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  1. Every death from gun is on Congress's head in their refusal to do anything about massacre deaths from proliferation of guns in America.
  2. How does anyone know that? He was the silent one for all those years...just following directions!!!.....
  3. Justice Clarence Thomas Breaks His Silence And Asks 10 Questions by C. Farias | R. Baldwin The Huffington Post | III03/04/2016 05:04 pm ET "Justice Clarence Thomas stunned America earlier this week when he broke his 10-year streak of silence from the Supreme Court bench. On Friday, the court released the audio of that moment, which came during oral argument in Voisine v. United States, a case dealing with a federal law that prohibits certain domestic violence offenders from possessing firearms. "This is a misdemeanor violation. It suspends a constitutional right. Can you give me another area where a misdemeanor violation suspends a constitutional right?" Thomas asked, referring to the Second Amendment right to bear arms. It was one of about 10 questions the justice asked. Only a couple of hundred people -- plus a few media outlets, including The Huffington Post -- were in the courtroom for what was expected to be a slow news day. Major media such as The New York Times, USA Today and The Washington Post missed out on it. Thomas has offered a few rationales for his silence over the years, including that it's rude to incessantly interrupt lawyers arguing before the Supreme Court and that asking so many questions is "unnecessary" because those lawyers do "most of their work" in the legal briefs they file ahead of oral arguments" source: ww.huffingtonpost.com/entry/justice-clarence-thomas-speaks-audio_us_56d9d5afe4b0ffe6f8e94032: . ------------- After being silent for many years making everyone believe Justice Clarence Thomas was a mute, he finally let loose with 10 questions before lapsing back into complete silence again leaving us all to wonder at the sheer genius of all his questions being answered in those 10 questions. His first question was "What year is it?" but nobody knew, so he got 9 more questions but I forgot what they were. Justice Thomas should just go back into his meditative silence and leave everyone to their collective pursuits.
  4. Trump Says He Can't Release Tax Returns Because He's Being Audited Sam Stein | Dave Jamies | 02/25/2016 10:21 pm ETon | Excerpts: "Business mogul Donald Trump pledged during Thursday's Republican presidential debate that he would release his tax returns. But first, he explained, the IRS must finish an audit of them before he makes the forms public. "Everybody" would agree with him that he can't release them, Trump insisted. No, they wouldn't. It's up to Trump whether he releases the taxes he filed. An audit may change how much he owes the government in the end, but it won't change what he and his lawyers submitted to the IRS. He could release those documents whenever he wants. Trump has been under heavy pressure in recent days to open up his financial portfolio to scrutiny after Mitt Romney encouraged him to do so. Trump, incredulous that Romney would make the charge, noted that the 2012 Republican presidential nominee only released his tax returns late in that campaign. "Mitt Romney looked like a fool when he delayed and delayed and delayed and Harry Reid baited him so beautifully. And Mitt Romney didn't file his return until Sept. 21, 2012," Trump said. As for the audit, Trump declared it routine and said the IRS puts his returns under scrutiny most years." source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-tax-returns_us_56cfc07ae4b03260bf7658c3 ---------- Oops - he did it again. Trump will go down now as the IRS takes care of him, we always knew Trump was a dealer - that's what a dealer does - makes provisions that are beneficial to him and this is no different; making deals is Trump's area of control and expertise. The thing is: Will Trump be able to convince the IRS anything not acceptable was a 'mistake'?
  5. He needs extensive therapy to stop shutting down governments while cloaking himself as an evangelical when he is a rabid TPartyer who has convinced himself that he was sent from God. The Canadian bot will never see the White House as he is a severely misguided TPartyer wno thinks he was sent by God to shut down governments.
  6. In the world of ordinary people, I am glad there is you.
  7. Escaped Pig Crashes New Hampshire Primary A 600-pound hog tried to enter a polling station in Pelham. by Ed Mazza | huffingtonpost.com |02/09/2016 11:28 pm ET Excerpts: "A 600-pound hog escaped from a farm in Pelham, New Hampshire on Tuesday, and since it was primary day, he headed straight to the nearest polling station, a local high school. "There was a hub-bub outside, and when I looked, there was this huge pig walking around in the parking lot," construction worker Matthew Reiter told the Boston Globe. "He wanted to beat me to the polls," farmer Edward Bogush, who was caring for the pig and went to the polling station to retrieve it, told the New York Daily News. Bogush said he was voting for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (D) in the primary. There was no word on who the pig voted for, but it probably wasn't Texas Sen. Ted Cruz ®." source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/escaped-pig-new-hampshire-primary_us_56baa743e4b0c3c5504f63ad ---------- chuckle ....There are so many pigs in this election cycle, one more in the mix needn't concern the Democrats, but here is one pig that almost made it to big time notoriety at the polls. I would hate to see Chris Christie leave though because he provided some extreme moments of candor, wit, and expertise into the utter inferiority of the unconscionably boring current group of republican candidates desperately running after the elusive numbers which would make them president without a bruising fight for the whole world to watch. How can we hope for respect from the world when republican pigs show up at the polls?
  8. Marco Rubio Flops In New Hampshire Will he recover in South Carolina? by Igor Bobic | Huffington Post.com | 02/09/2016 10:35 pm ET Excerpts: "Marco Rubio may have to "dispel with" his hope of seizing the Republican presidential nomination. The Florida senator enjoyed a burst of momentum after somehow claiming a third-place victory in the Iowa caucuses, and happily watched as GOP officials and donors began to rally around his presidential bid. Rubio's campaign believed that a top-tier finish in the New Hampshire primary would put him in a position to be the establishment favorite who would appeal to moderates and take on insurgent candidates like real estate mogul Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. But Rubio's disappointing finish in the Granite State on Tuesday evening, behind Trump, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Cruz, and potentially former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, put that dream on hold. It's unclear whether a single factor led to Rubio's disappointing loss in New Hampshire, but it may have been his unusually shaky performance in Saturday's Republican presidential debate, when he walked into a brick wall named Chris Christie - an error Rubio acknowledged on Tuesday night. "Our disappointment tonight is not on you, it's on me," Rubio told supporters in New Hampshire, drawing a sharp contrast with his confident posture after Iowa. "I did not do well on Saturday night," he added. "But listen to me: That will never happen again." A rattled and visibly sweaty Rubio repeated the same talking point over and over again during the debate, much to the delight of the New Jersey governor. Christie called Rubio robotic, overly scripted, and ultimately too inexperienced to assume the office of the presidency. "I think the whole race changed last night. Because, you know, there was a march among the chattering class to anoint Sen. Rubio," Christie bragged in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union." "I think after last night, that's over. So I think there could be four or five tickets out of New Hampshire, because the race is so unsettled now," he added. Rubio should have been ready for the attack. Christie, along with Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, have been arguing for months that the country can't afford to put another first-term senator in the White House. Indeed, Christie himself made that point on the campaign trail a week before the candidates took the stage in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Saturday. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum - who dropped out of the race himself after finishing second-to-last in Iowa - also gave Rubio's rivals a choice opportunity to characterize him as young and untested. Santorum endorsed Rubio, but couldn't name a single accomplishment by the Florida Republican in a television interview. Now, however, as the race turns to the Palmetto State where Trump also holds a large lead, things get even more complicated for Rubio. . In the end, helped by Rubio's undoing even before the New Hampshire primary, Bush and Kasich bought themselves added time and money to compete in future nominating contests. A race that should have seen a winnowing of the field after New Hampshire will now likely morph into a bruising battle between several candidates hoping to secure the party's nomination at the convention in Cleveland this summer." source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/marco-rubio-new-hampshire_us_56ba01c7e4b04f9b57db1ac0 -------- As the republican clown car heads down the final road to a contested convention, where the gloves come off and the candidates are stripped clean of any pretense as they law viciously at the thought of being our next president. The rabid TParty is going to go full throttle for the White House, dressed as evangelicals and conservatives, cloaking their real mantra of violent TPartiers. Good luck with that, boys.
  9. WTF GOP: Racist, Sexist, Xenophobic Demagogue Wins NH. Front Page LIVE RESULTS: KASICH 2nd... RUBIO 5th?... Exit Poll: 66% Of GOP Primary Voters Support Banning Muslims From Entering U.S.... *No Prez Has Won A Contested NH Primary In 28 Years... Christie Going Home... LIVE RESULTS: New Hampshire Primaries DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES Total votes Sanders 123,084 59.9% Clinton 79,005 38.5% 81% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING Manchester Nashua Concord ManchesterNashuaConcord Sanders leads Sanders trails No results See results REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES Total votes Trump 80,663 34.8% Kasich 37,603 16.2% Cruz 26,665 11.5% See all candidates 81% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING Manchester Nashua Concord ManchesterNashuaConcord Trump leads Trump trails No results ------- In a rough and tumble bumble, the republican clown car comes to a lurching halt trying to dump some hangers on, but things still look like a contested convention where all America will come to know the republican treachery, greed, misappropriation of fact in the TParty's desperate attempt to seize the White House in 2016.
  10. Jeb Bush Seeks To Escape Humiliation In New Hampshire by S. Conroy & S. Stein | huffingtonpost.com | 17 hours ago excerpts: LACONIA, N.H. -- "A New Hampshire-style barbecue featuring an array of Dunkin Donuts Munchkins and a Box O' Joe rested untouched on a folding table next to the subdued primary voters seated in neat rows. wonk Most in the crowd of a couple hundred were of the gray-haired persuasion, and they listened intently and politely as Jeb Bush wrapped up another wonky, sprawling stump speech here earlier this week. He began the campaign as the consensus favorite to win the Republican nomination and raised more than $100 million through his super PAC before even officially entering the race. wonk wonk In Pittsfield, Bush tried on a firefighter suit - scant protection, perhaps, for the proverbial conflagration that may be about to incinerate his high-priced campaign infrastructure on Tuesday." wonk wonk wonk source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jeb-bush-new-hampshire_us_56b4dd89e4b04f9b57d9601b ___ There is one person everyone has forgotten that would make an excellent president; a person who is made of pure granite, is undeniably wedded to establishment republicanism, and would bring sanity, safety, and showmanship back to the remnants of the republican party. A person so strong, demanding, and dedicated that even her breast feeding of her two children forever doesn't seem over-the-top. That person is Barbara Bush !! Sure, Babs is more mature, slightly senile, but still strong and more than able to command obedience, dedication, and respect from the world at large, and she shines like the jewel she is in the midst of all the other candidates that are still clinging to the republican clown car despite their proven ineffectiveness, lack of experience and thorough corruption. Babs would clean up Congress in two weeks max, forcing many republican resignations, she would also take over the security at the White House using her favorite weapon, Mr. Glock. And you can be sure she would have luxurious dinners for honored guests serving only low carb dinners, no cocktails because they are the work of the devil, with one mint after dinner to erase any instance of brevity in the question of future tax cuts for the wealthy.
  11. Ted Cruz Loses His Cool With A Voter Who Actually Challenges Him by Samantha Jo Roth | huffingtonpost.com | 16 hours ago excerpts: SALEM, N.H. -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)on Friday got into a heated exchange with a voter who accused him of supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad. "I came from New Jersey to ask this question because it's so important to me," said John Davenport, a Fordham University professor who directs the school's peace and justice studies, during a town hall at Lancaster Elementary featuring the GOP presidential candidate. "Supporting Assad is a mistake. He's the reason that ISIS exists in the beginning. What are you doing?" asked Davenport, who based his allegation that Cruz supports Assad on the failure of Congress to remove the Syrian leader from power. Cruz, responding sarcastically, asked Davenport if he was undecided. When Davenport tried to respond, the crowd booed. "Even if others don't show respect, we will show respect of civil discourse," Cruz said. "This is how the First Amendment operates. I'm happy to have a respectful conversation. "Now, your question begins with a false premise" Cruz said to Davenport. "You asked me if I'm supporting Assad. I'm not supporting Assad." The hostile exchange went back and forth for more than 10 minutes. As Davenport tried to elaborate, Cruz raised his voice and said sharply: "Sir, I'm happy to answer your question, but we are not having a debate." Cruz said President Barack Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton led the 2011 NATO effort to topple Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, claiming the intervention created a vacuum that allowed the rise of radical Islamic terrorists. He suggested the same thing would happen in Syria if the U.S. ousted Assad. Davenport passionately explained that Assad had killed 200,000 innocent Syrians. Cruz cut him off. "We will not have a debate, Sir. I will answer it, but I will not have a yelling match," Cruz said forcefully, as Davenport again tried to get a word in. "Alright, this answer is over," Cruz shouted as the crowd erupted in applause. source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ted-cruz-syria_us_56b56372e4b01d80b246764b?cps=gravity_2425_8174844383424851717 ____ Poor Ted...he is already coming apart emotionally because he doesn't have a friend that will endorse him, is hated by everyone in Congress, and the only thing he has ever done was to shut down the government for 16 days by running over to the House and convincing them to do it...but when it backfired on him he disclaimed any actions of his had shut the government down. Now he is saying he will not debate anyone when he doesn't have the answers necessary to make a good point. Here is a snake-oil-salesman that is happy to spout his lies and venom while posing as an evangelical/conservative/family man/Canadian/...c'mon Ted you are nothing but a much hated rabid TPartier who is trying to sneak in as a religious person when you don't have a friend in Congress. Of all the corrupt, rabid TPartiers running under the radar of 'conserative,' he and Marco Rubio are an affront to the intelligence of the American people if you discount Paul Ryan who is now second in succession to the White House. Cruz is hated by everyone and only renounced his Canadian citizenship 18 months before announcing his decision to run for president...what a Canadian whore!! Rubio is the same: A Cuban whore that financed a whole political career on being a political immigrant on a raft when his whole family flew from Cuba to Las Vegas and were Mormons making various trips back to Cuba on business. Today we see him as a thoroughly corrupt short guy in high heel boots, perfect makeup, a private jet, and the republican party and others paying for his luxurious life style. He still owns the house in Florida with his best friend while his wife has a part time job while caring for all their children. The irony of the republican clown car is so revolting, but then we all come to expect these things from the remnants of a once Grand Old Party.
  12. The Biggest Loser by Nate Silver | huffingtonpost.com | 6:31 AM Feb 2, 2016 Excerpts: "Trump received 24 percent of the vote in the Iowa caucuses, underperformed his polls, which had him winning Iowa with 29 percent of the vote. It's not uncommon for the polls to be off in Iowa and other early-voting states, but the manner in which Trump underachieved is revealing. Trump won 39 percent of the vote among Iowans who decided on their candidate more than a month ago. But he took just 13 percent of voters who had decided in the last few days. Could this have been a reaction to Trump's failure to show up for last week's GOP debate? It's plausible. But there was no decline in his polls in New Hampshire or nationally after the missed debate, which suggests that something else might have been at work in Iowa. Could it have been his lack of a ground game in Iowa? states. On the other hand, a field operation potentially matters less in primary states than in caucus states like Iowa. But there's good reason to think that the ground game wasn't the only reason for Trump's defeat. Republican turnout in Iowa was extremely high by historical standards and beat most projections. Furthermore, Trump won the plurality of first-time caucus-goers. There may have been a more basic reason for Trump's loss: The dude just ain't all that popular. Even among Republicans. The final Des Moines Register poll before Monday's vote showed Trump with a favorability rating of only 50 percent favorable against an unfavorable rating of 47 percent among Republican voters. (By contrast, Cruz had a favorable rating of 65 percent, and Rubio was at 70 percent.) It's almost unprecedented for a candidate to win a caucus or a primary when he has break-even favorables within his own party. Still, Trump had seemed poised to do it, in part because of the intensity of his support. He's highly differentiated from the rest of the field - a strategic advantage in such a crowded race - and the voters who like Trump like him an awful lot. The disproportionate media coverage of Trump played a large role too. The answer seems to have a lot to do with which candidate is getting the most news coverage. There was a late spike in Google searches for Cruz and Rubio in the state Monday, bringing them almost even with Trump, even as Trump continued to dominate in search traffic nationally. What about those national polls showing Trump with support in the mid- to high 30s? They might also be a mirage, reflecting a combination of the Trump base (24 percent is nothing to sneeze at, but also well short of a winning coalition deeply. 25 percent can be good enough to win an early state, but it leaves you well short of the majority you need to win a nomination. We'll know a lot more after New Hampshire weighs in next week". source:http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/donald-trump-comes-out-of-iowa-looking-like-pat-buchanan/ ____ CRIKEY !! While Trump is yelling fraud, his numbers and loyal following appear to have taken a late night hike in Iowa ...at least where Donald is concerned. Could a desperate TParty be at the root of this late night trickery, as we have some of them conveniently ensconced as "conservatives, pro-gun, evangelicals, family men, anti women, and justice driven".... something there for everyone to choose from - sometimes picking more than one for the super gulliables. If New Hampshire proves that Trumps' success is really real, then there is hell to pay for those hectic late night activities, and Cruz bouncing up on stage to give his acceptance speech on a super timely basis. This is "Now Or Never" for the remains of the republican party and we shouldn't overlook anything when it involves republican corruption in the upcoming 2016 election cycle.
  13. GOP Hopefuls Stretch The Facts During Fox News Debate Eugene Kiely et al | huffingtonpost.com | 01/29/2016 10:02 am ET "The Republican presidential candidates debated in Iowa Jan. 28 and stretched the facts: Marco Rubio lied when: Sen. Marco Rubio went too far in claiming that Hillary Clinton "wants to put Barack Obama on the Supreme Court." An Iowa resident suggested such an appointment to Clinton, and she said she'd take it "under advisement." Rubio also said that the White House "still refuses to acknowledge" that the shooting of a Philadelphia police officer on Jan. 7 "had anything to do with terror"” But a White House spokesman said that terrorism may have been the motivation and that the Philadelphia Police Department would make that determination. Rubio claimed that when he opposed a "path to citizenship" when running for the Senate in 2010, it was due to legislation to provide "almost an instant path with very little obstacles moving forward." But a 2010 Senate bill provided the same types of obstacles as the bill Rubio later backed as a senator. Rubio went too far in claiming that Clinton "wants to put Barack Obama on the Supreme Court of the United States of America." Clinton only said that she would take an Iowa resident's appointment suggestion "under advisement." Rubio: She wants to put Barack Obama on the Supreme Court of the United States of America. She said that here in Iowa just two days ago. That would be a disaster for this country. While Clinton responded positively to the suggestion to put him on the Supreme Court, Rubio exaggerates by saying that she "wants" to do so. Rubio said that the White House "still refuses to acknowledge" that Edward Archer's shooting of a Philadelphia police officer on Jan. 7 “had anything to do with terror." That's not exactly right. A spokesman for the White House has said that terrorism may have been the motivation for the shooting, but that the Philadelphia Police Department would ultimately make that determination. Rubio: Radical Muslims and radical Islam is not just hate talk. It’s hate action. They blow people up. Look what they did in San Bernardino. He told the police, "I did it because I was inspired by ISIS," and to this day, the White House still refuses to acknowledge it had anything to do with terror. Rubio was referring to the Jan. 7 shooting of Philadelphia police officer Jesse Hartnett by Archer, 'Look at the attack they inspired in Philadelphia, that the White House still refuses to link to terror, where a guy basically shot a police officer three times.' Rubio claimed that when he opposed a "path to citizenship" when running for the Senate in 2010, it was in the context of a Senate effort to provide "almost an instant path with very little obstacles moving forward." But a 2010 Senate bill, which died in committee, provided the same types of obstacles as the bill Rubio later backed as a senator. In fact, previous bills - a 2007 Senate immigration bill and a 2005 bill introduced by Sen. John McCain, a bill Rubio specifically said he opposed in 2010 - proposed a "path to citizenship" that included fines, payment of back taxes, probationary status, criminal background checks and proof of employment. Those measures are similar to those in the "gang of eight" immigration bill Rubio cosponsored in 2013. Fox News' Megyn Kelly played clips of Rubio speaking against "amnesty" or a "path to citizenship" while he was running for the Senate in 2010. One clip, from an Oct. 24, 2010, debate, showed Rubio saying: "First of all, earned path to citizenship is basically code for amnesty. It's what they call it. And, the reality of it is this "it is unfair to the people that have legally entered this country to create an alternative for individuals who entered illegally, and knowingly did so." Kelly asked Rubio about his apparent switch in positions: "Within two years of getting elected you were cosponsoring legislation to create a path to citizenship, in your words, amnesty," she asked. "Haven't you already proven that you cannot be trusted on this issue?" Rubio responded that he doesn't support "blanket amnesty," but Kelly pointed out that "you said earned path to citizenship is basically code for amnesty." Rubio responded to that: "It absolutely has been, and at the time in the context of that was in 2009, and 2010, where the last effort for legalization was an effort done in the Senate. It was an effort led by several people that provided almost an instant path with very little obstacles moving forward." Rubio has made this argument before when questioned on his change of position from when he was a candidate for Senate, and took a harder line on immigration than his opponent, then-Gov. Charlie Crist. We looked at this issue in 2013 and found that he had indeed changed his position from 2010. Campaigning for the Senate seat, Rubio also said that those in the country illegally should be required to return home and apply for citizenship - not be allowed to stay in the U.S. and pursue a path to citizenship. But the Senate bill he backed, S. 744 "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act," would have allowed immigrants in the country illegally to eventually gain citizenship without returning to their home countries first. Rubio's Senate bill he cosponsored would have required that several border security measures be achieved before those in the country illegally could begin to gain legal status. They would then need to "submit to and pass background checks, be fingerprinted, pay $2,000 in fines, pay taxes, prove gainful employment, prove they’ve had a physical presence in the U.S. since before 2012 and go to the back of the line, among other criteria," according to a summary of the bill posted on Rubio's Senate website. Rubio said that the last effort in the Senate in 2009/2010 "provided almost an instant path with very little obstacles moving forward." But a 2010 Senate bill, introduced by Sen. Robert Menendez, another member of the “Gang of Eight,” also delayed legalization procedures until border security measures were implemented, and it required immigrants in the U.S. illegally to register with the government, undergo background and security checks, pay fees and back taxes. The bill died in committee. In his 2010 Senate race, however, Rubio specifically mentioned McCain's 2005 bill, saying of his opponent Crist, "He would have voted for the McCain plan. I think that plan is wrong, and the reason why I think it's wrong is that if you grant amnesty, as the governor proposes that we do, in any form, whether it's back of the line or so forth, you will destroy any chance we will ever have of having a legal immigration system that works here in America." The 2005 bill was the basis of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 (S. 2611), which was cosponsored by McCain. The legalization provisions required that those in the country illegally "would have had to establish employment for at least three years during the April 5, 2001-April 5, 2006, period and for at least six years after enactment, and would have had to establish payment of income taxes during that required employment period" to be granted lawful permanent residency status. _____ Ted Cruz lied when: "Sen. Ted Cruz claimed an amendment he offered to the 2013 immigration bill "didn't say a word about legalization." That's technically true, but the effect of the amendment would have been to allow legalization of those in the country illegally. Cruz claimed that "millions" had lost jobs and been forced into part-time work because of the Affordable Care Act. But the economy has added millions of jobs since the employer mandate, and fewer people are working part-time for economic reasons" are not exactly right. Technically, there's nothing in that language that mentions anything about legalization. But that was the effect of it. That's because while Cruz's amendment would have stripped out a proposal in S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, that provided a "path to citizenship" for those currently in the country illegally - which Cruz derided as "amnesty' - his amendment purposefully left intact the bill's provisions to provide legal status for them. Cruz made that all perfectly clear when he introduced the amendment. Cruz, May 21, 2013: 'They would still be eligible for legal status and indeed, under the terms of the bill, they would be eligible for LPR [lawful permanent resident] status as well so that they are out of the shadows, which the proponents of this bill repeatedly point to as their principal objective, to provide a legal status for those who are here illegally to be out of the shadows. This amendment would allow that to happen, but what it would do is remove the pathway to citizenship so that there are real consequences that respect the rule of law and that treat legal immigrants with the fairness and respect they deserve.' Cruz went on to say that if his amendment were adopted, it would result in a bill that 'does not unfairly treat legal immigrants by removing a path to citizenship but allowing as this legislation does a legal status for those who are here illegally." During the December debate, Cruz said unequivocally, "I have never supported legalization, and I do not intend to support legalization." In two debates, Cruz has flipped his position since 2013. Cruz now claims that his amendment was a bluff. Cruz's campaign told us the intent of the amendment was to expose that the real motivations of the bill's supporters were to provide a path to citizenship. Cruz's campaign said supporters claimed the bill's aim was to allow 11 million immigrants in the country illegally to come out of the shadows, so by offering a legalization option - which Cruz knew would fail - it would show that the actual intent of the bill's supporters was to provide citizenship to those immigrants so they could become future voters. We noted that Cruz made numerous statements at the time in support of his amendment. If Cruz once supported legalization as a political compromise, and now disavows it, or if he was merely employing a legislative ploy to expose the motivations of his opponents. Whatever one concludes about that, the fact is that the amendment Cruz proposed would have permitted a path to legalization. Cruz also repeated an increasingly shopworn GOP claim that the Affordable Care Act has forced "millions" into unemployment and part-time work. Cruz: It is the biggest job-killer in this country. Millions of Americans have lost their jobs, have been forced into part-time work, have lost their health insurance, have lost their doctors, have seen their premiums skyrocket. The facts are otherwise, as we've noted in 2011, 2012 and 2013. And the latest jobs statistics make it even more clear that what Cruz said is a partisan falsehood, no matter how many times it is repeated. The fact is, the law hasn't prevented the economy from adding millions of jobs, month after month. Furthermore, fewer people are being forced to work part-time, not more. It's true, as we've said, that independent, nonpartisan experts projected some negative effect on employment. That's because some small employers may resist hiring new workers, or may cut back the hours of some current employees, to keep their total, full-time payroll under 50 - which is the point at which the law requires them to provide insurance to their workers or pay a penalty. But the experts characterized the negative effect as "small" or "minimal, and one estimate put the total job loss at 150,000 to 300,000 - all of them low- or minimum-wage jobs - and far short of the "millions claimed by Cruz. The ACA’s employer mandate went into effect Jan. 1 last year, after being delayed for a year. Since then, the economy has added more than 2.4 million new jobs. And during the same period, the number of people forced to work part-time for economic reasons (because full-time work wasn't available, or because an employer cut back hours) has gone down - by 762,000. Cruz's claim that Americans "have lost their health insurance" because of Obamacare, the fact is that millions have gained coverage. The most recent quarterly report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that during the first six months of 2015, about 28.5 million people of all ages reported being without coverage at the time they were interviewed. That's a reduction of 16.3 million uninsured since 2013, the year before the main provisions of the ACA took effect. (See Table 1.1a of the CDC's previous report for historical annual figures.) Cruz himself said in another context during the debate, "Facts are stubborn things." And with that we heartily agree - no matter how many times Cruz misstates them. _____ Jeb Bush lied when: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush exaggerated in saying that then-Sen. Obama killed the omprehensive immigration bill in 2007 that had the support of President George W. Bush, but failed to pass the Senate in 2007. But, as we have written before, that gives Obama too much blame or credit, depending on your point of view. Bush: "I have supported a consensus approach to solving this problem wherever it came up. and in 2007 it almost passed when my brother was president of the United States. A bipartisan approach got close. Barack Obama actually had the poison pill to stop it then. We wrote about this "poison pill" claim when it was made in 2010 by Ed Gillespie, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, and in 2008, when it was made by Sen. John McCain, a supporter of the 2007 bill who was the 2008 Republican presidential nominee. The claim rests on five amendments that Obama supported and one that he sponsored, as the McCain campaign outlined in a press release during the 2008 presidential campaign. Only two of those measures passed: An amendment by Republican Sen. Jeff Bingaman that reduced the annual visa quota for guest workers from 400,000 to 200,000. That passed easily, 74-24. An amendment sponsored by Democratic Sen. Byron Dorgan and sponsored by labor unions that would have ended the temporary worker program after five years. That was more controversial and passed 49-48, meaning it would not have passed without Obama's vote. Gillespie cited the Dorgan amendment as the "poison pill" that killed the immigration bill. A day later, the immigration bill - with the Dorgan amendment - gained only 34 votes of the 60 votes it needed to end debate on the bill and bring it up for a vote. No Republican voted for the cloture motion that would have cleared the bill for a final vote. One of them, Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, called the Dorgan amendment a "poison pill." Senate Democratic leadership tried one last time to end the Republican-led filibuster, but the bill fell short by 14 votes on June 28, 2007 - which was welcome news to groups on the left (AFL-CIO) and right (the Heritage Foundation) that opposed it. In any event, it's an exaggeration to say that Obama killed the bill. ______ John Kasich lied when: Kasich boasted of 400,000 jobs gained in the state under his governorship. But the rate of growth is below the national average. Kasich takes credit for using Medicaid expansion funds to help reduce the state's prison recidivism to "less than 20 percent." It's actually 27.5 percent - much lower than the national average, but it is not less than 20 percent. Kasich credited the Medicaid expansion with a reduction in the prison recidivism rate in Ohio. But the rate isn't as low as he claimed, and the latest figures are on inmates released well before the expansion. Also, the rate has been in a steady decline since 2000 - long before Kasich took office inJanuary 2011. Kasich made his remarks when he was asked about his decision to bypass the Legislature and accept federal funding to expand Medicaid in his state under the Affordable Care Act. Kasich: It was our money, and we brought them back to tend to the mentally ill. Because I don't think they ought to live in prison or live under a bridge; to treat the drug-addicted so they're not in an in-and-out-of-the-door policy out of the prisons; and to help the working poor so they don’t live in emergency rooms. The three-year recidivism rate was 39 percent for inmates released in 2000 and has been falling ever since, reaching a low of 27.1 percent for inmates released in 2010, according to a 2014 state corrections department report. The Cleveland Plain Dealer, in a March 2014 story, trumpeted the new low rate, saying it is "much lower" than the national average. Cleveland Plain Dealer, March 6, 2014: The state prison system said Wednesday that Ohio's recidivism rate is 27.1 percent for inmates released in 2010. That is better than the previous rate of 28.7 percent. It also is much lower than the national average of about 40 percent. The recidivism rate - or the rate at which inmates return to prison over a span of three years - has been in a downward spiral since 2000, when the rate was 39 percent in Ohio, according to prison records. The recent report marks the lowest rate in years. That 27.1 percent figure is listed in the department's annual report for fiscal year 2014. But the most recent annual report for fiscal 2015 says the three-year rate for inmates released in 2011 was 27.5 percent - up slightly from the previous year. Well, the most recent three-year recidivism rate published in the fiscal 2015 report is based on inmates who were released in 2011. The Medicaid expansion did not start in Ohio until 2014. ______ Cruz repeated an increasingly shopworn GOP claim that the Affordable Care Act has forced "millions" into unemployment and part-time work. Cruz: It is the biggest job-killer in this country. Millions of Americans have lost their jobs, have been forced into part-time work, have lost their health insurance, have lost their doctors, have seen their premiums skyrocket. The facts are otherwise, as we've noted in 2011, 2012 and 2013. And the latest jobs statistics make it even more clear that what Cruz said is a partisan falsehood, no matter how many times it is repeated. The fact is, the law hasn't prevented the economy from adding millions of jobs, month after month. Furthermore, fewer people are being forced to work part-time, not more. It's true, as we've said, that independent, nonpartisan experts projected some negative effect on employment. That's because some small employers may resist hiring new workers, or may cut back the hours of some current employees, to keep their total, full-time payroll under 50 - which is the point at which the law requires them to provide insurance to their workers or pay a penalty. But the experts characterized the negative effect as “small” or “minimal,” and one estimate put the total job loss at 150,000 to 300,000 - all of them low- or minimum-wage jobs - and far short of the “millions” claimed by Cruz. The ACA's employer mandate went into effect Jan. 1 last year, after being delayed for a year. Since then, the economy has added more than 2.4 million new jobs. And during the same period, the number of people forced to work part-time for economic reasons (because full-time work wasn't available, or because an employer cut back hours) has gone down - by 762,000. As for Cruz's claim that Americans "have lost their health insurance" because of Obamacare, the fact is that millions have gained coverage. The most recent quarterly report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that during the first six months of 2015, about 28.5 million people of all ages reported being without coverage at the time they were interviewed. That's a reduction of 16.3 million uninsured since 2013, the year before the main provisions of the ACA took effect." To see sources for this story, visit FactCheck.org. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/gop-debate-fact-check_us_56ab6e56e4b077d4fe8da9e1 _____ Feeling manipulated yet? This republican clown car is filled with liars and thieves who are counting on all gullible republicans to vote for them while knowing they should be in jail for criminal negligence concerning the wellbeing of the citizens of America who, under oath, were entrusted to their care. Think before you vote and place your vote for the person who will do something for you and raise your quality of life.
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