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US Navy Retired, Aerospace worker. All around good Dude. Eternal Foe of the work ethic

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Appears Dems have more to fear than Trump

Elections are often a reaction to the previous one. America will be searching for a calm, level-headed voice. That, we know, is not Trump, nor is it the hard-left candidate that could well, in fact likely will, win the Democratic nomination.

Current frontrunner Kamala Harris is far from reassuring. She’s a shrill (see the Kavanaugh hearings) quasi-socialist promising pie in the sky — Medicare-for-all, debt-free college, guaranteed pre-K, minimum basic income, confiscatory taxes — and she’s just getting started. Bernie and others will soon be following suit. Fauxcahontas already has, competing in a game of socialist one-upmanship. Even supposedly centrist Biden is playing along. . . .

The cost of all this, the actual numbers, if they ever even publish any, will be stratospheric. The national debt will reach the moon and beyond. . . .

And Howard Schultz knows it. That is why. . .he has isolated the escalating national debt as his main issue and pilloried Trump for doing nothing about it. (He has a point there.)

At first, he will seem stodgy to “idealistic” millennials, but after a while, they too will wise up. It’s their futures too, after all. The outrageous costs of the Democratic platform will be made known to them and then some. The election, already started, is long. The hard left’s proposals will not wear well.

Schultz’s policies would end up being much closer to Trump’s than to the Democratic opposition. He would want to increase taxes, but only a smidge, so as not to disrupt the economy. He opposes Medicare for all as far too expensive. He would be for a strong defense, at least relatively. He would be middle-of-the-road on immigration, where many Americans are. He would be Trump-lite, a palatable Donald that many of the media could swallow because he wouldn’t insult them for being liars (even though they are) or say outrageous (though often accurate) things for them to deliberately misinterpret.

And, of course, he has plenty of money to run — in every county, as he says.

This is good analysis, and there’s more.

is, if anything, a more successful businessman than Trump with plenty of economic acumen. And his business, unlike Perot’s, is known to all Americans. Moreover, it is a symbol of the “cool” sophisticated life to which much of modern America aspires, like it or not. Schultz took the Greenwich Village coffee shop and put it into every suburban mall in the country, making it less scary and more bourgeois in the process. What soccer mom doesn’t love her latte?

Trump, as a business outsider, could actually have paved the way for Schultz. (Interestingly, businessman Bill Lee won a huge victory in the gubernatorial race here in Tennessee.)

I see him appealing to Democrats who aren’t Batshit Crazy
Posted by Gunslinger201 | Tue Jan 29, 2019, 03:24 PM (21 replies)

if you like your plan, you cant keep your plan

the single payer coverage Democrats would provide all Americans could never match the Medicare coverage provided to seniors only. But that wouldn’t become apparent to voters until it was too late. Remember that part


Sen. Kamala Harris backs “Medicare for all” — i.e. the single payer health insurance system that Sen. Bernie Sanders advocates. The “single payer” is the government — i.e., taxpayers.

During a CNN town hall, Jake Tapper asked Harris whether her proposal means eliminating private health insurance. Harris reportedly answered in the affirmative, saying she would be okay with cutting insurers out of the mix. As if to justify this, she accused private insurers of thinking only of their bottom lines and of burdening Americans with paperwork and approval processes.

It’s worth noting that Medicare itself doesn’t cut private insurers out completely. Private insurers provide prescription drug insurance under Medicare Part D. One can also purchase Medicare Advantage plans from private insurers.

This creates some inequality. Low income seniors are less able to pay for Medicare Advantage than their wealthier counterparts. I assume the Democratic left disapproves of this inequitable arrangement, at least in theory.

In any event, as Ramesh Ponnuru observes, if Harris is the Democratic nominee against President Trump in 2020, he will be able to say, truthfully, that she wants to take away most Americans’ insurance and put them on a government plan.

How will voters view her position? The Obamacare experience suggests they won’t like it. Ponnuru has noted that Democrats designed Obamacare the way they did in large part to avoid causing people to lose their health care insurance plans, and suffered politically to the extent they did not succeed. More recently, Republicans suffered when they were perceived as disrupters of the health care status quo.

Voters who have health insurance consistently tell pollsters they are satisfied with it. Thus, it’s logical that they take a dim view of calls to force them off of their plans.

On the other hand, Medicare is known to be good insurance. That’s why Democrats have adopted the “Medicare for all” mantra. It may be an easier sell to the public than Obamacare was.

In reality, the single payer coverage Democrats would provide all Americans could never match the Medicare coverage provided to seniors only. But that wouldn’t become apparent to voters until it was too late.

Ponnuru concludes that “Harris’s blithe endorsement of the end of the kind of insurance most Americans use — and which they usually tell pollsters they are satisfied with — is our best evidence yet that the competitive pressure of the Democratic primaries is pulling the party so far to the left as to reduce its chances in the general election.” Competitive pressure is pulling the party to the left in ways that will harm its general election prospects. I think we’ll see clearer cases of this than health insurance policy.

Are people dumb enough to think this is good?
Posted by Gunslinger201 | Tue Jan 29, 2019, 01:19 PM (3 replies)

Retired NYU Professor explains why College Kids prefer Socialism

We better do something most Ricky-tick

Retired NYU professor Dr. Michael Rectenwald explained how educators are encouraging the spread of socialism throughout college campuses, on “Fox & Friends” Monday.

“You had professors going over to the Soviet Union from America, going over to the Soviet Union, learning about the Soviet system of education and being convinced that they should bring it to the U.S. and re-engineer the entire education system after it,” he said.

“And this was a professor, particularly George Counts who came back, taught at Columbia teacher’s college. And he’s teaching teachers who are going to then propagate the same ideology that he’s teaching them. This is how it spreads.”

Rectenwald claimed almost half of all professors in academia identify as socialist and said nearly all of them are “leftist.”

“The professors are 40 percent socialist. And that’s a large number,” he continued. “We have about 90 percent are leftist and 40 percent of the total are socialists in the humanities and social sciences.”

Rectenwald also said he’s seen people dismissed from Ph.D. programs simply because they were conservative.

“There’s a bubble and they don’t want to hire anyone,” he said. “And I’ve seen people actually thrown out of degree programs, Ph.D. programs, for being conservative.”

“This is a huge indoctrination process that’s going on. And it’s not just called socialism now. They’re calling it social justice as well,” Rectenwald added. “It leads to the kind of forced egalitarianism that you saw in the Soviet Union, where you have to squash people down so that everyone’s ‘equal.’ And it led to 94 million people being murdered, combined in all the communist regimes in the 20th century.”
Posted by Gunslinger201 | Tue Jan 29, 2019, 11:45 AM (4 replies)

Radical Feminist: Transgender Activism Is a 'Men's Rights Movement'

Well Duh, silly

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Kara Dansky, a feminist lawyer and spokeswoman for Women's Liberation Front (WoLF), spoke against the so-called "Equality Act" at the Heritage Foundation on Monday, denouncing the transgender and gender identity movement as anti-women and anti-lesbian in particular. Her remarks echoed the London Pride March sign declaring that "Transactivism Erases Lesbians."

"This is a men's Rights movement — this is really a men's rights movement," Dansky declared, calling for men to stand up for women and denounce the transgender movement.

Treansgender activism is a “men’s rights movement,” declares @kdansky. Men need to fight against the gender identity movement. @Heritage @PJMedia_com

— Tyler O'Neil (@Tyler2ONeil) January 28, 2019
"Overwhelmingly women have been resisting this," Hacsi Horvath, a man who once identified as a woman and underwent surgery, said a few seconds before Dansky's remark. "And it's really shocking how many men on the internet are defending the whole trans thing. Straight men are all about the trans, and you have to wonder what the heck is going on."

Horvath agreed with Dansky in condemning transgender activism as a "Men's Rights movement," and Julia Beck — a lesbian and former member of the Baltimore mayor's LGBTQ Commission — nodded in agreement. Beck had been kicked off of the commission for opposing transgender identity.

"I got kicked off of the Baltimore mayor's LGBTQ commission — as the only lesbian — simply for stating biological facts," Beck said. "I was found guilty of 'violence.' My crime? Using male pronouns to talk about a convicted male rapist who identifies as transgender and prefers female pronouns."

Julia Beck shares her story of being booted from the Baltimore LGBTQ alliance by a male - who “identifies as a lesbian.” @Heritage @PJMedia_com

— Tyler O'Neil (@Tyler2ONeil) January 28, 2019
"It doesn't matter that he sexually assaulted two women in a women's prison after being transferred there on account of his 'gender identity.' Oh no, it is far more criminal for me to call a male rapist 'he' than it is for him to rape," Beck argued.

Adding insult to injury, "the man who led my inquisition also identifies as 'transgender.' He is the president of the Baltimore Transgender Alliance and claims to be a lesbian," she added, bitterly. "I find that almost funny because everything he does makes life for women, girls, and lesbians worse."

Men in dresses are still men
Posted by Gunslinger201 | Tue Jan 29, 2019, 09:45 AM (15 replies)

Learn to Code?

When coal miners were being laid off by the thousands because of political hostility to their industry, they got little sympathy from those whose industries were ascendant. “Learn to code” was the advice the miners got on the internet.

Now that “journalists” at outlets like the Huffington Post and Buzzfeed are being laid off, a number on the right have gone down memory lane, urging the “journalists” to learn to code. This is, apparently, a hate crime. There has been a lot of “learn to code” buzz in recent days, but I will limit this post to a single tweet:

Is anyone surprised that telling a laid-off journalist–unlike a coal miner–to learn to code, is a fatal offense on Twitter? Of course not. I’d guess some of those laid-off “journalists” are applying for jobs at Twitter, Facebook, Google, Apple, etc. The New Class defends its own.

I suppose if press workers had more self-awareness, they would wonder why so many people cheer the demise of their industry. But introspection is not something we expect from reporters.

heh heh

Posted by Gunslinger201 | Tue Jan 29, 2019, 05:57 AM (2 replies)

Kamala-toe is the medias pick for President

They will furiously Turd Polish and write gushing poetic stories of her

The same way they did Obama

They wanted the first Black President now they want the first Woman President

Don’t step in the Bullshit

Posted by Gunslinger201 | Tue Jan 29, 2019, 05:48 AM (9 replies)

Why Trump Won (and will again)

Posted by Gunslinger201 | Mon Jan 28, 2019, 03:19 PM (11 replies)

Conservative Gay Activist Scott Presler Suspended From Twitter, Posting Facts About Illegal Aliens

Scott Presler is a conservative gay activist, a vocal Trump supporter with a very large following on Twitter.

On Sunday, Mr. Presler was notified by Twitter that his account was suspended for seven days for “violating the Twitter rules against hateful conduct” over factual tweets he posted about illegal aliens murdering and raping minorities.

One of the tweets Scott Presler was suspended over said, “Illegal aliens are murdering people of color. Democrats choose illegal aliens over Americans.”

These are public Communication conveyances, we must pass laws to keep them uncensored

Posted by Gunslinger201 | Mon Jan 28, 2019, 09:25 AM (7 replies)

Must See: CNN brings on Furloughed Federal Workers who still support Trump & the Wall

Nancy is about to reap the whirlwind
Posted by Gunslinger201 | Mon Jan 28, 2019, 08:12 AM (6 replies)

Van Jones, John Lewis, Sheila Jackson-Lee Opposed Criminal Justice Reform to deny Trump a Victory

Palm Springs, Calif. — Prominent liberal Democrats opposed 2018’s criminal justice reform, and CNN progressive commentator Van Jones thinks he knows why.

Presidential hopefuls Sens. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker joined Sen. Dick Durbin and Reps. John Lewis and Sheila Jackson Lee on a May 2017 letter calling the First Step Act “a step backwards.”

“I think publicly they were saying it doesn’t go far enough,” Jones said in a video played at the winter Koch Seminar Sunday morning. “I think privately, they just didn’t want Trump to have a victory.”

The bill was prominently championed by an unlikely alliance of Jones, billionaire industrialist Charles Koch’s libertarian network, President Donald Trump’s son in law Jared Kushner, Kim Kardashian West and Utah Sen. Mike Lee. President Donald Trump signed it into law Dec. 21, at the conclusion of the 115th Congress and just a day before partisan gridlock kicked off the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

While Senate Democrats ended up voting in lockstep for the act, joining the GOP to beat back a 12-vote law-and-order protest, in the House, 57 Democrats, including Reps. Lewis, Barbara Lee, Maxine Waters, Hank Johnson, Elijah Cummings, Al Green and Joseph Kennedy, ended up voting against the law– dwarfing the two Republican nays.

The first 2019 meeting of Koch’s Seminar Network brings together allied leaders and organizations with 634 “partners,” or donors who give $100,000 or more per year, and over 100 new attendees.

The libertarian network, which is is made up of largely center-right, conservative and Republican donors, is frequently hit by players on the left and the right, with President Trump targeting them for opposition to his trade and immigration agenda in tweets sent during their July meeting. Despite a reputation for national campaign politics, since its inception in 2003 the network has worked in a number of less political areas, particularly education, community and poverty. Meetings over the past several years, however, have tended to strongly emphasize politics, but 2019 continued a shift away from partisanship. (RELATED: What Washington And The Media Still Get So Wrong About The Kochs)

Jones had protested the Koch Seminar Network in 2011, when its opposition to President Barack Obama and his government take-over of health care were a major target of Koch and his allies. “When I went to that protest, I was focusing on the areas we didn’t have in common, not even aware there were any areas that we did have in common,” he said in the video shown Sunday’s attendees. “I had no idea who was in that building and they had no idea who was outside. They didn’t know what was in my heart, they didn’t know my story and I didn’t know theirs.” (RELATED: Kochs Slam GOP: ‘This Network Will No Longer Follow Anyone’s Lead Or Be Taken For Granted’)

“This idea of basic human dignity, that’s something we do agree on,” he continued. “And once you start realizing, ‘Wait a minute now, there are some principles here in common, and based on that relationship we started taking baby steps toward trying to pass a bill that everyone said wouldn’t pass.”

“This has been such an intractable issue for so many years everywhere,” Koch Industries Special Counsel Mark Holden said in the video, “with the Willie Horton to the Clinton crime bill, you name it, so we needed broad bipartisan support. We needed a big bipartisan vote on this.”

“There’s a lot of stuff that we’re gonna keep fighting on in America,” Jones said. “I have no problem with that! The problem is there’s a lot of stuff we do agree on that we aren’t working on together at all. You’ve got awesome people and beautiful people on both sides who don’t know what to do together. And if we start working on that, a lot of stuff is gonna get better, and that’s what we’ve got to focus on.” (RELATED: Deion Sanders Is On The Same Team As Charles Koch)

“Something about this issue brought out the best in both parties,” he said, adding, to audience laughter: “And then two hours later the government shuts down.”

Pathetic (Why is a Congressional BLACK Caucus not Racist?)
Posted by Gunslinger201 | Mon Jan 28, 2019, 03:04 AM (7 replies)
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