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Posted on Jun 2, 2016 in Democratic Party, Donald Trump, Elections-U.S., Hillary Clinton, Presidential debates, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Hillary: How she should handle Free Trade/Job losses issue with Trump

  Hillary should be forthright and center stage on the issue of free trade and job losses. In our last blog we suggested that this was an enormous challenge, but one that she must meet. The challenge is compounded by the complexity of the economics involved–I suggested that it would take two graduate seminars to comprehend–and I promised a shortened statement of the problems and offer solutions. The couple of minutes usually allowed for presentations in the debates require this method of dealing with the issue. She must emphasize her recognition of the seriousness of the problem upfront and she can elaborate in rebuttals and follow-up questions. And on the stump she can focus on its individual parts: Here’s how she can deal with the issue successfully: The free trade agreements that started under Bill, and continued under successive administrations, both Republican and Democratic, have increased exports, lowered costs to consumers, created many jobs BUT it has created job losses a well and we MUST find solutions for those workers affected....

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Posted on May 12, 2016 in Bernie Sanders, Democratic Party, Donald Trump, Elections-U.S., Hillary Clinton, immigration, Obamacare, President Obama, Public Opinion Polls, Republican Party, Social Issues: Gun control, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Presidential Polls show Trump and Clinton nearly tied. What does it mean?

    After having become the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party, the latest polls show that Donald Trump has received a bump in the polls, and is nearly tied with Hillary Clinton. Since Hillary held a large, if not commanding, lead over Trump just a couple of weeks ago, this has many Clinton supporters in near panic. What does this recent surge by Donald really mean? For one thing upon becoming either party’s standard-bearer, candidates usually receive a bump in the polls. The same thing happens following the party conventions in the summer. These latter poll jumps are most often short-lived as one party convention is followed in short order by the other’s. However, understanding the bump that the winning candidate gets in the polls upon becoming a party’s presumptive nominee is a bit more complicated, since there is often a significant period when the primary races are over between parties. Let’s take look at the mechanics of this kind of poll bump. During the primary campaign, a significant number of supporters of the...

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Posted on Apr 28, 2016 in Bernie Sanders, Congress, Cruz, Democratic Party, Donald Trump, Elections-U.S., Hillary Clinton, primary, Public Opinion Polls, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Presidential race ironies and conundrums.

  In so many ways this primary season is full of serious, but often amusing, ironies. Mainstream Republican regulars and elected officials might have to run for re-election on a ticket headed by a candidate they not only have distaste for, but likely one whom nearly 2/3s of the general electorate have indicated they disliked. And don’t forget that a not insignificant percentage of the voters simply check off their candidate for President, and then “pull the lever,” or vote for the same party’s nominee for all of the others offices up for election. Against this backdrop consider the only candidates who presently qualify for nomination (according to the rules, which are susceptible to change at the beginning of the party’s convention), are: Donald Trump, who has insulted almost every known minority (including disabled persons), either directly or indirectly. He has been likened by some of the world leaders to Adolph Hitler, by many others simply as an unsteady bully. 560,000 British citizens signed, and sent to Parliament, a petition...

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Posted on Mar 30, 2016 in Donald Trump, Elections-U.S., immigration, primary, Public Opinion Polls, Republican Party, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Trump–the political correctness factor: an attack on decency and respect

  Donald Trump once again has threatened not to support the Republican nominee if it is not himself. This should come as no surprise whatsoever to anyone who has followed the erratic and vindictive utterings by the Republican front runner. What should be noted, however, is the nature of Trump’s following, especially those who are part of a backlash to what he has regularly hammered at, namely: “political correctness.” The appeal of Trump’s attacks on political correctness can mean a lot of different things. Most come under the heading of simple decency and respect for all of one’s fellow humans. Polls indicate that a majority of Americans support decency and respect, even to individuals whose lifestyle is not something they are comfortable with. Yet, as Trump’s support demonstrates, a sizable number have been mobilized into a backlash against having to be politically correct. Here, I am not talking about having to call a postman (or a postwoman) a postal person. No! It is clearly a backlash with racial and...

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Posted on Mar 23, 2016 in Donald Trump, Elections-U.S., immigration, Marco Rubio, primary, Public Opinion Polls, Republican Party, Uncategorized | 3 comments

Mormons shame Evangelical Christians in practicing their faith-based preachings in this election cycle

  It took Mormon Utah to say no to Donald Trump’s bombastic, boastful, bullying, and vulgar campaign style. That was the message from Tuesday’s primaries. Those who identify themselves as Born Again and Evangelical Christians continued to vote for Trump in Arizona, as they have across the South. Not so in Utah where Trump was overwhelmingly rejected by Republican voters. Utah is about 65 percent Mormon. Ted Cruz, himself an Evangelical Christian, won largely Mormon Utah, Tuesday, with an overwhelming 69.2 percent of the vote, thereby garnering all of its 40 delegates to the Republican convention. He lost Arizona with a large evangelical population In Utah, Donald Trump finished a distant third, behind John Kasich with only 14 percent of the caucus vote. In raw vote terms, Cruz won over 122,100 voters , in Utah, to Trump’s 24,782. Idaho is another state with a large Mormon population. In Idaho, Ted Cruz earlier won with 45.4 percent of the vote to Trump’s 28.1 percent (with Rubio still in the race when Idaho voted, he...

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