Americans are increasingly aware of crony capitalism, and it is changing politics as we know it

Crony capitalism is a concept with which the typical informed American voter is now familiar. We are very proud of our contribution to this awakening and it is gratifying to see candidates of all stripes having to defend their current crony arrangements with donors, past crony deals, or alternatively to see them go on the attack against cronyism. That Cruz won the Iowa Caucuses despite an explicitly anti-ethanol subsidy stance is no small feat.

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The View’s Joy Behar: I’d Vote for a Rapist as Long as They’re Liberal

This is the sick pragmatism which infects too many people on the Left. (A different version of this exists on the Right too.) You might KNOW (or at least think) that a politician is a rapist, but you know he’s OUR rapist so it’s cool. Now if Megyn Kelly (not my favorite person) had gotten up and said the same thing about a conservative “rapist “all hell would have broken loose. NPR would be doing round the clock updates on how anti-women “conservatives”

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Report Claims Women’s Ranger School Graduation Was Rigged

Some believe that the military has become a vehicle for social engineering as much as a fighting force. I’ve heard this from many sources over the years but no one wants to say it out loud. I’ve never been in the military so I can’t say, but this report seems to be a pretty damning example of the type of political correctness which could potentially cost lives.

Just to be clear we are absolutely for women and more women in the military.

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How People Outpace Politicians

(From FEE)

Maybe there was a time when the political culture seemed to keep up with the pace of innovation. If so, those times are long gone. The rhetoric of electoral politics is exposing the great rift in civic life.

The tools we use every day, the technologies we love, the way we engage each other, the means by which our lives are improving are a consequences of innovation, markets, community, and globalization — that is,

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Townhall: Libertarians Outnumber Both Liberals and Conservatives

Many of our readers are probably aware that Townhall Finance regularly features our work. John Ransom, the editor there does an excellent job and we encourage everyone to check out the site if you have not visited. It’s a very good mix of free market thinkers from different schools. Though it is generally not “libertarian.”

That is why I was particularly pleased to see this article in Townhall. A new and broad political disposition is clearly emerging.

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An Inside Job? : Bill Clinton reportedly thinks the Obama White House leaked the Hillary email story

When the Clinton email story broke I have to admit that this was one of the first things I thought.

It is widely believed that the Clintons and the Obamas do not like each other. Additionally the Obama political people think Hillary Clinton isn’t liberal enough. (Think about that folks.) And there is plenty of bad blood from 2008.

It’s the same old Obama chip on the shoulder thing, only this time his ire (reportedly) is directed at the likely Democratic nominee for president.

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50 Million Down The Tubes: How 17 Conservative PACs Are Spending Their Money (Reported by a conservative publication)

In 2013 we posted a speech given by firebrand political strategist Pat Caddell who argued that many of the political consultants during the Romney campaign were interested more in lining their pockets than in getting the former governor elected president. (I personally don’t think it made much of a difference, but who knows.)  The attached article seems to confirm that this sort of thing continues as the GOP gears up for the 2016 election.

This isn’t some hit piece.

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Is the Democratic Party just a regional party at this point?

Source: Roll Call

A very legit question. (Granted I posed it.) Outside of a few urban centers, California, and New England the Dems are nowhere. Add that people are leaving California and the North East in droves and one can see the Democratic Party’s problem. They are in danger of becoming the Quebecois Party of the USA. Man, have things changed, and it is largely due to a president that much of America simply doesn’t trust.

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Chuck Schumer: Passing Obamacare in 2010 Was a Mistake

I’m sorry but I love this picture of Chuck Schumer.

I’d say passing Obamacare at any time was a mistake. The program was and is a train wreck which is still piling up. The Dems know it. The American people know it. And it is the reason, to a large degree, why the Senate and the House are in GOP hands.

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Huffington Post: I’m a Liberal Democrat. I’m Voting for Rand Paul in 2016. Here Is Why.

What is interesting particularly to me is that on economic issues Rand Paul is by FAR FAR FAR the most “conservative” of the likely GOP candidates. On other issues I think he just takes a pragmatic and grown up approach. This is a winning combination. Jeb and Christie ain’t going to do it folks. They won’t get elected. Rand has a real shot and he has a chance at winning the presidency in a completely unique way which will totally screw with the political consultant class in DC.

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