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  2. OOC: I have some catching up to do, by now Fischer's listening tour is at its end so I'll just highlight some of the events of the last couple of weeks October 2nd: Gov. Fischer was in Louisiana. Met with John Bel Edwards and Sens. Cassidy and Kennedy. Made an appearance with Elon Musk and made a speech about climate change. "We need to tax carbon, resurrect the cap and trade bill, and even more heavily subsidize solar panels and electric cars. If we don't, areas like this will be hit the hardest. October 3rd: Fischer went to SC, met with Nikki Haley, Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham. Gave a speech on ISIS and Syrian refugees, stating that "war with ISIS is exactly what they want. We should continue our current strategy; it's working! We should also allow more Syrian Refugees into the country, obviously after being screened." October 4th: Fischer went to Massachusetts to discuss healthcare policy. "Obamacare is a good start, but it has its flaws. I'd like a single-payer system, but that's not politically or economically feasible just yet; instead, my plan would expand Medicaid upwards (through income) gradually while expanding Medicare downwards (through age), and establishing a public option in the current marketplaces that's tied to Medicare. I would also let Medicare negotiate prescription drug prices." October 7th: Fischer in Michigan, meeting privately with Gov. Barkely October 14th: decided to finish the listening tour a bit early, with the final event being held in Colorado, once again expressing support for legalized (and heavily taxed) marijuana. "While I have never put pot into my body (or tobacco or alcohol for that matter), I do support legalization, not just decriminalization. I would also impose a 30% excise tax on all pot sales." Fischer started driving through Iowa in his Tesla on the 15th, starting in Des Moines and heading west, stopping in Thayer, Afton, and Creston before arriving at Red Oak, where he will stay for the rest of the day, volunteering at a local soup kitchen/homeless shelter.
  3. I'm not shocked that Jackson is seen as unfavorable, considering that he's tanked in the rankings since the Civil Rights fights became popular in the 1960s.
  5. NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO INTERVIEWS MARK JACKSON ABOUT...... ITSELF. Jackson showed himself to be against most government involvement in the economy, unlike many of his predecessors. NPR- First up. We all know that slashing spending is high up on your agenda, what will happen to government corporations like NPR, the Post Office, and Amtrak? Jackson- As many people know, I am not a fan of government run businesses. I would like to privatize both the post office and Amtrak. These entities are both way behind private businesses and would be better off in the free market. For stations such as NPR and PBS, I hope to slowly move away from federal subsidies and transition them into the private market. These moves would not only free up money in the budget, but they would also create immediate income from the selling of assets which could be used to pay down the debt or cover some of the unfunded liabilities. Now, I am for keeping the C-SPAN station because they provide an important service to the people. C-SPAN allows the people to hold their representatives in Congress accountable. NPR- Even the post office? keep in mind that many private services farm packages out to the service, as it reaches everyone, not just places that are profitable. Try approaching UPS with a letter and 25¢ in Alaska and have them deliver it to Kansas. It can be argued that all of these services provide a product rather than a profit. Would you be open to loosening restrictions on some of these businesses, like Amtrak, and letting them operate as they see profitable, rather than legislating what they must do down to the letter? If not, what do you think would happen to the federal employees who would be trimmed by private ownership? Jackson- The postal service runs a big deficit every year, and the age of everyday mail is slowly coming to a close. Even if nothing is done, the postal service will probably die very soon. The government could still get some value out of it right now if the postal service is privatized. Regarding Amtrak, I think loosing restrictions could be a start. Privatization will probably require multiple steps. So, we can start there and make decisions about future steps as we go. But, I believe that Amtrak should ultimately be privatized. I would hope that workers would keep their jobs, but that might not be the case if privatization is implemented. One things I want to do is make it easier for rail road companies to compete which would create more jobs in the industry. I also want to get the economy back on track which would allow workers to get another job. NPR- Regarding Amtrak, would you be in favor of holding onto them? Jackson- Could you clarify what you mean? NPR- My apologies, I meant to say if Amtrak was to run a profit, would you approve of holding onto them? The reason that they were established in the first place was that rail companies were dying off. Jackson- Ah, thank you for clarifying. I would look at the options that are available. There are other issues besides profit that must be looked at, however. Amtrak is pretty behind in technology compared to private companies. Upgrading the infrastructure of Amtrak will take quite a bit of money. And, money is not readily available in the federal government right now because of reckless spending over the years. If anything, I think a private-public partnership would be the best way to start. This would partially privatize Amtrak and could really help in doing repairs and upgrades. After we see the effects of that, we can go from there. NPR- What do you believe about the government buying stock in dying businesses to save them, then treating it as an investment if and when they recover? Jackson- I would not be in favor of that. If a product or business is dying, it is obviously being rejected by the free market. The public is not interested in what is being sold. The government should not be trying to prop it up. NPR- Even if it employs thousands of Americans eg: Tanton being outraged that nothing was being done to save a small steel mill in Iowa? So unlike Tanton, you would let free trade take it's course? Jackson- We really have to look at the role that government policy plays in these failures. I believe that these businesses are closing because of bad trade deals, massive amounts of regulation, too much taxation, etc. I think these businesses will stay open when a policy is implemented that is pro-business. I am not in favor of the government picking winners and losers, so I do not think the government should go out of its way to keep a business open. But, the government can create an environment where businesses can grow and prosper. NPR- so not complete laissez faire? Jackson- Lassie Faire means that the government has no involvement. There must be some regulation to protect the people. The problem is when government regulation gets out of control. Plus, free trade agreements are not always free trade because of manipulation by other countries, so there needs to be some policy that punishes companies outsourcing jobs to other countries. I am not in favor of complete Lassie Faire because of the dangers it poses to the people, but I want a climate where businesses are able to thrive which will create American jobs and keep money in America for Americans to spend on the American economy. NPR- A measured, centrist look. That's all on time, but I hope you'll return Jackson- Thank you for having me, and I hope to be on your show again.
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  7. Alas I am still working on the 1988 election. However, classes have kept me busy. but it's nearly done.
  8. @TheLiberalKitten I don't know if I'd fully give up on this. It could be a very good challenging scenario as the ultimate "giantkiller" election campaign in post-WW2 US Presidential politics.
  9. A thing to keep in mind is that social issues should not be issues in South Korea. All the significant parties are effectively socially conservative. The "left-wing" parties are moreso old-school labour-and-workers' rights, corporate regulation and control, and peaceful foreign relations, but they're just as socially conservative as the "right-wing" parties. Also, "right-wing" parties in South Korea are in favour of press and educational censorship to a significant degree, unlike classical US right-wing and modern European right-wing parties.
  10. Sen. Jackson Appears in South Carolina; Endorsed by Trey Gowdy Sen. Jackson campaigned in Edgefield, Spartanburg, Laurens, Camden, and Bennettsville over 2 days. There he continued to speak about terrorism, stopping the Washington machine, and securing the border. The Senator was joined by Rep. Trey Gowdy. Rep. Gowdy enthusiastically endorsed Sen. Jackson citing his commitment to upholding the law and the Constitution, securing the border, and defeating ISIS. Trey Gowdy: “Sen. Jackson has my vote. He has shown that he is not afraid to protect the Constitution. He is also committed to keeping his promises to the voters which is something that doesn’t happen very often in Washington these days. I have seen his fights, and I can guarantee that he always has the American people in mind. Another thing that is important is his commitment to defeating ISIS. They have declared war on America, and we will defeat them. I trust Sen. Jackson as the Commander in Chief. Finally, he has committed to secure the border which is allowing illegal immigrants, drugs, illegal guns, etc. to flow into the country. This must stop, and Sen. Jackson will make sure that this problem is addressed. I hope all of you will consider my friend and fellow member of Congress Sen. Mark Jackson for President of the United States of America.” The crowd was enthusiastic and loved having Trey Gowdy at the events. After each of them, the Senator and Re. Gowdy met with the crowd, take some pictures, and signed some autographs.
  11. @daons I want to apologize for degenerating into a rant. I want to contribute more productively. I hope it wasn't taken personally.
  12. Sen. Weathers spends last day in South Carolina conversing with local residents in a locale community center. Sen. Weathers spoke mainly about her support for BLM and the need of police reform. She promises that on her first day she would sign an executive order requiring all police to wear a body cam. She spoke to Walter Scott's family about their son's tragic murder. It was one of her campaign's smallest appearances yet, but she insisted that it did as much an impact as a huge rally would.
  13. That will be interesting. I will definitely play it once released.
  14. The Governor’s Speech in Mason City on Foreign Policy and American Leadership: The world is on fire. The Middle East is being torn up by war and terrorism that have forced millions of people to flee.Syria looks like the disaster of a generation. Iran seeks to dominate the region and openly declares its intention to wipe a sovereign nation off the map. While in Eastern Europe, a resurgent Russia has seized Ukrainian territory by force of arms. China is flexing its muscles against its neighbors around the South China Sea. There is only one nation in the world capable of putting out these fires. That nation is, of course, the United States. Many Americans will argue, understandably, that this is not fair. It may not be fair. But it is a fact. Only America has the diplomatic reach, the financial resources, and the firepower to lead the free world against the autocrats, rogue states and terrorists that are trying to overwhelm it. As having served in Congress from 1987-2013 and as the Governor of Alabama since 2013, I know how important American leadership is. I’ve seen firsthand what happens when America tries to lead from behind instead of leading from the front. A case in point: Russia illegally annexed Crimea in March 2014 — the first gunpoint land grab in Europe since the end of World War II. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called it an “unbelievable act of aggression.” He went on, “You just don’t, in the twenty-first century, behave in nineteenth-century fashion by invading another country on a completely trumped-up pretext.” This might be an admirable statement of principle, but as a guide to policy, it is dangerously naive, because whether it was believable or not, it happened. The first half of the twentieth century was the bloodiest in human history. That was before America became a global superpower. Since America’s ascendancy, the major world powers have coexisted in relative peace. Now that peace is threatened, and America must step forward again. Simply put, no one else can do it. Europe is too weak and divided to lead the world. The free nations have an essential role to play, and they must shoulder their full share of the cost, but only America has the credibility to lead. This is not just about money or manpower. It is also about morality. Only America has the moral greatness to lead the free world—not for the sake of power, but for the sake of peace. Yet the U.S. will only be able to ensure peace if its leaders act with conviction. If the world even thinks that America lacks the will to use force or enforce its red lines, it leaves a vacuum that will be filled by corrupt autocrats, rogue states, and murderous terrorists. As tempting as retreat might be, it won’t make America and the other freedom-loving countries safer or more prosperous. History shows us: the bad guys don’t stay in their own neighborhoods. We only need to look at Pearl Harbor or 9/11 to be reminded that the safety of Americans is deeply connected to the rest of the world. And the stability that has permitted the vast and world-wide economic expansion since World War II, an expansion that has lifted billions of people out of poverty, could not have happened if America had not guaranteed it. But freedom, stability, and prosperity don’t come for free. And they are not the norm–they are the exception. An American retreat will unleash a new plague of dictators and oppressors who seek to undo all the good America has done to secure peace and prosperity around the world for decades. And that could lead to a fire no one will be able to put out.
  15. Day 15 of IA tour The Governor and Congressman spent a quiet day chatting in Eldora today. He and the Congressman pulled up camping chairs right outside City Hall and just engaged in conversations with passersby, with a couple extra chairs next to them. After a week of intense barnstorming, the pair appreciated some downtime in the small town talking to some people about things that mattered to them. He made plans for Church tomorrow with Mildrid Milksworth and will resume after the 10:30 Mass. Milksworth is the mother of the mayor of Eldora and said that she would put in the good word.
  16. Days 11-14 of IA tour; continued In Charles City on the budget at finance seminar: We need to tackle our ballooning debt, set to pass 20 trillion by inauguration day! 20 TRILLION. That is a 2 followed by 13 zeroes, THIRTEEN! We need to transfer Social Security accounts for future generations into private accounts, or else there will be no money already the Fed is taking our seniors hard earned money and wasting it on God knows what! NO MORE! And then Obamacare, costing 5 trillion by 2018 and exploding to 7 by 2020 it must be repealed and replaced with something that will keep malpractice reform, but not sell our citizens up the river in premiums. Our children and grandchildren will get stuck with the tab, and a freezing of investments will happen, and that will be recoverable from. But that is why I am here, to represent you, to be your advocate in DC, and to slash that budget so that we aren't mortgaging away our children's future! In Allison on trade: Our trade officials are negotiating away your jobs as we speak the TPP is already going to be an abject failure I can tell you! The President won't even release the details that he wants Congress to pass! Can you imagine! That is simply dumbfounding, absolutely dumbfounding, I won't stand for it, and never again will we have ill-conceived deals like NAFTA and TPP that has killed so many jobs here in Allison and across Iowa! In Hampton on faith issues: I am a devout Christian, I go to Church every Sunday and I read the Bible to my kids, that is my number 1 allegiance, God. We are violating morals left and right today in society, no doubt. But one thing that I think is a nasty insult against me is that I would favor a Church run government. Absolutely not! We are a Christian nation to be sure, but are we to be run by preachers? Of course not. I support upholding morals in legislation, I do, like with abortion, it is murder plain and simple. But the notion that I am a theocrat, absurd. Will I look to God in heaven for inspiration, however? Every day. And I hope the other candidates would do the same.
  17. Days 11-14 of IA tour Over the past 3 days, the Governor has visited the towns of Osage, Charles City, Allison, Hampton, and Mason City. Combined the Governor had reached over 33,000 people. HE personally met about 80% or 26,400 people. He held a formal rally in Mason City and attracted 22,000 people to the local stadium. In the other towns, the Governor and Congressman held no rallies or events but shook a whole lot of hands. He spoke about a lot of issues over the course of the last 3 days, feeling the pulse of the people, issues such as education, trade, the budget, and faith issues. In Osage on education when meeting a young mom at a county fair: We should have vouchers for more attendance of private schools, this is proven to have had a positive effect on scores and the budget and gives children an opportunity for Chrisitan schooling. Another long overdue program would be handing over the responsibility of public schooling to the states as per the 10th Amendment. I think that your beautiful children deserve every opportunity possible when it comes to education. And not to give the Federal Government the right to dictate you the parent what the child can learn, how they learn and why they learn it that way. I will fight for parent influence across the board in all schools, as parents are our children's greatest educators.
  18. @vcczar @jvikings1 @Conservative Elector 2 and others: In my alternate near future scenario set that I label "New Dawn", Le Pen canonically wins, not because I personally support her, but, as authors, playwrights, and screenplay writers famously say, "the plot demands it," at least in the long term.
  19. "Back in the day, I'd always heard the adage, time and again, there were just some things man was not meant to know. But I always disagreed. I felt wisdom was the key." - Isaac Asimov.
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  21. I would vote for Fillon because I would prefer a Fillon-Le Pen 2nd round. I would probably vote for Fillon in the second in that case. I would vote for Le Len if she was facing Macron.
  22. My vote was for Hamon my cell phone screen is broken so it accidentally picked another one
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