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Gingrich on the Future of the Moon:

I couldn’t resist blogging about what GOP Candidate Newt Gingrich claims he will do by the end of his second Presidential term. He says that he would “have a colony on the moon.” No really. He claimed himself as the leader of the “Moon Land Ordinance,” meaning that when the population of our “moon colony” reaches 13,000 people, it could apply for statehood. Of course, this moon colony wouldn’t be for leisure! It would be used for farming, manufacturing and crime fighting. I am still in disbelief. 

Newt Gingrich has previously commented on “reckless spending” done by the Obama Administration. But I wonder if he knows that the average cost of a NASA launch mission is $450 MILLION! And that’s after it takes $1.7 BILLION to build a shuttle. 

I would rather hear him talk about his specific plans for our economy, the education system or our healthcare system. But no… He’s gaining support by promising a colony on the moon. I’m speechless. 


(This blog is not really from a neutral perspective. I won’t lie and tell you it is…but really?)

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Jake's Report: Tonight's GOP Debate, Crucial?


By: Jake W Kazmierczak

With the Florida Primary just five days away, tonight’s debate could arguably be the most important yet.  Not only is it the last before the Florida primary, but the space between today’s debate and the next in February is a massive 28 days.

This is crucial for the every candidate because one slip up could completely derail their campaign and leave them without a good chance of recovery for nearly a month! Nonetheless, the two candidates feeling the majority of the pressure are Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. 

Ever since Gingrich took South Carolina by storm, he and Mitt have been clawing at one another for the ever desired front runner status. The polls reflect just that. According to The Quinnipiac University Poll Romney and Gingrich are “essentially tied” pulling 36%/34% respectably with a 2% margin of error.

This means, quite frankly, that literally every decided and undecided Floridian voter will have their eyes glued to the TV tonight providing the candidates with one last shot to win their vote.

Don’t miss it, I know I won’t.

The debate starts at 8PM Eastern on CNN.

(Source: themelancholyofexistence)

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A Three Way Tie

With all major news outlets reporting a 40% plus victory for Newt Gingrich in South Carolina we now have a three way tie creating one of the most interesting primary seasons in recent memory. Here is a recap on the elections so far:


First: Rick Santorum - 24.56% (won by 34 votes)
Second: Mitt Romney - 24.54%
Third: Ron Paul - 21.43%
Fourth: Newt Gingrich - 13.31%

New Hampshire:

First: Mitt Romney - 39.28%
Second: Ron Paul - 22.89%
Third: Huntsman (out)
Fourth: Gingrich - 9.43%
Fifth: Rick Santorum - 9.42%

South Carolina:

First: Newt Gingrich
Second: Mitt Romney
Third: Ron Paul
Fourth: Rick Santorum

Next Up: Florida 31 January 2012

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And Then There Were Four: A Commentary on the CNN South Carolina Debate, 19 January 2012

In honor of the palmetto state primary today I thought I would do a recap of Thursday nights debate.  This debate was likely the most exciting of the season so far.  With only four remaining candidates I felt like each one received adequate time (meaning candidates were not buzzed to stop talking) to fully answer questions and respond to objections from their opponents directly. However, Ron Paul did not get equal air time. Before each paragraph I will be stating the question or topic that was discussed.

Personal History and the Presidency

The debate began with controversy.  Speaker Gingrich was ask about an interview with one of his ex-wives and him wanting an “open marriage.”. He responded with a pointed attack at CNN calling discussing this at a presidential debate “despicable.”  Each of the other candidates chimed in with their thoughts, Santorum: all people are fallen and sinful, Romney: move on, and Paul: I have been married for fifty year, low blow.

Federal programs to put people back work

Each candidate responded with their plan to put people back to work.  Paul wants a sound currency (gold standard), reduce income taxes and in force the law in the areas of bankruptcy and current economic regulations. Gingrich as president would repeal the Dodd-Frank bill and institute a more efficient work force by focusing less of studies and research and more on implementing what we know. Romney feels the tax code needs refines, remove over regulation, crack down on china and crony capitalism, and prevent situations like GM and Solendra from happening. Finally, Santorum would remove the creation of economic squalor by pulling for the working people of this country, a national right to work amendment and returning manufacturing to the states.

A disappointing response:

In the previous dialogue the issue of Romney and Bain Capital surfaced.  When ask to respond Romney avoided the question initially by attacking the President and then giving the same numbers and information he has in the past.  There is nothing wrong with profit and sometimes companies fail.

Should the Government help subsidies young veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan?

Paul the only veteran on the stage says he would focus on making the economy beneficial for everyone by cutting taxes getting rid of debt and getting everyone on in this country back to work. Santorum focused his answer on the cutting of the military budget.  He believes this country should be aggressive in caring for its veterans especially for mental illness from war.  With this treatment he thinks more people would be equipped to return to the workforce.  Romney made it a states rights issue, as president he would turn veterans affairs to the states (still funded by federal dollars) because in his opinion they would better handle it then the federal government.  Finally, Gingrich would institute another GI Bill, tax cuts and focus on the transition process for soldiers.

Affordable Care Act:

Romney would begin by issuing an executive order to allow for a state opt out program, then urge congress for a complete repeal, replace it and allow people to buy their own insurance regardless of preexisting conditions. Gingrich thinks its a total mess, distrusts congress.  When ask about 22-26 year olds getting to stay on their parents insurance his response was they can get their own insurance and a job (this is difficult though when many people this age are still in college getting a high level degree and cannot hold jobs that will provide insurance or enough money to buy insurance).  Santorum feels Obamacare is an abject failure, would institute health savings accounts and turn health care provision completely to the private sector.

Tax Returns:

Paul: not released at all, does not think it is needed because he does not consort with lobbyists
Romney: “Maybe” in April, but will not release multiple years until they are gone though
Gingrich: an hour ago (during the debate)
Santorum: does his own taxes, when he gets home he will release them

Apple computers and foreign manufacturing

Santorum has a specific plan to cut corporate taxes, specifically in manufacturing.  Government gets in they way of energy policy and regulation cuts.  He thinks there should be a national  right to work amendment. Paul feels the right conditions need to be created to perpetuate consumerism again focusing on the importance of right to work. The other candidates focused on attacks and did not contribute anything substantial.


Gingrich thinks SOPA is censorship, he favors freedom and not the interests of corporations.  Romney thinks SOPA got it right just not in the way it was being implemented. Paul thinks republicans are on the wrong side of a bipartisan movement to protect American intellectual property. Finally, Santorum said the Internet is not a free zone to do anything, there should be laws but SOPA is not the way to accomplish the regulation.

What would you change about your campaign:

Newt:  not a traditional candidate focus, more on the Internet
Romney:  25 more votes in Iowa, more time about Obama
Santorum: would change nothing, good ideas and hard work still pay off in the US
Paul: deliver message better

Illegal immigration:

Gingrich wants to control the border by deploying up to half of the DHS along the border, supports English as the official language, make it easier to deport people and institute a guest worker program and sanction employers of illegals.  Romney is hesitant
At first to answer the states he would make a private worker company where employers would have to check the card.  If people came here illegally they would have a grace period to order affairs but then have to go home and “get in line.” Paul sees an economic incentive to immigration and we should institute and reform immigration so it is more generous.  Finally, Santorum thinks immigration in the best option but people that come here illegally disrespect our laws do not deserve to stay.  America is worth the wait.

Closing arguments:

Paul: protection of liberty, reduce debt
Newt: principal victory, overcome billon dollar campaign, wants Lincoln-Douglas debates
Romney: entitlement society, return to the principals that made American great
Santorum: conviction conservative and a clear contrast, reduce government, record defeated a democratic incumbent, won a swing state

 - Braedon Taylor 

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South Carolina Debate!

I am currently keeping track of the South Carolina Debate. I will be summing up what the candidates are supporting and like last time, I’m typing as I watch so it jumps around as the debate does. 

Debates are a good way to see how candidates defend their positions on important issues and when what they would plan to do if elected to office. 


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Why New Hampshire Matters

First in the Nation state, New Hampshire holds it’s Primary tonight. For those of you who don’t know, New Hampshire is not a closed election, meaning those who are not affiliated with the party-undeclared voters-are able to vote in the Primary. (Undeclared DOES NOT mean undecided) New Hampshire actually passed a law to ensure that they would be the first state in the nation to hold a Primary election (Iowa slipped through the cracks because they hold a Caucus) but when other states tried to schedule their election earlier than the year before, New Hampshire would just move theirs to the week before. The state has historically been a good indicator of who would win the nomination for their prospective party and the winner did receive the nomination up until the pattern broke in 1992 in Clinton. After he lost the New Hampshire Primary, he claimed himself “the Comeback Kid” and went on to receive the nomination and the Presidency. Since 1992 the winner of New Hampshire has NOT gone on to win the nomination, Obama lost to Hillary in 2008, who dropped out of the race in early June and endorsed Obama. 

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2012 Republican Primary Calendar

2012 Republican Presidential Primary Calendar

January 3, 2012Iowa (caucus)

January 10, 2012New Hampshire (primary)

January 21, 2012South Carolina (primary)

January 31, 2012Florida (primary)

February 4, 2012Nevada (caucus)

February 4–11, 2012Maine (caucus)

February 7, 2012Colorado (caucus)
Minnesota (caucus)

February 28, 2012Arizona (primary)
Michigan (primary)

March 3, 2012Washington (caucus)

March 6, 2012
(Super Tuesday)Alaska (caucus)
Georgia (primary)
Idaho (caucus)
Massachusetts (primary)
North Dakota (caucus)
Ohio (primary)
Oklahoma (primary)
Tennessee (primary)
Vermont (primary)
Virginia (primary)

March 6-10, 2012Wyoming (caucus)

March 10, 2012Kansas (caucus)
U.S. Virgin Islands (caucus)

March 13, 2012Alabama (primary)
Hawaii (caucus)
Mississippi (primary)

March 17, 2012Missouri (GOP caucus)

March 20, 2012Illinois (primary)

March 24, 2012Louisiana (primary)

April 3, 2012District of Columbia (primary)
Maryland (primary)
Wisconsin (primary)
Texas (primary)

April 24, 2012Connecticut (primary)
Delaware (primary)
New York (primary)
Pennsylvania (primary)
Rhode Island (primary)

May 8, 2012Indiana (primary)
North Carolina (primary)
West Virginia (primary)

May 15, 2012Nebraska (primary)
Oregon (primary)

May 22, 2012Arkansas (primary)
Kentucky (primary)

June 5, 2012California (primary)
Montana (primary)
New Jersey (primary)
New Mexico (primary)
South Dakota (primary)

June 26, 2012Utah (primary)

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