Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Tag Archives: Mitt Romney

The Four “Wild Cards” in Trump’s Handful of Advisors

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, November 11, 2016:  

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Nervous conservatives are looking for signs that the “establishment” – i.e., Goldman Sachs, big banks, the Council on Foreign Relations, George Soros, etc. – having been unable to derail Donald Trump’s march to the presidency, is going instead to infiltrate and insinuate its operatives into the new Trump administration. Many of them remember the successful infiltration and subsequent manipulation of the Reagan administration with the naming of establishment insider James Baker as Reagan’s chief of staff.

At the moment there appear to be four “wild cards” out of the dozens Trump has already invited into his inner circle: Steven Mnuchin, Peter Navarro, John Paulson, and Carter Page.

The first and most obvious one is Steven Mnuchin, the head of Dune Capital Management and former director at Goldman Sachs, where he amassed a personal fortune estimated at more than $40 million as head of the firm’s trading desk. A graduate of Yale,

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Trump Adds to His List of Advisors

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, November 10, 2016:  

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In March, Donald Trump trotted out an early list of foreign-policy advisors on whom he would be relying if he were elected president. In an interview with the Washington Post, Trump said, “I can give you some of the names … Walid Phares, who you probably know, PhD, adviser to the House of Representatives Caucus, and counter-terrorism expert; Carter Page, PhD; George Papadopoulos — he’s an energy and oil consultant, excellent guy; the Honorable Joseph Schmitz, [former] inspector general at the Department of Defense; [retired] Gen. Keith Kellogg; and I have quite a few more.”

In August he added “quite a few more” and then, the day after he was elected, Trump added still more, this time in the economic policy area.

There are at least four “wild cards” in the deck that Trump is building,

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Trump’s New Advisor Conway to Wage “War of Attrition” on Clinton

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, August 22, 2016:  

Hired in July to augment Donald Trump’s campaign staff and then promoted to be his campaign manager six weeks later, Kellyanne Conway (pictured) has announced, “We’re in a war of attrition” in the campaign against Hillary Clinton.

A war of attrition is won when the enemy has sustained such continuous and devastating losses that he (or she) leaves the field of contest. And that’s why, says Conway, “The content-free campaign is over. We are going to force the conversation to issues, because the issues favor Donald Trump.”

Conway may just have what it will take to win that war.

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Mexico Now Joining Anti-Trump Forces

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, March 21, 2016:  

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Official Seal of the Government of the United Mexican States (Mexico) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Officially Mexico says it honors the sovereignty of the United States and has no intention of interfering with the presidential elections in November. Privately, however, Mexican diplomats are gearing up to help Mexican immigrants obtain U.S. citizenship, and then urging them to vote in November. Adrian Sosa, a spokesman for the Mexican consulate in Chicago, exposed the official posturing as a lie, speaking at an event last week:

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Morton Blackwell Reveals How GOP Insiders Could Manipulate the Convention Rules – Again

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, March 18, 2016:  

Morton Blackwell caught the fever at a very young age, attending the Republican National Convention in 1964 as Barry Goldwater’s youngest elected delegate. Active in Republican politics ever since, Blackwell is the Virginia Republican National Committeeman and a member of the RNC’s Standing Committee on Rules.

He told the story of how he tried to change the rule that sank Ron Paul’s campaign back in 2012 – Rule 40b – without success:

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GOP Convention Rulebook May Be Tossed in Favor of Robert’s Rules

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, March 17, 2016:  

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Solomon Yue, one of the 168 members of the Republican National Committee (RNC) from Oregon, has promised to present a startling proposal to the RNC Standing Rules Committee when it meets in April: toss the archaic, contentious, 1,500-page RNC rule book in favor of Robert’s Rules of Order: “To make the convention more transparent, I will advocate … adoption of Robert’s Rules of Order to replace the 1,500-page U.S. House rules to govern the convention.”

Yue is already picking up support for the idea, including that of

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Sen. Harry Reid’s Legacy: Corrupting the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, March 30, 2015:

Libertarian economist and Cato scholar Donald Boudreaux has little favorable to say about politicians:

It is the rare politician, of whatever party, who reliably puts principle above personal interest. As a rule, politicians are untrustworthy, duplicitous, and cowardly; they are people who have the unusually powerful craving for power and fame; and the successful among them typically possess an unusual talent for camouflaging their craving for power and fame as a saintly calling to “serve the people.”

But what about the “successful among them,” like Nevada Democrat Senator Harry Reid who just announced last Friday that he would be retiring at the end of his present term?

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Koch Brothers’ Network to Spend $900 Million on 2016 Elections

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, January 27, 2015: 

Spokesmen for Freedom Partners, the Koch Brothers-funded “chamber of commerce” and sponsor of their annual winter meeting in Palm Springs, announced last weekend that its network of over 200 wealthy conservatives is planning on raising nearly $900 million to invest in the 2016 elections. This is more than double what the network raised and spent during the 2012 presidential campaign, and exceeds what both political parties spent that year put together. 

Freedom Partners is building on the momentum from the November elections that gave Republicans control of the Senate and expanded their majority in the House of Representatives. As Freedom Partners President Marc Short remarked, “2014 was nice but there’s a long way to go.” He noted that his group’s ultimate goal is to make the ideals of a free market “central” in American society, adding, “Politics is a necessary means to that end.” Freedom Partners invested more than $400 million in those midterm elections. 

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Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife are charged with corruption

Immediately after former Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife Maureen were charged with 14 counts of fraud and conspiracy, McDonnell responded with a 7-minute-long declaration of innocence while his attorneys filed a motion challenging the government’s legal theory used in bringing the charges. The charges stem from a

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Why are Republicans Leaving the GOP?

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, July 12th, 2013:

 

The Frontier Lab just published a study entitled “Switching Behavior” based on in-depth interviews with some former Republicans that explored why they left the party. Their conclusions are revealing:

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IRS Investigations Used in the Past to Intimidate and Punish White House Enemies

The recent admissions of guilt by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that it deliberately targeted conservative non-profits for intimidation have forced to the surface a long list of other IRS abuses that have faded from public memory with the passage of time.

The IRS has been a tool of intimidation and neutralization for decades under administrations as far back as

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What’s Wrong with the Colorado GOP?

John Ransom thinks he knows. He’s been inside the beast and the picture isn’t pretty.  Ransom used to be active in Colorado politics and knows personally both aspirants to become chairman of the state’s GOP. He likes them both, and considers each of them friends.

But friends is friends and business is business and Ransom isn’t afraid to tell what he knows:

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Some more reasons why conservatives don’t trust Republicans

There are lots of reasons. But no one sums them up as well as John Hawkins. Hawkins says true conservatives don’t “trust the establishment Republicans as far as you can throw them.” And for good reason.

First,

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A Rand Paul/Mike Lee Ticket for 2016?

Bernie Quigley, writing at the Pundit’s Blog for The Hill on Wednesday, considered the fiscal cliff bill that became the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) as a “touchstone…a benchmark…to mark the progress of history.” He considers the law as a

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Obama’s Reelection May Lead to Gun Confiscation

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Arms Trade Treaty Banana Shootout (Photo credit: Eyes on Rights)

Pastor Chuck Baldwin is long past being polite and pulling his punches. In his latest newsletter he reminds us that people are beginning to become restless. The petitions on secession are mounting in numbers daily, and he thinks that’s a good thing. Not that they will have any impact whatsoever:

Does anyone believe that these states are really going to secede from the union? Of course not. At least, not yet. Citizen petitions are just that. In order for a State to secede it would have to be formally declared by an act of the State’s legislature and governor. Good luck finding many of those.

But they do represent a stirring of discontent which could be the beginning of something much bigger and more ominous. Baldwin thinks that Obama is going to be successful in ramming the UN small arms treaty through the Senate, which is the next step to enforced confiscation. He sees it coming,

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The Changing Demographics of Election 2012

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On Sunday before Election Day, the Pew Research Center released its final prediction on the outcome of the election: President Obama would win, beating Republican Party candidate Mitt Romney, 50% to 47%. When all votes were tallied, Obama beat Romney, 50.6% to 47.8%.

Pew acknowledged that the president’s virtual takeover of the media in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy just before the election persuaded some who were undecided to vote for the president. According to Pew:

Obama’s handling of the storm’s aftermath may have contributed to his improved showing. Fully 69% of all likely voters approve of the way Obama is handling the storm’s impact.

Even a plurality of Romney supporters (46%) approve of Obama’s handling of the situation; more important, so too do 63% of swing voters.

In its final pre-election survey of 2,709 voters conducted from October 31 through November 3, Pew began to see how the electorate was moving. 39% of likely voters supported Obama strongly whereas just a third of them strongly supported Romney. Noted Pew: “In past elections…the candidate with the higher percentage of strong support has usually gone on to win the popular vote.”

Among women voters, Pew noted the most dramatic shift towards Obama, favoring him 53% to just 40% for Romney – a 13 point margin and a 6 point gain from just a week before.

Meanwhile, Pew noted that among voters age 65 and older, Romney’s support began to fade down the home stretch. Romney’s 19-point lead in Pew’s previous poll had declined to just 9 points in the latest one.

On Wednesday, November 7, Pew released its post-election analysis and noted that its prediction was

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W and the GOP Gave the Election to Obama

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This no doubt will upset some people but, in my opinion, Pastor Baldwin has properly called out the Republican Party for giving the election to Obama. On the good side, he thinks little has changed in Washington as a result of the election. On the other side, the fight for freedom was not advanced in any significant or measurable way. And that he blames on the GOP:

Ever since Reagan, Republicans have routinely rejected legitimate freedomists and have nominated pseudo-conservatives. The result has always led to a resounding defeat for Republicans at the polls. Since the defeat of George H.W. Bush after one term in 1992, due to his blatant big-government and globalist policies, Democrats have dominated the White House. The lone exception was the election of G.W. Bush in 2000 and 2004. But, Bush, Jr., ran as a Reagan-conservative. He wasn’t, of course, but he was perceived as one.

But it was Bush, the Big-Spending-Warmonger, that doomed the GOP’s future [efforts]. Bush’s out-of-control deficit spending, coupled with his preemptive wars of aggression, and the implementation of a burgeoning police state/surveillance society made the name “Republican” something dirty to the American electorate. As a result, the GOP is in complete disarray and without principled leadership.

The GOP picked someone who simply couldn’t win, while ignoring the one man who could have

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No Defense Spending Cuts

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Now that we are focusing on life after the election, the fiscal cliff looms. And if Congress does nothing, the military budget will be “slashed” – by some $50 billion or so a year. That’s about 7 percent of the total military budget.

That will never happen. Congress will not allow it. The New York Times says so. Aaron O’Connell, author of the Op-Ed piece appearing there on Sunday, is a history professor at the Naval Academy and a Marine reserve officer. So he writes from the inside, and with a bias. But he thinks the militarization of the country is permanent. He starts with President Eisenhower‘s warning about the military-industrial complex in 1961:

[Eisenhower] worried that the defense industry’s search for profits would warp foreign policy and, conversely, that too much state control of the private sector would cause economic stagnation. He warned that unending preparations for war were incongruous with the nation’s history. He cautioned that war and war making took up too large a proportion of national life, with grave ramifications for our spiritual health.

He notes that the US spends $700 billion on defense, which is half of all military spending in the world! – but it’s only about 5 percent of

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Obama Intends to Bring Down Capitalism

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ENEMY OF THE ECONOMY (Photo credit: SS&SS)

I have great respect for the work done by the Cato Institute. I attended one of their week-long economic seminars a couple of years ago, thanks to my generous brother, and was greatly impressed and informed by their work. I still refer to the copious notes I took there.

But Alan Reynolds fails to see that Obama intends the results of his actions. Reynolds explains Obama’s actions through abysmal economic ignorance:

In a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed (November 2) President Obama wrote that “in the eight years after” Bill Clinton left office, “we followed a different path. Bigger tax cuts for the wealthy we couldn’t afford. . . . The result of this top-down economics? Falling incomes, record deficits, the slowest job growth in half a century, and an economic crisis . . .”

Obama had taken up that theme during the first presidential debate, arguing that “The approach that Governor Romney’s talking about is the same sales pitch that was made in 2001 and 2003, and we ended up with . . . the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.”

This is a remarkably imaginative theory — albeit one that reveals appalling economic illiteracy. Who else would have imagined that the housing bust and subprime-mortgage crisis were actually caused by cutting the top two tax rates in mid-2003?

He goes on say that at least Obama is consistent in his

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One Last Look at the Polls

George Horace Gallup, founder of the Gallup polls.

George Horace Gallup, founder of the Gallup polls. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I promise: this is the last time I’ll comment on the election. But Russ Robert’s analysis of what’s likely to happen on Tuesday is worth reviewing. He starts with a little necessary history and the purpose of polling:

Quick summary: dating back roughly to George Gallup’s introduction of modern political polling in the 1936 election, a pollster seeks to extrapolate the voting behavior of many millions of people (130 million people voted in the 2008 presidential election) from a poll of several hundred or a few thousand people.

But political polling is different:

Not all adults are registered voters, and not all registered voters show up to vote every time there’s an election.

And this is where “scientific” polling becomes a lot less

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Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.