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Carson Would Support Monitoring Of ‘Anti-American’ Groups.

GOP front-runner Donald Trump widens his lead in the nomination race, while Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz threaten to overtake Ben Carson for the number two spot.COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson says he would support government monitoring of any group deemed radical and “anti-American.” Carson made his comments Saturday when asked about rival Donald Trump’s suggestion that he’d monitor American Muslims as part of the government’s counterterrorism effort against Islamic State militants.Beware the “decreased taxes equals increased tax revenue” snake oil being peddled by the Tax Foundation and most Republican candidates for president.Donald Trump and Ben Carson, who together have the support of nearly half of all Republican primary voters, employ the same trick as they campaign for president, a kind of rhetorical hit-and-run.

Frontrunners Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson have tossed their old scripts in the trash bin and they don’t have new lines ready for the questions angry and anxious American voters are asking after the Paris Attacks. In addition, Rubio joins Carson as the only candidates at least half of voters say are honest and trustworthy — though Carson’s honesty rating has taken a hit. First, Republican scaremongering about Syrian refugees is not only a disgrace to the US and everything the country likes to think it stands for, but actually plays into the hands of the terrorist proto-state. First, they say something offensive — something that, just a few years ago, would have been considered too mean, ridiculous or poisonous for a presidential candidate to utter. For the first time in years, Obama is headlined as “lame duck” president, Hillary’s speech on ISIS is labelled “disingenuous” by The Washington Post which pans her for offering “empty platitudes” in a typically school teacherish 1-2-3 method.

Based on the same “voodoo” economics, President Reagan decreased income tax rates for the rich from 70 percent to 28 percent and decreased corporate taxes. The freshest examples of this: Carson mentions “rabid dog” in the context of the mostly Muslim refugees fleeing violence in Syria; Trump asserts that he would “absolutely” support a registry of all Muslims in the U.S., raising the ugly specter of the treatment of Jews in prewar Nazi Germany. For months, Clinton has positioned herself as the one who “Obama turned to when he wanted a Secretary of State” and painted Republican candidate Trump as the one with a tin drum for foreign policy.

Calling Obama’s plan to admit at least 10,000 Syrian refugees into America next year “lunacy”, Republicans who control the U.S House have already blocked that proposal and got a veto-prrof majority. Bush inherited an annual budget surplus that was reducing the national debt and cut corporate taxes and income taxes; the national debt increased from $5.6 trillion to nearly $10 trillion during his administration. Or how Japanese-Americans were rounded up and interned during the Second World War; or how the country fell for McCarthyism and the Red Scare in the early Cold War. The anti-tax crowd continues to push discredited ideas including “supply-side economics,” the Laffer curve, IRS misconduct, and now “dynamic scoring” to convince us that taxes should be reduced for corporations and the very, very wealthy.

Carson, on the other hand, seems to stumble into it, saying almost anything that pops into his tone-deaf head, then complaining that he’s the victim of political correctness or a liberal media unfairly emphasizing his most controversial statements. Borrowing heavily from the remarkable precedent that Europe’s tallest leader Angela Merkel has set, Obama says “they’re just like our kids, are you afraid of orphans?” “The notion that somehow we would be fearful of them — that our politics would somehow lead us to turn our sights away from their plight — is not representative of the best of who we are,” Obama said A pastor’s daughter who has grown stronger with every crisis, Merkel has refused to put an upper limit to the number of refugees Germany can absorb and is instead stitching up a four part policy to manage the influx from the largest exodus in modern times: Absorb, share the numbers across Europe, strengthen controls and negotiate with transit countries. About a quarter of white evangelical Christians back Trump (25 percent) and Carson (24 percent), while Cruz gets 18 percent and Rubio receives 11 percent.

Though refugees admitted to America undergo between 18 months and two years of screening by intelligence agencies, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations, James Comey, said that a lack of information from Syria makes it impossible to offer an “absolute assurance” that extremists would be spotted. Ben Carson, his closest rival, likens jihadists among Muslims to rabid dogs in the canine population: “It doesn’t mean you hate all dogs… but you’re putting your intellect into motion.” Intellect?

Syria and building “a big beautiful safe zone.” After calling Hispanics rapists and criminals, he now wants to create a national database for Muslims. “I would certainly implement that. Meanwhile, Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey who passes as a grown-up in the Republican field, vows to let no Syrians in, not even “orphans under age five”. He might take criticism for saying he supports a registry for Muslims, but, until now at least, the more he sounded like an overheated AM radio pundit, the more Trump gained among primary voters.

Rightly, the younger Bush is criticised for the epic geostrategic blunder of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, which he claimed had been made necessary by 9/11. It will be up to the rest of the country — Democrats, independents, what remains of moderate Republicans — to decide if Trump’s crusade (build a wall, deport millions, close the borders to Syrian refugees and send any that are here back to certain misery) prevails. Still, that’s a net positive of 19 points, which gives him the second highest honesty score (the total percentage points of those saying you’re honest minus those saying you’re not) of the candidates included in the poll. We forget, however, that just six days after that deadliest terrorist plot of the modern era – with a death toll more than 20 times that of Paris – Bush went to the main mosque in Washington DC with a message of conciliation.

A man who seemed at first a ridiculous choice, driver of the clown car, a reality-TV candidate with a big mouth, is in a position now to gain even more traction. At some point you have to ask yourself, is that the kind of country we are?” Vice President Joe Biden, speaking on White House radio played the Obama line forward: “By turning away trefugees — mostly women, children, orphans, torture survivors — and “say there is no way you can ever get here would play right into the terrorists’ hands.” Not to be outdone, Jeb Bush, brother of former Preseident George Bush, suggests that orphans and Christians who are “clearly not going to be terrorists” can hang out in America. Given what happened in Paris, given reports that at least three of the attackers were Europeans who went to Syria and returned to their homelands as Islamic State terrorists, and given the refugee flood caused by the 4-year-old war in Syria (something most Americans did not care about until now), Trump’s focus on immigration has a real chance of taking hold.

Foreign policy has rarely dominated on the last mile of US elections but for now, most candidates are acting like that’s the ground on which elections will be fought. Add the constant criticism of government and the suggestion, 14 years after the 9/11 attacks, that our homeland security apparatus still can’t protect us. The Fox News poll is based on landline and cellphone interviews with 1,016 randomly chosen registered voters nationwide and was conducted under the joint direction of Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R) from November 16-19, 2015. He appeared to be an alternative to Trump coming out of the last debate, but he has the same problem as Cruz: How do you look tougher on immigration than The Great Wall of Trump?

He has pushed for a large investment in immigration as the prime issue facing the country, and Paris has reinforced his argument, along with the most concentrated, unified fear-mongering we’ve seen in years. Washington DC is far harder to reach from the Middle East than Paris, and America’s Arab and Muslim citizens are better integrated (and more prosperous) than their French or British counterparts. The President has come across as aloof and almost uninterested, reserving his greatest energy to score political points off the Republicans, barely disguising his irritation at those who have the temerity to disagree. We can be smart and humane at the same time, and, I don’t know about anyone else around here, but I’m looking for leadership that believes that, not in building walls and slamming doors. President François Hollande will doubtless receive a hero’s welcome when he visits Washington on Tuesday to drum up support for a grand “war” alliance against Isis.

But, as with his diatribes against immigration, his vow to “bomb the s***” out of Isis and its oilfields is exactly what his audiences wants to hear.

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