My view is: perhaps they did. The argument is that the Koch Brothers and others of their ilk now think that they bought and paid for the Republican Party--and in the primaries they are largely right. But money is much less influential in presidential elections, and so the minus effect on candidate quality in the primaries outweighs the positive effects of more money in the general election.
Many people have serious misconceptions about who Ron Paul is and what he stands for. In a riveting video on the Jay Leno show, to a wildly enthusiastic audience, Ron Paul explains his position on numerous subjects.
Yves here. This post continues Kenneth Thomas’s discussion of an important but oft-neglected topic: that of the stealth subsidies to the rich and connected that take place via economic development projects.
Truly we live in the age of wonders. A new set of economic development tax credits made it to the floor of the Iowa House on a Friday — and failed. It’s a wonder that they actually showed up on a Friday — and to reject corporate welfare, to boot.
OTTAWA — They stormed onto the federal political scene in 1993 under the battle cry of “The West Wants In,” ready to raise a bit of hell within the Ottawa political establishment.
More than two decades after those 52 original Reform party MPs arrived in the nation’s capital and redefined the federal Conservative movement, only a half-dozen remain — and their ranks will dwindle yet again with the next election. Backbench Conservative MP Garry Breitkreuz, one of the original Reformers, announced recently that he won’t run in the 2015 federal campaign.
The modern primary system for determining presidential nominees we take for granted nowadays began in earnest in the 1970s. For the Republicans, it really started in 1976 when Ronald Reagan challenged President Ford.