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The Donald Trump Rule: ‘Flip-Flopping’ to the Right Position Can Be a Very Good Thing

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When the Policy Shoe Is
Slipped On the Other Foot…

We hear the charge leveled all the time: “Flip-flopper.” When someone fundamentally changes their position on an issue.

We are naturally left to wonder if the move is genuine. Are they are saying what they think – or what they think we want to hear?

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has rocketed to to the top of the sixteen-candidate heap – in large part because of his anti-illegal immigration stance. Which is from all appearances a relatively new position for him. Here’s November 2012 Trump:

“(Mitt Romney) had a crazy policy of self deportation which was maniacal, Trump says. “It sounded as bad as it was, and he lost all of the Latino vote, Trump notes. “He lost the Asian vote. He lost everybody who is inspired to come into this country.

Trump’s current illegal immigration stance is…slightly more staunch. And it appears to be working for him.

(Of course, Trump is by no means the only 2016 candidate to radically reconfigure his immigration position – Hello, Senator Marco “Gang of Eight” Rubio.) More

Chris Farley Government: Remember When It Was Congress That Made Law? That Was Awesome

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He’d Fit Right In at NBC News

Remember that recurring Saturday Night Live skit where the late Chris Farley was the ultimate fanboy – interviewing those for whom he was the ultimate fanboy?

Sniveling and sweaty, he would bring up some of his favorite memories of his interviewees – pretending they were questions by prefacing them with “Remember…?”

And when the interviewee said he did in fact remember, Farley would blurt out “That was AWESOME.”

To wit: Farley’s sit-down with Paul McCartney.

“You remember Beatle Mania? Where those four guys went on stage and looked like you and then they played Beatles songs and….

“Yeah, I heard about that.

“That was AWESOME.

I often think of the Farley Model when watching the media “interview” a Democrat. Especially, sickeningly so when it’s Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. More

Bad Bills Are Like Bad Relationships: We Don’t Need a Break – We Need a Break-Up

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Sometimes It’s
Better to Just Move On

Just about all of us have been there. Dating someone – and it isn’t working. You don’t get along. The person doesn’t give you what you want. You aren’t happy.

You each try to change the person, hoping a tweak here or there will suddenly, magically make it work. It doesn’t.

You’re friends don’t like the person. Heck – THEIR friends don’t think you two are right for each other. They all flood you with advice. For most of which you didn’t ask – but the sheer numbers and volume force you to listen.

But their good counsel – and intentions – only make you more steadfastly stand by him/her. All mounting evidence to the contrary notwithstanding.

Things between the two of you continue to be terrible – and deteriorate. So you decide to take a break – get away from each other. And you plan to check back later to see if either or both of you have miraculously become different people – that now work together.

You reconvene – and (shocker) nothing’s changed. Things are still just as miserable.

Finally, you realize your friends – and his/her friends – are right. That they are all only trying to help. That it’s a bad deal – and you now know that the sooner you break away, the better everything will be.

So you end it. Hey – it happens. A lot. More

Why Are Republicans Resurrecting Failed Green Energy Subsidies?

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Voodoo Republicans and
Their Zombie Bad Policies

Thank goodness we last November gave the Republicans the Senate majority.

Who besides the GOP would resurrect government money for ridiculous “green” “energy” – which is neither green nor energy? To the tune of tens (if not hundreds) of billions of dollars more down the juice-less rat hole.

Oh yeah – every Democrat on the planet.

Senate May Revive Expired Green Energy Tax Subsidies

The Senate finance committee will be holding a markup hearing on expired tax subsidies members want to be revived for their constituents and campaign supporters, and this includes now defunct subsidies for green energy. 

A document released by the Joint Committee on Taxation last week details dozens of expired tax credits, including a number green energy tax credits for things like wind energy production, making biofuels and using electric vehicles….

Democrats and Republicans seem to be working together to retroactively hand out tax credits to green energy producers.

So not only will the Republicans resume the government money going forward – they’ll make good on the briefest of lapses we just thoroughly enjoyed. More

Yet Again, the Left is Caught Fraudulently Faking Support for its Ridiculous Policies

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Blazing Saddles’ Potemkin Village

Remember Russia’s Potemkin villages?

The phrase “Potemkin village”…was originally used to describe a fake portable village, built only to impress….

The phrase is now used, typically in politics and economics, to describe any construction (literal or figurative) built solely to deceive others into thinking that some situation is better than it really is.

The modern Left is renowned for erecting Potemkin-esque faux support and supporters for its policy ridiculousness.

You want fake feet in the street? More

Really Terrible Ideas Do In Fact Generate Bipartisanship. See: Obama, President Barack

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Chimeras, Unicorns – Bipartisanship. And Then Came Obama

Ahhh…bipartisanship. The unicorn of Washington, D.C. So many Ponce de Leons seek this Fountain of Youth. Like de Leon, most finally give up – and just retire in Florida.

Congressional gerrymandering has rendered so many districts so very partisan. And then we wonder why a 72% Republican-district-representative and a 78% Democrat-district-representative can’t find common ground.

About the only time there is bipartisanship is when an idea is so terrible, it criss-crosses the aisle. Enter the Barack Obama Administration.

We have said since the Administration’s inception that if you’re looking for bipartisanship – look on the other side of whatever position the President is pushing. This President is the king of strident partisan-only support.

There was bipartisan opposition to ObamaCare. And there has been bipartisan opposition to this President just about all the way through – up to and including members of both Parties being highly skeptical of the just announced Iran capitulation deal. More

A Congresswoman Demands Peace, Love and Big Brother Internet, Man

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The Left’s New View on Big Brother – Internet Edition

Democrat Congresswoman Anna Eshoo just penned an editorial for the San Francisco Chronicle. That has the patchouli whiff of her writing while sitting at the corner of Haight and Ashbury – in August 1968. It is warmed-over Hippie-Dippie, Flower Power, Socialist nonsense.

But Congresswoman Eshoo writes all of this is in defense of a Huge Government Internet power grab. That back in the Summer of Love would have been rightly viewed as evil Big Brother lording over us and keeping us down.

Here is a great question – posited at Yahoo! Answers:

How did the Hippies, who were so anti “Big Brother” in the 60s become Big Brother in the 2000s?

And God bless the Users – the first answer pretty much nails it. More

Democrats Want Big Government Crony Socialism – Why Are Some Republicans Giving It to Them?

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They Ain’t Great

Look, we get why Democrats want to use the giant-ness of the federal government to punish their enemies and reward their friends. Crony Socialism is in their ideological DNA. And they grow government as huge as possible – to then have the largest possible weapon to wield.

But why would Republicans help them with any of this? They are (allegedly) the Less Government Party. The side representing the Little Guys against the Bigs – Big Government and Big Cronyism. As the late, inordinately great Ronald Reagan observed:

You can’t be for big government, big taxes, and big bureaucracy and still be for the little guy.

But more and more Republicans look less and less like what they pledge to be. More

Government Crushes People – Then Writes Them Checks

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None Is Currently Forthcoming

A computer programming maxim is “Garbage in – garbage out.”

(C)omputers, since they operate by logical processes, will unquestioningly process unintended, even nonsensical, input data (“garbage in”) and produce undesired, often nonsensical, output (“garbage out”).

No one or nothing produces more garbage than government. And their trash has nowhere to go except all over the private sector – us.

The federal government alone spends almost $4 trillion a year – that is a LOT of garbage. Hundreds of billions of that is borrowed, which is debt and interest for which We the People are responsible – more garbage. Then there’s what they do with so much of that money – create ever more regulations. More garbage.

Every year – almost $4 trillion more spent, hundreds of billions more in borrowing and interest, and tens of thousands of pages of new regulations created. Piled on top of what they’ve already piled on top of us. To wit: More

Words Used to Mean Things – Then Came Government

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.orgWe are a nation founded upon and (allegedly) governed by words. Beginning with – specifically, foundational-ly – the Constitution. Every syllable was by our Founding Fathers debated and carefully crafted. To ensure a limited, enumerated government, maximum freedom for We the People – and a document that clearly, concisely laid out these parameters.

The Constitution is a “living, breathing document” – but with the amendment process as its only respiratory system. If you don’t like it – amend it. Otherwise, it is what it is – it says what it says.

The Constitution established a system that also relies on precise language. The Legislative Branch writes legislation – that must be within government’s Constitutional parameters. Every syllable is debated and carefully crafted. And since we directly elect this Branch’s members, we get to have a direct say in the words meant to lord over us. We get to lobby Congress to redress our grievances – to help shape the words they write. More