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Political Quotes, Sep 3

by Jane Wangersky September 3rd, 2014 Poli Talk

  • Folks are doing very well on Wall Street, they’re doing very well in the corporate board rooms -- give America a raise. -- President Obama

  • The federal government has no business dictating what an employer pays an employee in the private marketplace. --Bob Smith, former U.S. Senator (R-NH)

  • Declining diet quality over time may actually widen the gap between the poor and the rich. -- Dr. Frank Hu, Harvard School of Public Health

  • It's necessary to restrain the party of war in Kiev, and only the United States can do it. -- Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister

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No Strategy in Syria, No Plan for Russia’s Invasion

by T Akery September 2nd, 2014 Republican Reflections
strategy-390308_640President Obama made a huge blunder when he announced that he had "no strategy in Syria." This is rather confusing, since somewhere there are probably five hundred strategic plans about what to do in this type of situation. There are Government workers who literally sit there developing different strategies for every probable scenario for every country. It isn't like the crisis in Syria is a surprise. This warfare has been going on for over a year. Even not going into Syria but providing aid would be a strategy he could employ.

Perhaps the President bungled by using the wrong teleprompter.
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Win or Lose, Just Think for Yourself

by Ronald A. Rowe August 28th, 2014 Winners & Losers
obama playing pool whBefore we jump into this week’s Winners and Losers, I have a question (two, actually) for Camp Campaign readers to consider.  Why is it that the very same people who were obsessed with the amount of vacation time taken by George W. Bush think that anyone who brings up President Barack Obama’s excessive golfing vacations is a racist?  Why is it that the people who are currently harping on President Obama’s vacations were utterly mute when it was Mr. Bush taking time away from the White House?  It is time for you to stop letting the media (either Fox
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Ferguson, Race and the Militarization of Police

by Jessica B. August 26th, 2014 Democratic Deliberations
weaponsThe images that have been coming out of Ferguson, Missouri have been terrifying. No matter what side of the political spectrum that you sit on, chances are you have seen the huge military-like police forces and the large groups of protestors clashing on a large scale. Police in heavy protection gear, driving tank like vehicles. Protestors locking arms as locals and even some politicians take to the streets, in some cases throwing Molotov cocktails and looting, but mostly peaceful. Then things turned ugly and even the media was spotted running from tear gas and reported being intimidated by the
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Independent Ideas: We Do Not Torture People

by Jason Lightner August 8th, 2014 Independent Ideas
asteroidEither there is't a whole lot to scream and moan about this week or I'm just getting used to it all. Between the bickering in Congress, old white men trying to control women's reproductive systems, racism (still?), land grabs, and the religious war machine, it's incredible that we've managed to accomplish anything as a species.

We — mankind — made a space probe, which we then launched into space and used our limited understanding of the universe and physics in order to intercept a comet, and then tweet pictures about it. We are capable of so much, and yet
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The Biggest Loser Ever

by Ronald A. Rowe August 7th, 2014 Winners & Losers
loserA quick survey of my colleagues here at Camp Campaign plus my own scan of the news paints a pretty dreary picture this week.  It’s Losers all across the board from every segment.  The Right, the Left, the disappearing Middle – everyone is reporting negatives this week.  As a public service to our beloved readers I am bringing back the Silver Linings Political Playbook to add a ray of hope to each of the items on the Losers list this time around.

Minneapolis – St. Paul, Minnesota – LOSER – Home values across almost all of the Fruited Plain are
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Concerning the Impeachment Issue

by Eric M. Blake August 4th, 2014 Conservative Considerations
constitution-62943_640Faithful readers of my column know full well how vehemently I emphasize President Obama’s flagrant dismissal of such ideas as "checks and balances" and "separation of powers". You also know of my disgust for the "mainstream" media constantly overlooking these simple facts. As is stands, Obama is not only power-drunk, he's spoiled — constantly acting as if Fox News is somehow out to get him, because no one else dares to hold his feet to the fire. (This, by the way, is more than anything else the reason he’s been so destructive: he lives in a bubble where he and
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A Week in the Life of Me

by Ronald A. Rowe July 31st, 2014 Winners & Losers
magnifying-glass-68207_640Normally this column is all about the winners and losers from the week's happenings in the political world.  But now and again smaller events can serve to illuminate the broader spectrum.  For whatever reason, this week my personal interactions seemed representative of something far larger.  Here are three stories from the past seven days that are indicative of the larger state of the political realm.

The other day I found myself alone in a lunch room with just one other person.  She was a pierced, tattooed, pink-streak-in-the-hair young woman dressed in all black.  She took offense to my roast beef
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Political Quotes, July 30

by Jane Wangersky July 30th, 2014 Poli Talk

  • President Obama's leading from behind? Well, it's not leading. It's reacting.
    --Sarah Palin

  • The fact that the third-highest-ranking Republican in the House is refusing to rule out impeachment offers a stunning view of the extreme measures this Republican Congress will take to push their reckless partisan agenda.
    --Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel

  • [I]nertia and apprehension are not legitimate bases for denying same-sex couples due process and equal protection of the laws.
    --U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit

  • Every single time the international community called for a ceasefire, we ceased and Hamas fired.
    --Israel's UN Ambassador, Ron Prosor

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We Need to Stop Talking About Hillary

by Jessica B. July 29th, 2014 Democratic Deliberations
hclinton dosThe talk surrounding Hillary Clinton’s potential presidential candidacy has never really dissipated, and she has walked a very thin line of encouraging the chatter while saying absolutely nothing of actual value (a true Clinton skill!). As midterm elections get closer, the chances that Clinton will come up with anything specific about her plans remain slim. It would be foolish for her to do otherwise. So can we just ignore this for now?

Personally, even though I lean far to the left, I’ve never been a huge fan of the Clinton brand of Democratic politics. In fact, I’ve found Bill Clinton’s
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Killing the Goose That Laid the Golden (State) Egg

by Ronald A. Rowe July 24th, 2014 Winners & Losers
californiaHere we are in the dog days of summer.  While the rest of us just want to find a cool spot of shade in which to relax, the usual gang of politicians and pundits are doing what they do best.  And what they do best is make a mess.  Whether it is one of the nation’s most powerful states attempting electoral self-immolation or a massive government agency trying to get deeper into your personal life, the diverse staff of Camp Campaign has their fingers firmly on the pulse of the world politic.  We’ve got the skinny on the Winners
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IRS Scandal Still Rages On

by T Akery July 22nd, 2014 Republican Reflections
business-17686_640The IRS scandal is not going away anytime soon. Now, the courts are involved in the scandal. A lawsuit has been allowed to move forward by one judge. Another judge is demanding answers in a related suit. Both of this is forcing the IRS to go under oath to address how and why the IRS destroyed such vital evidence in such an egregious case of what amounts to a political witch hunt.

The main reason why this is still a major headache and will continue to be a major headache for the President is that there is a distinct lack
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