Days of our candidates’ lives

I have to admit I was delighted to see Donald Trump declare his run for United States president.  The whole escalator entrance into the crowd, paying actors to be the crowd, the balloons and fanfare made for quite an extravaganza.  This is America after all, and as long as you are 35 years or older, a United States citizen, and have been a resident for 14 plus years, you get to run for president.  Just ask the 16 Republican candidates who have jumped into the fray for 2016. But apparently,…

Donald Trump wins another victory for Democrats

It was all intended to distract; and the Republicans said “what?” This week Donald Trump burst out with new controversial comments targeting Senator John McCain’s heroism during the Vietnam War by implying that those captured are not exactly heroic. Regardless of Trump’s opinion on what actually constitutes heroism, his ability to distract the masses from serious problems for Democrats was extremely effective. First, five United States military soldiers in Chattanooga, Tennessee, were mowed down this week by an alleged lone wolf terrorist bent on taking life. From an Administration that has…

Flake, Hatch, McCain and Lee Introduce Bill Prohibiting Presidential Water Grab [UPH Wire]

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE* *CONTACT: *Flake Press Office (202) 228-2046 Thursday, May 21, 2015 press@flake.senate.gov | @FlakePress Matt Whitlock (Hatch) (202) 224-4511 Julie Tarallo (McCain) (202) 224-7130 Emily Long (Lee) (202) 224-3904 Flake, Hatch, McCain and Lee Introduce Bill Prohibiting Presidential Water Grab Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) today introduced S. 1416, a bill to prevent the president from changing the federal water-rights designation of lands declared to be national monuments. When the president federalizes land by declaring…

Don’t do stupid stuff is not a policy, it is a justification

On Sunday, Politico reported that the Obama administration has made a concerted effort over the past several weeks to publicize a new foreign policy doctrine. First reported by the Los Angeles Times in April, and later parroted by both the Chicago Tribune and New York Times, the West Wing’s new foreign policy strategy is: “don’t do stupid stuff” (but, as each of these papers point out, with “stuff” replaced with a four letter expletive). Apparently, we are all supposed to be impressed. The revelation of such a sophomoric, frat-boy attitude…