In case you haven’t heard (yeah, right), Saturday is a big day for the Great State of South Carolina as we weigh in on the nominee for the Republican Party.
An NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll released Friday finds Donald Trump leading the GOP presidential field by only 5 points in South Carolina, down from 16 points a month ago.
The RealClearPolitics average of polls still finds Trump ahead of the pack by double digits going into Saturday’s South Carolina primary, but Friday’s survey reports Trump has 28 percent support among likely Republican voters, down from 36 percent in January. Ted Cruz, Trump’s nearest rival, gets 23 percent, up from 20 last month. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
That seems pretty significant to me.
Meanwhile, my Representative, Mark Sanford, former Governor of SC who encouraged Nikki Haley to run for Governor, has endorsed Sen. Cruz. From the Daily Caller:
“The Constitution matters,” the congressman said when asked why he was endorsing Cruz. Fox News’ Sean Hannity, who hosted the event held at the College of Charleston, announced Sanford’s endorsement. “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson and David Limbaugh also made appearances at the rally.
“We need another fighter in Washington,” Sanford said, mentioning Cruz stood out to him for opposing ethanol subsidies. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
I imagine Rep. Sanford’s endorsement might help in this district. And Gov. Haley’s endorsement of Sen. Rubio, along with Sen. Tim Scott and Rep. Gowdy, will help Sen. Rubio. I reckon we will know later on Saturday night if Trump can be overtaken – personally, I hope and pray he will be. It should be interesting, no doubt about it!
And then there is Nevada and the caucuses on the Democrats’ side, also on Saturday. The picture seems a bit fuzzy as to who might win, at least in the latest poll. I guess I can understand that given the two choices available. You have a woman who has lied through her teeth about a number of issues, was a terrible Secretary of State, leaving the Middle East worse than she found it (and that takes some doing), and lost an Ambassador on her watch along with three other brave Americans.
Then there is Sanders. If his young followers were smart enough to actually look up what “Socialism” is, they would realize that they are selling themselves down the river. From The Federalist:
Sanders, long a proponent of expanding the welfare state, has suggested not only keeping current benefits but substantially expanding them for all beneficiaries. To fund his plan, Sanders proposes to remove the current cap on payroll taxes, dramatically expanding the tax burden of many Americans to pour even more money into this unsustainable and slowly collapsing program. If millennials think jobs are hard to find and wages are low now, just wait until these taxes on work kick in.
Although this change seems minor at first blush, the eye-popping cost of Sanders’ radical proposal would ring up over a trillion dollars over 10 years. Worse, even without expanding the benefits as Sanders wants, his massive tax hike would do little to solve the underlying flaws in Social Security.
Sanders and others’ refusal to recognize the looming Social Security crisis not only threatens the existence of the program, it is also represents a raw deal for younger Americans, who are Sanders’ most vocal supporters. According to the OASDI Trustees Report, for example, a worker putting his first payment into Social Security in 2015 should expect to lose 4 percent of his career wages.
Younger workers don’t need a degree in finance to know that’s a bad deal. Even so, 8 out of 10 participants in the Iowa Democratic caucus younger than 30 supported Sanders despite the fact they would bear the brunt of his unrealistic and expensive proposal. […]
As this article makes clear, Social Security isn’t going to be around much longer if changes aren’t made. And they will have no one to blame for this but themselves. But the rest of us don’t deserve to lost our benefits because they think living off the teat of the government, like Sanders has for all of his professional career, is the way to go. They seem to think the government has its own money. I blame their parents, and their educators, for that misguided mindset. But hey, if they get their way – and they will of Trump is the nominee, we are all screwed.
Not very cheery, I know, especially for the weekend. But as this election rolls on, and Sanders gets closer to Clinton, or even tops her, I like to think I am being realistic.
But now it is time to turn from the profane of politics to the sacred of a funeral, that of Justice Antonin Scalia’s in Washington, DC. As you know, the Obamas declined attending, and instead paid a visit to the Supreme Court as the Justice laid in state. People lined the street by the hundreds and hundreds to pay their respects, even into the night. And in case you are wondering what is so busy that President Obama cannot make it to the funeral mass for the longest serving Justice, he will be busy, according to his spokesweasel, studying up on who should take Scalia’s place. Yep. That’s the story. In any event, the funeral mass at the largest Catholic cathedral in the country, will be a somber affair, officiated by Scalia’s son, Paul, a priest. It will be one of remembrance, mourning, and farewell, for a man who served this nation on our Highest Court for decades. May he rest in peace…
And since this is the Weekend Open Thread, even with all the politics going on, you know I have to leave you with something good, a salve for the soul, if you will. And that is this great story of the love a veterinarian showed to a rescued abused dog with a host of medical issues. HuffPo has the full story, including everything the little girl had wrong with her, but the video below says it all:
Isn’t that lovely? What a great way to reach that scared little girl, and let her know she was okay. Just so sweet…
And that is what I will leave you with for this Weekend Open Thread. Feel free to discuss whatever is on your minds, or possibly a tribute to Justice Scalia, or whatever else is going on.