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Re: “Gov. Asa Hutchinson continues to back engagement with Cuba, as Trump threatens to reverse détente

Our Arkansas rice industry does NOT take priority over Freedom.!

The Obama administration and a few corporations have groveled for the Cuban Dictatorship at the expense of the Cuban people..Trump should reset the tone..Either the dictatorship bends to a better deal that gives Cubans a real shot at free expression, releases political prisoners and moves toward a free society or the full weight of the embargo should be redeployed..

The juxtaposition of events (Trump's election..Fidel's passing..and an aging-failing dictatorship) offers enormous opportunities for the Cuban people..Now is NOT the time to put economic interests (including the Arkansas rice industry..nor ANY industry).. before the freedom of the Cuban people..

Freedom is NOT free..

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Posted by Patrick DeMent on 12/03/2016 at 1:51 PM

Re: “The problem with trained, armed officers: See Paragould

The NRA (with its 4.5 Million members) represents the huge portion of millions of "VOTING" gun owners...Don't believe it?...Ask former President Bill Clinton.

Every day that left wing, gun hating, bomb throwers like Piers Morgan and others are the face of the anti-Second Amendment movement is a great day for gun owners..

Posted by Patrick DeMent on 02/02/2013 at 12:44 PM

Re: “McDaniel throws in with gun nuts

Geeeeeeez..after reading Max Brantley's hit piece on Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, I have to believe Dustin's political future has brightened.. (Pardon me, Dustin, for addressing you by your "first" name, like a "yard boy")..

Poor Dustin's friends and family must be wondering whom in he(ck) Max was speaking..Clearly, Max was describing (ascribing) a racist buffoon from another era, not my good and dear friend "Dustin"..

By the way, can the gun haters explain this, please: "... ultraliberal Vermont has basically no restrictions on gun ownership, no waiting periods and no permits necessary to carry a gun, openly or concealed. And who’s afraid of Vermont?"…

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Posted by Patrick DeMent on 01/19/2013 at 11:02 PM

Re: “Tim Griffin, Rick Crawford oppose tax increase for wealthy

eLwood...somehere in there you must have been making a point..Maybe you should put the "kid" down and clarify your remarks..

Assuming you believe the Founders intended for one generation to tax and spend away the future of the next generation or to destroy the greatest nation in history just so you and I can fatten at the expense of our kids, I would say that you and I are profoundly locked in a disagreement which will be extremely difficult to negotiate ...

The solution will most likely come in a series of elections in which the electorate will chose either the easy path of tax-spend and borrow at the expense of our kids..or..fiscal discipline based in the examples of our heritage...

Sadly, at the moment, the momentum is with your view..spend and borrow at the expense of our children.

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Posted by Patrick DeMent on 01/02/2013 at 4:20 PM

Re: “Tim Griffin, Rick Crawford oppose tax increase for wealthy

eLwood...I'm not a scholar..and certainly not a "constitutional" scholar..In fact, I should have referred more specifically to the Power of The Purse" outlined in Section-7 of Article-1 rather than Section-8...but, I think the point is made..and best done so by the authors and Founders..

I'm not going to argue with the First "constitutionalists"...Of course, I wouldn't deny that prerogative to ozarkrazo...

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Posted by Patrick DeMent on 01/02/2013 at 12:42 PM

Re: “Tim Griffin, Rick Crawford oppose tax increase for wealthy

OZARKRAZO...Thanks for reminding me that we live in a democracy and that we recently had an "election"...You may have voted without noticing the "ELECTION" choices for the House of Representatives..

The 112th Congress (with its 38-vote "elected" majority) having finished its work (poorly)...and now, the 113th Congress with its "ELECTED" 33-vote Republican majority will assume the "POWER OF THE PURSE" tomorrow...unlike in President Obama's first term when he controlled both houses of the Congress..

In this link, I would urge you to pay close attention to Article 1..Section 8 (Power of The Purse)..Thankfully, the Founders placed this duty in the House of Representatives, not the Executive Branch nor the Senate..

Yes...we had an election...and a 33-vote Republican majority was returned to the House..Glad you noticed..I think...

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Posted by Patrick DeMent on 01/02/2013 at 12:04 PM

Re: “Tim Griffin, Rick Crawford oppose tax increase for wealthy

Poor Max, applying the term "extremists" in referencing Congressman Cantor and others who simply keep their word to their constituents who've demanded that America stop sacrificing our children's future at the alter of burgeoning government...Max knows, and his "LIBERAL" (no name calling here) Democrat sisters know as well as the rest of us that we simply cannot continue spending more than we take in..and he knows that all business (small and large) simply pass tax increases to their consumers (that's us, MAX) who are middle class and poor...

Of course, the poor receive help from the rest of us, and that is a good and necessary thing..but the middle class has no place to hide..We pay to the business who is forced to collect the new tax in the form of higher prices which they must pass to Max's duplicitous pals in the government..Then, they waste it on more spending to buy votes to keep themselves in power...

Fortunately, Rick Crawford and Tim Griffin have decided to exercise leadership at a time when Congress is NOT abundantly blessed with it..and when our country desperately needs a grand dose of it...

These men are not extremists...we need more men and women like them in the Congress..

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Posted by Patrick DeMent on 01/02/2013 at 10:10 AM

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