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Baltimore: A Wholly-Owned Democrat Subsidiary

Behind Detroit, Chicago, etc., etc.:

A few weeks ago, there was an election in Ferguson, Mo., the result of which was to treble the number of African Americans on that unhappy suburb’s city council. This was greeted in some corners with optimism — now, at last, the city’s black residents would have a chance to see to securing their own interests. This optimism flies in the face of evidence near — St. Louis — and far — Baltimore, Detroit, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco . . .

St. Louis has not had a Republican mayor since the 1940s, and in its most recent elections for the board of aldermen there was no Republican in the majority of the contests; the city is overwhelmingly Democratic, effectively a single-party political monopoly from its schools to its police department. Baltimore has seen two Republicans sit in the mayor’s office since the 1920s — and none since the 1960s. Like St. Louis, it is effectively a single-party political monopoly from its schools to its police department. Philadelphia has not elected a Republican mayor since 1948. The last Republican to be elected mayor of Detroit was congratulated on his victory by President Eisenhower. Atlanta, a city so corrupt that its public schools are organized as a criminal conspiracy against its children, last had a Republican mayor in the 19th century. Its municipal elections are officially nonpartisan, but the last Republican to run in Atlanta’s 13th congressional district did not manage to secure even 30 percent of the vote; Atlanta is effectively a single-party political monopoly from its schools to its police department.

American cities are by and large Democratic-party monopolies, monopolies generally dominated by the so-called progressive wing of the party. The results have been catastrophic, and not only in poor black cities such as Baltimore and Detroit.

But most marked there. If Detroit has lost almost two-thirds of its population in the last 65 years (a percentage point a year), Baltimore is its little brother. It has lost a third of its population, from 950,000 in 1950 to just over 620,000 today, and from 6th largest city to 26th. We blame the decline of the auto industry for Detroit (well, some do), but what’s Baltimore’s excuse? Democrats. Up and down the country, east and west, Democrat fingerprints are all over the crime scenes.

No Republican, and certainly no conservative, has left so much as a thumbprint on the public institutions of Baltimore in a generation. Baltimore’s police department is, like Detroit’s economy and Atlanta’s schools, the product of the progressive wing of the Democratic party enabled in no small part by black identity politics. This is entirely a left-wing project, and a Democratic-party project.

When will the Left be held to account for the brutality in Baltimore — brutality for which it bears a measure of responsibility on both sides? There aren’t any Republicans out there cheering on the looters, and there aren’t any Republicans exercising real political power over the police or other municipal institutions in Baltimore. Community-organizer — a wretched term — Adam Jackson declared that in Baltimore “the Democrats and the Republicans have both failed.” Really? Which Republicans? Ulysses S. Grant? Unless I’m reading the charts wrong, the Baltimore city council is 100 percent Democratic.

I’m not a Republican because I don’t want to belong to any group that would have someone like me as a member. But I am a conservative (converted). More and more I come to appreciate the wisdom of Margaret Thatcher: the facts of life are conservative.

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Shut Up, She Explained

Democrats engaging in the exchange of ideas—and jars of vaseline:

Maine Gov. Paul LePage abruptly ended a recent town hall meeting after a Democratic politician disrupted the event by angrily confronting the Republican governor, then tossing a jar of Vaseline at him.

The incident occurred Thursday when former state legislator and Biddeford Mayor Joanne Twomey shouted a question and strode toward LePage who was trying to explain his budget proposal.

Twomey complained that the budget will hurt low-income residents, then flipped the Vaseline at the stage on which the governor was standing before being escorted out by security.

The Vaseline is in reference to a crude remark LePage made in 2013 about a state lawmaker, who LePage said “claims to be for the people but he’s the first one to give it to the people without providing Vaseline.”

“What he’s about to do to this state, you have to be out of order,” Twomey said afterward, defending her actions. “You cannot live with those policies.”

What are these heinous policies?

LePage, elected last year to a second term, also said he’s “not going to back down” from his plan to push a ballot initiative to eliminate the state’s income tax. He is expected to hold additional town hall events.

You can see why a Democrat would be so exercised.

Maine is a funny state. It’s split between moonbats and backwoods types. No wonder Stephen King finds it so fertile for horror. I blame Massachusetts. We polluted once-rock-ribbed-Republican New Hampshire, and we’re doing the same to Maine.

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No Way to Run a Railroad, II

A follow-up to out post yeaterday:

Stop the presses! Jim Rooney is not going to file for another state pension before he becomes the $370,000-a-year (plus $55,000 in bonuses) boss of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce on July 1.

This is shocking. Because if you look up the phrase “double-dipper” in the dictionary, you see a photograph of the South Boston native.

Under his photo is a caption: “See also, plate, licking the.”

Rooney is the ultimate non-elected hack. He’s gone from one hackerama to hackapalooza his entire life. He already has the ultimate hack status symbol: A pension from the MBTA, currently worth $62,544.24 a year. He started collecting in 1999. Rooney was 41 years old — 41! This means he’s already collected about $900,000 since he retired, and he’s still only 57 years old.

Who retires at 41? Other than a tech billionaire, and pushing subway tokens under the window slot at the booth hardly qualifies. Wishing him long life as we do, he’ll likely collect two and a half million dollars—our dollars—for not working since before his hair turned gray.

Oh, silly me: he is working.

When Rooney was selected to succeed his fellow hack, Paul Guzzi, at the chamber, I immediately assumed that he would start collecting yet another kiss in the mail.

So I called that white elephant known as the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and got Rooney’s flack. I asked her if her boss would soon be filing for his second pension.

“I’m not going to ask him that! That’s personal!”

Oh, go ahead and give it a shot, Katie. She did, and a few minutes later, she sent me an email: “Jim will answer your question about filing for a pension. The answer is ‘no.’”

A true hero. Never in the field of human resources has so much been owed by so few to so many.

Once he started collecting his T pension at age 41, Rooney migrated to City Hall to work as Mumbles’ chief of staff for a couple of years.

Then the MCCA beckoned, where Rooney followed in the footsteps of such tycoons as Francis X. Joyce, whose major qualification to run the MCCA was his prior career as the tin-whistle player in Billy Bulger’s band.

For his third hack career at the MCCA, Rooney has another 15 years, 3 months in (counting his time at City Hall). At the MCCA he was making as much as $276,000 a year, although more recently his pay was reduced, and lately he’s been grabbing about $270,000.

Let’s average out Rooney’s top three years at $260,000.

So he’s 57, 17 years beyond 40. Multiply 17 times his 15 years in and you get 26 percent, times 260,000. So he could grab a second pension of roughly $65,000, on top of the $62,541 from the T.

Does the chamber really want as its public face a … triple-dipper who’s collecting two kisses in the mail, from the T and the MCCA, on top of his chamber salary?

No. Or at least not now.

Lest you think this is an isolated event:

As long as I was perusing MBTA pensions, I checked on Whitey Bulger’s two nephews. Mark Bulger retired from the T at age 45 in 2008 and now collects $34,732. Patrick Bulger retired from the T at age 43 in 2007 and now collects $55,546.

The next time you hear coat holders and “advocates” whining about the T’s need for more “investments,” think Jim Rooney and the Bulgers.

Nepotism and living off the public teat: it’s what passes for government here in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (so-called because graft and corruption are common).

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White Elephant

The perfect nickname for the building and its bloated honoree:


A worker puts the finishing touch on the “Waitress Sandwich” installation

President Obama and a host of other dignitaries will descend on the Hub today to dedicate the new ?Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, after a pricey gala last night for high-rolling donors that the organizers did not identify.

The dedication of the $79 million institute on Columbia Point — subsidized with $38 million of federal earmarks and $5 million in state subsidies — begins at ?10 a.m. and will feature remarks from Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Gov. Charlie Baker, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Secretary of State John F. Kerry, U.S. Sen. John McCain, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, among others.

The nonprofit institute held a gala last night, charging $250,000 for people who want to be members of the “chairman’s circle,” and $100,000 for a package of six “benefactor” tickets and recognition at the event. Other ticket prices ranged from $50,000 down to $2,500, the cheapest ticket for an individual.

Forty-three million dollars of our money—over half the cost—and the cheapest ticket to get into the roach motel is $2,500. So Kennedy.

More Kennedy:

When Ted Kennedy wrote his initial account of Chappaquiddick for the Edgartown police in 1969, after he scrawled the words “Mary Jo” in the first sentence he left a blank space — because he had no idea what his victim’s last name was.

That’s one of the many facts about Ted Kennedy that you won’t learn by visiting the new Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.

Moore facts:

Ted was named after Edward Moore, his father’s faithful procurer.

It’s an “interactive museum,” and for the kiddies, there is what is called a “Senate Immersion Module.” Yes, immersion. Although presumably not in the backseat of a 1967 Oldsmobile Delmont.

In September 1972, in the Oval Office, Henry Kissinger told President Nixon a story about Cristina Ford, Henry Ford’s wife, being stalked by Teddy in Manhattan. Finally Mrs. Ford locked herself in her suite at the Carlyle Hotel, where FBI reports in 1965 said Teddy had been engaging in wild “sex parties,” like his older brothers before him, with Marilyn Monroe.

Kissinger: “(He) practically beat her door down … She finally told him, ‘What if the newspapers get this?’ He said, ‘No newspapers are going to print anything about me. I’ve got that covered.’?”

Nixon: “Jesus Christ! That’s pretty arrogant.”

Says Nixon! If Nixon is calling you arrogant, you’ve retired the trophy.

Entering the museum, visitors will see a video that includes snippets from some of Ted’s famous speeches. I hope the family retainers include the very truthful remarks he made in 1965 about the Immigration Reform Act:

“The bill will not flood our cities with immigrants. It will not upset the ethnic mix of our society. It will not relax the standards of admission. It will not cause American workers to lose their jobs …”

How about this speech about Nixon’s pardon in 1974, five years after the brooming of what the inquest judge described as his manslaughter of Mary Jo what’s-her-name:

“Do we operate under a system of equal justice under law? Or is there one system for the average citizen and another for the high and mighty?”

Here’s another snippet, from the Senate debate in 1991 over Clarence Thomas’ confirmation to the Supreme Court. At the time Ted was under subpoena to testify at his nephew’s rape trial in West Palm Beach:

“Are we an old-boys’ club — insensitive at best and perhaps something worse? Will we strain to concoct any excuse? To tolerate any unsubstantiated attack on a woman?”

Finally, the museum has an “almost exact replica” of Teddy’s Senate office. I trust that means a very well-stocked bar has been included, and if it’s really going to be exact, it will have to be an open bar.
Bartender — a Chivas on the rocks!

I wrote over the weekend about Harry Reid’s decade of defilement and debasement of the Senate, but I should have bided my time. Reid was an amateur compared to Kennedy, a Mario Mendoza compared to a Willie Mays of debauchery and corruption.

And we celebrate him. We shovel $43 million into a mausoleum for the runt of a very randy litter. Not since ancient Rome have so many monuments been erected for so many reprobates. Some of those Romans declared themselves gods. For that, the Kennedy clan relies on the Boston Globe.

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Good News!

Jesse Jackson, Jr.’s getting sprung from prison!

Early!

Former congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. is set to be released Thursday from prison, and transferred to a Washington, D.C., halfway house, friend and former Rep. Patrick Kennedy told CNN.

Jackson has been serving his 30-month sentence at a federal prison camp in Montgomery, Alabama for the past year, said Kennedy, who visited Jackson in prison Monday.

“His wife and two children and parents are picking him up,” Kennedy told CNN on Tuesday.

Jackson pleaded guilty to federal charges in February 2013, admitting he diverted about $750,000 in campaign funds for his personal use. His wife also pleaded guilty to federal charges and will begin serving her one-year sentence after Jackson is released from federal custody.

The two were authorized to serve their sentence separately because they have young children.

Jackson, a former Democratic congressman from Chicago, was national co-chairman of then-Sen. Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign committee. He resigned from Congress after the allegations erupted, citing physical and mental health issues, including bipolar disorder.

Kennedy said he thought Jackson still had several more “weeks or months” left in his sentence and was visiting Jackson in prison “to let him know he still had friends who were here for him when he got out.”

But Jackson told Kennedy during the visit that he was being released earlier than anticipated.

“He said Patrick ‘I’m gonna be getting out sooner than I thought, getting out this Thursday at 5 a.m.,'” Kennedy recalled.

That’s great that two fruitcakes—sorry, two individuals struggling with their mental health—are such close friends. They probably share war stories of sorts about their respective psychopathic fathers.

Is Mrs. Jackson Jr. going to leave the car running when she gets to the Big House? She’s due to go in when he gets out. They’re like so many busy young couples these days. They barely see each other.

Just stay on your meds this time, Junior. You know how your father gets with young black men who disappoint him.

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Vote Democrat, Be Poor

Lest there be any doubt:

The gap between the rich and poor in big cities in the United States is still widening, according to a new report.

Atlanta is the most unequal city with the wealthy taking home nearly 20 times more than low-income households, data from the Brookings Institution revealed.

Nationwide the rich took home around 9.3 times more money – but in big cities it was up to 11.6 times.

It showed the average wage for top earners in Atlanta was $288,159 – nearly $274,000 more than the bottom fifth’s earnings.

The income gap was also large in San Francisco, Boston and Miami, with San Francisco boasting the highest earnings for the wealthy at $423,171. Rich households in Washington were the only others to top $300,000.

The nation’s most equal city is Virginia Beach, where the rich only take home around six times more.

Colorado Springs, Mesa and Oklahoma City are also fairly equal.

I didn’t look up the party affiliation of all the unequal city mayors—all almost certainly Democrat—but the most equal cities are all led by Republican mayors (John Giles of Mesa, AZ is a self-identified conservative).

Go ahead, libs, I’m waiting for your explanation.

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Democrats in Dog Collars

It’s more common than you think! (Or maybe it’s just as common as you think.)

The part-time porn star whose sexting affair took down former New York congressman Anthony Weiner has struck again, this time ensnaring a state lawmaker from Indiana.

State Rep. Justin Moed, a Democrat representing downtown Indianapolis, the state’s largest city and its capital, posted graphic sexual texts to Leathers on Twitter using the handle “Bitch Boy” and sent her gifts including a “Fetish Fantasy Series Pink Leash & Collar.”

Moed apologized on Tuesday in a statement to the Indianapolis Daily Star.

“I am truly sorry I have hurt the ones I love most with my poor judgment. I am committed to rebuilding trust with my family and my community. This is a private matter and I ask for it to be treated as such. I apologize to my constituents and to everyone I have let down,” Moed said.

Leathers confirmed to FOX411 that Rep. Moed is indeed the one who has been sexting her. “Yet it’s true,” she said.

How bad is the ObamEconomy that even porn stars are working part-time? She’s got nearly half the United States House of Representatives in her rolodex, including Carlos Danger and Bitch Boy, and she still can’t work enough hours to qualify for ObamaCare. “You know it’s hard out here for a pimp”, as the Oscar-winning song had it a few years ago. Imagine how much harder it is for their agents in the field.

A few more details, if you can stand them:

The Twitter profile picture of “Bitch Boy,” which previously showed the naked backside of a man, was removed after the New York Post ran a story last week that detailed the relationship, but did not name Moed. Leathers’ Twitter page clearly identifies her by name and photo. Texts between “Bitch Boy” and Leathers indicated he knew of her involvement in the Weiner scandal.

Leathers never actually met or even spoke to Moed on the phone, and the communication between the two was done entirely through texting, the source said. But there was intense and graphic communication between the two.

“This guy is into some really freaky stuff,” Leathers said in the Page Six report. “He wanted to be forced to wear a French maid outfit and clean my house while I degraded him. He wanted to be tied up and left in a closet to watch me have sex with my boyfriend.”

Moed is recently engaged, according to his website, which shows a picture of Moed and his fiancée. Both Moed and his fiancee took down their personal Facebook posts on Tuesday.

Moed also took down his “Bitch Boy” twitter account.

If Moed still wants a gig cleaning houses—about all he’ll have left after this episode—I’ll degrade him, and then some. Stupid Democrat. Stupid, stupid Democrat.

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Endangered Species

You can help save the vanishing email—or you can turn the page:

To wit:

Team Cuomo recently ramped up its policy of purging all emails more than 90 days old, even as a federal prosecutor is probing the administration.

Emails belonging to Lois Lerner, who’s at the heart of the IRS targeting scandal, were said to have been lost forever when her hard drive crashed. Yet two batches of Lerner emails recently surfaced. The IRS inspector general says he is now conducting a criminal investigation into why the IRS falsely claimed the Lerner emails could not be recovered.

The former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa Jackson, used an email under the fake name Richard Windsor. On Monday, a federal judge blasted the agency for being “offensively unapologetic” in its response to a conservative group’s Freedom of Information request for emails.

In a suit against Eliot Spitzer, a judge found the then-attorney general used private email for official business. Spitzer claimed no such emails exist and, anyway, private email could be kept secret.

Here’s one that takes the cake: Not only did Hillary Clinton, as secretary of state, conduct all her official business on private email, she actually used her own private server, located in her house in Chappaqua — even while warning State underlings not to do so, citing departmental rules and procedures.

As James Taranto put it at Best of the Web Today:

Mrs. Clinton’s email privatization is a double affront to the public: She sought to conceal her official communications from the government (and ultimately the public) while not taking sufficient steps to keep them from spies and enemies.

Indeed, China and Russia know more of what’s in her Outlook Outbox than do we or even the Obama regime itself. The emails she so desperately wants the State Department to release are only those she herself deigned to release to State.

Let’s polish up another Chutzpie, Aggie. Hillary’s a (horse) shoo-in to win one.

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Mission Accomplished

Thank you, Bibi:

Americans fear disaster if Iran gets nuclear weapons — and support military force to stop it.

According to a new Fox News poll, voters feel:

– It would be “a disaster” if Iran obtains the capability to use nuclear weapons.

– The U.S. has not been aggressive enough in stopping Iran from getting nukes.

– U.S. military action is the right thing to do to keep Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.

– A deal that just delays Iran’s nuclear time-table is a bad idea.

– Barack Obama is a weak negotiator with foreign leaders.

– It was a good idea to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress.

Yep. That pretty much sums it up.

Oh, one more thing:

There’s a huge gap between Democrats and Republicans on how worrisome an Iran with nukes would be. By a 10 percentage-point margin, Democrats are more likely to say it’s a problem that could be managed (51 percent) over a disaster (41 percent). Republicans, by a 42-point margin, say a nuclear Iran would be a disaster (70-28 percent).

An aside to my yiddishe brothers and sisters: it’s okay to vote Republican now. In fact, it may be essential. And take it from someone who tried it the first time after a quarter century of abstinence. It’s awesome. Better than you can ever imagine.

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Republicans Blink, Won’t Do Anything About Iran

Remind me why we voted for these guys?

WASHINGTON – Republican US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell postponed plans to debate and vote next week on a bill that would require President Barack Obama to submit any nuclear agreement with Iran for Congress’ approval, a Senate aide told Reuters on Thursday.

Many Democrats – including co-sponsors of the bill – had objected to McConnell’s plan to push forward with the legislation before international negotiators’ late-March deadline for reaching a framework agreement.

Let’s face it, the democrats have balls, the republicans don’t. We see this play out in every issue that matters to the base – Obamacare, amnesty, and now a nuclear Iran. How sad.

– Aggie

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Skipping School

This is a list of the 53 democrats who won’t attend Netanyahu’s speech.

SENATE – 8 members

Sen. Al Franken (Minn.)

Sen. Martin Heinrich (N.M.)

Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.)

Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.)

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)

Sen. Brian Schatz (Hawaii)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.)

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.)

HOUSE – 45 members

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.)

Rep. Corrine Brown (Fla.)

Rep. G.K. Butterfield (N.C.)

Rep. Andre Carson (Ind.)

Rep. Joaquin Castro (Texas)

Rep. Katherine Clark (Mass.)

Rep. William Lacy Clay (Mo.)

Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.)

Rep. Steve Cohen (Tenn.)

Rep. John Conyers (Mich.)

Rep. Danny Davis (Ill.)

Rep. Peter DeFazio (Ore.)

Rep. Diana DeGette (Colo.)

Rep. Lloyd Doggett (Texas)

Rep. Donna Edwards (Md.)

Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.)

Rep. Marcia Fudge (Ohio)

Rep. Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.)

Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (Ill.)

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.)

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas)

Rep. Marcy Kaptur (Ohio)

Rep. Barbara Lee (Calif.)

Rep. John Lewis (Ga.)

Rep. Dave Loebsack (Iowa)

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (Calif.)

Rep. Betty McCollum (Minn.)

Rep. Jim McDermott (Wash.)

Rep. Jim McGovern (Mass.)

Rep. Jerry McNerney (Calif.)

Rep. Gregory Meeks (N.Y.)

Rep. Glen Moore (Wis.)

Rep. Beto O’Rourke (Texas)

Rep. Donald Payne (N.J.)

Rep. Chellie Pingree (Maine)

Rep. David Price (N.C.)

Rep. Charles Rangel (N.Y.)

Rep. Cedric Richmond (La.)

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (Ill.)

Rep. Adam Smith (Wash.)

Rep. Bennie Thompson (Miss.)

Rep. Mike Thompson (Calif.)

Rep. John Yarmuth (Ky.)

Rep. Karen Bass (Calif.)

Rep. Chaka Fattah (Pa.)

It is a handy vote-against guide. I’m interested in the fact that Ed Markey is not on the list; Elizabeth Warren is. That probably means she will be our next President. Sorry, BTL, but it wouldn’t surprise me.

– Aggie

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A Tepee Divided Cannot Stand

I’m putting my wampum on Lieawatha:

Centrist Democrats are gathering their forces to fight back against the “Elizabeth Warren wing” of their party, fearing a sharp turn to the left could prove disastrous in the 2016 elections.

For months, moderate Democrats have kept silent as Sen. Warren’s (D-Mass.) barbed attacks against Wall Street, income inequality and the “rigged economy” thrilled the base and stirred desire for a more populist approach.

But with the race for the White House set to begin, centrists are moving to seize back the agenda.

The New Democrat Coalition (NDC), a caucus of moderate Democrats in the House, plans to unveil an economic policy platform as soon as this week in an attempt to chart a different course.

“I have great respect for Sen. Warren — she’s a tremendous leader,” said Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.), one of the members working on the policy proposal. “My own preference is to create a message without bashing businesses or workers, [the latter of which] happens on the other side.”

Peters said that if Democrats are going to win back the House and Senate, “it’s going to be through the work of the New Democrat Coalition.”

“To the extent that Republicans beat up on workers and Democrats beat up on employers — I’m not sure that offers voters much of a vision,” Peters said.

I don’t see how freeing workers from mandatory union dues and cutting back on job-killing regulations is beating them up. But yes, Fauxcahantas has her tomahawk out and she knows how to use it. Don’t think she won’t use it on your scalps, centrists. Crockagawea is Lenin, your lot is Kerensky.

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