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Donald Trump: Serial Liar

Out on the campaign trail, Donald Trump has been hitting Ted Cruz for saying that Trump loves Obamacare.

Here’s what Cruz actually said (starts at 4:13):

“A vote for Marco Rubio is a vote for amnesty; and a vote for Donald Trump is a vote for Obamacare.  If you look at their positions, Marco Rubio right now as a presidential candidate is advocating amnesty, is advocating citizenship for 12 million people here illegally, and Donald Trump right now as a candidate is advocating full on expanding Obamacare to make it socialized medicine.  Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have the identical position on health care, which is they want to put government in charge of you and your doctor.”

Now, Rubio has taken both sides on amnesty, insisting during the GOP debates that he isn’t for amnesty, but still trying to defend his position in the Gang of 8…and then there’s this:

As for Donald Trump, he has advocated for “repealing and replacing” Obamacare, but replacing it with an even bigger socialized health care program:

This is in keeping with Trump’s modus operandi – unlike Clinton and Sanders, he has neither desire nor obligation to sustain Barack Obama’s legacy, and his over-large ego would never allow him to keep another’s name on his health care program.  The words “repeal and replace” are thrown around a lot by Republicans, so Trump knows that he can get some mileage off of them, all while planning to massively expand Obamacare into Trumpcare.

Donald Trump, like Hillary and Bernie, just gives the same excuse that every other Communist and Socialist ever gives: Never mind that it’s failed everywhere it’s ever been tried, we’ll do it right…just trust us.

But Trump’s latest assertion is a real whopper:

“By the way, this guy Ted Cruz, Ted Cruz goes out, You talk about liars, listen to this – he goes out and he says ‘Donald Trump loves Obamacare.’  I’ve been fighting this thing for four or five years.  And by the way, if it weren’t for Ted Cruz, he’s the one that got Justice Roberts on to the United States Supreme Court.  He pushed him, he approved him, and Justice Roberts approved Obamacare twice when it should’ve been rejected.  His vote got it over the top.  Ted Cruz did that.  Ted Cruz gave us Obamacare.  Believe me.  And, ya know, what I hate, what I hate is when somebody lies.  Every single speech, I think, and a lot of you have heard this, every single speech that I’ve made, I talk about repealing and replacing Obamacare.  Here’s a guy gets up in Iowa and he said ‘Donald Trump wants Obamacare.’  You know, it’s a flat-out lie.  A flat-out lie.”

 

Yeah, sure Donald Trump hates it when somebody lies…unless he’s the one telling the lies.

John Roberts was nominated and confirmed to the Supreme Court in 2005.

Ted Cruz was elected to the United States Senate in 2012.

At the time of John Roberts’s nomination, Cruz was working as the Texas Solicitor General, and while, at that time, Cruz spoke out in favor of Justice Roberts’s nomination, so did a lot of other conservatives who had been hoodwinked into believing that Roberts was more of a strict constructionist than he has actually turned out to be.

But regardless of whether Cruz spoke out in favor of Roberts, there is no way that Cruz “got Justice Robert on to the United States Supreme Court.”  As Solicitor General for Texas, Ted Cruz had no real power in that decision-making process.  The Senate confirms Supreme Court nominees, and Cruz wouldn’t be in the Senate for another seven years after Justice Roberts had been confirmed.

So when Donald Trump say “Ted Cruz gave us Obamacare,” it is obviously a huge, bald-faced lie.

 

But let’s look at some real facts.

 

As 60-Minutes interview above demonstrates, Donald Trump’s idea of “repealing and replacing Obamacare.” He means repealing Obamacare, and replacing it with an even bigger version of Obamacare – “Trumpcare,” for lack of a better name.  This is in keeping with the Obama administration’s long-term goals for Obamacare – to use the Affordable Care Act as a transitional step to a larger single-payer system:

And that is exactly what Trumpcare would do.

On top of that, you also have to consider the fact that Donald Trump was actively donating to Democrats’ political campaigns both before and after the passage of Obamacare.  He’ll fight it when it’s politically advantageous for him to fight it – like, say, when he’s getting ready to run for President, but you won’t hear him mention anything about the material support he gave to the Democrat politicians who voted it into law.

So in a very material way, Donald Trump actually helped to get Obamacare passed, through his support of the politicians that voted for it.  So everything that Donald Trump has said with regard to Obamacare and Ted Cruz is “a flat-out lie.”

The REAL Issues

It’s amazing what are treated like real issues in this primary campaign:

  1. The media starts a rumor about Ben Carson dropping out; multiple campaigns (Cruz and Rubio) pick up on it. So did Cruz cheat to win in Iowa? No, but he came in 1st, so all fingers point at him.
  2. Ted Cruz sent out a mailer to Iowa voters (OMG! Not a mailer!). Not the best of campaign tactics, but nothing that hasn’t been done before. All reports & blame games leave out the fact that Rubio did the same thing at the same time.
  3. Ted Cruz is a mean, lying Canadian infiltrator intent on taking our nation over for Canada…or something.  Anyway, Donald Trump said it, so it must be true.
  4. While serving in the Senate, Ted Cruz didn’t get along with the entrenched career politicians who do the bidding of their lobbyist cronies.  This doesn’t mean he’s principled, it just means he’s a mean person who can’t get along well with others.

I get it.  Cruz came out at #1 in Iowa, which puts the target on him.  But in this primary field, Cruz is one of a few true stalwart conservatives who have been fighting for the Constitution for years, in the face of overwhelming odds and undeserved insults & criticism.

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Donald Trump is making lying about Cruz a daily practice, and many of his more virulent supporters take his every word as Gospel, and spreading all kinds of lies and conspiracy theories around social media.

Frankly, the fact that Cruz has responded with class and dignity makes me respect him all the more; I can’t think of many people – especially in the political sphere – who wouldn’t be taking at least a few pot shots, especially given what Cruz is facing.  While Trump takes the low road, Cruz responds with class.  He is the right man in the right place at the right time.

I only hope and pray that the people of America will continue to see through the lies thrown against him, and make the right choice.

The Truth For Ben Carson

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Following Ted Cruz’s win at the Iowa Caucuses, Ben Carson came out accusing the Cruz campaign of “dirty tricks,” after they had urged Carson voters to caucus for Cruz.  Today, social media and the blogosphere are rife with accusations that Cruz “cheated” to get his win in Iowa.

But what really happened?

A CNN reporter that was following Ben Carson tweeted that Carson would be skipping New Hampshire and South Carolina, and instead would head home to Florida following the caucuses.  This was re-tweeted by Iowa Rep. Steve King, who has played a crucial role in Ted Cruz’s Iowa campaign:

 

 

Image capture, in case the above tweets get deleted:

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CNN was also reporting that Carson “plans to take a break from campaigning.”

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Rumors circulate fast during campaign season, and especially so with a so-called “respectable” media outlet like CNN pushing the report.  Based on these reports, it was not unreasonable to conclude that Carson would soon be out – while he was rising in the polls at one point, the media attacked him, and then largely ignored him, effectively ending his rise.  Add in the fact that Carson had already suspended his campaign twice – once to go on a book signing tour, and again after a tragic automobile accident involving some of his campaign staff, and it’s easy to see why Carson’s campaign has been struggling.  There were even some reports over the last several weeks that some of Carson’s staff in New Hampshire had left to work for the Cruz campaign.  Keeping the momentum going is critically important in a primary campaign, so for Carson to head home instead of campaigning in New Hampshire or South Carolina could be the death knell for his campaign…if not for the controversy it inspired, which has put Carson’s name back into the headlines.

Another thing that has been going on for a couple of weeks now is that Ted Cruz has been working to strategically position himself to challenge Donald Trump in Iowa.  Trump has talked a big game, and a loss in Iowa is a key first step to stopping his momentum.  Cruz had been encouraging people to caucus for him, even if he isn’t their #1 candidate, in an effort to ensure that Trump doesn’t become unstoppable after an Iowa win – with ten candidates in the field, uniting behind one conservative is the key to stopping a progressive like Donald Trump – and wooing other candidates’ prospective voters is what the caucus process is all about.

So upon hearing the news about Carson from CNN, Cruz’s campaign sent a message out to their staff that they should go to work to get some of Carson’s voters:

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Image from the Ted Cruz campaign app.

As the rumor mill was churning, Carson and his campaign clarified that Carson was heading to Florida to “get fresh clothes,” and then would be back out on the campaign trail (apparently, there’s a shortage of dry cleaners in Iowa and New Hampshire):

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But by the time the clarification was issued, the rumor mill was already in full swing, the caucuses were underway, and any damage had already been done.

And CNN, of course, is reporting on the story today as though they had no role in it.

 

The real moral of this story?  Be careful when talking to the press.  Carson is leveling all kinds of scurrilous accusations at Cruz and his campaign, but the entire incident stemmed from Carson telling the media he was taking a break from the campaign – which, in the early primaries, really means that the game is over.  It was a rookie mistake, but the anti-Cruz media are all too happy to use it against the conservative they love to hate.

 

UPDATE: Here is video of CNN talking heads hinting that Carson might drop out – 15 minutes before the start of the caucuses.

 

 

Can You Trust Trump?

My latest column is up at AND Magazine.

Here is an excerpt:

In the high political theater that is the 2016 Presidential Primaries, it seems that most candidates are playing a part. Chris Christie pretends he’s a conservative, as he does every time he runs for president. John Kasich pretends he’s relevant. Jeb Bush pretends he hasn’t already lost. Bernie Sanders pretends he understands basic economics. Mark O’Malley pretends he might just have a chance. Hillary Clinton pretends her entire history in politics isn’t just a long string of scandals, lies, and failures.

and_image_1445078673But the true Oscar winner this election cycle has been Donald Trump, who has managed to dominate media coverage throughout the campaign season thus far, and currently leads the polls in the GOP primary.

It’s difficult to pin down just what Donald Trump believes in (other than Donald Trump). His positions have vacillated wildly over the years, and even during his current campaign. Many of his positions have more in common with the Democrat Party than with Republicans – to the point that, on a stage filled with too many candidates, he is the only one to have advocated for universal health care.

“I play to people’s fantasies… I call it truthful hyperbole. It’s an innocent form of exaggeration, and an effective form of promotion… My leverage came from confirming an impression they were already predisposed to believe.”
-The Art of the Deal

In fact, the only area where Donald Trump has significantly distinguished himself from the Left is on the issue of immigration – and even there, he’s been a bit difficult to pin down. He gained popularity early on with calls to build a wall on the Southern border (and have Mexico pay for it, an idea which he has been less-than-clear on how he would implement), to banning all Muslim immigration…yet at the same time, he has come out and stated that he’s open to amnesty for illegal aliens.

 

Continue reading here.

Eminent Domain

If it’s somehow okay for the government to seize private property from a person and hand it over to a business because the business will pay more in taxes, what’s stopping the government from seizing all of our houses and divvying them up between property management companies (other than that it would cause a revolt, that is)?

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The thought occurred to me the other day, so I thought I’d throw it out there.

Shows just how insane eminent domain under Kelo really is, and it also underscores the true importance of the Second Amendment.

Are the Oscars too white?

So many people are up in arms because the Oscars are “too white” this year.  If you care enough about awards that the film industry gives to itself that you actually know the racial makeup of the nominees, then you’re taking it WAY too seriously.

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I will admit that, many years ago, I cared about who won the Oscars.  I wanted my favorite movies to win.  But peel back the curtain for a second.

The Oscars (and the Grammys, and the Golden Globes, and whatever other awards shows are out there) amount to little more than industry insiders handing out trophies to other industry insiders…and these days, it seems like a good number of the awards are more political than anything else, especially if they’re expected to ensure that the racial makeup of Oscar nominees doesn’t end up leaning “too white.”

If the racial makeup of Oscar nominees is something you’re genuinely concerned about, I encourage you to boycott the Oscars.  Just stop watching them…and I don’t mean just for this year.  Stop watching them for the rest of all time.  There are so many more important issues in the world at any given time than which Hollywood actor/director will be granted the privilege of taking home a little statue of a genderless golden Icon to the God of Hollywood.

And when you finally come to the realization that Hollywood’s self-congratulatory festivities just aren’t worth your time, you will be a better person for it.  Trust me.

Thoughts On The Debate I Didn’t Watch

After the last Fox Business debate (which was the only debate up to that point that was worth watching), I decided that I was through with GOP primary debates.  Going in, I knew that I wouldn’t be watching the one tonight.

But, political junkie that I am, I caught about ten minutes on the radio on the way home from work.

In the little bit that I did catch, Donald Trump was going after Ted Cruz with the same old birther crap that has been well and thoroughly debunked, but that he won’t let go of because he knows that Ted Cruz is the most serious opponent he faces in this primary election.

The issue is idiotic, and Donald Trump’s insistence (and that of his followers) is no less so. He always brings up the issue by adamantly denying that he’s bringing up the issue.

“I’m not saying that Ted Cruz is really Satan, MSNBC brought that up…but I think Ted Cruz might want to get a statement from the Pope declaring that he isn’t the devil incarnate. I’m not the one saying that, there are very respected pundits who are saying that.”

This is a cheap politician’s trick, and it’s very transparent each and every time Donald Trump uses it.

Trump’s warnings of the danger of a lawsuit ring hollow as well. Presidents get sued all of the time; it doesn’t stop them from doing the job of being President…and since the law is very clear in regards to Ted Cruz’s status as a Natural Born Citizen, the chances that any lawsuit would go anywhere is precisely nil.

Don’t forget, while Donald Trump was building golf courses, Ted Cruz was building a brilliant legal resume. He has defended Americans’ Constitutional rights not only in the Senate, but before the Supreme Court. Trump may have business savvy, a loud & obnoxious personality, lots of money, but Ted Cruz has five times the intelligence, and a long record of standing for conservative principles.

In the end, Donald Trump made himself look like a petty fool (which is what he is). If Trump actually accomplished anything with his birther tirade, it was to make Marco Rubio look good, when he stepped in to point out that there are actually substantive issues that should be addressed (which might have really amounted to something, but it seemed that the moderators were more interested in turning the candidates against each other, and Chris Christie wasted no time in cleaning Rubio’s clock).

Let’s face it: While Donald Trump was nice to have around for a while, since he opened up the primary to topics that otherwise would have gone unaddressed, he has outlived his usefulness. Trump is popular because he insists on being the loudest voice in the room, but volume does not make a good President. Any buffoon can go around blathering about, saying the first thing that pops in his head, and a popular buffoon like Trump will even be treated to a media echo chamber that will make his blathering the headline of the day…but standing on that debate stage, Donald Trump is the Kim Kardashian of the GOP primary. He may be popular, but it’s not because he’s smart.

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