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Monday, May 02, 2016

While Donald Trump's campaign rhetoric on China grows more incendiary, a column in China Daily may shed some light on how China's government views Trump's rise in the GOP race. "What is at stake?" asks China Daily columnist Mike Bastin. "Is it Trump's often nonsensical and barmy rhetorical rants? Or, is it yet again the phony, money-centric system of democracy that defines the United States? The answer is the latter." The column describes Trump as a symbol of the inequality in America. "The presidential race, and Trump's presence in particular, also highlights the gross unfairness of wealth distribution across the U.S. ... Trump relies on one thing and one thing only: financial fortune (most of which was inherited from his late father). Not that Trump is the only one. All the presidential front-runners rely on huge amounts of money without which any hopes of power would be a pipe dream." read more


Saturday, April 30, 2016

Speaking at a San Francisco political forum Friday, John Kasich was asked whether people are born gay and replied, "Do I think that people are, you know, born gay? Probably." When asked about the GOP platform not supporting marriage equality, Kasich said, "The Republican Party is my vehicle, not my master." He also acknowledge recently celebrating the marriage of two gay people: "I believe in traditional marriage ... I just went to a gay wedding. My wife and I went to the wedding. It was great, it was fine."


Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Independent Voter Project found in a 2013 report that taxpayers across the nation spent approximately $400 million to administer party elections during the last presidential election. The group states, "The operating costs of primary elections is incurred by the state. Expenses include the ballots, publications, supplies, rental of voting locations, state and county board meetings and staff labor. Some of these costs, such as party-specific ballots, only benefit the private organizations that use them, not the population that pays for them." read more


Comments

I was just interested in what spin the Chinese government was putting on Trump and ran across this article. I'm not trying to present it as anything more than propaganda. Here's a guy who took the time to write a long rebuttal to the China Daily column because he was outraged about a Westerner writing the opinion article.
This video shows Mike Bastin talking about APEC in 2014 while in the UK.

Patti Davis, Reagan's daughter, wrote an open letter to Will Ferrell: "I saw the news bulletin -- as did everyone -- that you intend to portray my father in the throes of Alzheimer's for a comedy that you are also producing. Perhaps you have managed to retain some ignorance about Alzheimer's and other versions of dementia. Perhaps if you knew more, you would not find the subject humorous."

Here is one site's take on why we have to pay: "The origin of government-administered primaries begins in the late 1800s and early 1900s, when state governments began to intervene to curb the influence of party bosses and tackle corruption. A series of reforms – including regulations, the adoption of the Australian ballot, and direct primaries – culminated in the formation of a hybrid system, whereby public funds are used to administer primary elections that in some states bar participation by unaffiliated voters."

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