Tag: Politicians

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I am sure that now most of you have heard about Donna Brazile. She is the interim Democratic National Committee chairwoman and the one who got that position after Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned from the position after leaked emails from her showing bias against Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. Now, leaked emails are showing Brazile shared a question […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Truth, I Speak It

 

The work is complete. It was a pain, but I persevered in surfing across the entirety of the web. After trekking through every virtual centimeter of the internet, through the hysteric shrieking of political message boards, the choking smog of social media narcissism, and enough Sonic the Hedgehog pornography to fill the craters of Ganymede, I can now say conclusively what I, and you, already suspected: every single person other than me is an idiot. Fortune smiles upon you, though, for I shall now impart shreds of my wisdom (otherwise they’ll metastasize and burst through my skull, releasing my precious cranial fluids and I’m not letting that happen again).

Today, our subject is politicians. Most people instinctively know these elected creatures are not to be trusted, but despite scientists devising the cockamamiest of theories, no one has figured out why. Well, your figuring is done. Behold the proof.

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As I am sure that all of you heard, President Obama endorsed Clinton to be the next President. But I just wonder why does it feel like when it was reported through different media outlets that it was supposed to be a surprise or something? It’s politics as usual. I mean: did anyone really think that he […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Run For The White House: A Guide To The Lesser Candidates

 

Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 4.31.22 PMFor every Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Bernie Sanders, there’s a Robby Wells, Doug Shreffler, John Blythe, and Morrison Bonpasse. Below is a guide to some of the lesser-known candidates angling for the Most Unwanted Job In America.

Brad Winslow is IN!The only Democrat of Orange County, California, Brad Winslow’s platform is a call to arms on behalf of a 28th amendment to the Constitution that would give “Congress and the President a uniform set of goals that they must work on together” and “establishes a set of basic behavior guidelines for the relationship between these two branches.”

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Senator (R, FL) and Presidential candidate Marco Rubio stands accused by The New York Times of having splurged $80,000 of his money on a luxury speedboat. An image of a “luxury speedboat” of the same make and model he selected is below. A couple of thoughts occur to me about this. One concerns actual luxury […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Which Political Greats Don’t Get the Upgrade?

 

shutterstock_191343719One of my guilty pleasures is listening to Bill Simmons’ “The B.S. Report” podcast, especially when he dials up his college buddy, John O’Connell. O’Connell, aka “Jacko”, is a devout New York Yankees fan. Simmons is a diehard Red Sox fan, so they know how to push each others’ buttons. Including the other day, when Simmons poked fun at the notion of past Yankees Andy Petitte, Jorge Posada, and Bernie Williams having their numbers retired this year.

All were very good players during the Yankees’ return to baseball royalty. But they’re borderline Hall of Famers at best. And hardly in same class as Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, or Mantle. Figure it this way: if you filled an airplane with past great Yankees, who’d get the eight seats in first class? Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio and Mantle? Absolutely. Toss in Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera, both first-ballot Hall of Famers once they’re eligible. That leaves two seats. Feel free to debate who deserves them (Whitey Ford, one of the managers — Stengel, Torre, Huggins, Martin — The Boss or Colonel Ruppert, and so forth). Anyway, let’s take this concept of who boards the plane and gets to turn left and apply it to the GOP. Again, with eight first-class seats for everyone standing at the gate and praying for an upgrade.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Which Politicians Have Integrity?

 

Following last night’s travesty of a speech, we find ourselves in an lamentably familiar predicament. Our present administration reeks of corruption, lies and brazen lawlessness. But is there any way to make the public care?

It’s an enormously important question, and not just for political strategists. If the public doesn’t care, this is the new normal. If the public doesn’t care, then our Constitution will rapidly dwindle into little more than an interesting historical document. Where corruption isn’t punished, integrity will soon be effectively banished. No political party can maintain high standards of lawfulness if the other is permitted to cheat with reckless abandon.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. What Do Republican Politicians Want?

 

On Ricochet, we often debate which legislation and strategies are feasible under current political conditions and which are only pipe dreams. In this thread, I’d like to set aside what Republicans could do and instead focus on what Republicans would do if they had the power.

Assume a Republican super-majority in Congress. Assume a Republican president. Even assume a friendly majority on the Supreme Court. I am not predicting any of this. I’m just asking that we pretend these conditions for the sake of argument. 

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This post may offend former congressmen, congresswomen, cabinet secretaries, senators, governors and presidents who are still reverently referred to by these titled prefixes despite no longer being in office. I think according a modicum of respect to politicians is a wise policy until they behave in such a way as to show that they are […]

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One of the reasons politicians can be so careless about what proposed legislation will do, is the very weak checks on their statements. I’m not even talking about fact checkers, I’m talking about voting. Voting is a pathetically weak check on the honesty and power of elected officials. It rarely ever makes politicians pay for […]

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