Newt stumbles, Obama surges and Ron Paul exposed

A handful of political developments to get us started in the last week of 2011:

  • Newt Gingrich — at this point a longtime resident of Virginia, not Georgia — has failed to qualify for the Republican ballot in his home state, which holds its primary on March 6. That’s important in purely practical terms, because Virginia is a big state with a lot of delegates, and because Gingrich was expected to do well there. Instead, only Mitt Romney and Ron Paul will appear on the ballot there, because they were the only ones to collect enough valid signatures.
  • The failure is also important as a symbol of the former speaker’s lack of discipline and competent leadership. He likes to talks a big game — he and his advisers have likened the ballot failure to the attack on Pearl Harbor — but grand rhetoric is no substitute for execution.

  • Gallup has confirmed what earlier polls have reported as well — President Obama is having a good holiday season. His job-approval rating of 47 percent is now higher than his disapproval rating of 45 percent. The test will come in trying to sustain that kind of support. Congress, in contrast, will end the year with an approval rating of 11 percent, which is really mind-boggling if you think about it. And what’s truly dismaying about that number is that it is so well-deserved.
  • With the Iowa caucuses exactly one week away, Ron Paul continues to do well in the polls. But with success comes greater scrutiny, and in Paul’s case it has focused on the contents of an “investment newsletter” that Paul produced and profited from back in the ’80s and ’90s.  The publication — titled the “Ron Paul Investment Newsletter” or the “Ron Paul Survival Newsletter” — contains a series of racially biased attacks, whacked-out conspiracy theories and anti-gay rhetoric.
  • The newsletters were long been known, but have become more relevant as Paul attempts to break out of his cult-figure niche into the mainstream. Paul himself claims that he didn’t write the pieces published under his name, which a., I find difficult to believe and b., doesn’t matter even if it’s true. If you allow such pieces to be published under your name, for your own personal profit, they become your responsibility.

    – Jay Bookman

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    Johnny begood

    December 27th, 2011
    12:41 pm

    Josef

    Harry Truman supported military interventionism as much as the neo cons do. In fact if you look at Truman’s stances on the issues he is a poster child of neoconservatism. Bush’s foregin policy was Truman doctrine all over again. Google “Neo conservatism and Harry Truman”. Modern mainstream republicanism comes from the “the old left” which opposed the “new left” ushered in by Kennedy. The old left, left the democratic party in the late 60’s early 70’s and joined the republican party. They became known as the “neo conservatives” or the “new right”. They opposed the “old right” or paleoconservatives/libertarians. The neo cons hijacked the republican party and today all we have is two warring factions of the democratic party. The Old left vs the New Left…with the exception of Ron Paul who is a dying breed of paleoconservative.

    Talking Head

    December 27th, 2011
    12:41 pm

    Obama to ask for $1.2 trillion raise in debt limit. Would increase debt limit from current $15.194 trillion to $16.394 trillion.

    “We now have over $9 trillion dollars of debt that we are going to have to pay back — $30,000 for every man, woman and child,” Obama said on July 3, 2008, at a campaign event in Fargo, N.D.
    “That’s irresponsible. It’s unpatriotic,” said candidate Obama.

    MXJ

    December 27th, 2011
    12:44 pm

    Ron Paul did not say those things.

    watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKBlk1Vpeuw

    RON PAUL 2012!!
    -from a proud, 21 year old black male

    Thomas

    December 27th, 2011
    12:44 pm

    “they cling to guns or religion”

    I can’t remember who said that or to whom it was said…..

    I am not a Paul fan, but we all need to step out of our glass house occasionally so we, at least, appear more mature.

    Adam

    December 27th, 2011
    12:44 pm

    A dad: I said there isn’t a keynesian country that succeeds.

    Then you do not believe in American Exceptionalism?

    RB from Gwinnett

    December 27th, 2011
    12:45 pm

    ““Do you think God would damn or bless America for the Tuskeegee Experiment?”

    I’ll play too. My answer is similar to Joseph’s. I believe he would damn the people responsible for the actions/decisions in the matter up to the point they confess their wrongs and ask him for forgiveness. I don’t believe he would damn the nation unless the nation were party to the acts and embraced them as being acceptable. We didn’t and still don’t.

    I do, however, think he will remove favor from us when we continue to go down the road of societal acceptance of abortion, calling lifestyle choices normal, etc. And yes, I know I have a log in my own eye, but I know it’s a log, it’s my log, and not a nationally embraced log. The Bible gives many examples of nations God has withdrawn his favor from and it never turns out well for them.

    Not a Neal Boortz Redneck

    December 27th, 2011
    12:45 pm

    Finn –

    Mortgage origination fraud is nearly impossible to prove and rare.

    Foreclosure fraud is a state issue governed by state law.

    MBS fraud is one financial institution vs another. Civil action is appropriate there.

    Take MF Global – they are bankrupt and a billion dollars of customer funds are missing. Was there fraud? They can’t find the audit trail. 98% no one will ever know or they broke no law.

    Talking Head

    December 27th, 2011
    12:47 pm

    “Then you do not believe in American Exceptionalism?”

    Like, liberty, individualism, laissez-faire?

    stands for decibels

    December 27th, 2011
    12:47 pm

    Read Preacher Wright’s writings going back for decades

    Could you point to anything in particular?

    epr1

    December 27th, 2011
    12:48 pm

    Ron Paul is the only politician alive with the courage to defend against racism. Look how fast the other Dems and Rebups demonize, sanction and bomb Muslims because it’s good for them politically. If it was good to do the same against Jews, we all know they would do the same. Only Ron Paul consistently says “no” to killing brown kids abroad for political power.

    Paul

    December 27th, 2011
    12:48 pm

    7 pages and it’s nearly all Ron Paul.

    Tells you something about the new outlook on Newt,even in conland.

    Johnny begood

    December 27th, 2011
    12:49 pm

    Chilidog
    Because it is your first amendment right… Freedom sometimes is difficult, it’s not perfect. But its better than authoritarian rule. If the government tells a person they can’t be racist then what’s to stop the government from putting you in jail for being gay, liberal, or conservative. If a certain type of speech should be prohibited then why not all speech. Ron Paul is not racist and he has always voted for racial equally and has always presented in person racial and sexual equality. You think because of a few sentences that Ron didn’t even write that it refutes everything he has voted for and every speech he had ever made!!! Nice try.. You fail at logic and you fail at life

    Keep Up the Good Fight!

    December 27th, 2011
    12:50 pm

    Mortgage origination fraud is nearly impossible to prove and rare.

    Rare? The recent Wells Fargo settlement suggests otherwise.

    MBS fraud is one financial institution vs another. Civil action is appropriate there.

    It may also constitute the basis for criminal action.

    Midori

    December 27th, 2011
    12:51 pm

    I get so effing sick of the “Rev. Wright” red, er, black herring.

    The man spoke the truth. Period.

    Deal with it.

    RB from Gwinnett

    December 27th, 2011
    12:51 pm

    ““We now have over $9 trillion dollars of debt that we are going to have to pay back — $30,000 for every man, woman and child,” Obama said on July 3, 2008, at a campaign event in Fargo, N.D.
    “That’s irresponsible. It’s unpatriotic,” said candidate Obama.”

    The problem is his plan to pay it back doesn’t include every man woman and child, it only includes the millionairs and billionairs and there isn’t enough money in all of them combined to pay it back.

    And the spending continues as if that weren’t the case.

    Johnny begood

    December 27th, 2011
    12:52 pm

    Granny Godzilla
    Well Obama went to a white hating Church and won’t show his birth certificate. He refuses to show it and everytime he is asked he ignores it and gets angry. Under your logic Obama is a racist and is hiding the fact he was born outside the US. You want to engage in political quick talk… Engage!!!

    Normal

    December 27th, 2011
    12:52 pm

    josef

    December 27th, 2011
    11:48 am

    Josef,
    Just catchin’ up on my reading when I saw your above…I’ve been accused of using the “Lord’s” name in vain, as in G-Damn, first name last name, but it was never ibntentional. With me it as, when irked about bsome thing, like this. God! Damnit! Two one word sentences is all. I wonder if that will count against me? :lol:
    —————————————————–

    As for Harry…he did accept responsibility. “The buck stops here”. Gotta love it….
    ————

    …and I hope you had a great Hanukkah!

    josef

    December 27th, 2011
    12:52 pm

    Doggone

    I would also be interested in knowing why. I have always been intrigued by such.

    Johnny

    Military interventionism? Under treaty obligations, yes, and there reluctantly. The Truman Doctrine is and has been pretty much the American foreign policy stance. Now that the Cold War is no more in its old manifestation, it is not so much “at issue.” However, the idea of “containment” appears to have been adopted vis a vis Iran, a step back from the intereventionism of the Clinton-Bush years.

    Midori

    December 27th, 2011
    12:55 pm

    Well Obama went to a white hating Church and won’t show his birth certificate. He refuses to show it and everytime he is asked he ignores it and gets angry. Under your logic Obama is a racist and is hiding the fact he was born outside the US. You want to engage in political quick talk… Engage!!!

    so much stupidity packed in so little space……….

    Doggone/GA

    December 27th, 2011
    12:55 pm

    “I would also be interested in knowing why. I have always been intrigued by such”

    Did it ever occur to you that your assessment of their being there is WRONG?

    Normal

    December 27th, 2011
    12:55 pm

    As to the topic, the only thing I like about Ron Paul is his stance on the military. At least he as the “war is stupid” thing down pat.

    Keep Up the Good Fight!

    December 27th, 2011
    12:55 pm

    won’t show his birth certificate

    birthers :roll:

    josef

    December 27th, 2011
    12:58 pm

    SFD

    Read them for yourself and draw your own conclusions. It would serve no useful purpose here for me to go cherry picking…

    NORMAL
    You’re not a preacher speaking from the pulpit, either.

    midori

    And he took the N-me of the L-rd G-d in vain from the pulpit. Deal with it.

    Adam

    December 27th, 2011
    12:58 pm

    Liberty, individualism, but also collective action, civil rights, societal agreement that the government should help the poor in some fashion instead of branding them failures, everyone playing by the same rules, etc.

    Normal

    December 27th, 2011
    12:58 pm

    Keep Up the Good Fight!

    December 27th, 2011
    12:55 pm

    Yeah, some people just can’t keep up, ya know?

    Chilidog

    December 27th, 2011
    12:59 pm

    Johnny begood wrote (12:15 pm)
    ” Well according to that 1992 Ron Paul newsletter then he must be the classic flip flopper because he voted for the MLK holiday. Go look at the roll call vote, Ron Paul voted yes!!! So why would he write that then vote yes???? Omg you are a moron”
    —————–
    Not quite, Johnny. When the bill first came up in 1979, Paul voted “Yes” to an amendment that would have changed the holiday from a Monday to a Sunday. That bill never became law. The holiday was established in 1983. Ron Paul voted AGAINST that bill, but it passed anyway (house Vote # 289, Aug, 2, 1983).
    http://www.govtrack.us/congress/vote.xpd?vote=h1983-289

    Johnny begood

    December 27th, 2011
    12:59 pm

    Josef does Isreal or Korea ring a bell… How bout that tad bit of interventionism under Truman’s watch??? That’s bush/Cheney all the way. Don’t take my word for it look at self proclaimed neo cons they love Truman he is a conservative Icon… The old left IS the New Right!!

    Doggone/GA

    December 27th, 2011
    12:59 pm

    “And he took the N-me of the L-rd G-d in vain from the pulpit”

    In your opinion. I could be just as accurately described as a prayer asking for a specific result.

    Not a Neal Boortz Redneck

    December 27th, 2011
    1:01 pm

    The Federal Reserve is also the largest taxpayer – $125 billion the last two years. Technically they are not taxes but that kind of change works anyway.

    There are two new Fed nominations today, btw.

    Chilidog

    December 27th, 2011
    1:02 pm

    Johnny begood (12:32 pm) wrote:
    ”What are you talking about??? He did say that he didn’t write them and that he didn’t support those views.”
    ====================
    In 1996? Citation please.

    wsjiii

    December 27th, 2011
    1:02 pm

    Proof of Ron Paul’s racism:

    http://www.5k.com/

    Paul

    December 27th, 2011
    1:02 pm

    Hi Midori!!!

    “so much stupidity packed in so little space……….”

    You talking about someone’s cranium?

    Keep Up the Good Fight!

    December 27th, 2011
    1:03 pm

    Normal, well I am sure trying to keep up with news that a long form is avaiable online for probably a year or more now together with the prior certificates from the State of Hawaii is just too difficult to keep up with over the holidays. :D Then again, I heard my SO’s parents this weekend claim that there is so much we don’t know about Obama…….. So we know Fox is still putting out this garbage.

    Banksters_Rule_the_World

    December 27th, 2011
    1:03 pm

    Has any noticed how all the latest smear articles on Ron Paul are all headline, but little content. I’ve noticed the bold, inflammatory headlines, but when I got to read the article there is only a paragraphs or two of the same old regurgitated lines as all the others smear articals.

    In the United States in the 1930 the socialist party never garnered more than a few percent of the vote, but it was the most influential political party in America because its policy were adopted by both the Democratic and the Republican Party
    Milton Friedman.

    Vote Ron Paul 2012!

    stands for decibels

    December 27th, 2011
    1:03 pm

    As to the topic, the only thing I like about Ron Paul is his stance on the military. At least he as the “war is stupid” thing down pat.

    remember hearing from the DNC establishment that Joe Lieberman was “with us on everything but the war?” (which wasn’t really intended as a factual statement, but never mind that.)

    Perhaps our standard line for Ron Paul is that he’s *against* us on everything but the war.

    Talking Head

    December 27th, 2011
    1:04 pm

    “Liberty, individualism, but also collective action, civil rights, societal agreement that the government should help the poor in some fashion instead of branding them failures, everyone playing by the same rules, etc.”

    Why did you leave out laissez-faire? Regardless, you didn’t address you claim that American Exceptionalism was somehow a by product of keynesian economics. Which it clearly is not.

    Normal

    December 27th, 2011
    1:04 pm

    Josef,
    Is it a sin to ask God to damn a person? Like Steppenwolf’s song, “God damn the pusher man….”
    Not that it matters really, but I’m just asking.

    This “taking the Lords name in vain” business is just religion. We would be better off without it. You really don’t need religion to worship God.

    Johnny begood

    December 27th, 2011
    1:04 pm

    Chilidog
    That’s because in 1983 the bill created a paid federal holiday!!!! He was voting against a payed federal holiday because it is a waste of tax payer dollars… You fail again

    Jack

    December 27th, 2011
    1:06 pm

    I hope Obama’s job-approval ratings soar to 100%. Then I’ll likely get my request for help on my utility bills and may get a new pair of the Jordan sneakers in the deal. Also, since he’s making my house payments, I can probably afford one of those new, hot-shot Ford Mustangs; convertable that is.

    larry

    December 27th, 2011
    1:06 pm

    it only includes the millionairs and billionairs and there isn’t enough money in all of them combined to pay it back.

    6 of the Walton children has more money than the combined income of 93 million Americans.

    I think there is enough. Now if the Repub party would quit protecting them. Bless their hearts.

    Chilidog

    December 27th, 2011
    1:07 pm

    Johnny begood (12:49 pm) ”Because it is your first amendment right… “
    It is my first amendment right to espouse racist views in a Ron Paul newsletter?
    No, I don’t think it works that way. Thank you for playing.

    Matti's After-Christmas Sale

    December 27th, 2011
    1:08 pm

    You really don’t need religion to worship God.

    AMEN!

    Granny Godzilla

    December 27th, 2011
    1:08 pm

    Johnny begood

    A new Rock n Roll Moniker

    yea yea yea

    Johnny begood

    December 27th, 2011
    1:08 pm

    Chilidog
    In the 70’s he voted yes for a national holiday!! But voted no in 1983 when the bill wanted to make MLK a “paid federal holiday”… That’s just evidence he is principled about fiscal conservatism… In fact the majority of republicans voted no for that reason!! The “paid holiday” language..

    Tom(Independent)

    December 27th, 2011
    1:10 pm

    Joe Cool – Please tell me why am I small-minded?? Is it because I care about our citizens and have little or no concern for others in foreign lands. Economic times that we are in almost demand it in my opinion. For example – I am a former vet and I would water-board a suspected terriorist on national TV if it would save an American life!

    USMC

    December 27th, 2011
    1:10 pm

    I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and/or Happy Chanukah!

    More of Obama’s Wasteful SPENDING… Where does it stop???

    Obama to ask for debt limit hike; wants $1.2 TRILLION more: Treasury official
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/27/us-usa-treasury-debt-idUSTRE7BQ0KU20111227

    Unbelievable, Folks!… and no amount of “Revenue Increases”, Socialist code word for Higher taxes on successful Americans, will help our President’s out-of-control SPENDING. :-)

    Finn McCool

    December 27th, 2011
    1:11 pm

    I applaud President Obama and the Democrats for the political victory they won last week. The impact was to weaken the influence of the most reactionary and clueless faction in Congress – the tea party Republicans – and strengthen the hand of both progressives and pragmatic conservatives. This can only be a good thing.

    by: Eugene Robinson, Washington Post

    Granny Godzilla

    December 27th, 2011
    1:11 pm

    Normal

    “You really don’t need religion to worship God.”

    In fact in many cases it makes it harder.

    I know loads of people who found Religion and far far fewer who found
    God.

    Chilidog

    December 27th, 2011
    1:11 pm

    Johnny begood (12:52 pm)
    ”Well Obama went to a white hating Church and won’t show his birth certificate. He refuses to show it and everytime he is asked he ignores it and gets angry.
    ==============
    So you’re a birthertard as well as a Ronulan. Figures. Are you a 911 truther as well? Do you think the moon landings were faked? What about Chemtrails? Those are real right? Ron Paul had stuff about Black Helicopters in his newsletters as well. Do you believe that JFK was not shot by Oswald?

    Midori

    December 27th, 2011
    1:12 pm

    And he took the N-me of the L-rd G-d in vain from the pulpit. Deal with it.

    big f*cking deal.

    many have done much, much worse.

    say raping their members children, for instance.

    Granny Godzilla

    December 27th, 2011
    1:12 pm

    some folks weren’t paying attention during the debt ceiling debacle.

    funny

    josef

    December 27th, 2011
    1:13 pm

    NORMAL

    Is it a sin? In my belief and in my opinion, yes… and while I might agree with you that “This “taking the Lords name in vain” business is just religion.” We’re talking here of a man whose professed religion precludes such as a fundamental of the faith…

    johnny
    @ 12:59

    There was no military intervention in Israel. In Korea, yes, and that as a treaty obligation…

    Doggone
    @ 12:59

    You’ve punched the plumb silly button with that one! :-)

    ivykid

    December 27th, 2011
    1:13 pm

    Anyone that is not happy with the current state of the American way of life can choose who the banks, Wall St., and the Mainstream are attacking. Someone who thinks that we can continue on our current path will chose Romney or Obama to continue our course. Obama will lose some favor as Kmart/Sears starts closing stores along with several others effected by poor sales.

    Paul

    December 27th, 2011
    1:14 pm

    Hello, USMC

    “More of Obama’s Wasteful SPENDING… Where does it stop???

    Obama to ask for debt limit hike; wants $1.2 TRILLION more: ”

    Okay. So what $1.2 trillion in the budget would you cut NOW?

    Midori

    December 27th, 2011
    1:14 pm

    Brian

    December 27th, 2011
    1:14 pm

    Ron Paul has owned up to publishing the Newsletters. So what does that mean? He admits oversight. There were over 500 newsletters with fewer than a dozen with questionable content. Are we to believe that a bigot and racist wasn’t consistent enough to put this kind of content in all of his letters? In any of his books? In any of his interviews in 40 years in the public eye? The fact is this is just a smear campaign. Eric Dondero (Eric Rittberg) who was a congressional aide, was fired from Paul’s staff and has participated in these smear campaigns, and has vocally done so due to Paul’s non-support of the Iraq war. Dondero ran against Paul for his congressional seat in 08, and was trounced in the polls. Dondero writes for RedState, which is a very anti-Paul blog. As I said, it’s not consistent with the mans other writings, other speeches, and has never been seen or heard on tape or in person espousing racist views. Nelson Linder, the Houston NAACP president has come out in support of Paul as a personal friend. Just another attempt to distract from the real isues.

    Johnny begood

    December 27th, 2011
    1:14 pm

    Chilidog

    I dislike the language in those newsletter as well. We agree totally on that!!! I’m right there with you. But Ron Paul did not write them. Nor has he ever voted, supported, or spoke in public about those views…So you fail once again to prove Ron Paul racist. I guess if your misguided political philosophy leads you to adhere to free speech that is totally and utterly unfactual. Then I respect your right to believe in such nonsense. However, I’m still going to refute and debunk everything you say!!

    I’m a African American for Ron Paul!!

    Blacks Speak to Whitey

    December 27th, 2011
    1:15 pm

    Adam

    December 27th, 2011
    1:16 pm

    Why did you leave out laissez-faire? Regardless, you didn’t address you claim that American Exceptionalism was somehow a by product of keynesian economics. Which it clearly is not.

    I left out laissez-faire because that implies free for all free market rules, as in, no rules at all.

    American Exceptionalism is because of the rise of the middle class, which is a result of Keynesian policies set forth in the 30s and 40s.

    Johnny begood

    December 27th, 2011
    1:18 pm

    Chilidog writes:

    ”Well Obama went to a white hating Church and won’t show his birth certificate. He refuses to show it and everytime he is asked he ignores it and gets angry.
    ==============
    So you’re a birthertard as well as a Ronulan. Figures. Are you a 911 truther as well? Do you think the moon landings were faked? What about Chemtrails? Those are real right? Ron Paul had stuff about Black Helicopters in his newsletters as well. Do you believe that JFK was not shot by Oswald?

    No Chilidog I dont. I’m just pointing out under your logic I could say the same thing about Obama you do about Ron Paul…

    Chilidog

    December 27th, 2011
    1:18 pm

    Johnny begood (1:04 pm)
    That’s because in 1983 the bill created a paid federal holiday!!!! He was voting against a payed federal holiday because it is a waste of tax payer dollars… You fail again
    No, you fail.
    You lied about Paul’s vote.
    It is clear that Paul was not “Flip Flopping” when he wrote in his 1993 newsletter: “Boy, it sure burns me to have a national holiday for that pro-communist philanderer, Martin Luther King. I voted against this outrage time and time again as a Congressmen (sic). What an infamy that Ronald Reagan approved it: We can thank him for our annual Hate Whitey Day.”

    mgginva

    December 27th, 2011
    1:18 pm

    Only a hack trying to flavor his “work” would claim Dr. Paul has been exposed. This material has been available forever and rehashed time after time after time.
    The media is no longer independent. Congress made a huge mistake a decade ago in deciding to allow giant corporations to buy up the media outlets and turn them into conglomerates easily used as tools to manipulate the American people. This is the result. Dr. Paul threatens the powers that be to such an extent that they have tried to marginalize him and steer us away from the truth. If one looks at just who owns which media pieces it becomes strikingly easy to understand exactly who is trying to ruin Paul’s credibility. It worked very well in 2008 and up until now it has also been extremely effective.
    If we, as the 99%, want to keep allowing the 1% to run the country and pocket every single financial gain that’s occurred in the last 30 years we need to do nothing other than sit back and believe what the media is telling us. Fox, ABC, The Washington Post, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, etc. are all bound together now by big business and no longer operate as watchdogs to protect us by telling the truth.
    We are being sold down the river and we need to wake up and stand up and find new sources for our news. If you believe CNN operates in the interest of truth you’re living in the past. If we allow the status quo to continue we’ll be a nation of very rich and very poor people. To believe the rich don’t have an agenda is to be a further victim. Just watch and fact check the stories about Paul and you’ll realize why his supporters are so upset. Dr. Paul is under attack by a very very powerful group that like the way things are going and they want their candidates to win and they also believe we are too lazy or stupid to understand how they are duping us.

    josef

    December 27th, 2011
    1:21 pm

    midori

    Keep defending him for that all you want. It puts you in the same category as those who defend the child molesting rapists defending their own Men of G-d…

    and, bottom line, this is what has given organized religion a bad name…self-aggrandizing pompous asses using the pulpit for personal glorification…all faiths, all creeds, all colors…

    Matty G

    December 27th, 2011
    1:23 pm

    Ron Paul exposed? Digging up 20y/o newsletters that were disavowed years and years ago while he was busy running a medical practice? That’s really the best anyone can do? All of this was investigated when Dr. Paul returned to the house–using newt’s own dollars–and there was not enough evidence to convince voters in Texas. How come NAACP presidents support Ron Paul (look up Nelson Linder).

    How about Obama? He was long-affiliated with a preacher that is very racist in his own right. He directly contributed money to this church/minister. He helped fund and put his ACORN cronies in power. These are the same folks that perpetuated the housing crisis and used every avenue to make a quick buck to kill the housing market. How about that OBAMA himself promised to end these wars and LIED to the people to get elected?

    How about Mitt “no backbone” Romney? Read any press from MA from when he was gov. It is all very critical and shows that he has no real opinions. He caters to the audience at hand. His health care system is a failure in MA – nobody likes it!

    Newt “dirty as can be” Gingrich? He will sell out his own dying wife for a shot at a better woman. He sells his soul to the highest bidder. He was fined by Congress $300k for ethical misconduct. Wow – highest ever for the dirtiest gov’t entity. That says a lot. Is there $1 in it? Newt is for it…unless he can get $2 to be against it.

    Paul

    December 27th, 2011
    1:25 pm

    USMC

    How ’bout half?

    Only $600 billion?

    Cutting half the waste is better than nothing!

    Have at it!

    Talking Head

    December 27th, 2011
    1:25 pm

    “I left out laissez-faire because that implies free for all free market rules, as in, no rules at all.”

    Wrong. It implies that trade can be done without restrictive taxes and regulations from state intervention.

    Laissez-Faire is American Exceptionalism. It’s one of the key factors that made the experiment of America work.

    And according to you, America was not exceptional until the 1930’s. Pathetic.

    Not a Neal Boortz Redneck

    December 27th, 2011
    1:25 pm

    Ron Paul will never support a single piece of bank regulation.

    Its hilarious that someone named ‘Banksters Rule the World’ is a Ron Paul supporter.

    Adam

    December 27th, 2011
    1:25 pm

    How about Obama? He was long-affiliated with a preacher that is very racist in his own right.

    Ok, this was OBVIOUSLY on the conservative talk radio this morning.

    THINK FOR YOURSELVES. There is NO CORRELATION between the two.

    Doggone/GA

    December 27th, 2011
    1:25 pm

    “In my belief and in my opinion, yes”

    And while your belief may matter to YOU, it’s GOD’s opinion of what was said that REALLY matters.

    Doggone/GA

    December 27th, 2011
    1:27 pm

    “You’ve punched the plumb silly button with that one!”

    And why is it any “sillier” than saying that racist white folks chose to attend a church with a black preacher?

    josef

    December 27th, 2011
    1:28 pm

    Doggone

    Agreed…now take a swig of that drink yourself…it’ll help wash down the baloney sandwich! :-)

    Adam

    December 27th, 2011
    1:29 pm

    Talking Head: Wrong. It implies that trade can be done without restrictive taxes and regulations from state intervention.

    So laissez-faire is less taxes and regulation? That’s a good enough reason to leave it out. America certainly isn’t exceptional because we lowered taxes on business and let them do whatever they want without regulation.

    And what’s pathetic is attempting to call me pathetic because I think the rise of the middle class is exceptional. Does that mean you disagree? Or are you trying to construct a straw man of an argument where you put words in my mouth?

    USMC

    December 27th, 2011
    1:31 pm

    “Okay. So what $1.2 trillion in the budget would you cut NOW?”–Paul

    EVERYTHING should be on the table… Yes, military and all.

    I would favor cutting most if not all foreign aid, for starters. Then I would favor an ACROSS the top cut of 10%-25%… Get er done! :-)

    Adam

    December 27th, 2011
    1:32 pm

    USMC: EVERYTHING should be on the table… Yes, military and all.

    I would favor cutting most if not all foreign aid, for starters. Then I would favor an ACROSS the top cut of 10%-25%… Get er done!

    Well, aside from the foreign aid I agree with you.

    Why Ron Paul Can NEVER be President(funny stuff)

    December 27th, 2011
    1:32 pm

    If you can relate to this man, you are also delusional….

    http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/0a03ebddbb/ron-paul-a-bad-lip-reading-soundbite

    …..mentally challenged…..

    josef

    December 27th, 2011
    1:33 pm

    Doggone

    There you go knee jerking again…I said, first, “congregation.” And I said I wonder about that, too. It intrigues me and I never said nary a word about “white” parishoners choosing to go to a church with a black preacher.

    And, interesting that no one has asked my opinions of his earlier writings and why I read them…I read them and drew my own conclusions…quite frankly I found a lot of his commentary on reconcilliation of the “white” relgion with the “black” experience to be valid and thought provoking…

    Kamchak

    December 27th, 2011
    1:35 pm

    I would water-board a suspected terriorist on national TV if it would save an American life!

    There’s your sign.

    Oy!

    getalife

    December 27th, 2011
    1:36 pm

    The Falcon players response to the Saints running up the score last night is maning up.

    They blamed themselves for not making the plays.

    We could use more of that in politics.

    Quagmire

    December 27th, 2011
    1:36 pm

    What’s up Jay? Hopefully you and your family had a great Christmas. I wish Health and Wealth to you and your family. Health is your weath………..I see you got things started today on the blogs. Keep up the good work and I will continue to read, learn, and be entertained.

    Not a Neal Boortz Redneck

    December 27th, 2011
    1:36 pm

    $1.2 trillion minus foreign aid ($40 billion) – you’re down to $1.16 trillion.

    Defense
    Medi(care/caid)
    Social Security

    That is where the money is.

    stands for decibels

    December 27th, 2011
    1:36 pm

    Ok, this was OBVIOUSLY on the conservative talk radio this morning.

    It’s the default response any time any GOPer is accused of racial insensitivity. “yeah well … Your boy sat in them pews listening to HATEY HATEFUL HATIFICATION for TWENTY YEARS!!!”

    It’s generally uttered by people whose knowledge of Trinity UCC wouldn’t fill a thimble.

    Mike Parent

    December 27th, 2011
    1:37 pm

    Normal …How about his view on ending the “War on Drugs”, aka the war on minorities and the under 30 crowd. (75% of all drug arrests are of people under 30 and minorites are appx.7 times more likely to be arrested for drugs than whites)

    Chilidog

    December 27th, 2011
    1:37 pm

    for any Ron Paul supporters here, can you defend Ronnie’s sponsoring of this bill:
    http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.R.539:
    ———-
    The Supreme Court of the United States and each Federal court–

    (1) shall not adjudicate–

    (A) any claim involving the laws, regulations, or policies of any State or unit of local government relating to the free exercise or establishment of religion;

    (B) any claim based upon the right of privacy, including any such claim related to any issue of sexual practices, orientation, or reproduction; or

    (C) any claim based upon equal protection of the laws to the extent such claim is based upon the right to marry without regard to sex or sexual orientation; and

    (2) shall not rely on any judicial decision involving any issue referred to in paragraph (1).

    —————-
    In other words, Ronnie’s trying to nullfy the 14th amendment.

    Johnny begood

    December 27th, 2011
    1:38 pm

    Chilidog

    You win at epic failing. I didn’t lie Ron Paul voted yes in the 1970’s for a “national holiday” he voted no in 1983 against a “federal paid holiday”. The issue in 83 wasn’t racism is was the “paid federal holiday”. In fact almost ALL REPUBLICANS voted no on that bill. Thats not racism that is fical conservatism. Can you not read or understand bills?? Your problem isn’t philosophy it is deductive and reasoning skills. You have a serious problem Chilidog. Again Ron Paul didn’t write that 1992 newsletter. He has publicly spoke against racism and has voted for racial equality everytime in congress. So why would he secretly write like 4 or five slurs over the period of 20+ years, yet not endorse those views when voting or speaking??? Because he didnt say that not did he write that. Case closed you been refuted once more. Now your trying to make up a racist situation to support your tin foil wearing conspiracy theory that Ron Paul is racist. It’s not working…

    TaxPayer

    December 27th, 2011
    1:39 pm

    Republicans are running out of time. They’re gonna have ta pick their favorite. Will it be the Newt or Mitt or Perry or Ron or Michelle. So many excellent choices. How will you Republicans evah decide. If only y’all could get another Bush in the race. That would decide it for ya. :lol:

    josef

    December 27th, 2011
    1:40 pm

    Chilidog

    “Ronnie’s trying to nullfy the 14th amendment”

    That pesky little amendment do tend to get in the way when pursuing an agenda…left or right!

    Not a Neal Boortz Redneck

    December 27th, 2011
    1:41 pm

    “In other words, Ronnie’s trying to nullfy the 14th amendment.”

    Republicans hate the Constitution.

    I can name ten amendments they want to get rid of.

    A dad

    December 27th, 2011
    1:42 pm

    Adam – are you seriously espousing that America is a keynesian economics country all those years. Boy, you must not have taken any economics classes in college.

    Adam

    December 27th, 2011
    1:42 pm

    Not A Neal Boortz Redneck: And they want to line-item veto the religion part of the first amendment.

    Johnny begood

    December 27th, 2011
    1:43 pm

    Chilidog
    The link you gave was broken what was the bill he voted No on???

    getalife

    December 27th, 2011
    1:43 pm

    “Ben Nelson retiring from Senate”Politico

    Good news.

    Kamchak

    December 27th, 2011
    1:43 pm

    Boy, you must not have taken any economics classes in college.

    You phrase that as if it’s a bad thing.

    Talking Head

    December 27th, 2011
    1:44 pm

    Adam,

    I think your views are pathetic because you support an economic theory that results in theocracy. America is exceptional because of the freedom we enjoy, including how our market was conceptualized and the steps taken to prevent a theocracy.

    Adam

    December 27th, 2011
    1:44 pm

    A dad: Are YOU suggesting that every country that exists today does not have some form of Keynesian economics in it? I’m not saying it’s absolute Keynes everywhere, but I AM saying that the Keynes parts of stimulating the economy either work great, or do not make things worse. Austerity, on the other hand, makes things worse very quickly. So if you don’t like Keynesian economics so much, you must find something more to your liking. What is that something?

    Ludwig von Mises

    December 27th, 2011
    1:45 pm

    Photographic proof that Ron Paul is a racist!!!

    The presstitute shills and the Neocons are going to pull out all of the stops against RP. And they will come down on him with both feet. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the establishment MSM so scared in my lifetime; It’s because they have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo.

    By the way, if you want to see some great pictures of Ron Paul acting like a racist, then check out the following link:

    http://www.5k.com/

    Please spread these photos around!

    Not a Neal Boortz Redneck

    December 27th, 2011
    1:45 pm

    Adam — I wish I had a dime every time a wingnut said “there is no separation of church and state in the Constitution”.

    Like the Bible – they wave it around and won’t read it.

    Adam

    December 27th, 2011
    1:46 pm

    Talking Head: I am sure you have some kind of evidence supporting that Keynesian economics results in theocracy. Otherwise, I don’t buy it. I am against theocracy but I see no evidence that Keynesian economics is about anything but economics. There’s no religion involved.

    td

    December 27th, 2011
    1:47 pm

    Folks, there is a plan sitting on the table right now in the Senate. I think it is called the penny plan and I do not remember the sponsors. The plan says stop all automatic increases in budgets and the cut 1 penny (1%) per year for the next 6 years to all government programs. This will balance the budget and begin the process of paying off the debt. If the congress would adopt this plan then after the 6 years I think most conservatives would consider tax increases if it was to go directly to pay off the debt.

    If Federal agencies can not find 6% of waste, fraud, abuse and duplicate efforts then we are lost as a nation with no hope.

    josef

    December 27th, 2011
    1:47 pm

    K’chak

    “Boy, you must not have taken any economics classes in college”
    “You phrase that as if it’s a bad thing.”

    And a polite golf clap… :-)

    Chilidog

    December 27th, 2011
    1:49 pm

    Bill Text
    111th Congress (2009-2010)
    H.R.539.IH

    http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.R.539: