…as each of the likely GOP candidates gets interviewed by moneyman Sheldon Adelson.
“Certainly the ‘Sheldon Primary’ is an important primary for any Republican running for president,” said Ari Fleischer, a former White House press secretary under President George W. Bush.
Reportedly, this weekend’s events include a poker tournament, a Scotch “tasting”, and a VIP dinner “hosted by the Adelsons in the private airplane hangar where Adelson keeps his fleet.” In-between those events, “Adelson is scheduled to hold casual one-on-one chats — over coffee, at dinner or in his private office — with the prospective candidates.”
A senior strategist who has advised past GOP nominees said the 2016 hopefuls ‘are just falling at his feet.’
So… if Billionaire mogul Sheldon Adelson gets first crack at vetting the presidential candidates… where does that leave regular Republicans, here in the Granite State?
This is not a situation that any freethinking Republican should accept. Skewing income toward the upper, upper class hurts our economy because the rich tend to sit on their money — unlike lower- and middle-income people, who spend a large share of their paychecks, and hence stimulate economic activity.
But more fundamentally, it cuts against everything our country and my party stand for. Government’s role should not be to rig the game in favor of “the haves” but to make sure “the have-nots” are given a fair shot.
Maybe if more “life-long Republicans” challenged the direction the GOP has been taking lately… if party leaders could be convinced to return to the party’s core principles… if rank-and-file Republicans stood up and said “our party should stand for more than just protecting the rich”…
…maybe then the folks down in DC could end their gridlock and actually solve our economic problems.
Read the New York Times piece by former FDIC Chair Sheila Bair here.
Yesterday, a Washington, DC “think tank” — originally chartered by Congress — announced it would “conduct an independent study of how the quasi-government agency could cede much of its operation to private companies.” Read the Washington Post article here.
And it’s based on a “White Paper” authored by a group including: a Cato Institute economist; the Deputy Postmaster General under President George W. Bush; and a lobbyist for the Direct Marketing Association, who was hired “to head lobbying efforts aimed at reforming the U.S. Postal Service.”
Golly. The suspense. Wonder what this “non-profit think tank” is going to recommend doing to the Postal Service? [Remember, the Republican Party Platform calls for “Restructuring the U.S. Postal Service for the Twenty-First Century.”]