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Bernie Sanders’s Plan For America to Cost $18 Trillion

By on 9.15.15 | 1:00PM

I mentioned this in the Morning Spectacle, but I feel like it deserves more attention. 

Bernie Sanders does nothing but promise free stuff to people. That's his whole gig. Free school, free healthcare, free day care. Basically free everything. It's a free paradise! He'll happily tax the rich to the hilt in order to make certain that no one with a five-figure income will ever have to shell out a single dollar for anything ever again. They may have to wait in line like good members of the proletariat, but that should be of no concern for such a dedicated slate of workers. After all, socialism has worked so well for so many, how could it possibly go wrong this time?

As the great Margaret Thatcher once said, socialism only works until you run out of other people's money. And at the rate Bernie Sanders would spend, he'd run out of money before they'd swept up all the confetti from the inauguration. His whole plan, from top to bottom, would have a totally reasonable price tag of a mere $18 trillion.

Humanoids Translated

By on 9.15.15 | 10:33AM

Scientists are understandably excited about finding the fossil remains of 15 human-like individuals in South Africa. The pre-human species, to be called naledi, could have lived as long as three million years ago.

But apparently things, at least political things, may not have changed all that much in all that time. My sources tell me scientists have now deciphered some of the writings on naledi cave walls. The largest fragment has been translated: “Oog is a loser — I gotta tell ya. I, on the other hand, am terrific.”

Apparently narcissistic blowhards are survivors of the first order. Scientists have been looking for the missing link for a very long time. But who knew until now who it linked to?

You read it here first. 

The Morning Spectacle: Missing You

By on 9.15.15 | 10:33AM

Keep on keeping on, guys.

In Our Sights

The last two months have brought nothing but woe for Hillary Clinton, who has been mercilessly ravaged in the polls, now dropping below 50% for the first time. Even worse? Hillary Clinton seems to be losing support among her core demographic: women who don't know better.

For Bernie Sanders, a "domestic policy," just means "giving a lot of stuff to people for free." But socialism only works until you run out of other people's money.  And with a whopping $18 trillion dollar cost for all of his "free programs," he'll run out of money pretty quickly.

Australia’s Liberal Party Ousts Abbott as PM; Malcolm Turnbull Takes Over

By on 9.14.15 | 3:54PM

If you think American politics is crazy with Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump or if you think British politics is crazy with the ascension of Jeremy Corbyn at the helm of the Labour Party, they’ve got nothing on politics in Australia.

Tony Abbott, elected Prime Minister two years ago this month, was today ousted from office by his own Liberal Party caucus in favor of Malcolm Turnbull. In 2009, when the Liberals were in opposition, the Liberals ousted Turnbull in favor of Abbott. The Liberals nearly ousted Abbott in February in favor of Turnbull, but Abbott survived that round. But with the government’s popularity plunging, Liberals decided to give the conservative Abbott the heave-ho in favor of the more moderate Turnbull.

Joe Biden Courting Obama Bundlers in NYC

By on 9.14.15 | 1:17PM

Joe Biden was in NYC last week, appearing on an inaugural episode of Late Night With Stephen Colbert, where Colbert not-so-subtly asked whether Biden was ready to seek his party's nomination for 2016. Actually, that's putting it mildly. Colbert all but offered up the Late Night platform for Joe Biden to outline the focus of his candidacy and beg for money (though, admittedly, the interview was pretty good).

Biden may have been cagey about his potential Presidential campaign on television, but he was far from elusive with former Obama donors, if rumors of some last-minute "schedule additions" are to be believed. The Veep's trip was a packed 28 hours - enough to talk to Colbert, and appear at rallies with Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Governor Andrew Cuomo, and deliver the official remarks at Ground Zero in honor of September 11th -but he reportedly made room to meet with Robert Wolf, CEO of UBS Americas and a big-time Obama bundler in both of Obama's election cycles.

Carly Fiorina Gets the Best of Trump With “Faces” Campaign Speech

By on 9.14.15 | 11:32AM

Republican candidates have been struggling to get the "one over" on Donald Trump since he stepped into the race. Typically, the Donald doesn't worry too much about insulting his fellow potential nominees, because the ensuing struggle usually favors him, as it did over the weekend with Bobby Jindal, who got down into the mud to tangle with Trump over his stature - and Trump ended up loving it, especially the part where they traded snarky barbs on social media.

His mess with Carly Fiorina, however, has been more difficult to clean up. Although people are racing to Trump's defense, the general sentiment is that Trump's attack was personal and small-minded, surprisingly unbecoming of someone who is supposed to be a terrific communciator. Sure, we know what he thinks of women - his occasional, pre-Millennial sexism is a hallmark of his quasi-boorish persona - but this is a higher-level competition and she's a high-level competitor. 

The Morning Spectacle: Monday, Monday

By on 9.14.15 | 10:33AM

Welcome to the week, Spectators! Did you enjoy the better weather?

In Our Sights

Everyone is preparing for the debate this week, but Jeb Bush is studying extra hard - not to deflect questions about his history on education policy or his stance on immigration reform. He's rehearsing his answers to possible Donald Trump insults.

Freedomworks held their "Grassroots Summit" this past weekend, and at the end of the weekend, conducted a straw poll that one candidate ran away with, almost thirty percentage points ahead of the next candidate. No, it wasn't Trump. It was Ted Cruz.

Moses Malone, R.I.P.

By on 9.13.15 | 2:22PM

Basketball legend Moses Malone died in his sleep of an apparent heart attack. He was 60. 

Malone signed with the Utah Stars of the ABA out of high school in 1975. He played two seasons in the ABA - one with the Stars and one with the Spirits of St. Louis before joining the NBA. After initially signing with the Portland Trailblazers, he would be traded to the Buffalo Braves. But Malone would become part of the NBA elite when he joined the Houston Rockets in 1978 where he became the league's premier offenive rebounder. During his tenure with the Rockets, Malone would win two of his three NBA MVPs in 1979 and 1982.

Quick Get the Smelling Salts: Donald Trump Just Said Something

By on 9.13.15 | 12:51AM

The Ruling Class Conservative Media (RCCM) had better start carrying smelling salts, for they suffer from a daily case of the vapors. “Did you hear what he said now?” they ask in perpetual outrage at Donald Trump’s come-backs when he’s insulted. They’re worse than the girls at Yale. Somebody, please, get them a safe room.

So it was predictable that when Rolling Stone revealed certain unflattering comments that Trump made about Carly Fiorina, that the RCCM would fall all over themselves to see who could express the most righteous outrage.