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Is Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels Mitt Romney’s Running Mate?

One rumor coming out of the 2012 Bilderberg Conference. The rumor mill also claims the Romney camp is too skittish about placing Senator Rand Paul on the ticket, even though the expected legion of Ron Paul supporters would likely energize Romney’s campaign. Via RT:

The 2012 Bilderberg Conference is officially over, but members of the elusive society may have made a big decision during this year’s event. One source is reporting that the top-secret meeting ended with a running mate picked for Mitt Romney.

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is likely to be elected as the candidate for vice president under Mitt Romney, claimsa source close to the Bilderberg Conference. Journalist Jim Tucker has been investigating the annual closed-door meetings for decades and tells the website Infowars.com that, before the 2012 Bilderberg meeting wrapped up, Gov. Daniels was decided on as the GOP running mate.

A Romney/Daniels ticket would make sense for many reasons, but Tucker suggests that it may have something more to do with just shared ideologies between the Indiana governor and the founder of Bain Capital.

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Koch Brothers vs. Health Reform

koch brothers exposedDo all roads lead to Koch?

Conservative activists will rally at the Supreme Court tomorrow to encourage the overturn of the Affordable Care Act. The “Hands Off My Health Care” protest—which will feature the likes of Rep. Michelle Bachmann and Sens. Jim DeMint and Rand Paul—is being organized by Americans for Prosperity, a right-wing group financed by industrialists Charles and David Koch. The billionaire brothers provided the seed money to get this organization off the ground and have donated at least $5 million overall (possibly a lot more) to its operations. David Koch still serves as the group’s chairman.

These facts belie the image that Americans for Prosperity would like to present as a humble grassroots organization. The stories we see today about regular Americans coming to D.C. to protest evil health reform are directly attributable to the corporate interests that the Koch brothers represent.

Yet the Kochs’ impact on the current court battle doesn’t end there.… Read the rest

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Senator Rand Paul Detained By TSA

Rand PaulThe TSA is denying this, here is what Tim Mak reported on the Politico below. This kind of reminds me of when the late Senator Kennedy was placed on the “no-fly” list, however, in Senator Paul’s case, given his vocal criticism of the TSA, this incident makes great political theater. (I wonder if his father will bring up in the next Republican presidential debate …)

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul was blocked from boarding a flight Monday by the Transportation Security Administration in Nashville, Tenn., after refusing a full body pat-down, POLITICO has confirmed. “I spoke with him five minutes ago and he was being detained indefinitely,” Paul spokesperson Moira Bagley said. “The image scan went off; he refused patdown.”

Paul’s father, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), tweeted out news of the incident, saying that there had been an “anomaly” with a body scanner. “My son @SenRandPaul being detained by TSA for refusing full body pat-down after anomaly in body scanner in Nashville.

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Ayn Rand In Congress

Atlas-Shrugged-Movie-Poster_2_250The National Journal has taken the time to analyze the number of times Ayn Rand has been mentioned in the last ten sessions of Congress. Only 23 times (here we go again – 23 enigma fans stand up) it turns out, mostly by Ron Paul and now his son Rand. The awful new Ayn Rand movie Atlas Shrugged that debuts this weekend will probably put a stop to it though!

Yesterday, Senator Rand Paul did what many saw as inevitable: he quoted at length from Ayn Rand, specifically from Anthem, during an Energy and Natural Sources committee meeting to make a point about individual will being squashed by a collective rules society. The speech got us wondering: before Paul the younger arrived to the Senate how often does Ayn Rand get mentioned in Congress?

A good measure, we thought, would be searching through the Congressional Record, which is the official record of the proceedings in the United States Congress as well as a sort of a bulletin board that legislators use to place written remarks about people they like, occasions they want to celebrate and other things they want to put in the record.

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Rand Paul’s ‘Modest, $500 Billion Proposal’

Rand Paul. Photo: Gage Skidmore (CC)

Rand Paul. Photo: Gage Skidmore (CC)

Senator Rand Paul, extreme tea partier from Kentucky, has a controversial opinion piece in today’s Wall Street Journal, claiming that his spending cuts would keep 85% of government funding and not touch Social Security or Medicare:

After Republicans swept into office in 1994, Bill Clinton famously said in his State of the Union address that the era of big government was over. Nearly $10 trillion of federal debt later, the era of big government is at its zenith.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, this will be the third consecutive year in which the federal government is running a deficit near or greater than $1 trillion. The solution to the government’s fiscal crisis must begin by cutting spending in all areas, particularly in those that can be better run at the state or local level. Last month I introduced legislation to do just that.

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Rand Paul: End ‘Welfare’ to Israel

Photo: Gage Skidmore (CC)

Photo: Gage Skidmore (CC)

Jennifer Epstein writes in the Politico:

“There are always problems in our nation’s capital that are more important than party affiliation, and I will always believe that,” Paul said. “It’s not necessarily tea party versus Republican Party, but I would say that if you ask me what’s more important — tackling our nation’s deficit, our nation’s debt problems or being a Republican — I would say tackling the debt.”

Paul also defended his calls to end aid to Israel, saying they’re just part of his bigger efforts at fiscal responsibility. “I’m not singling out Israel. I support Israel. I want to be known as a friend of Israel, but not with money you don’t have,” he said. “We can’t just borrow from our kids’ future and give it to countries, even if they are our friends.”

And, he said, giving money to the country is especially unwise considering Israel’s relative wealth.

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Ron Paul, Suddenly In The Mainstream

Ron PaulWhen Republican Congressman Ron Paul, tagged ‘Dr.No’ inside the Beltway in reference to his consistent “No” votes to any legislation he deems unconstitutional, is the subject of a fawning front page profile in the New York Times, you know that the political mood of America has changed direction:

As virtually all of Washington was declaring WikiLeaks’s disclosures of secret diplomatic cables an act of treason, Representative Ron Paul was applauding the organization for exposing the United States’ “delusional foreign policy.”

For this, the conservative blog RedState dubbed him “Al Qaeda’s favorite member of Congress.”

It was hardly the first time that Mr. Paul had marched to his own beat. During his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, he was best remembered for declaring in a debate that the 9/11 attacks were the Muslim world’s response to American military intervention around the globe. A fellow candidate, former Mayor Rudolph W.

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Rand Paul Backer Stomps on Woman Outside Kentucky Senate Debate

Don't say you weren't warned about these people.  From Tom Diemer at AOL's Politics Daily:
A Rand Paul supporter stomped on the head of a MoveOn.org volunteer Monday night outside of a debate between the Kentucky Senate candidate and his opponent, Jack Conway. The woman, identified by CNN as Lauren Valle, was pushed to the ground -- her blond wig was pulled off in the scuffle -- and then held down...
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Talking Points in the War on the Poor

Rand Paul. Photo: Gage Skidmore (CC)

Rand Paul. Photo: Gage Skidmore (CC)

Aaron Cynic writes at Diatribe Media:

Yesterday, Tea Party darling and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul told Kentucky voters that Medicaid is “intergenerational welfare.” In an interview with local chamber of commerce leaders, Paul implied the program reaches out far beyond the truly needy and has loose eligibility standards. Medicaid assists nearly 20% of Kentuckians.

I would be interested to see exactly how a man who nets over $200,000 in income and has a robust stock portfolio goes about identifying the “truly needy.” Are pregnant women without health insurance needy? How about dependent children under 19 or the disabled? For example, a single mother in Kentucky with one child cannot earn more than $851 a month to qualify. In other words, if she’s working part time for minimum wage, she can’t work for more than 29 hours for fear of losing her health benefits.… Read the rest

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