Why Trump Will Not Make America Great Again

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Donald Trump’s catchphrase is “I’m gonna make America great again.” On the surface, he’s got a lot to back it up. He’s a wealthy businessman. He knows how to handle a crowd, get attention, and say the right words to fire up crowds. He’s moderately conservative, with ultra-conservative stances on immigration balanced out with moderate stances on Planned Parenthood, guns, and gay rights, thus well-positioned to keep the right happy while stealing moderate voters from the left.

But his ‘ability’ to “make America great again” is shallow, and doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. His business savvy and crowd appeal is only a mirage. Even supposing he manages to make the Republican nomination, and by a miracle beats the Democratic nominee, his four years in office will sink America’s foreign policy and financial policy. Continue reading →

Daily Signal – ‘I Am Who I Am’: 3 Questions for Rand Paul

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by Ken McIntyre, Daily Signal, April 7, 2015


The Daily Signal sent three questions to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and he provided his answers by email over the weekend.

“Most Americans have fallen victim to an overzealous federal government.”

— Rand Paul

Paul’s reply to the second question previews a  slogan—Defeat the Washington Machine, Restore the American Dream—he was set to unveil Tuesday in Louisville in announcing he will seek the Republican nomination for president. Continue reading →

Why I’m not supporting Ted Cruz​ for President in 2016

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There’s one main reason why I don’t think Ted Cruz is a viable presidential candidate.

Senator Ted Cruz simply doesn’t have a real vision that he can latch onto – he can say great things about principled conservatives and all, but he doesn’t really have a vision he can motivate with. He can only attack the current administration and its policies – he can’t come up with anything on his own. It’s worth noting that he only wrote one bill during his term in the Senate. As president, he won’t be able be work together across the aisle. Continue reading →

Heritage – The War on Poverty After 50 Years

by Robert Rector and Rachel Sheffield, Heritage Foundation, September 15, 2014


Abstract

In his January 1964 State of the Union address, President Lyndon Johnson proclaimed, “This administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America.” In the 50 years since that time, U.S. taxpayers have spent over $22 trillion on anti-poverty programs. Adjusted for inflation, this spending (which does not include Social Security or Medicare) is three times the cost of all U.S. military wars since the American Revolution. Yet progress against poverty, as measured by the U.S. Census Bureau, has been minimal, and in terms of President Johnson’s main goal of reducing the “causes” rather than the mere “consequences” of poverty, the War on Poverty has failed completely. In fact, a significant portion of the population is now less capable of self-sufficiency than it was when the War on Poverty began. Continue reading →

ProPublica – The Surveillance Reforms Obama Supported Before He Was President

By Center for American Progress Action Fund

by Kara Brandeisky, ProPublica, Aug. 7, 2013, 10:24 a.m.


When the House of Representatives recently considered an amendment that would have dismantled the NSA’s bulk phone records collection program, the White House swiftly condemned the measure. But only five years ago, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. was part of a group of legislators that supported substantial changes to NSA surveillance programs. Here are some of the proposals the president co-sponsored as a senator. Continue reading →