According to Forbes, here is the First:1. Whether the candidate has power over lots of people.
2. The financial resources controlled by each person
3. Breadth of power "Multiple Spheres".
4. Use of power.
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"It was supposed to be an easy way for Americans to sign up for health care online. But this morning, the Department of Health and Human Services, which spent $500 million to build the site, is admitting it's a bust."
- Rebecca Jarvis on GMA
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Bill Clinton's New Democrats are dead. This is not Hillary Clinton's Democratic Party. Today's Democratic Party belongs to Elizabeth Warren. It is the party that just nominated a Sandinista trainee who returned from Nicaraguawith "a vision of unfettered leftist government" for mayor of New York City, according to the New York Times.
And today's Democrats think this is a good thing.This is the new new left: Aging former-rebels now protecting the creaking ancien regime. Talk about mixed up...
“While our world transforms itself through revolutions in energy, technology and communication, the ideologists of the left stagnate. Barack Obama's Democratic Party is intellectually exhausted. Their old Democratic Party has nothing up its sleeves but more of the same.”Castellanos asks, Which party is more extreme?
A Republican Party divided between 180 mainstream House members and 40 Ted Cruz mini-me's? Or a Democratic Party united to preserve our fossilized, ineffective public sector?
A Republican Party advocating a path to fresh, natural, economic growth? Or a Democratic Party offering young voters the outdated economics of conformity, artificially imposed by Washington's elites?
A Republican Party being driven to offer change? Or a Democratic Party united against it.It is often said that all things must pass, and that is true. It is also a truism that, with apologies to the great singer-songwriter Roger Miller, Washington swings like a pendulum do. 2014 will be fun, and the leadup to 2016 will be outrageous entertainment as Barack Obama makes way for a pack of leftwink kooks who won’t be able to pull it off because they don’t have the BO Mojo.
Howard Dean may have screamed his way past the Democratic nomination in 2004, but the revolution he started has borne fruit. The 2016 nomination battle may be a fight between Elizabeth Warren, Governors Martin O'Malley and Deval Patrick, an unpolished pack of ideological duds and even a reinvigorated Dean, all vying to out-crazy each other and take the Democratic Party over a precipice. They'll make the troupe that sought the 2012 GOP nomination look like the committee awarding the Nobel Prize for Physics. (Castellanos)I can’t wait.
Industrial man—a sentient reciprocating engine having a fluctuating output, coupled to an iron wheel revolving with uniform velocity. And then we wonder why this should be the golden age of revolution and mental derangement. -- Aldous HuxleyWe are analog beings swimming against a digital deluge. Is technology to blame for an increase in “Zero Tolerance” policies and black-or-white thinking?
Boy, 15, kills himself after 'facing expulsion and being put on sex offender registry' for streaking prank at high school football gameA school should punish a student for running across the field naked during a sporting event, but expulsion and placement on a sex offender registry? Common sense has flown the coop. Elvis has left the building.
“Defaulting on our national debt is an impeachable offense, and any attempt by President Obama to unilaterally raise the debt limit without Congress is also an impeachable offense,”
Without reading it? Hell why not! You passed the ACA without reading it."Let us be clear: The House resolution will not pass the Senate" A furious Harry Reid was quoted.
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Today, there is a good chance that the U.S. government, like the state governments of the 1840s, will be forced to default on its explicit and implicit promises within the next few decades. Exactly how and when is less certain. But the fundamental and massive budgetary changes required to prevent a fiscal crisis are politically unimaginable. Perhaps only default can impose the necessary fiscal discipline.Jeffrey Rogers Hummel
If the dollar is no longer the pre-eminent reserve currency, then countries will dump much of their dollar holdings, pushing down its value in currency markets. A lower-valued dollar will cause exports to soar and imports to plummet, creating millions of new manufacturing jobs. Millions more jobs would be created in other sectors due to the multiplier effect. This could well bring us back to full employment -- a goal we may not otherwise achieve until the next decade.Dean Baker
For many hours her tour group, which included senior citizen visitors from Japan, Australia, Canada and the United States, were locked in a Yellowstone National Park hotel under armed guard.Welcome to the turd world...
The tourists were treated harshly by armed park employees, she said, so much so that some of the foreign tourists with limited English skills thought they were under arrest.
When finally allowed to leave, the bus was not allowed to halt at all along the 2.5-hour trip out of the park, not even to stop at private bathrooms that were open along the route. (Eagle Tribune)
Thus, they decided to close down an unfenced open-air site – which, oddly enough, requires more personnel to shut than it would to keep it open.More...
The World War II Memorial exists thanks to some $200 million in private donations – plus $15 million or so from Washington: In other words, the feds paid for the grass.
But the thug usurpers of the bureaucracy want to send a message: In today’s America, everything is the gift of the government, and exists only at the government’s pleasure, whether it’s your health insurance, your religious liberty, or the monument to your fallen comrades.Read the whole thing here, and weep for what your nation has become.
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Conference committees are created by the two Houses of Congress to resolve the differences in the respective versions of any item of legislation which they both pass. This is made necessary because bills and resolutions on the same general subject, especially controversial ones, are regularly passed or adopted by the two bodies in different forms. Before any such single measure can become law, however, any differences in the two passed versions must be compromised. Both Houses must eventually pass every measure in an identical form before any such measure may be enrolled or become law. Link
He is a godsend for the tea party—the presentable leader the movement kept trying to find during the 2012 Republican freak show but never did. Next to Paul, that parade of hotheads, with their overweening Obama hatred and their dog whistles to racists, nativists, and homophobes, looks like a relic from a passing era. For that matter, he may prove equally capable of making the two top Democratic presidential prospects for 2016, Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden, look like a nostalgia act.
This leaves Paul—for the moment at least—a man with a future. If in the end he and his ideas are too out-there to be a majority taste anytime soon, he is nonetheless performing an invaluable service. Whatever else may come from it, his speedy rise illuminates just how big an opening there might be for other independent and iconoclastic politicians willing to challenge the sclerosis of both parties in the post-Obama age. (Frank Rich)New York Times Latte Leftist Frank Rich hates Rand Paul's message and excoriates it, but is uncomfortable with how much he is charmed and intrigued by the messenger.
Something that might be of concern to Democrats, however, is that in this year’s data, independents are tilting Republican by 18 points, 43 percent to 25 percent. This is even more than the 14-point edge that the GOP had in the 2010 polling (40 percent to 26 percent) and dramatically different from the 1-point Democratic edge in 2012 (35 percent to 34 percent). (Charlie Cook)Cook goes on to say that this cohort of independents put the democrats over the top in 2008 and 2012. They can do the same for the GOP, if the GOP can ditch the pie throwing and the pull-my-finger games and instead deliver a coherent message to the American people.