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  • Family of girl who was raped and killed by Afghan migrant ask for donations to refugee charity

    12/07/2016 4:40:36 PM PST · 69 of 70
    Soul of the South to bboop

    “I cannot believe this father - if I were married to him, I would be out of there so fast.”

    To progressives the cause is more important than family. You may recall Monica Lewinsky’s father would not condemn Bill Clinton for using his daughter as a humidor. In the Larry King interview transcript below from 1998 he condemns Ken Starr while giving the Clintons a pass.

  • Donald Trump is Time magazine's Person of the Year

    12/07/2016 5:20:42 AM PST · 63 of 180
    Soul of the South to mewzilla

    “Time is just desperate to sell copies.”

    Perhaps they are reaching out to the 50% of the country who doesn’t embrace progressive domination.

  • Angela Merkel calls for burka ban in Germany

    12/06/2016 7:20:41 AM PST · 3 of 19
    Soul of the South to BlackFemaleArmyCaptain

    Agree. Hopefully German voters are not deceived.

  • Japan PM Abe won't apologise at Pearl Harbor: government

    12/06/2016 7:14:01 AM PST · 35 of 92
    Soul of the South to rdcbn

    An apology is only meaningful if it is 1) sincere, and 2) made by someone with true accountability for the act or behavior resulting in the apology. Abe apologizing for Pearl Harbor is not meaningful based on the second condition. Therefore there is no reason for him to go through a charade that has no meaning. Same for Obama at Hiroshima.

  • McCrory concedes gubernatorial race (NC) to Cooper

    12/05/2016 12:03:46 PM PST · 31 of 44
    Soul of the South to apillar

    “Then they didn’t do a very good job of it, considering the Republican legislature that passed the law got reelected and still hold a veto proof margin, so that law won’t be going anywhere no matter who the Governor is....”

    Cooper as Attorney General refused to defend the HB2 law. No doubt he will do the same as Governor assuming the legislature refuses to repeal the law. Doubtless he will go through the process of trying to force a repeal vote in the legislature. Millions of dollars of out of state money will be used to support the repeal effort as well as lawsuits in federal and state court to have the law struck down by the imperial judiciary. Community activists will descend on the state like locusts making us miserable until one of the Obama appointees to the federal bench strikes down the law or the legislature capitulates.

  • Judge Orders Michigan Recount to Begin at Noon Monday

    12/05/2016 5:20:31 AM PST · 29 of 112
    Soul of the South to madison10

    Perhaps the state of Michigan should tell the federal judge he has no jurisdiction in the case citing Article II Section I of the Constitution which gives each state the authority to chose its electors by any process it chooses:

    “Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector.”

  • Jobless Rate Dives To 9-Year Low; Is Labor Market Too Tight?

    12/05/2016 4:25:33 AM PST · 26 of 70
    Soul of the South to LeonardFMason

    “Trump MUST, MUST, MUST debunk the mythical unemployment rate coming from the BLS. He must clean house in this rigged organization.”

    He must also fix the consumer price index statistics which exclude food and energy prices.

  • Democratic staffer exposes the soft bigotry of Senate Democrats

    12/04/2016 8:36:01 AM PST · 15 of 34
    Soul of the South to artichokegrower

    It has taken Shaun King a while to understand liberalism and hypocrisy go together.

  • Stick to ‘one China’ policy, Beijing tells US after historic call between Trump & Taiwan’s president

    12/03/2016 12:19:55 PM PST · 40 of 60
    Soul of the South to ClearCase_guy

    “All options are on the table.”

    Our foreign policy has suffered from failing to keep all options on the table. Trump is a good negotiator and he is appropriately setting the stage letting all of the actors know they can’t expect business as usual. He will negotiate from strength, not the weakness projected for the last 8 years and the conventional globalist thinking of the 20 years previous.

    I hope Trump will take time to read George Washington’s farewell address. He would be wise to heed the wisdom of the founding fathers who warned future generations against “foreign entanglements”.

    Washington stated, “Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence, (I conjure you to believe me fellow citizens,), the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government. But that jealousy to be useful must be impartial; else it becomes the instrument of the very influence to be avoided, instead of a defense against it. Excessive partiality for one foreign nation and excessive dislike of another, cause those whom they actuate to see danger only on one side, and serve to veil and even second the arts of influence on the other. Real Patriots, who may resist the intrigues of the favourite, are liable to become suspected and odious; while its tools and dupes usurp the applause & confidence of the people, to surrender their interests.”

    Washington went on to encourage commercial relations with other nations but avoid political connections and alliances. He supported strict neutrality in commerce and would have been appalled by modern trade agreements (NAFTA, CAFTA, WTO, TPP). He certainly would have opposed the United Nations and NATO.

  • Meet Wilbur Ross, Trump's expected commerce secretary pick

    11/29/2016 5:54:55 PM PST · 18 of 35
    Soul of the South to pissant

    In 2003/2004 textile companies Burlington Industries and Cone Mills declared bankruptcy and were bought out of bankruptcy by Wilbur Ross in a sweetheart “crony capitalist” deal in which the taxpayers assumed full responsibility for the pension obligations of the companies and Ross took all of the productive assets.

    Ross then shut down operations in the US, terminated thousands of US employees, and opened operations offshore including a $100 million denim factory in Nicaragua. Ross is the epitome of crony capitalists who over the past 25 years have made billions moving US manufacturing assets and jobs overseas.

    Mr. Ross’s expertise is stripping American industry of capital and jobs, not building American companies. North Carolina and other southern states are littered with empty factories that formerly housed Burlington Industries and Cone Mills operations. If Mr. Trump truly plans to make America great again, he sure picked a strange leader for the Department of Commerce.

    Here are some links to articles about Ross. Note particularly the last one, an interview in which he talks about his extensive investments in China and gives his rationale for Trump not being able to levy 45% tariffs on Chinese goods. The second to last article speaks to the $100 million investment in a Nicaraguan denim factory after passage of the CAFTA trade agreement.

  • Obama is set to push through last-minute 'midnight regulations'

    11/28/2016 4:31:37 PM PST · 56 of 56
    Soul of the South to GregoTX

    “I could be wrong, but at this point I do not expect Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan to get things done.”

    I’m in agreement with you.

  • Obama is set to push through last-minute 'midnight regulations'

    11/28/2016 8:48:35 AM PST · 44 of 56
    Soul of the South to GregoTX

    “This is why I hate federal bureaucracies, they have regulating power and under the control of the POTUS. The Constitution does not grant the POTUS law making authority.”

    Congress delegates regulatory authority to the Executive branch. For decades many Congresses have abdicated their lawmaking role by granting broad discretion to bureaucrats. However, what Congress gives, Congress can take away.

    There is no regulation issued by a POTUS or government bureaucrat that Congress cannot repeal. In January the GOP Congress and President have the opportunity to put up or shut up.

    Within 30 days of taking office, Trump should send a list of regulations to Congress for repeal. Congress should spend a week reviewing the list and pass legislation in both houses to void the regulations. Trump should immediately sign the bill. Going forward Congress should write tight bills limiting bureaucratic discretion.

    The good news all of this can be accomplished in less than 60 days. If nothing is done, we know who to blame.

  • Michigan Recount 2016: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

    11/27/2016 8:58:01 AM PST · 112 of 146
    Soul of the South to Beautiful_Gracious_Skies

    “This is all in Broward, Florida. They tried and they got caught, redhanded. Had these events continued, unabated, surely Donald Trump would have lost Florida.”

    If they aren’t prosecuted and convicted for this crime the Democrats and the media will continue to argue voter fraud is not an issue. Certainly a Republican Governor can initiate a real investigation.

  • Jeb Bush asks new Republican administration to flex its muscles with a constitutional convention

    11/27/2016 8:41:14 AM PST · 18 of 134
    Soul of the South to dirtboy

    “I can’t think of a better way to kill off the possibility of a Constitutional Convention than having Jeb Bush endorse the concept.”

    It may be his intent.

  • Why Three American Soldiers Were Killed in Jordan

    11/27/2016 7:56:36 AM PST · 16 of 20
    Soul of the South to Kaslin

    Three dead Americans in Jordan. Three more reasons for the US to pull out of the Middle East and let the warring nations, tribes, sects, and factions kill each other off as they have been doing since and before Islam appeared in the 7th century. We can and should be energy independent from the Middle East. Let Europeans, Chinese, and Indians work on the dream of peace in the region for a while.

  • Let California Go

    11/27/2016 7:47:44 AM PST · 70 of 156
    Soul of the South to Old Retired Army Guy

    “SO, if you slice off the coastal area bounded on the East by the San Andreas fault (If you get my drift), Trump wins the Popular vote.”

    Split California into two states. That way the conservatives will have 2 more electoral votes.

  • Obamacare insurers stiffed again by feds

    11/26/2016 7:16:59 AM PST · 7 of 20
    Soul of the South to wrench

    “The Uniparty will declare they are “Too Big to Fail” and will bail them out.”

    The lame duck session of Congress begins next week. No doubt the McConnell and Ryan are prepared to open the taxpayer wallet to all types of crony capitalism. Time for the recently elected and reelected Congress critters to repay those campaign contributions.

  • Obama Attempts to Distort His Legacy

    11/25/2016 4:17:36 PM PST · 16 of 18
    Soul of the South to fastkelly

    “At the end of this last fiscal year the Fed had to borrow $1.423 Tril. So if the last year deficit was $587 Bil, where do you think Obama stashed away the extra $836 Bil that the Fed borrowed.”

    As I indicated in another post, the amount of money the government borrows in a given year does not necessarily equal the amount of the deficit. The government is constantly rolling over the accumulated debt as treasury notes and bills become due. Net borrowing in a year includes the amount the government funds to cover the current year deficit plus the amount the government borrows to cover debt being rolled over, plus “off budget” borrowing by agencies whose budgets are not included in the annual budget approve by Congress.

  • Obama Attempts to Distort His Legacy

    11/25/2016 4:10:19 PM PST · 15 of 18
    Soul of the South to fastkelly

    “According to US treasury records,In 1999, the Fed borrowed $18 Bil and in 2000 they Borrowed $33 Bil. If Clinton admin had a balanced budget, what did he do with the $ 51 Bil the Fed borrowed those 2 years? Steal it??”

    Two potential issues:
    1) Even in years when the budget runs a surplus the government rolls over debt. Say there is $100 billion in old debt coming due this year. The government runs a $25 billion surplus. It will still need to borrow $75 billion to refinance the treasury notes, bills, or bonds coming due.
    2) The government has on budget and off budget borrowing. For example the Social Security trust funds, post office accounts, the Federal Reserve accounts, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae accounts among others are off budget. These agencies do borrow funds from time to time. It is possible these borrowings show up in total Federal borrowings.

  • Obama Attempts to Distort His Legacy

    11/25/2016 2:23:13 PM PST · 12 of 18
    Soul of the South to Secret Agent Man

    “How many budgets did Obama actually pass? One?”

    The President does not “pass” the budget. He may (but is not required by the Constitution to) submit a proposed budget to Congress for consideration. Per the Constitution Congress must approve all appropriations from the national treasury. It can approve money the president requests or not. It can approve money the president does not want to spend and require him to spend it.

    The only powers the Constitution grants the President with respect to spending are:
    1) To veto or sign spending bills passed by Congress.
    2) To execute Congressional appropriations he signs into law.

    There is no requirement in the Constitution for the government to have a budget at all.

    Mr. Obama did send a recommended budget to Congress each year. Whether or not his budget was “passed” was up to Congress, not him. He performed his duty.

  • Obama Attempts to Distort His Legacy

    11/25/2016 1:40:00 PM PST · 10 of 18
    Soul of the South to Secret Agent Man

    “As the first black president I almost doubled the federal debt in just eight years, it took 240 years of white guys just to get it where it was before me.”

    Actually with respect to the deficit he merely repeated what the white guy who preceded him accomplished in doubling the federal debt. The only difference is the white guy (George Bush) inherited a balanced budget so he had to reverse the positive trend.. Obama started his presidency with the largest annual deficit in US history put place ($1.4 trillion) by his white predecessor. Obama’s last year (2016) the budget deficit was $587 billion, an improvement of $900 billion in annual spending versus the deficit he inherited. Note also Obama’s deficit spending has been supported by a Republican House (where all appropriations are initiated and approved). Of course his predecessor Mr. Bush had a Republican House for 6 years and which also approved his record deficits and was infamous for use of the earmark to fund big pork projects.

    Read the Constitution. The president cannot spend a dime unless it is appropriate by Congress. All spending must originate in the House of Representatives. The truth is, the GOP members of the House are accountable for the explosion of the deficit under Obama and Bush.

  • Poll: Who Should Be Donald Trump’s Secretary of State?

    11/25/2016 8:04:05 AM PST · 69 of 131
    Soul of the South to mandaladon

    George Friedman who founded Stratfor and now is head of Geopolitical Futures, an online publication that analyzes geopolitical events. I’ve read Friedman’s publications for years. He is a student of history, geography, and international relations. In addition he is not a neocon, not an isolationist, and not a politician. He is an independent strategic thinker.

    Here is a link to Wikipedia on Friedman.

  • News conference called on Obama's birth certificate

    11/25/2016 7:46:10 AM PST · 98 of 109
    Soul of the South to Trod Upon

    “Bye bye Kagan, Sotomayor, and every other life term federal judge he appointed.”

    It will be argued the Senate approved these appointments.

  • Dems Can’t Afford to Say Yes to Trump

    11/25/2016 5:52:06 AM PST · 28 of 28
    Soul of the South to HiTech RedNeck

    “what kind of activity?”

    Funding groups that direct and lead their base. Funding groups like Judicial watch that use the Freedom of Information Act for political purposes.

  • Dems Can’t Afford to Say Yes to Trump

    11/22/2016 6:14:28 AM PST · 5 of 28
    Soul of the South to broken_arrow1

    From the article a huge lie: “You hear a lot about George Soros and rich Hollywood liberals, and you probably just assume that liberals spend more money on this kind of activity than conservatives. Not so. “

  • Melania and Barron Trump won’t be moving to the White House

    11/20/2016 9:55:58 AM PST · 155 of 207
    Soul of the South to ilovesarah2012

    “Their lives, their choices.”

    You are 100% correct and as someone believing in freedom of the individual I support that choice. I also support the choice of Trump turning his business interests over to his children instead of a blind trust. Again, his decision.

    All I am saying is I would make a different choice under the circumstances. Again a difference of opinion.

  • Melania and Barron Trump won’t be moving to the White House

    11/20/2016 7:24:19 AM PST · 34 of 207
    Soul of the South to BlackFemaleArmyCaptain

    I was a military brat. Every 2-3 years my father was transferred and the entire family moved. My siblings and I learned to be resilient and flexible when adapting to new situations. I learned to be respectful of different cultures and regional preferences. By the time I entered college I understood economic and social class differences much better than other college students who grew up in one sheltered community with a narrow set of friends. We learned to make relationships and preserve relationships across distance and time. Over 40 years later I still correspond and visit good friends I made at various military installations around the country.

    From my life experience I’ve always had a difficult time understanding parents who want to shelter and protect their children from the “change” associated with a relocation. I’ve seen many managers and executives turn down job opportunities because they didn’t want to put their children through the trauma of a move. Others have accepted a distant assignment with one spouse staying in place with the children and the second spouse living in the new location and seeing the rest of the family on the weekend or less frequently. While some families cope well with the commuting situation, I’ve seen many marriages collapse, or teenage children experience drug addiction and pregnancy, when the family is dealing with the stress and disruption of one parent living outside the household.

    We forget that children can be resilient when they are not coddled. In the formative years of our nation families moved from other continents to American, leaving behind forever relatives and friends. Once here for a few years, many uprooted again heading west for the frontier, again leaving friends and family behind. Children learned to be self reliant, adaptable, and emotionally strong.

    I hope for Mr. Trump and his family the desire to shelter Barron doesn’t result in Barron becoming another “snowflake” unable to deal with life outside his protected bubble. Mr. Trump will have extreme stress in his new job where he would benefit from having the love and companionship of his family supporting him daily. Trump has already experienced two failed marriages and his decision making will not benefit from marital and family stress. Perhaps once the school year is complete, the Melania and Barron will move to Washington.

  • President Trump’s Cabinet picks are likely to be easily confirmed...because of Senate Democrats.

    11/19/2016 2:15:30 AM PST · 38 of 68
    Soul of the South to Ken H

    Man chin was just appointed to the Democrat leadership in the Senate. He will have to support the party position on Sessions.

  • Breaking: Trump Offers Attorney General Job To Senator Jeff Sessions!

    11/18/2016 4:53:31 AM PST · 82 of 159
    Soul of the South to SwampFoxSC

    “As important if not more important than a pit bull is someone with an impeccable personal life.”

    The press and Democrats are already primed to go after Sessions on charges of racism in the 1980’s. Sessions failed to obtain Senate approval for his nomination in 1986 for a federal judgeship due to testimony at the time he made racist comments. Here’s a link to a CNN article from the past 24 hours. Chuck Schumer must be licking his chops at the prospect of fighting this nomination. Do McConnell and the squishy moderate GOP Senators have the desire or backbone for an ugly fight to confirm Sessions?

  • White students not allowed to speak at UMich post-election walkout (VIDEO)

    11/17/2016 7:45:50 PM PST · 20 of 49
    Soul of the South to Right-wing Librarian

    “DJT has expressed his desire to stop funding these colleges, and give students the funding to spend where they choose.”

    How about simply eliminating the Department of Education, the federal student loan program, and all federal grants and scholarships except full tuition scholarships to the service academies and ROTC scholarships requiring several years of service after graduation? Post secondary education should be completely discretionary. Let students and their families determine if the investment is worthwhile. Eliminating taxpayer funding will allow market forces to drive down the cost of education. Plus it will increase demand for business, engineering, and technical degrees while reducing demand for ethnic studies, sociology, psychology, and other majors for which there are few jobs in the marketplace.

    I disagree with Trump on “giving funding” to students. No gifts from the taxpayers. Private charities are free to give gifts.

  • Democrats hope Trump meets his match in Schumer

    11/17/2016 7:14:30 AM PST · 21 of 63
    Soul of the South to ChicagoConservative27

    There are 23 Democrat Senators facing reelection two years from now in the 2018 elections. Many are from states Trump won or came close to winning. If Trump and McConnell do their jobs these incumbent Democrats will have many opportunities to record votes over the next two years for which they will be held accountable. It is going to be difficult for Schumer to block vote the entire Democrat caucus in the Senate against repeal of Obamacare. He may also face defections on taxes, Supreme Court nominees, border security, and reigning in regulatory agencies.

  • Students, Professors Send Letter to UVA Head Criticizing Her For Quoting Thomas Jefferson

    11/17/2016 3:58:41 AM PST · 35 of 36
    Soul of the South to Chewbarkah

    “Odd that they take so little interest in what their money pays for.”

    This alumnus stopped giving about 5 years ago after two incidents:

    1) The Dean of the College, in her blog, lauded Teddy Kennedy at the time of his death, comparing him to Thomas Jefferson as a great statesman.

    2) At an alumni gathering I asked the current President, Ms. Sullivan, about her position on the single sanction honor system which was under attack by a large minority of students. She would not respond, directing me instead to one of her subordinates. The assistant, with a very politically correct academic title I no longer remember, explained to me many minority students and foreign students do not share the same cultural values a single sanction reinforces. She suggested I be sensitive to the blending of cultures occurring in our society and the fact the University has be more flexible to attract students from diverse backgrounds. A single sanction may be inconsistent with a multicultural community.

    I did not receive a response from my letter to the university administration advising them of my decision to redirect my charitable annual contribution and remove a legacy endowment from my estate. The administration’s subsequent handling of the recent Rolling Stone fiasco has only confirmed my decision to no longer support financially the school I once treasured.

    Unfortunately those with much larger wallets than I continue to fund the school and make up for the declining contributions from the state. As long as they subsidize the progressive agenda of the current academic leaders, and the Democrat governor continues to appoint leftists to the board of visitors, the school will continue its evolution into another elitist socialist indoctrination center.

  • Students, Professors Send Letter to UVA Head Criticizing Her For Quoting Thomas Jefferson

    11/16/2016 1:56:08 PM PST · 32 of 36
    Soul of the South to Chewbarkah

    “At minimum, the profs should refuse fat paychecks and benefit packages paid for by the tax slaves of Virginia.”

    For years the tax slaves of Virginia have dramatically decreased their contributions to the University of Virginia. Today they contribute less than 10% of the annual operating funds of the University. The administration and many of the school’s many wealthy alumni (who strongly support the school financially) would like to take the University private. The University’s law and graduate business schools are already privatized. Perhaps the legislature representing the tax slaves of Virginia should consider privatizing UVA, Virginia Tech, and the other state universities able to fund themselves without state support. In fact privatizing higher education might be a way for all state to relieve the burden on taxpayers.

  • Federal Spending Reduction Ideas for Pres. Trump

    11/16/2016 4:27:40 AM PST · 20 of 66
    Soul of the South to Soul of the South

    Here’s a link to the study showing the impact of successive 1% annual cuts in federal spending.

  • Federal Spending Reduction Ideas for Pres. Trump

    11/16/2016 4:26:24 AM PST · 19 of 66
    Soul of the South to DoodleDawg

    “That’s a rounding error for the budget as a whole.”

    $8.2billion here, $1 billion there, another billion under the rug. Ultimately it adds up to real money

    Actually small cuts have a tremendous cumulative effect over time. Several years ago a study was done showing the impact of reducing the budget by 1% per year versus prior year. Imagine asking every department in the government to spend 1 penny less next for every dollar it spent this year. Hardly an onerous burden. The budget is balanced in less than 10 years.

    Reducing the budget by 1% per year is a simple concept much easier to sell to the people than axing entire departments all at once. It is also more difficult for the Democrats to oppose with dire predictions the Department of the Interior will be closing the Grand Canyon, old people will be eating cat food, and children will be starving. Announce the first year 1% will come from personnel cuts. In that event the “pain” will only be felt by the bureaucrats let go. The new administration can use the personnel cut to eliminate deadwood in the bloated federal bureaucracy. While Democrats and the media will squeal, few voters in the heartland who have lived through two decades of downsizings in the private sector will care.

  • Did Trump really win the popular vote?

    11/15/2016 5:48:45 AM PST · 29 of 69
    Soul of the South to woofer2425

    This morning on Fox & Friends four women were arguing about the anti-Trump protests following the election. On liberal stated emphatically Hillary won the popular vote by 2 million. She was not challenged by the Fox newsreaders.

  • Professors ask [UVa Pres] Sullivan to stop quoting Jefferson [ed]

    11/14/2016 1:38:50 PM PST · 21 of 27
    Soul of the South to C19fan

    Theresa Sullivan, the far left president of UVA and coauthor of a book with Elizabeth Warren, has done a terrific job of transforming UVA from a tolerant moderate institution with a top academic reputation to a hard left indoctrination center. She used the fake Rolling Stone rape article to put a chokehold on the fraternity system. She has filled the University with extremist leftist professors from Ivy League schools. Now the inmates she brought to the faculty are turning on the warden.

    If he could speak from the grave, Thomas Jefferson would probably have “founder of the University of Virginia” removed from his tombstone. It is probably only a matter of time before the statues of Jefferson are removed from the grounds and the mention of his name becomes a hate crime.

  • Trump Not Expected To Live In White House Full Time

    11/13/2016 3:56:53 PM PST · 141 of 187
    Soul of the South to Celtic Conservative

    “The job is in DC and while we know he can afford to fly as he wishes, you gotta be in town to do the job. “

    Both Lyndon Johnson and George W. Bush spent significant time away from Washington at their Texas ranches. Reagan made frequent visits to his California ranch. Richard Nixon spent extended time away from Washington at his California and Florida homes as well as at Camp David. We know Barack Obama was a frequent traveler domestically and internationally plus took 4 or 5 extended vacations each year in Hawaii or Martha’s Vineyard. FDR was often in Warm Springs, Georgia. Harry Truman liked to go to Key West to get away from Washington.

    Last year I visited the LBJ Ranch in Texas. It was amazing to see the property and hear how LBJ ran the executive branch from Texas, for weeks on end, during a time when communications were much more primitive than today. If Trump is successful in removing government functions and returning them to the state, why would the president need to be in Washington?


    11/13/2016 2:11:21 PM PST · 128 of 346
    Soul of the South to Mamzelle

    “What if Trump forces Prince Pubus to FIRE RYAN? “

    The Constitution provides for three separate branches of government. The President, and his staff, have no power to appoint or remove members of the House of Representatives. Only the members of the House of Representatives, or the voters in his congressional district, can fire Ryan. There will be an election for Speaker when the newly elected Congress convenes in January. If you want a new speaker, lobby the Republicans elected to the House for the next term to make a change.

    As to the choice of Priebus for Chief of Staff, from what I’ve observed it was an excellent choice. Priebus stuck with Trump and did his job to elect Republican candidates despite tremendous pressure from the GOP establishment, the media, key donors, and many GOP politicians to denounce Trump. Priebus knows where the bodies are buried in DC as well as the inner workings of the city. Many GOP politician owe Priebus favors. This knowledge, and leverage, will be critical for Trump to hit the ground running. In addition, he knows the donors intimately and can be effective in bringing those who bailed in 2016 back into the fold for the 2018 and 2020 elections. Plus, as an insider he can tell Trump which potential candidates for jobs in the administration are likely to be loyal and which will be backstabbers or leak to the press.

  • Free Trade vs. the Republican Party

    11/13/2016 7:46:38 AM PST · 31 of 38
    Soul of the South to Ulysse

    Free trade to the founding fathers was allowing merchants in the US to trade, without government restraint, with merchants in any country. Under British rule the British government placed certain countries off limits to colonial merchants, granted exclusive trading rights to some British companies, and restricted the use of foreign ships.

    Free trade did not mean the elimination of tariffs. Tariffs and duties primarily funded the federal government until the income tax was passed in the early 1900’s. High tariffs were government policy in the 1700’s and 1800’s to fund the federal government and protect US factories while the nation was industrializing.

    Despite high tariffs, American merchants and ships carried on a vigorous trade throughout the world. Yankee clipper ships were frequently seen in foreign ports. Americans exported lumber, fish, textiles, and leather goods. High tariffs were not an impediment to free movement of goods around the world on American ships. During the period from 1865 to 1900, US industry recovered from the ruin of a devastating civil war and grew rapidly resulting in the US developing into the greatest industrial nation in the world by 1900. The US economy flourished under high tariffs. The vibrant middle class formed during this period, the US led the world in technological innovation, entrepreneurship flourished and the standard of living rose dramatically.

    Compare with the last 35 year period of reducing tariffs. The US manufacturing base has been decimated with the loss of millions of middle class jobs. Average household incomes have declined except for the wealthiest 1%.

    The zero tariff modern free traders insist zero tariffs and open markets drive economic growth. The reality has been, all of that growth has occurred outside the US. There are no credible economic studies demonstrating NAFTA, WTO, CAFTA, and other tariff reducing agreements have delivered a net positive benefit to the US economy. History shows the periods of greatest economic expansion in US history have occurred during periods of high tariffs. Return to prosperity in the US will require the rebuilding of our manufacturing infrastructure. Protectionist tariffs are needed to accomplish this goal.

    The founding fathers were much wiser men than the globalists of today. We should follow their example.

  • So Many Problems to Solve (VA)...Trump Should Immediately Engage Some Management Consulting Firms

    11/11/2016 4:58:11 PM PST · 24 of 29
    Soul of the South to Uncle Miltie

    “Energy in the Executive.”

    Yes. Trump should put an experienced private sector COO with proven success in a difficult turnaround in every department, reporting directly to the secretary. The COO should will be accountable for performance and productivity whereas consultants have no skin in the game. Giver the COO the ability to cut the fat and focus the organization on attainment of real goals consistent with the administration’s vision. Make the government accountable to the president and the people it serves.

  • 2016 Election LIVE Thread

    11/08/2016 7:19:12 PM PST · 4,300 of 10,530
    Soul of the South to AmericanMermaid

    Governor McCrory has a very slim lead of about 1% at 10:21 pm

  • 2016 Election LIVE Thread

    11/08/2016 5:38:40 PM PST · 1,824 of 10,530
    Soul of the South to scbison

    “believe Charlotte and Raleigh are counted. jut rural areas now.”

    Poll closing extended in Durham County, 6th most populous with a 38% black population.

  • 2016 Election LIVE Thread

    11/08/2016 5:32:46 PM PST · 1,721 of 10,530
    Soul of the South to ColdOne

    NC Board of elections extended voting in Durham County (6th most populous county). 38% black, 46% white.

  • DRUDGE: '48 hours of madness' coming after FBI announcement stirs the 'hornets nest'

    11/06/2016 3:54:32 PM PST · 81 of 211
    Soul of the South to FreedBird

    “A Special Prosecutor should have been appointed. “

    I agree with you 100%. Ryan, McConnell and the GOP Congress should have been demanding a special prosecutor for over a year. If the shoe had been on the other foot the Democrats would have demanded, and gotten, a special prosecutor from a Republican administration and President (remember the Valarie Plame affair?). Unfortunately, or deliberately, the GOP Congress did not demand a special prosecutor. Instead the GOP House conducted multiple “investigations” of emails and Benghazi that went no where.

    We will now live with the consequences of “leaders” who did nothing to save the Republic when they had the power to do so. Most of them are corrupt and compromised. What they fail to understand is by their complicity in the corruption they only bought a few minutes of time. If Hillary reaches the White House, she will use the power of the office to obtain revenge and destroy all opposition. I pity what will happen to Donald Trump when Hillary turns all of the alphabet agencies loose on him and his business interests. I will not shed a tear when Paul Ryan, John Boehner, and Mitch McConnell have her wrath turned on them.

  • DRUDGE: '48 hours of madness' coming after FBI announcement stirs the 'hornets nest'

    11/06/2016 3:54:31 PM PST · 80 of 211
    Soul of the South to FreedBird

    “A Special Prosecutor should have been appointed. “

    I agree with you 100%. Ryan, McConnell and the GOP Congress should have been demanding a special prosecutor for over a year. If the shoe had been on the other foot the Democrats would have demanded, and gotten, a special prosecutor from a Republican administration and President (remember the Valarie Plame affair?). Unfortunately, or deliberately, the GOP Congress did not demand a special prosecutor. Instead the GOP House conducted multiple “investigations” of emails and Benghazi that went no where.

    We will now live with the consequences of “leaders” who did nothing to save the Republic when they had the power to do so. Most of them are corrupt and compromised. What they fail to understand is by their complicity in the corruption they only bought a few minutes of time. If Hillary reaches the White House, she will use the power of the office to obtain revenge and destroy all opposition. I pity what will happen to Donald Trump when Hillary turns all of the alphabet agencies loose on him and his business interests. I will not shed a tear when Paul Ryan, John Boehner, and Mitch McConnell have her wrath turned on them.

  • Fair-weather Republicans Finally Getting Onboard?

    11/06/2016 7:17:35 AM PST · 14 of 36
    Soul of the South to buckalfa

    “Lip service, yes. Actuality no. Anecdotal evidence state and local GOP apparatus sitting on their hands.”

    If Trump wins he will have thousands of appointed positions to fill between November and inauguration day in January. Likely he will fill the top cabinet and agency slots from people he knows but there are thousands of lower level appointments that typically go to establishment figures and hangers on. If Trump punishes the establishment, where is he going to find and vet people, who will enthusiastically support his policies, in just a few weeks time?

  • Huma Abedin to Host High Fashion Fundraiser for Hillary Clinton

    11/03/2016 11:52:48 AM PDT · 44 of 110
    Soul of the South to Syncro

    It is always nice when the “staff” takes the initiative to help out the boss.

  • If Hillary Clinton Becomes President, Senator Ron Johnson (R-WY) Plans To Impeach Her

    11/02/2016 1:44:12 PM PDT · 38 of 52
    Soul of the South to drewh

    Senator Johnson needs to read his Constitution. The House of Representatives impeaches. The Senate conducts the trial once the impeachment process is finished and articles of impeachment have been sent to the Senate.

    He might also look at the history of the Clinton impeachment. Most Senators, including those from his own party, refused to go look at the evidence. The GOP leadership in the Senate, despite most of them being attorneys, ran a completely inept trial and allowed the Democrats to control the media spin. The sad thing is today fewer of the GOP Senators serving today have a backbone than those serving in the 1990’s when Bill Clinton’s trial occurred. If the GOP Senate wouldn’t convict Bill in the 1990’s a GOP Senate today with Lindsay Graham, Lisa Murkowski, perhaps Kelly Ayotte, John McCain, Orrin Hatch, Bob Corker, Lamar Alexander, etc. is not going to convict Hillary Clinton of anything. I doubt Paul Ryan has the stomach or the background to hold impeachment hearings in the House.

    Senator Johnson is just mouthing off to get his name in the paper and possibly help Hillary by getting her base and the press stirred up. Comments like this are why the GOP cannot control any message.

  • Project Veritas Video – Top Democrat Donors Compare Black Republicans To Nazi Sympathizers

    11/02/2016 9:42:10 AM PDT · 19 of 48
    Soul of the South to detective

    After the buildup, it was not compelling. The bigger story was Democrat Senate candidate Deborah Ross holding a fundraiser in New York. In another day Jessie Helms would have been spinning the story as Deborah Ross being funded and controlled by wealthy New Yorkers.

    Unfortunately incumbent moderate GOP Senator Richard Burr is running a very low key campaign while Democrat Deborah Ross is pounding him with continuous television ads declaring he made a fortune in a 20 year Washington career doing favors for big companies. Burr doesn’t seem to have a counter message to put on the air.

    If Trump, Senator Burr, and Governor McCrory lose in North Carolina it will be due to their weak to non-existant response to an intense barrage of negative ads over the past 4-5 weeks. The Democrats are spending millions on television and radio advertising. Other than news reports of Trump’s campaign appearances in the state, I see no evidence of any Republican campaign. Allowing the constant and distorted attacks to go unanswered seems to be a foolish strategy in a state where the races are close and the electoral votes are critical. Perhaps the rumors are true Burr would be just as happy to lose and move on to a few cushy board seats and high paid lobbying assignments.