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Thursday, April 23, 2015

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By Nancy Thorner – 

The results of CNN poll on April 20, placed former Governor Jeb Bush, as of yet an undeclared candidate, at the top of the Republican Party’s presidential picks for 2016.  With no competition Hillary won the top spot for the Left.  Although name recognition is helpful in attracting supporters, in regard to Jeb Bush, how much is really known about him?  Jeb describes himself as a “Conservative Reformer”, but it will be remembered that his brother’s presidency exhibited “Compassionate Conservatism”.  After G.W. was elected president conservatives were not at all pleased with what his compassionate conservatism was all about.

It would be negligent not to explore and investigate Jeb Bush, the candidate. Is Bush really the conservative he vigorously touts as being when he served as a two-term Florida governor? There are reports that claim Jeb Bush governed as a conservative, but a number of years have passed since Jeb completed his second term in 2007.

As detailed in Part 1 of “Jeb Bush, a Conservative, a Moderate, or a Globalist,” Bush didn’t allow challengers to stand in his way when running and winning the governorship two times in Florida.  As such it is fair to use past behavior to present insight into Jeb Bush’s possible conduct in his yet-to-be-announced presidential bid.  A  Crowley Political Report on Feb. 26 questioned whether Jeb Bush would act like a bully if and when he declares himself a GOP presidential candidate. Since Bush vowed that he would run for president only if he could do so “joyfully”, the bully concept cannot be dismissed.

Noted in a New York Times article is that behind the scenes Bush and his aides have pursued the nation’s top campaign donors, political operatives, and policy experts with an eye to rapidly locking up the highest-caliber figures, making it all but impossible for other Republican candidates to assemble a high-octane campaign team. In each of his governor elections in 1998, and 2002, Bush attempted to corner the market, willing to “joyfully” hurl a fastball straight to the noggin of anyone who dared to get in his way.  This Times story is worth reading for more insight in the “Bush way of campaigning joyfully.”

As observed when Jeb Bush made an appearance in Nashua, New Hampshire, on April 18, Bush may very well mirror his actions that twice helped him win the governorships of Florida.  As reported on April 18, ties between Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (a 43-year-old son of Cuban immigrants) and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (a 62-year-old member of one of the nation’s most powerful political dynasties), political allies for more than a decade, are fraying as the Republican presidential campaign picks up steam.  In public, mentor Bush and protege Rubio, have avoided criticizing each other since Rubio announced his candidacy, but Bush allies have started quietly spreading negative information about Rubio’s record.  So far Rubio’s team has declined to respond in kind.

As Al Cardenas remarked, a Bush adviser also close to Rubio: “Sparks are going to fly. For the first time in our country’s history you’ve got two guys from the same town in the same state from same party running in the same primary.” A well connected individual in Florida told Thorner that it was Jeb Bush who pushed Rubio into supporting amnesty in the Senate, which in turn hurt Rubio with the Republican conservative base. Jeb wasn’t pleased when Rubio withdrew his amnesty position.

Early on there are cues pointing to likelihood that Jeb Bush is being endorsed and funded heavily by the Republican establishment.  As Phyllis Schlafly relates in her book. “A Choice Not An Echo.” in early 1936 a little group of secret kingmakers (prominent financiers and industrialists) laid long-range plans to control the Republican Party. This group has used every trick to dictate the choice of the Republican presidential nominee up to now.  It was the kingmakers who were responsible for derailing and destroying Senator Barry Goldwater in the election of 1964. In the eyes of the kingmakers, it was anyone but Goldwater, preferring, as they did, the continuation of the policies of Democrat incumbent Lyndon Johnson to those of Goldwater.

With this in mind, there is every reason to believe the kingmakers of today, although faces have changed, are partial to Jeb Bush as the 2016 Republican presidential nominee. The perception being, Bush is himself a loyal Republican Establishment member and also a confirmed globalist, following in the steps of his father (G.H.) and brother (G.W.). Writing in the Christian Science Monitor Mark Sappenfield had this to say about Jeb Bush as a yet undeclared candidate:

“Bush III is not yet in the presidential race, though he is apparently raising enough money to singlehandedly send Richard Branson to Jupiter, so there’s not much mystery about his intentions”. . . “Bush’s hundreds of millions are as good an indicator as any right now of where the establishment’s money is (literally).”

To some it might seem conspiratorial to imply that the mechanics are already being set in motion to ensure that Jeb Bush is the 2016 Republican candidate.  Consider this:  Even before Jeb Bush has officially declared his candidacy for 2016, he is preparing to give the traditional campaign a makeover by turning some of his campaign’s central functions over to a separate political organization (a PAC) that can raise unlimited amounts of money.  Not that other candidates haven’t done so, but for Bush the potential benefits are enormous. Campaigns can raise only $2,700 per donor for the primary and $2,700 for the general election. A super PAC, however, enables a candidate to raise unlimited cash from individuals, corporations and groups such as labor unions.  This means that in theory a small group of wealthy Bush supporters could pay for much of the work of electing him by writing massive checks to the super PAC.

Bush, when he finally does declare, would begin a White House bid with confidence that he will have the money behind him to make a deep run into the primaries. Even if Bush should stumble early on, spooking small-dollar donors and starving his own campaign of money, he would still have the means to carry on.  It is perceived that the ability of the super PAC to legally raise unlimited amounts of money far outweighs its primary disadvantage, that of not being able to legally coordinate its actions with Bush or his would-be campaign staff.

On the whole, conservatives aren’t happy with the broken campaign promises of those they elect to office, such as now exists in the 114th United States Congress where Republican Party members are failing to live up to their campaign promises.  Few would dispute that our vote for president stands above all others in importance.  This is especially true in 2016 given the precarious state of this nation and its descent into financial insolvency and moral bankruptcy.

Does Jeb Bush have what it takes to turn this nation around as a conservative reformer?  It’s going to be extremely difficult to convince many American, other than establishment Republicans who want to win at any cost, that Bush’s views on Amnesty, Common Core, and Climate Change are not Democrat-lite in their scope.

Part Two will explore Jeb Bush’s positions on  Amnesty, Common Core, and Climate Change, as expressed by Bush himself, in his still unannounced campaign.

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Thursday, March 05, 2015

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By Nancy Thorner – 

After three days packed with Republican stars, 2016 presidential hopefuls, all seeking grassroots support, finally received the results of the long-awaited Conservative Political Conference (CPAC) presidential straw poll.  The conference is held by the American Conservative Union (ACU).

Over 3,000 registrants voted in CPAC’s 2015 poll, with a plurality of those being 18-25 year-olds.

Following are the five candidates who garnered the most votes:  Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul won over CPAC’s right-wing activists for the third year in a row with more than a quarter of the vote at 25.7 percent (Supporters are routinely trucked in.); Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker placed 2nd with a 21.4 percent vote total; Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson finished in third (with 11.5 percent) and fourth (with 11 percent) place, respectively; while former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush came in fifth place at 8 percent.

Many conservatives are wary of Jeb Bush, seeing him as an establishment Republican who is too liberal on immigration and Common Core. Bush sees himself as a practicing, reform-minded conservative.  Given Jeb Bush’s positive stance on illegal immigration and Common Core, it was rather surprising that Jeb Bush was given a prime time speaking slot on Friday afternoon, Feb. 27.  Furthermore, Jeb Bush was granted the opportunity to field questions from Fox News host Sean Hannity for almost 20 odd minutes on stage to make his case to the crowd. Although Jeb Bush was meet by some lusty boos, by the end of the Q&A session with Hannity the hecklers had been quieted and Bush had won plenty of applause, some seemingly coming from those his camp had arranged to attend.  While Bush had hoped to come in 2nd among CPAC’s voters, capturing 5th place was reported as an achievement.

Bush’s 5th place showing is cause for worriment and concern among some rank and file Republicans, especially with his Republican conservative base. CBS News’ latest election poll doesn’t reflect CPAC’s conservative hierarchy.  In the nationwide CBS survey, Bush and Paul lead among self-identified Republicans, with 41 percent and 39 percent respectively.  Which brings to mind this question:  Will Republican voters once again allow the GOP establishment to pick the next presidential candidate only to have the chosen candidates fail, as did Bob Dold, McCain, and Mitt Romney?

 

“Kingmakers” select candidates

A must read is Phyllis Schlafly’s book,” A Choice Not An Echo” (Updated and expanded 50th Anniversary Edition), which reveals how GOP “kingmakers,” using every trick in the book, have “dictated the choice of the Republican presidential nominee just a completely as the Paris dress-makers control the length of women’s skirts.”

According to Schlafly, their objective was to maintain control of a Republican Party that would echo the New Deal Democrats rather than offer voters a meaningful choice.  Schlafly book covers elections from 1936 to what we might expect in 2016.  Regarding Goldwater, he was smeared and treated harshly by the establishment (kingmakers) in 1964. When Goldwater was successful in winning the Republican nomination, all stops were pulled out by the kingmakers to ensure that Goldwater would lose to Johnson. The kingmakers favored Johnson over Goldwater because they were not adverse to the continuation of Johnson’s policies.

In case you’re wondering why Jeb Bush is vying to be the GOP standard bearer in 2016, even hoping to be declared as such before the first state primary election is held, Michelle Malkin provides the answer.

 

Jeb Bush’s ties to Common Core

According to Sept. 20, 2013 report by Michelle Malkin, Jeb’s group, the grand sounding Foundation for Excellence in Education, is tied at the hip  federally funded testing consortium called PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers), which raked in $186 million through Race to the Top to develop nationalized tests aligned to the Common Core program [PARCC testing is very controversial and is scheduled to be administered soon here in Illinois.]

Furthermore, one of the Bush Foundation’s major corporate sponsors is Pearson, the multi-billion educational publishing and testing conglomerate.  Pearson snagged $23 million in contracts to design the first wave of PARCC test items. Pearson just happens to have a $250 million contract with Bush’s home state of Florida to design and publish its state tests

This summer, Pearson sealed a whopping $30 million taxpayer-subsidized deal to supply the city’s schools with 45,000 iPads pre-loaded with Pearson Common Core curriculum apps. That’s $678 per iPad, $200 more than the standard cost, with scant evidence that any of this shiny edu-tech will do anything to improve the achievement bottom line.

On January 1, Jeb Bush announced that he was ending all his relationships with several corporations and nonprofit organizations, including his own K-12 advocacy group, the Foundation for Excellence in Education. It was roughly two weeks after Bush had made know that he was creating an exploratory committee for a potential run for the White House.  According to Bush’s aides, Jeb was leaving these groups in order to focus more time on politics, although Bush’s decision could very well have been an attempt to disentangle himself from relationships that could complicate his potential run for the White House. Two years ago critics did allege that the Jeb Bush foundation inappropriately lobbies and influences state education leaders on behalf of for-profit entities, particularly digital education services.

Bush likewise ended his relationship with Academic Partnerships, a company that has converted over 4,000 courses to online formats in over 3000 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.  According to the company’s website, Jeb Bush earned $60,000 a year as a paid adviser and also owned a small share of the company’s stock.

It should be obvious by now why Bush is such a zealot advocate for Common Core. Just follow the money.  For anyone whose head isn’t buried in the sand, Common Core is a left-wing education dream that depends on federal funding to serve as a pathway to indoctrinate children.  This is not unlike the way Saul Alinsky choreographed the silent revolution.

 

Past behavior suggests caution

Worthy of consideration is how candidate Jeb Bush might conduct himself during a presidential run? A  Crowley Political Report on Feb. 26 questioned whether Jeb Bush would act like a bully in a GOP race for president.  Having vowed that he would run for president only if he can do it “joyfully”, a recent New York Times article noted that behind the scenes Bush and his aides have pursued the nation’s top campaign donors, political operatives, and policy experts with an eye to rapidly locking up the highest-caliber figures, thus making it all but impossible for other Republican candidates to assemble a high-octane campaign team. In each of his governor elections in 1994, 1998, and 2002, Bush attempted to corner the market, willing to “joyfully” hurl a fastball straight to the noggin of anyone who dared to get in his way.  The Times story is worth reading for those unfamiliar with Jeb Bush and his way of campaigning joyfully.

For all practical purposes Jeb Bush must be given the benefit of the doubt when claiming to be a practicing, reform-minded conservative despite his support for Common Core and amnesty.  There is, however, ample documentation to show that Jeb Bush is following in the footsteps of his dad, G.H. Bush, and his brother, G.W, as a globalist.

 

In Part 2 these questions will be addressed:  1) What is a globalist?;  2) How does Common Core become an issue common to globalists?, and 3) What non-governmental organization are united in their goal to subdue human kind and usher in World Government?  

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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Comments

Ed Ingold said…

When President Reagen agreed to amnesty for 1 million immigrants, the final count was 4 million. People swarmed across the border to take advantage of the program. President Obama demands amnesty for 11 million immigrants. Does that mean 44 million this time?

We don’t know who is actually in the country now. In lieu of a firm headcount, the Census Bureau makes estimates. Furthermore, starting with the 2010 census, President Obama moved the Census Bureau from the Department of Commerce to the White House, under Rahm Emanual at the time.