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… The HillaryCraps must be Chicken[Bleep] scared …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,August 30th,2016

.. to be pulling stunts like this ..

.. Miz Hillary is in big trouble . She is one very lousy campaigner . She likely knows it . She could use some serious help from you-know-who [read — Wilhelm der Fibmeister] to help rescue her situation . Money is not a problem . For Miz Hillary , truth telling appears to be the problem ..

.. BIG TIME !! ..

.. especially with her e – mail situation from her time as SecState . It is almost October , and she is scheduled to testify in front of the House Select Cmte on Benghazi . It will likely not be the only time she is called , espc with the steady floodtide of e mails that are coming out ..

.. [h/t — HotAir.com]..
.. [link] to the blog post ..

.. polling results like this do not help [as of 09/25/2015] …

political poll (bloomberg news)(09252015)

.. ” Uncle Joe ” Biden is just sitting on the sidelines , likely weighing the possibilities of throwing his hat in the ring . He can raise the money , with the backing of the ObamaCraps . He also has to live with the millstone of the ObamaCrap record and legacy around his neck . Not an easy task , but Joe Biden is an excellent campaigner . Certainly better than either Miz Hillary or Bernie Sanders …

.. but will he run ?? … to be honest , I think that he will . But when ? …

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.. Ted Cruz is Running for President ?? [#now ?]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,March 24th,2015

.. am I surprised ? to be honest , no .

.. Cruz has an outsized ego . He also possesses an enormous amount of ability . But running for POTUS now ? …

.. [h/t — theConservativeTreeHouse.com]..
.. [link] to the blog post …

.. I think that [eventually] he can make a very good President . He obviously wants the job . He knows why he wants the job . But , is it his time ? …

.. to be honest , no . The GOP field is shaping up to be a cast of thousands . It will be very , very difficult for anyone but the top candidates to raise money , much less to get noticed …

.. Unlike most folks , Cruz does not have those kind of problems . He can gain free publicity like crazy . He is already very well – known . He is an excellent fundraiser , which will give him an above – average shot at the nomination . Some good luck would also be helpful …

.. we will see what happens …

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… It Figures [#Democracy Alliance]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,July 20th,2014

.. these people are a pile of scum .

.. how dare they try to suppress our civil rights …

.. [h/t — WashingtonFreeBeacon]..
.. [link] to the article ..

.. you really should read this article . It is a real dandy . It describes the antics of the so – called ” Democracy Alliance ” in simple , yet harrowing detail …

The campaign finance reform efforts of a massive network of liberal and Democratic groups are explicitly designed to limit conservatives’ ability to oppose key parts of the left’s agenda, according to the head of the group coordinating those efforts.

The admission comes as parts of that network attempt to present the case for campaign finance reform as politically and ideologically neutral, and to recruit and reach out to conservatives and Republicans who might support it under those pretenses.

Democracy Alliance president Gara LaMarche presented the organization’s push for such reform, which involves a litany of major left-wing political and policy groups, not simply as a foil against corruption or corporate capture but as a prerequisite for the group’s other policy goals, all of which are left of center.

In a presentation at the Democracy Alliance’s April donor conference in Chicago, LaMarche lamented recent Supreme Court decisions such as Citizens United vs. FEC and McCutcheon vs. FEC—that loosened restrictions, respectively, on political speech by corporations and unions and individual campaign contributions.

“If we can’t succeed in turning this around, and it will take some years to do it, we will never make the progress we need to make on critical issues facing the country and the world like climate change and gun violence,” he said, according to prepared remarks obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Altering the nation’s campaign finance laws, he said, would allow the Democracy Alliance and its network of affiliated groups to more easily advance liberal policies that have nothing to do with campaign finance.

“In that crucial sense, dealing with the distorting effect of money on our politics is a prerequisite to every other advance we seek,” LaMarche said.

The Democracy Alliance and groups to which it steers tens of millions of dollars every year frequently denounce Republican political donors, chiefly libertarian philanthropists Charles and David Koch.

“Increasingly, elections in the U.S. are in the grip of a handful of our version of the Russian oligarchs,” LaMarche told DA conference attendees. “The money in this room does its best to compete in our current broken system, but unlike our conservative counterparts, we want a new system in which all voices and votes are equal.”

Democracy Alliance critics say that concern for a supposedly level political playing field actually masks the group’s true intent: to restrict its political opponents’ ability to oppose the larger left-wing policy agenda.

Hans Von Spakovsky, a former Federal Election Commissioner and the head of the Heritage Foundation’s Election Law Reform Initiative, said LaMarche’s comments betray the partisan motives behind the group’s campaign finance reform push.

“This is really a stunning admission by the misnamed Democracy Alliance that the real purpose of so called campaign finance reform is to silence those who don’t agree with the progressive, liberal agenda of Gara LaMarche and all of his political allies, who consist of the most liberal donors in the country,” he wrote in an email.

Von Spakovsky said LaMarche and his organization want to “throw out the First Amendment—the Bill of Rights is obviously an inconvenient, archaic anomaly to him.”

The DA’s push for campaign finance reform has involved a number of groups that its donors fund that push for additional restrictions on social welfare nonprofits and corporate political spending (though labor unions are rarely targeted).

One of those groups, the Fund for the Republic, has worked to present the case for such reforms as bipartisan and politically neutral.

The group recently hired a number of Republicans in an effort to reach out to potential conservative supporters, though one of those Republicans was formerly a senior staffer for the Democratic governor of Massachusetts.

Despite denunciations from LaMarche and others associated with the group of the country’s post-Citizens United campaign finance landscape, Democracy Alliance conference attendees have encouraged its network of high-dollar donors to support political groups empowered by the Citizens Untied decision.

The Alliance’s perceived closeness with the Democratic Party and the Obama White House led to a schism among its supported groups in 2012. A number of them, seen as more movement than party-oriented, parted ways with the Alliance as a result.

LaMarche acknowledged those misgivings in a June letter to former Democracy Alliance donors urging them to take another look at the group and its work.

“Some former partners had the perception we were not sufficiently independent of the Democratic Party or the White House, or failed to take a long enough view of infrastructure and power-building beyond the next election cycle,” he wrote.

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… John Gizzi is Right …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,April 22nd,2014

… and , it is not the amount of money that is important in campaign donations …

.. it is the right to make that donation that is the most important . That is what makes the campaign contribution turn into a First Amendment – protected object of speech ..

.. [h/t — Newsmax]..
.. [link] to the news report …

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… Mozilla Warfare …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,April 8th,2014

.. since when does a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness give people the right to enforce a ” litmus test ” for professional inclusion at an employer ? …

.. [h/t — NationalReview]..

.. [link] and [link2] to Maggie Gallagher ‘ s columns on the subject …

..  people have a right to their private lives and their personal freedoms . That includes the right and reason to associate with both people and causes with whom they choose to support … both with their time , as well as with their money . People also have a right to keep that private life separate from their professional life , and to not be intimidated by others …

.. It is also not the right of others not to intimidate people who choose to exercise such freedoms by abuse of the disclosure requirements of campaign contribution laws to act to intimidate others . Such misuse of the law is gross and outrageous …

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… Ouch !! [Great ObamaCrapCare Ad] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,February 25th,2014

.. this one is skated to Michigan ..

.. Gary Peters [D-Mi] is a Congresscritter . He is running for the soon – to – be vacated US Senate seat in Michigan . Boy , oh boy , is he in trouble ..

.. the state of Michigan is changing and has changed , markedly . It is now , what I believe is a ” White ” state . It has a Republican governor [Rick Snyder] , and has a Republican – controlled legislature . The Michigan Supreme Court is narrowly controlled by conservatives , over the liberals .

.. However , recently , it has been voting , albeit narrowly , for DemoCraps in Presidential elections . Both of their US Senators are DummyCraps , although I believe that is about to change .

.. this ad is a beaut . It is going to be shown , time and time again . Peters ‘ opponent (likely Terri Lynn Land) does not even have to run it . The news media is going to run it over and over . Conservative interest groups are also going to run it over and over . Boy , is Peters going to come to hate this woman . God in heaven help Peters if she dies , though . Then she becomes a martyr for ObamaCrapCare …

.. [h/t — theRightScoop]..
.. [link] to the campaign ad ..

.. so far , Land is ahead of Peters , although it is a narrow lead . Peters is an elected official . Normally , that is an advantage . This year , i believe that it will not be one . Peters has been in Congress for several terms , and voted for ObamaCrapCare , which will be an anchor draped around his neck . I am will to bet that Terri Lynn Land will beat Peters in the Senate race …

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… It is about time …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,April 7th,2013

… It would be about time …

.. I did some reviewing , and came across the Mccain – Feingold bill . Russ Feingold is , thankfully , no longer in the US Senate , but John McCain , thankfully , still is a sitting senator ..

.. the problem is , though , this disgusting creation . It attacks the freedom of speech of candidates and individuals , and makes it far more difficult for political parties to try to control their message , and attempt to  control their candidates . At least , with soft money , and parties ‘ more effective control of it , the candidates just might be forced to be more effective team players . I agree with [Jen Rubin], and that the McCain – Feingold campaign finance act should be repealed ..

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