Trump’s Big Government, ‘Expedited’ Revolving-Door Amnesty Plan Would Cost $375 BILLION
About his support for socialized healthcare for the poor, Trump says, 'If I lose votes over that, or if I don't get a nomination over that, that's just fine with me'
Donald Trump interviewed by CNN's Dana Bash, July 29, 2015

Donald Trump interviewed by CNN’s Dana Bash, July 29, 2015

Now that the media is forcing Donald Trump to provide specifics to back up his bravado and bluster, he’s revealing himself to be just another big-spending, big-government Republican — at least when it comes to two of the nation’s most complex and intractable problems: funding healthcare for the poor and what to do about the millions of undocumented residents living in the United States.

In an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash, Donald Trump admitted he once supported socialized healthcare in the form of a single-payer system like Medicare for seniors in the United States and the cradle-to-grave socialized systems in Canada, Great Britain, Spain, Japan, Kuwait and other U.S. competitor and allied nations.

(CNN has not enable embedding the video, but see it here — and the transcript of section of the interview about Trump’s healthcare and immigration plans follows this article)

Trump Again Triggers the Instinct to Destroy Stuff

There’s something about Donald Trump that makes people want to beat things, and this ad from a Van Nuys, Calif. Nissan dealer is proof. The ad, which has been condemned by Nissan corporate, shows a sales manager nicknamed, “The Ladies’ Man” beating a pinata of a man in a suit with a generous topping of blonde hair.

After store managers hit the piñata, Van Nuys General Sales Manager Martin Cuevas declares, “Aqui en Van Nuys Nissan, los Latinos mandan.” (Translation: “Here at Van Nuys Nissan, Latinos rule.”)

Nissan quickly condemned the ad.

Presidents Versus Porn Stars — Some Endorsements are More Welcome than Others

Mitt Romney (left) and Meatloaf

Mitt Romney (left) and Meatloaf

It might seem a bit early in the 2016 campaign for endorsements to make a difference, but apparently, since 1980 at least, endorsements from party elites and big donors have been the single best predictor of who a party’s eventual nominee will be, according to the New York Times.

The pace of endorsements is a bit off of what it has been in the past few elections, probably because of the number of candidates, at least on the GOP side. The Times notes that only 14 percent — or 45 of 335 — current Republican governors, senators or representatives have publicly backed a candidate. Of those who have, however, more have endorsed Jeb Bush than any other candidate.

Not so on the Democrat side, with Hillary Clinton bagging a former president (her husband), Madeleine Albright, former U.S. secretary of state and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and Howard Dean, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, former governor of Vermont and candidate for Democratic nomination for president in 2004.

In addition, Clinton has been endorsed by 11 sitting and former Democratic governors, 33 current or former U.S. senators and nearly 90 U.S. representatives as well as a ton of state politicians, government operatives, musicians and actors, celebrities and businesspeople.

Is John Kerry Really a Better Secretary of State than Hillary Clinton?
If So, How Much Is It Because of Sexism and How Much Because of Clinton Herself?

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John Kerry could eclipse his predecessor, Hillary Clinton, in the role of United States Secretary of State. If he does, will it be because of sexism, anti-Clintonism, or world events? Or is Kerry simply more effective?

Kerry has seen a recent series of diplomatic victories.

  • The Cuban embassy is open again in America for the first time since 1961, and the American embassy is open again in Cuba.
  • If Clinton has greatness within her, it’s time to take a page from Kerry and show it
  • After months of talks, some while Kerry was on crutches with an injured leg, a deal was worked with Iran to commit to not building a nuclear bomb and to allow inspections to verify they are not.
  • Saudi Arabia, which was expected to criticize the Iran deal and bolster opponents, publicly came out in favor of it.
  • After saying no for months, Turkey agreed to allow American air strikes on ISIL targets from bases in its country, which could prove pivotal in the fight.

Both Kerry and Clinton had their bad moments.

Run Donald, Run!
His Ticket Would HAVE to Be Called the Whig Party

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If you asked Democratic strategists for their dream scenario for 2016, here it is:

  • Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee
  • Generic Republican as the GOP nominee
  • Donald Trump as a third-party nominee

There is a chance this wish might come true, according to a report that says Donnie is threatening to go rogue.

Some Questions for the Gun Store Owner With the “Muslim-Free Zone”

When a gun shop owner announces he’s closing because he’s tired of selling arms to young, disturbed white guys wearing rebel flags, that will be a YouTube video worth watching

It’s bad enough that a gun store owner declared his store a “Muslim-free zone” after the shooting and killing of four Marines and a Navy sailor by 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdelazeez. That he chose to deliver this message in front of a rebel flag tacked up over an American flag, while wearing a sidearm, made this move just that much worse.

There are so many questions raised by Andy Hallinan’s video. For starters:

  • Why didn’t Hallinan declare his gun shop a “white supremacist who says he wants to start a race war free zone” after 21-year-old Dylann Roof shot and killed nine people at a Charleston church?
A Map of the Biggest Companies in Each State

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In line with the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which held that corporations have the right to buy as much free speech as they can afford, it might be time to consider changing the names of the 50 states. Here’s a handy map that will help, posted by Broadview Networks VoIP Blog.

The map shows the largest company in each state, based on revenue, and makes the distinction between size by revenue and size by market value. If market value were the metric, California would be Apple-fornia.

The map also answers a question that’s been popular for years: What’s the matter with Kansas?

Trump vs. Trump: MTP Chronicles the Donald’s History of Mitt Romney-esque Flip Flops

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In the 2012 presidential campaign, Republican nominee Mitt Romney seemed to set a world record for prevaricating and flip-flopping. In the 2016 GOP cycle, Donald Trump has emerged from the pack by portraying himself as a tell-it-like-it-is straight shooter. However, a look at the facts reveals that the Donald is just following a page from Romney’s lying, flip-flopping playbook. Politifact has nailed Trump on his lies about immigration and just about everything else — the right-leaning site found that, as of July 14, 2015, zero (0) of Trump’s recent statements were true. And now NBC’s “Meet the Press” — yes, MTP — has put together a reel of Trump’s flip flops that might even make the Mittster blush.

Unexpected Obamacare Savings for Women Could Lead to Fewer Abortions
At the Very Least, the Savings Could Mean a Few Less Bristol Palins

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The numbers are in for the Obamacare provision that ended women’s out-of-pocket expense for family planning, and they are huge, according to the policy journal Health Affairs, and quoted by Kaiser Health.

Women are saving a lot of money as a result of a health law requirement that insurance cover most forms of prescription contraceptives with no additional out-of-pocket costs…But the amount of those savings and the speed with which those savings occurred surprised researchers.

The study looked at out-of-pocket spending from nearly 800,000 women (sic) between the ages of 13 and 45 from January 2008 through June 2013. For most plans, the requirement began Aug. 1, 2012, or Jan. 1, 2013.

How to Survive Until the 2016 Election

While we wonky types here at Pensito relish the long, slow slog toward Election Day 2016 … who are we kidding? If it weren’t for The Donald declaring, we would have stopped watching already.

For the rest of you, journalist Patrick Gavin offers a primer on how to deal with the inevitable.

Enumerati

  • 26%

    Donald Trump’s national lead over the GOP field — a more than 2-to-1 advantage over his nearest Republican rivals — Jeb Bush at 12% and Scott Walker at 11%, according to a new Monmouth poll, which is one of the polls that will be used to determine which candidates join Thursday’s debate.

  • 31%

    Donald Trump’s crushing lead over the GOP presidential field, followed by Jeb Bush at 13%, Scott Walker at 13%, Ben Carson at 6%, Mike Huckabee at 6%, Ted Cruz at 6%, Marco Rubio at 5% and John Kasich at 5%, according to a new Gravis Marketing national poll.

  • 1,100

    Number of temporary visas for foreign workers Donald Trump’s companies have sought since 2000, despite the fact that Trump is staking his run for president in part on a vow to protect American jobs, Reuters reports.

  • 49% to 43%

    H2>Percentage by which Hillary Clinton edges Jeb Bush in a potential general election match up,according to a new Marist Poll. But in a three-way race with Donald Trump as an independent, Clinton crushes Bush, 44% to 29%, with Trump getting 20% support.

  • 14%

    Percentage by which the Army fell short of the recruits it needs to fill its ranks, “marking the first time in six years — and only the third in the last 20 — that it may fall short of its recruiting goal for the year,” USA Today reports.

Poetic Justice

The GOP contenders don’t want pollsters to ignore ’em,
So they can make the debate cut and get a national TV forum.
So their comments get outrageous
And insulting and shameless,
And the only thing that’s lacking is political decorum.

Verbatim

  • But we have to negotiate great trade deals. I would get the best guys — Carl Icahn is a friend of mine. I’d say Carl, congratulations, handle China. I’d get other guys like Carl. I’d say, good luck, here’s Japan. Believe me, we will do so well. We will make so much.

    — Donald Trump, in an interview on Morning Joe.

  • It violates the essence of what made America a great country in its political system. Now it’s just an oligarchy with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for president or being elected president. And the same thing applies to governors, and U.S. Senators and congress members.

    – Former President Jimmy Carter, quoted by the Huffington Post.

  • The first thing I’m probably going to do is catch up on my sleep. I’ll probably do that for a couple of months.

    — President Obama, quoted by The Hill, on his post-presidential plans.

  • 60%

    The chance of a federal government shutdown, which has increased dramatically and precipitously since last week when it was 40 percent. “It’s now more likely than not that a shutdown will result from the craziness going on in Washington,” Stan Collender writes in Forbes.

  • Look at the American revolution, the anti-slavery movement, the women’s suffrage movement, the civil rights movement. All of these struck a moral chord with the American people. They all sought to overcome an injustice. And we, too, are seeking to right injustices that are holding our country back.

    — Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch, quoted by the Washington Post.

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