Accuracy in Media

I don’t know how many people still rely on the evening news programs for information about the presidential contest, but Monday night’s “NBC Nightly News” without Brian Williams had stories about a uterus transplant, the British Royals on a ski vacation, and football star Peyton Manning’s retirement. This is what passes for “news.”

As a faithful viewer of at least two evening news programs every night, I notice that the commercials by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation that are frequently appearing during these broadcasts have proven time and again to have more information about a critical public policy issue than the news broadcasts themselves. The ads point out that the $18 trillion national debt is dragging the economy down.

But what will the candidates do about it?

The presidential campaign coverage on the Republican side frequently resembles a reality television show starring Donald J. Trump, who used to have his own reality show. CBS executive chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves says about Trump, “It may not be good for America, but it’s damn good for CBS.” He adds, “The money’s rolling in and this is fun.”

He’s talking about revenue from selling commercial time for political ads. Meanwhile, the United States is going broke.

Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich says that the Fox News Channel is responsible for the success of the Trump campaign. “You can say that Trump is the candidate that ‘Fox & Friends’ invented,” Gingrich said on “Fox & Friends.” He noted that the billionaire sends out a Tweet, and then gets booked on the show for seven minutes. It costs Trump nothing. Other candidates are busy raising money from donors to sponsor a commercial.

Like CBS, Fox News is rolling in money. The Media Daily News noted that one Fox News Republican presidential primary debate with Trump “pulled a Nielsen 16.9 million average viewers,” versus 10 million viewers for a repeat episode of “Big Bang Theory” and 8.7 million for “American Idol.”

Trump is the most unpopular candidate of either party, according to Gallup, but he is still a ratings winner.

Even worse, in terms of ratings, is talking about the United States going bankrupt. That’s just too boring.

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget is sponsoring an event this Thursday entitled “Scoring the Presidential Tax Plans and Understanding their Fiscal Impacts.” My bet is that the topic won’t be covered. People don’t want to be told their country is going bankrupt and that the candidates have no solutions, other than bankruptcy, massive cuts in spending, or going socialist.

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget says Trump’s plan would add between $11.7 and $15.1 trillion to the national debt over the next 10 years, including interest.

“I’m not going to cut Social Security like every other Republican and I’m not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid,” Trump says. “Every other Republican is going to cut, and even if they wouldn’t, they don’t know what to do because they don’t know where the money is. I do.”

At the ninth Republican presidential debate in Greenville, South Carolina, Kimberley Strassel of The Wall Street Journal tried to pin Trump down on this matter. Here’s how it went:

Strassel: You have made a lot of promises and you have also—you’re the only candidate who has said he would not touch entitlements. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget has estimated that your ideas would cost an additional $12 trillion to $15 trillion over the next 10 years and that we would have to have annual economic growth of anywhere from 7.7 percent to 9 percent annually to pay for them. Are you proposing more than you can actually deliver, at least not without big deficits?

Trump: First of all, the—when you say I’m the only candidate, if you listen to the Democrats, they want to do many things to Social Security, and I want to do them on its own merit. You listen to them, what they want to do to Social Security, none of these folks are getting elected, okay, whether they can do it or not. I’m going to save Social Security. I’m going to bring jobs back from China. I’m going to bring jobs back from Mexico and from Japan, where they’re all—every country throughout the world—now Vietnam, that’s the new one.

They are taking our jobs. They are taking our wealth. They are taking our base. And you and I have had this discussion. We’re going to make our economy strong again. I’m lowering taxes. We have $2.5 trillion offshore. We have $2.5 trillion that I think is actually five trillion because the government has no idea when they say $2.5, they have no idea what they’re doing or saying, as they’ve proven very well.

We’re going to bring that money back. You take a look at what happened just this week. China bought the Chicago Stock Exchange, China, a Chinese company. Carrier is moving to Mexico—air conditioning company. Not only the ones I talk about all the time, Nabisco and Ford and—they’re all moving out.

We have an economy that last quarter, G.D.P. didn’t grow. It was flat. We have to make our economy grow again. We’re dying. This country is dying. And our workers are losing their jobs, and you’re going…

Strassel:  But in terms of…

Trump: I’m the only one who is going to save Social Security, believe me.

Strassel: Okay. But how would you actually do that? Can I ask you? Because right now, Social Security and Medicare…

Trump: Because you have tremendous waste. I’ll tell you…

Strassel: They take up two-thirds of the federal budget, and they’re growing.

Trump: You have tremendous waste, fraud and abuse. That we’re taking care of. That we’re taking care of. It’s tremendous. We have in Social Security right now thousands and thousands of people that are over 106 years old. Now, you know they don’t exist. They don’t exist. There’s tremendous waste, fraud and abuse, and we’re going to get it. But we’re not going to hurt the people who have been paying into Social Security their whole life and then all of a sudden they’re supposed to get less. We’re bringing our jobs back. We’re going to make our economy great again.

Needless to say, Trump didn’t answer the question. But he’s going to make America great again.

On the Democratic side, the group says that Senator Bernie Sanders’ plans would increase the size of the federal government by about 40 percent. That’s one charge Hillary Clinton has made about the cost of Sanders’s proposals that the committee says is true. “We estimate that all of Sen. Sanders’s proposals would increase government spending by between 36 and 60 percent, which is close to what Sec. Clinton estimated at 40 percent,” it says.

Sanders wants to cut the defense budget to pay for more social spending. But Marc Goldwein, Senior Vice President and Senior Policy Director of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, says defense isn’t what’s driving the debt. “Of the $2.7 trillion increase in spending over the next decade, about $100 billion of that is defense—maybe $150 billion,” he notes. “That means that $2.5 trillion of the $2.7 trillion is not defense. It’s mostly Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and interest on our debt.”

Dr. Tracy C. Miller, an associate professor of economics at Grove City College, told me recently in an interview that the massive federal debt cannot be sustained and will necessitate cuts to popular programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. “Commitments far exceed what can be raised in taxes,” he says.

This is the truth you won’t find in the media or from the candidates. America is going broke but the media are making tons of money, mostly because of Trump.




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Comments

  • RMThoughts

    Earth to Cliff. America is broke and we are already at the threshold of socialism.

    You will never understand, but here’s why we want Trump: yes he’s a bit of an jerk, yes he’s an egomaniac, but we don’t care. The country in a mess because politicians, both REPUBLICANS & DEMOCRATS are two-faced & gutless, and illegals are everywhere.

    We want it all fixed! We don’t care that Trump is crude, we don’t care that he insults people, we don’t care that he had been friendly with Hillary Clinton, we don’t care that he has changed positions, we don’t care that he’s been married 3 times, we don’t care that he fights with Megan Kelly and Rosie O’Donnell and we don’t care that he doesn’t know the name of Muslin terrorists.

    This country is weak, bankrupt, our enemies are making fun of us; we are being invaded by illegal’s, America’s becoming a nation of victims where every Tom, Ricardo and Hasid is a special group with special rights to the point we don’t even recognize the country we were born in; “AND WE JUST WANT IT FIXED” and Trump is the only guy who seems to understand what we want.

    We’re sick of politicians, sick of the Democratic Party, Republican Party, and sick of illegals. We just want problems solved.

    Trump may not be a saint, but doesn’t have lobbyist money holding him back, he doesn’t have political correctness restraining him, all you know is that he has been very successful, a good negotiator, he has built a lot of things, and he’s also NOT a career politician, he’s not a cowardly fool. And he says he’ll fix it. And we believe him because he is too much of an egotist to be proven wrong or looked at and called a liar.

    Also we don’t care if the guy has bad hair.

  • John Cunningham

    Welcome to Bizzaro World. There is no difference between America today and Germany in 1932. The thing is, we should know better. Donald Trump scares me to death. Just like Barrack Obama in 2008.

    Yes, we need change in the Republican Party! They have been allowed to treat the Party as their own personal Country Club and we the People keep falling for the lies and promises.

    The Democrat Party is doing what they do, slow grind to Socialism. That is what they want and, they also want no opposition which then, becomes Communism.

    What scares me about Trump is his referral to himself in the third person and his outrageous braggadocio. He also doesn’t like criticism. What does that mean when he becomes president?

    I for one, are in my Golden years. It won’t effect me so much. I do have Grandchildren and I worry for their future. No way will theirs be as was mine. I also kind of think I am going to have a front row seat to the end. Lets hope on that score, I am wrong.

  • Julie A

    Trump is not our answer. He is clueless and has no plan. Every time he’s asked specifics he has no idea. We are in big trouble. Not only that, we will get a squishy Supreme Court justice and we are ruined… for a very very long time.

  • RMThoughts

    As conservatives we have been voting for lying liberal progressive Republicans as the “lesser of two evils” for 30 years.

    The reality is our ruling class is a greater threat to our national sovereignty than “terrorism”.

  • RMThoughts

    There is on Republican and Democrat party. The goal of the UniParty, including professional Democrats, professional Republicans and the Wall Street and Lobby interests they represent, is to stop the vulgarian Donald Trump from casting them into irrelevance. They are fighting for their livelihood… There are trillions of dollars of graft at stake.

  • Hambone

    If ALL waste, fraud, and abuse–including unlawful and criminally incompetent outfits like the Department of Uneducation–were cut from the federal budget, which makes bacon look vegan, you could cut the budget by 40%. EASILY. EASILY.

  • John Cunningham

    Anybody who is anybody is crooked. Even us little people.

  • Julie A

    We finally have a true conservative who is running and he has a proven record of fighting the establishment and standing up for the constitution. He will put a constitutional supreme court justice in. Cruz is the only obvious choice.

  • miguel i prado

    If only Cruz had the charm and charisma of Reagan. But he doesn’t and comes across as too doctrinaire and is therefore un-electable – as much as I like him.

  • gene456

    Jule A – So what’s YOUR solution?

  • Julie A

    Our country is in a serious crisis, and you are worried about charm? I wouldn’t exactly call Trump charming. He’s actually repulsive.

  • Richard Hellstrom

    Where does the ideas of the Democrats come from and do they have American interest at heart ? http://www.aim.org/aim-column/bernies-billionaires/

  • Richard Hellstrom

    America is a form of communism – The government decides the social structures in America and then goes a long way into crazy trying to make you believe that it’s any where from your local Jelly Bean Company to Wall Mart to Space Aliens that are responsible for your social demise and public ostracization. For us to have an honest government their must be an open representation by the media of our government and their political practices against the commons. US Senators’ average annual stock performance beat the market average by approximately 12.3%, while stock purchases made by corporate insiders on average outperform the market by 7.4% and stock portfolios of the average US household underperform the market by 1.5%.

  • Julie A

    That’s easy…. Reagan conservatism. It got out us out of the Carter misery, and will work now in our Obama misery. It created jobs and small businesses grew. We were respected around the world.

  • gene456

    Yes, I think we all agree on THAT point. But what I was asking was what CANDIDATE, if not Trump?

  • gene456

    I like Cruz as well (although I think Trump is right in that Cruz DOES have a tendency to bend the truth). But I am quite content with Trump as the nominee as well. My dream ticket would be Trump/Cruz, which I actually think is what will happen. Cruz/Trump could NEVER happen, as I will be the first to admit that The Donald’s ego is way too big for that.

  • gene456

    Charming or repulsive, it does not matter to me. The issue is who will best withstand the terrible onslaught coming from the evil, evil Clintons and their old media allies, and that person is Trump. He can and WILL beat her. You’ll see.

  • Julie A

    They are holding back all kinds of crap they have on Trump. If it’s Trump, it will get very ugly. They have alot on him that we haven’t seen yet.

  • Julie A

    The ONLY Reagan conservative we have… Cruz of course. He’s 100% conservative and will not waiver on the constitution and cannot be bought.

  • gene456

    I doubt it’s much, as they would use it now, believe me. The Clintons are scared shitless of Trump, and for good reason. He’s a tough New Yorker, and he’s ready for the dirty pool those Arkansas shitkickers are ready to play. Besides, if there was anything of REAL consequence, Trump never would have gotten a casino license.

    BTW, what makes you think the Clintons don’t have things on Cruz, Rubio, and Kasich? Or any other candidate, for that matter?

  • Steven Barrett

    Here’s all you need to know about Cliff’s beef with Social Security, “socialism” yadda yadda … philosophically he’s got the hots for Pete Peterson and that old skinflint’s desire to kill the cow, but not until he’s first dried her up, then he’ll stand on his soap box, proclaim the program kaput and worthy of the final shotgun blast. He’s not ever going to admit that if Wall Street gets its hands on a program paid into by taxpayers, and his real goal is to milk it for his and his wealthy pals content. C’mon Cliff … don’t you think Peterson’s schemes are old news too.

  • gene456

    And I explain above about Cruz.

  • Ted

    Bankruptcy? Balderdash!

    Go back to the days of the 28% and 35% capital gains tax and the nominal tax rates in existence when Reagan came to office; put a tiny tax on the exchange of each share of stock on Wall Street; engage a minimum corporate tax on all corporate revenues, foreign and domestic; extend the FICA taxes to everyone’s full salary, bonuses, and commissions; and, do away with the billionaire’s loopholes in state and federal income taxes … and there’s a significant budgetary surplus every year! No ******* sweat!

  • Ted

    Amen, bro !!!

  • Ted

    Trump vs. Sanders might be a real race … BUT … Trump vs. Clinton is a runaway for Trump!

  • Ted

    Yessir! On the money !!!

  • Gz7

    Oh, and the Beast is squeaky clean?

  • Gz7

    No, it’s not easy or it would be happening now.

  • Gz7

    He’s not 100% conservative. He said he will replace Obamacare. That’s not conservative.

  • Gz7

    Good post. When the states surrendered their soverniety to the Feds, the downhill slide began. The federal government works for the states. The states tell the federal government what to do, not the other way around. Not only are our kids not being taught that, the teachers are ignorant of it too. A return to constitutional law will require dismantling the current system of educational brainwashing, and returning it to the local community. So, we’re a few generations from returning sanity to our once great country.

  • Gz7

    The Creeper agrees.

  • Julie A

    You are sadly mistaken. He has said a thousand times he will REPEAL Obamacare ONLY. Not replace! He is for public competitive healthcare only.

    You must be thinking of Trump who keeps saying he wants to replace Obamacare with another mandate.

  • Julie A

    It is easy, we just haven’t had a conservative in office who will do it. We have had liberal after liberal who want to expand government instead of limit government. Follow the Reagan formula and the economy will recover.

  • Julie A

    You do realize that we have millions of stupid people that voted for Obama, right? I have no faith in the American people. Most are uneducated due to the indoctrination from our schools and our media. After they unleash the filth on Trump, it’s going to be ugly.

  • Colorado Conservative

    Oh you mean the same Cruz whose campaign has now been taken over by the Bush finance wizards? Like Neil Bush of Silverado Savings and Loan scandal fame? Plus now he has Carly Fiorina’s endorsement. Don’t tell me Cruz is not establishment.

  • Colorado Conservative

    Cannot be bought? The man has numerous SuperPACS that he will owe, to say nothing of the “loan” from Goldman Sachs. Plus his campaign is now flush with Bush financial people including Neil Bush, known for the Silverado Savings and Loan scandal.

  • Gz7

    He’s already been bought by Goldman Sachs. You should do some research on him before blindly supporting him.

  • Gz7

    You are right on both counts! It will be equally as ugly for the Beast too! Someone who has accomplished nothing in life except a trail of crime and the sleaziest groupies one can imagine.

  • Julie A

    No he hasn’t. I hardly call getting a loan and paying it off, being bought by a company. That’s like saying I’ve been bought by B of A for the loan on my house. Ridiculous!

  • Gz7

    How naive can you be?

  • Julie A

    Oh okay, since we have no other facts we result to insults. I’ve said this many times… Trump supporters are no different than Obama supporters. They can’t hold an argument and are fueled by emotions, so their only defense is insult. Thanks for confirming that.

  • RMThoughts

    Trump’s appeal is his willingness to mock the ridiculous lies we’ve been incessantly force-fed for the past 15 years and tell the truth.

    “Diversity” is not “our strength”; it’s a source of weakness, tension and disunion.

    Immigration today is not “good for the economy”; it undercuts American wages, costs Americans jobs, and reduces Americans’ standard of living.

    Islam is not a “religion of peace”; it’s a militant faith that exalts conversion by the sword and inspires thousands to acts of terror—and millions more to support and sympathize with terror

    When one hears words coming out of a politician’s mouth finally reflect what one can see with one’s own eyes, the effect, can be exhilarating

  • sandra-paquette-

    Agree with on all but, I don’t think he is a jerk anymore than the rest of them. The muslim president in now laughs in the faces of America knowing deep down what he has done to America. But this was all the plan of his and the elite.

  • sandra-paquette-

    Cruz will stoop to any level to get to where he want to go. This guy is a sleaze bag..

  • sandra-paquette-

    The Bushes are also as EVIL as the Clintons. The will kill and lie what ever it takes to hold on to the power of the Establishment.

  • sandra-paquette-

    He is also for agenda 21. This guy is so slick he doesn’t care what it take to get in. Now to day they Rubio, John, and Ted are all meeting Bush to-day hm! to figure out a way to bring Trump down. Oh, yes good old Bush the #1 in doing crimes. Wonder what they have in mind to do. Shows you just how low they will go and I mean low.

  • truegrit

    We are Ruined NOW!! Trump is not “Clueless” You don’t build a 10 Billion dollar company by being “Clueless”
    If you want “Clueless” just look at John Kerry.
    We tried Your way, It failed, Lets elect someone who speaks for the Citizens. Donald Trump 2016

  • truegrit

    For Vice President

  • truegrit

    If you are a sissy virgin and cant handle manspeak
    I guess that would frighten you and even repulse you.

  • Richard Hellstrom

    The feds sure has adopted some odd agendas that range from destroying Christianity in the military , to demanding our soldiers not to eat and drink in front of the other Muslim soldiers during Ramadan and ordering them to study the holiday , to pronouncing Christians as terrorist , to telling soldiers to ignore child rape , to telling the other commanders to be on alert for soldiers who don’t love Muslims , to the act of U.S. Soldiers Taught About the Dangers of White Privilege , to creating programs of hating Jews while their main lobby remains to be people like George Soros who’s net worth rose from about $9 billion before President Obama took office to over $24 billion today. George Soros is of Jewish-Hungarian ancestry and to begin understanding him and his causes you should read – http://www.aim.org/aim-column/bernies-billionaires/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Soros

  • Colorado Conservative

    Agreed. Here is a good article I just came across from Patrick Buchanan http://buchanan.org/blog/oligarchs-super-pac-anti-trump-strategy-124921

  • LaTisha Jackson

    Beautiful! Masses are idiotic by their nature…everywhere….

  • Margaret Khan

    The Socialists are bankrupting us to push us into Communism so their feudalist (or fascist) masters can take over world & get total power to do whatever they want, kill whoever they want, destroy whoever they want. It’s a criminal drug/banking cartel. But they corrupted our government to give them the right to print money out of thin air so they have an huge advantage over anyone who tries to stop them

  • Margaret Khan

    Amen, bro also!!!! But how can he win if the voting machines are rigged. We the people are powerless to stop any of this. When did we become powerless, oh probably 1963

  • Margaret Khan

    He is the only answer we have left. No matter how clueless or planless he may be he seems to be on our side. The banking/political class have bad plans for our country. We need to go a new direction. We need to make our country strong again. The Democrat & Republican leadership both are sabotaging our country. Get rid of that sabotage & America will bounce back.

  • Margaret Khan

    Cruz’ wife is a member of CFR. They are part of a very big deception. He is another Obama. Trump seems to be the only candidate who is not a traitor

  • Margaret Khan

    Us stupid people voted for Obama because he sounded great. He sealed up his records, besides which the media would not go there. Where ever he was born the Constitution is out the window. Now Cruz is sealing up his records. If America’s only access to information is the establishment media then there is no hope for America
    I voted for Obama in 2008 (In 2012 they probably relied totally on rigging the voting machines) (You notice how they all hushed up Benghazi) (That would have destroyed his election right there) They have to keep people in the dark. That is the foundation of our government, that & keeping the people dumbed down. Fluoride keeps you passive, other prescription drugs keep you disoriented. It is like the Opium War in China. They drug you to defeat you. Also they are destroying your health with drugs & pesticides like Roundup to weaken you so they can bully you into giving up your country to them

  • sandra-paquette-

    Thanks – very good

  • Julie A

    Cruz did NOT seal any records. That’s BS coming from the Trump crowd…

    All I have to say to you is do your research before you vote next time. Don’t be so easily fooled by the media. Most people just watch a small sound bite and make up their decision without really knowing the issues or the candidate.

    Cruz has a proven record of defending the constitution and fought for we the people. He has gone before the supreme court 9 times, and won and important cases defending religious liberty and other constitutional issues. He has lead the fight against amnesty and Obamacare. He has stood firmly against the Washington elite. He is the obvious choice with a proven record. There is no other candidate that can prove what they are pitching to the American people. Don’t be fooled! Actions should tell you everything.

  • Julie A

    There are a lot of good people that mean well that have joined the CFR. My pastor is one of them. It is a networking group. That does not mean they are part of the inside group, such as the Rockefeller’s. Your argument about Mrs. Cruz does not hold any water.

    If you want to learn more about the CFR network, listen to Aaron Russo’s videos. He knew Rockefeller, and it was explained by Rockefeller there are inside and outside people of the CFR. Not everyone has the same goals and intentions in the network. Only the inside group does, and I agree the insiders are evil.

  • Gz7

    I meant that as a question, not a personal attack. If I offended you, I apologize. My point was that there are a number of connections between the establishment and Cruz that don’t seem to affect Cruz supporters at all. I personally like Cruz and think he’s a good person. He would make an excellent AG.

  • Julie A

    Hmm.. Okay that’s fine. It doesn’t effect me as a constitutional, fiscal, and social conservative. I have strong values and priniciples. I have watched Cruz be attacked by the establishment for many years, and it has always bothered me. He has been out there fighting, many times on his own. I have great respect for him for that. He shares those strong values, so an attack on him is an attack on me. He is the closest thing to Reagan we have ever had. The connection to the establishment you hear is made up. He has a proven record that he is anti-establishment. Thanks for the follow up 🙂

  • snowshooze

    Well, I am a Cruz guy, but I will not have a single problem supporting Trump if that is the outcome.

  • hadit

    Trump ‘s campaign people …attorneys, other legal advisers , will not be ignorant of the shenanigans of our fraudulent elections of the past…I’m hoping they will stay on top of it and alert this country that there will be monitoring and harsh consequences should they try to pull a fast one. It ‘s getting to the point, I see Trump’s outstanding ways of solving the hardest of issues. Nobody else has this know-how. Ditto so to RM

  • hadit

    When people like Julie speak of Trump being clueless, my first thought is…are you serious? Then you ask these people how many times have you watched a full campaign speech, or have you seen his agenda online the answer is “no”. It’s hard not to give the “clueless” remark right back.

  • hadit

    Julie, aligning yourself with a group that only represents a little “evil” shouldn’t be sufficient to say oh, o.k. Please carefully read jam-packed article on the connections, then decide. (these 2 loans that Cruz has were never put on his application for the presidency…huge loans which shows his asset column would be more impressive…forget? You know we have an establishment guy when Neil Bush endorses him…there is info on Heidi I’d like everyone to see.
    http://dailycaller.com/2016/03/10/ted-cruz-a-bush-by-another-name/

  • hadit

    Yes, that Cruz…the one who left his loans off his application for presidencyhttp://dailycaller.com/2016/03/10/ted-cruz-a-bush-by-another-name/

  • hadit

    Trump said ” I haven’t started on her yet”

  • hadit

    Trump is not afraid exposing each and everyone of the insiders…he knows..he was one of them

  • hadit

    All, so true…a group of people exposed the frauduency of the Boeing machines, reported findings to the authorities…nothing done.

  • Julie A

    That’s not at ALL what I said… you do not understand how the CFR works. As I was trying to explain, many successful people join innocently for the purpose of networking. Do NOT put words in my mouth. This is confirmed by the conversation Aaron Russo had with Rockefeller. Rockefeller told him that most do not even know the inner-workings of the CFR. Who cares if Cruz didn’t note a loan (that he paid off by the way) on one of the two forms. And so, when the big RINO Christie endorses Trump, we look past that, as that one doesn’t fit your scenario. You are getting so caught up in the weeds, you are not looking at the big picture. If you were watching politics everyday for many years like I have, you would know that Cruz has fought the establishment single handedly, while he has been called every name by his own party as well as the media. Does that sound like an insider to you? NO! He wrote a book about all the slimey deals that go on in Washington. If he was establishment, do you think he would be exposing all the filth that goes on there? Of course not! That’s why they hate him. You obviously just started paying attention. Otherwise, you would know about each and every fight Cruz has been up against, most of the time alone.

    And by the way, one last thing the Bush’s stated at the beginning of the election that Cruz is the man that they were most scared of. W is familiar with Cruz as an attorney, and knows he stands strong with the constitution. Bush had to go up against Cruz in a case where Cruz fought for the state of Texas vs. the federal government. Long story short, Cruz won, he had an earlier ruling reversed. Needless to say the Bush’s do not like Cruz and know his strength, as he is a firm constitutionalist.

  • Julie A

    And Christie is not establishment? As the race narrows to two people, of course the support is going to be split. Trump is a liberal and hasn’t proven otherwise. He has taken every side on every issue. He changes with the wind. He has no values or moral backbone to stand on. He can’t even answer what a conservative is, yet he calls himself one. He’s a fraud, and you are being duped!

    He was for Obamacare, before he was against it. He was for abortion, before he was against it. He was for Obama, before he was against him. He was for Paul Ryan, then he was against him, and now he’s for him again. He says he can work with the traders in Washington and make a deal. We don’t need a deal. We need to expose and kick the communists out of Washington, period!

  • Julie A

    Who cares!

  • hadit

    Julie, Julie…maybe we watch and read politics and have a different pov, but don’t think your knowledge is superior to mine. I find your takeaway of facts quite confusing. Do you realize the Neil Bush that endorsed Cruz, is part of the same Bush family that you say “do not like him”. I leave it at that, and moving on. Trump 45

  • Colorado Conservative

    Reagan was a liberal at one time too. But as for your talking points about Trump, the only reply that I have for you is that the past 7 years the GOP led Congress has been liberal, voted with the Democrats to give Obama everything he wanted and more. So don’t tell me about liberals masquerading as conservatives.

  • Julie A

    That’s a ridiculous argument… if we are going to play the game of endorsements, lets be fair. RINO’s endorsing Trump: Christie, Duncan Hunter (Conservative Review rating 67% D), Tom Marino (Conservative Review rating 49% F), Chris Collins (formerly endorsed Jeb Bush)… need I go on.

    Endorsements for Cruz: Mike Lee (Conservative Review rating 100% A+), Mark Levin (former legal counsel to Ronald Reagan and constitutional scholar), Dr. James Dobson (respected Christian leader and conservative who teaches family values), Greg Abbott (100% conservative governor of Texas, former justice), Jim Bridenstine (Conservative Review rating 96% A)… need I go on…

    Conclusion:
    Cruz- the most solid principled people backing him up. Trump- the spineless not so principled people backing him up.

  • Julie A

    Reagan was NEVER a liberal… he was a Democrat. Back in those days, the Democrats were patriotic Americans who were capitalists and loved America, like JFK. Not like todays Democrats who are not just liberal, but also socialists, communists, marxists, and progressives who hate America. Big difference! Trump has NEVER PROVEN that he is anything but a liberal, giving money to the scum of the earth in this country, to permanently transform it into a socialist unrecognizable country.

  • hadit

    Not reading anymore from you, Julie…done

  • Julie A

    Ha ha ha… that’s pretty funny… I guess the facts are getting under your skin. No problem. If you ever want to debate again, you know where to come 🙂

  • terry1956

    The trouble in looking at the various tax plans and their effect on the federal debt is not to assume increases in federal spending or even not to assume that federal spending can not decrease.
    Another thing not to assume is that growth can not increase federal revenue to the point of eliminating federal deficits and over time pay off the federal debt.
    Let us tackle the last first and start with the fiscal year 2015 federal spending of 3.6876 trillion dollars and revenues of 3.2487 trillion dollars.
    If you do not increase federal spending and the tax cuts in the first year results in a loss of 1 trillion in revenue then federal revenue in the first year would be 2.2487 trillion dollars and the deficit for that first year would be 1.4389 trillion.
    Ok let us now take into account annual growth in income of 10% and increases in federal revenue of 10% a year after the first year.
    In year 2 the revenue would be 2.47357 trillion, year 3= 2.720927, year 4= 2.9930197, year 5=3.2923216 trillion, year 6= 3.621553,7 trillion, year 7= 3.983709 trillion, year 8=4.3820799 trillion, year 9= 4.8202878, year 10= 5.3023165 trillion, year 11= 5.8325481 trillion and year 12= over 6.4 trillion dollars, year 13= over 7.04 trillion, year 14 over 7.74 trillion, year 15 over 8.5 trillion, year 16= over 9.35 trillion, year 17= over 10.28 trillion, year 18= over 11.3 trillion, year 19= over 12.4 trillion, year 20= over 13.6 trillion, year 21= over 14.9 trillion, year 22= over 16.3 trillion, year 23 over 17.9 trillion, year 24 over 19.6 trillion, and year 25 would be over 21.5 trillion dollars in federal revenue.
    Six years of deficits and 19 years of surpluses.
    Where could the tax cut come from in the first year?
    From eliminating the federal payroll tax which brought in around 1.1 trillion dollars and maybe a little more but still under 1.2 trillion when including the federal unemployment insurance tax.
    So actually you still would need around 2.5 trillion in federal revenue the first year and if all of it is to come from internal revenue then a charge to the state governments based on the gross income of the state would be the best internal federal revenue.
    In 2014 national gross income was over 18 trillion dollars and higher in 2015 so let us use just 18 trillion in GNI to start our figuring of the charge to state governments then a flat rate of under 13.9% would bring in 2.5 trillion maybe more.
    Now if you have an American price plus 10% tax on imported goods, imported services and imported labor then you can reduce the rate of the charge to state government.

  • terry1956

    In yesterdays Chattanooga Times FreePress on page C-3 of the Business section list for fiscal year 2015 a pie chart of federal revenue and another pie chart of federal spending.
    Adding up the big valid items of federal spending on the pie chart would be 877 billion for social security, 562.5 billion for defense, 544 billion for medicare and 260 billion for the debt interest payment giving a total of 2.2435 trillion dollars and total federal revenue was 3.2487 trillion dollars or 1.0052 trillion more in revenues than the above spending on the valid big items.
    On the other hand total federal spending was 3.6876 trillion or 1.4446 trillion more than the valid above big items.
    Yes I know that the federal government did have valid spending in fiscal year 2015 over 2.2435 trillion dollars but no way was it 1.4446 trillion more or no way was it even 1.0052 trillion dollars more thus with the federal revenues we got in fiscal year 2015 we should have been running a surplus and actually a very large surplus actually more than the 439 billion we ran as a deficit.
    VA and federal employee disability and pensions runs around 270 billion but lets say 300 billion so even if other ran to 200 billion that would add 500 billion to the 2.2435 trillion for a federal budget of 2.7435 trillion and a surplus of 505.2 billion dollars.
    To show how absurd the federal welfare state is there are around 50 million people at or below the poverty line in the US so if you divided up that surplus between them that would be over 10,000 dollars a year for each or over 40,000 dollars for a family of 4.
    To show how absurd the total welfare state is in the US using total federal, state, county and local spending of 6.7 trillion dollars for fiscal year 2016 deducting for public goods ( defense, other protection such as police, courts, prisons/jails, general government, roads and public transportation) of around 1.6 trillion, deduct for government employee pensions and disability or 600 billion giving a subtotal of 2.2 trillion in valid government spending so far.
    Ok now add 352 billion in federal, state, county and local government debt interest payment which would make a total of 2.552 trillion dollars leaving 4.148 trillion dollars.
    If that 4.148 trillion was divided equally to the 50 million in poverty that would be 82,960 dollars a year to each or 331,840 dollars to a family of 4 or it would be over 34,500 each a year to the 120 million below 200% of the poverty line or over 138,000 dollars a year for a family of 4.
    If you add the 170 million getting some kind of government benefit plus 60 million between 5 and 19 going to government schools and divide the above amount between the 230 million that would be over 18,000 a year to each or over 72,000 dollars a year for a family of 4.
    If you divided the amount between all the 320 million in the US that would be over 12,962 dollars a year for every man, women and child or 51,848 dollars a year for a family of 4.
    The Total spending of 6.7 trillion would be almost 21,000 dollars per capita.
    Even with no deficits at all the total is an absurd amount.
    Ok if you go to this private website
    usgovernmentrevenue.com and compare it with the sister website
    usgovernmentspending.com you see that the revenue from federal, state, county and local taxes and fees is only around 100 billion dollars less than federal, state, county and local spending totals so basically without deficit spending split 4 trillion between the above which still would give 80,000 dollars a year to each below the poverty level or 320,000 to a family of 4 or over 12,345 dollars to 324 million ( the above website gives 324 million for pop number) to every man, women and child in the US or over 49.380 dollars a year for a family of 4.
    Yes the government should not be giving every one in poverty 80,000 dollars a year or even giving everyone 12,000 a year but it just shows how absurd the welfare state has become and its likely worse in Western Europe where it seems they give money for nothing and chicks for free ( at least that is what the Islamic radicals coming into Western Europe seem to think, chicks for free and young boys for free both who they can rape and get away with it in some parts of some of those nations).

  • terry1956

    The book ‘ Extortion” gives some details on how the racket in DC works.
    Mark Twain in 1890 said he thought that it could be proven by facts and statistics that America has no native criminal class except Congress.
    That is even more true today.
    While its easy to see where people might think the president is the ruler because he is commander in chief of the federal arm forces or others say the US Supreme Court Judges are dictators for life I congress can remove the president an federal judges from office, Congress has no term limits as the president does, the election system tends to favor the incumbents and with voting by machine even our votes can be changed.