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While I agree with Ms. Steinem, that Fiorina is damaging the image of women by her lie, I don’t personally find her as offensive as Palin for the image of women. Fiorina tells her lies persuasively, so she appears to be intelligent.
When it is proven that Fioina lied, she isn’t foolish enough to appear on public news outlets trying to defend her lies. Fiorina appears to have planned the lie and used it effectively in the GOP debate. Thus we would not suggest that Fioina was too stupid to understand the truth. She planned to lie and gained support because of the lie. That doesn’t make her bad for the image of women, it makes her evil. It makes her a soldier in the war on women, and an embarrassment for the Republican Party. Her behavior is reprehensible but it would be for any woman or man.
Sarah Palin, by contrast is too stupid to admit that she lies. She goes on national television and defends her lies with MORE lies!
Fiorina and Palin are both deceptive women. Fiorina is evil, but smart. Palin is evil, but stupid.
Fiorina is a candidate who has never held elected office. Palin quit the most important office she ever held.
If Fiorina were elected President, the first dude would be a man who got his start as a truck driver and has lived off his wife since he was 48 years old.
(this picture is five years old)
If Sarah were elected Dog Catcher, the first dude would be a man who got his start as a truck driver removing snow. (Trailblazer at 57). He has lived off his wife since 2009 when he was 45 years old.
Sarah has prolifically lied too.
When Fiorina was diagnosed with breast cancer she had to have a double mastectomy, and take chemo-therapy to kill the cancer cells in her body.
Palin has had changes in her breast measurements,
and some of her brain cells have been destroyed from unknown sources but drugs were probably involved.
USA Today must have spent all night fact checking the statements made by various Republicans during the debate. The number of lies is outrageous. It seems there is no accountability within the GOP candidates. If you thought Republican candidates would be constrained by the truth, you’d be wrong. This debate set a record for CNN with a 14.7 rating that will “likely translate to 20-plus million viewers.” By way of comparison the Fox News Debate received a preliminary rating of 16.0 and that number was later extrapolated to be 24 million. Thus the CNN debate appears to have come close to the popularity of the Fox New debate, in terms of viewers. The really sad thing is that the majority of viewers of this CNN debate will never know they were told lies. They won’t read the USA Today fact checking to see how many lies they were told.
Here is a recap of the night.
Here is a recap of polls taken after the debate. People surveyed predict that Jeb Bush will be the Republican nominee in 2016.
Last night Sarah interviewed Donald Trump.
The Donald was in a shopping mall in New York. Sarah appeared in front of an American flag…at some unspecified location. The initial impression of Sarah was so powerful that it was difficult to concentrate on anything being discussed in the interview.
At first glance, Palin’s hair looked worse than ever.
When she had her “bad hair day” at the motorcycle rally, we could attribute her appearance to the weather or perhaps wearing a helmet.
However the bad hair in this interview couldn’t be explained by weather or helmets.
At second glance, it was hard not to notice the degree of flaring of her nostrils. It was as if some surgeon had pulled on the skin of her face to such a degree that here nostrils remained permanently flared.
Listening to Sarah speak, the botox in her lips became an obstacle to overcome. Unfortunately Sarah has not yet learned to speak with her inflated lips. Every sentence she tried to utter seemed to be garbled by the thickness of her lips.
Sarah’s attire exposed substantial chest as we have been accustomed to seeing. However we still haven’t gotten used to seeing Bristol’s ring on her mother’s hand. This time Sarah was wearing the diamond engagement ring of Bristol on her right hand, instead of her left hand.
If you could focus on what the Donald was saying, it was hard to imagine that any candidate for President of the United States could tell such bold-faced lies as the trash that was coming out of his mouth. Worse yet, was the fact that Sarah Palin was pretending to be a news anchor. Instead of suggesting that his facts were wrong, Sarah listened to Trump and she tolerated the enormity of Trump’s untruthfulness, without question. The clear impression left by the interview was that Sarah had absolutely no clue about the truthfulness of Trump’s assertions. Moreover,she didn’t care.
For example, Trump asserted there were 93 Million Unemployed Americans. The economy is doing “terribly” he said.
The total population of the U.S. is 321 Million people. That includes babies and senior citizens. Roughly half of that number fall within the work-force ages. The “work force” includes people ages 15 and older who meet the definition of “economically active population.” The “work force” in America is roughly 160,000,000 people. In order for 93 Million people to be unemployed we would have to have a national unemployment rate of 58%. In fact our rate of unemployment is 5.3%. That translates into 8.3 million people. That unemployment rate has remained essentially unchanged since July. Moreover the unemployment rate for 2014 was 6.2% Not only was Donald off by 83 million people, but the economy, in terms of unemployment has actually improved as compared to last year.
Next the Donald declared that he was ahead in the polls, even among veterans. The poll that Trump was referring to indicated that “There is no way of knowing how many respondents were aware of the controversy (saying McCain was not a war hero)”. Further the poll information itself disclosed that “The surge in support for Trump may have taken place before the controversy dominated headlines, as suggested by polling conducted by other organizations.” Moreover, the poll to which Trump was referring compared his favor-ability ratings to those of John McCain, the candidate who nominated Sarah Palin, and the candidate who lost the 2008 election. The actual poll in question ranked Rubio, Walker, and Bush all ahead of Trump in favorability rating. Trump ranked highest in the poll in his UNFAVORABILITY RATINGS.
Finally, Palin asked Trump about what she described as a “got-cha” question when Trump announced that the Bible was his favorite book. He was asked to name his favorite quote or quotes from the Bible. Trump refused to answer saying that it was too personal. He couldn’t even say if he preferred the old or new testament.
Yet Trump still proclaimed that he was the favored candidate by the evangelicals. The truth is that there is not yet an obvious “evangelical pick.”
The unmistakable conclusion from this interview is that both Palin and Trump are dangerous because of the façade they promote. Neither are interested in truth. Both are willing to tell lies to promote themselves. Both are hard to look at.
Donald Trump announced that he is once again “running for president.” Sarah Palin has taken to Facebook to comment about this recent announcement. Sarah opened her remarks by saying:
“- Mr. Trump should know he’s doing something right when the malcontents go ballistic in the press!...”
Note that she is not endorsing Trump for President. She is not proclaiming his culinary expertise.
She is not suggesting that he should be respected for his choice of hairstyles. He,like Sarah, should be embarrassed.
Sarah is not suggesting that she approves of his choice of running mates, which would be Oprah, if she’d agree. Trump is more likely to get Palin than Oprah.
Sarah isn’t even saying that Trump would be a good president. The only thing she is really commenting on is that she is happy that Trump is causing the “malcontents (to) go ballistic in the press.”
If the press has gone “ballistic” it is because they should. Trump is totally unqualified and inexperienced to be the President of the United States. He, like Palin, feels unconstrained by facts or truth. His speech announcing his decision to run for President was based more on fantasy than reality. The number of misstatements or flat out lies was embarrassing.
The entire event was staged. The people who appeared to be members in the audience were paid actors! Yes, the Trump shirts were costumes. The signs they held were props. The actors only made $50.00 for the gig.
Like Sarah Palin, Trump also has no regard for Copyright and Trademark laws. When he announced his candidacy to the Neil Young hit “Rockin in the Free World” he had not obtained permission to use the song. Neil Young is supporting Bernie Sanders for President, and was upset about Trump’s unauthorized use of his song.
Trump is clearly in the race to generate publicity, rather than a sincere interest in being President. Like Sarah he’d quit, if he even got close to being elected. Unlike Sarah, he’d decide that the salary of the President wasn’t enough to be of interest to him.
It appears that Rick Perry adheres to the philosophy that he can tell a lie, and nobody will notice. How stupid does he think we are? Recognizing that education is critically important to the future of the country, he has told a bold faced lie about education in Texas. The Governor’s web site, under the tab “the Governor” says:
“On the education front, Governor Perry has worked to improve the quality of Texas schools from top to bottom by increasing accountability, raising expectations and funding programs that work. In addition to introducing the largest teacher incentive pay program in the country, Governor Perry has overseen a 43 percent increase in total spending on public education in Texas. He also signed a school finance reform package that provided a 33 percent school property tax reduction, a $2,000 pay raise for teachers, record funding for classrooms and a reformed business tax.” Based on the self promotion, I would love to be a teacher in Texas and send my kids to public schools in Texas. Unfortunately for the teachers and students in Texas, Rick Perry lies.
Reality is far from the declaration of the Governor of Texas.
1. Perry’s education “standards” are exemplified by $4 billion in budget cuts to education for the upcoming budget cycle.
2. Because of the budget cuts by Perry’s administration schools in Texas will have to lay off an estimated 49,000 teachers.
3. Due to budget cuts by the Perry administration in the education budget Texas is estimated to have at least 43,000 college students without financial aid. Indeed, scholarships for 29,000 low-income college students will be completely eliminated. What’s more, Perry’s axe to the education budget has forced local school districts to impose fees on school programs and services for students and families, universities to find outside money to continue high-level research, and some universities to consider imposing higher tuition or fees on students
Here are the facts which statistically demonstrate just how bad the schools are in Texas.
• Public School Enrollment – 2nd ( very high)
• Average Salary of Public School Teachers (2009-2010) – 31st (low)
• Percent Change in Average Salaries of Public School Teachers, 1999-2000 to 2009-2010 – 38th (low)
• Current Expenditures per Student – 38th (low)
• Percentage of Revenue for K-12 Schools from Local Governments, 2009-2010 – 24th (average)
• Percentage of Revenue for K-12 Schools from Federal Government, 2009-2010 – 3rd (very high)
• State & Local Expenditures per Pupil in Public Schools – 44th(very low)
• Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) Scores – 45th (very low)
• Percent of Population 25 and Older with a High School Diploma – 50th (worst in the country)
• High School Graduation Rate – 43rd (very low)
• Percent of Adults with at Least a Bachelor’s Degree – 31st
• Percentage of Higher Education Enrollment – 9th
If Rick Perry had the audacity to lie about something so well known and obvious in Texas, consider what he might lie about on a national scale.