Friday, April 25, 2014

2014-2016 – Party Affiliation No-More – Rand Paul Wow’s Independent Youth Vote – Bests Clinton - Nation Leaning Unaffiliated

Party Affiliation in the U.S. appears to be on the downside, with higher percentages suggesting they prefer no party affiliation according to Gallup Polling – at 42%, the highest percentage in 25 years (Gallup). Another poll from Reason shows a deep distrust of politicians in general,(Reason, with access to crosstabs) which builds a strong case for those running who, while being affiliated with a political party, are not entrenched politicians who parrot their political affiliation party line.

As 2016 polling is strictly hypothetical at this point, given the fact that the 2014 mid-terms must first take place before the real games begin, it is still of interest as to which way the individuals polled are leaning. Take the latest Quinnipiac polling on how Colorado sees the 2016 race. Among likely candidates, Rand Paul is besting Hillary Clinton, and other “rivals”, at the top of the chart – being preferred by the college vote, a normal Democrat stranglehold. (Politico) (A side thought - Colorado is much like Massachusetts)

As the independent voter, regardless of lean, increases, and the distaste and distrusts of those perceived as part of the problem continues to rise, those who, like Senator Rand Paul, stand a better than average chance of reaching for the Presidential Brass Ring with success. Those who are seen as part of a political dynasty may sound fabulous to those who are part of the “machine”, however, to those who vote, and the vote counts, a different outcome is likely. Therefore, one can suggest given the early data, that the individuals running for the highest office will be “gimmicky” (i.e. first this or that), and brand new to the political scene (less than say 3 or 4 terms) and not be wedded to a political party to the teeth, (voting against one’s party on occasion). That leaves very few eligible for the position.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

BLM Headlines – Suspicion Haunts Federal Agency – Among other agencies that now have the ability to shoot first and Ask questions later.

Is Mismanagement leading to a national showdown?

The Bureau of Land Management has taken a heavy hand lately – the standoff at the Clive Bundy ranch in Nevada bringing the spotlight to this particular agency. The reason the spotlight became so intense is that the BLM came to collect a tax due with agents complete with sniper abilities – a move seen as somewhat heavy-handed.

Among gun-toting US entities are The Postal Service (Infowars), and the National Weather Service (breitbart). The Most ridiculous of agency gun toting abilities purchased on the taxpayers dime would be The Department of Education (conservative daily).

Certainly one can understand the Park’s department (BLM) who may have to put a man in prison over pilfering a few rocks(Spokeman Review), or say, may some extra cash, or for the matter sell wild horses for meat(billings gazette). They also appreciate land-ownership – so they take it, being Federal, and then tax the individuals who previously held private land to the teeth – the next parcel on tap 90 acres in Texas – apparently a border dispute between the states of Texas and Oklahoma have compelled the agency to jump in and settle things (Breitbart).

Perhaps they will be joined by gun toting teachers, weather forecasters and postal workers.

Is it really no wonder that general citizens are now starting to fear or distrust the Federal Government? Most of this is, in all probability, agencies with too much of a budget and a lack of sense as to how to manage the taxpayers dollar, however, appearances are everything. Is it no wonder that downsizing the Federal Government to its original role (see the Constitution) would be a winning idea in many a state at the moment, or perhaps even nationwide.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Now Oregon Added to the GOP list of Possible 2014 acquisitions - Monica Wehby, Acquires National Attention

Oregon is not the state one normally associates with the GOP – perhaps in some instances, locally, yes, but overall urban areas tend to vote Democrat. However, in this election year, that may not be quite enough for the Democrat Incumbent Senators, in States as varied as New Hampshire and Oregon. An article in The Oregonian speaks to Dr. Wehby’s primary challenges, and the odds of her besting the incumbent Senate Democrat should she win the primary. A pediatric brain surgeon, Dr. Wehby’s apparent issue in attaining that seat is her “lack of experience”. Somehow, when one really looks at polling across all spectrums of the political scale, the last thing that voters apparently want at this point is “someone with experience in politics”.

The Affordable Health Care Act, otherwise known as “Obamacare”, is one of the reasons that the Democrat base would be quick to change parties in this election. That is, however, not the only reason, the economy and jobs are high priorities, and the ever rising costs of food and fuel, which is oddly not counted in the rate of inflation, is another.

There may be some serious surprises this mid-term – incumbents on both sides of the aisle may actually have to work to maintain their seats – and not against the candidate from the “other” party, rather from within the ranks of their own – and well, neither party is apparently prepared for what may occur. One may through good money after bad, and get nowhere this time out. That the last line of defense, “lack of experience”, is being used this early in regards to Dr. Wehby, is of some import.

Oregon, really? Yes, really.

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