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Wealth Distribution.  Something to keep in mind when watching the Presidential debates tonight and in the future.

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Who??? 24 GOP Candidates Declared for 2016 POTUS Run

Just reposting because it’s hilarious (If I must say so myself 🙂 )

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Do you know who this is?  I don’t either, but his profile information is below.

While I will not be voting for any of the 28 individuals interested in running on the GOP ticket for POTUS below (there are 4 which are in “exploratory” status – whatever that is), I’m quite sure that a few will at least garner votes from some of their family members and neighbors.I always thought that only those who knew that they would have a pretty good shot at winning a nomination would enter the campaign trail for POTUS.   The Grand Old Party now seems to be more like the Guys On Pot-us.

Case in point, this guy.

Declared Republican 2016 Candidate Skip Andrews

According to http://2016.republican-candidates.org/#Declared-Republican-Candidates. “Skip” Andrews is a diverse candidate who probably has at least one opinion to please anyone. Few politicians are able to satisfy both a pro-legalization marijuana advocate and a staunch pro-lifer. Of course…

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If You’re NOT a Multimillionaire and DON’T Check Sanders Out, Don’t Say that You Didn’t Have the Facts!

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Bernie Sanders Biography

Mayor, U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator (1941–)
Senator Bernie Sanders is America’s longest-serving independent politician in Congress and a candidate for president in 2016.

Synopsis

Born in 1941, politician Bernie Sanders started out his career as the mayor of Burlington, Vermont. He served four terms as the leader of Vermont’s biggest city from 1981 to 1989. Sanders then moved on to the national political arena by winning a seat in the House of Representatives. From 1991 to 2007, he distinguished himself as one of the country’s few independent legislators. In 2007, Sanders won election to the U.S. Senate and was reelected…

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If You’re NOT a Multimillionaire and DON’T Check Sanders Out, Don’t Say that You Didn’t Have the Facts!

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Bernie Sanders Biography

Mayor, U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator (1941–)
Senator Bernie Sanders is America’s longest-serving independent politician in Congress and a candidate for president in 2016.

Synopsis

Born in 1941, politician Bernie Sanders started out his career as the mayor of Burlington, Vermont. He served four terms as the leader of Vermont’s biggest city from 1981 to 1989. Sanders then moved on to the national political arena by winning a seat in the House of Representatives. From 1991 to 2007, he distinguished himself as one of the country’s few independent legislators. In 2007, Sanders won election to the U.S. Senate and was reelected in 2012. He announced his plans to run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2015.

Early Life and Education

Independent politician Bernie Sanders was born on September 8, 1941, in New York. He grew up in Brooklyn as the youngest of two sons of a Jewish immigrants from Poland. His father worked as a paint salesman. As part of a struggling working-class family, Sanders recognized early on America’s economic disparity. As he told the Guardian newspaper, “I saw unfairness. That was the major inspiration in my politics,” he said. Sanders also counts American socialist leader Eugene V. Debs as an important influence.

Sanders attended Brooklyn’s James Madison high school and then went on to Brooklyn College. After a year there, he switched to the University of Chicago. Sanders became involved in the civil rights movement during his time at university and served as an organizer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. After finishing college in 1964, Sanders lived on a kibbutz in Israel before settling in Vermont. He worked a number of jobs, including filmmaker and freelance writer, while his interest in politics grew.

Burlington and Beyond

In the 1970s, Sanders made several unsuccessful bids for public office as a member of the anti-war Liberty Union Party, which he was a member of until 1979. His first taste of political victory came by the thinnest of margins. In 1981, he was elected mayor of Burlington, Vermont, by only 12 votes. Sanders was able to achieve this win the support of the Progressive Coalition, a grassroots organization. He was reelected three more times, proving that the self-described “democratic socialist” had staying power.

Known for his rumpled clothes and untamed mane, Sanders made an unlikely candidate for national office, but this political underdog scored a 1990 win for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. As an independent, Sanders found himself facing a dilemma. He had to find political allies to advance his issues and legislation. As Sanders explained to The Progressive, he considered working with the Republicans to be “unthinkable,” but he did caucus with the Democrats despite “a lot of opposition among conservative Democrats to my being in that caucus.”

Outspoken on the issues, Sanders criticized both parties whenever he felt they were in the wrong. He was a vocal opponent on the Iraq War, concerned about the social and financial impact that the conflict could cause. In an address to the House, he said “As a caring Nation, we should do everything we can to prevent the horrible suffering that a war will cause.” Sanders also questioned the timing of military action “at a time when this country has a $6 trillion national debt and a growing deficit.”

Senator Sanders

Sanders sought to switch to the Senate in 2006, running against Republican businessman Richard Tarrant. A self-described “democratic socialist,” he managed to defeat Tarrant despite Tarrant’s much more substantial funding. Tarrant spent $7 million of his own personal wealth in this election battle.

In 2010, Sanders made the news with his more than eight-hour-long filibuster against President Barack Obama‘s support for the extension of Bush era tax cuts for the wealthy. He felt that this legislation was “a very bad tax agreement” between the president and Republican legislators, he later wrote in the introduction of The Speech: A Historic Filibuster on Corporate Greed and the Decline of Our Middle Class. Sanders ended his time on the Senate floor with a plea to his legislative colleagues to come up with “a better proposal which better reflects the needs of the middle class and working families of our country and to me, most importantly, the children of our country,” according to a Washington Post article.

During his time in the Senate, Sanders has served on several committees on issues important to him. He is a member of the Committee on Budget; the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; the Committee on Veterans Affairs and the Joint Economic Committee. Sanders also champions campaign reform and advocates for an amendment to overturn the Supreme Court decision on Citizens United. Sanders has advocated for expanding voting rights and opposed the Supreme Court decision to disband part of the landmark Voting Rights Act. He is also an advocate for universal single-payer healthcare system. Driven by his sense of protecting the environment, addressing climate change and interest in renewable energy, Sanders is a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works and the Energy & Natural Resources Committee.

Presidential Ambitions

In April 2015, Sanders announced that he was seeking the presidential nomination for the Democratic Party. This longtime independent made the party switch largely out of political necessity. “It would require an enormous amount of time, energy and money just to get on the ballot in 50 states” as an independent, he said to USA Today. “It made a lot more sense for me to work within the Democratic primary system where it’s much easier to get on the ballot and have a chance to debate the other candidates.”

Experts think it is unlikely that Sanders will be able to wrestle the Democratic nomination away from front-runner Hillary Clinton. But, according to an Associated Press report, Sanders isn’t worried about being an underdog in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. “People should not underestimate me.” As a veteran independent, he has “run outside of the two-party system, defeating Democrats and Republicans, taking on big-money candidates.”

Staying true to his ideological convictions, Sanders’s platform focuses on issues of equality in the United States. Economically, he favors tax reform that increases rates for the wealthy, greater governmental oversight of Wall Street and balancing the disparity between wages for men and women. He also believes in a state-administered health care system, more-affordable higher education and an expansion of the Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid systems. A social liberal, he also supports same-sex marriage and is pro-choice.

Who??? 24 GOP Candidates Declared for 2016 POTUS Run

Do you know who this is?  I don’t either, but his profile information is below.

While I will not be voting for any of the 28 individuals interested in running on the GOP ticket for POTUS below (there are 4 which are in “exploratory” status – whatever that is), I’m quite sure that a few will at least garner votes from some of their family members and neighbors.I always thought that only those who knew that they would have a pretty good shot at winning a nomination would enter the campaign trail for POTUS.   The Grand Old Party now seems to be more like the Guys On Pot-us.

Case in point, this guy.

Declared Republican 2016 Candidate Skip Andrews

According to http://2016.republican-candidates.org/#Declared-Republican-Candidates. “Skip” Andrews is a diverse candidate who probably has at least one opinion to please anyone. Few politicians are able to satisfy both a pro-legalization marijuana advocate and a staunch pro-lifer. Of course, this also means most would object to a majority of his platform.”

All right, “Skip”.  This is a trip…in every way.

Next, we have the no-teeth-showing-guy.

Declared Republican 2016 Candidate Brooks Cullison

Who told him that it would be a good idea to put on his black suit with matching tie and frames, then attempt to smile by squeezing his lips together, and sign the “I’ll run for POTUS form”?  Maybe this is his drivers license picture.  Perhaps due to technological advances, all one must do when signing the form is to list their license number, and then the POTUS form people just use that to pull your DMV profile.

As it turns out, his name is Brooks Cullison.  His profile reads, “A man of faith for whom addressing the threat of radical Islam is Job One, but Brooks Cullison also worries about the abused and destitute in the US and the high volume of illegal immigrant traffic crossing the border with Mexico. Support for education is another issue on which he feels strongly.”

In other words, Cullison is an attorney and CPA with so much faith in something, that he neither embraces Muslims nor Mexicans.  Can’t you envision him saying, “This is OUR COUNTRY! … We have to get back to American values!”  Despite the fact that long before Europeans terrorized Native Americans and jacked their land, these original dwellers for centuries lived throughout North America, which includes the United States and the now “line in the sand” called Mexico.

I have to end it here with Michael Bickelmeyer. Declared Republican Presidential Candidate Michael Bickelmeyer  He is described as, “An eccentric fellow who enjoys coming up with some very creative inventions, Bickelmeyer is running for the GOP nomination in 2016. He has a very dim view of terrorists and drug traffickers – in fact, he wants to deploy weapons to fry them from orbit.”

Oooo-Kay!

It wouldn’t be a surprise at all if Bickelmeyer and Skip grew up together.  He “enjoys coming up with some creative inventions?”  Well, so did I when I made a bracelet out of a dixie cup and a piece of ribbon when I was 5 years old.  WHO ARE YOU?  What are you talking about?  Perhaps he wants to patent a gazillion dollar slingshot which can be placed on Jupiter to pop people on earth in the head.  And what exactly does “dim view” mean?  Is he depressed?  Bickelmeyer, just say, “no”. OK?

The rest are below.  I just can’t…not today.

M.K. Williams  civilrightsagenda.com

Source: http://2016.republican-candidates.org/#Declared-Republican-Candidates

 Declared and Exploratory Republican Candidates 
Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Army child and business owner
Declared Republican 2016 Candidate Skip Andrews
Skip Andrews
“Skip” Andrews is a diverse candidate who probably has at least one opinion to please anyone. Few politicians are able to satisfy both a pro-legalization marijuana advocate and a staunch pro-lifer. Of course, this also means most would object to a majority of his platform.


Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Creative Dreamer
Declared Republican Presidential Candidate Michael Bickelmeyer
Michael Bickelmeyer
An eccentric fellow who enjoys coming up with some very creative inventions, Bickelmeyer is running for the GOP nomination in 2016. He has a very dim view of terrorists and drug traffickers – in fact, he wants to deploy weapons to fry them from orbit.


Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Veteran and volunteer spokesperson with Americans For Fair Taxation (AFFT)
Declared Republican Presidential Candidate Kerry Bowers
Kerry Bowers
A former military man with a long career in the United States Air Force, Kerry Bowers has experience not only in the armed forces but as a police dispatcher, businessman, and in many other fields.


Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Florida
Declared Republican Presidential Candidate Jeb Bush
Jeb Bush
Florida’s only Republican two-term Governor, Jeb Bush is a heavyweight political contender who comes from a family of presidents. His left-leaning ideologies make him too liberal for the taste of some in his party, however, and his lineage could be hindrance rather than help.


Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Physician, Author and Citizen Politician
Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Dr. Ben Carson
Dr. Ben Carson
Ben Carson is a highly accomplished physician who is seen as a breath of fresh air in the world of politics. He has left his position as director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Center and is in pursuit of the U.S. presidency in 2016.


Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
International entrepreneur and business professor
Declared Republican 2016 Candidate Dale Christensen
Dale Christensen
With experience in business management around the world, Dale Christensen is a self-described “first and foremost” family man who advocates a variety of conservative principles.


Exploratory 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of New Jersey
Exploratory Republican 2016 Candidate Chris Christie
Chris Christie
Assurances given to a number of his biggest campaign contributors held Gov. Christie back from running in 2012, despite pleas from party luminaries such as former president George H.W. Bush. However, Gov. Christie has been slowly but surely positioning himself for a 2016 run.


Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Texas
Declared Republican Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz
Ted Cruz
The Harvard and Princeton-educated attorney once served as the Domestic Policy Advisor to former president George W. Bush. Noted for his formidable oratory skill, Senator Cruz is viewed by some as one of the intellectual leaders of the tea party movement.


Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Attorney and Certified Public Accountant
Declared Republican 2016 Candidate Brooks Cullison
Brooks Cullison
A man of faith for whom addressing the threat of radical Islam is Job One, but Brooks Cullison also worries about the abused and destitute in the US and the high volume of illegal immigrant traffic crossing the border with Mexico. Support for education is another issue on which he feels strongly.


Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Constitutional Republican and strong conservative
Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate John Dummett, Jr.
John Dummett, Jr.
Hailing from the state of California, John Dummet, Jr is a Constitutional Republican who has become disenfranchised with both the Republican and Democratic parties.


Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Businessman and former IRS Commissioner
Declared Republican Presidential Candidate Mark Everson
Mark Everson
A strong conservative with an extremely dim view of large banks, Mark Everson calls the integrity of mainstream politicians into question and accuses them of catering to monied special interests. He strongly believes a President should serve only a single term.


Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Businesswoman and Former CEO of Hewlett-Packard
Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Carly Fiorina
Carly Fiorina
The only well-known woman running for the Republican nomination in 2016, Carly Fiorina is a unique political figure. Her business experience and conservative principles make her attractive to the right, but past difficulties and failures could haunt her moving forward.


Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from South Carolina
Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Lindsey Graham
Lindsey Graham
The former Colonel with the USAF JAG unit has been one of the most recognized Republican faces in the post-2012 election era. However, his reputation as a compromise broker in Congress has taken a hit over his recent conversion into a foreign policy hawk.


Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former combat pilot and current airline captain
Declared Republican Presidential Candidate Chris Hill
Chris Hill
Chris Hill is a combat veteran who served as a pilot during Desert Storm. Although he is running on the Republican ticket, some of his leanings are at odds with those of the GOP, including his “Living Wage” plan and his support for labor unions and recognition of gay marriages.


Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Arkansas, Man of Faith and TV Personality
Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee
Mike Huckabee
Mike Huckabee is an Evangelical Christian who never shies away from his faith. In January, 2015, he bid farewell as host of his popular talk show on the Fox News Channel to pursue his 2016 presidential bid.


Exploratory 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Current Governor of Louisiana
Exploratory Republican Presidential Candidate Bobby Jindal
Bobby Jindal
Gov. Jindal created history in 2008 when he became the first Indian American to be elected a state Governor. At the grand old age of 24, the Rhodes Scholar was appointed by Gov. Murphy Foster to manage the Health and Human Services Dept., the largest department in the state.


Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Conservative and Tea Party supporter
Declared Republican Presidential Candidate Michael Kinlaw
Michael Kinlaw
Michael Kinlaw is a conservative Republican who has strong opinions on a number of issues. His views put him right in line with a number of other conservatives likely to run in 2016. Kinlaw has no political background and has launched his campaign in his hometown of Houston.


Exploratory 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Successful entrepreneur and media personality
Exploratory 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Dennis Michael Lynch
Dennis Michael Lynch
Affectionately known as “DML”, Lynch boasts a quarter-century of experience in building and managing successful businesses. He has also worked as a film producer, made public speeches and provided political commentary. He has appeared copiously on television and radio.


Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of New York
Declared Republican 2016 Candidate George Pataki
George Pataki
A three-term Governor of New York State with an impressive political career besides, George Pataki is a red Republican who has found success in blue country. His fiscal policies are pleasing enough to the GOP base, but his stance on social issues may leave something to be desired.


Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Kentucky
Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Rand Paul
Rand Paul
Sen. Paul finally emerged from the huge shadow of his larger than life father, maverick Republican Ron Paul, when he was selected to deliver the tea party response to President Obama’s SOTU address in 2013, and in the process, cementing his de facto leadership of the movement.


Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Texas and 2012 presidential candidate
Declared Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Perry
Rick Perry
After his ultimately underwhelming presidential bid in 2012, Gov. Perry, the longest serving Texas governor in history, announced a 2016 presidential bid at an event hosted by his political action committee, RickPAC, on June 4, 2015.


Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Businessman and veteran
Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Michael Petyo
Michael Petyo
A “business first” fiscal conservative with a very optimistic view of the role played by corporations in generating wealth, Michael Petyo is himself a business owner who feels the United States has lost its way economically and that relaxed regulation on the private sector is the solution.


Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Florida
Declared Republican 2016 Candidate Marco Rubio
Marco Rubio
Marco Rubio is definitely on the short list of names for Republican frontrunner. Being himself of Cuban heritage, he enjoys strong support among the important Latino demographic, in addition to holding solid conservative principles that make him eminently likeable to the Republican constituency.


Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Entrepreneur, innovator, limited government advocate
Declared Republican Presidential Candidate Brian Russell
Brian Russell
Brian Russell is a successful entrepreneur who believes that implementing sound economic policy should be the government’s top priority. He also supports a strong military and foreign policy that presents the USA as the true leader in the free world.


Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former US Senator from Pennsylvania
Declared Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum
Rick Santorum
The former two-term Senator from Pennsylvania announced yet another bid to be the party’s nominee for president in 2016 on May 27, 2015. With a small but loyal base behind him, Senator Santorum will work to expand his demographic appeal over the next months.


Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Businessman, television personality and author
Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump
Donald Trump
A wealthy business tycoon and well-known American personality, Donald Trump brings a dour attitude that never fails to entertain. He has channeled his notoriety into a number of outlets, including a successful reality show and a public feud with rival celebrity Rosie O’Donnell.


Exploratory 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of Wisconsin
Exploratory 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Scott Walker
Scott Walker
Gov. Walker’s proposed Wisconsin Act 10 triggered a wave of controversy that forced a recall election in his second year in office. However, Gov. Walker prevailed and achieved the distinction of becoming the country’s first governor to survive a recall election.

Sanders Rallies in Iowa to Enthused Audience

DES MOINES, Iowa –Huffington Post:

While Hillary Clinton makes her way to the Hawkeye State following her first campaign rally in New York City on Saturday, crowds there are lining up to see Vermont senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

A horde of supporters applauded the presidential candidate more than 100 times on Friday night at his town hall, as he laid out his vision for the country at Drake University’s Sheslow Auditorium in Des Moines.

“Whoa, got a lot of people here tonight,” Sanders said, as he walked onstage to a standing ovation. Event organizers said there were more than 700 people in attendance.

The longest-serving Independent in Congress focused his speech on income and wealth inequality, climate change and campaign finance reform.

“This campaign is sending a message to the billionaire class, and that message is you can’t have it all,” Sanders said.

Sander’s remarks, which lasted about an hour, were frequently interrupted not only by applause but chants of “Bernie, Bernie” from the audience. Sanders’ topics ranged from student loan debt and President Barack Obama’s trade deal to the Citizens United Supreme Court decision. Sanders even brought three Iowa college students onstage to shed some light on their struggle with student loan debt.

The crowd went wild when Tyler Manker, a former Marine from central Illinois, stood up during the Q&A portion and asked the senator how he would “convince Democrats and Republicans to do the right thing in supporting veterans.”

Sanders emphasized the importance of making sure Veterans Affairs healthcare is more accessible.

“We have a moral obligation to do everything that we can for those people who have put their lives on the line to defend us and come home wounded in body or in spirit,” he said.

Manker, who now practices law, said the drive to see Sanders was well worth it.

“Currently we have 22 veterans taking their own lives daily, we have a lot of benefits that have been promised that don’t always make it to where they should be,” Manker told The Huffington Post. “So I’m of course satisfied with his answer. It’s kind of like preaching to the choir; I know where he stands on this issue and I know he will continue to stand up for veterans for sure.”

A recent Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa poll showed 57 percent of likely Democratic caucusgoers saying Hillary Clinton would be their first choice for president. Sixteen percent said Sanders was their first choice, which has improved 5 points since the Iowa poll in January.

Steph Trujillo of Des Moines, who was sitting in the audience Friday night, said it was impossible for her to believe Clinton is the Democratic front-runner.

“When I first started seeing him even before he even first started to run there were small little groups; just seeing the population of people coming to these things is growing. He’s really gaining momentum and catching on here,” Trujillo said.

Sanders is to make stops in five other cities across Iowa over the weekend and is expected to open his campaign office in Des Moines on Saturday.

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