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Today is Sunday, April 26, 2015


Can Ted Cruz take the evangelical Christian vote from Mike Huckabee?

Mike Huckabee could destroy Ted Cruz's 2016 campaign for the GOP presidential nomination. Both guys are depending on evangelicals to help them win the nomination. Both are smart and articulate. Both are slick advocates of putting Big state and federal government bureaucrats in charge of our private lives when it comes to abortion, gay marriage and how and when we should die and who shall decide whehter we're brain dead, or not. Neither trusts Amerians to make good decisions for themselves, and neither honors our history of separation of church and state. Huckabee's opposition to gay marriage shows that he doesn't believe in our constitution and laws, which say governments and businesses shall not discriminate or legalize discrimination based on race, gender, ancestory or sexual preferences.

But Huckabee, a former preacher, has more credibility with evangelical and fundamentalist Christians than Cruz, the son of a preacher. Huckabee is a more charming and warmer personality than Cruz, and he's probably a bit wiser and quicker than Cruz politically. In any case, they will divide the evangelical and fundamentalist Christian votes between themselves. Scott Walker, Jeb Bush and John Kasich are also trying to win those voters. 

The bottom line may be that the evangelical and fundamentalist Christians may not have as much say about the GOP's 2016 presidential nominee as they are expecting.

LINKS: Huckabbee warns of 'criminalization of Christianity, by Mark Hensch. Read the comments, which include a lot of mocking of Huckabee.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 04/24/15 at 10:19 AM
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Colorado should hold 2016 presidential primary

Colorado's General Assembly members are talking about holding a 2016 presidential primary while keeping it's undemocratic caucuses and state conventions for local elections, reports John Frank at the Denver Post. A Colorado primary would let voters pick their candidates instead of the extremists who control the Republican and Democrat parties in Colorado. And the candidates would spend more time and money in the state, giving us a chance to see them in person.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 04/23/15 at 08:53 PM
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Peter Schweizer, author of ‘Clinton Cash’, working on Jeb Bush book

Peter Schweizer, the author of Clinton Cash, which will be published May 5 and already is making big news, says he has learned some "interesting things" for his book on Jeb Bush, which, he says, will be published next summer, reports Joshua Green at Bloomberg. Schweizer says he has a "team" working on the book.

That he's planning to profile Jeb as well as Clinton suggests that he is taking a non-partisan, patriotic approach to profiling the candidates even though he is a conservative who worked in the George W. Bush White House. His previous books have been well received, and he has credibility as a researcher and writer. That will make it hard for the liars-for-Clinton to demonize him instead of defending against the circumstantial evidence that the Clintons took contributions and speaking fees from governments and others they helped get through the Federal government while Hillary was secretary of state.

If you're interested in Schweizer's work, search his name on the internet. His web site is at http://www.peterschweizer.com.

LINKS:

Clinton Cash author is targeting Jeb Bush next, by Joshua Green

You can buy his books and see readers' reviews of them at Amazon.

Cash flowed to Clinton Foundatiion as Russians pressed for control of Uranium company, by Jo Becker and Mike McIntire (NYT)

Quid Pro Clinton; Democrats who expect Bill and Hillary to change are delusional, Wall Street Journal editorial

The Clinton scandal manual; Will the stock Clinton scandal response be enough to weather this storm? By Kimberley A. Strassel

Candidate Clinton and the Foundation, New York Times' "there's really not much of a problem" editorial. Laughable.

Clinton Cash—the GE-Algeria connection, by Paul Mirengoff

Foreign governments gave millions to foundation while Clinton was at State Dept., by Rosalind A. Helderman and Tom Hamburger

Clinton cash; Clinton lies, by Paul Mirengoff

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 04/23/15 at 05:57 PM
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Recyclers losing money on glass; cities asking residents to throw glass in trash to reduce expenses

If you throw glass in a recyling bin with paper and plastic, you are costing your city and yourself as a taxpayer money. Too much glass is contaminated with other recycled materials and garbage to be profitable to process so your recycling of glass is a waste of time. People get angry when asked to recycle glass separately or take it to a recycling center. Container makers want to use recycled glass, but there isn't enough clean, high quality glass. That makes using recycled glass cost prohibitive. Meanwhile, demand for recycled plastic has plunged with oil prices.

High costs put cracks in glass-recyling programs, by Serena NG

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 04/22/15 at 05:16 PM
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Has Scott Walker lost Koch brothers’ support after flip flopping on immigration deform?

If you search Bing.com for "David Koch", you'll see headlines that say the billionaire and his brother, Charles, support Scott Walker in the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. But USA Today and The Wall Street Journal are reporting that Charles Koch is now saying that they support five candidates who they think would be good for American and are electable. They've backed away from Walker in less than 24 hours over his flip flop on legal immigration. They obviously disagree with him and believe his new position makes him less reliable and electable than they thought a day or two ago. Since making his comments on immigration, Walker has begun to shun the media, just like Hillary Clinton.

Along with Walker, the other four prospects who are liked by the Kochs are Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio. 

The Koch Brothers speak for a network of wealthy donors to conservatives' political campaigns who collectively plan to spend some $900 million on the 2016 presidential and other campaigns. Historically, they have put their money behind the GOP's nominee. Now they're saying that they might support one or more candidates in the GOP's presidential primaries.

Walker flip flopped against "comprehensive immigration reform" because amnesty hurts American workers in an interesting interview with Glenn Beck a few days ago. The Kochs support immigration reform and expanded legal immigration.

LINKS:

Charles Koch: We like 5 GOP candidates in primaries, by Fredreka Schouten

Koch Network May Back Favorites in GOP Primary, by Rebecca Ballhaus

Scott Walker's Immigration Shift at Odds With Koch Group, by Reid J. Epstein

Scott Walker lays out pro American worker stance on immigration, by Matthew Boyle. This piece is a must read.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 04/22/15 at 06:26 AM
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Are Scott Walker, Chris Christie the GOP’s Hillary Clinton—afraid of the media, public?

After going Nasty Joe Biden and saying dumb things to the media  a few times too many, it appears that GOP presidential candidates Scott Walker and Chris Christie are going media phobic Hillary Clinton, refusing to talk to political reporters or hold press conferences. You always can tell when a politician doesn't trust herself to keep her foot out of her mouth—she dodges the press, refuses to answer reporters' questions and looks unprepared for public office. LINKS: Wallker withdraws from national news media after negative coverage, by Eddie Scarry

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 04/21/15 at 09:17 PM
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Everything Clinton team is saying about unread book, ‘Clinton Cash,’ makes her look more guilty

If you experienced the Clinton administration's and Hillary's scandals in the 1990s, you know that liars-for-Clintons are out in force defending her against 'Clinton Cash', an explosive book that has been reported on by The New York Times. The liberal Times, along with The Washington Post and Fox News, will be digging into the book's charges that foreign governments bribed her while she was Secretary of State. Their reports will break in the next few days and weeks, and the book will be published next month.

CNN.com and other Clinton defenders already are smearing the author, Republicans who've been briefed on the book and the media for previewing the book and using it against Clinton. Will this latest attack and expose cost Clinton many votes? Probably not. But her shallowness, incompetence and lack of a reason to elect her president could cost her the presidency, just as they did in 2008.

LINKS:

5 things we've learned about 'Clinton Cash' without reading it, by Jeremey Diamond.

New York Times, Washington Post, Fox News strike deals for anti-Clinton research, by Dylan Byers

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 04/21/15 at 08:32 PM
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Who would win in Jeb Bush v Scott Walker, Marco Rubio v Walker? Walker looks strongest

Jeb Bush leads Republican candidates in the latest CNN Poll with support from 17% of 435 self-described Republicans and GOP-leaning "independents." Scott Walker gets 12% of the votes followed by Rand Paul and Marco Rubio with 11% each. How would the poll be changed if the candidates were Bush v Walker or Bush v Rubio? They're the leaders at the moment. Paul, I think, is a short term fad.

Assume that Bush beats Rubio in the Florida primary and Rubio drops out. Assume Rubio's supporters switch to Bush, which probably wouldn't happen. The losers will be mad. Also assume the votes of Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, John Kasich and 4 points from  "None/No one" go to Bush. That would give Bush 42%.

Then assume Walker picksup the votes of Perry, Paul, Huckabee, Cruz, Carson and Santorum. That would give him 49% to Bush's 42%.

Now assume Rubio beats Bush in the Florida primary and Bush quits. Give Rubio all of Bush's supporters  plus those who now like Christie, Fiorina, Graham and Kasich and 4% of "None/No one." That would give Walker 49% and Rubio 32%.

Of course, at this point, no one is pretending to know who will win the GOP's presidential nomination in 2016. 

But everyone is playing with scenarios. Speculating is fun if you don't have much skin in the game.

LINKS:

10 takeaways in the GOP race, by Jennifer Rubin

Impressive Republican Field Readies to Take on Hillary, by Fred Barnes

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 04/21/15 at 01:26 PM
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Why are Hillary Clinton and President Obama ok with giving Middle East, Israel, to ISIS, Iran?

Hillary Clinton, President Obama and a majority of Americans seem to be assuming that America can hand the Middle East, Israel, Iraq and North Africa over to ISIS and Iran and live in isolation with no worries.

European and many Asian leaders and people seem to be making the same assumption for themselves and their countries.

Why else would Clinton, Obama and EU leaders be standing by as ISIS and Iran commit and promote genocide against Christians and Sunni muslims? 

Why else would Clinton, Obama and EU leaders be supporting arming Iran with nuclear weapons, giving Iran billions for its world wide terrorism campaigns and sacrificing Christians, millions of muslims and Israel to Jew haters and persecutors? 

This is my conspiracy theory for today. I may have more.

LINKS: 

Why Israel has to be cynical, by Jennifer Rubin

The Word [genocide] Obama Can't Bring Himself to Say, by Adam B. Lerner

White House confirms it won't call Armenian expulsion 'genocide', by Mark Seibel

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 04/21/15 at 06:52 AM
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Poll: In Colorado, Hillary Clinton loses to Paul, Rubio, Walker; ties Huckabee, beats Cruz, Bush

A Quinnipiac University polls shows Hillary Clinton losing to Rand Paul (44% to 41%) and to Marco Rubio and Scott Walker by one point. She leads among registered voters against Ted Cruz (42% to 41%) and Jeb Bush (41% to 38%). LINK: Early Poll: Hillary Clinton Would Face Tight Races in Iowa, Colorado, by Natalie Andrews.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 04/20/15 at 10:28 PM
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New Jersey key backer for Gov. Chris Christie, Mitt Romney defects to Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush may not be making as many wonderful speeches as Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Scott Walker and Ted Cruz, but his emails and private meetings are bringing him big wins in the money primary and the race to enlist top Repubicans in the states. WaPo today reports:

New Jersey State Sen Joseph M. Kyrillos, who chaired Christie's 2009 gubernatorial campaign and ushered his agenda through a Democratic-controlled legislature, is backing former Florida Governor Jeb Bush's all-but-certain presidential bid." And, "In 2008, Kryillos chaired Mitt Romney's presidential campaign in the state."

Previously, Bush snared a top Iowa GOP operative, and he may be winning the backing of other states' top political operatives. 

LINK: Top Chritie ally defects to Bush, by Robert Costa

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 04/20/15 at 08:37 PM
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‘Clinton Cash’ documents foreign contributions to Clinton Foundation, speaking fees for Bill

Clinton Cash, the untold story of how and why foreign governments and businesses helped make Bill and Hillary rich, by Peter Schweizer, has Clintonites shaking and Republicans licking their lips. Will voters really care? Democrats? 

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 04/19/15 at 09:21 PM
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Sen. Michael Bennet raises $2 million; Rep. Mike Coffman raised $300,000

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) raised $2 million in the first quarter for his re-election campaign. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO CD 6), who has convinced some local Republicans that he won't challenge Bennet in 2016, raises only $300,000 in the quarter. Both politicians are famously successful fund raisers. LINK: Senate fundraising winners and losers, by Jonathan Easley.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 04/19/15 at 02:48 PM
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Why Medicare administrative costs are higher than those incurred by private health insurers

Advocates of single-payer health insurance funded and administered by government bureaucrats claim that such plans would be more cost-effective than private health insurance. They claim that single-payer plans would be like Medicare, which falsely claims administrative costs of 2% for the entire program.

But Medicare's administrative cost per claim and treated beneficiary are much higher than private health insurers' costs. This is because while Medicare has more enrollees than any single insurer, its costs per patient and claim are inflated by cost shifting to providers and patients, unneccesary and costly wellness and other benefits that enrich providers and fraudulent claims.

Fraud is rampant in Medicare because Congress refuses to fund fraud detection and control. Private insurers spend a lot of money controlling and minimizing fraud by providers and patients.

LINKS:

Of Medicare, Melgen and Menendez; Mixed with scandal is a question: How much Medicare spending is actually worthwhile? by Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.

Medicare's efficiency is mostly an illusion; One estimate of the hidden costs, including taxes, for Medicare and Medicaid is 26.9% of benefits, compared to 16.2% for private insurance; by Daniel Koretz, M.D.

Medicare's administrative cost per person higher than private insurers' costs, by Donald E. L. Johnson

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 04/19/15 at 02:03 PM
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Rand Paul is the most Obama Republican of 19 GOP candidates in New Hampshire

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is joining Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) in gambling that an "Obama Republican" can win his party's presidential nomination or be picked to run as vice president. Both guys have sharp tongues and are good at making headlines, if not winning the GOP nomination. Paul's Obama-style pacifism and Christie's pandering to Obama during the closing weeks of the 2012 presidential campaign have made them toast outside of Iowa and New Hampshire.

It may take a few more months before the GOP "money primary" sorts out the real candidates. At this point, most of the 19 GOP candidates are trying to make more donors see them as serious candidates who can raise the $2.5 billion or so it will take to beat former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton. 

LINKS:

At Republican Gathering, All Talk is of Hillary Clinton (None of It Is Good), by Patrick Healy and Jonathan Martin.

GOP contenders tangle in New Hampshire, by Eli Stokols

New Hampshire could be a make-or-break for Jeb Bush, by Karen Tumulty and Robert Costa

Rubio's trail journey begins with a New Hampshire swing, by Sean Sullivan

The Rise of Rubio, by Stephen F. Hayes

Is Chris Christie the Candidate Who Can Win New Hampshire? By Jim Geraghty

Searching for Rubio the Reformer, by Kimberley A. Strassel

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 04/18/15 at 09:55 PM
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