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Jeb Bush Declares Americans Need to Work Longer Hours

Jeb Bush recently declared Americans need to work longer hours.

The true problem Bush is discussing is the US has been flooded with millions of unskilled, low-quality immigrants while shipping industry overseas. There simply are no jobs and little long-term investment (neither private nor public) in the US.

To put another way, Jeb and Hillary’s would-be policies are the problem. And it’s likely Jeb, Hillary, or a similar “centrist” politician will win the presidency. Jeb, like Obama, is talking about a problem he would exacerbate. Obama’s QE (no investment), trade deal, Obamacare (encourages part-timers), and immigration amnesty all undermine American hours and wages. And Jeb would change none of it.

If Americans had sense, they would unite to back an America-first candidate. Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders would both be excellent for average Americans. Sadly, we’re trapped in Blue State vs. Red State, Socialist vs. Capitalist, Democrat vs. Republican, etc. ad nauseum political theatre.

Only a uniting of populists against the oligarchs can improve the US. Due to the additional divides of ethnicity and religion, it’s unlikely Americans will ever unite to defeat our masters.

The best hope of uniting Americans I’m aware of is Ron Unz’s minimum wage hike proposal. Because Unz’s minimum wage would indirectly counter mass immigration of low-quality immigrants.

It’s likely “Blue State” already supports a minimum wage hike. The challenge is to sell it to “Red State”. If the two could unite here, the populists would have a victory. There’s need for moneyed advertising to flood Red State with the idea; Years of classically liberal ideology will need to be countered.

Ron Unz:

For years I’ve joked with my friends that the conservative case for raising the minimum wage is so overwhelmingly strong that I’m worried liberals might eventually change their minds on the issue and begin advocating a cut in the minimum wage.

There are signs of progress.

We could perhaps also unite to reduce military spending, using the excess (newly unemployed) to build infrastructure and perhaps support NASA or a similar project. It’s again Red State who would need to be won over to reducing military spending.

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Hold Open The Gates!!

In last week’s Amconmag article “The Neoconservative Cursus Honorum, Phillip Giraldi reverse-engineers the system that the neoconservatives used to subvert the Right:

“If one looks at the careers of 30 well-known neoconservatives, one notes that there are a number of stops that pop up on many of the resumes, a progression that might well be described as something like a cursus honorum whereby the neoconservative aspirant is afforded status and credibility before stepping out onto the national or international stage.”

More specifically:

“…starting out in elite academia and then bouncing from position to position inside and outside the government, aided at every step by others in the movement. The neoconservatives benefit particularly from their ownership of a number of foundations and institutes, the aforementioned alphabet soup, that provide resting places between university and government positions, complete with salaries and important-sounding titles. Many also are provided with lucrative opportunities in the private sector that free them to subsequently concentrate on the true task at hand, which is shaping U.S. foreign policy.”

In a fascinating juxtaposition, Jim Antle last week wrote about the declining power of the few remaining foreign policy realists in his Amconmag blogpost “Is James Baker Too Realist for the Republican Party?”:

“The GOP’s most hawkish national-security hands want to maintain a monopoly on foreign-policy advice for Republican presidents and other elected officials. As the James Bakers age out of government service, they don’t want any younger realists trying to replace him in the GOP.”

Meanwhile, we Paleoconservatives have been almost completely exiled from all spheres of political power. Now that the same is happening to those in the “realist” camp, the neoconservatives have nearly completed their chain of impregnable ziggurats from which they can hatch their plots in safety and comfort.

A major theme expressed here in the Conservative Heritage Times has been the necessity of building a Paleoconservative “bench team”, and several posts have decried the lack of Paleoconservatives with “plausible resumes” who can lead our movement.

I have been back and forth on Rand Paul, but this is the pro-Rand line of reasoning I find most compelling. His victory, or even a strong showing, holds back the day we are irrevocably exiled from all power. Again, Jim Antle:

“The bigger the Paul vote is, the more likely a Republican candidate not named Paul will covet it. This is especially true since there was a large presidential vote for the Libertarian Party in 2012. There are a few GOP candidates whose foreign-policy views are largely unformed, with Scott Walker and John Kasich being two of the best examples. Mitt Romney is a known panderer not bound by past positions who got along well socially with Ron Paul.

It’s also necessary to diversify the set of foreign-policy advisers available to future Republican presidents. Even if a Walker or Kasich gets elected, the qualified professionals they’ll have to choose from when gaining national-security counsel will be almost uniformly hawkish. A Rand campaign can bring more realists and libertarians into party circles.”

In fact, one realistic and attainable goal is the possibility I heard the other day…. a strong Rand Paul showing, coupled with an early primary exit, sets the stage for a Walker/Paul ticket.

If that could mean the gates are held open for a few of our favorite Paleoconservatives to get White House experience- quietly building a bench team, building plausible resumes- then it is well worth pursuing.

Did Bill Clinton Associate with a Pedophile?

According to the New York Post, a former sex-slave named Virginia Roberts says Bill Clinton stayed at convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s “Orgy Island”, an estate in the US Virgin Islands. Clinton was accompanied by “two young girls”.

Bill Clinton might be the future First Man of the White House. RealClearPolitics’s RCP average poll for 2016 Democratic Presidential Nomination:

Clinton 57.0%
Biden 13.5%
Warren 12%
Sanders 3.8%
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