Ho hum, Jeb Bush would "help poor people" by ending food stamps and TANF, and letting states apply for "Right to Rise" grants from our federal government to (all together now) give states more "flexibility" and promote "transformative ideas to eliminate poverty and increase opportunity." If you read that last part as "transformative ideas to enable corruption and increase graft," you're not alone. "We have spent trillions of dollars on the 'War on Poverty,' but there are now still more than 46 million Americans living in poverty," Mr. Bush says, ignoring the most recent three-plus decades when we've converted this economy from one that helps people move up into one that keeps people down, which conversion more aptly explains rampant poverty today than the food stamps and welfare no one can live high on the hog on.
White nationalist SuperPAC robocalls in Iowa on behalf of Donald Trump for the Republican Presidential nomination. Don't hold your breath waiting for Mr. Trump to condemn them ("they've got YUGE ENERGY!!!!"), but I suspect these robocalls will backfire, since a) no one likes any robocalls and b) even most racists don't want to identify as "white nationalists." Next time the American National SuperPAC tries this trick, though -- maybe on behalf of someone a bit more subtle than Mr. Trump, maybe not -- it might not backfire. Once people come out of the closet as racists, they've got nothing left to do but double down.
No, Gov. Christie, 30 percent of the Gitmo detainees released by President Obama have not "returned to terrorism." Government data suggests that 5 percent have, with another 5 percent that might have -- and that, on balance, some 18% released by both Messrs. Obama and Bush have "returned" to terrorist activities, per the same data. Of course, I'm putting all these words in quotation marks because a lot of detainees were never terrorists to begin with. And you still have to wonder about the competence of a government that can hold people for 10 years but can't charge them with anything.
Former New Mexico Governor (and former Republican) Gary Johnson announces he will run for the Libertarian nomination for President in 2016. He has a lot going for him -- he's very personable, he has significant Executive branch experience, and his diagnosis that "(t)here’s no place for someone who’s a fiscal conservative and a social liberal in either party" will persuade a lot of folks. On the other hand, Mike Huckabee was very personable in 2008, and he's borderline unwatchable now. I hope Gary Johnson is made of stronger stuff.
Finally, Hillary Clinton releases an ad telling the world that Republicans are awful and she's the only Democratic Presidential candidate who can stop them. You know what we call that, right? A hostage crisis! We'd be more accurate to say only the people can stop those awful Republicans, and since voting is the beginning of one's citizenship duties, not the end, voting for a palatable Democrat in one Presidential election is hardly a panacea for what ails our nation. I can't help but wonder about the timing, too -- Bernie Sanders just laid into Wall Street banksters the other day.