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Re: Politics, 2021
« Reply #1404 on: November 15, 2020, 07:59:16 AM »
Republican Senate helps Biden stand up to his squad and left wing.  Biden knows how to fight Senate Republicans.  He's done it his entire adult life.  Opposing Senate Republicans defines his career power base.  He doesn't know how to stand up to Bernie, Warren, AOC.  He has no base of power without them.  But IF Republicans win in Georgia on Jan 5, nearly everything short of executive orders needs to go through a Republican Senate.  Cabinet appointments, nominees, legislation, treaties?  Only with Mitch McConnell's blessing.  Ask Justice Garland.

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Trump fux up with the $2,000
« Reply #1405 on: December 28, 2020, 06:59:52 PM »
Trump Gives Schumer an Assist
The President writes a $2,000 check to make Democrats the majority.
By The Editorial Board
Updated Dec. 28, 2020 8:19 pm



President Trump finally signed the Covid-19 relief bill and 2021 budget on Sunday night, but not before giving a big assist to Democratic hopes of gaining control of the Senate in the two runoff elections on Jan. 5. Current GOP Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is left this week trying to undo the significant political damage.

Mr. Trump had been insisting that Congress write checks of $2,000 each to most Americans, rather than the $600 in the bill. His own Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, negotiated the $600 figure. But after the bill passed, Mr. Trump decided that wasn’t enough


Never mind that the $2,000 would go to tens of millions of Americans who have kept their jobs and maintained their incomes during the pandemic. It would also add some $350 billion or more to a federal deficit that is already into the trillions of dollars. The economy won’t benefit since the recipients aren’t going to change their behavior knowing it’s merely a one-time check.


Senate Republicans oppose the $2,000 for these sound reasons, but Mr. Trump has put them in a political spot. Democrats immediately joined Mr. Trump’s call for the $2,000, and on Monday they passed the larger amount through the House, 275-134.


That leaves Mr. McConnell with a tough call of barring a vote as Democrats bang away in TV ads in Georgia against GOP incumbents David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler. Or he can hold a vote, which would split the GOP caucus and upset fiscally conservative voters. Either way it amounts to a Donald Trump in-kind contribution to Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Joe Biden.

By all accounts Mr. Trump is angry about his election defeat, and he is lashing out at anyone who won’t indulge his hopeless campaign to overturn it. This includes Senate Republicans, who need to win in Georgia to retain their majority and block Mr. Biden’s ability to indulge the Democratic left.

Mr. Trump’s narcissism isn’t news. But if Republicans lose the two Georgia seats and their majority, Republicans across the country should know to thank Mr. Trump for their 2021 tax increase.

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WSJ: McConnell is right to oppose the $2,000
« Reply #1406 on: December 31, 2020, 05:59:56 AM »
Donald Trump and Chuck Schumer keep demanding another $2,000 in relief checks for their own political reasons, but it looks like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may hold them off with some crafty political maneuvering. He’s also right on the policy merits.

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Mr. McConnell has linked the $2,000 checks to Mr. Trump’s other demands to repeal a liability shield for big tech firms and establish a commission to investigate voter fraud. Democrats don’t like the latter two provisions, so a bill with all three isn’t likely to pass the Senate. This betrays that Democrats are merely using the $2,000 checks to help the Democratic candidates in the Georgia Senate runoffs next week.

Mr. Schumer wants the Senate to pass the bill the House passed earlier this week with the $2,000 checks. The Senate Finance Committee staff has examined the details of both the House bill and Mr. Trump’s proposal, and it turns out they’re even worse than we thought in flowing to affluent Americans.


The House bill would increase the $600 checks to $2,000 ($4,000 for joint tax filers) with another $2,000 for each dependent regardless of age. All told the House bill would provide benefits to a family of five making up to $350,000 a year. The cost would add $463.8 billion to the national debt in addition to the $165.7 billion in checks that passed Congress this month. In other words, Democrats want to burden future taxpayers to write even bigger checks to affluent families today.

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Mr. Trump’s proposal is somewhat less spendthrift in leaving payments to children age 18 or younger at $600. But he would still provide benefits to a family of five earning up to $266,000 a year and add $315.5 billion to the debt.

Mr. McConnell called this “another fire hose of borrowed money that encompasses other people who are doing just fine.” The bill that has already passed Congress is better targeted at the unemployed and low-income workers with more cash, more food stamps, more child-care subsidies, and higher jobless benefits.

Even some Keynesian economists who aren’t entirely in the Democratic tank are opposing the $2,000 checks as poorly targeted and unneeded given the pace of economic recovery and vaccine deployment. The press loves the new Trump-Schumer condominium, but Mr. McConnell and Senate Republicans are better serving the country this year and into the future.


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"Joe Biden Compares Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley to Nazi Propagandist Joseph Goebbels"
« Reply #1410 on: January 09, 2021, 09:01:22 AM »
Where is the outrage from anti semitism groups?

Where are all these Republican hating Jews we see on the airwaves and in the news reports
every day ?

Where is their outrage?

They are comparing Cruz Hawley to Nazis? 




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The outrage [lack thereof] is the racist and nazi fatigue showing.  It's what they do when it's not gang rape and pubic hair on a coke can.

And says he is a Uniter?  More like cleanse us and unite the left, which he can't do either. The first sentence he speaks without hate speech toward Republicans, AOC will call for his head.

Cruz, Hawley wanted vote fraud investigated.  That's what his people wanted on Kavanaugh, and Russia collusion, and Ukraine phone call.  He's calling his own VP a Nazi.
https://abc7news.com/politics/kamala-harris-calls-for-new-investigation-into-brett-kavanaugh/5546024/

Problem with the Nazi analogies is the 6 million incinerated and the 75 million killed in WWII.  Did Cruz, Hawley - and Kamala Harris - do that?
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The left projects like an IMAX theater.


The outrage [lack thereof] is the racist and nazi fatigue showing.  It's what they do when it's not gang rape and pubic hair on a coke can.

And says he is a Uniter?  More like cleanse us and unite the left, which he can't do either. The first sentence he speaks without hate speech toward Republicans, AOC will call for his head.

Cruz, Hawley wanted vote fraud investigated.  That's what his people wanted on Kavanaugh, and Russia collusion, and Ukraine phone call.  He's calling his own VP a Nazi.
https://abc7news.com/politics/kamala-harris-calls-for-new-investigation-into-brett-kavanaugh/5546024/

Problem with the Nazi analogies is the 6 million incinerated and the 75 million killed in WWII.  Did Cruz, Hawley - and Kamala Harris - do that?


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The political parties switched demographic groups
« Reply #1414 on: February 10, 2021, 09:05:02 AM »
Does anyone remember the terms "Rich Republican" and "blue collar Democrats"?

Now nearly all the richest businessmen are Democrats and the workers are Republicans.

Country Club Republicans are liberal elite Democrats.

The switch is almost complete.  26 of the 27 richest congressional districts are represented by Democrats:

https://cnsnews.com/article/washington/terence-p-jeffrey/26-27-richest-congressional-districts-represented-democrats

Meanwhile blacks and Hispanics are trending Republican.  What this means, nobody knows.

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The post Trump flag
« Reply #1415 on: February 21, 2021, 01:07:08 PM »


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Why exactly is Joe Manchin a Democrat?
« Reply #1417 on: February 24, 2021, 08:19:54 AM »
Did search on this very question and this comes up with helps provide better understanding of the answer:

https://www.wvpublic.org/news/2018-10-12/why-is-joe-manchin-a-democrat


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Politics: Ignore individuals, follow policies
« Reply #1418 on: February 25, 2021, 09:10:10 AM »
Nassim Taleb:
Ignore individuals, follow policies.
https://mobile.twitter.com/nntaleb/status/1361688955373187072
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[Doug]  Trump was his own worst enemy in this regard.

But take Ted Cruz for example.  He knew as he did it, took the family to Mexico during the freeze, the 'optics' were terrible.  Now I hear him graveling with endless apologies.  Put that aside.  What are the policies Texas and the US needs to NEVER have this happen again?  Vote for who is mostly likely to do that.

G M teased me about changing the minds of my liberal friends.  Studying that further, I find they hated Trump, voted Biden, and are maybe subconsciously aware that those policies were (mostly) good for the country and these policies aren't.

"Center Left" means they vote Dem but reject the ideas of the radical Left.  But voting Dem brings with it the policies of the far Left.  Examples are here on every thread.  Shutting down oil before we have the alternative.  Subsidize what doesn't work.  Socialize everything important.  Fly planeloads of cash to Iran - in euros!  Fascism in the IRS.  Censorship in the universities. "Modern Monetary Theory" where even pretending to care about budget, deficit, debt is a thing of the past.  This is not what 'Center Left' wants, but it is what they vote for.  How do we call that out and pick off some of those votes?

What they hate is not the economy of the Republican governance, best income growth and lowest minority unemployment in recent history.  How could they hate that, they never knew it.  They hate the caricature of the individuals conservatives that is painted and so widely disseminated.

Trump fell into their trap, but the trap is set no matter who takes that role.  We still don't know how to shift the debate to policies, and results.
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Re: Politics
« Reply #1419 on: February 25, 2021, 09:57:59 AM »
"Trump fell into their trap, but the trap is set no matter who takes that role.  We still don't know how to shift the debate to policies, and results."

"ut take Ted Cruz for example.  He knew as he did it, took the family to Mexico during the freeze, the 'optics' were terrible.  Now I hear him graveling with endless apologies.  Put that aside.  What are the policies Texas and the US needs to NEVER have this happen again?  Vote for who is mostly likely to do that"

STOP The groveling.  Apologize and admit it was wrong

and then focus on how to fix
and why he is the best one for Texas

Why do we keep allowing the left control the topic?



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« Reply #1422 on: March 17, 2021, 06:07:42 PM »
President Biden is not throwing away Donald Trump’s immigration policy. He’s throwing away the border policy of every president since Bill Clinton. When the early 1990s dawned so did the realization behind what became known as “prevention through deterrence”—the U.S. may not be able to control its border but it can influence the incentives of those who seek to cross.

Experiments in the McAllen and El Paso sectors showed that beefed-up surveillance in urbanized border areas could curtail crossers then habituated to exploiting border-officer downtime or the presence of crowds. Constrict these pathways and the risks involved in crossing the open desert or the Rio Grande would do the job of semi-regulating illegal inflows.

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This was hardly a lustrous way of proceeding. Mr. Trump would come along later with the naive old-school assumption that first you control the border and then you decide who gets in.

Which brings us to a question. Is anything deliberate going on in Mr. Biden’s reversal of this approach? His failure to hold a press conference in more than 50 days, unlike any president since Coolidge, might not be an issue if the country were confident that he’s on top of his game. The alternative? That unelected staffers, with no vision beyond not being Donald Trump and trying to placate progressive Twitter users, have given us today’s border dynamic.

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The same question comes up in relation to a bunch of issues: the wish list that passed Congress under the name coronavirus relief, the excessive investment in trying to relabel Trump’s vaccine policy as Biden’s, the strange alchemy by which Mr. Trump’s leverage over Iran becomes Iran’s leverage over Mr. Biden.

Some bombs were dropped three weeks ago on Syria. Was Mr. Biden involved in the deliberations or was there a second discussion about when and how to involve the president?

The press might like to ask but he’s not making himself available.

If triggering immigration chaos was a plan, the plan must have included an assumption the press would direct the public’s attention elsewhere in line with the theme that all such messes are Mr. Trump’s doing. It’s not working. A media that covered up the Hunter Biden laptop isn’t covering up a swelling crisis at the border, the deployment of the ill-suited Federal Emergency Management Agency to handle a deluge of unaccompanied minors, the release of hundreds of asylum seekers into the U.S. in return for questionable promises to show up for a court date.

Press coverage of the California road horror, after a van packed with 25 illegal migrants collided with a semi, suggests Mr. Biden can’t count on the subject being changed in his favor. As Mr. Trump fades in the rearview mirror, the media seems to have realized covering up news isn’t a business model to produce viewership and ad revenues in the long run.


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Let’s back up. My favorite radio moments are when a sympathetic liberal source says something that goes right over the head of an NPR interviewer. At the height of the family reunification furor, an ACLU lawyer not only agreed with the Trump administration claim that families weren’t letting their children be returned to them. His solution amounted to: If an unaccompanied minor arrives at the U.S. border, the entire family should become entitled to emigrate to the U.S.

The point being that lots of organized interests by now are attuned to the U.S.’s unworkable, unenforceable, chaos-producing border policies. The Transnational Institute points out that the 13 biggest border security companies’ top employees contributed three times as much in 2020 to Mr. Biden as they did to Mr. Trump—$5,364,994 vs. $1,730,435. The statistic nobody keeps is how many would-be immigrants lose their deterrence bet, dying at the hands of traffickers, or in the Sonora desert or the Rio Grande. The Mexican government once estimated that 450 die annually on either side of the border.


The Biden strategy seems not devised to improve matters, if there’s any strategy at all. The administration has only incited a fresh flood of risk takers. If there’s a strategy, it may be a political strategy—the same as seen behind two gun-control bills last week passed by House Democrats. Cram as many gestures to the left as possible into the administration’s first weeks in hopes of changing the subject when next year’s Congressional midterms roll around.

Hope too that Congress’s and the Fed’s unlimited spending will coincide with a post-pandemic boom that an amnesiac media and public will interpret as the universe shining on Mr. Biden after the Trump darkness.

Ironically, the image-obsessed Mr. Trump did seem to care about concrete outcomes: a decline in border arrests, higher wages for unskilled workers, billions in tariffs collected from buyers of Chinese imports, vaccines—as if Mr. Trump mistily suspected there was a real world and a president could affect it. If Mr. Biden has such notions, he might hold a press conference to let us know.


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Gov. Kristi Noem on Tucker last night
« Reply #1424 on: March 23, 2021, 09:19:47 AM »


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Re: Politics in Business: NBA
« Reply #1426 on: April 01, 2021, 08:32:37 AM »
As NBA Ratings Decline, Poll Shows 34% Watched Less Sports Over Social Justice Messages
https://www.newsweek.com/nba-ratings-decline-poll-shows-34-watched-less-sports-over-social-justice-messages-1579886

NFL went through a similar situation with the kneeling.  Late night comedy, all one sided politics, not humor.  AARP, Obamacare activists.  Networks like CNN, MSNBC, PBS, NPR, 'Scientific American', all openly, flaming Left, while other outlets take up the lost market share.  They are losing the main strength they had, being a bridge that connects us.  And they don't care.  They become the basketball league of the Left.  Sports viewing for the Left.  Retirement association for the Left.  Science journals for the Left.  Airport news for the Left.  Colleges for the Left.  A good number of us are saying fuck them, who needs them.  The TV has an off switch.  Watching them was a waste of time anyway.  Good riddance.

I don't get why they want to lose half their audience and put partisanship above market share.  Isn't that bad business?  Malpractice to shareholders?  They are putting advocacy and activism above the bottom line.  Like minded people may find that acceptable and noble, but in fact they cross the line from advocating goodness to supporting far left wackiness.  NBA supports the genocidal regime of China for their money but openly rejects conservatives support at home, at the cost of losing major audience.  Makes no sense.



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when was last Atlantic article on Cuomo problems?
« Reply #1429 on: April 02, 2021, 03:56:14 PM »
maybe the Atlantic could spend more time

looking into prostitution down the street
at the Asian spas

indeed maybe men should boycott Asia spas in protest  like MLB

and all the rest of the sell. outs

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Re: Gaetzgate
« Reply #1430 on: April 02, 2021, 07:05:14 PM »
The Atlantic gets its panties in a bunch:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/04/only-congress-could-give-us-matt-gaetz/618494/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=the-atlantic&utm_content=edit-promo&utm_term=2021-04-02T18%3A32%3A58&fbclid=IwAR1o_9300CQ-yY2DBwrRyLmiKT5OkgBsY2lWKyg0-q4rmHwYX1C_38l7fIw

If I'm reading this correctly, they have no idea if he did any of it but go to print anyway.

"David A. Graham, Staff writer at The Atlantic

Last week, Representative Matt Gaetz tweeted that if he were ever engulfed in scandal, he wanted it to be called “Gaetzgate.” (The Floridian was replying to a groaner of an Elon Musk pun that he seemed to have missed; that lack of perceptiveness was an omen.)

Gaetz got his wish quickly, and then some. First, there’s reportedly a federal criminal investigation into whether the 38-year-old Gaetz paid women for sex and whether he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl. Second, Gaetz has alleged that he is the subject of an extortion attempt related to this investigation. Third, CNN reports that Gaetz showed House colleagues nude photos of his sexual conquests, sometimes even on the House floor."
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It might all be true but The Atlantic printing it is a contrary indicator.

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Gaetz vs former DOJ lawyer 5.0
« Reply #1434 on: April 09, 2021, 06:52:53 AM »
NYT: Indicted Matt Gaetz Associate Is Expected to Plead Guilty, Lawyers Say

ORLANDO, Fla. — A former local official in Florida who faces an array of federal charges, including a sex trafficking count, is expected to plead guilty in the coming weeks, a prosecutor and a defense lawyer said on Thursday in an indication that the defendant could cooperate as a key witness against Representative Matt Gaetz, who is under investigation.

A plea by the former elected official, Joel Greenberg, could significantly strengthen the Justice Department’s hand as it investigates Mr. Gaetz and others who met Mr. Greenberg through Florida Republican politics and are being scrutinized on potential sex trafficking violations.

Mr. Greenberg met women through a website that connects people who are willing to go on dates in exchange for gifts and allowances, then introduced them to Mr. Gaetz, who along with Mr. Greenberg had sex with them, people familiar with the matter have said.

 

‘Uniquely Situated’: Lawyer For Matt Gaetz Associate Makes Ominous Statement About Possible Plea Deal

When asked whether Greenberg has a “bargaining chip” to use in negotiations with prosecutors in the Gaetz probe, Scheller said only that his client was “uniquely situated” to provide information in any plea agreement.

 

Matt Gaetz’s Female Staffers Release Statement Defending The Congressman Amid Sexual Allegations Scandal

Republican Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz’s female staffers released a statement Thursday defending their boss after he denied accusations of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl.

Gaetz’s chief of staff, Jillian Lane Wyant, sent out an email with the statement which defended Gaetz’s behavior and said they have never experienced the Congressman doing anything unprofessional and that they will continue to defend him despite the allegations. The Daily Caller was told the entire office signed the statement, which includes all eight women who work for Gaetz.

“After the shocking allegations last week in the press, we, the women of Congressman Matt Gaetz’s office, feel morally obligated to speak out. During Congressman Gaetz’s time in office, we have been behind the scenes every step of the way. We have staffed his meetings. We have planned his events. We have traveled with him. And we have tracked his schedule,” the statement reads.

The New York Times reported that the Justice Department is investigating whether Gaetz had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl. Gaetz reportedly showed other lawmakers photos and videos of nude women and talked about having sex with them, according to a CNN piece published on April 1. Some of the incidents reportedly happened on the House floor.


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Rules for Political combat
« Reply #1437 on: June 29, 2021, 11:07:06 AM »
1. Politics Abhors a Vacuum. Conservatives too often wait merely to oppose a liberal proposal, which leaves the initiative always in the hands of liberals. It is important to beat liberals to the lead.

2. Write the Resolved Clause. One secret of winning a debate is to decide up front what it is going to be about. Liberals seem to know this instinctively, conservatives all too often don’t—which means they wind up discussing what solutions to adopt, or not, to problems that the liberals have selected. This permits the left to maintain the rhetorical offensive, define the scope of possible action, and wind up getting much of what they want. Conservatives must avoid the trap of simply debating issues as the left presents them, and instead define the issue for themselves.

3. Nothing Is “Inevitable.” This is one of the hoariest verbal-conceptual tricks in the liberal handbook. Usually what is called “inevitable” in Washington is something leftward activists or Beltway pundits assume or want, thus encouraging their cadres while demoralizing their opponents. Conservatives should resist this dismal counsel wherever it is offered, remembering that by their own exertions and advocacy they can change the dynamics of most political situations (and have often done so).

4. Fighting Is Better Than Not Fighting. A self-evident proposition, one would think, but apparently it isn’t. Nothing can more certainly assure the victory of leftward causes than the failure of conservatives, Republicans, businessmen, et al., to oppose them. This doesn’t mean every battle can be won, or that all battles can be fought at once. It does mean that, generally speaking, a vigorous, sustained resistance well-grounded in the facts can drastically change the feedback from the polls and focus groups that are so much relied on.

5. Washington Is Not America. Republicans for the most part come to DC repeating this mantra to themselves, but once more there seems to be a memory problem. The enveloping atmosphere of the city, the hugeness of the government itself, the clamorous interest groups, the TV talking heads—all of this is hard to ignore or overcome. In these precincts, many liberal ideas are regarded as a done deal, something no sustained or decent person could oppose. Opinion surveys often reveal, however, that things look quite different outside the Beltway, especially after the opposition finally starts to oppose.

6. Taxes Are Trumps. As all of the above suggests, the question of high and rising taxes remains what it has ever been—the gold standard of Republican issues. This is the great trump card of the GOP, a solid, powerful and intelligible topic that can be placed over against all the standard liberal promises of something-for-nothing from the federal larder. Whenever the GOP has been able to use this issue in credible fashion—most notably under Ronald Reagan—it has emerged the winner. Whenever it strays from the anti-tax position—as under George H.W. Bush—it gets itself in trouble.

Stan Evans, Steve Hayward new book
https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2021/06/stan-evanss-six-rules-for-political-combat.php

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Re: Rules for Political combat
« Reply #1438 on: June 29, 2021, 11:11:33 AM »
Most republicans aren't willing to engage.


1. Politics Abhors a Vacuum. Conservatives too often wait merely to oppose a liberal proposal, which leaves the initiative always in the hands of liberals. It is important to beat liberals to the lead.

2. Write the Resolved Clause. One secret of winning a debate is to decide up front what it is going to be about. Liberals seem to know this instinctively, conservatives all too often don’t—which means they wind up discussing what solutions to adopt, or not, to problems that the liberals have selected. This permits the left to maintain the rhetorical offensive, define the scope of possible action, and wind up getting much of what they want. Conservatives must avoid the trap of simply debating issues as the left presents them, and instead define the issue for themselves.

3. Nothing Is “Inevitable.” This is one of the hoariest verbal-conceptual tricks in the liberal handbook. Usually what is called “inevitable” in Washington is something leftward activists or Beltway pundits assume or want, thus encouraging their cadres while demoralizing their opponents. Conservatives should resist this dismal counsel wherever it is offered, remembering that by their own exertions and advocacy they can change the dynamics of most political situations (and have often done so).

4. Fighting Is Better Than Not Fighting. A self-evident proposition, one would think, but apparently it isn’t. Nothing can more certainly assure the victory of leftward causes than the failure of conservatives, Republicans, businessmen, et al., to oppose them. This doesn’t mean every battle can be won, or that all battles can be fought at once. It does mean that, generally speaking, a vigorous, sustained resistance well-grounded in the facts can drastically change the feedback from the polls and focus groups that are so much relied on.

5. Washington Is Not America. Republicans for the most part come to DC repeating this mantra to themselves, but once more there seems to be a memory problem. The enveloping atmosphere of the city, the hugeness of the government itself, the clamorous interest groups, the TV talking heads—all of this is hard to ignore or overcome. In these precincts, many liberal ideas are regarded as a done deal, something no sustained or decent person could oppose. Opinion surveys often reveal, however, that things look quite different outside the Beltway, especially after the opposition finally starts to oppose.

6. Taxes Are Trumps. As all of the above suggests, the question of high and rising taxes remains what it has ever been—the gold standard of Republican issues. This is the great trump card of the GOP, a solid, powerful and intelligible topic that can be placed over against all the standard liberal promises of something-for-nothing from the federal larder. Whenever the GOP has been able to use this issue in credible fashion—most notably under Ronald Reagan—it has emerged the winner. Whenever it strays from the anti-tax position—as under George H.W. Bush—it gets itself in trouble.

Stan Evans, Steve Hayward new book
https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2021/06/stan-evanss-six-rules-for-political-combat.php

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Politics: Democrats are now the party of wealth, VDH
« Reply #1439 on: July 19, 2021, 07:33:29 AM »
65% of the Americans making more than $500,000 a year are Democrats, and 74% of those who earn less than $100,000 a year are Republicans, according to IRS statistics

By 2018, Democratic representatives were in control all 20 of the wealthiest congressional districts. In the recent presidential primaries and general election, 17 of the 20 wealthiest ZIP codes gave more money to Democratic candidates than to Republicans.

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2021/07/15/democratic_party_wont_admit_its_become_the_party_of_wealth_146083.html


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kinzinger of course "when duty calls".
« Reply #1440 on: July 26, 2021, 07:48:32 AM »
https://dailycaller.com/2021/07/25/pelosi-adam-kinzinger-jan-6-commission-jordan-banks/

by now law enforcement and intelligence agencies
 have overturned every stone

what we don't know is what THEY are/were doing.

IMHO,  if anyone should be made to answer it is them.