NEW HAMPSHIRE: DINAN – GOP shatters Dems; Jones – Sanders wins every demographic – almost.
GOP: YORK – Establishment reels; SCHRECKINGER – Don & Ted to battle?; GRISWOLD – Christie drops.
LEADS: GOLDBERG – Hillary judged as individual; LAWLER- BO’s $4T budget; HURLEY – SCOTUS blocks environment play.
PA : Kane removal; COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION – WOLF doubles down; WAGNER responds to Wolf.
END NOTES: Article 48 Weimar; LEVIN – 02/09/16; JOANNE – Don & Hill in a bar.
Help for Veterans
Valley Forge Park has 5.4 empty miles and money to build huts for guys who suffered 200+ years ago. Room for vets??????
VALLEY FORGE PATRIOTS & CITIZENS FOR LIBERTY REACHING OUT TO HELP HOMELESS VETERANS
We at Valley Forge Patriots & Citizens for Liberty are trying to help. We are asking for donations of food, gently used warm clothing and blankets.
If you have anything you would like to donate and you are going to our Feb. 3 event at King Of Prussia Vol. Fire House , please bring it with you.
If unable to attend that event (but, you really, really should!), feel free to contact Janet Warnsdorfer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (610) 469-3268.
Lent begins Wednesday, February 10, 2016 and ends Thursday, March 24, 2016
NEW HAMPSHIRE . . .
Oxycontin to heroin . . .
Stephen Dinan, Washington Times: “GOP shatters its turnout record; Democrats lag behind”
“Republicans set a new turnout record Tuesday in New Hampshire’s primary, attracting more than a quarter of a million voters to the polls and offering evidence that most of the energy in the 2016 presidential race continues to be on the GOP side.
“Democrats saw a strong turnout, but their two-person race couldn’t recapture the magic of the 2008 battle between Hillary Clinton and then-candidate Barack Obama — a race that presaged Mr. Obama’s eventual cruise to victory in November.
“Instead, this year it is Republicans who set a record. More than 263,000 votes had been recorded as of Wednesday morning, and 11 percent of precincts still had yet to report in. That puts the GOP above its own 2012 record of 248,000, and well within striking distance of the all-time record for either party, the nearly 290,000 votes cast in that 2008 Democratic primary.
“The New Hampshire results follow last week’s Iowa caucus turnout, where Republicans easily outdistanced Democrats by more than 50 percent. . .”
David Jones, NYT: “Bernie Sanders Wins Every Demographic Group”
“I will work harder.” Boxer
“Senator Bernie Sanders beat Hillary Clinton among nearly every demographic group in the Democratic New Hampshire primary, according to exit polls.
“He carried majorities of both men and women. He won among those with and without college degrees. He won among gun owners and non-gun owners. He beat Mrs. Clinton among previous primary voters and those participating for the first time. And he ran ahead among both moderates and liberals.
“Even so, there were a few silver linings for Mrs. Clinton. While Mr. Sanders bested her among all age groups younger than 45, the two candidates polled evenly among voters aged 45 to 64. And Mrs. Clinton won the support of voters 65 and older. And, though Mrs. Clinton lost nearly every income group, she did carry voters in families earning over $200,000 per year.”
GOP . . .
Byron York, Washington Examiner: “Byron York: Decisive Trump victory sends GOP establishment reeling”
“MANCHESTER, N.H. — In late January, the New Hampshire Republican Party held a gathering that attracted GOP officials, volunteers, activists, and various other members of the party elite from across the state. At the time, Donald Trump led the Republican presidential race in New Hampshire by nearly 20 points, and had been on top of the polls since July.
What was extraordinary about the gathering was that I talked to a lot of people there, politically active Republicans, and most of them told me they personally didn’t know anyone who supported Trump. Asked about the Trump lead, one very well-connected New Hampshire Republican told me, “I don’t see it. I don’t feel it. I don’t hear it, and I spend part of every day with Republican voters.”
Readers of the story came to one of two conclusions. Either New Hampshire Republican leaders were so out of touch that they couldn’t tell something huge was happening right under their noses, or there really weren’t very many Trump voters, and the Trump phenomenon was a mirage that would fade before election day.
Now, with Trump’s smashing victory in the New Hampshire primary, we know the answer. There “
Ben Schreckinger, Politico: Trump win sets up brutal battle with Cruz
‘Cruz is actually running the perfect [expletive] campaign,’ Trump ally worries.
“MANCHESTER, N.H. — Donald Trump’s decisive win proves his candidacy is more than a mirage. But the next seven weeks will test whether it’s durable.
“Trump allies and antagonists alike say he is well-positioned for the next contest on Feb. 20 in South Carolina, where he enjoys a double-digit lead over Ted Cruz and fields his strongest operation of any state.
“But by March 1, that advantage shrinks. Cruz could gain the upper hand when 12 states vote, including six across the South, where the Texan has invested heavily. And two weeks later, the race moves to the first winner-take-all states where Cruz super PAC mega-donor Toby Neugebauer has concentrated his spending – setting up a potential delegate bonanza for Trump’s chief rival.
“‘I worry about Cruz in the South because Cruz is actually running the perfect [expletive] campaign,’ said a Southern ally of Trump’s, who bemoaned the businessman’s lack of investment in field and data operations. . .” http://www.politico.com/story/2016/02/donald-trump-ted-cruz-new-hampshire-219037#ixzz3zmjV3OqZ
Alex Griswold, Mediaite: “Chris Christie To Drop Out of Presidential Race”
“Republican Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie will drop out of the presidential race, reports ABC News.
“Despite a strategy that heavily focused money and resources on New Hampshire, Christie ended up in a disappointing sixth place Tuesday. Christie announced shortly after Tuesday’s loss that he was retreating to New Jersey and would be reevaluating his campaign.
“Another major hurdle to Christie’s prospects was that he was very unlikely to make Saturday’s CBS debate. Polling at seventh place nationwide and sixth in the next primary state of South Carolina, Christie faced an uphill battle with no clear path to victory. . .”
LEADS . . .
Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “To Feminist Consternation, Hillary Is Being Judged as an Individual — Not as a Woman”
“Hillary Clinton is not a woman, and that’s a triumph for feminism and a problem for Hillary. Let me clarify. Yes, technically she is female. But when millions of Americans think of Hillary Clinton, they don’t think of her gender; they think of, well, Hillary Clinton. Some may think of her as a heroic liberal technocrat. Others might think of her as a deeply partisan politician. The list goes on: She’s a supportive (or enabling) wife, a great (or terrible) former secretary of state, a left-wing bully, or a victim of political witch hunts. What she is not is an icon for a category of humanity called “womanhood.”
“This strikes me as a significant victory for feminism, though not for professional feminists and certainly not for Hillary Clinton. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/431058/hillary-clinton-feminism-problem-judged-individual-not-woman
Joseph Lawler, Washington Examiner: “White House proposes first $4 trillion budget”
“In the last budget outline he will offer as president, Obama suggested adhering to the terms of the budget deal reached in December with congressional Republicans for fiscal year 2017, the last year he will be in office. That would allow another $30 billion in spending in 2017, and Obama’s budget clocks in at $4.147 trillion for that year.
“In subsequent years, Obama would recommend rewriting the government’s tax-and-spending plans, calling for tax hikes on wealthy earners, savings on health care programs, and comprehensive immigration reform that the White House says would help expand the tax base. In exchange, the White House wants a lifting of statutory caps on government spending.
“Obama’s ambitious proposals for new government initiatives and programs, however, were shot down immediately before Tuesday’s unveiling by a GOP Congress that does not share his view of government and is already preparing for after his tenure. . .”
Also – Investors: “70% Of Obama’s Budget Is Writing Checks to Individuals”
“Budget: What is the federal government’s most important function these days? Based on the Obama budget released today, it’s not defense, or roads, or education, or the environment. It’s cutting checks.
“Buried deep in the president’s annual budget are a series of tables that few ever notice, but that are incredibly illuminating when it comes to understanding the size and scope of today’s federal government.
“The table shows how much money the federal government spends on what budget officials describe as “payments to individuals.” Obama’s budget puts the figure for next year at a mind-boggling $2.9 trillion out of a $4.1 trillion budget.
“In other words, more than 70% of federal spending amounts to taking money from one set of pockets, and depositing it in another.
And this figure is rising fast. Payments to individuals accounted for 60% of the budget when Obama took office, and less than 50% as recently as 1991.
“Surprisingly little of this money, however, helps the poor. Housing assistance, food stamps, welfare programs, and Medicaid comprise just 25% of all the payments to individuals.
“The rest goes to middle class programs like Social Security, student aid, Medicare benefits, federal employee pensions and the like. . .”
Lawrence Hurley, Yahoo!: “Supreme Court blocks Obama carbon emissions plan”
“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama by blocking federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, the centerpiece of his administration’s strategy to combat climate change.
“On a 5-4 vote, the court granted a request made by 27 states and various companies and business groups to block the administration’s Clean Power Plan. The move means the regulations will not be in effect while litigation continues over whether their legality.
“The brief order from the justices said that the regulations would be on hold until the legal challenge is completed. The court’s five conservatives all voted to block the rule. The order noted that the four liberals would have denied the application. . .”
PA . . .
Commonwealth Foundation: “Wolf Doubles Down: Highest Spending Increase in 25 Years”
“February 9, 2016, Harrisburg, Pa.—Today, Gov. Tom Wolf doubled down on his tax-and-spend agenda, proposing a $3 billion spending increase—a 10 percent bump, the largest in 25 years—requiring broad-based tax increases of $850 per family of four.
“Governor Wolf ignored the public’s fierce resistance to the historic tax increases in his first budget and, today, doubled-down on tax increases on all Pennsylvania families,” commented Matthew Brouillette, president and CEO of the Commonwealth Foundation. ‘It’s shocking that after trying—and failing—five times last year to raise taxes, his plan is to try yet again. Uncontrolled spending fueled by ever-higher taxes is already hurting our state: Last year, one person left Pennsylvania every 12.5 minutes to seek better opportunities elsewhere.
“‘From 1970 to 2014, Pennsylvania ranked a dismal 49th in job growth, 45th in personal income growth, and 48th in population growth. Governor Wolf’s budget plan will only accelerate this race to the bottom.’
“Wolf’s budget plan, when including pension payments, calls for $33.3 billion in spending in 2016-2017 and $3.6 billion in new taxes over 18 months, including a new severance tax of 6.5 percent and a retroactive increase in personal income tax to 3.4 percent.
“‘Wolf talked today about ‘saving’ the taxpayers of Pennsylvania,’ Brouillette continued. “‘Instead, he’s taxing us backwards and forwards.’ . . .”
Janet: “Wagner Responds to Wolf’s 2016-2017 Budget Address”
“HARRISBURG – Senator Scott Wagner (R-York), in response to Governor Tom Wolf’s 2016-2017 budget address this morning, continues to stand up for taxpayers by demanding accountability for the money they already send to Harrisburg.
“‘How dare he?’ I ask,” stated Wagner. “How dare he paint a doom and gloom picture for Pennsylvania taxpayers to cover up the fact that he wants more of their money to fund his tax and spend budget, which he didn’t even present during his address. Not once did he actually offer specifics of his proposal for the 2016-2017 Fiscal Year budget.”
Wagner continued, “While he omitted the details in his speech, the reality is, Governor Wolf continues to demand more money from taxpayers without taking basic steps to control costs. Again, I ask, ‘How dare he?’”
“How dare the Governor ask for more hard-earned tax dollars from the people of Pennsylvania without doing anything to reform the pension system that is driving costs through the roof, without reforming our archaic liquor system, without implementing a real hiring and wage freeze on state workers, without asking for more concessions from state employees that enjoy pay and benefits unmatched in the private sector, without asking for concessions from the money managers that get paid hundreds of millions of dollars to manage the state pension funds, and without using savings from innovations and efficiencies to shrink the looming budget deficit?”
“Even the Governor himself stated in his speech, ‘We are going to have to stop closing our eyes and hoping our problems go away. We are going to have to face the facts.’ Then face the facts, Mr. Governor. Stop using the taxpayers of Pennsylvania as your personal slush fund to funnel more money into systems that we know aren’t working efficiently or effectively.”
“If we can’t look our constituents in the eyes and tell them that we’re doing everything that we can to control costs, we can’t ask them to send us more of their hard-earned money,” said Wagner.
The Senator concluded, “If the Governor wants to talk about ways to reform government and create savings to reduce the deficit, I will be the first one at the table. However, until that time, he has no business asking working Pennsylvanians to send more money to Harrisburg.”
END NOTES . . .
Article 48, (Weimar Constitution)
Executive Orders . . .
“Article 48 of the constitution of the Weimar Republic of Germany (1919–1933) allowed the President, under certain circumstances, to take emergency measures without the prior consent of the Reichstag. This power was understood to include the promulgation of ‘emergency decrees (Notverordnungen).’
Mark Levin (02/10/16)
“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin Show, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are the winners of the New Hampshire primary. John Kasich will come in second with Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio right behind him. This means that the establishment is still divided and takes the attention away from Ted Cruz and Donald Trump.
“Also, Michael Bloomberg is seriously considering running as a third party candidate. It may be a good thing for Republicans or it may not matter at all. After that, President Obama is in a rush to destroy this country and moving quickly to destroy the Constitution. He continues to advance his despotic agenda and the Supreme Court has helped him most of the time. His agencies, the Department of Labor, the EPA and others are up to no good.
“This is why we need a conservative for President who will be true to conservative principles. Finally, Donald Trump is wrong when it comes to defining conservatism as being just about attitude. Conservatism is about an underlying philosophy where the Constitution, limited government, and Judeo-Christian values take center stage.”
Joanne: Trump and Hillary in a Bar
Political correctness is a bunch of crap! It violates the First Amendment…. It protects the useless, the lazy, the incompetent, the democrats, and liberals!
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are in a bar. Donald leans over, and with a smile on his face, says, “the media are really tearing you apart for that Scandal”.
Hillary: “You mean about my lying about Benghazi?” Trump: “No, the other one.”
Hillary: “You mean the massive voter fraud?” Trump: “No, the other one.”
Hillary: “You mean the military not getting their votes counted?” Trump: “No, the other one.”
Hillary: “Using my secret private server with classified material to Hide my Activities?” Trump: “No, the other one.”
Hillary: “The NSA monitoring our phone calls, emails and everything Else?” Trump: “No, the other one.”
Hillary: “Using the Clinton Foundation as a cover for tax evasion, Hiring Cronies, And taking bribes from foreign countries? Trump: “No, the other one.”
Hillary: “You mean the drones being operated in our own country without The Benefit of the law?” Trump: “No, the other one.”
Hillary: “Giving 123 Technologies $300 Million, and right afterward it Declared Bankruptcy and was sold to the Chinese?” Trump: “No, the other one.”
Hillary: “You mean arming the Muslim Brotherhood and hiring them in the White House?” Trump: “No, the other one.”
Hillary: “Whitewater, Watergate committee, Vince Foster, commodity Deals?” Trump: “No the other one:”
Hillary: “The IRS targeting conservatives?” Trump: “No the other one:”
Hillary: “Turning Libya into chaos?” Trump: “No the other one:”
Hillary: “Trashing Mubarak, one of our few Muslim friends?” Trump: “No the other one:”
Hillary: “Turning our backs on Israel?” Trump: “No the other one:”
Hillary: “The joke Iran Nuke deal? ” Trump: “No the other one:”
Hillary: “Leaving Iraq in chaos? ” Trump: “No, the other one.”
Hillary: “The DOJ spying on the press?” Trump: “No, the other one.”
Hillary: “You mean HHS Secretary Sibelius shaking down health insurance Executives?” Trump: “No, the other one.”
Hillary: “Giving our cronies in SOLYNDRA $500 MILLION DOLLARS and 3 months later they declared bankruptcy and then the Chinese bought it?” Trump: “No, the other one.”
Hillary: “The State Department interfering with an Inspector General Investigation on departmental sexual misconduct?” Trump: “No, the other one.”
Hillary: “Me, The IRS, Clapper and Holder all lying to Congress?” Trump: “No, the other one.”
Hillary: “Threats to all of Bill’s former mistresses to keep them quiet” Trump: “No, the other one.”
Hillary: “I give up! … Oh wait, I think I’ve got it! When I stole the White House furniture, silverware and china when Bill left office?” Trump: “THAT’S IT! I almost forgot about that one”.
Everything above is true. Yet Democrats still vote for her. How can there be that many stupid people in this country???
We’re doomed if this woman is elected!!!