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THE 2014 AND 2016 ELECTIONS

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The answers to five questions will determine the outcomes of the 2014 and 2016 elections.

Is the liberal bubble about to burst?

Are red states or blue states on the ascendency?

Will the Tea Party resurge or has it lost its clout?

Will political party allegiance hold?

Finally, who will be the nominees?

(Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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19 Responses

  1. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    1. I hope so. 2. Red. 3. Yes, it will. 4. NO and 5. I hope Republicans win across the board and than Republican Incumbents are replaced with new and better ones.

    By Joanne G. Melear, RN

  2. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    – In most states yes, others not yet (e.g. California)
    – Red states
    – The TP appears to be laying low; marshalling its forces preparing for future battles
    – Probable so, it will be the usual 40/40/20 voting block, but the 20% swing will probable go
    more to the right this time.
    – As long as the GOP fields candidates who focused on beating their opponents (not ideologues doing their own thing and indifferent to the other 60%) – they should do well in most contests

    By Edward QUINTANILLA

  3. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    There is no liberal “bubble”
    The number of red and blue states will remain about the same
    The Tea Party has lost much of its clout
    Except for the “extreme” or “far” right/left, there is not much allegiance to party
    Nominees to be determined. For Dems, Clinton seems to be the party choice. Will she run? probably…for the GOP, pretty much the same group that ran in 2012. ie Santorum, Ryan,etc

    By Danny Lesa

  4. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    I’d say it’s already burst, but there is such a propaganda campaign going on the low information voters don’t realize it just yet.

    DC lives in such a bubble themselves that they don’t really understand we’ve all, on both sides of the isle had quite enough already.

    Maybe it’s time for the DC bubble to burst….

    By Beverly Farrar

  5. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Good Lord Ross that page of questions an your interpretations of the political environment could pull a vacuum on a shrimp net.

    You say Obama has done nothing worthy.
    He single handedly brought back the markets without any help from obstructive neo-conservatives.
    The conservative House now has the record for non performance.
    The T-Party held the more centrist conservatives hostage in front of the American people.
    The birthers still maintain Obama is not a citizen, when it has been proven without a doubt.Ted Cruz who admitted that he wasn’t going to win for stone-walling and intimidating other conservatives, costing the tax payers 25 billion dollars. The T Party has been turning off red voters and Democrats are winning.

    People do not forget how they have been treated by lying politicians. The worm has turned. Everything the right does now days trashes their chances in 2014 and 2016.
    If Obama was so bad, your party should have easily won, evidently the majority of voters didn’t think any of your side could cut the mustard.

    Look at the actions of your party and the conservative news blogs. Chris Christy was the conservative front runner, now he’s gone.

    Your 5 questions are answered already by the actions of your side Ross, you also are blinded, to bad it isn’t your voice that has an issue.

    By Frank Fox

  6. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    It is my hope that we vote out ALL Incumbents as this is the worst Congress in History and don’t tell me yours is OK.

    By Paul Adams

  7. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Liberal bubbles are busting all over the country, think of Detroit.

    Red states are definitely on the economics rise, think Texas and North Dakota

    The Tea Party is not what the MSM portrays it as. To try and understand it in the context of “a” political organization shows a misunderstanding of how it operates

    Political allegiance will not hold in either party. Republicans will never be the same. Democrats are running out of other peoples money.

    If Scott Walker wins the governorship of Wisconsin, he will run for President. We need Ted Cruz in the Senate to fight the RINOs. Rubio needs more seasoning, love Rand but he will not connect with the voters, Chris Christie is a terrible choice, NO MORE BUSHES.

    By Don Lovell

  8. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    You may be right Don. They all need to be in this together and supportive of each other because the establishment Republicans seem to be more concerned about eliminating the Constitutional Republicans than they do the Democrats.

    They are shooting themselves in the foot. The establishment is betraying the people that they represent.

    By Beverly Farrar

  9. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Normally, I would say yes to the bubble bursting, but the judgment (or lack thereof) displayed by the ADD stricken American public, all bets are off.

    As to the ascendency question, there is no question that red states are doing very well financially, while purple states are in the middle of the pack, and blue states about to become insolvent on the most part as we can observe here:

    Sorting through all the progressive hype, pending bankruptcy is not a sign of ascending states!

    Tea Party….that is another question mark as infighting and discouragements over the past 4 years have taken their toll to some extent. I had fully expected the full furor of the movement to be back with the IRS scandal, but have been disappointed by the response so far. It seems, we are all on our own as individuals and no one is willing to organize million man marches, angry townhalls, etc.

    Political party allegiance is likely to hold. Democrats will vote Democrat because they are blinded by their ideology. Many conservatives and libertarians will vote GOP as that is the only viable option despite the RINO dominance of the party. The question is how many of them will stay home. That is likely to determine whether we call Hillary our president in 3 years (with voter fraud playing another significant role in the outcome of the election).

    Nominees? My money, for now, is on Hillary and Christie as the darling of RINOs despite his late troubles.

    By Kerem Oner

  10. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    The GOP will not ascend until they get back to their base: i.e., those people who believe in smaller government, lower taxes, a strong national defense, and personal freedom. In other words, they need to assimilate the Tea Party. Ronald Reagan began with those folks and then managed to appeal to those who voted Demokrat just because their parents voted Demokrat. Today there are no Demokrats; just socialists and communists.

    By Lee Bishop (Det 3)

  11. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Some good food for thought Ross. Each “side” definately has an image problem. Nothing is ever going to change unless someone who doesn’t have the same attitude towards the people they serve as democrats or republicans have. They have the same goals, but act differently enough to get the Jerry Springer crowd (lowest common denominator) arguing over who gets to screw the American people.

    By David Allison

  12. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Just about with you there Bruce. Have just about reached my capacity for corrupt misguided politics. A line from an old movie “Flash Point” 1984 with Rip Torn. He told the character Kris Kristoferson, “Hell the only thing worse than a politician, is a child molester.” At the time I thought what a cruel thing to say, but with what we see everyday there is some truth in the character of many, on both sides and in the middle.
    I could almost be a strong T-Part supporter, but I am old enough to know they would fall into the same crevasse as the others. They would be out for themselves and special interest. Just look at the story surrounding Gov. McDonnell of Virginia. These people are college educated, and somehow think they are entitled to more than the rest, and that they can get away with it. What’s sad is he may very well skate. If we can get a group to really represent us, and I can’t see it, as they all are divided by big money in separate drawers or silo’s if you will.
    I fear we will have to hit rock bottom to get started again. Of course waiting in the wings are militant groups, or others with a different mindset i.e. they want to be King without and work or knowledge. Movies that used to provide entertainment such as Fahrenheit 451 and Soylent Green may have been previews of the future. I can’t see any party saying I want to work for the people, I am willing to take less pay, I make enough. I shouldn’t have a job if the rest of the country is looking for work. We have lost our noble public servants, the one’s kids used to look up to.
    Your right we needn’t bash each other over something that is broken.

    By Frank Fox

  13. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    I regret Ross bring up all of these 2013 talking points again. I apologize for being baited by Ross. We spent more than enough energy last year. Just want to go on record with I didn’t start this.

    By Frank Fox

  14. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Mr. Fox.

    Rather than allow yourself to be sucked into a political discussion with Mr. Ross, please ave your energy because you will need it later.

    I tend to agree with Mr. Adams’ comment about a clean sweep. At this point, we are to blame for allowing the political morons to remain in office. The red and blue parties have so much vested in the “system” that the average voter can ill afford to listen to either. The attached clip represents the type of dialog we should expect until we unite and insist on a more professional, unselfish group in Washington.

    http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=who's+on+first&FORM=VIRE1#view=detail&mid=63CA7B033D69169B814463CA7B033D69169B8144

    By Bruce Tichenor

  15. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Just about with you there Bruce. Have just about reached my capacity for corrupt misguided politics. A line from an old movie “Flash Point” 1984 with Rip Torn. He told the character Kris Kristoferson, “Hell the only thing worse than a politician, is a child molester.” At the time I thought what a cruel thing to say, but with what we see everyday there is some truth in the character of many, on both sides and in the middle.

    I could almost be a strong T-Part supporter, but I am old enough to know they would fall into the same crevasse as the others. They would be out for themselves and special interest. Just look at the story surrounding Gov. McDonnell of Virginia. These people are college educated, and somehow think they are entitled to more than the rest, and that they can get away with it. What’s sad is he may very well skate. If we can get a group to really represent us, and I can’t see it, as they all are divided by big money in separate drawers or silo’s if you will.
    I fear we will have to hit rock bottom to get started again. Of course waiting in the wings are militant groups, or others with a different mindset i.e. they want to be King without and work or knowledge. Movies that used to provide entertainment such as Fahrenheit 451 and Soylent Green may have been previews of the future. I can’t see any party saying I want to work for the people, I am willing to take less pay, I make enough. I shouldn’t have a job if the rest of the country is looking for work. We have lost our noble public servants, the one’s kids used to look up to.

    Your right we needn’t bash each other over something that is broken.

    By Frank Fox

  16. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Some food for thought as we move toward 2014-16.

    Our government wants to cut military wages and programs for vets.

    Well reflect on these numbers provided at the end of the fiscal year. Remember in our real world we expect to be rewarded for cost cutting. The military is the only group whose budget spending policy is “use it or lose it”.

    So these are actual numbers.
    $562,000 for artwork for the Dept. of veteran affairs.
    $144,000 on toner cartridges for the Dept. of Agriculture in just one day!
    $178,000 for furniture re-hab for the Coast Guard.

    This is called a perverse incentive system.

    Also the federal government spent $45 Billion dollars on contracts in the last week of September, which coincides with the end of the fiscal year. More than in any other week. It adds up to 9% of the years contract spending money, spent in 2% of the year.

    In the we’re not alone boat, France is cutting 8,000 military jobs in 2014. followed by 34,000 in the next five years. Technology and the wealthy are putting people out of work and expecting them to turn up a job like they were a dime a dozen. The rich as I stated earlier, are trying to make their club as exclusive as possible, as even folks with millions are in the same boat as us. When they have all the money, well watch the Heston movie Soylent Green to see whats coming.

    By Frank Fox

  17. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    When the process that is underway now finally eliminates the middle class, the rich will have to depend on each other for their livelihoods. We know how well the rich play with others! When there’s no money left to get but each other’s, there will be anarchy.

    By Robert Stover

  18. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    I appreciate Ross bringing up these things to think about. Sticking ones head in the sand doesn’t help anyone.

    Yes, the “liberal” bubble is about to burst big time as people tire of playing along with the collectivist agenda to appear politically correct and in tune with the pseudo-intellectual useful idiots (in both parties) who dance for their bureacratic-corporate-military complex puppet masters.

    By David Allison

  19. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Unemployment dropped not because of increased opportunities for jobs but because people gave up.

    “The unemployment rate fell to 6.7 percent, the lowest in more than five years. But the decline occurred mostly because more people stopped looking for work. The government only counts people as unemployed if they are actively looking for work.”
    http://highlandstoday.com/ap/business/unemployment-rates-fall-in–us-states-last-month-ap_business56b42c8d07f64b2a8350e1350ae65f1d

    By Cathrine Sabo

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