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With the announcement Tuesday by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush that he plans to “actively explore” a run for president in 2016, radio host Rush Limbaugh says the real reason Jeb is seeking the White House is to choke the influence of tea-party conservatives out of the Republican Party.
“You want to know why Jeb Bush is thinking about running?” Limbaugh asked on his top-rated program Tuesday.
“He’s … being looked at as savior by the big-money donor class and the consultant class – the establishment of the party – to head off the tea party. They’re gonna pull out all the stops to make sure that a tea-party-type conservative doesn’t get the nomination.
“It could be a sacrificial run just to make sure that a conservative doesn’t get the nomination in 2016. There’s a whole bunch of stuff under the surface here that’s percolating and effervescing and it’s all about us being the No. 1 enemy of these people.”
In a message posted on Facebook on Tuesday, Bush said he’s discussed his plans with his family.
“As a result of these conversations and thoughtful consideration of the kind of strong leadership I think America needs, I have decided to actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States,” Bush said.
He added, “In the coming months, I hope to visit with many of you and have a conversation about restoring the promise of America.”
Limbaugh said Bush is going to run “in a unique way.”
“He’s going to do it by ignoring the base. Jeb Bush is out telling donors … that he is not gonna compromise his principles like others have in order to get the nomination, meaning he’s not gonna pander to the tea party. Nope. He’s not gonna pander to conservatives. He’s gonna show that you can win the Republican Party nomination without securing the base.”
“The Republican Party is dominated now by what is called in the parlance of the day, the donor class … the big, big donors,” Limbaugh continued.
“So when you hear Jeb, or anybody else, seek the Republican nomination and start talking about doing it without winning the base … they’re trying to all come up with a way to win the party nomination without owing anything to the tea party. Their wildest dream is to render the tea party, conservatives an irrelevant factor.
“And one of the primary reasons for that is that’s what the donors want. The donors rule the roost. The donors are the big money. And the donors determine in large part what the party does. Clearly that’s what happened here in this budget deal. It’s clearly what’s happening with amnesty. …
“A lot of this talk about the Jeb candidacy is an attempt to see if they can actually, once and for all, in a primary setting, relegate the tea party and members of it who are elected – such as [Sens.] Ted Cruz and Mike Lee – impotent.”
On Monday, Bush appeared in the right-leaning state of South Carolina, delivering the winter commencement address to some 14,000 people, including about 2,000 graduates at the University of South Carolina.
Warren Tompkins, a longtime South Carolina strategist who steered former President George Bush’s 2000 campaign and has been talking with Jeb Bush’s advisers about a 2016 run, told the Washington Post the state’s politics are “fundamentally different” now.
“We’re much more conservative than we were in 2000,” Tompkins said. “There’s a perception that [Jeb Bush] is a moderate. Here, we’re a classic three legs of a stool primary electorate: you’ve got to be right on social issues, on fiscal issues and on foreign affairs. You’ve got to navigate all those waters. His challenge will be to prove that he’s fundamentally sound and in sync with us here.”
Send the man some Cheese with that W(h)ine! OH good grief!!
President and Michelle Obama personally identify with everyday experiences of racial bias in America that have underpinned recent protests across the country, they told People magazine in an interview to be released Friday.
“Barack Obama was a black man that lived on the South Side of Chicago, who had his share of troubles catching cabs," Michelle Obama told the magazine.
On one occasion, she said, her husband “was wearing a tuxedo at a black-tie dinner, and somebody asked him to get coffee.”
President Obama said he's even been mistakenly treated as a valet.
“There’s no black male my age, who’s a professional, who hasn’t come out of a restaurant and is waiting for their car and somebody didn’t hand them their car keys," he said, according to excerpts of the interview released today.
The first lady also described being mistreated at a Target store in suburban Washington, during a shopping trip she took in 2011.
"Even as the first lady," she told the magazine, "during the wonderfully publicized trip I took to Target, not highly disguised, the only person who came up to me in the store was a woman who asked me to help her take something off a shelf."
She said the incidents are "the regular course of life" for African-Americans and a "challenge" for the country to overcome.
Though they've lived inside the White House bubble for six years, the Obamas have been making the point that they are still in touch with the experience of minority communities.
President Obama has pushed back against criticism that he has not been aggressive enough in talking about issues of race and justice, particularly involving African-American men.
"If you look at after what happened with Michael Brown, if you looked at what happened after Trayvon, if you looked at the decision after Eric Garner, I'm being pretty explicit about my concern, and being pretty explicit about the fact that this is a systemic problem, that black folks and Latinos and others are not just making this up," Obama told BET in an interview earlier this month. "I describe it in very personal terms."
The president told People that he applauds the efforts of other prominent African-American athletes and celebrities to speak out against police brutality using the "I Can't Breathe" slogan, inspired by the case of Eric Garner, the Staten Island man who died after he was put in a choke hold by a New York City police officer. President Obama has not directly weighed in on the case.
“I think LeBron did the right thing," Obama said of Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, who wore a shirt with the slogan on the court. "We forget the role that Muhammad Ali, Arthur Ashe, and Bill Russell played in raising consciousness. I’d like to see more athletes do that -- not just around this issue, but around a range of issues.”
I like John R. Kasich!
So I wrote my awesome Congressman to tell him how great of a job I think he is doing (NOT) and this is the reply back to me. Can anyone see the HUGE contradiction in this letter or is it just me?
Thank you for contacting me regarding the Fiscal Year 2015 Consolidated Appropriations Package. I appreciate hearing from you and welcome this opportunity to respond.
On December 11, 2014, the U.S. House passed a government funding bill by a tally of 219-206—with a vast majority of the Republican caucus supporting the measure. The bill will fund most of the federal government through the end of FY 2015, while only funding the Department of Homeland Security through the end of February.
I voted in favor of this comprehensive spending bill for several reasons. First and foremost, it keeps the federal government funded at levels consistent with the budget caps put into place last Congress by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan. Not only does this legislation help avoid another government shutdown—because most of the government is funded through the end of the fiscal year—it allows us to begin the new Congress in January with a clean slate. In my first term, we spent the first few months dealing with the short-term spending mess left by the previous Congress, and next term we will begin instead by focusing on forward-looking solutions to some big challenges.
High on that list is legislative action to fix our broken immigration system and porous southern border. This spending bill only funded the Department of Homeland Security through February, giving the new 2015 Republican Congress leverage to bring President Obama to the negotiating table on these issues, in stark contrast to the unilateral and partisan path he is currently on. By decoupling the Homeland Security funding from other spending programs like the military and Social Security, the Republican Congress can better highlight to the American people the President’s unilateral actions related to immigration, without having to debate whether Republicans are threatening to shutdown the full government.
I understand concern with not only the President’s immigration orders but also with our government’s spending habits. However, I am proud of the job the Republican House has done to cut down on much of the President’s wasteful spending. The Congressional Budget office recently announced that our annual deficit from the most recent Fiscal Year was down to $469 billion—which is $211 billion less than two years ago. This figure is even starker when considering that our annual deficit was $1.296 trillion in 2011—the year Republicans gained a majority in the House. I believe that much of this reduction in spending is due to House Republicans drawing a line on discretionary spending and preventing the President from enacting even more costly government program.
While this budget helps improve our position, I fully admit that there is a long ways to go to get our fiscal house in order. And I fully intend to continue working to cut spending and to help ensure that our nation’s entitlement programs are made financially secure for future beneficiaries. This is important because CBO also indicates that because of the rising cost of government, by 2022 deficits will again approach $1 trillion per year. Presently, the total U.S. debt exceeds $17.7 trillion—representing over $55,000 for every Hoosier—and is growing at an alarming rate. This debt creates anxiety for all Americans, and the resulting uncertainty threatens our economic and national security.
As I have noted, since 2011 Congress has made significant strides in reducing discretionary spending. However, because mandatory spending on programs like Social Security and Medicare is roughly twice as large as discretionary—and the CBO projects that mandatory spending levels will have grown more than 72 percent by 2024—we must also look to secure these programs. As such, as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee with jurisdiction over these issues I look forward to working to stabilizing the future of our social safety net and responsibly eliminating our nation’s deficit.
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