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  • John Galt Hates Ben Bernanke

    04/25/2015 10:24:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    New York Times ^ | APRIL 3, 2015 | Paul Krugman
    Ah: I see that there was a Twitter exchange among Brad DeLong, James Pethokoukis, and others over why Republicans don’t acknowledge that Ben Bernanke helped the economy, and claim credit. Pethokoukis — who presumably gets to talk to quite a few Republicans from his perch at AEI — offers a fairly amazing explanation: B/c many view BB as enabling Obama’s spending and artificially propping up debt-heavy economy in need of Mellon-esque liquidation Yep: that dastardly Bernanke was preventing us from having a financial crisis, curse him. Actually, there’s a lot of evidence that this was an important part of the...
  • Walker responds to Rubio on whether a governor can be ready for president

    04/25/2015 2:42:51 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 67 replies
    CNN ^ | April 25, 2015 | Ashley Killough
    Urbandale, Iowa (CNN)Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker hit back Saturday at potential GOP presidential rival Marco Rubio over the Florida senator's charge that there's "no way" a governor can be ready for president when it comes to foreign policy. "I think he's questioning how Ronald Reagan was ready," the Wisconsin Republican told reporters after speaking at an event for Iowa Rep. David Young in Urbandale. Walker argued that, in his lifetime, Reagan "was the most impactful" president on foreign policy, while President Barack Obama "shows as a first-term senator, (he) isn't prepared to lead, or at least is not in the...
  • Walker Responds to Cruz: 'I'm Going to Stand With the American Worker'

    04/25/2015 9:59:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 87 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 25, 2015 | As seen on Fox and Friends Weekend
    ".....In a recent Washington Examiner interview, Cruz promoted legal immigration and criticized Walker for suggesting that he supported limiting legal immigration if it has a negative impact on the wages of American workers. "When we talk about what should be the policy on legal immigration, it should be driven by the economic impact. And number one on the list of priorities should be: What is the impact on American workers and American wages?" Walker said. "If unemployment is high and labor participation is low, why would we want to open the door and flood the market with more workers at...
  • Pressed by Young Republicans, Scott Walker Sticks to Tough Immigration Stance

    04/25/2015 2:25:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 73 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 24, 2015 | Trip Gabriel
    "..........Mr. Walker’s apparent hardening on immigration has inspired a flood of reporting and commentary. Most recently he told the radio host Glenn Beck that he favored restricting legal immigration in tough economic times, a position to the right of most other 2016 presidential hopefuls. He repeated that view Friday after a speech in Cedar Rapids, when Eddie Failor, 24, expressed concern “as a young Republican” that the party must make inroads to new voter blocs, including by supporting a comprehensive overhaul of immigration. Mr. Walker told Mr. Failor that his top priority would be securing the border. He also said...
  • Family Incomes Fell In March; Now 5% Below Pre-Recession Level

    04/24/2015 12:21:50 PM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 5 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 04/23/2015 | John Merline
    Back in January, President Obama was boasting that the economy had finally turned a corner. [snip] The latest income data, however, don't show anything like what Obama was describing.
  • Scott Walker commits to campaigning in Iowa past the caucus

    04/24/2015 12:10:50 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | April 24, 2015 | Patrick Marley
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told about 200 Republicans here Friday that if he runs for president, he will campaign in Iowa up until November 2016, and not just through the crucial caucuses in the early part of the year. "We wouldn't be here just for the caucus we'd be back here for the full haul," he said. Walker said winning the Midwest will be crucial for Republicans. Walker is on a two-day swing through Iowa — home to the nation's first presidential contest — as he prepares to launch an almost-certain bid to take the White...
  • Tech Guys: Walker Self-Deports Right Out Of The 2016 Race

    04/24/2015 8:36:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 75 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | The Tech Guys: Charles Curran and Patrick Ennis
    Like most technology people, The Tech Guys are pro-immigration. We published several pro-growth pro-immigration op-eds during the 2012 cycle. Many Daily Caller readers don’t agree with Tech Guys on immigration policy. But the politics of not demonizing legal immigrants while running for POTUS are pretty obvious. Since Walker needs tips on the basics of a national campaign, we also recommend Walker not opine on the legitimacy of rape or compare homosexuality to bestiality. Scott Walker claimed the early lead in the “self-deportation” GOP presidential primary sweepstakes. Walker called for a reduction in legal immigration. This is bad for America, contrary...
  • Three Reasons Scott Walker Is Still The Likely Nominee

    04/24/2015 7:19:44 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | April 23, 2015 | Christian Whiton, “Smart Power: Between Diplomacy and War”
    In this election, the mainstream media — always subconsciously eager to remain the palace eunuchs in the Democrats’ Forbidden City — will back Hillary or whomever the Democrats nominate. Should a Republican win the White House, the shrill cries over the miniscule “sequestration” cuts to domestic spending in 2013 will be but a mild preview of what’s to come. The Obama legacy and these challenges are why many Republicans want to nominate an experienced governor to run — preferably one with a revolutionary flair and serious political skill.Jeb Bush announced his exploratory PAC in mid-December, and led most Republican polls...
  • The $15 Question: Who The Hell Are You?

    04/23/2015 8:27:06 PM PDT · by xuberalles · 20 replies
    Self | 4/23/15 | Me
    Do Americans, excluding the Marxist in the White House, actually believe private enterprise is obligated to share or "redistribute" their profits with the general public; albeit paid employees, the unemployed or complete strangers? If I have a job and my neighbor doesn’t, or God forbid I make more money, am I obligated to give this person a percentage of my income? Is “Bob” going to give me his money if I lose my job and become homeless? Hell no! People open businesses to make money…period! It’s not rocket science or a Right-Wing conspiracy. It’s called risk, work, reward! If a...
  • Gov. Scott Walker addresses potential Natural Resources layoffs [science, media, education]

    04/23/2015 9:51:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | April 23, 2015 | Jason Stein
    Town of Grand Chute -- Gov. Scott Walker said his administration will continue to let science guide environmental policy in Wisconsin even if some scientists are laid off at the Department of Natural Resources. Speaking on Earth Day in this town near Appleton on Wednesday, Walker addressed notices of potential layoffs that have gone out to fifty-seven employees of the state Department of Natural Resources. DNR spokesman Bill Cosh has said that of that number, 27 employees are in the Bureau of Science Services, a unit of the DNR where Walker is proposing significant cuts. "We believe that science should...
  • US Presidential candidate: Ted cruises to S.C.

    04/23/2015 9:27:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Georgia Regents University Bellringer ^ | April 23, 2015 | Jessica Sager
    2016 presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R) spoke to a sold-out Newberry Hall during an Aiken Republican Club luncheon April 4. After the luncheon, The Bell Ringer interviewed Cruz about his views on education, including his wish to shut down the Department of Education. “It is because education is so important that it shouldn’t be governed by unelected bureaucrats in Washington, that it should be instead at the state or local level,” Cruz said. “And what we’ve seen right now is the Department of Education has grown into a bloated bureaucracy where what’s happening is they’re putting red tape, they’re...
  • Scott Walker and The Very Strange Moment for GOP politics and policy [political earthquake]

    04/23/2015 7:59:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 23, 2015 | Daniel W. Drezner, professor at Tuffs, Brookings Inst. fellow
    There was a small political earthquake Wednesday on the right side of the political spectrum, as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), who has had some nice things said about him by some very rich people, said something on immigration that likely displeased those same people. On Glenn Beck’s radio show, Walker said the following: >>>In terms of legal immigration, how we need to approach that going forward is saying: the next president and the next Congress need to make decisions about a legal immigration system that’s based on, first and foremost, protecting American workers and American wages, because the more...
  • Scott Walker: There should be limits on legal immigration

    04/23/2015 7:34:33 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 23, 2015 | Seth McLaughlin and Stephen Dinan
    The latest Census Bureau projections show immigrants will account for 14.8 percent of the U.S. population early in the next decade, setting an all-time record and raising questions about whether the country has the ability to assimilate newcomers at such a torrid pace. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker seemed to step into that debate earlier this week when he broke with GOP orthodoxy and suggested potential limits on future legal immigration, insisting American workers’ wages should be a factor in setting U.S. policy. Combined with his earlier reversal from pro-legalization to anti-amnesty for illegal immigrants, Mr. Walker’s remarks drew a rebuke...
  • Scott Walker: Mobilizing Resentment [angry white voters]

    04/23/2015 6:59:54 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 47 replies
    USA 24 ^ | April 23, 2015 | Bob Burnett, Berkeley
    It's early in the Republican presidential primary process, but at this point former Florida governor Jeb Bush is a slight favorite. However, the latest CNN/ORC poll indicates that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is closing in on Bush. In a large GOP field that features archconservatives and outright crazies, Walker is the most disturbing because his stock-in-trade is mobilizing the resentment of working-class white voters. According to the CNN/ORC poll, the ranking of Republican presidential candidates is Jeb Bush (17 percent), Scott Walker (12 percent), Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (11 percent), Florida Senator Marco Rubio (11 percent), former Arkansas Governor Mike...
  • Ross Douthat: Scott Walker vs. the World

    04/23/2015 4:25:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 23, 2015 | Ross Douthat
    "...Scott Walker...delivered some definitely not-Koch-approved remarks on immigration. Given the reaction,they’re worth quoting in full:“In terms of legal immigration,how we need to approach that going forward is saying,we will make adjustments,”Walker said. “The next president and the next Congress need to make decisions about a legal immigration system that’s based on, first and foremost,on protecting American workers and American wages.“Because the more I’ve talked to folks—I’ve talked to Senator Sessions and others out there,but it is a fundamentally lost issue by many in elected positions today—is what is this doing for American workers looking for jobs,what is this doing to...
  • Why Scott Walker Is Right on Immigration

    04/23/2015 2:33:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 54 replies
    Right Side News ^ | April 23, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Immigration has an important place in American life, but it can never become more important than American life. It is not an unlimited good and its implementation must flow from what is best for Americans, not from warping the freedoms that we believe in until they become an abstract ideology that destroys the people who practice them.Scott Walker is not betraying free market principles when he contends that immigration should be based around the needs of Americans, he is practicing and protecting them. Immigration has become the third rail of American politics. At a time when the labor force participation...
  • Scott Walker’s Anti-Immigration Epiphany ["anti" must be there to scare]

    04/23/2015 1:41:40 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Slate ^ | April 22, 2015 | Jamelle Bouie
    [must read set-up SNIP]".........For a candidate trying to show his conservative bona fides to a skeptical base, Perry’s immigration stance was a godsend. Romney could tack to the right of the Texas governor, and other candidates would follow suit in a similar effort to box out a potentially serious opponent. And, with the help of Perry’s feckless campaign, he did just that, all but pushing the governor out of the race (that would take a few more months and a few more failures). Walker isn’t blessed with the same caliber of opponent. Bush might be flabby from a long break...
  • Interesting University discussion about 0bama with me

    04/22/2015 7:07:32 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 10 replies
    Mountainclmbr ^ | 4/22/15 | Vanity, myself
    May be a long post to explain circumstances, but I will try to be brief in my explanation that all professors are not slobbering at zer0's every word. I graduated over 25 years ago from a major university with a degree in electrical engineering. I have worked my way up in many areas including terrestrial communications and satellite communications. Last year I got handed (at the last minute) an obligation to support a university project funded by my company.
  • The Biggest Ponzi Scheme in the History of the World "When She Blows It'll Be Krakatoa Redux"

    04/22/2015 2:11:51 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 72 replies
    April 22, 2015 | Self
  • Scott Walker Celebrates Earth Day by Firing 57 Environmental Agency Employees

    04/22/2015 11:32:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 97 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | April 22, 2015 | Tim McDonnell
    Happy Earth Day! Today is a day we can all band together and share our love for this beautiful planet—or at least drown our sorrows about climate change with nerdy themed cocktails. Later today, President Barack Obama will mark the occasion with a climate-focused speech in the Florida Everglades. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination, had a different idea: Fire a big chunk of the state's environmental staff. From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Fifty-seven employees of the state Department of Natural Resources began receiving formal notices this week that they might face layoff as part of...
  • Scott Walker, the GOP's new self-deportation champion

    04/22/2015 11:21:53 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 22, 2015 | Fernando Espuelas, contributor
    That didn’t take long. Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) is now the first 2016 GOP presidential potential walking the anti-immigration plank, hoping — against history — that this time it will lead to the White House and not just to a watery political death. Since Republican nominee Mitt Romney crashed in 2012 on the shoals of his "self-deportation" strategy of harassing immigrants until they left the country, many Republican leaders and operatives have concluded that Romney's immigration policies were sure losers in a national election. How else to explain Romney's showing among American Latino voters — the worst since President Ford?...
  • Scott Walker Makes Clear Immigration Argument — Protect American Workers

    04/22/2015 11:18:47 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | April 22, 2015 | L. Todd Wood
    These are fighting words for the Left. The Left has been given a free pass by the mainstream press over the last decade with regard to their immigration agenda’s effect on the ordinary American worker. Huge legal immigration combined with gargantuan illegal immigration has put downward pressure on blue-collar wages and reduced the opportunities for Americans to find good jobs. This is an obvious consequence of millions of legal and illegal immigrants coming into America to compete with regular Americans looking for work. Yesterday, Scott Walker told the mainstream press and the Left that their emperor has no clothes. A...
  • Voces de la Frontera challenges Walker on immigration

    04/22/2015 10:29:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Wisconsin Gazette ^ | April 22, 2015 | Wisconsin Gazette
    ..."The next president and the next Congress need to make decisions about a legal immigration system that's based on, first and foremost, on protecting American workers and American wages," Walker said. "Because the more I've talked to folks—I've talked to Sen. Sessions and others out there, but it is a fundamentally lost issue by many in elected positions today—is what is this doing for American workers looking for jobs, what is this doing to wages, and we need to have that be at the forefront of our discussion going forward."Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director of Voces de la Frontera, responded, “It...
  • Walker is now toast: The crazy move right that cost him the Koch Bros and probably the nomination

    04/22/2015 5:20:55 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 77 replies
    Salon ^ | April 22, 2015 | Heather Digby Parton
    According to a number of well respected journalists, the Koch Brothers are putting their heft and muscle behind Scott Walker for president. Or maybe not. It depends on who you ask. First, let’s acknowledge once again that the Great Whitebread Hope from Wisconsin seems to have everyone in the political establishment mesmerized by his alleged strategic and tactical brilliance. Sure, he makes epic gaffes over and over again, but that cannot take anything away from the fact that he barely won a recall election and two swing-state elections in years in which Republicans ran the table. Why this is considered...
  • Exclusive — Ann Coulter: Scott Walker Is ‘Smoking Out the Cheap Labor Hacks’ on Immigration

    04/22/2015 5:12:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 22, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    Conservative columnist and multiple-time number one New York Times bestselling author Ann Coulter told Breitbart News that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s boldly stated position on immigration when it comes to protecting Americans from illegal and legal immigration is “fantastic” and “amazing.” “YES! Fantastic, amazing, just what I’ve been waiting for! Romney, of course, said exactly this and also endorsed E-Verify and a fence on the border,” Coulter said when asked to react to Walker’s statements—and all the political establishment from both sides of the aisle and the media attacking him—on Tuesday. “I’m bitter and cynical, but I don’t know how...
  • Scott Walker May Have Figured Out Immigration Populism

    04/22/2015 12:33:06 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 44 replies
    Front Page ^ | April 22, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    During his initial debut, Scott Walker seemed to have a shaky grasp of national and international issues. Then again that wasn’t surprising since he had been busy with a tough fight in his own state. Before Walker had come out with the usual GOP expert class stuff. Now Walker seems to be figuring out that the party needs a populist. That’s what he brought to the table in Wisconsin. And he’s infuriating all the right people...... The GOP expert class reacted to the heretical notion that American policy should benefit… Americans with a thorough freakout......... Suggesting that immigration policy should...
  • Scott Walker’s turn against legal immigration shakes up 2016

    04/22/2015 12:04:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 46 replies
    Free News Pos ^ | April 21, 2015 | Benjy Sarlin
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s newfound skepticism of legal immigration levels is a potential turning point in the still nascent presidential race, potentially dragging the Republican Party further to the right than Mitt Romney’s hardline immigration platform in 2012. “In terms of legal immigration, how we need to approach that going forward is saying – the next president and the next Congress need to make decisions about a legal immigration system that’s based on, first and foremost, on protecting American workers and American wages,” Walker said Monday in an interview with Glenn Beck. “It is a fundamentally lost issue by many...
  • Liberals Sputter As Scott Walker Proposes Bold New Immigration Platform

    04/21/2015 11:30:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 21, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a likely 2016 GOP presidential candidate, is marching forward with his bold new pro-American worker immigration policy. He’s not afraid to push for a legal immigration system that doesn’t box out American workers with a massive influx of inexpensive foreign labor. After first rolling out his new ideas on Glenn Beck’s radio program on Monday, Walker appeared on Fox News’ Megyn Kelly’s show to further elaborate on how he hopes to protect Americans economically from special interests pushing for a massive influx in cheap foreign labor from around the world.... [HUGE SNIP] In addition to the...
  • Scott Walker, Over the Target, Taking Flak

    04/21/2015 10:28:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    National Review ^ | April 21, 2015 | Rich Lowry
    As I noted a week or so ago, Scott Walker has begun to talk about immigration in terms of American wages, the only candidate in the GOP field to do so. He reinforced the message on the Glenn Beck show the other day (note the Jeff Sessions name-check): In terms of legal immigration, how we need to approach that going forward is saying — the next president and the next congress need to make decisions about a legal immigration system that’s based on, first and foremost, on protecting American workers and American wages, because the more I’ve talked to folks,...
  • A Scott Walker shift on legal immigration?

    04/21/2015 10:04:43 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 21, 2015 | Jennifer Rubin
    The Post reports that Walker now says, “In terms of legal immigration, how we need to approach that going forward is saying … the next president and the next Congress need to make decisions about a legal immigration system that’s based on, first and foremost, protecting American workers and American wages.” He went on to cite favorably Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) on the subject. The notion that legal immigration hurts the economy and native workers has been rebutted repeatedly and is widely disparaged by a host of pro-growth conservatives and scholars.....AshLee Strong, spokeswoman for Walker’s Our American Revival PAC, tells...
  • Scott Walker stands for American workers on immigration

    04/21/2015 5:50:12 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    Hot Air: Headlines ^ | April 21, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    "....This development, perhaps one of if not the biggest of the 2016 presidential campaign so far, comes as Walker has taken a commanding lead in polls in all three of the first GOP primary states: Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. The reason why this development is so significant is that the two establishment-backed candidates, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, both have an in-depth understanding of the immigration issue and come down on the side that supports special interests’ desire for a massive increase in legal immigration that hurts American workers. Meanwhile, Sens. Ted Cruz...
  • Scott Walker: Hillary is Out of Touch [Rand could learn from Walker on how to handle the MSM]

    04/21/2015 4:25:10 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | April 21, 2015
    Megyn Kelly interviewed governor Scott Walker on her show last night and covered a wide variety of topics. The first subject was Hillary Clinton, who Walker suggested is out of touch with the American people. Other topics included Walker’s strategy for winning independent voters in Wisconsin, the GOP’s prospects for 2016 and immigration. Here’s the video:
  • Why Are So Many Workers Refusing To Apply For Jobs?

    04/21/2015 4:07:10 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 55 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 04/20/2015 | John Merline
    Since the end of the recession in June 2009, the number of job openings in the private sector has steadily climbed — just as one would expect to happen as the economy recovered. But over those same years, the share of 25- to 54-year-olds who are active in the labor market has steadily fallen...
  • David Koch picks a favorite?

    04/20/2015 11:17:58 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | April 20, 2015 | MJ Lee and Dana Bash
    <p>CNN)Billionaire businessman and powerful Republican donor David Koch wants Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to be the next president but doesn't plan to financially back anyone during the primaries.</p> <p>Koch made the comments Monday at a private gathering hosted by the New York State Republican Party at the Union League Club in Manhattan. They were described to CNN by two attendees who were in the room.</p>
  • Glenn Beck on His Interview With Scott Walker: ‘I Loved Him’

    04/20/2015 11:53:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    The Blaze ^ | April 20, 2015 | Erica Ritz
    Glenn Beck on Monday interviewed Wisc. Gov. Scott Walker (R), who is widely expected to be running for president in 2016. Though Beck had reservations before the interview, when it concluded, Beck said he “loved” the man. “I loved him,” Beck said. “I was really impressed with him, really liked him. [I] thought he had great answers for everything. We didn’t push him to the wall on things, but it’s our first meeting and I thought he had really reasonable answers.” Beck said he would like to speak with Walker more about immigration and the Middle East, but he was...
  • David Koch: Scott Walker Would Defeat Hillary Clinton ‘By a Major Margin’

    04/20/2015 11:48:11 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Observer ^ | April 20, 2015 | Will Bredderman
    Fuel mogul and conservative activist David Koch today declared to reporters that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker would easily beat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a general election—shortly after the co-owner of Koch Industries heard a private speech by the midwestern Republican at the Union League Club in Manhattan. After meeting with Mr. Walker and a group of GOP donors called the Empire Club, Mr. Koch told the Observer that he believed the governor would trounce the former first lady if Republicans get involved in the race. “I think so, no question about it. You know, if enough Republicans...
  • Walker Jumps Bush in The Chase

    04/20/2015 10:24:13 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    U.S. News and World Report | April 20, 2015 | David Catanese
    The new front-runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination is Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.He takes the top slot on The Chase – U.S. News' Run 2016 rankings of the four candidates most likely to end up as his or her party's nominee – for the first time, after establishing polling leads in each of the three early nominating states.Jeb Bush has held the top slot since the beginning of the year, and the former Florida governor remains the first choice of national Republicans, according to a new CNN survey released Monday.But the race for the nomination starts in early states,...
  • The Big Idea: California Is So Over

    04/20/2015 9:00:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 04/20/2015 | Joel Kotkin
    California’s drought and how it’s handled show just what kind of place the Golden State is becoming: feudal, super-affluent and with an impoverished interior. California has met the future, and it really doesn’t work. As the mounting panic surrounding the drought suggests, the Golden State, once renowned for meeting human and geographic challenges, is losing its ability to cope with crises. As a result, the great American land of opportunity is devolving into something that resembles feudalism, a society dominated by rich and poor, with little opportunity for upward mobility for the state’s middle- and working classes. The water situation...
  • Higher US gas prices sparked modest inflation in March [AP now says inflation "healthy"]

    04/20/2015 6:44:51 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Charlotte Observer/AP ^ | 4/17/15 | Josh "Cover for Obama" Boak
    Higher-priced gasoline slightly boosted consumer prices in March, a sign that some of the effects of cheaper oil are fading and that inflation may be edging up to healthier levels
  • Homebuilders to begin 1,194-home community near Lake Lewisville (DFW area, Texas)

    04/19/2015 5:50:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Dallas Business News ^ | April 8, 2015 | Candace Carlisle
    A group of homebuilders are beginning work on a project slated to bring about 1,194 homes to a 500-acre development along Lake Lewisville in Denton County, which is being developed by Charlotte-based Crescent Communities in partnership with Taylor Duncan Interests. The builders — K Hovnanian Homes, Highland Homes and MHI McGuyer Homebuilders — expect to soon begin construction on the model homes of the community, called Wildridge, with the first models completed by June. The homes will range in price from the $300,000s to the $500,000s. The homes will range from 1,800 square feet to 4,800 square feet of living...
  • Exchange Traded Funds, Pros & Cons --Investor Thread April 19, 2015

    04/19/2015 7:39:38 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 49 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | 04/19/2015 | Freeper Investors
    [from IBD: Should ETFs Be In Your Investment Portfolio?]While ETFs have existed for several decades, their popularity and diversity have exploded in recent years. But many investors are just learning about them. Those looking for tips on how to invest in ETFs just need some basic information to get started. In basic terms, ETFs can be thought of as mutual funds that trade like stocks. But their portfolios can contain U.S. and foreign stocks, bonds, futures, physical commodities or currencies. And ETFs choose the securities for their portfolios with an investment objective in mind. These investment goals include growth...
  • Walker Shines in New Hampshire

    04/19/2015 6:01:28 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | April 19, 2015 | Stephen F. Hayes
    "...Walker expanded the stump speech he had given in Iowa back in January, a coming out party of sorts, that propelled him to co-frontrunner status in national and early-state polling. The new content made clear that Walker is a hawk and that in a Walker presidency the United States would not only reengage with the world but would project its power without reservation. He called the war on radical Islam and “generational” war and scorched Barack Obama for his ambivalence on the threat. “We’re going to bring the fight to them and fight on their soil and not ours." Walker’s...
  • Oh My: Some People Support A $50 Minimum Wage

    04/18/2015 9:46:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Townhall ^ | April 17, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    Dan Joseph is on a mission. Who supports a $50/hour minimum wage? What better place to put forward such a bold initiative than in the free speech zone on the sanctified grounds of George Mason University in Virginia. (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Now, while Joseph was able to find a few supporters, some students on campus knew that raising the minimum wage will lead to job losses and increased pricing for some goods. One man called the law racist and he’s not the only one. The late economist Milton Freidman described minimum wage laws as the most anti-African-American law on the books, as he...
  • Ted Cruz to address Latino issues in Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Q&A event

    04/17/2015 8:53:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | April 17, 2015 | Elizabeth Llorente
    Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican who is running for president, plans to meet with the head of a national Latino organization who accused the lawmaker of distancing himself from his ethnic community. Cruz is scheduled to meet on April 29 with Javier Palomarez, president and CEO of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and hold a question-and-answer session in Washington D.C. before an audience of business leaders and journalists. “The Hispanic Chamber is an important constituency,” said Rick Tyler, the national spokesman for the Cruz campaign. “We’re going to have a conversation, the host and the senator. They will...
  • Walker Support Solid, Establishment Favorite Bush Struggles in N.H.

    04/17/2015 8:56:11 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | April 17, 2015 | Mike Flynn
    As the Republican presidential candidates gather this weekend in New Hampshire, they’re all chasing a midwestern governor. The latest survey of New Hampshire Republicans, by liberal-leaning Public Policy Polling, finds Wisconsin’s Scott Walker with a strong lead at 24 percent, followed by a rising Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Establishment favorite Jeb Bush is currently mired in fourth place, with 10 percent support, a drop from the last PPP poll of the first-in-the-nation primary state. Other polls show the race remains tight. The RealClearPolitics average has Walker at 19 percent, followed by Bush at 15 percent and Sen. Rand Paul at...
  • Bill Clinton Housing Policy Wrecked Economy, Not the 1%

    04/17/2015 7:29:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    IBD ^ | 04/17/2015
    With typical gall, Hillary Clinton in her campaign launch lit into "those at the top" for "stacking" the deck against middle-class families when in fact they are buried under the house of cards built by her husband. Earth to Hillary: It wasn't the richest 1% or Wall Street bankers who crashed the economy and created financial wreckage from which working Americans "have fought" to dig themselves out of. No, that path to destruction was set by Bill Clinton and his social housing policies. The evidence is overwhelming that Clinton was the architect of the financial disaster that wiped out trillions...
  • Scott Walker vs. The World

    04/17/2015 3:42:20 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 52 replies
    The Daily Beast's The Jerk ^ | April 17, 2015 | David Freedlander
    Illustration by Sarah Rodgers/ The Daily BeastWhile the rest of the GOP field plays nice, Scott Walker is very much on the attack—and he’s not making many friends in the process. In the waning days of the 2014 elections, Chris Christie arrived in Ohio to campaign for his fellow Republican John Kasich. At a rally for over 700 people in the town of Independence, the Ohio governor said of his New Jersey counterpart that, “among all the governors, he’s my best friend.” The audience let out a collective “awww.” The two were shown the next day on the front of...
  • GOP contenders gather in NH: 5 things to watch for

    04/17/2015 2:08:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Telegram - Worchester ^ | April 17, 2015 | AP - Steve Peoples&#8201;
    NASHUA, N.H. (AP) - Nearly 20 Republican White House prospects will court presidential primary voters in New Hampshire this weekend at a state GOP meeting in Nashua. It's the first gathering of its kind in the first-in-the-nation primary state this year and offers no shortage of intriguing storylines as Republican contenders across the political spectrum deliver speeches, answer questions and work to stand out in the crowd. Five things we'll be watching for: [SNIP] Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, will be in New Hampshire as well to make sure Republicans don't get a free pass. [SNIP]
  • Indisputable proof that Republicans are warriors for the aristocracy [by issue-trespassing]

    04/17/2015 12:08:47 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Salon ^ | April 16, 2015 | Heather Digby Parton
    .......As Brendan Nyhan at the New York Times explained in February, this sort of thing is called “issue-trespassing,” where one party attempts to co-opt an advantage of the other by pretending to care about something nobody thinks they care about. In this case, the GOP seemed to be admitting that their reputation as the party of the 1 percent wasn’t helpful to their cause, so they decided to try to shift the blame to President Obama. Nyhan points out that data suggests this rarely ever works, because people rely on party stereotypes no matter how hard those parties try to...
  • Many say "consumption" drives the US economy. This financial expert says that is completely wrong.

    04/16/2015 9:57:34 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 84 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2015-04-06 | Benjamin Weingarten
    If you listen to the news on the economy or financial markets, you have probably heard statements like “consumption drives the American economy,” or “consumption is 70% of the economy.” But in a new book out that follows in the footsteps of Henry Hazlitt’s classic “Economics in One Lesson” — though in a much more fun package — titled “Popular Economics: What the Rolling Stones, Downton Abbey, and LeBron James Can Teach You about Economics,” Forbes and RealClearMarkets Editor, and senior economic advisor to Toreador Research and Trading John Tamny challenges this and much other “conventional wisdom” on taxes, regulations,...