.  I fear he will be painted as too far to the right before he really can start.  I'm sure that is the point of pieces like this, putting an extremist spin on quite reasonable positions.  His policies are the most likely to succeed, if tried, of any the remaining candidates.

Hugh Hewitt on Meet the Press Sunday called for a unity ticket of Cruz-Trump, Ted Cruz and the smarter Trump, his daughter Ivanka, that is.  Try running the war against women campaign against her!
62  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Stephanopoulos will interview the Empress Dowager on: April 17, 2016, 05:19:48 PM
I'm sure he's a professional journalist.

Do I really need a sarcasm tag for this?

Maybe they will call this kind of toughness 'Hardball' or is that tag already taken...

Let's score the interview here and see if he gets any real answer from her to any tough question.
63  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Economics on: April 17, 2016, 05:16:40 PM
Also, and this I think to be very important, is the matter of baseline budgeting.

BB uses nominal dollars i.e. includes projected inflation.  For simplistic illustration $100 in year one with 10% inflation is $110 in year two and this is calculated as neutral in constant dollars.

Thus the nominal dollar increases of the 5 and 10 year plans (remember when we used to laugh at the Soviet Empire for its central planning with 5 and 10 year plans?) in place when Reagan took office became REAL increases as Volcker's policies aided and abetted by the increase in supply due to the tax rate cuts decreased inflation far more rapidly than anyone except the supply-siders and the monetarists  predicted.

That's right.  They must factor inflation into the budget for every domestic dollar spent on their side but don't account for any inflation when taxing every dollar invested by the people, resulting in real capital gains tax rates of 100%, 1000% and higher.  Ironically this over-taxation in the marginal rates leads to asset paralysis where properties and assets cannot be sold because for tax reasons and thus no revenues come in, adding further to the deficit, debt and stagnation.  This is even worse at the state level where an inflationary-only gain is taxed at the highest rate of ordinary income, again preventing sales and causing lost revenue.
64  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / US Foreign Policy, WWII, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, why we bombed on: April 17, 2016, 05:02:00 PM
Challenge:  Explain to a liberal or a kid why it was right for the US to drop those bombs at that time and why that does not make us at all like those who wish to bomb us.

Anyone want to take a crack at this?

The purpose of the war from the Japanese point of view was to conquer other lands, kill and enslave people and rule the region.  The purpose of the bombings was to end the war and save lives, especially ours; it did exactly that.  There is no moral equivalent to terrorists or other aggressors.  The proof is in the aftermath, we did not kill anyone after surrender or enslave anyone or take over their lands.  Instead we helped them to rebuild and recover.

Winston Churchill frames the math, the battles otherwise would have cost millions in more lives lost - and left the enemy in possession of the weapon and perhaps the world.

Churchill:  The decision to use the atomic bomb was taken by President Truman and myself at Potsdam, and we approved the military plans to unchain the dread, pent-up forces. . .  There are voices which assert that the bomb should never have been used at all.  I cannot associate myself with such ideas.  Six years of total war have convinced most people that had the Germans or the Japanese discovered this new weapon, they would have used it upon us to our complete destruction with the utmost alacrity.  I am surprised that very worthy people, but people who in most cases had no intention of proceeding to the Japanese front themselves, should adopt the position that rather than throw this bomb, we should have sacrificed a million American, and a quarter of a million British lives in the desperate battles and massacres of an invasion of Japan.

Are those numbers above realistic?  Look at the lives lost in the war:

Japan had already lost 3.8% of its population in a war of choosing by their Emperor, not us.
The Allies lost nearly 48 million people, compared to fewer than 12 million people on the Axis side.
The reason is because the Axis targeted civilians, the Allies targeted military.
74 percent of Axis deaths were military personnel; only 29 percent of Allied deaths were.
Poland lost an estimated 16 percent of its population, about 5.5 million, around 3 million of whom were Jews.
The Soviet Union, which lost around 14 percent of its population.
Lithuania, Latvia, and Greece all lost between 11.2 and 13.7 percent.
Germany lost 9.4 percent. Thus the chief aggressor, and the loser, is in sixth place.
Italy, despite some horrific fighting there, didn’t make the top 20.
When the Allies (other than the Soviet Union) killed civilians they usually did so from the air. The purpose was to cripple the Axis’ industrial and war machines.

The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was different. Its purpose was to end the war more or less instantly. It succeeded.
It can’t be equated with the war on civilians waged by the Axis. The American goal was not to exterminate a race, to enslave anyone, to firm up occupation rule, or to replace one population with another.

Please see Bill Whittle:

65  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Immigration issues - on: April 17, 2016, 03:19:46 PM
As a member of the European Union, it is obliged to accept large numbers of unskilled immigrants who find not only Britain’s wages, but also her welfare system, much superior to those in their own countries.

A 16 year old girl solves the problem.  Short clip.
66  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Sanders paid 13% in taxes? on: April 17, 2016, 01:28:32 PM
Sanders Paid $27,653 in 2014 Taxes on Income of $205,271

13.5% was his average tax rate.  Marginal tax rate, much higher for a 200k earner, is what discourages additional work or investment.  A true flat tax would make them one and the same.  It is counter-productive (stupid) to have the disincentive to produce higher than the rate of actual revenue collection.  Even with his own example this is all Greek to Bernie Sanders.
67  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Economics on: April 17, 2016, 12:36:47 PM
Doug I agree with you about Reagan.  I am not sure about the motives of the authors of the above post I made.

They like to score economic results by whether the President at the time has an R or a D by their name, if it makes the Dems look same or better.  I like to score economic results by the policies that caused those results.
68  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: National debt, defending Reagan on: April 17, 2016, 10:23:51 AM
Debt clock:

Republicans starting with Reagan partially to blame:

Reagan presided over big deficits but not for the reasons normally cited.

1. Did tax rates cuts cause debt?  Cutting the top marginal rate from 70% to 28%, fully in place in 1/1/83, ended a painful, otherwise endless period of stagnation.  It caused enormous economic growth.  Revenues to the Treasury doubled in the decade of the 1980.  Reagan tax rate cuts did not cause one dollar of deficit or debt.

2. Defense spending?  Reagan's defense rebuild was expensive.  Not addressing that threat would have been more costly.  The result of the real commitment he made to peace through strength directly resulted in the fall of the Soviet Union.  The cost of defeating that threat needs to be spread over the 4 decades that threat grew, not over Reagan's 8 years.  Call it an unfunded liability.  On June 12, 1987, Reagan called out the head of the Soviet Union to tear down this wall after showing 7 years of unflinching resolve.  On November 9, 1989, the wall came down.  That didn't happen because of detente, parity, or unilateral disarmament.  No one honestly believes it could have been done faster or for less.

3.  Domestic spending?  Reagan allowed domestic spending to increase as his compromise with Democratic Speaker Tip O'Neill in order to accomplish the two points above.  Democrats controlled the House during Reagan's entire term.  Accomplishing the above required making this compromise.  By their own admission, it was the cost of having a Democrat controlled House, not the cost of having Reagan in the White House.

Does anyone believe the Soviet union would have collapsed without a U.S. defense buildup or that America would have ever snapped out of stagflation under the previous policies of economic asphyxiation? I don't.
69  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2016 Presidential, Cruz is taking Nebraska on: April 14, 2016, 05:58:57 PM
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)
 can add Nebraska to his list of states where he’s out organized GOP frontrunner Donald Trump in collecting delegates.

Trump is hiring local help a and trying to organize after it's too late.  Is that how he will handle foreign and economic policy too?
70  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Middle East: War, Peace, SNAFU, FUBAR, ISIS Camp a Few Miles from Texas on: April 14, 2016, 05:57:14 PM
ISIS Camp a Few Miles from Texas, Mexican Authorities Confirm

But what happens in the Middle East doesn't affect us.  We can't be the world's policeman.  I guess we won't need to fight wars outside our borders; they're coming to us.
71  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Trump unfavorable rating at 67% on: April 14, 2016, 05:53:26 PM
Trump unfavorable rating at 67%
72  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Hillary pays female executives 38% less than men on: April 14, 2016, 05:43:45 PM
Hillary pays female executives 38% less than men

There ought to be a law against this - leftist hypocrisy.
73  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2016 Presidential - Nate Silver on: April 14, 2016, 05:41:05 PM
Nate Silver:  Trump finishes 82 delegates short.
74  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Abortion on: April 14, 2016, 05:24:47 PM
If Zika virus causes permanent damage to the unborn, even death, shouldn't it be a constitutional right?
75  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2016 Presidential on: April 13, 2016, 12:07:18 PM
My assessment is that there is no hope until the reboot. This country, or what's left of it has to hit bottom before recovery.

Pessimism continued, I don't think we will be any smarter after hitting rock bottom.  We will learn all the wrong lessons.  The metaphor fails, but I think it's only downhill from there.

I would still like to see Cruz or someone steal this nomination and start running with a real vision.  Call out socialism for what it is and lay out in detail what needs to be done.
76  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Monetary Policy: Treasury Secretary Jack Lew in The Atlantic on: April 13, 2016, 11:44:57 AM
After 7 years we still haven't needed a positive thread for this administration; it all fits nicely into 'cognitive dissonance of his glibness'.  I was quite hard on Jack Lew earlier for his political lying and corruption, all part of the job I'm sure.;topicseen#msg70291  The IRS targeting scandal non-follow up also falls under his jurisdiction.

Here is a current interview with Lew over a range of topics relating to his job as Treas Sec.  Some of what he says makes sense.  Still it is amazing that someone could be doing their job as Treasury Secretary and not be screaming warnings from the rooftops about how damaging our deficits and to the future of this country.

Lew: The president and I tend to be very like-minded on the realist approach. If you look at something like Ukraine, in putting together support for [the government there following the country’s 2014 revolution]. The anchor was an IMF program [of $17 billion in urgent support]. It also needed to work with the Europeans [to] put in a significant amount, because [Europe] was right there. But then we went around the world, and we got countries that don’t have immediate exposure to Ukraine or Russia, [including] Canada and Japan. We put together a global effort so that with our loan guarantees, the IMF package, European support and contributions from other countries around the world, we actually helped Ukraine.

I think it gets harder and harder because everyone is feeling fiscal constraints. But I think we have a very powerful ability to cross that moral threshold, where countries know they should [contribute], and then it becomes a budget question of how much you can get them to do. Could we have put together a $25 billion package, or $20 billion [for Ukraine]? We couldn’t. But you put it all together, and it’s the world telling Russia that Ukraine will have a long enough runway to get back on its feet. That’s geopolitically of great significance.

   - A good policy wonk with no principles, vision or moral character.  My guess is that he will be the next Chairman of the Federal Reserve.

On China:
Lew: I think that we have to recognize there are going to be areas where we have overlapping interests; there are areas where [we’re] going to have differences. We’re going to have to make progress in the space where we agree, but [we also have to] put down really hard markers, whether it’s over [the] South China Sea or cyber theft—we can’t just gloss over those issues.

One of the things I have found in my engagements with the Chinese is that they respect the directness of that. It’s not on its face offensive to say, “You do these things that we find unacceptable.” We shouldn’t kid ourselves that just by saying it they will change. We are pulling them along as a global community to a better place. [China’s current economic transition] is one of the hardest economic transitions that any country has ever undertaken; [it’s] one of the biggest economies in the history of the world shifting from a centrally controlled, non-market, top-down structure to something that is more market-driven.

The question is not whether they intellectually understand the importance of that transition. They all understand what they need to do. Are they prepared to live with the bumps that come with making that transition? They are not small bumps. You dislocate millions of people from their manufacturing jobs. You either reposition them in different jobs in different places or provide some support because they are no longer working. Those are huge things to do.

They say the right things, but the proof of pudding is in the eating, and it’s hard. I don’t say that in a condescending way at all. If you asked me to relocate 1.5 million American workers, that would be very hard. But they have no choice because of where their economy was, and where it has to go.

They value the relationship with us. You know this whole communication thing, it’s not natural to them. Being open and transparent is new to them. They don’t intuitively know when they need to communicate. When I get on the phone with some of my counterparts and say, “You can’t surprise the world by doing something like this,” they try actually to do better going forward. But you can see from the way they have moved in the last few months that the learning curve is steep.
77  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2016 Presidential on: April 13, 2016, 10:46:11 AM
Frankly, at this point the republican party needs to burn.

Already in process.  8 years of Obama and 8 years of Hillary-Castro because George Bush and John Boehner governed like Democrats.

We can replace the failing big tent party with a number of smaller, warring faction parties, the protectionist party, the government takings party, the RINO party, the big spending big government conservative party, the let the rest of the world burn party, and the anarchy party.

I like your earlier Ted Cruz or bust post better!

I was thinking this morning about past posts made on The Way Forward thread and how everything we were calling for didn't happen. 

We needed to get straight and clear and unified on issues, instead it is all chaos and confusion.  We needed to be able to communicate well and pull peole to our side of issues and instead it is moving in the other direction.  And we needed to pick someone to represent our views who will reach into the enemy camp and pull a few people over to our side, and instead we are choosing only those who are the most divisive.

Ted Cruz has all kinds of great views on issues and through all the noise I haven't heard a word of it in weeks if not months.

The next election is still 7 months out and yet we already feel helpless and hopeless.
78  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Hillary running late is on "Colored People" time. on: April 13, 2016, 09:22:49 AM

And then puts the blame for the joke back on deblahsio.
79  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2016 Presidential, Drudge vs. Cruz on: April 13, 2016, 09:10:57 AM
I heard about the Drudge vs Cruz war so I went to the Drudge Report and picked up a couple of juicy headlines designed to make Cruz look bad.

Backtracking here, I know a little about Drudge's politics because he used to have a radio talk show that played here on Sunday nights.  Not heavily promoted or listened to but pretty good content.  I noticed he was from the anti-free trade wing of the Republican party or conservative movement, called protectionism, populism(?), he tended to like Pat Buchanan for example.  That particular stand doesn't make it with me though we probably agree on other issues.  I bring this up because it explains why an otherwise intelligent guy might support Trump.  (

Lead headlines on the Drudge Report last night (and this morning) were these:

'Delegates were decided, 10 seconds at a time'...
Trump calls process 'a disgrace'...
Cruz email asks for $35 to be 'top deputy delegate'...

Let's start with the video that I suppose at this point would show us cheating or Gestapo tactics at the GOP convention in Colorado.  Yes, 600+ people running for national delegate were given 10 seconds each on the stage.  Yes, that's kind of a joke but way more open than most; everyone getting an equal shot, winners of the real vote count take all.

The second headline is false.  If that 10 seconds is what you were using to make your decision or to run your 'campaign' for national delegate, you either are the joke or are missing the punchline.  Everyone had the same shot to organize and win.  The winners were the top vote getters; hte way they ran the headline you might think money was changing hands or something else nefarious.  Not so.

Serious campaigns organize AHEAD OF TIME.  And they have what they call a slate of candidates and a bullet ballot (can you still call it that?).  So if you are with Cruz and want to be a delegate and sweep the convention, you get on a slate of candidates where everyone on it and more agree to vote the whole ballot.  The CNN video didn't know that or show that and Trump got blindsided because he's never been to one of these and he hired someone to manage these conventions AFTER this happened in Colorado.

The rules were set last August.  How is this unfair or someone else's fault?

Moving on to the second story, 4th headline:

Cruz email asks for $35 to be 'top deputy delegate'...

It looks like a crime commmited, bribery exposed.  Turns out he has a donation solicitation naming the contributor level no worse than NPR would.  Maybe you can be at the "Patron" level or the "ambassador" level.  In this case $35 to Cruz, from your home, puts you at the "top deputy delegate" level.  Was there one person out there that thought this money would give them a seat in the convention hall in Cleveland closer to the stage than their living room?

Too bad.  Because of Trump and his desperate followers, the conservative side is dividing and imploding.

We saw it here first when we learned from Pat that people and places like National Review, Townhall, WSJ, Glenn Beck, Thomas Sowell, Hot Air, Powerline, and many more were all too liberal, the "establishment", and part of a conspiracy to keep Trump out.  He was always able to bring us a Trump source or Trump poll that uniquely told the truth where the others were all telling us wrong.

Does it ever happen in politics that someone else merely holds a different view than you?  Or got more votes than you, as Cruz did over Trump in Colorado?  Or does it always have to be a scandal when your guy gets his clock cleaned?  

I wasted my time following the Drudge leads above and where there was smoke, there was no fire.
80  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / 2016 Presidential, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders Are Delusional on Trade Policy on: April 12, 2016, 04:58:32 PM

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders Are Delusional on Trade Policy
We import so many parts—and parts of parts—that tariffs and protectionism will only kill jobs and hike prices.

This issue alone tells me Trump and obviously Sanders don't understand free market economics.

It also blows his analogy to Reagan who had a long held ambition to have a hemisphere wide free trade zone.
81  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2016 Presidential on: April 12, 2016, 01:48:39 PM
I was shocked when I read the headlines that Trump admitted the posting of Heidi Cruz's picture was a mistake and he shouldn't have done it.

As far as I am familiar with him that is a first.  One small step for man........ cheesy

Yet they won't admit that their guy acusing Cruz's delegate operation in Colo of "Gestapo tactics" was a mistake.

Gestapo, really?? it isn't Cruz who wants to combine the executive and judiciary into one, that favors a national police force, he doesn't support the power to imprison people without judicial proceedings. Thousands of political prisoners didn't 'disappear under his watch, Cruz hasn't sought to suppress any churches or religions, and he hasn't committed any arrests, torture or executions.

As usual, Trump has it exactly backwards.  Cruz supports all the freedoms that, if protected, would prevent us from ever having a national police force develop into a Gestapo like force.

Prescient were the Founders who in the 1700s saw the danger that emerged in 1930s Germany and vowed that the government would never become a stronger force than the people.

Meanwhile, what happened in Colorado.  They passed the rules, published the rules, followed the rules, elected delegates and sore loser lost.  Big deal.  Trump might have been involved earlier in the process if he hadn't been a Democrat when the rules were made or if he could even find Colorado on a map.

Interesting that his kids who are 100% behind him politically don't happen to be Republicans either, and can't vote for him in the NY primary.  That also tells me Trump might score 10 points lower in NY than the polls indicate.  Still a win but not a sweep.
82  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2016 Presidential on: April 12, 2016, 11:02:52 AM
ccp:  PS:  Trump "floats" Rubio for VP  ;   Marco back in the game?   shocked

Rubio holds a good number of delegates and some influence.  He was (supposedly) everyone's choice for VP last time and everyone's second choice earlier in this cycle.

Trump is trying to soften up the attacks he made on all the others.  Good luck with that - should have thought of that then during his burn bridges campaign. 

Not a great analogy, but I think of Dole and Kemp.  Kemp was a lousy VP candidate because Dole wouldn't have ever been his choice for President.  You have to believe in what you are selling.  I doubt Rubio would sign with Trump, but I've been wrong on everything else so far.

We'll see how this plays out.
83  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of the left on: April 12, 2016, 10:55:45 AM
ccp,  Too late for slavery, maybe we should pay reparations for the damage done by our 'war on poverty' spending spree that pulled millions of good and healthy people out of the productive economy.

Why don't we try to get the present right before we make reparations for the past.

Regarding slavery reparations from a northerner point of view, we fought a bloody war to free slaves and want nothing in return.  You would never get it right as to who should pay in and who should receive.  Besides the victims and the perpetrators are all dead now.  We have a statute of limitations.  This is all noise in the room that makes it harder to recognize when someone actually has a valid claim.

e pluribus unum.  We aren't a nation of warring factions in spite of what our leadership would have us believe. 

As you suggest, these groups dissatisfaction with Dems is not making them Rs.  But it's a start.
84  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of the left, BILL CLINTON v. BLACK LIVES MATTER on: April 12, 2016, 10:42:00 AM
I'm not enjoying the Republican race, might as well have some fun with the divide on the left...

This is the left calling out Bill Clinton and his co-President for being anti-crime.  The funniest part I suppose is to see their reaction is to apologize for instead of defend their anti-crime policy.

Both splits of the left miss the central error; we don't want our local police forces nationalized.  Bill Clinton was putting a hundred thousand more cops on the street with federal dollars because it sounded good in a State of the Union speech, like he cares, not because it is good policy or the federal government's responsibility.

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In the ’90s, Bill Clinton exploited fears about crime in the same way that Donald Trump uses immigration today.
85  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of the left on: April 11, 2016, 12:58:21 PM
"Blacks hate the results of both Clinton and Obama policies as well as the Dem governance of their own cities, Philadelphia in this case.  Yet these people including Hillary win because of black votes."

For the life of me I just cannot comprehend why Republicans cannot make any in roads with Blacks.
I wish our candidates would speak to them much more.  It was like some big event when Rand Paul made one speech to a group of skeptical Blacks. 

We aren't going to change minds with one lousy speech.

Yes and it goes both ways.  Blacks should be trying to make inroads into the Republican party, as should other groups that the Democrats are leaving behind.  Rand Paul did that.  Paul Ryan has reached out.  Jack Kemp always did.  We haven't found a way to reach the black community with black conservatives.  The latest was Ben Carson.  I think his support came from the usual Republican demographics.  Probably the same for the readership of people like Thomas Sowell.  Maybe if Carson ends up on the ticket he can be in a position to reach people where that message is otherwise not heard. 

Our candidates talk to them by including them, not by singling them out.  The Reagan economic expansion was for everyone and benefited everyone.  But we don't get credit for that because we don't have a separate but unequal program for groups.

Law enforcement in your neighborhood is a good thing.  If your race is under-represented, get more people, your sons and daughters, into those professions - law enforement.  Democratic opposition to school choice is keeping your kids in bad schools and it is a case of Dems, they are putting their special interest, teachers' unions, ahead of your kids' best interests.  It's crazy that inner city blacks support the anti-school choice party.  Republicans aren't going to put an end to the safety net, so quit saying things that sound like we will.  We don't want you to starve, but we need you to recognize that the over-dependence on these programs, on balance, is holding you back.  If and when a dynamic, entrepreneurial economy returns to this country, you will want to be a part of it.

At the end of slavery, the feeling was that we are black, set us free, we can compete, make a living, and own and run businesses etc.  Blacks were Republicans then.  150 years later, the winning (Democrat) message is that you are black, you are a victim, and you have no chance in this rigged world without a constant leg up from us and from a big government.  It isn't true.  It isn't working, and no one effectively points that out.

We need to be resolute in distancing ourselves from any support of a rigged, crony world.  That is the turf of the left; let them own it.  We need to repeal the unfair over-regulations that are designed to keep entrenched interests in and new entrants out.  We need economic growth for all.  A stagnant economy favors those who already have money and power.  Witness the Obama years.
86  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Media Issues - the double standard lives on on: April 11, 2016, 12:15:54 PM
Obama On Clinton Emails: "There's Classified & Then There's Classified"

Good catch on that.  That is the political answer for all this from the Clinton camp, not the Presidential view from a man sworn to uphold the constitution and enforce the laws of the land.

Out of 2079 classified emails after promising us there were none, let's say a hundred or a thousand of them were not that sensitive or could have been publicly sourced elsewhere.  SO WHAT?!  That has nothing to do with the alleged crime, and MANY of the others were sensitive, even TOP SECRET.

It is possible that the information that led to the disclosure or schedule, location, and operation of Ambassador Stevens enabled the attack and his murder.  Or other less famous disasters...

But to the President, WHEN DID YOU KNOW?  Why didn't you do anything about it?  Why are you shooting political diversion answers back on a law enforcement question?  wAs it legal, what she did, sending and receiving classified information over an unsecure private server?  Aren't YOU the chief law enforcement officer in the country?  Not the Attorney General. Was her reason for doing it true?   Is there a consequence?  WHEN?  Didn't this only come up because a Republican committee was digging into things while the official policy of your administration was, "4 Americans are dead, whether for one false reason or another, at this point WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?!

When America got its chance to question its President and no one showed up.  Chris Wallace will retire and make millions off a book about how historic it was to sit down with the President and not do his job.

We can't drop this subject without pointing out the obvious double standard.  If a second term Republican President sat down with the lead person on the opposition network after 7 years of failure and scandal, he or she would not get kid gloves treatment or get away with political diversion answers to real questions.
87  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: speaks for itself, your basic Trump supporter victim didn't get his way... on: April 11, 2016, 10:24:49 AM

There is so much wrong there it's hard to know where to start.

I don't think you get a certificate for being a Republican, but burning it was impressive! (sarc.)
No mention of what he is for or against, all he supports is "Trump".
With that kind of contempt for "GOPe", I assume he sat out for Romney too, gave us Obama.
Trump is running for GOP establishment.  Rip GOPe for where they went wrong, not for existing.
If other than Trump (Cruz) is unacceptable, which of the "GOP" principles does he fall short on?
This process has been more open and fair that any, anywhere, you wimpy little helpless, crying victim.
Did he go to his caucus, run for delegate, build the party, etc, or leave the work to others to do that?
Where was he when they made the Colorado rules?  Fighting for a primary?  I doubt it.
They want the benefits of a strong national party, not the burdens of building or running one.
Trump is person, not a plan or a party.
The not-Trump vote has beaten the Trump vote in every state so far.
Trump built his own disapproval.  Assuming this supporter is paying attention, he watched that happen.
Saying f*ck you to every Rubio, Cruz, Bush, Fiorina supporter doesn't make them come back to you.
Your candidate never learned foreign policy.  FYI, it's part of the job.
Your candidate never learned the constitution.  FYI, it's part of the job.
The endorsement requires 1237, 50% + 1.  What part of that is complicated?
Trump loses in the general election.  Threatening to take down the party if it's not Trump is the same result.
Therefore your threat is empty.
Who didn't know from the start Trump would cry foul if and when he lost?
Trump hasn't lost yet.  Should the rest of us cry foul if he wins.  Doesn't matter.  He loses anyway.
For the same reason people oppose him now.
But he's only 69.  He can change!
Trump favored big government, Democrat policies in 2012.  Maybe he still can change. 
If we all get mad and go home when our candidate isn't the nominee, it isn't a political party anyway.
Break what pledge?  Let's all have regrets about not picking the guy who doesn't keep his word!
88  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Media Issues, No follow up on "careless" handling of top secret information?! on: April 11, 2016, 09:50:29 AM

Right.  And that is why his "guarantee" means virtually nothing.  Who can be even remotely confident politics will not enter into AG Lynch's decisions?

Without honesty we have nothing.

More points from that interview:  Obama said Hillary was "careless" with her email account.  But "carelessness" with "Top Secret" classified documents is the definition of Gross Negligence, which is a very serious felony in question that puts unconnected people in prison.

Again, no follow up.  Wallace didn't know that or was too star stuck to mention it?

I like Chris Wallace and he makes every effort to be a 'professional journalist' by today's lousy standards, but I have never thought of him as anything to the right or to the center of any other network even though his show appears on Fox.  This was a career making opportunity for the young journalist (of 68).  It looked more like a career ending interview.

Asked about his worst mistake, the President admitted he had absolutely no followup plan for the day after the Libya intervention, even though he accused Bush of exactly that in Iraq, and again, no follow up.  Was that his worst mistake or was it abandoning the gains we made in Iraq and handed this strategic country over to ISIS?  Again, no follow up.  Because those are the rules of the lightning round?  Is this a game show or a Presidential interview??

If a viewer doesn't know more than they're hearing on the screen or read between the lines, it looked like a humble and accomplished President handling tough, direct questions from a professional journalist.  No mention that he has run our country into the ground domestically in ways that can't be walked back and enabled crisis after crisis to spread across the globe over the last seven years. 

In the first Dem debate, other 'journalists' (John Dickerson?) did one follow up for each lie or evasion with the candidates, Hillary in particular.  So she effortlessly answered the followup with a second non-answer, knowing that's all there is and moved on.

That isn't tough treatment when everyone knows the question wasn't answered.

ccp:  "Without honesty we have nothing."

Right.  And because they are asked nothing and say nothing, they wasted my time and same for everyone else who watched.  The 99% who didn't watch made the right choice, learned more by ignoring him than I did by watching, listening and trying to learn something.
89  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Media Issues, Chris Wallace interviews President Obama on: April 10, 2016, 02:41:35 PM
Nice photo opp for both; weak on substance for both.  Wallace asked many good questions and then folded on follow up.

Stopping ISIS is his number one job.    - I thought Climate Change was our number one national security threat.  No one calls him out on his lunacy.

We obtained the President's "guarantee" that no political factors will influence the handling of the Hillary Clinton email case.    - No followup regarding Fast and Furious, IRS targeting or keeping our healthcare plan if we like it.  I understand giving deference to the President,  but then why even have the interview?

From my proposed questions:  [What are the] reasons why the American people gave you a no confidence vote in 2010, again in 2014... and why the US Senate is now giving you a no confidence vote on your Supreme Court pick?    [NO ONE TRUSTS YOU.]
90  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Cognitive Dissonance of Left, Bill Clinton, Black Lives Matter, Hillary, Obama on: April 10, 2016, 02:14:43 PM
Blacks hate the results of both Clinton and Obama policies as well as the Dem governance of their own cities, Philadelphia in this case.  Yet these people including Hillary win because of black votes.

"... central to the 2016 campaign...the 1994 crime bill, which created tougher penalties for nonviolent drug offenders, erected dozens of new prisons, banned certain types of assault weapons and sent 100,000 more police officers to American cities.  Today, Black Lives Matter protesters have pointed to the effects of that legislation as contributing to the high rates of incarceration of black men and the current tensions between police officers and black communities."
91  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Donald Trump on: April 10, 2016, 02:00:09 PM
Now it is pointed out that Reagan had 70% unfavorable ratings in early 1980.

There is no Reagan analogy with Trump or any of these people.

I wonder if the point above is true.  I'm sure he was seen as too conservative and he trailed Carter, but that level of unfavorability doesn't sound right to me.

His approval rating was likely upside down during much of the first two years of his administration.  1982 was a terrible economic year before the tax rate cuts that were passed went fully into effect on 1/1/83.  Then the economy started roaring.

Maybe Trump should be pushing his tax cut instead of hypothetically punishing women.

Quarterly GDP growth during Reagan's first term before his reelection.  Read this sequentially from the bottom or see the graph on page 2 here:

Sep 30, 1984   6.96%
Jun 30, 1984   7.99%
Mar 31, 1984   8.55%
Dec 31, 1983   7.83%
Sep 30, 1983   5.75%
Jun 30, 1983   3.35%
Mar 31, 1983   1.59%
Dec 31, 1982   -1.40%
Sep 30, 1982   -2.64%
Jun 30, 1982   -1.17%
Mar 31, 1982   -2.42%
Dec 31, 1981   1.29%
Sep 30, 1981   4.39%
Jun 30, 1981   3.05%
Mar 31, 1981   1.70%
92  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Rants & interesting thought pieces on: April 10, 2016, 12:04:36 PM
"Many states, mine included consider an intoxicated person in possession of their keys in the car to be DUI."
Well in that case I understand it.
Thanks for clarification.
Just trouble shooting.  If one comes out of a bar and goes in the back seat to sleep it off till next morning then that person too is DUI?
What if they have a van and go in the back to sleep?  
Basically one cannot sleep in their car if under the influence even if she/he does not drive?
Well he was in parking lot on someone's else's property...........but if the owner of the property does not complain........ undecided

The best course of action in that scenario is to lock your keys in your trunk or another locked container before going to sleep.

My uncle was a D.A. here for 36 years.  He wouldn't prosecute a DUI where the intent and action of the person arrested was to be NOT driving the car.  Like ccp says, realize you shouldn't be driving, get off the road, sleep it off.  Unfortunately that isn't the law (here).  Do what GM says.  I was going to say throw the keys as far as you can away from the car where they won't be found and hope you have an extra set, or get away from the car which is also not the safest thing to do on a cold MN winter night away from home.  These days, it's Uber.  Load the app and register before the situation arises and have your username and password all known in your phone so it will come up easily when you need it.  (I should take my own advice; I signed up and don't know my password...)  You still need to get away from the car if you are even possibly over .08.  Cheaper than the alternative.
93  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Economics, Economic Recoveries compared on: April 08, 2016, 12:55:14 PM
Here is the graphic Chris Wallace needs to put up as he asks question number one to the President:

Reagan recovery above.  Obama recovery below.

Besides George Bush's fault (refuted in question number two), how do you explain your PATHETIC economic record, post recession?

Graph source:  Stanford Economics Professor John Taylor's blog,

Prof. Taylor uses the terms: "7 years of so-called expansion", "Slow Crawl", "anemic productivity growth, anemic employment growth, anemic income growth",  not 'plowhorse' economy.  He has been "blaming government economic policy all the way".   "People’s exasperation and anger about the economy and Washington policy revealed in this presidential election proves the point better than any abstract statistic ever could. "
94  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Economics, Milton Friedman: Cause of the Great Depression on: April 08, 2016, 12:44:36 PM
This is important today.  9 out of 10 economists or news agencies getting this wrong doesn't make wrong right.  it wasn't caused by a failure of private businesses.  It was caused by a failure of the federal government.

Who is the Milton Friedman today?  Besides being brilliant, he explained economic things in a way that everyone can understand and he openly debated anyone.

The above takes about 7 minutes of your life for you to not be wrong about something that caused a decade or more of misery.  The wrong lessons learned from the Great Depression are central to the problems we face today.

Here is another, Friedman on wealth inequality and inheritance taxes, 4 minutes.  MUST SEE.

Ted Cruz needs to watch this and speak this clearly and persuasively on economics.

Glenn Beck has been doing a series of Milton Friedman on radio.  These are two clips are heard there and found on youtube.

95  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Cognitive Dissonance of the left, This is your brain on Climate Change on: April 08, 2016, 12:21:47 PM
Bored with the right, I was reading "The Nation" today.

This is your brain on Climate Change

 “Mental health consequences of climate change range from minimal stress and distress symptoms to clinical disorders, such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, and suicidal thoughts,” the report reads. It draws on a body of evidence linking the experience of extreme weather events, displacement, and other environmental degradation to mental illness. Even just hearing about climate change on the news, or reading reports like this one, can cause anxiety.

No, you're not reading a spoof in "The Onion".  This is the handbook of the left.

Humans live healthfully from the Yukon to the equator, we enjoy everything from hot tubs to polar plunges, yet leftists are worried that we somehow can't adapt to 1 degree of warming.

Also covered is that while emissions have already peaked (good news), all coastal cities will likely be lost to ocean rise by 2100 (bad news).

Not mentioned ever is that none of the climate models created so far have been the least bit accurate. 

Meanwhile we have a couple of inches of April snow here this morning and the east cost is faces record cold temps..

At least they are learning to push their predictions further out to where we can't stick around and prove them wrong.  If I make it to 2100, climate change will be the least of my problems.
96  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Sen.Ted Cruz is now fighting for delegates in New York on: April 08, 2016, 11:56:30 AM
Ted Cruz used the "New York Values' pejorative in Iowa against Trump.  Resenting the east coast power, urbanites and country club Republicans is something that resonated with the 27% furthest right of the furthest right that go to Iowa caucuses, enough to win by a smidgen in a very crowded field.  Not helpful now.

At the time I said that was a mistake.  Checking the record I see that bth Bret Stephens and ccp made that observation first:

My criticism has been that Cruz is running for first place in the most conservative lane (of which I am a member) instead of running for President.  Saying things like 'New York values', or just picturing Rubio with Dick Durbin or Chuck Schumer are red meat to conservatives but doesn't mean a thing to the middle who you also need to win. 

Reagan won the middle and united the party by defeating the left, not by attacking the RINOs.

Now Cruz desperately needs Republican votes in New York, and he needs to unite the center and the near right with the far right in order to win. 

The strategies he used to get this far worked, but some of his tactics were mistakes. 

His background coming into this was to argue strict constitutionalism to people who should be experts on that (Supreme Court Justices), and to win from the right in a state that is perhaps furthest to the right.  What he is trying to do now, taking his message to NY Republicans and to the public is something he has never attempted before.  I wish him the best.
97  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Krauthammer: Donald Trump and the coming GOP train wreck on: April 08, 2016, 11:17:06 AM
Krauthammer (paraphrasing) impressed not by Trump's loss in Wisconsin but by how 35% stuck with him even as he imploded and everything turned against him.

If Trump wins the nomination, we lose.  If Trump loses the nomination, we lose.  Can anybody visualize a scenario where Cruz (or someone else) clinches later in the balloting after Trump falls and then Trump gets 100% behind that Republican nominee?

Actually I can.  He has made quicker turns than that in the very recent past.  Nothing about this guy, except his view of himself, is predictable.
98  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Abortion, Trump wasn't first Pres candidate to discuss punishing the woman on: April 08, 2016, 11:05:05 AM

Candidate Obama March 2008, if his daughters made a "mistake" he would not want them "punished with a baby".
99  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Cognitive Dissonance of His Glibness to appear on Fox News Sunday on: April 07, 2016, 11:58:54 AM

What would we want to ask him if we had a limited amount of time to do so?

The President's agenda for the interview, they say, is to push his Supreme Court nominee - and expose Republicans for not doing their constitutional duty, advice and consent, which has come to mean to hold hearings and take an up or down vote.  How would we want that point answered?

If it were me...

1) This is the slowest recovery in history coming out of one of the worst recessions in history.  Why?

2) In the early years of the administration, the economy was George Bush's fault, agreed, but what he did wrong causing the crash was to continue the policy of Democrats, funding GSEs and pushing banks to make bad loans.  Agreed?

3) Any regrets over the complete abandonment of Iraq for political reasons after the peace was won at such a great cost and your role in fostering the rise of ISIS?

4) Were any laws broken during Fast and Furious?  What department should investigate and prosecute the Department of Justice?

5) Was the IRS targeting scandal, shutting down all conservative groups and helping you get reelected, really any worse than anything Richard Nixon did?

6) Any regrets over saying you can keep your plan, keep your doctor, and save 2500 a year to enact a nearly impossible to repeal federal program that already has done exactly the opposite?

7) At what point were you aware that Hillary Clinton was sending and reeiving classified emails over her unsecure private server?  At what point were you aware that she was working through her husband to trade State Department favors for Foundation dollars.  

8 ) In ranking the results of different economic systems in terms of how the people benefited who lived under them in the course of human history, is it really communism, capitalism, whatever?

9) Is a world with the USA unilaterally disarmed safer than America having nuclear arms and a strong defense?

10) Can you name 5 to 10 reasons why the American people gave you a no confidence vote in 2010, again in 2014, why there has been a bigger shift from Democratic to Republican elected officials across the nation, up and down the ballot, under your terms, than at any other time in history, and perhaps from that why the US Senate is now giving you a no confidence vote on your Supreme Court pick?

11) Did the oceans' rise begin to fade and did the planet begin to heal under your watch?

12) Is Islam really the religion of peace?

13) Can you think of a way we could make more people around the world US citizens and eligible to vote Democrat here in abstentia, saving them the hassle of having to cross our porous, unattended border to do that?

Posted previously, Iowahawk took a shot at this back in 2011:

An $8 billion high speed [federally funded] train leaves Chicago for Iowa City at 8:15am at 40mph. Why?

What's the biggest hardship you've ever dealt with in your life?  Have you ever had a menial job, changed your own oil, or fixed a toilet?

I let my Mexican drug lord license expire. Am I still eligible for the free machine gun program?

Are you smart enough to create a problem so big that even you could not solve it?

Why isn't your cabinet unionized?

Is there any job you'd be better at than president?

I understand you finally quit smoking. Do they make a patch for spending addicts too?  Is this question racist?

Are you in favor of gay marriage for Libyan bombing crews on Boeing planes made in South Carolina?

Would you get tougher with Iran if you knew they were working with Scott Walker?  [or Trump or Cruz?]

When your economic advisors hold policy meetings, do they stuff a towel at the bottom of the door?

If we reneg on the debt, where's the best place to hide our stuff from the repo men?

I just voted to increase my sobriety ceiling. Why won't the bartender give me another drink?

When you create jobs, why do always create them for Texas?

If Eric Holder gets indicted in Operation Fast & Furious, should he get a civilian trial?
100  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Pathological Science, Climate forecasts may be flawed, says study on: April 07, 2016, 10:02:08 AM
I can't believe this, Climate forecasts may be flawed...

Predictions of unprecedented rainfall extremes in the 20th century driven by global warming turned out wrong, a study said Wednesday, casting doubt on methods used to project future trends.

A massive trawl of Northern Hemisphere rainfall data for the last 1,200 years revealed there had been more dramatic wet-dry weather extremes in earlier, cooler centuries before humans set off fossil fuel-driven global warming.

This is problematic, said a study in the journal Nature, as the same data models used to anticipate that global warming would cause record rainfall extremes in the 1900s, are the basis for projections of things to come.

"It might be more difficult than often assumed to project into the future," the study's lead author Fredrik Ljungqvist of Stockholm University told AFP of the findings.

Who knew?
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