They’re all bought and sold: American democracy belongs to the billionaires now

With the lone exception of Bernie Sanders, every candidate is either in bed with Wall Street or super-rich himself Salon.com By Nomi Prins, TomDispatch.com 2/2/16 This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch. Speaking of the need for citizen participation in our national politics in his final State of the Union address, President Obama said, “Our brand of democracy is hard.” A more accurate characterization might have been: “Our brand of democracy is cold hard cash.”  Cash, mountains of it, is increasingly the necessary tool for presidential candidates. Several Powerball jackpots could … Continue reading

AP FACT CHECK: Claims from the Republican debate

AP.org By Robert Burns and Calvin Woodward 1/15/16 WASHINGTON (AP) — Did Ted Cruz mean to suggest he would have gone to war with Iran over its brief detention of U.S. sailors? Did Donald Trump forget that he proposed a massive tax on Chinese goods? And does Ben Carson really think Islamic State militants chill out with a cigar? In their rush to slam the Obama administration, play up their records and play down inconvenient realities, Republican presidential candidates served up some misshapen rhetoric in their latest presidential debate (on … Continue reading

Jeb Bush: Listening to Trump is “kind of scary”

CBS News By Rebecca Kaplan 11/29/15 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said “anybody is better than Hillary Clinton” to be president – but that sentiment apparently just barely applies to his fellow candidate, businessman Donald Trump. “I have great doubts about Donald Trump’s ability to be commander in chief. I really do. I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt to see how the campaign unfolded. But if you listen to him talk, it’s kind of scary to be honest with you, because he’s not a serious candidate,” Bush … Continue reading

The 21 craziest quotes from the campaign trail

Politico.com By Nick Gass 11/25/15 And they’re not all from Donald Trump. 1. ‘I would bomb the sh– out of them’ Trump has made no effort to tone down his fiery rhetoric when it comes to fighting the Islamic State, remarking a day before deadly terrorist attacks in France just how far he would go to defeat the group. “ISIS is making a tremendous amount of money because of the oil that they took away, they have some in Syria, they have some in Iraq, I would bomb the sh– … Continue reading

Marco Rubio on troops in Syria, vision of presidency, missing Senate votes…

(Last Sunday John Dickerson, moderator of CBS “Face the Nation,” interviewed presidential contender Marco Rubio and the exchange follows. The transcript of the entire program is here. – Admin.) Turning now to the race for the Republican nomination, yesterday, we sat down with Florida Senator Marco Rubio out on the campaign trail in Des Moines. (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) DICKERSON: Senator, I want to start with the news that the United States is sending 50 special operations forces into Syria. Is that enough? RUBIO: Well, it’s an important start to what I … Continue reading

Jeb Bush: My Plan to Preserve, Protect and Reform Medicare and Social Security

Yesterday Bush published on his campaign website “Jeb Bush: My Plan to Preserve, Protect and Reform Medicare and Social Security“. Here are several excerpts:

  • …changes are needed to preserve and protect these programs for future generations.
  • I will allow seniors to keep their HSAs to help cover out-of-pocket health care spending…
  • …small businesses who cannot afford to contribute toward workers’ retirement plans can set up “starter 401(K)s” for their workers…
  • …we need to recognize that Americans are living longer, healthier lives, and we should make it easier for those who choose to work longer.
  • No senior who has worked for more than 30 years should live in poverty, so I will increase the minimum social security benefit.

The entire “Plan” is available at the above link.

Also, “Jeb Bush’s entitlement reforms,” by The Washington Post is available here.

REPUBLICAN BUSH SAYS MULTICULTURALISM WRONG FOR US

AP.org By Thomas Beaumont, Associate Press 9/22/15 CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Tuesday that multiculturalism is bad for the United States, adding that immigrants who close themselves off from American culture deny themselves access to economic rewards. The former governor of Florida, who speaks fluent Spanish and often touts his success winning Latino votes in a party that badly needs them, addressed the issue in a packed northern Iowa diner as he met people in the crowd. A young woman approached the candidate and … Continue reading

It’s not just Trump, the richest ever presidential field

It’s not just Trump A POLITICO special report on the richest ever presidential field, a campaign of and about the .1% Politico.com (Use this link to see related chart and table.) By Politico Staff 9/18/15 Carly Fiorina may be the new surprise flavor of the month in the GOP field, but there’s one aspect of her candidacy that’s neither surprising nor unusual in this 2016 field: she’s rich — in her case, very rich. Forget about the top 1 percent. An analysis of federal elections data by POLITICO shows that five … Continue reading

The GOP debate: 5 things to watch

Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina have a chance Wednesday to prove they’re for real. Politico.com By Alex Isenstadt 9/16/15 LOS ANGELES — It’s only the second of 12 scheduled GOP debates. But Wednesday’s primetime showdown at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley is poised to play a decisive role in culling the crowded Republican field. In interviews conducted over the last week, more than a dozen top officials, donors and aides to the GOP presidential candidates laid out their expectations for the primetime debate, and provided insights into their preparations … Continue reading

How Social Media Is Ruining Politics

It is turning out to be more encompassing and controlling, more totalizing, than earlier media ever was. Politico.com By Nicholas Carr 9/2/15 Our political discourse is shrinking to fit our smartphone screens. The latest evidence came on Monday night, when Barack Obama turned himself into the country’s Instagrammer-in-Chief. While en route to Alaska to promote his climate agenda, the president took a photograph of a mountain range from a window on Air Force One and posted the shot on the popular picture-sharing network. “Hey everyone, it’s Barack,” the caption read. … Continue reading