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

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Brazilian Pols “Saw Their Opportunity and Took It”

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, November 27, 2015: 

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Dilma Rousseff

George Washington Plunkitt was a Tammany Hall politician of the first order, serving himself from January 1, 1899 to December 31, 1904 while allegedly serving his constituents in New York’s 17th district. After he left pubic office, journalist William Riordan published Plunkitt’s comments on his years as a politician, Plunkitt of Tammany Hall: A Series of Very Plain Talks on Very Practical Politics. In one of the richer and more memorable entries, Plunkitt tried to discern the difference, as he saw it, between “honest” graft and just plain old thievery, or “dishonest” graft:

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Democrat Strategy to Take Back the Senate: Attack the Koch Brothers

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, November 20, 2015:  

Upon learning that the Koch brothers, Charles (shown) and David, and their network of conservative donors, were planning on spending upwards of $750 million over the next two election cycles, Harry Reid, the Senate minority leader and harsh critic of the Kochs, enlisted the help of two hard-left political strategists to respond. David Brock, the founder of Media Matters in 2004 and the super-PAC American Bridge in 2010, joined with Geoff Garin, president of Hart Research Associates, to build a plan for Democrats to take back the Senate in 2016.

Brock investigates strategy via focus groups while Garin

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Fourth Republican Debate: Feisty, Hilarious, Little Change in Polls

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, November 11, 2015:  

A more orderly and respectful atmosphere surrounded the fourth Republican debate on Tuesday night, a sharp contrast to last month’s debate where the moderators became the issue. That didn’t mean there were no fireworks, or disagreements, just that the tone was more serious, as the candidates tried to shore up their positions and their poll numbers as they approached the final debate in December.

The topics included questions on

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Rubio’s Donors Reveal His Support of a Different Agenda

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, November 6, 2015:  

With the recent revelation that Senator Marco Rubio has been receiving, and is actively soliciting, funds from billionaires with vastly different agendas from those voters who elected him in 2010, many are questioning how he would act if he were elected president.

With the departure of Scott Walker from the Republican cast of candidates seeking their party’s nomination, and with the virtual disappearance of a presence in the polls by establishment candidate Jeb Bush, it was no surprise that Rubio’s star began its ascendancy. As Paul Singer, one of Rubio’s wealthy donors, wrote, Rubio

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Is Bloomberg’s Anti-gun Money Becoming Toxic?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, November 5, 2015:  

In its post-mortem on the Virginia State Senate races decided on Tuesday, the Washington Post nearly ran out of adjectives in describing the extent of the loss suffered by anti-gun Governor Terry McAuliffe and his anti-gun financier, Michael Bloomberg (shown above): “Their aggressive advocacy in a pivotal [state] Senate race in the Richmond area may have backfired by producing a pro-Republican backlash.… [Democrat Daniel] Gecker’s loss was the key setback in an election that tarnished McAuliffe’s reputation as a political wizard.… [McAuliffe] gambled big and lost.”

McAuliffe wasn’t just gambling with his own money, either.

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Republican Debate: Rubio, Cruz, Trump Rocked; CNBC Got Mocked

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, October 29, 2015:

John Harwood, one of the trio of CNBC moderators of the third Republican debate held Wednesday night in Boulder, Colorado, set in motion the evening’s tone and tenor with this condescending question of Donald Trump:

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How the Establishment Does Business in Washington

This article was published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, October 28, 2015: 

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Just a visit between old friends

In Washington, it is said that laws are like sausages: no one wants to know exactly how they are made. Washington, controlled as it has been by the Establishment for decades, makes laws like sausages, keeping everyone in the dark and happy, except the taxpayer.

Just who is this ephemeral, invisible, ever-present establishment? In three minutes, a caller to Rush Limbaugh’s radio show on September 15, nailed it:

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Boehner Cuts Deal With White House; National Debt to Reach $20 Trillion

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

After working privately over the past several weeks with members of the White House staff, as well as with Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), and Harry Reid (D-Nev.), House Speaker John Boehner succeeded late Monday night in cobbling together a deal that gives everyone in Washington what they want but leaves the bill for the taxpayer. By the time the dust settles, the deal will cause the country’s national debt to reach $20 trillion within the next 18 months, if not sooner.

Doing an end run around usual House procedures, Boehner

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Democratic Debate: a Kabuki dance with Alice in Wonderland

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, October 14, 2015:  

Last night’s “debate” had one winner and six losers in showcasing the Democratic Party’s potential nominees for president in 2016: Hillary Clinton, according to all liberal commentators, was the winner going away.

The losers were everyone else on stage — Jim Webb, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, and Lincoln Chafee — plus Joe Biden, and the American taxpayer.

It was all Kabuki dance:

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Utah Congressman has Drunk Washington’s Kool-Aid

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, September 30, 2015: 

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It has been said that someone with a reputation as an early riser can sleep ’til noon with impunity. So it appears to be with Jason Chaffetz, first elected to the House of Representatives from Utah’s 3rd congressional district in 2008. In the 111th Congress, he scored 92 out of 100 in the John Birch Society’s Freedom Index, which rates congressmen based on their adherence to the constitutional principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, national sovereignty, and a traditional foreign policy of avoiding foreign entanglements. In other words, the FI is a shortcut to seeing just how closely any congressman comes to keeping his oath of office.

In the 112th Congress, Chaffetz slipped to

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Internet Gambling Ban to Apply to Guns?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, September 29, 2015:  

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Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz

With the simultaneous reintroduction of the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA) in the Senate by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and in the House by Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), concerns about federal sanctions against Internet gambling are raising constitutional issues once again. If enacted, the bill would violate the 10th Amendment’s guarantee that “the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, shall be reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” It could also be extended to violate the Second Amendment: If gambling online can be prohibited by the federal government, why couldn’t the sale of guns and ammunition as well?

The RAWA would

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House Speaker John Boehner to Step Down, Leave Congress

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, September 25, 2015:  

House Speaker John Boehner — second in the line of succession to the presidency — announced through an aide Friday morning that, effective the end of October, he would resign his position as speaker of the House and vacate his seat in Congress. Said the aide:

The speaker believes [that] putting members through prolonged leadership turmoil would do irreparable damage to the institution.


He is proud of what this majority has accomplished, and his speakership, but for the good of the Republican Conference and the institution, he will resign the speakership and his seat in Congress, effective October 30.

When Senator Marco Rubio (R–Fla.) told attendees at the Values Voter Summit of Boehner’s decision, the crowd erupted with cheers and claps.

Boehner had originally planned to leave the post in 2014, but the surprise upset of Eric Cantor, then serving as the House Majority Leader, in the primary in June caused him to “recalculate” that decision.

Long challenged and chastised for taking positions that weren’t supported by conservatives in the House, Boehner initially became speaker in 2011 with a unanimous vote, but he was only narrowly reelected in 2013, as disenchantment with his willingness to compromise with Democrats and the White House became more and more obvious.

His votes for the Trade Promotion Authority (TPP) and the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) were just two of many sour notes on his voting record

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Latest Poll Rejects Republican Politicians, Favors Newcomers in Presidential Field

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, September 23, 2015: 

One had to read well into CNN’s latest poll on the Republican contenders to discover a startling fact: Republicans, for the first time in memory, are rejecting Republican politicians en masse in favor of three who never have held political office. Here are the numbers from last week: Trump: 24 percent; Fiorina: 15 percent; Carson: 14 percent.

Much ado was made over Fiorina’s leapfrogging over Carson, and Trump’s fading by eight percentage points. But, deep into the report was this: “In a jam-packed GOP presidential field, the leading candidates are the only ones who have never held political office.” Here’s the math: those three are favored by 53 percent of Republican voters polled, leaving the remainder with the crumbs.

Gary North, an observer of the political scene ever since he worked as an assistant to Congressman Ron Paul in his Washington office in 1976, has never seen anything like it. In his members-only newsletter, North wrote:

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Scott Walker Calls It a Day, Ends His Campaign

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, September 22, 2015: 

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On Monday Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin, called it quits in his effort to gain the party’s nomination for president:

Today, I believe that I am being called to lead by helping to clear the field in this race so that a positive, conservative message can rise to the top of the field. With this in mind, I will suspend my campaign immediately.

He then took a shot at the current frontrunner without mentioning Trump’s name:

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Freedom to Choose Includes the Freedom to Move

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, September 11, 2015: 

Free to Choose

Milton and Rose Friedman published their work Free to Choose – A Personal Statement 35 years ago when it became a best seller, topping best seller lists for five weeks. Ten years later PBS created a telecast with Dr. Friedman interviewing, and often debating, experts from across the political spectrum, including Walter Williams on the right and Frances Fox Piven on the left.

In the video chapter “The Power of the Market” Friedman makes the point that the free market’s greatest benefit is the power of options: where to live, where to work, whom to marry, how to worship, and on and on.

Walter Wriston, considered by many to be the single most influential commercial banker of his time, serving as chief executive of Citibank from 1967 to 1984, condensed Friedman’s chapter into one pithy quote that reverberates today:

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Social Security Disability Trust Fund Could Be Depleted by Late 2016

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, July 23, 2015:  

Every year the language of the trustees of the Social Security system becomes more strident, and every year the managers of the program kick the can further down the road. In its report issued on Wednesday, the Social Security and Medicare Board of Trustees stated that “Social Security’s Disability Insurance (DI) Trust Fund now faces an urgent threat of reserve depletion, requiring prompt corrective action by lawmakers if sudden reductions or interruptions in benefit payments are to be avoided.” The report noted:

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Int’l Tests Show U.S. Students Poor in Math, Civics, Literacy

The recent flurry of test results on how American students are faring in school has resulted in much commentary decrying their dismal performance compared to their international peers.

The PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) study recently released by the National Center for Education Statistics compared the performance of 15-year-old students among 65 countries, including all 34 member countries of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and confirmed what was already widely known: U.S. students are nowhere near the top in math, science, or literacy. Twenty-nine educational systems turn out better students than does the United States in mathematics, while students in 22 systems were more capable in science than were U.S. students. In reading literacy 19 educational systems turned out more skilled students than the U.S. public school system.

Eighth-graders participating in the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) test given under the auspices of the Department of Education showed no significant improvement over their dismal performance recorded four years ago. Just 18 percent of them scored at or above the Proficient level in U.S. history, while 27 percent scored Proficient in geography, and 23 percent reached or exceeded that level in civics.

The latest from Pew Research — “What the Public Knows” — showed that

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allup: Americans Say Federal Government Is Number One Problem

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, April 20, 2105:

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Income inequality and mortality in 282 metropolitan areas of the United States.

According to a recent Gallup poll, Americans have named the federal government as the most important U.S. problem for four months in a row, noting that “dissatisfaction with government is by no means a new issue,” having been at or near the top in its surveys for years.

None of this is new news to Emmanuel Saez, economics professor at the University of California, Berkeley, or to any of his co-authors in their study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research in early 2013.

That study summarized polls of more than 5,000 Americans about income inequality in the United States and what if anything should be done about it. They were fully expecting to discover that

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House Votes to Repeal Federal Estate Tax

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, April 17, 2015: 

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U.S. Senator John Thune from South Dakota

On Thursday the House voted, 240-179, to repeal the federal estate tax, setting the stage for a confrontation with the Senate and a veto threat by the president. Identical bills were presented in both houses of Congress, by Representative Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Senator John Thune (R-S.D.). Brady’s bill passed with the support of all but three Republicans and the defection of seven Democrats. Thune’s bill is expected to die in the Senate.

Said Brady: 

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Jeb Bush’s Ties to Insider Financial Interests Are Confirmed

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, April 16, 2015: 

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Jeb Bush celebrating NOAA’s Earth Day

Revelations from the International Business Times (IBT) that Jeb Bush helped move billions of dollars of Florida’s pension plans to insider investment firms while he was governor are only going to make it more difficult for him to persuade rank-and-file Republicans that he has their best interests at heart. 

Bush himself is a wealthy man with a net worth, back in 2007, of $1.3 billion. Since then he has been paid millions in the private sector while serving on various boards of directors and giving more than 100 speeches at $50,000 a pop. 

But in order to have a shot at the White House he is going to have to touch his network of insiders. And that network is vast and far-reaching, thanks not only to connections he made while dishing out financial favors during his term as Florida’s governor but to his family’s connections as well.

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