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A Night to Make America Great Again

Go Spurs Go! Oh, and there’s a Republican presidential debate.

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Associated Press | Eric Gay

Tonight, the Republicans still running for president will gather in Boulder, Colorado, for a debate hosted by CNBC. This is the third Republican debate of the 2016 election cycle, and it’s a potentially momentous one. According to the most recent round of polls, Donald Trump is no longer the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, having fallen behind neurosurgeon Ben Carson. Since we know that Trump is thin-skinned and prone to lashing out at perceived enemies, his second-place status could lead him to act out on stage, thereby creating an opening for another candidate to make inroads over the course of the evening.

Contenders of particular interest include Jeb Bush, who is keen to assert himself as a viable candidate after a dispiriting summer of campaigning; Ted Cruz, who is taking an increasingly hands-on approach to rolling up onetime Trump supporters; and Marco Rubio, who is being dinged as the media-appointed frontrunner in wake of a spate of news analyses pointing out that Rubio is the strongest candidate running on the Republican side.

Alternatively, those of us who are longing to “Make America Great Again,” as Trump’s hat falsely promises, might prefer to watch the San Antonio Spurs, who open their season tonight in Oklahoma City. Both events are at 7 p.m. central time. Feel free to follow along with either in the comments section.

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  • Unwound


    • WUSRPH


      • Unwound

        I actually think that the Rockets may take the west this year, depending on how indestructible GS is. Harden is still the best 1 on 1 player in the league and I think Lawson will be a primo addition in Houston.

    • Rules of Blazon

      No Stars game til tomorrow, gonna hafta watch the clown show

      • Unwound

        i live in canada and even i cant stomach hockey.

        • dave in texas

          I love hockey in person, but it’s practically unwatchable on TV, which gives no sense whatsoever of how fast and athletic the players are.

          • Unwound

            as i explain it here “im from texas, we dont have time to wait for things to freeze”

  • Dems don’t have debates so they aren’t familiar with the concept.
    Here’s the skinny dems your next president will be on stage tonight, pay attn.

    • Indiana Pearl

      What would you know about “skinny”?

      • what would you know about sober…

        • Indiana Pearl

          Put down the deep fried Twinkies. You’re addicted to food.

          • You’re addicted to dumb

          • jammerjim

            Y’all get a room.

          • She is hot for JBB but it ain’t gonna happen.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Grotesque piggy!

          • I ain’t into grandmas.

          • Indiana Pearl

            I love me some President Grandma! You will too . . .

  • dave in texas

    I loves me some Spurs, but it’s October, so I’ll be watching the World Series. The Cirque de GOP will likely have some entertainment value, in a you-can’t-look-away-from-the-trainwreck kind of way, but not enough to make me want to watch it.

  • Indiana Pearl

    Drinking gin in Indiana with my BFF . . .

  • Bodhisattva
  • don76550

    I long to make America great again too. The best way to accomplish that is the total defeat and abolishment of the anti American democrat party.

    • Indiana Pearl

      Ain’t gonna happen, old fella.

    • Unwound


    • dave in texas

      don76550 wants political views different than his to be abolished from public discourse.

      Ladies and gentlemen, meet today’s Republican Party.

  • John Johnson

    Your kidding, right? You mention a frigging basketball game when there is a World Series game on as well tonight. Watching the NBA is about like watching professional soccer these days. Faked injuries, flops, and whining. The Spurs are loaded with cry babies. What happened to the old, tough, hardcore teams like the Celtics and Pistons used to put on the court?

    Cruz won the debate; Trump, Carson and Rubio held their own. The rest need to check it in. The big losers were the moderators. The questions were absolutely horrible and the time allotment even worse.

    • Unwound

      What happened was the rules changed to allow players to be able to actually play and not worry about getting mugged (so called rileyball). It’s a guards league now and the sport is better for it.

      • John Johnson

        B.S. “Mugged”? Duncan whines if he is looked at wrong and a foul is not called. Some of the guards should win academy awards for their flops. Besides that traveling is seldom called and palming is the new norm. The last few minutes takes hour to play so why tune in until then? Why tune in at all? I generally don’t.

        • You and most of America. Only the bored with idle time watch pro sports.

        • Unwound

          I’m sure they miss you.

          • John Johnson

            Naw…no one misses a malcontent. Once gone, the covey can go back to ooh’ing and aw’ing over the guys who are the best whiners without interruption.

          • Unwound

            OK, then I’m sure they won’t miss your whining.

          • John Johnson

            There is a difference in a gripe and a whine. You, obviously, do not know the difference. Sissies whine and plead. I have always been accused of being more “in your face”. Not proud of it…just the way I’m built.

          • Unwound

            *eye roll*

          • John Johnson

            *eye roll*

        • dave in texas

          Eh, traveling and palming haven’t been called for the last 30 years; I think we can safely assume, except for the most egregious instances, they’re not going to start now. And at least the league is aware that people hate flopping. They started penalizing players for it last year, although not nearly often enough. Except for certain great match-ups, though, I tend to mostly ignore the NBA until February or so.

          Man, the Royals look great, don’t they?

          • John Johnson

            30 years is about right. I went ahead and watched for another decade or so because of the Bird/Johnson and then Bird/Johnson/Jordan match-ups. Liked the Lambeer era, too. Then the whining started over virtually every call. Yep, love me some Royals right now. Can’t tell you how happy I was to see them work over the Jays. They’re the new team I love to hate! 😉

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            “Eh, traveling and palming haven’t been called for the last 30 years; I think we can safely assume, except for the most egregious instances, they’re not going to start now. And at least the league is aware that people hate flopping. They started penalizing players for it last year, although not nearly often enough. Except for certain great match-ups, though, I tend to mostly ignore the NBA until February or so. Man, the Royals look great, don’t they?”
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  • Rules of Blazon

    Debate recap:

    Winner: Trump. In his element, energetic, natural.

    Loser: Jeb. Opposite of Trump.

    Helped themselves: Rubio, Cruz, Christie. Gimmicky, grandiose, sound-byte generating, juvenile. The kind of crap Republicans eat up.

    Hurt themselves: Kasich, Fiorina. Came off as too desperate and contrived.

    Meh: Carson, Paul, Huckabee. Really, meh.

    Stars-‘Nucks tomorrow nite!

  • The Bolsheviks and the Mensheviks which are you? Both groups are enthusiasts for the destruction of capitalism.
    The Bolsheviks led by Hillary are a strictly disciplined party of full-time members who do what they are told, follow the party line in every particular and are difficult for the police to infiltrate.
    The Mensheviks are led by Bernie.

    So true Ted knows…his stuff.

    • Indiana Pearl

      He still won’t invite you to his birthday party.

      Last night’s winner? The Democrats . . .

  • Indiana Pearl
  • Rules of Blazon

    I am moving Carson into the “hurt themselves” category. It looks like he really stepped in it on this Mannatech thing.

    • nickthap

      Well, if Glenn Beck can stay relevant while selling rubes on shares in gold coins, then Carson will be perfectly fine flogging snake oil.


    Have not seen the paper….so how did Erica’s Spurs do last night?

    • John Johnson


      • Don’t you understand how much contempt he has for us…

      • WUSRPH

        I need to make it clear that I have contempt for only one of you two…and it ani’t the guy from Arlington…I some times am less than pleased with him…..but my contempt is limited to the troll.

        • John Johnson

          Thank you. I am more than willing to drop the crap and get you back over here. If I get personal and do more than disagree, call me out. Let JBB speak his peace without pointed, ad hominem retort. If he does it, it doesn’t mean you have to. I will do my best to change, as well. Promise.

  • nickthap

    I loved how Cruz bashed the media for asking unsubstantive questions–in response to a substantive question about his ridiculous tax plan.

    • John Johnson

      I meant to ask you…what is ridiculous about it? Educate me.

      • Jed

        it creates more deficit than every democrat president in the history of our country, combined.

        this is actually true of every republican candidates’ proposed budget.

        another reason to view deficit hawkery with skepticism and all republicans with scorn.

        • John Johnson

          That is simply not true. You have no idea what his plan will help or hinder.

          Here is a list of myths, however, that need to be broadcast:
          1. Universal healthcare is not a liberal Dem invention. Nixon was the first to try to get it implemented.
          2. Republicans love war: Dem are all about peace. WWI – Wilson; WWII – Roosevelt; WWII/Korea/Bomb – Truman; Vietnam – Kennedy & Johnson; Iraq/Afjhanistan, Bush. Bush’s last defense budget was $626B…Obama’s, four years later, was $700B. Go figure.
          3. Dem’s are big spenders; Repub’s cut. Under Carter the deficit as a % of GDP was lower than Regan & Bush; Clinton’s was lower than Reagan & Bush and Bush2; Obama has been higher than Bush all years except 2009 when Bush pumped money into the economy to prop up the economy. Red states also receive more Fed $ than blue states.
          In 2010, for instance, Alaska got $1.64 for every dollar contributed into the “pool”, and Massachusetts got $0.82.
          4. Affirmative Action is all about helping racial minorities over white people. The largest beneficiaries of AA was white women.

          • Jed

            i hope never to be proven right.

  • Rules of Blazon

    Looks like Rubio also gets moved into “hurt themselves” based on lying about his tax plan and mischaracterizing his documented financial troubles as “discredited attacks.”

  • As an insider I often am privy to information before even the media. A republican will win in 2016. Now you know, but you don’t know which one….

    • Indiana Pearl

      “A paid insider . . .”? Why am I not surprised?

      TM gives you free press.

      • Gunslinger

        He’s not paid.

  • Thieves do there best work in the middle of the night as establishment republicans join democrats to raid coffers….

    “144-page bill amounts to $558 million in new spending per page

    Democrats, who are far more thrilled with the deal, did the heavy lifting, providing most of the votes as they won some $40 billion in new domestic spending in 2016 and 2017. They also forced the GOP to retreat on the hard-fought 2011 budget agreement that had helped bring deficits back under control.”


    If we just had a little more money…..the ever presence battle cry of dems.

    Hurry up 2016.

  • Indiana Pearl
  • Indiana Pearl

    “As a paid insider I am often privy to information even before the media.”

    Why does TM permit Booksie to use BB as an unpaid campaign tool? Is he lying to boost his status? If not who pays him?

    Maybe I can get the DNC to pay me.

    What a racket!

  • Indiana Pearl
    • John Johnson

      And the Dem’s don’t do the same? That’s the problem with you extremists…you point the finger “over there” when the exact same thing is taking place right where you are by the people you cherish and support. You can’t call it hypocrisy because you are too blind to even see it. Blind fealty is a terrible thing and it results in the creation of a bunch of boisterous rubes.

      • Jed

        who is the person here who always howls first and loudest when someone tries to excuse an action by pointing out that the other side does it?

        oh yeah, you.

        still a suckhole full of suck.

        • John Johnson

          Not me. Been one of my pet peeves for ever and ever. You’re a little fuzzy on the facts and your posting style has changed a bit. What’s up?

        • fetch my coffee

      • Indiana Pearl

        “Extremists”? Where are you when Booksie goes on one of his daily rants?

        Methinks you’re not even remotely “fair and balanced” . . .

        • John Johnson

          JBB is an extremist. There…make you feel better? But let me say this about that…JBB is the ultimate pot stirrer…I see a smile on his face every time he posts some outrageous slam. He’s poking, prodding and teasing you. You fall for it and respond in kind with some foolish, churlish, hateful post…but you do so with jaws clinched and veins in your neck popping; you call for everyone to band together against him, and call for Big Brother intervention. You just don’t get it.

          • Indiana Pearl

            I get it big time.

            Scold Booksie and you’ll earn validity. Otherwise you’re just a Ted Cruz stooge . .

          • John Johnson

            Count me out of your vendetta, Pearl. I want no part of it. Your recent posts are angry, childish and show that he is living in your head, too.

          • scold JJ and you’ll earn validity….sounds like a gang initiation “shoot someone in the back and you can be a gangmember.
            Don’t you want to be in the looneygang?

          • Indiana Pearl

            JBB To JJ: “Now that you and I are in control here . . .”


          • Yes megalomania….remember when you tried to have me offed by the management team here only to find out I’m on the management team?

          • Indiana Pearl

            Then attack him when he rants. You have no difficulty attacking me.

  • The first trick or treater came to the door dressed as a democrat and said gimme what you got.

    • Indiana Pearl

      #OpKKK is coming Nov. 5th. Will your name be on the list?

      • nope only democrats need apply…. Sen KKK Robert Byrd, US House Speaker Mike Mansfield, Pres Harry Truman, Chief Justice Hugo Black.

        • Indiana Pearl

          We shall see . . .

      • Unwound

        Cornyns is.

        • Indiana Pearl

          That should be interesting. Wafflewafflewaffle.


    I recognize that this plea is probably falling on closed ears (and in a few cases closed minds) but I thought I would try to give at least a couple of you something to think about before you vote on Tuesday. So, here we go:

    Tuesday is election day….but before you vote it might be worth considering the fact that if two of the proposed constitutional amendments (Prop. 1 and Prop. 7) are approved it will take more than $6,2 billion away from the funds that would normally be spent by the State on education, public health and general government—perhaps creating a situation where the State is unable to meet its basic needs.

    Proposition 1 is the alleged “property tax relief” that will increase the homestead exemption on a residence occupied by its owner from $15,000 to $25,000. The estimated impact for the first years is that it will reduce the
    average property owner’s property tax bill by $120 or $10 per month at a cost
    to the State of an estimated $1.2 to $1.3 billion over the next two years. The proposal, however, does not really reduce
    the funds available. The increased
    exemption applies only to taxes collected by local school districts. It will
    have no effect on the taxes paid to other local governmental bodies. The plan also DOES NOT reduce the money local
    school districts will receive since it calls for the State government to
    reimburse the local school districts for any funds they lose because of the
    higher exemption. (The passage of Prop.
    1 will provide no benefit to the more than 40% of all Texans who now lie in
    rental residences since they are not covered by the fax relief.)

    Proposition 7 is the plan to
    increase spending on public highways (but not toll roads) by any estimated $5
    billion over the next two years by diverting sales tax revenues from their
    normal purposes to roads. This will be the first time in Texas history that
    sales tax revenues are to be spent on roads.
    In fact, the existing State Constitution calls for financing roads by a
    tax on motor fuels (the gas tax. (Texas’ 20 cent per gallon gasoline tax is now
    one of the lowest in the nation and has not been increased since 1991.)

    The more than $6.2 billion in
    increased spending called for by these two proposals will be raised by raiding
    the State’s General Revenue Fund that normally finances public schools, health
    care and general government. The effect
    will be to reduce the amounts available for those purposes in future years.

    This diversion in General Revenue
    funds is only part of a more than $9.2 billion reduction in the funds that would
    otherwise be available for public schools, health care and other such purposes
    in the next state budget period that was approved by the Legislature earlier
    this year.

    (The additional reductions beyond
    those called for by Props. 1 & 7 are the result of a $251 million cut
    produced by repealing a $200 license fee for a group of professions; an
    estimated $2,559 billion in lost revenue from a 25% cut in the franchise tax rate; and another $14 to $15 million
    resulting from a 15 other minor tax and
    fee cuts.)

    In considering the impact of this
    much of a reduction in funding available for schools, health care, etc. it is important to note that, at the present
    time, more than 82% of the total state budget is mandated by the constitution,
    statutes or other factors. And, the
    reduced revenues will all come out of the 13% which is now available to the
    Legislature to meet other needs.

    The passage of Prop. 1 and Prop.
    7 will increase the dedicated amounts by more than $6.2 billion. The effects of
    these dedications is that future legislatures will have less funds available to
    finance such things as public education, health care and general government as
    well as fewer places to cut funding should there be a revenue shortfall or
    should the Texas Supreme Court find that the current spending on public
    education is inadequate by upholding major sections of the Dietz school finance
    lawsuit judgment now being decided by the Court.

    It should also be noted that Lt. Gov. Patrick
    has asked Senate committees to recommend ADDITIONAL TAX CUTS including the
    total repeal of the franchise tax—the only tax now directly levied on
    business. The repeal of this tax would leave the State with no general business
    tax and only further the burden borne by consumers.

    Those who favor a smaller state
    government—including less spending on public schools (at least on per student
    basis) and public health should support the passage of Prop. 1 and Prop. 7
    because of their impact on the available funds for those programs.

    However, those who feel the State
    is currently not spending enough for those purposes should give the impact of
    the passage of Prop. 1 and 7 careful consideration in deciding how to vote on
    Tuesday since a vote for the two issues may make that much harder in future
    years. Keep that in mind when you vote.

    Cutting the funds available for
    schools and public health, etc. may seem okay today…but the question is whether
    it is just another example of the Scarlet O’Hara approach to government our
    State leaders have adopted in recent years…..an approach based on the idea
    that Texas can worry about things such as budget shortfalls or court decisions
    requiring more spending “tomorrow…because, after all, tomorrow is
    another day.”

    • John Johnson

      Very well thought out informative and balanced piece.

      • WUSRPH

        Can you explain to me where what’s his name gets some of his ideas? Like the new one that suggests that renters do not pay property taxes. Of course, they do not directly pay the taxes, but indirectly as the property taxes are included as cost in their rent by the property owner who has to pay the tax. Because renters often have lower incomes than homeowners the amount they pay toward property taxes is likely to a bigger percentage of their income than it is for the homeowner. He can sure come up with some weird ones.

        • John Johnson

          It doesn’t matter. If you encounter a large, entrenched, anchored object, what are your options other than to go around it and be on your way? There really are no other good ones, in my opinion.

          • He can’t do it. With socialists it is about control. They wants to control all opinions.

        • If you don’t get a bill you don’t pay. The person who gets the bill pays. A renter can skip out on paying and owner can’t. The owner pays for property not occupied. Owner pays the property taxes unless it is specifically written into the leasing agreement or so the law states.

          • Indiana Pearl

            How about that Medicare and SS you enjoy so much?

          • John Johnson

            What point are you trying to make with this question? That SS is some sort of gift or entitlement? Think again.


            Social Security Cards up until the 1980s expressly stated the number and card were not to be used for identification purposes.

            Since nearly everyone in the United States now has a number, it became convenient to use it anyway and the NOT FOR IDENTIFICATION message was removed.

            Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat, introduced the Social Security (FICA) Program. His promises are in black, with updates in red.

            1.) That participation in the Program would be Completely voluntary [No longer voluntary],

            2.) That the participants would only have to pay 1% of the first $1,400 of their annual Incomes into the Program [Now 7.65% on the first $90,000, and 15% on the first $90,000 if you’re self-employed],

            3.) That the money the participants elected to put into the Program would be deductible from their income for tax purposes each year [No longer tax deductible],

            4.) That the money the participants put into the independent ‘Trust Fund’ rather than into the general operating fund, and therefore, would only be used to fund the Social Security Retirement Program, and no other Government program [Under Johnson the money was moved to the General Fund and Spent], and

            5.) That the annuity payments to the retirees would never be taxed as income [Under Clinton & Gore up to 85% of your Social Security can be Taxed].

            Since many of us have paid into FICA for years and are now receiving a Social Security check every month — and then finding that we are getting taxed on 85% of the money we paid to the Federal government to ‘put away’ — you may be interested in the following:

            Q: Which Political Party took Social Security from the independent ‘Trust Fund’ and put it into the general fund so that Congress could spend it?

            A: It was Lyndon Johnson and the democratically controlled House and Senate.

            Q: Which Political Party eliminated the income tax deduction for Social Security (FICA) withholding?

            A: The Democratic Party.

            Q: Which Political Party started taxing Social Security annuities?

            A: The Democratic Party, with Al Gore casting the ‘tie-breaking’ deciding vote as President of the Senate, while he was Vice President of the US

            AND MY FAVORITE:

            Q: Which Political Party decided to start giving annuity payments to immigrants?

            A: That’s right! Jimmy Carter and the Democratic Party. Immigrants moved into this country, and at age 65, began to receive Social Security payments! The Democratic Party gave these payments to them, even though they never paid a dime into it!

            Now, after violating the original contract (FICA), the Democrats turn around and tell you that the Republicans want to take your Social Security away!

          • Indiana Pearl


          • John Johnson

            Is this some sort of game? One word….”Citation”? If so, I’m not smart enough to figure it out. Find another player.

          • Indiana Pearl

            What you posted looks like it was cut and pasted from some right-wing, anti-SS website. Who wrote it?

          • John Johnson

            What difference does it make who wrote it? Is there a point you would like to dispute? It is pretty cut and dried. Facts are facts and do not change when either a Dem or Repub repeat them, do they?

          • Indiana Pearl

            I doubt you’ll read this. Here’s an article comparing financial outcomes for three types of patients: uninsured, insured, and Medicare. Medicare pays the lowest amount for a particular procedure. Guess what? The docs always take it.

            We are being fleeced by the American fee-for-service system:


          • John Johnson

            First, let me get you to acknowledge what I posted regarding SS. Those are facts, Pearl…so, please, no more posts suggesting we retirees are getting something for nothing.

            With regards to our health system, it is screwed up from top to bottom. I have said so repeatedly. The insurance companies’, physicians’, hospitals’ and pharmaceuticals’ lobbyists wrote the healthcare laws.

          • Indiana Pearl

            They’re not “facts” until you acknowledge their origin.

          • John Johnson

            In this case, how about public record? You find something misstated?

          • Indiana Pearl

            You’re waffling . . .

          • John Johnson

            There is no “waffling”…just obfuscation from you. You are a pro at it. Are you disputing the fact that all the SS laws and onerous changes did not come into being under Dem Presidents? That is the basis of my post, pure and simple. You can accept it, dispute it, or ignore it…but it is fact.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Oh good Lord! Dem presidents? Sounding like Booksie . . .

            The Boomers are now passing through the system. We are the largest demographic group in America. It’s gonna cost money until all of us die off. Raise the cap.

            For every dollar we put into Medicare, we are spending three. This is unsustainable. O-Care will help, but single payer will do a better job.

            You guys on the right no solutions, just letting poor old people die prematurely.

            Trying to get you to do some critical thinking . . .

          • John Johnson

            You’re locked into Dem’s good; Repub’s bad. There is no in between. JBB is the same way. There are moderates in both camps that can work things out, but I don’t see that happening. Since Hillary is all you have to offer, I’m going with Cruz. I listened to his 1.5 hour speech before the 3am vote and loved everything he said. The Big’s aren’t off the table with him, and the rest of the Repub’s either can’t handle it or are not qualified to. They, for the most part, are simply more of the same. I want change. Radical change. Tough times, so be it. We need to pay for our mistakes and not pass them on. I’m willing to. Are you?

          • WUSRPH

            Check out his wife’s employer (and the many bucks she has made from them) before you decide he isn’t friendly to The Bigs.

          • John Johnson

            I know all that. She no longer is, and he, as far as I know, is not beholding to any of the Big’s. His spiel would indicate that he is not, but who you going to believe? O was going to clean-up, too. I like what he says and under pressure he has not changed one iota.

          • Indiana Pearl

            She gave up job for politics, not because she wanted to “spend more time with her family.” If he loses she’ll be back on the payroll in a NY minute.

          • John Johnson

            Damn…you are incorrigible.

          • WUSRPH

            I do not know about you but I have to be worried by the fact that both the national and state PolitiFact checkers give him a very poor record when it comes to telling the truth. Of course, they can be attacked for being “lefitists”, etc. but most of the statements they check are fairly straight and easily checked. If he is that loose with the truth now, what will he be like when it really counts. I just don’t trust him…and it has nothing to do with his political stands…as bad as many of them are.


          • John Johnson

            I don’t trust PolitiFact to be 100% valid. In fact, I just emailed a WaPo PF poster about his skewed perspective and data analysis. I am just a total skeptic when it comes to politics, as you well know. I truly don’t know who to believe…except when it comes to Hillary.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Are you willing to let your elderly parents – and lots of other old people – suffer so that The Bigs can keep bleeding us dry?

            The right has no solutions.

          • John Johnson

            I am willing to sacrifice as are my old parents if it means not sticking their great grandchildren with the bill for our mistakes. This most recent budget is horrible. The military spending needs to get cut and people sitting on their butts need to go back to work. Foreign policy needs shoring up and foreign aid cut and many foreign bases closed.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Cruz, of course, is not a ” moderate.”

          • John Johnson

            I know…but he is hammering on the Big’s and I like it; he’s hammering on spending, and I like it.

          • Indiana Pearl

            What are his specific policies?

          • John Johnson

            Start with this:

            “Taking the public eye from Donald Trump, Ted Cruz is getting much favorable attention for his brave telling of corrupt politicians within the Democrat and Republican parties to their face. In a potent and historical floor speech to the U.S. Senate on Oct. 29, 2015 Cruz (R-Texas) publically disclosed the supreme sacred cow among the most corrupt politicians in the chamber.

            Although focused specifically on the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank that allows $86 billion in new funding for President Barack Obama’s, corporate lobbyists, and special interest agenda, Cruz denounced the Senate Republican leadership to the world.

            “There is a profound disappointment among the American people because we keep winning elections and then we keep getting leaders who don’t do anything they promised,” Sen. Cruz reminded the group. “The American people were told ‘if only we have a Republican majority in the House, things will be different.’ Well, in 2010 the American people showed up in enormous numbers and we got a Republican majority in the House — and very little changed.”

            The latest Gallup analysis, of Sept. 19, 2015, reported in their polls that 75% of Americans think government corruption is widespread throughout the nation. When President Barack Obama took over in 2009, that figure was 66%. The policies and handling of Obamacare, Benghazi, Iran Nuclear Deal, Internal Revenue scandals, and Department of Justice injustices or some examples that have shaped the disgust and dissatisfaction.

            “Then the American people were told, ‘you know, the problem is the Senate,’ Cruz continued relentlessly. “If only we get a Republican majority in the Senate and retire Harry Reid as majority leader, then things will be different.’ Well, in 2014 the American people rose up in enormous numbers, voted to do exactly that,” he stressed. “We’ve had a Republican majority in both houses of Congress now for about six months. What has that majority done?”

            “First thing we did, in December, is we came back and passed a $1 trillion ‘cromnibus’ plan filled with pork and corporate welfare,” Cruz confirmed. “That was the very first thing we did. Then this Republican majority voted to fund Obamacare, voted to fund President Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty. And then leadership rammed through the confirmation of Loretta lynch as Attorney General. Madam President, which of those decisions would be one iota different if Harry Reid were still majority leader? Not a one. Not a one. This Senate operates exactly the same — the same priorities. And let me tell you why.”

            Astonished, that the senator would dare speak to the leadership in such direct terms, Republicans and Democrats tried to prepare for what he was about to make known. By this point Cruz had the full attention of the Senate.

            “It’s not that this majority doesn’t get things done. It does get things done, but it listens to one and only one voice. That is the voice of the Washington Cartel, of the lobbyists on K Street, of the big money and big corporations. You know, if you go to the American people and ask ‘is reauthorizing the Ex-Im Bank a priority for you?’ The standard response for most of them would be, ‘the what?’”

            “They don’t even know what this is. Let me tell you what this is. It is an egregious example of corporate welfare. It is the American taxpayers being on the dime for hundreds of billions of dollars in loan guarantees given out to a handful of giant corporations. It is a classic example of cronyism and corporate welfare. And, by the way, among others, you know one person who had the clarity of thought on that? Then-Senator Barack Obama, who described it as a classic example of corporate welfare. That was when he was in the Senate. Now that he’s in the White House, corporate welfare sounds pretty good.”

            Especially to “the giant corporations that are getting special favors from the taxpayers hire an army of lobbyists that write campaign checks after campaign checks,” Cruz spelled out. “By the way, these checks go to both Democrats and Republicans. It is career politicians in both parties that are kept in office by looting the taxpayer to benefit wealthy, powerful corporations.”

          • Indiana Pearl

            So what’s his plan? Anarchy?

          • John Johnson

            No, I think he first wants to return women to a subservient position.

          • Indiana Pearl

            This is why I will never vote for a GOP candidate:


          • John Johnson

            I’m all for educating and helping women. I don’t mind a portion my tax contribution going for same. Just don’t combine this counseling with abortions and hacking up fetuses.

          • Indiana Pearl

            You seem to swing back and forth on punishing women for their sexuality.

          • John Johnson
          • Indiana Pearl

            Check out how Medicare has an 11% overhead compared with 18% for private insurance companies.

            The point is that Booksie raves about “those people” taking government handouts, yet has his own snout in the trough.

          • John Johnson

            Check it out where? I do the same thing. What do you mean about “handouts”? If you work and pay taxes, where are the “handouts”? If you seldom work or never have, it is a handout. If you are a As a self-employed person, I tried for years to set up a medical savings account. I was not allowed to. What about fraud in Medicare as opposed to the private sector? I think you will find it much more prevalent in Medicare. Is that included in your “overhead” statement? Big Insurance companies are thieves; the U.S. government is inept.

          • John Johnson

            Good point.

        • Indiana Pearl

          Economics is not Booksie’s strong suit.

    • “(The passage of Prop. 1 will provide no benefit to the more than 40% of all Texans who now lie inrental residences since they are not covered by the fax relief.)”
      You think the renters should get tax relief instead of property owners, that is the socialist view.
      I’m ok with the property owners getting the relief as they are the ones paying the taxes, that is a capitalist view.
      See how simple a discussion can be when you’re respectful.

      • Indiana Pearl
        • I admit you have a laser like focus on socialism similar to Prez Obama’s laser like focus on jobs and the economy.
          History tells us socialism has never succeeded.

          • Indiana Pearl

            It’s doing quite well in other countries.

          • WUSRPH

            It is Leninist and Maoist Soviet and Chinese style Communism complete with the dictatorship of the proletariat that has never been successful. Democratic socialism, as practiced in much of Europe, has had a substantially better success ratio. But he cannot tell the substantial difference…(The primary one being the social democratic systems were voted in and retained by the voters in free elections while communism has been imposed. People seem to like a system better when that were allowed to choose it for themselves. Plus DS, unlike communism, continues to provide for a substantial private sector.) Not being a socialist I would prefer not to have either system in the U.S. but I understand while many might prefer the social (and to an extent economic) equality that DS provides.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Socialism, in broad terms, means that the government or state owns the means of production. That has been a failure so far. (The Chinese claim to be communists, but their economy is decidedly capitalistic, but with dramatic manipulations of the economy.)

            On the other hand, capitalism has no solutions for how to care for those who are weak, dumb, sickly, old. Our constitution says, “All men are created equal,” but that only refers to opportunity.

            Capitalism is fine with respect to selling cars, furniture, houses, clothes. My belief is that certain essentials – education and health care especially – are more equitably managed by the state. Privatizing everything, the libertarian solution, is repugnant.

  • Is Hillary too big to jail….

    “But most who spoke to McClatchy say it’s unlikely the former first lady, senator and Cabinet secretary will face charges because of her high profile

    Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article41972739.html#storylink=cpy

    That is right dems don’t go to jail…..they become president.

  • My dad a life long republican always said when I die democrats will keep me voting….

    ” Ohio Organizing Collaborative, was caught red handed registering dead people to vote. Not only did they have their name and had a signature, they also had correct driver’s license numbers and correct Social Security numbers. That sound nonexistent to you? The county’s elections chief, Adam Booth said it was obvious almost immediately that the group was falsifying voter registrations. Besides the dead, they also registered people to wrong addresses with incorrect birth dates and many of the signatures were written by the same person.”


    The OOC was organized in 2007….no way and has ties to Hillary…go on….

    • Indiana Pearl

      You have been dead for years, kinda like Mother Bates.

  • Unwound

    uh, i dont know exactly how far i buy into this, but anonymous has apparently outed cornyn as a member of the KKK


    • Jed

      anonymous may be well-intentioned, but to think that exposing a republican as a KKK member will matter to their political prospects is to fail to understand american politics.

      • WUSRPH

        Actually, I think it is okay with many GOPers for a candidate to believe what the Klan does..Winks, nudges and hints are how it is supposed to be done. He is just not supposed to be stupid enough to join an organization that says it too publicly.

    • Indiana Pearl

      Indiana’s Dan Coats is on the list. The Klan had/has a presence in the state. Coats is denying vigorously on FB, but Cornyn’s FB page is mum about it.

      What to believe???

      • Unwound

        its garbage. theres no sourcing, and one of the people “outed” is openly gay. i thought it was funny at first but now it just seems dumb and not credible.

        • Indiana Pearl

          Gay people can be racists.

          Not spending too much time thinking about this, but observing the reactions of young Anonymous activists telks me they’re crying for some sort of justice.

          • Unwound

            hick organizations like the klan seem to frown on that sort of behavior.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Some studies suggest that some homophobes are latent homosexuals.

          • studies suggest dems are kooks…should we believe everything studies suggest?

            “We have come to the conclusion that the crisis Michigan faces is not ashortage of revenue, but an excess of idiocy. Facing a budget deficit
            that has passed the $1 billion mark, House Democrats Thursday offered a spending plan that would buy a MP3 player or iPod for every school child

            in Michigan.”


  • History tells us dems cannot discuss issues so they use personal attacks to hide their inadequacies. dems war on women continues…..

  • Are you surprised democrats are racist?

    “The mayor of Lexington, Ky., says he’s not a member of the Ku Klux Klan. Anonymous postings saying otherwise are “false, insulting and ridiculous,” Jim Gray said in a statement on Monday.

    Gray, the city’s Democratic mayor, was responding to the release of names of purported KKK members by someone claiming to be with the hacktivist group Anonymous.”


  • Obama admin build $43,000,000.00 gas station….

    “Nearly $43 million of U.S. taxpayers’ money was spent on building a gas station in Afghanistan — 140 times more than it should have cost, according to a government watchdog.

    Even more stupidly, the DoD built this as a compressed natural gas refueling station for commercial and personal vehicles. Afghanistan has a mostly untapped wealth of natural gas, and the US wants to push the clean-burning fuel rather than petroleum-based fuel. That sounds great, except that Afghanistan doesn’t have a wealth of CNG-fueled vehicles, nor much wealth for Afghans to either convert their vehicles or buy new vehicles to replace them.

    As Sopko discovered, no one apparently thought to look into that problem before sinking $43 million into the gas station:”


    More green energy?

    Want more proof big government doesn’t work?

    I’m putting my money on there be some looting going on there.