Your morning jolt: Donald Trump interviews Ralph Reed to be his campaign manager?

Just when you thought Donald Trump couldn’t surprise you anymore, the Daily Beast reports this:

[I]n a move bound to trigger a new guessing game about the credibility of Trump’s presidential ambitions, he has quietly interviewed a number of bold-faced names for the job of campaign manager, according to a source close to Trump.

Ralph Reed, the former executive director of the Christian Coalition, speaks during a 2010 tea party event at the state Capitol in Atlanta. Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

Ralph Reed, the former executive director of the Christian Coalition, speaks during a 2010 tea party event at the state Capitol in Atlanta. Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

Among the candidates: Ralph Reed, the scandal-tainted former Christian Coalition leader with links to fallen lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Reed, the former chairman of the state GOP, still operates his Century Strategies political consulting firm out of Duluth. Reed is now head of the Faith and Freedom Coalition – an attempt to wed tea party activists with religious conservatives.

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On the other hand, the one entity that doesn’t think Trump is serious is the network that broadcasts the television show built around a man and his hair. From the New York Times:

[N]o one at NBC has done much serious planning about what to do with “The Apprentice,” because of what two executives cited as pervasive doubts that Mr. Trump would actually enter the race.

“This is Donald being Donald,” said one senior executive who would be involved in any decision about how NBC handles the show. The executive, who asked not to be identified to avoid any conflict with Mr. Trump, said “any decision is still weeks away.”

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Here’s a YouTube clip of former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich at a Georgia district convention on Saturday, speaking of God, country and the “Creator” named in the Declaration of Independence:

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Republicans have reached out to David Patraeus, to gauge his interest in a 2012 contest. Now Democrats have found a military candidate of their own. From McLatchy News Service:

Democrats appear to have recruited retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez to run for the U.S. Senate in Texas, setting the stage for a potentially competitive race in 2012 for the seat of retiring Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Former Texas Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes confirmed that Washington Sen. Patty Murray, the head of the Democratic Senate campaign committee, was referring to Sanchez Thursday when she said that Democrats were very close to announcing a candidate in Texas.

Sanchez, reached by phone at his San Antonio home, said, “I can neither confirm nor deny.”

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The New York Times this morning has these lines on the prospects of the Gang of Six attempt to cut a federal deficit deal:

The group’s oldest members — Senator Richard J. Durbin, 66, a progressive from Illinois who counts the Senate’s only socialist as a friend and ally, and Senator Saxby Chambliss, 67, a genial Georgia conservative whose nasty first campaign left lingering bad feelings among Democrats, and who is a confidant of Speaker John A. Boehner — illustrate that even with the mounting federal debt intensifying the partisan divide over spending and taxes, the severity of the fiscal threat is forging unlikely alliances.

If Mr. Durbin and Mr. Chambliss can cut a deal on Social Security and new tax revenues, their associates say, then just maybe all of Washington can come together.

The article ends with this:

For …. Democrats, Mr. Chambliss remains negatively defined by his 2002 defeat of Senator Max Cleland, a triple-amputee veteran of Vietnam, after a campaign that included an ad picturing Mr. Cleland with Osama bin Laden. Mr. Chambliss’s work on the Gang of Six has done as much as anything to soften attitudes.

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Last November, shortly after his election as House Democratic caucus chair, state Rep. Doug McKillip of Athens decided to become a Republican. Over the weekend, he told Blake Aued of the Athens Banner-Herald that the switch was worth the criticism he endured:

After complaining last year that he couldn’t get anything passed as a member of the minority party, McKillip was able to usher through two significant pieces of legislation this year. One, House Bill 101, modernizes safety regulations for bicycles. The other, which was appended to a different bill, expands funding for an expiring tax credit for solar panels and other forms of alternative energy to $5 million and renews it until 2014.

“We got it doubled, and we got it extended, which is going to produce dozens and dozens, if not hundreds, of new jobs,” he said.

McKillip was one of Democrat Roy Barnes’ strongest supporters in the 2010 election, but he credited Gov. Nathan Deal with helping him pass the energy tax credit.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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54 comments Add your comment

morris wise

April 18th, 2011
9:42 am

American voters had enough of a sweet guy as president, they want a leader that will kick arse. Trump is a guy that will make the competition suck on the barrel of his gun, he is the great white hope.

Keith

April 18th, 2011
9:50 am

Idiots voted for ‘dumbya’ why not Trump.? and, Great ‘white hope’ ??? that just shows me, how much ‘racism’ is still all around.

losersville

April 18th, 2011
9:51 am

One loser leading the campaign of another loser. Priceless.

Dirty Dawg

April 18th, 2011
9:54 am

Geesh…you people are serious about this, aren’t you? This country has gone absolutely bonkers when con men like Trump and Reed can still be considered as anything other than the pri**s that they are. Then again, with the array of Republican jerks representing the various districts around Georgia – Kingston, Gingrey, Price, Broun, Westmoreland, and a new one that’s just now making a joke of himself whose name I don’t recall – I shouldn’t be surprised.

DannyX

April 18th, 2011
9:57 am

Hey Donald,

Divorce is a choice!
God created Adam and Eve,”…NOT…”Adam and Eve, then Adam and Jane, then Adam and Jenny.” “Until death do us part,” remember? God does.

Being rich is a CHOICE!
God hates rich people, Jesus said so. It’s in the Bible.

God says to the rich “Sell your possessions and give to the poor,…NOT…”the poor should sell all of their possessions and give the money to a rich man.”

We can’t be led by Big Sin. Jesus said the rich won’t get into heaven! This is a Christian nation.

Tom

April 18th, 2011
10:00 am

The ‘religious conservatives’ need to come to the realization that more and more of the generation of younger conservatives (and GOP-leaning voters) are, like the core of the Tea Party movement, more moderate on social issues than they are…..and it’s a trend which is only going to grow.

Nunya

April 18th, 2011
10:07 am

One scam artist working for another… sounds perfect to me.

Edward

April 18th, 2011
10:13 am

The GOP circus just gets more entertaining every day. It’s like watching the funniest train wreck in all of history.

DannyX is broke

April 18th, 2011
10:14 am

Being poor is a choice too. You can have some discipline and save some money and not live beyond your means.
Besides, more “rich” people donate to their charities and support their causes than anyone else. Poor people just lament about how hard it is and how everyone is against them.

DannyX is broke

April 18th, 2011
10:16 am

yes, the GOP Is not helping matters to their cause, good thing Obama is.

John

April 18th, 2011
10:16 am

If Georgia’s so called tax reform effort is a precursor to the Republican’s plan on a national level, it will probable fail too. Flattening and broadening the tax base means dropping, squeezing the top tax rate down and spreading it over the middle class. Short term, this would hurt the recession recovery, and long term it will hurt children. Most families spend their discretionary money on their kids, and that is the way it should be. It is better for America.

retiredds

April 18th, 2011
10:19 am

You just have to “love” these three white guys (Newt, Ralphie, and Donald T.). For them to use God and country in the same breath is a classic oxymoron, but since their moral fiber is so very thin, one couldn’t expect less. Let’s hope the more mature and intelligent Republicans don’t go for the bait these sleazes throw out.

Last Man Standing

April 18th, 2011
10:20 am

Glad to see y’all working hard at posting this morning! Didn’t even get through two posts without charges of “racism”.

Independent Voter

April 18th, 2011
10:21 am

Morris – if you think that Trump is the great white hope of this country, then you’re as gullible as Trump is egotistical. Trump is not at all the answer. How can he be when he doesn’t really stand for anything except for being against Obama? It’s fine to criticize, but the guy needs to offer up some true solutions to our country’s problems that work – he has not done that, something even Obama has done or is atleast attempting to do. I’m not a big fan of Obama’s and have doubts that I will vote for him (although if “the Donald” is the GOP candidate, I most definitely will, because Donald is nothing but an egotistical, maniacal con artist who has filed for bankruptcy on businesses 4 times (and yes, those do count even though Donald doesn’t think they don’t, because they weren’t personal bankruptcies) in 20 years, who lies, lies, lies about just about everything and brags, brags, brags about just about everything else and trust me … that is the last type of person this country needs. I mean heck, the man is so egotistical, he makes Dubya look like one of the most humble men on the planet. Romney is really the best bet for this country – the guy has experience in business and in government (which requires diplomatic skills – something that Trump is sorely lacking in – Trump doesn’t know how to be diplomatic – he knows how to try to bully people and that is NOT the same thing and not at all what this country needs) having been in charge of companies, the state of Massachusetts and even the Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake. Don’t vote for that lunatic Trump – vote for Romney!

fred

April 18th, 2011
10:24 am

Why is anyone giving this jerk the time of day. The only real experience he had is how to bankrupt a company.

If the GOP dose not get it’s head out of it’s A**, Obama has nothing to worry about.

td

April 18th, 2011
10:25 am

John

April 18th, 2011
10:16 am

“Flattening and broadening the tax base means dropping, squeezing the top tax rate down and spreading it over the middle class.”

The middle class pays taxes. The bottom 47% do not pay anything and yes they should have some skin in the game and pay something.

You forgot to mention that part of the flattening is also to take out all the loopholes, so in reality this will bring in more revenues in the long term.

Last Man Standing

April 18th, 2011
10:27 am

DannyX:

“We can’t be led by Big Sin. Jesus said the rich won’t get into heaven! This is a Christian nation.”

Jesus didn’t say exact;y that, but (paraphrasing) “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter Heaven”.

Biblical scholars have pointed out that the “eye of the needle” might have been a place-name for a point in a certain roaf that existed during Biblical times.

td

April 18th, 2011
10:30 am

Last Man Standing

April 18th, 2011
10:20 am
Glad to see y’all working hard at posting this morning! Didn’t even get through two posts without charges of “racism”.

This is what we are going to here for the next 18 months. Every time you take a critical look at Obama you are a racist. You are also going to here over and over again that the wealth envy, killing the old, illegal bashing. Same old Democratic views for the past 30 years.

RGB

April 18th, 2011
10:30 am

Keith, I suppose the answer could be racism.

Or it could be that 16 million Americans without jobs want to work and would like to have the opportunity to do so.

Or it could be that many Americans cannot afford the doubling of gasoline prices over the last two years. Or that food prices are escalating beyond increases in wages. Or that, on average, the American family’s net worth has declined $100,000 over the past two years. Or that America is in another war—this one has no mission, goal, or endgame.

Or that America’s debt—from the time Speaker Pelosi took the oath of office to her departure—climbed from $8 trillion (amassed over 200 years) to $14 trillion—and we understand the implications of indebtedness. Indebtedness = poverty = slavery.

In desperate times, people reach out for anyone they think can save them. This explains why people who would not ordinarily be considered presidential material get a second look.

As for the Bible speaking about rich people, nowhere does the Holy Scripture say rich people can’t enter heaven or that they are hated. King David was a deeply flawed man, but he was the richest man of his time and is referred to in the Bible as “a man after God’s own heart”.

The passage: After removing Saul, he made David their king. He testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’ ”From this man’s descendants God has brought to Israel the Savior Jesus, as he promised. Acts 13: 22-23

Further, the Bible says the love of money is the root of all evil (Matt 19: 16-30)). If one puts money above God such that money is one’s god, that constitutes idolatry which the Bible condemns. The Biblical parable you reference speaks to this aspect and when the man chose his possessions over following Jesus, he effectively chose another god to follow.

I’m no Bible expert but if you really believe that what you wrote is the truth, then you should read The Word again because I think you’ve really missed some key points.

Take care.

Last Man Standing

April 18th, 2011
10:30 am

td:

“The bottom 47% do not pay anything”

I would only ad that a high number of that 47% receive the EITC, which is income redistribution.

John K

April 18th, 2011
10:34 am

Reed & Trump. It’s obvious scum attracts scum.

Last Man Standing

April 18th, 2011
10:34 am

td:

“Same old Democratic views for the past 30 years.”

They can go right ahead and brand me a racist because I’m not about to stop calling it as I see it. You’d think that they would have realized by now that the intimidation factor has worn off.

Last Man Standing

April 18th, 2011
10:37 am

RGB:

You’re on a roll! Yet another great post this morning!

td

April 18th, 2011
10:38 am

Independent Voter

April 18th, 2011
10:21 am

“he makes Dubya look like one of the most humble men on the planet.”

You just gave yourself away and you have no intention in voting for anyone else but Obama. Appears to me that the Dems are getting a little scared because they have planned all alone to run against the moderate Romney. This would be a re run of the 08 election and it is nothing more than taking the excitement away from the tea party voters the same as McCain kept the religious conservatives at home.

I do not care at this point which conservative wins as long as it is a conservative and not a RINO.

Steve

April 18th, 2011
10:43 am

Please Donald run, who by the way can’t even run his own company, or any of those other clowns so Obama will be re-elected by a landslide…LOL It is obivious that Obama will be re-elected that is why you see most of the credible GOP candidates waiting to run in 2016. Also if the republicans continue to treat the hispanics as second class citizens they are going to lose the State of Texas and if that happens they will never regain the White House again.

rich

April 18th, 2011
10:50 am

How did Donald Trump avoid VietNam service??? He is so worried about President Obam’s birth certificate….I’d like to see Donald Trump’s draft record!! He avoided VietNam like most billionaires sons did….he is NOT a self made man….he inherited it!!! Hey if I am so good that I win the gold medal at the olympics, it doesn’t mean my offspring will also eran the gold medal….they have to earn it…..Trump hasn’t earned anything!! He avoided VIETNAM and has inherited his fortune. He’s a LOSER!!

RGB

April 18th, 2011
10:56 am

Last Man Standing,

Having read and admired many of your posts, I consider that a real compliment.

Regards,
RGB

TRUTH

April 18th, 2011
11:15 am

Wow…the Right has completely vacated the grid. Trump, seriously??!! Is it because he gets along with “The Blacks?” Or is it because of his multiple marriages? Or is it because he is a Birther? Is it because he has run an empire (save the multiple bankruptcies he’s claimed)? It’s got to be because he’s in the big chair on “The Apprentice,” which ran out of ideas along with the network several cycles ago.

You must realize, my dear Righties, you have hit the proverbial bottom of the barrel when you allow this type of selection process to occur within your party. Nothing personal against Mr. Trump, or even his fringy type viewpoints, but, let’s face it, this guy is FULL of himself and his comb-over toupee’. Trump, really? And he get’s face and press time. Who’s next? Charlie Sheen if he says anything negative about President Obama and his administration? That’s all you got? Really?

What you Righties are failing to understand is that your base is fractured, from Tea Partiers to Neo-cons, to centrist and Right leaning independents. You have NO ONE to unify your party, that’s why you have what 18 to 20 “potential” candidates, 4 or 5 that can’t announce their intentions due to contracts on TV (it should suggest that it’s about the MONEY!!). It should further be obvious that the entire cast of characters are, how do I say this nicely, verbal contortionist. They say whatever will grab them a headline and then that pesky thing called “technology” catches them in open and bald faced lies. Result, they walk it back with the now standard, “What I meant to say…”

C’mon, ReTHUGlicans, you are truly lost. Your party got hijacked by Norquist and his goons, Limbaugh and his other media geniuses, Palin and Bachmann, The Tea Party, and now Donald Trump.

When are we going to get back to the debate about our country, jobs, healthcare for everyone, fairness, etc. Our country sits and suffers, good American citizens are struggling and choking on the LACK of business being done between our elected officials and you yahoos are considering Donald Trump.

Incredible.

DannyX

April 18th, 2011
11:16 am

“it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

So tell us RGB and LMS. What makes Donald Trump and Ralph Reed so special? What are the good Christian qualities they represent. Tell us all the good things they have done for our Christian nation.

Ralph, was your role in the Indian $gambling$ scam projecting Christian values? How about your cheating at UGA?

Donald, you’ve had three wives, and had numerous affairs with bimbos. You have done business in a way that has hurt a lot of people. “Until death do us part?”

How do the these two men represent Christian values?

Oh wait, Republicans have edited the Bible too. Just like Thomas Jefferson.

“it is now easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a poor man to enter the kingdom of God.”

“Sell all of your possessions poor people, the rich need to be richer, you know, for the good of the economy.”

DannyX

April 18th, 2011
11:22 am

Last Man Standing, you have said that you could care less about the children of Clayton County.

Where in your Bible does it teach that?

Last Man Standing

April 18th, 2011
11:25 am

RGB:

I consider that a rare compliment! Keep up the good work. When they can’t argue facts, they resort to name-calling.

Steve

April 18th, 2011
11:32 am

TRUTH @11:15am: Well said….poor reTHUGlicans…lol

DannyX

April 18th, 2011
11:42 am

RGB @ 10:30,

You do know that King David was married to Jonathan don’t you?

King David was a homosexual.

Sounds like a Wimpy Move

April 18th, 2011
11:55 am

I just hope the common sense approach the Gang of Six is taking does not get over run by the extreme left and right. While I may not like all of their proposals, I think their proposal when view holistically will be our best answer to move forward. I was no big fan of Sen. Chambliss but the leadership he is displaying now has changed my view of him. I still do not agree with some of his political leanings but he has my support on his current efforts to address the deficit.

DixieDemons

April 18th, 2011
11:58 am

WOW– combine the talent and flare of Trump with the low morals and misguided value system of Reed and he just might be able to win.

JP

April 18th, 2011
11:58 am

What if Trump runs as an independent? I think the guy has no chance, but is he any worse than Perot in 1992?

sick of you

April 18th, 2011
12:11 pm

The same five or six folks that post on Political Insider are morons. You know who you are. Why don’t you find something worthwhile to do? Your posts espousing hatred and untruths simply make everyone know and removes all doubt about your wayward thinking. As a Republican, I find it offensive. Trump, Reed, Palin will not bring this country together. All of them are guilty of all the things I thought Republicans believed in not ripping people off like Trump and Reed. Palin is just down right stupid. Huckabee and Romney are our best choices so far. However, dialogue about Trump as President makes our Party look stupid!

Last Man Standing

April 18th, 2011
12:22 pm

sick of you:

“However, dialogue about Trump as President makes our Party look stupid!”

I’m not so sure that you haven’t accomplished that yourself, without help from Palin or Trump.

td

April 18th, 2011
12:27 pm

sick of you

April 18th, 2011
12:11 pm

And we conservatives are sick of your type that want to be democrat lite and turn this country to socialistic one small step at a time. When is the last time you have taken a firm stand against a socialistic move from the left?

deegee

April 18th, 2011
12:30 pm

LMS is the kind of guy that leaves a big mess in the sink. When his wife complains to him about it he just figures she must be on the rag.

Last Man Standing

April 18th, 2011
1:26 pm

deegee:

I really don’t know what point you’re trying to make with your last statement, At any rate, it is unappreciated.

deegee

April 18th, 2011
1:39 pm

My point is that you make bigoted statements. When people call you out on them you shrug it off as if they have no basis for being annoyed. I don’t care if you are bigoted. Just own up to it and let us know that you are proud of your bigotry. Don’t accuse others of being weak and incapable of accepting your opinions as fact.

Last Man Standing

April 18th, 2011
1:55 pm

deegee:

“My point is that you make bigoted statements. When people call you out on them you shrug it off as if they have no basis for being annoyed.”

I guess that truth, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Quite frankly, I have been called a racist and a bigot so much on this blog that it no longer bothers me. Take your best shot.

deegee

April 18th, 2011
1:59 pm

LMS, you sound like my mother. She has a bit of a problem distinguishing between the truth and her opinion.

sick of you

April 18th, 2011
2:06 pm

I am so glad the posters I called “morons” are owning up to it! I will stay true to my conservative views by telling the truth found with due diligence and research. Not cobbling untruths together without knowing whether it is true or not. I don’t believe in gay marriage and I don’t believe in abortion. However, I do believe in electing the right person to create jobs, rolling back tax credits for the rich and keeping our country safe from terrorists. Sometimes, I don’t know what you folks truly believe in because you are all over the place with hating this President for anything he does. I didn’t vote for him and I probably won’t vote for him in 2012. I am saying all of this because I am a Black Republican and I am sick of you bashing the POTUS because of his skin color. Our party pretends they want more Blacks to join the Republican Party. I haven’t seen any evidence that you even want me in it. I am calling all of you out. As someone stated in another post, just admit the truth. Your conscious is not clean and pure. You can call me all the names you want. Sticks and stones may break my bones–YOUR words will never hurt me!

Ga Values

April 18th, 2011
2:11 pm

If Reed signs on with the Donald he’d better get cash up front, Trump has put more companies in bankrupcy than my wife has overdrawn her bank account. Let me be the first to say birds of a feather stick together.

td

April 18th, 2011
2:23 pm

sick of you

April 18th, 2011
2:06 pm

Go back at all the post I have made and prove I do not like Obama because of his “skin color”. Where is the proof?

“I don’t believe in gay marriage and I don’t believe in abortion. However, I do believe in electing the right person to create jobs, rolling back tax credits for the rich and keeping our country safe from terrorists.”

You claim to be a pure conservative and tell some of us that we are all over the place. I see you are taking the social conservative line on gay marriage and abortion. I know no conservative philosophy that believes that it is the governments job to create any jobs. Matter of fact conservatives believe that the only way to create jobs is in the private sector and works best when the government gets out of the way.

Show me a conservative that want to play the wealth envy game and tax any group more? Everyone that is an American should believe in keeping the country safe from terrorist attacks so you can not claim that as a conservative only value. You may think you are conservative but you still have a little way to go before you become a true believer. I have faith that you can do it but the first step is to pull your head out of your butt with seeing race first behind every corner. I would recommend that you go and read some Larry Elder or Michele Steele columns or listen to Herman Cain or read some of the decisions written by Clarence Thomas. This will give you a little more prospective on the true philosophy of being a conservative.

Last Man Standing

April 18th, 2011
3:00 pm

sick of you:

” I am saying all of this because I am a Black Republican and I am sick of you bashing the POTUS because of his skin color. Our party pretends they want more Blacks to join the Republican Party. I haven’t seen any evidence that you even want me in it. I am calling all of you out. As someone stated in another post, just admit the truth.”

I can speak only for myself, although I believe it is true for others as well.

ANY criticism of the current President immediately draws fire from a certain segment on this blog, and I have many criticisms of the current President. I am now immune to the labeling of “racist” or “bigot” because I’ve read it so much and so often here.

The truth is that Obama is doing a terrible job as President, if he is truly attempting to serve in that office with the good of America as his goal. If he is trying to bring this nation to its’ knees or finish it altogether, he is doing a great job.

1. You can not spend yourself rich.

2. You can not borrow your way out of debt.

You surely see that the cost of everything continues to rise? Fuel prices and inflation account for those price increases. The value of the dollar continues to slide downward as Bernanke continues to print and pump currency into circulation. The amount of currency in circulation has been increased by 138% in the last 27 months.

The only real jobs are those created in the private sector. Although we have witnessed an increase in Federal jobs under Obama, those jobs are TAX CONSUMING jubs rather than TAX PAYING jobs which are created in the private sector.

Obama’s foreign policy is the stuff of jokes, or at least it has kept Leno, Letterman and others in material! He has given nations that are our allies the “cold shoulder” and embraced other nations who have not really been friendly to U.S. interests.

Obama and the dim-ocrats count on using cries of “racism” and “bigotry” to stifle opposition to Obama.

You, like deegee, can go ahead and take your best shot.

I ain’t quittin’.

deegee

April 18th, 2011
4:04 pm

LMS, you can criticize Obama all you want. We don’t have any problem with your criticism. So, it is your opinion that Obama is a bad president. Good for you. It is my opinion that Obama has done the best he can do under the tragic circumstances that preceded his inauguration. I honestly don’t know what republicans have to complain about. The banks have paid back the TARP money, you got the extension of the Bush tax cuts, you got your way with the latest budget compromise. The banks and the insurance companies are rolling in dough. The stock market recently hit it’s 2007 high. You have a republican majority in the House. Like Charlie Sheen says, “Winning!”