gop “rule 40b” makes brokered convention impossible, only @realdonaldtrump qualifies to be nominee

A little know GOP rule was put into place in 2011, to help Mitt Romney secure the nomination and prevent an outsider like Ron Paul from using delegate tricks to become the nominee or force a brokered convention: Rule 40b.

The rule is now haunting the GOP establishment as they watch their party apparatus getting dominated by Trump, and Trump beating them with their own rules to prevent such an occurrence from happening.
In Layman’s terms:

The Rule prevents a candidate who does not meet a qualifying threshold (which only Trump has reached) from being considered on the Second Ballot.

In short: The establishment cannot stop Trump. It’s over.

Even John Boehner admits this. (LINK)

Breitbart:

Technically, most of the analysts citing Rule 40 are referring to the current version of Rule 40(b), which sets a certain minimum threshold for candidates at the Republican National Convention. According to this rule, candidates must arrive at the convention with a majority of the delegates from eight states or territories, or else they are disqualified from the first round. In most elections, this is a mere formality because the clear winner of the nomination is well-known before the convention begins, making the convention an extended infomercial for the party and its nominee.

Of course, there is good reason to suspect the Republican convention will be rather more exciting this year. Gidley noted there is apprehension among front-runner Donald Trump’s supporters that the GOP Establishment will use some “shenanigans” to “steal” the nomination from him at the convention. Among those shenanigans could be changing Rule 40 to bring candidates who don’t meet the established minimum threshold into the game.

There are two ghosts from the 2012 election haunting the Shakespearean drama of the 2016 primary, and Gidley invoked them both in a single breath: Ron Paul and Mitt Romney.

“This is actually called the ‘Ron Paul Rule.’ The Romney people put this in place,” Gidley explained. “The Establishment hurt Ron Paul, but I think this Establishment rule will actually help Donald Trump.”

ule 40 “was an effort to stop the Ron Paul faction from gaining traction at the convention,” Gidley recalled. “And now we see the fruits of that rule, which was designed to stop Ron Paul, could effectively stop the Establishment.”

“The second part of the rule is, you can’t even count votes for anybody else who doesn’t meet that threshold,” he pointed out. “So people can try to submit votes for other people — like Kasich, or like Rubio, or like Romney — but if you haven’t won a majority of the delegates in eight states, you can’t be on any ballot, at any time. First, second, third, fourth, fifth — it doesn’t matter.”

It has been suggested that the Rules Committee will simply change Rule 40 to arrange whatever outcome is necessary to block Trump, but Gidley was skeptical of this idea. Normally, a presumptive candidate who has reached the “magic number” of bound delegates needed to secure the nomination can control the rules. If Trump is held below that 1,237-delegate threshold this year, the Rules Committee could theoretically rewrite the rules to hurt him, but Gidley anticipated sheer chaos if such tactics were employed.

Breaking: GOP “rule 40b” makes brokered convention impossible, only Trump qualifies to be nominee.

march #jobsreport: 93.2 million adults (37.3%) not working: 37 yr low #palin2016 #sarahpalin @sarahpalinusa

The number of Americans 16 years and older who did not participate in the labor force–meaning they neither had a job nor actively sought one in the last four weeks–rose from 92,898,000 in February to 93,175,000 in March, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

That is the first time the number of Americans out of the labor force has exceeded 93 million.

Also from February to March, the labor force participation rate dropped from 62.8 percent to 62.7 percent, matching a 37-year low.

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Five times in the last twelve months, the participation rate has been as low as 62.8 percent; but March’s 62.7 percent, which matches the participation rate seen in September and December of 2014, is the lowest since February of 1978.

BLS employment statistics are based on the civilian noninstitutional population, which consists of all people 16 or older who were not in the military or an institution such as a prison, mental hospital or nursing home.

In March, the civilian non-institutional population was 250,080,000 according to BLS. Of that 250,080,000, 156,906,000 — or 62.7 percent — participated in the labor force, meaning they either had or job or had actively sought one in the last four weeks.

Of the 156,906,000 who did participate in the labor force, 148,331,000 had a job and 8,575,000 did not have a job but actively sought one. The 8,575,000 are the unemployed. They equaled 5.5 percent of the labor force—or the unemployment rate of 5.5 percent (which matched the unemployment rate seen in February 2015).

According to the BLS, the aging of the baby boom generation is a key factor affecting the labor force participation rate:

“The baby boomers’ exit from the prime-aged workforce and their movement into older age groups will lower the overall labor force participation rate, leading to a slowdown in the growth of the labor force,” explains the BLS.

“In 2000, baby boomers were aged 36 to 54 years and were in the group with the highest participation rates: the prime-aged group 25 to 54 years old. The participation rate for women in this group was 76.7 percent and for men was 91.6 percent, so that the overall participation rate of the group was 84.0 percent. The participation rate of the next-older age group, that 55 years and older, was 32.4 percent, so the difference between the two age groups was 52 percentage points. With the passage of every year after 2000, a segment of the baby-boomer population passes into the 55-years-and-older age group and thus moves from a group with a high participation rate in the labor force to an age category with a much lower particiption rate, causing the overall participation rate to decrease,” states BLS.

CNS News: march #jobsreport: 93.2 million adults not working: 62.7% #lpr 37 yr low

governor sarah #palin accomplishments #palin2016

Yes, a candidate should have a record. I challenge all potential candidates to match this. To be fair and give other candidates a fair chance, I did not include her achievements as a Council woman or Mayor, though these achievements must be duly noted by all.  Besides, I was getting tired from typing.

Here’s our Candidate’s Record…Governor Sarah Palin

You will notice she serves for the people; she prioritizes, cutting taxes, building surpluses and savings, then appropriates to programs that help education, seniors, and children with special needs!

  • 93% Historic High approval rating
  • Cut State Spending 9.5% 2007 to 2010
  • Reduced Federal Earmarks 80%
  • Invested $5 billion dollars State Savings
  • Overhauled Education Funding
  • Implemented Senior Benefits Program
  • Used her authority to Line item VETO to cut superfluous spending in 2007
  • Used her authority in 2008 to VETO 361 line items to reduce $80.3 million in proposed spending in 2009
  • Cut SPENDING more than 33% in FY 2010 from FY 2009’s Budget
  • Signed energy legislation suspending the state motor fuel tax
  • Signed legislation opposing a Federal Aviation fuel tax
  • Lowered unemployment insurance tax rates (2 years in a row)
  • Reformed State Pension program resulting in decreasing debt liabilities by 34%
  • Her fiscal policies were responsible for Credit upgrade from AA to AA+ in April 2008 (Standard and Poor)
  • Her fiscal policies were responsible for Credit upgrade from AA+ to AAA in November 2010 (Moody’s)
  • Accumulation of multiple budget reserves equal to more than 200% of the general fund budget due to Legislation like ACES
  • $12 Billion dollars in savings due to ACES and a $5 Billion dollar surplus
  • Spent less on travel expenses than her two predecessors despite having a larger family. $913 Thousand less her first two years than Murkowski did his last two years
  • She rejected a gubernatorial pay raise
  • Signed ACES, a net tax on oil profits passed in a bipartisan manner and transparency. Constituents had 17 days to read a draft of the bill before legislators discussed it
  • Record number of oil jobs in each year from 2007, when ACES was implemented, to 2009
  • Number of Oil companies filling taxes with the state doubled between 2006 and 2009 due to ACES
  • Natural resources and logging jobs increased 13.7% during Palins tenure
  • Introduced the Alaska Gasoline Inducement Act (AGIA) in March 2007. Passed the Legislature in huge bipartisan manner by a vote of 57-1 in May 2007
  • Served as Vice Chair of the National Governors Association
  • Served as the Natural Resource Committee and Chairman of the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission
  • Chair, Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission
  • Alaska was 2nd in job growth compared to all other states during her leadership
  • Alaska was 3rd in the nation in terms of change in the unemployment rate relative to the national average
  • Alaska saw record number of oil jobs in both 2008 and 2009.
  • Cut business license fees in half during her tenure
  • Alaska moved up from the 4th most business tax friendly state to the 3rd most business
  • friendly state during her tenure
  • Signed legislation allowing Alaska-based businesses the same opportunities as our of state businesses, within Alaska
  • Alaska’s exports grew to a record high $4 Billion in 2006, a 12.6% increase
  • Alaska’s exports for 2007 reached $3.9 Billion, the second best year for exports
  • Fought for and signed sweeping BIPARTISAN Ethics legislation which restricted lobbyists, improved disclosure laws, and improved executive and legislative branch ethics laws
  • In the face of corruption Gov. Palin took on her own party
  • Gov. Palin opened up natural gas pipeline deals to all potential parties
  • Gov. Palin DID NOT ALLOW lobbyists in her office
  • Forward funded EDUCATION to allow districts greater flexibility.
  • Supported increased vocational training and early education funding
  • Offered to PERSONALLY TALK to students considering dropping out of school
  • Opened up opportunity to Alaskan students to participate in regional medical school
  • Increased overall funding for SPECIAL NEEDS EDUCATION 175%
  • Increased funding for the Alaska Youth Challenge Academy 18.8% in her first year in office
  • Gov. Palin’s FY 2008 Capital budget included $2.5 Million for special needs housing which included $250 Thousand for SPECIAL OLYMPICS facility upgrades
  • Introduced health care TRANSPARENCY LEGISLATION to provide consumers factual information on QUALITY and COST to make better informed decisions
  • Recognized that healthcare must be MARKET AND BUSINESS driven, rather than RESTRICTED by Government
  • Proposed repeal of Certificate of Need- A layer of bureaucracy that prevents medical facility development
  • ESTABLISHED the Alaska Health Strategies Planning Council in the Office of the Governor
  • REDUCED Medicaid assessments for Seniors, those who are disabled and those who are ill by 83% of her predecessor
  • EXPANDED Alaska’s Senior benefits program even signing emergency authorization between the legislatures general and special sessions
  • Joined multi-state amicus brief authored by the state of Texas in support of the 2nd Amendment right of individual Americans to bear arms
  • Life member of the National Rifle Association
  • Chose to monitor rather than participate in national standards for education noting state and local standards and accountability are better
  • Transitioned responsibility for the quality of Alaska water resources from Federal to STATE CONTROL
  • Commander in chief of National Guard and also the Alaska State Defense Force
  • Shared STRATGIC COMMAND over the 49th Missile Defense Battalion of the Alaskan National Guard which is on permanent duty
  • Gov. Palin was briefed on highly classified military issues, Homeland Security, and Counterterrorism
  • Supports both parental notification and parental consent laws for abortion
  • Supported state constitutional amendments or legislation that would have stated abortion is not a right & made coerced abortion a crime
  • Signed the “Safe Haven” bill into law
  • Extended the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
  • Made it Mandatory that the governor and the Board of Parole to work together to ensure any decision on clemency is based on a thorough review of the case and made in deference to victims and their families
  • Expanded Alaska Homeless Council
  • Directed multi departmental effort to improve aviation safety
  • Signed aviation, consumer protection legislation

By Wayne Mazza: Full List Governor Palin Accomplishments & Views on Issues

obama the frightening disaster: US central command twitter & youtube accounts hacked by #isis

The Twitter account for U.S. Central Command has been hacked, and is carrying messages promoting the Islamic State — including one that says, “AMERICAN SOLDIERS, WE ARE COMING, WATCH YOUR BACK. ISIS.”

Another page shows what appears to be an image from a computer web cam in a military facility. An accompanying tweet says, “ISIS is already here, we are in your PCs, in each military base.”

Central Command officials say they are “aware” of the issue and are “addressing” it.

“This is bad,” one Central Command source told Fox News.

The Twitter account now carries an image identifying the page as “CyberCaliphate,” with a message that says, “I love you ISIS.”

The page has started posting screen shots of information about military commanders, including phone numbers and email addresses.

The same image at the top of the hacked Twitter page has also been emblazoned atop Central Command’s YouTube page.

Fox News:

@barackobama has increased federal debt by $7.5 trillion to $18.2 trillion #palin #sarahpalin #palin2016

FEDERAL DEBT

The federal government drove $789,473,350,613.20 deeper into debt in calendar year 2014, an increase that equaled $6,875 per household, $7,458 per full-time year-round worker, and $8,853 per full-time year-round private-sector worker.

According to the Treasury, the debt started calendar year 2014 at $17,351,970,784,950.10 and ended it at $18,141,444,135,563.30.

When Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009, the debt was $10,626,877,048,913.08. Since then, it has increased $7,514,567,086,650.22–which is $65,443 per household, $70,985 per full-time worker and $84,266 per full-time private-sector worker.

In 2013, according to the Census Bureau there were 105,862,000 full-time year-round workers in the United States. The $789,473,350,613.20 increase in the federal debt during 2014 worked out to $7,457.57 for each of those full-time year-round workers.

Those 105,862,000 full-time year-round workers included 16,685,000 federal, state and local government workers and 89,177,000 private-sector workers.

The $789,473,350,613.20 in new federal debt in 2014 equaled $8,852.88 for each of the 89,177,000 full-time private-sector workers in the country.

As of December 2013, there were 114,826,000 households in the country, according to the Census Bureau. The $789,473,350,613.20 in new debt equaled $6,875.39 per household.

Ten years ago, at the end of 2004, the federal debt was $7,596,142,802,424.14. Since then, it has grown by $10,545,301,333,139.16—an average pace of $1,054,530,133,313.92 per year.

CNSNews: Under Obama: Federal Debt Up $84,266 Per Full-Time Private-Sector Worker

The Obama disease takes toll on economy

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Ronald Reagan’s famous question that sank Jimmy Carter in 1980 — “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” — could be reprised to measure the performance of Barack Obama and the Democrats. The latest figures from the Census Bureau and Federal Reserve suggest the answer would be an emphatic “no.”

In 2008, Mr. Obama’s message of hope and change resonated with the promise of “policies that invest in our middle-class, create new jobs, and grow this economy from the bottom up so that everyone has a chance to succeed.” Audiences cheered, but now with the knowledge from experience, the question becomes, has that investment paid off?

A new Federal Reserve study finds the median net worth of families last year fell to its lowest level since 1992, after adjusting for inflation. For most families, this means that the work of two decades of economic struggle has vanished. The dollar figure on the paycheck is higher, but dollars don’t buy nearly as much as they did.

LaborUPDATE

By this measure, the presiding generation is less well-off than the one that preceded it. This is not a surprise to parents who find their dreams of peace in an “empty nest” dashed when their children return from college, unable to find jobs.

Stimulus and “investment” were supposed to reinvigorate the economy. Government spending would create jobs and rescue Americans from the grim clutch of poverty. Census Bureau statistics released Tuesday show 45.3 million Americans living below the poverty level as measured by the government. That’s almost 10 million more living in poverty than in 1992.

While the population is larger, the poverty rate is identical — 14.5 percent. It’s as likely that someone is poor today as in 1992, or in 1962. Mr. Obama’s economic policies have achieved nothing, but worse, the entire 50-year Democratic “war on poverty” has made no discernible impact on poverty.

Washington Times: The Obama disease takes toll on economy