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Big Pot set to influence elections

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You’ve heard of Big Oil, and Big Coal, and Big Money, and Big Sugar…it is what the left wing likes to do to demonise an industry they are campaigning against.

Now there is Big Pot.

After handing over their campaign donation cheques, the smartly dressed business people took their seats at a large horseshoe table inside the Colorado convention centre.

The room was drab and grey and the gathering looked no different from any of the other daily fundraising events that are pumping hundreds of millions of dollars into the 2016 presidential campaign.

But the business executives being courted by Rand Paul, a libertarian-leaning Republican senator, were not lawyers or bankers or oil men. They were the leaders of America’s rapidly growing cannabis industry, men and women becoming rich selling a product that is technically just as illegal as heroin or LSD.

“It was a historic moment,” said Tripp Keber, head of Dixie Brands, a company that sells cannabis-infused fizzy drinks and other marijuana products. “This is the first time a presidential candidate has openly dealt with an industry still considered illegal at the federal level.”

As marijuana becomes big business in America, its political clout is also growing. Politicians are no longer embarrassed to be seen in public with so-called ?pot barons? and the cannabis industry is gearing up to be a significant player in next year?s presidential election. ?? Read more »

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Rift? What Rift? Rand Paul makes a good play

The media are beating up a supposed spat between Chris Christie and Rand Paul.

Well, that was a splendid little war.

Over the past week, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul took the GOP?s intraparty bickering to a new level, openly savaging each other on issues of national security, privacy and government spending. When Christie wasn?t challenging Paul to explain himself to the families of Sept. 11 victims, Paul was accusing Christie of demanding federal handouts for hurricane relief and, in an obvious double entendre, labeling the Garden Stater the ?king of bacon.?

Both men stepped back from the brink of nuclear-level confrontation on Wednesday, as Paul told a New Hampshire radio station that while Christie started the fight, he?d be glad to ?ratchet it down.? Christie dismissed Paul?s barbs as ?juvenile? in his own radio appearance.

But Rand Paul has made a brilliant play… Read more »

The best view on supporting gay marriage yet

This is best view on supporting gay marriage yet. Now that Rand Paul has got all the attention after his massive filibuster he is the go to person for commentary on all the things that wrong with everything….and this is his commentary on marriage equality:

Social issues are another area where he thinks Republicans can make a better argument to independents and centrists without departing from their principles. Gay marriage, for instance, is one issue on which Paul would like to shake up the Republican position. ?I?m an old-fashioned traditionalist. I believe in the historic and religious definition of marriage,? he says. ?That being said, I?m not for eliminating contracts between adults. I think there are ways to make the tax code more neutral, so it doesn?t mention marriage. Then we don?t have to redefine what marriage is; we just don?t have marriage in the tax code.?

Heh. Or the Adoption legislation, or welfare legislation or any legislation…

Trev can only dream about having a million tweets sent about something he has said or done

More than a million tweets were sent about Rand Paul’s remarkable filibuster the other day. You see when you actually stand for something and don;t just post photos of cats on Facebook and inane jokes people take you seriously.

Twitter?reported?Thursday afternoon on its blog that more than a million tweets were sent during Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul?s near-13 hour filibuster on the Senate floor Wednesday,?placing?the conversation almost on par with the 1.36 million tweets sent about President Barack Obama?s most recent State of the Union address.

Paul took to the Senate floor at approximately 11:47 a.m. EST to?filibuster?the Senate?s confirmation vote of White House?adviser?John Brennan as the new head of the CIA, pending an explanation from the White House as to whether it believes President Barack Obama could?justifiably?use domestic drone strikes to execute American citizens without due process.? Read more »

Robotic squirrels

Hard to argue with Rand Paul on this:

The Kentucky senator also said he’d be one of the few conservatives willing to compromise on military cuts but remained firm against raising taxes. To make his case, Paul cited examples of what he considers wasteful spending and argued an increase in tax rates would be futile while the government spends “$300,000 a year on robotic squirrels” and $2 million “on how we can convince Chinese prostitutes not to drink so much on the job.”

Good on ya Rand

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Rand Paul is making a stand for a loyal ally:

Sen.?Rand Paul?(R., Ky.) said he has secured the right for an up-or-down vote on his proposal to strip all U.S. aid to Pakistan in protest of the harsh prison sentence leveled against the doctor who helped the CIA track Osama bin Laden.

Shakil Afridi, a Pakistani doctor who aided the CIA?s efforts by using the cover of his vaccination program to knock on the door of bin Laden?s compound in Pakistan, was sentenced to 33 years in jail in May. Dr. Afridi was formally accused of aiding militant groups, but his arrest and prosecution was widely seen as a result of the assistance he provided to the U.S.

Congress is already considering legislation to strip $33 million in aid to Pakistan, in protest of the sentence. But Sen. Paul said those efforts are not dramatic enough to pressure Islamabad. Sen. Paul?s bill would cut off aid to Pakistan for the remainder of the year as well as next year. Congress appropriated $2 billion for the current fiscal year, but much of it remains unspent. For next year Congress is considering proposals of around $1 billion in aid.

Sen. Paul, a tea party favorite, libertarian and son of Texas Rep. Ron Paul, said such up or down votes are rare, and predicted it will cause some discomfort in the Senate.

?You will see some folks squirming in their seats on this one,? he said.

Poll driven v principled politics

A competent opposition here would make the point that National has no principles, and is driven by polls. This is a simple message and a standard play and it appears that no one in the left has worked it out because it is hard to see any ideological underpinning to this National government.

Why doesn?t National have any clear principles that the voters can immediately see? Or does National have principles but not have a media team that can actually sell the principles to the public?

In the U.S. we have just seen a principled political, Scott Walker, win a recall by standing up for what he believes in. Rand Paul, the Junior Senator for Tennessee, makes some telling points about how voters like politicians with principles.

The unions and the Democrats in the legislature were so desperate to cling to old ways of doing things that when their intimidation tactics were failing, they simply left. Wisconsin Democratic legislators hid in roadside motels in other states, attempting to run out the clock on the legislative session. But Scott Walker stood his ground. That is the biggest lesson for reform politicians who find themselves opposite a well-funded special interest lobby. Stand your ground.

Voters from my state tell me just what Wisconsin’s said ? stand for something. My fellow Kentuckians knew I believed in reforming?Social Security ?and balancing the budget in a short period ? because I told them. I respected the voters and they respect being treated like adults.

Just for good measure he throws in this great quote from Reagan.

Ronald Reagan?once advised conservatives to raise “a banner of bold colors, no pale pastels, a banner instantly recognizable as standing for certain values which will not be compromised.”

Maybe National could take note and demonstrate it has some principles. Or start explaining to New Zealand what its hidden principles are and tell us all what they stand for.

Ron Paul’s boy mans up

Rand Paul has the same principled approach to politics as his father. He beat the establishment to win the Kentucky Republican Primary, then one the senate seat. Now he is returning unused taxpayer money saved from running an efficient office.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul today announced that he is returning $500,000 to the United States Treasury ? money unspent from his official operating budget. The total amount being returned is more than 16 percent of Paul?s original office budget. As far as is known, no U.S. Senator has returned as much to taxpayers.

?I ran to stop the reckless spending,? said Paul. ?And I ran to end the damaging process of elected officials acting as errand boys, competing to see who could bring back the biggest check and the most amount of pork.?

At a press conference today in Louisville, Paul presented taxpayers with an ?over-sized check? for $500,000, representing the money being returned to the Treasury.

?I hope this sets an example for the rest of government ? at all levels,? said Paul. ?We can carry out our duties in a fiscally responsible way. Government can be both smart and efficient. We are proving that ? and trying to convince the rest of Washington.?

Paul achieved the savings while also having the most active office for a freshman in the U.S. Senate. In his first year, he introduced more legislation and amendments than any other freshman legislator, often teaming-up with fellow Senators to support legislation.

Paul has offered spending cut amendments to nearly every bill. And he has stood up for Kentucky, offering bills in support of the Commonwealth?s bridges and ports, and working to stop the Environmental Protection Agency?s war on coal.

Paul?s office was one of only three in Washington to produce an entire fiscal blueprint for the federal government, a promise he made while campaigning in 2010. His plan, introduced in the first few weeks of his term, would balance the federal budget in five years.

Paul also kept his promise to work to reform Social Security. His proposal, introduced with Sens. Lindsay Graham and Mike Lee, would fix the entire system for 75 years. Later this month, Sen. Paul will introduce a plan to save Medicare.

It is a pity we don?t have politicians who want to offer spending cut amendments to nearly every bill.

Readers should start following Rand on Facebook. He will inherit his father’s formidable campaign machine and Ron?s fanatical supporters. Rand running for president could be a lot more successful than Ron.?

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Quote of the Day

The world breathed a sigh of relief after the US “solved” their debt ceiling problem.

Rand Paul thinks otherwise:

The federal government borrowed over $230 billion dollars. In one day. The day after the debt ceiling was raised. By the end of the week $300 billion of the first $900 billion of the debt ceiling increase will be completely gone. Ronald Reagan was right: The government is like a baby – all appetite at one end, no responsibility at the other.

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Government Doesn't Create Jobs People Do

<sarcasm>A crazy whacky guy talks about how Governments Don’t create Jobs People Do and not trusting politiicans with spending when they don’t have a balanced budget law like they do in Kentucky, such idiocy to think that a government should be like your household.</sarcasm>

I’d go further and implement a TABOR.

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