Billionaire Republican Donor Jumps Ship

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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There is a line in the movie iRobot, where the main character, played by Will Smith, is arguing with another character. At one point he becomes so frustrated that he says to her that she must be “the dumbest smart person” he’s ever met.

And that’s the point of this article, or more to the point, the question it revolves around.

Do you ever wonder how otherwise brilliant business people can be so darn ignorant or so monumentally naïve? Well I certainly do. But it seems these days to be becoming much more common place. And I think a lot just simply has to do with otherwise smart peoples’ dislike and discomfort of the Trump public persona.

Count Ohio billionaire and longtime Republican donor Les Wexner, as one of these. “Wexner, the CEO of retail conglomerate L Brands, which owns Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works, announced at a leadership summit in Columbus on Thursday that he ‘won’t support this nonsense in the Republican Party’ anymore,” writes the HuffPo.

What does he mean by nonsense? In a word – Trump, but I think it’s a little more than just that. read more

What Size Cement Shoes Does Jeb Bush Wear?

by: the Common Constitutionalist

As Jeb Bush cuts salaries and slashes campaign staff, he, through his own actions, has provided us a teachable moment. Jeb’s progressive establishment beliefs of big government spending have run up against the reality of the private sector. It’s a fascinating juxtaposition between the world of government fantasy and that of the real.

Jeb is a big government progressive. He, like his brother, undoubtedly agrees that the federal government cannot do without a single dime, or even one less employee – that the federal budget can never be cut. And please don’t try to say that his brother cut spending, when he added about $5 trillion to the debt.

But when it’s his own campaign, those same big government spend thrift principles don’t apply – can’t apply. Jeb’s campaign has cut staff, laid people off and slashed expenses. In other words, he CUT his budget. His campaign found they could no longer afford the status quo, so rather than sending their candidate out to demand donors pay more to maintain his campaign status quo, he did what reasonable people in the real world do – he cut his spending. It’s interesting that a big government progressive didn’t opt to borrow or deficit spend when it’s his own campaign.

Yet this is what every candidate does. It’s the only reason a candidate ever drops out of an election, at least early on. They run out of money and can’t raise more. If the money kept rolling in, no one would ever concede. read more