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Category: Election '12

October 29, 2015
Trump, Like Romney, a Riches to Riches Story

During his failed 2012 presidential campaign, Republican nominee Mitt Romney offered this sage advice to college students worried about finding jobs after graduation. Citing the experience of a friend who secured a $20,000 loan from his parents, Romney counseled, "Take a shot, go for it, take a risk, get the education, borrow money if you […]

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October 19, 2015
The Comical Cult of Paul Ryan

Not since LeBron James announced "The Decision" to "take my talents to South Beach" have so many Americans waited with bated breath for one man to declare his intentions. Hoping for white smoke from the chimney of his Janesville, Wisconsin home, most Republicans and even some Democrats are hoping that Paul Ryan will decide to […]

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September 21, 2015
Republicans Were Silent as Romney Played the Birther Card

The 2016 Republican presidential field is shocked--shocked!--that frontrunner Donald Trump refused to correct a questioner insisting President Obama is a Muslim foreigner. Recalling one of the finest moments for the GOP's 2008 nominee, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) revealing explained, "This happens to all of us. It happened to John McCain. You have to push back." […]

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August 31, 2015

Unveiling the Congressional Budget Office's latest long term forecast this week, new CBO Director Keith Hall made an unremarkable statement. "The evidence," Hall explained, "is that tax cuts do not pay for themselves." For the overwhelming majority of economists or just about anyone with a passing familiarity with the U.S. budget since Ronald Reagan first […]

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August 12, 2015
Wage Theft. Dishonest Franchises. Papa John's.

Papa John's is everywhere. Its 4,500 restaurants, most run by franchisees, are in all 50 states and 34 countries. The Louisville Cardinals play their college football in Papa John's Stadium, while Papa John himself regularly appears in TV ads with his business partner, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. And as the business press has been […]

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July 8, 2015
Mitt Romney Self-Deports from Donald Trump

So it's come to this. In the wake of Donald Trump's description of Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug dealers, remarks that have divided the GOP presidential field, the "severely conservative" former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney declared, "I think he made a severe error in saying what he did about Mexican-Americans." And for that, Bernie […]

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June 21, 2015
GOP Presidential Candidates Snub Major Hispanic Conference for Third Election in a Row

All eyes in the conservative political world were focused this week on the Faith and Freedom Forum in Washington, DC. There, Politico reported, the entire field of 2016 Republican White House hopefuls auditioned before the evangelical faithful to "depict a Christian world under siege" and "road-test their religious messages." But Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Marco […]

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June 15, 2015
GOP Kingmaker Romney Flip-Flops on His Iraq War Support

At this fourth annual E2 Summit this week, defeated 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney once again played host to the GOP's White House hopefuls and their sugar daddies. As before, Romney's twin objectives were to play kingmaker and to remind the assembled Republican faithful that he's still available to be king. But in addressing […]

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May 15, 2015
Marco Rubio Regurgitates Romney's Foreign Policy Sound Bites

As you may have heard, Florida Senator and 2016 GOP White House hopeful Marco Rubio delivered a major address Wednesday on foreign policy and national security. Wanting to learn more about his so-called "Rubio Doctrine," I visited his web site to see what he had to say. As it turned out, I didn't need to […]

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April 27, 2015
How Anti-Abortion Intensity Wins in Pro-Choice America

For four decades, American public opinion on the issue of abortion has been largely unchanged. As the numbers from Gallup, the Pew Research Center and other polls show, roughly half of Americans have identified themselves as "pro-choice" even as consistent majorities support keeping abortion legal in all or many circumstances. But now, a new survey […]

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Jon Perr
Jon Perr is a technology marketing consultant and product strategist who writes about American politics and public policy.

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