Is Radio Show Host Glenn Beck Losing It?


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Recently, radio talk show host Glenn Beck stated that the nuclear agreement between six countries and Iran is going to “allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon,” when the agreement is actually designed to prevent Iran from having a nuclear weapon. That is the entire point of the deal.

The agreement is between the 5 sitting members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) on one side, and Iran on the other.

Also, it may be worth mentioning that Iran is fighting ISIS. Beck seems to believe they are our greatest enemy, when they are actually fighting our greatest enemy. Iran supports the Shia militias in Iraq who are fighting Sunni ISIS. This should be common knowledge by now.

Ted Cruz: Machine Gun Bacon


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Presidential contender Ted Cruz recently made a video on “machine-gun bacon.”

Kyle Kulinski gives his commentary.

(Updated post)

http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/08/03/429014888/ted-cruz-makes-mmm-machine-gun-bacon

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firearm_Owners_Protection_Act

Former Senator: Billionaire CEO Is An ‘Exploited Worker’


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According to Politico, on July 28th, Representative Brad Miller (D-N.C.) and former Senator Phil Gramm (R-Texas) spoke to the House Financial Services hearing on the five-year anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Act. Miller: http://bit.ly/1IF1zwu; Gramm: http://bit.ly/1fCzbhl

Some feel that Phil Gramm may not have been the best person to speak about financial regulations.

Gramm was a co-sponsor of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999.  That repealed Glass-Steagall, which had been around since the Great Depression of the 1930s and tightened regulations on what investments banks could make with their money.

Think Progress:

“Five years after the passage of a sweeping Wall Street reform package in the wake of the worst financial crisis in generations, lawmakers opposed to strict government policing of the financial industry are inviting two prominent deregulators back to the scene of the crime.

“When the House Financial Services Committee (HFSC) hears from former Sen. Phil Gramm (R-TX) and longtime conservative analyst Peter Wallison on Tuesday, the pair will have their laissez-faire perspectives on the money business elevated once again.

“Gramm will blast Dodd-Frank’s reforms as not just ‘shackling economic growth’ but ‘imperiling our freedom,’ according to a draft copy of his prepared testimony. Gramm’s central theme is the idea that Dodd-Frank created a system of rules that are too arbitrary and too subject to bureaucratic whimsy for bankers to know what they can expect and plan accordingly. But the draft remarks also make room for comparing the law’s creation of in-house regulatory positions at Too Big To Fail banks to the old Soviet Union’s habit of injecting party politics into even the smallest manufacturing concern.”

http://www.politico.com/morningmoney/0715/morningmoney19317.html

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2015/07/28/3684707/phil-gramm-peter-wallison-dodd-frank-hearing/

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/07/29/former-gop-sen-phil-gramm-outrage-att-ceo-got/

Does Bernie Sanders Represent Main-Stream Views?


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Recently, on the show Meet The Press, the round table group consisted of Sara Fagen, a former George Bush political aide, who is now part of CNBC, MSNBC host Jose Diaz-Balart, and pundit Ron Fournier.

The group discussed which party has become more “extreme.”

Here, host Kyle Kulinski makes the case that left-wing presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is actually not very extreme.

New York Times Columnist Charles Blow / Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, Views On Poverty

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Recently, New York Times columnist Charles Blow quoted the president speaking at Georgetown University about the poor:

“And I think the effort to suggest that the poor are sponges, leeches, don’t want to work, are lazy, are undeserving, got traction,” said the President.

“And, look, it’s still being propagated. I mean, I have to say that if you watch Fox News on a regular basis, it is a constant menu — they will find folks who make me mad. I don’t know where they find them. [Laughter.] They’re like, I don’t want to work, I just want a free Obama phone [laughter]…”

The columnist also criticized Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly for calling poor people “lazy.”

O’Reilly then gave his opinion of Blow’s column on his TV show The O’Reilly Factor.

Below is a quote from Media Matters that was cited by Blow in his column. Media Matters states the quote is from 2004 from O’Reilly’s radio show The Radio Factor.

O’Reilly: “Reagan was not a confrontational guy, didn’t like confrontation, much rather be your pal … doesn’t want to get involved with the really nasty stuff, the tough stuff, and that’s what racial politics is — nasty and tough. … It’s hard to do it because you gotta look people in the eye and tell ’em they’re irresponsible and lazy. And who’s gonna wanna do that? Because that’s what poverty is, ladies and gentlemen.”

Are poor people lazy? What about the “working poor?” Are people who work full-time for low wages lazy? Are there times – during an economic downturn, for example – when people are forced to accept low wages?

Article from the New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/14/opinion/charles-blow-the-president-fox-news-the-poor.html?_r=0

Fox News’ Megyn Kelly Interviews Presidential Candidate Jeb Bush On Iraq


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In a recent Fox News interview with host of The Kelly File, Megyn Kelly, Jeb Bush didn’t seem to differ much from his brother on the subject of Iraq, nor did he seem worried about the trillions of dollars spent or the thousands of lives lost from the war.

The Huffington Post:

“Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) would have authorized the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, putting the likely 2016 presidential contender on the same page as his brother George W. Bush, the president who actually did so.”

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/05/10/exclusive-jeb-bush-says-hillary-clinton-would-have-backed-iraq-invasion/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/10/jeb-bush-iraq-hillary-clinton_n_7251872.html