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Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, primary, election, Common Sense

Establishment, Always Establishment

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders winning in New Hampshire is as good an indicator as any that Americans — or at least Live Free or Die staters — are tired of the bipartisan Establishment. Victories for a billionaire iconoclast and a self-designated socialist. Both are “players” in their distinct ways:






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War on Young Women

According to a weekend CNN-WMUR poll in New Hampshire, Sen. Bernie Sanders leads former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by eight percentage points. Among women. “Hillary Clinton’s quest to become the country’s first female president has encountered an unexpected problem,” begins a Washington Post report on Hillary’s “trouble persuading women,






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The B. S. Theory

Bernie Sanders is worse than merely wrong about the rich not paying their fair share of taxes. It’s we, the much-lauded “Ninety-nine Percenters,” who don’t pay enough! At least, when we figure taxes paid against direct subsidies/services rendered: taxes minus transfers. And, according to the Congressional Budget Office, only the






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No Red Flag?

The Iowa caucuses were pretty much a dead-heat for the Democrats, with Hillary Clinton winning a number of precincts by the flip of a coin and barely edging out Sanders. Leaving aside conspiratorial notions like trick coins, the Democratic results are most interesting in one obvious way: half of the






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Faces Veiled, Fallacies Unveiled

A real-life politician has admitted to having been wrong, even going so far as to dismiss his own previous comment as “stupid.” He wasn’t abject about it — didn’t “apologize.” He simply explained how and why he had erred. This . . . from a presidential contender. No, it wasn’t






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Hard Words, Soft Left

“The word ‘socialist’ is a really hard word,” warned former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm. “Now, I love Bernie Sanders, really,” Granholm added, acknowledging she’s okay with his socialist policies — just not the term. Not in mixed company. The former governor of the Wolverine State was responding to a question






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A Diminishing Lagtime

The modern age sports an amazing feature that used to be hard to detect, because so drawn out: a shorter-than-ever-before lag between the proposal of some popular inanity and its complete debunking. It used to take seemingly forever for a bad idea to be shown up, either in argument or






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Human Interest Story

“Local Moralist Doing His Part to End Income Inequality” Click below for high resolution version of this image: Mugger photo by Flikr user cometstarmoon  






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The Anti-Republican Party Establishment

Yesterday, we decried the rigged superdelegate voting process used by establishment Democrats to Hillary Clinton’s benefit — and party members’ detriment. Today, we switch parties to find the GOP establishment in full panic mode, so terrified at the prospect of a Ted Cruz victory that they’re now rallying around Donald






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Corporate influence. . .

Corporations can buy unfair favors from government…because government has unfair favors to sell. Big Government is the problem. Click below for a high resolution version of this image:  






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The Anti-Democratic Party Establishment

Democrats aren’t very good at democracy. Consider the party’s presidential contest, as I did yesterday at Townhall. As an appetizer, I noted the Democratic National Committee policy of hiding their debates from viewers by placing them on weekend evenings pitted against major sporting events. For meat and potatoes, ponder my






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Flint Water Crisis

Government failure checklist. . . Reference: The Government Poisoned Flint’s Water— So Stop Blaming Everyone Else Flint’s water crisis isn’t a failure of austerity. It’s a failure of government. Click below for high resolution version of this image.  






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