Thursday, April 28, 2016

New US Ambassador to Mexico

For John, BLUFThings do get done.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

The US Senate is about the making of a deal.  Here Politico reports on a Tinkers to Evers to Chance action that got our nominated Ambassador to Mexico approved by the US Senate.

That would be Ambassador Roberta Jacobson.  No "political appointee", she is a career diplomat.

Senators involved included Marco Rubio, Bob Corker and Ted Cruz.

Regards  —  Cliff

Former Speaker on Senator Cruz

For John, BLUFWell this is a strong position.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From Fox News live just now, former House Speaker John Boehner described Senator Ted Cruz as Lucifer Incarnate.

UPDATE:  "Lucifer in the flesh".

Regards  —  Cliff

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Gender Equality Question

For John, BLUFHold them to their own rules.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Here is a question from Mr Jim Treacher.
Will women who identify as men still get paid less for working in the White House?
I am blaming Mr Saul Alinsky for this (#4).

Regards  —  Cliff

Cruz vs Trump

For John, BLUFThe Rush Limbaugh view.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

At this time the Doctor of Democracy, Rush Limbaugh, is explaining how Senator Cruz began his run for President as "the outsider".  Senator Cruz was running against the Establishment on both sides of the aisle.  He was thinking he would be running against the likes of Governor Jeb Bush.

And then Mr Donald Trump entered the campaign.  Nobody expected that Mr Trump last past Thanksgiving.  Not even Senator Cruz, who was going for the same voters as Mr Trump—those who had been alienated from the Establishment.  For this purpose the Establishment was that collection of people who ran for office, promising change, but then never really followed through.

But, Senator Cruz, who is behind in the delegate count, is ahead of Mr Trump in knowing the arcane rules of the Party.  Thus he is out there picking up delegates in Caucus States and is out looking to elect Delegates in Primary States.

Elect Delegates?  Absolutely.

The Delegates, per the Republican Party Rules, are pledged for the first round of voting at the Convention.  If, according to the extant rules, Mr Trump gets 1237 Delegate Votes in the first round of voting at Cleveland, come July, then he is the nominee.  Done deal.

However, if Mr Trump doesn't win on the first round the delegates (except Florida) are unbound and can vote for whomsoever they want.  That means Senator Cruz or Governor Kasich, or with a rules change, Governor Jeb Bush or Senator Marco Rubio could be the nominee.

So, how does that apply to us?  This is why the Republican Caucuses will be important, including the Massachusetts Republican Caucuses this Saturday, 30 April.

If you are a Massachusetts Republican and have been since 10 February of this year, you should find your Caucus and go.  Once there, ask about what the candidates think they will do on the second ballot, or the third.  Then vote your conscience.

An important note.  The Caucus opens at 9:00 AM, for Registration, and at 10:00 the doors close for the Caucus itself.  Be there or be square.

Regards  —  Cliff

  If you just don't know about who you want the delegates to vote for, EMail me.
  If you don't show, don't whinge over the outcome.

Monday, April 25, 2016

The UK and the EU

For John, BLUFEven President Obama has weighed in on this important issue.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From Samizdata we have this quote:
The referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU has thrown many things into sharp relief.  It has made more visible the fraying of the Tory Party that has been brewing for a few decades now.  It has demonstrated that the politics of fear is everywhere, being peddled by both the Leave and Stay campaigns, and even being openly celebrated by one pro-EU columnist on the basis that ‘fear alone has a purity you can trust’.  But most strikingly, the referendum campaign has confirmed the death, or at least utter exhaustion, of a left that believes in democracy, in change, in people.  In throwing its weight behind the Stay campaign, having historically been suspicious of the EU, the left has completed its journey from demanding democracy to supporting technocracy.
– Brendan O’Neill
The quote puts its finger on something important.  That is, do we trust the messiness of democracy, or do we pine for the assurance that it is the best possible world under the guidance of our betters, the technocrats.  Technocrats running our world is what Brussels promises.  Brussels being the home of the European Union.

Should the United Kingdom leave the European Union?

Should the UK leave the EU free polls

Should the United States keep its nose out of this issue?

Should the US Butt Out free polls

Regards  —  Cliff

Soda Tax Differences

For John, BLUFThis isn't a deposit, but a tax.  If you are living on $30,000 a year this is a big deal.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From Nation of Change, a Progressive publication, and Reporter Andrew Emett, we have the story of a difference between, a fight between, the Democratic Party candidates, former Secretary of State Hillary Clintona and Senator Bernie Sanders, over a tax on soft drinks.  The headline is "Sanders and Clinton Clash Over Soda Tax"

Here is the issue in a nutshell:

Despite the fact that Clinton pledged not to impose any new taxes on households earning under $250,000 a year, she recently broke her promise by supporting Philadelphia’s proposed soda tax.
Here is the lede plus one paragraph:
In response to Hillary Clinton’s recent endorsement to tax sugary drinks, Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke out against the regressive tax on Friday, asking why low-income families should be forced to pay more while large corporations continue to hide trillions in offshore tax havens.  Although Sanders supports the mayor’s goal to pay for universal preschool in Philadelphia, he does not believe that the funds must be derived from a tax targeting impoverished people.

On Wednesday, Clinton announced that she is “very supportive” of a soda tax proposed by Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney last month.  Under the proposed tax, a 12-pack of soda would cost an additional $4.32 despite the fact that it typically costs between $3 and $6 at the grocery store.  Besides soft drinks, the tax would also include juice drinks, sports drinks, and teas.

I think I am with Bernie on this one.

Regards  —  Cliff

Cruz and Kasich Together

For John, BLUFThe question is, can all these folks make nice after the Convention?  Nothing to see here; just move along.


"Cruz and Kasich team up to stop Trump"

From Politico and Reporters Katie Clutch and Kyle Cheney.  This reported was datelined at 10:21 PM on Sunday, updated at 11:09 PM. Here is the lede, plus some:
Ted Cruz and John Kasich have begun coordinating their campaign strategy to stop Donald Trump, an abrupt alliance announced Sunday night that includes Kasich quitting his efforts in Indiana and Cruz clearing a path for the Ohio governor in Oregon and New Mexico.

“To ensure that we nominate a Republican who can unify the Republican Party and win in November, our campaign will focus its time and resources in Indiana and in turn clear the path for Gov. Kasich to compete in Oregon and New Mexico, and we would hope that allies of both campaigns would follow our lead,” Cruz campaign manager Jeff Roe said in a statement.

. . .

The new Cruz-Kasich pact is an acknowledgment that neither man can overtake Trump in the race, and both know their best shot at preventing Trump from clinching the nomination outright is to team up to block his path and force a contested convention.  And it may still be too late: Trump is closing in on the number of delegates he needs to win the nomination.

Loop for a Rob Eno posting on Facebook.

Hat tip to Drudge.

Regards  —  Cliff