We knew money was going to pour in for the GOP and we worried that early it would be spread too thin. When you see the hard numbers you have to feel pretty good that even if Clinton runs unopposed there still could be bank for finishing the job. We are seeing Super PACs that are backing Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz have raised more than double the PAC backing presumptive of the leading Democratic nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton. Priorities USA Action has managed to secure $5 million in the beltway insider term hard commitments, as well as they expects to raise $15 million through the end of June. The PAC is led by prominent Democrats including President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign manager, Jim Messina. The numbers seem great for a candidate running unopposed but alas they are not as Super PACs backing Cruz, Keep the Promise PAC, Keep the Promise PAC I, Keep the Promise PAC II and Keep the Promise PAC III raised more than twice that in just one week. A group of PACs, formed in April, raised $31 million in their first week. The network of PACs all support Cruz allowing donors to have more control over how their money is used this is so out of the box it an unprecedented strategy. This seems like a game changer not only for Hillary but for the others in the GOP side.
Do you know what six and half years of a democrat in the White House look like? The federal government now spends $100 billion providing food assistance to Americans. We are so glad this president has made an effort to lift up the poor class by taxing everyone into the poor class. The food stamp program has 46 million Americans and contributes $74.6 billion. The national school lunch program costs $11.3 billion, $10.7 million for the Special Milk Program, WIC makes up $7.1 billion as well as $1.9 billion for nutrition assistance for Puerto Rico. We know have a complex network of 18 food assistance programs, that are administered by three different federal agencies, can you imagine the fraud, waste, abuse, double dippers and hangers on in this group. We are talking about the hacks in the agencies not even the people collecting the checks. We are not even sure there is any benefit to 11 of the 18 programs but we keep funding them anyway. The government does not even want you to know as they supplied a list of the 18 federal programs with the total number of participants for each program. This was not cross referenced to see how many individuals participate in more than one program. All this money and there are still people going to be hungry and it just does not make any sense.
There are two sides to every story and the same is true with email. You may not have every email you ever sent, but if the person on the other end does, that is record as well. We found that the State Department has proposed releasing portions of 55,000 pages of emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton by next January. We are not sure why they added another seven months to a story that they have known about already for six. The State department made the proposal in a federal court filing for the Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by Vice News. They release says the State Department plans to post the releasable portions of the 55,000 pages on their own website. They are asking for the end of the year to go through and review and they asked that court to adopt a completion date of January 15, 2016. We are pretty sure anything that needs to be scrubbed has been as well as the fact they are not putting anything controversial on the website. This is a blessing and problem for Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate. She needs these emails out as soon as possible as this will be right in the grips of the primary season and if there is a hidden nugget it could derail her. This will be good news for the GOP who will have 55K more chances to prove she was an Obama yes person or she was responsible for something going wrong.
We know the people on the left will not admit this but congress has done more in the last five months with GOP leadership than last four years under democrat control. We see where both chambers of Congress have enough votes fast-track and pass the authority for President Barack Obama to negotiate major trade deals. This is happening despite opposition from Democrats, we wonder who was actually was holding congress back the last four years when we see things like this happen. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell called it a done deal and it will happen this week and we have heard Republican US Representative Paul Ryan say he was confident the measure would also pass the House of Representatives. The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Ryan should know if they have the votes. The Senate voted last week to consider the fast-track measure, as we watched the Democrats spending the two days before blocking debate on the bill. This clears the way for a 12-nation Pacific trade agreement. The important part of this when 12 nations are involved is that United States, not China, writes international trade rules. We need a seat at the table and make sure the playing field is level for not only us but our allies.
We have always thought when it comes to politics go big or go home. Because if you are not ready to do all that it takes to win, your opponent is and you will lose. That is why it is good news that former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley is going all in on Iowa. Clinton already has more than 40 staffers on the ground and they have been running since April. We knew O’Malley needed to make a move and early is his best shot and he has locked down Joe O’Hern, a veteran field operative in the state as one of Iowa’s top Democratic operatives. O’Hern jumps in as the caucus director a position which oversees voter contact. To say he is connected is understatement he is credited with the largest field effort ever in a midterm election in 2014 and he also oversaw campaign efforts in the midwest for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2012. This hire along with Jake Oeth, a Des Moines-based consultant give him street credentials he needs to run in the right circles. Oeth has been a consultant for O’Malley’s political action committee since the beginning of the year and is slated to be state director should O’Malley run for the White House. It is go time and it appears O’Malley is ready for a dog fight.
When you think of the President of the United States you think this job has some many perks you must get money hand over fist. It is not like you have to pay rent, meals, travel expenses. You work in the same house you sleep in, this seems like a great way to make bank. The report is out that President Obama has reported less than $1,001 in his savings account. Before you start a fun it campaign for the President he did claim to have more than $51,002 but less than $115,000 in his checking account. You have to wonder what he is doing with all the money he has made in the last eight years. That has been revealed as well he is preparing to send his kids to college as he has saved more than $200,004 but less than $400,000 in four college savings accounts. This is little more clear but every year we hear about income from his three books and those sales are down Dreams of my Father, The Audacity of Hope and the children’s book Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters brought in less than 50K. We are pretty sure if college is paid for and when he and Ms. Obama hit the talk circuit, they will dwarf these years when it comes to making money. If anything it shows how well calculated the Obama’s live their lives and the focus.
We get to run a story every few weeks for the decline of MSNBC and we do it with a hint of joy. We have not really drilled down to the individual shows as the network decline in rating has been pretty much across the board. Today we need to laugh out loud as we do report on the decay of one show. The Ed Show which is hosted by Ed Schultz we tell you because clearly no one is watching. The show hit a new low of thirty thousand viewers the other day. This was lynch pin to the lowest total day ratings for MSNBC in ten years with 49K average viewers over the course the full schedule of the day. This is a full circle as it was back in July of 2005 when it had 45K in total day. When it comes to the number one cable outlet for prime time they are so far behind MSNBC there are four times the people watching Fox. They are even so far behind CNN they must be flipping out in the program department and CNN thinking they are off life support. CNN clocks in at 196K which is at least not being doubled by FOX. There is probably only 600K viewers for this kind of news and if FOX is going to keep over 50% it will be hard to make any bottom feeders viable as they fight of the other 45%.
Freedom, Privacy and Free Will are the things that separate America from any else in the world. When you have the illusion those are available you can be free to invent, create, make change and be part of the solution. When you feel you are being tracked then standing up for what is right becomes more of a threat, it can be easier to turn a blind eye. This way the comments of the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Republican Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee are over the top and need to be brought here. We know we do not dump on the GOP there are plenty of other sources if you want that. There are times we see a quote or a bill that trumps freedom and we bring that to the light Corker is shocked at how little information the National Security Agency is collecting through American phone records. He goes on to say that Americans should be less worried about privacy and should back increased collection as a means of foiling terrorist attacks. The problem is no one thinks the government can be trusted to only look for terrorists and who else will get their hands on this data putting everyone at risk. If Apple cannot protect nude pictures of Jennifer Lawrence in the Cloud how can the NSA be any better? We are sure as Corker said there is little data is a part of the program, is more than enough. This battle is coming as President Barack Obama has proposed to end the NSA collection of domestic calling records and the Senate leaders have introduced a bill that would allow the NSA to continue collecting phone records.
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This week we picked a lady who had a pretty big week. Dakota Mayi Johnson who was born October 4, 1989. Dakota was born in Austin, Texas. We say her burn up the Met Gala red carpet and the digital and DVD release of her Fifty Shades of Grey with an unrated version with 18 minutes of more tied up – tied down, up against the wall submission added. We highlighted her last year and she is the daughter of actor Don Johnson and actress Melanie Griffith. She has worked as a fashion model and actress and has been in seven movies including The Social Network, 21 Jump Street, and The Five Year Engagement. She is a hot commodity as the sexy Dakota will appear this year in Chloe and Theo, Black Mass and How To Be Single. Anastasia Steele is not over as well as you can look forward to two more Fifty Shades Darker in 2017 and Fifty Shades Freed in 2018. We know she did not make the tea512 top 51 last year but there is something between girl next door and girl about town that has Dakota as one of the ones you cannot see enough.
It is a beautiful spring Sunday and what could be lighter than a political poll for president for a party leader that is 15 months away. We know it is early and the polls show there is no clear Republican front-runner in the New Hampshire presidential nominating contest. We know that Hillary Clinton retains an overwhelming advantage among Democrats. We can look at the primary in New Hampshire that is only nine months away for as they call it the Granite State’s first-in-the-nation primary. We will not talk about Iowa which happens eight days earlier or the more important South Carolina that happens 18 days after. The number we saw for NH are changing as Walker and Paul have 12% with Bush and Rubio at 11%. This means Rubio is on the way up and Bush is losing support from previous numbers. The other side is a little more set in stone as Clinton is grabbing 62% leaving Sanders 18%, Biden 5%, and O’Malley only 3%. We think these numbers are important in only as you watch the candidates react to them. This means Bush might make a run through NH shortly and Rubio and Walker will amp up the ground game to keep the momentum rolling.
We really have let the government over regulate and we have no one to blame but ourselves. We know you can point back to when it all started Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the New Deal as the rise of the modern regulatory state. The problem is we can never turn back and we built a monster as the 70-odd regulatory agencies have so much ground to cover a common man can no longer understand the rules or where to look. Right now the Code of Federal Regulations when last printed had over 175,000 pages. You have heard these new laws from congress are a big reason, this is not true as Sarbanes-Oxley is only 810 pages, Dodd-Frank is a big one but still only 2,300 pages. We thought for sure the Obamacare would be a tree killer but it clocks in at a mere 1,024 pages. We also see that federal crimes are listed in the 175K pages there are now 4,450 of those, we say that because in 1980 there was only about 2300. This mean we are no longer free as we thought we were, as our parents were, and can you imagine at this pace how it will be for our grand children’s children? Regulations are everywhere, you can see them just look around your home or office this is when Washington has run amuck. The code of fabric used on chairs, the number of wheels a chair needs, the height of a railing, the number of steps between landings is just few of the things you can see and with 175K and rising we need oversight for the oversight.
We seem to be going back in time. During the forty’s during World War Two woman needed to assume many of the roles men had that were off fighting in the war. In the seventy and eighties we saw more woman in the work force. During the turn of the century we see more woman moving into power positions and breaking the glass ceiling in plenty of areas. We know the pay scale and some areas this still is not true but there is a new normal that any job a man can do a woman can do as well. Well here is another thing President Barack Obama can put in his library there is now a record 56,167,000 women, age 16 years and over, were not in the labor force in April, the number 56.6 percent that is a 27-year low since September 1988. When you look deeper this means not to have a job or have looked for one in the past four weeks. This is not a new number as in March there were 56,131,000 women not in the labor force, which means that 36,000 women have dropped out of the labor force since then. We are pretty sure the rising cost of daycare has a lot to do with this as well as the shrinking amount of full time work.
We knew it was going to happen but the final numbers when read are a huge slap in the face. We reported before the federal government was setting all kinds of records for income. That is income to them and taxes for us. The final numbers are even worse for your pocketbook as the treasury set a record tax haul in April, taking in nearly a half-trillion dollars in one month alone. We know that April is always the best month as most people who owe come clean. This year it was a humongous haul of epic proportions totaling $472 billion. You probably want to know just how much bigger this was than the previous record the old number was $414 billion. You also probably realize it was last year and this has been a trend with the new president and once tax occur and go up they never go away or come down. The only bright spot is the feds collected so much money they could finally not out spend it for the month spending for the month was only $317 billion, leaving the government with a surplus of $155 billion this was also a record. We found a way for government to not out spend the population by paying a years’ worth of taxes every month finally democrat nirvana.
This is going to be fun as long as Hillary Rodham Clinton is the only candidate to talk about on the left. She is going to draw heat from all the candidates on the right. We see it already as the common opponent is currently her and not the candidate from the GOP party. This was on display this week when two presidential campaign launched this week and she was front and center. As long as she is the leading Democrat this is the right thing to do as there is plenty of time to point out the differences between GOP candidates through debates. These ads should hammer as a unified message Hillary is the person that needs to lose. We applaud these ads as they prominently laid the ground work for 2016 not just the primary. This is a huge leg up to the two Republican contenders, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and former technology executive Carly Fiorina, claiming they are uniquely situated to defeat Hillary. Huckabee has lived in the shadows if the Clintons forever as he replaced then Governor Bill Clinton and had to deal with all the people Bill left behind. He can paint a picture of being a conservative populist outsider who has successfully taken on the Clinton political machine.