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 on: November 23, 2015, 05:29:38 PM 
Started by Crafty_Dog - Last post by ppulatie
Online Polls have become much better in that past few years. But for the two most recent non-online media polls, both of which are anti Trump sources....clearly, he is gaining strength.

Sun Nov 23  -  WAPO 32% Trump and Carson 22%
                     Fox 28% Trump and Carson 18%

Nov 19        PPP (a democratic pollster) Trump 26 to Carson 19

But Trump is not the real issue. So answer this....

Why is 50% or more of the Party abandoning the professional politicians in the party and going for outsiders? Why do the people see a need to look elsewhere for someone to support? What is the Party missing out on that makes these people look elsewhere? 

These are the real questions that need to be answered by the GOPe. But the GOPe ignores the questions totally. Instead, the GOPe and their pundit supporters call those not following their lead "Vulgarians"?  And they ignore the causes of the desertion from the party.

There is a social divide in this country occurring now. It is breaking down along income, age and education. And it is reflected in this election on both sides.

Personally, I think that anyone who wants to be President beginning in 2017 is nuts. The coming implosion of the country is going to radically change the US. Who knows what the end result will be.

 on: November 23, 2015, 05:23:46 PM 
Started by ccp - Last post by Crafty_Dog

 on: November 23, 2015, 05:12:49 PM 
Started by Crafty_Dog - Last post by Crafty_Dog

 on: November 23, 2015, 05:04:15 PM 
Started by Crafty_Dog - Last post by G M

"ISIS cannot strike a mortal blow" against the U.S.(still the J_V team), and he warned [against] overreacting to the Paris attacks

ISIS can't because Obama is.

 on: November 23, 2015, 05:03:27 PM 
Started by Crafty_Dog - Last post by G M
Putting aside the tendentious tone of the author, does he have a point?

I doubt it. The Saudis are very nervous about their security environment now. The last thing they want is to import unvettable military age males or black widows. The author is most likely acting as a paid or unpaid press flak for the Saudis, IMHO.

Saudi Arabia Received 2.5 Million Syrians since Beginning of Conflict
September 11, 2015

(Washington, DC) – The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement today addressing the Kingdom’s efforts to support the Syrian people. Saudi Arabia has been one of the largest providers of aid to Syria’s people, and has taken in millions of citizens from the war-torn country.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs explained that the following actions have been taken by Saudi Arabia:

    The Kingdom has received around 2.5 million Syrians since the beginning of the conflict. In order to ensure their dignity and safety, the Kingdom adopted the policy not to treat them as refugees or place them in refugee camps. They have been given the freedom to move about the country, and those who wish to remain in Saudi Arabia (some hundreds of thousands) have been given legal residency status like the remaining residents. Their residency comes with the rights to receive free medical care, to join the labor market and to attend schools and universities. This was contained in a royal decree in 2012 that instructed public schools to accept Syrian students. According to government statistics, the public school system has accepted more than 100,000 Syrian students.

    The Kingdom’s efforts were not limited to accepting our Syrian brothers and sisters after their crisis; it also extended its efforts to support and care for millions of Syrian refugees in neighboring countries such as Jordan, Lebanon and others.  Efforts included providing humanitarian assistance in coordination with the host governments and with international human aid organizations. Aid was provided in the form of money and goods.

    The aid provided by Saudi Arabia to the Syrian people totals around $700 million, according to the statistics of the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria, which took place in Kuwait on March 31, 2015. Government aid and aid provided by the National Campaign are included in that figure.

    Humanitarian aid provided to Syrians by the Kingdom consisted of food and medical, academic, and residential supplies, and included the establishment of Saudi specialized clinics in refugee camps, most importantly the Zaatari Camp in Jordan. The Kingdom was able to provide medical care in the form of immunizations, preventive treatments and medical procedures. In addition, Saudi Arabia sponsored a large number of Syrian families living in Lebanon and Syria (specifically paying for their rent and living costs).

 on: November 23, 2015, 04:24:42 PM 
Started by Crafty_Dog - Last post by Crafty_Dog
Trump does NOT have 35% except maybe in some online polls which are pure GIGO.

Rubio has 50% of the American people against Hillary with an 8% margin, Trump quite a bit less than that.  Hell, Chris Christie does as well against the Empress Dowager of Chappaqua as Trump!

 on: November 23, 2015, 04:21:22 PM 
Started by G M - Last post by Crafty_Dog
If the US were in the middle of an economic boom, like in the mid-1980s or late-1990s, it would be very easy to be thankful in the week ahead. Instead, a cornucopia of complaints seems to accompany what has been a plodding economic recovery, what we call the Plow Horse Economy.

But that’s why it’s even more important than ever to be thankful for the things that are going right with the US economy. In particular, even as our overly large government continues to grow larger, with more spending, more entitlements, and more regulation – all of which bog down the economic growth rate like mud in the fields. It has been a battle between entrepreneurs and their wealth creation, versus government and redistribution. So far, the entrepreneurs have kept the economy moving forward.

Think of all the massive changes in the past several years. As it turns out, we really can drill our way to lower energy prices. Ubiquitous apps have made life much easier and increased productivity for workers, parents, students, travelers. And the list of new benefits seems to never end. Death rates for cancer patients are way down. Innovation in food production continues to soar. Driverless cars, while not here yet for regular consumers, continue to improve and wind their way down the long road toward mass production. It’s the cornucopia of invention we should celebrate.

Instead, it's monetary policy and the political world that journalists seem to obsess about; particularly those on business TV. These sources of “information,” or what could more accurately be called “econo-tainment,” instead dwell on every zig and zag of politics, and very often dubious narratives intricately woven by some short-seller.

But it’s because of the innovations, because of businesses that have found a way to charge ahead despite every obstacle put in front of them, the economy has moved forward.

In certain ways, this decade resembles the 1930s. Not in the sense that our economic situation is like the despair of the Great Depression; not even close. But in the sense that amid general dissatisfaction with the economy and a very bad policy set from Washington, important positive innovations were still happening. Jet engines, photocopiers, ballpoint pens, helicopters, and nylons were all invented in the 1930s, making life better for decades to come.

So when you pause to be thankful later this week, think for moment of the innovators who have been toiling away to make our lives better. Yes, they don’t do it just for the heck of it; yes, they want to enrich themselves along the way. But whether they help themselves or not, where would we be without their efforts? Happy Thanksgiving!


 on: November 23, 2015, 04:19:56 PM 
Started by Crafty_Dog - Last post by ppulatie
I accept that there are people who have reasonable doubts, that is not the problem.

This is about the two parties and their professional insiders who care about their own power and the money that they make at the hands of Crony Capitalists. They make changes to the political process that benefits solely who they want to be the nominee and care not about the real people.

What is amazing to me is this:  If Jeb or Rubio had 35% of the people supporting either of them, the claims would be that the race is over. With Trump, the same people are trying to oust the Front Leader to foster people with 12% support. Go figure........

The Founding Fathers feared a Professional Political and what would happen if one occurred. And now we have it.   I believe in the writings of the Anti-Federalists. They called everything that is going on today.

 on: November 23, 2015, 04:08:09 PM 
Started by Crafty_Dog - Last post by Crafty_Dog
Good point to make-- hope we see more of it!

And here's Ted's most recent promo clip:

Tangential observation:  Amazing how much of the candidates campaigns are requiring little to no money , , ,

 on: November 23, 2015, 03:49:16 PM 
Started by Crafty_Dog - Last post by Crafty_Dog
Pasting this here as well from the Presidential thread.

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