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  • After all, we've been told for years that the Democratic Party is the soft, nurturing, liberal party of femininity and the GOP is the conservative, traditionalist party of manly men. We've been told that the Democratic Party is the Mommy Party and the GOP is the Daddy Party. And we've heard conservatives endlessly extol the virtues of masculinity, which they claim is under constant assault from liberals and Democrats, whose worldview is creating a race of mutant, unmanly men.

  • Trump's beliefs represent the consensus among the GOP electorate. 51% overall want to eliminate birthright citizenship. 54% think President Obama is a Muslim. And only 29% grant that President Obama was born in the United States.
  • That's less than the 40% who think Canadian born Ted Cruz was born in the United States.

  • Why haven’t Democrats concluded that she has dangerously bad judgment on foreign policy?
  • Many Democrats are sympathetic to Occupy Wall Street and to the notion that wealthy special interests on Wall Street are rigging the system by buying off politicians.
  • Who is more bought off than Clinton?

  • In movement conservatism, there’s an ongoing, interesting tension between starve-the-leviathan theories and the supply-side vision, exemplified by the Wall Street Journal editorial page among other sources, in which low taxes on high incomes and investment can allegedly make the public coffers fuller.
  • and more inclined to take a vaguely Randian view of high taxes as an unjust punishment for success, and an ungrateful response to all that the entrepreneurial and successful do to keep incomes rising, GDP going up, the “takers” in the money, and so on.
  • the mere possibility that the party could be riven from within on taxes ought to be a signal — the latest of many — that too much of the G.O.P.’s tax agenda is being set by factions at the commanding heights of the party who are out of touch

  • “The fundamental issue has always been whether Europe would be united – or dominated – by a single force:
  • and the democratic geopolitics of NATO and the European Union today.
  • From the disjointed states that comprised the Holy Roman Empire through the present-day economic power center of the European Union, Simms argues that the region and peoples that comprise present day Germany has managed to be in the center of all struggles for power in European history.

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  • and it goes to the heart of the left/right distinction in terms of populist thought: rightwing populism is more driven by imaginary fears, whereas leftwing populism is more driven by concrete hopes.
  • Burgo’s use of the term “populism” follows common practice in elite discourse, which fails to distinguish between left and right populism, as well as ignoring ways populism has developed sophisticated analyses, policies and practices.
  • From Wallace, through Nixon’s “Southern Strategy,” through Ronald Reagan, the maniupulation of rightwing populist resentments became increasingly refined.

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  • It’s hard to imagine a Republican of national stature denouncing his party for being unfair to labor, for being too friendly with Wall Street, for using states’ rights as a cover for abuse, for failing to lead.

  • in modern America, cults of personality built around undeserving politicians seem to be a Republican thing.
  • Hillary Clinton is the subject of a sort of anti-cult of personality,
  • Both the Republican establishment and the punditocracy have been shocked by Mr. Trump’s continuing appeal to the party’s base.

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  • Club for Growth, the fiscal conservative group, put out a White Paper on Trump. They pulled no punches.
  • “Donald Trump is not a pro-growth conservative. He has advocated for universal, government-run health care, for a massive new tax, and for the abuse of eminent domain so the government could forcibly buy up your property for a developer to build a shopping center,” the groups asserts.
  • In light of Donald Trump’s statements and positions, the Club believes he would not govern as president in accord with the pro-growth principles of limited taxation, free trade, less regulation, and lower taxes.”

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Aug 28, 15

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump calls into Morning Joe and comments on the Virginia shooting tragedy. He also talks about the 2016 race, Jeb Bush and the U.S. relationship with Japan. And hedge fund and corporate tax rates; funny how that isn't even mentioned. Why is this, I wonder?

  • Remember, most Americans haven't had a raise in 30 years.
  • For Trump, attention appears to be the drug of choice. He craves it. He is driven by it. Don't expect that drive to lessen. The Presidential race has allowed him to taste a stronger, more powerful drug than ever before.
  • And polling shows that the Democratic populist narrative is much more appealing to most swing voters than the right wing narrative. One reason: it has the advantage of being true.

  • it looked as if the grim-faced Mr. Bush had come to announce the arrest of Zorro.
  • But for all his paper qualifications, Mr. Bush has been angering to many, boring to many others, inspiring to none. And then he goes and gets lectured on ethnic sensitivity by Donald Trump.

  • But Trump’s staying power notwithstanding, there are strong reasons to respect history and resist the urge to believe that everything is different now.
  • A part of my skepticism flows from my decades inside the belly of the congressional beast. I have seen the Republican Party go from being a center-right party, with a solid minority of true centrists, to a right-right party, with a dwindling share of center-rightists, to a right-radical party, with no centrists in the House and a handful in the Senate.
  • His adherents have cared little about his positions on other issues;

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  • How to build an index portfolio? To start with, stick to Vanguard-sponsored mutual funds and exchange-traded funds.
  • Vanguard funds are frequently, though not always, the cheapest.
  • Vanguard isn’t a for-profit company; it has no shareholders who want dividends.

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