The Weirdest Republican Candidate Merchandise

Here are some decidedly odd products for sale relating to the Republican presidential candidates:

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There are some who say that Rand Paul fans are fanatics. I would never call them fanatics. I would just say that some of them like to go to sleep at night wrapped up in a giant photo of Rand Paul.

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Rand Paul flip-flops. I think the bottom of the left one (the “left” one, get it?) says “Cut the military,” and the bottom of the right says, “Build up the military! More drones, we need more drones!”

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Ok, I’m guessing this dart board probably isn’t an official product from his campaign. Do you think they got that photo from drone footage? Just wondering!

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Is Ted Cruz really hot? Perhaps a woman can speak to this in the comments section!

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Ok, I’m seeing a LOT of ladies clothes here with Ted Cruz’s name on them. Is he some kind of Latino heartthrob, like a modern day Marc Anthony?

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This is a bargain at only $500. Who would pay $500 for this? Do you think it’s valued so highly because it’s written in English?

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Two comments about this: (1) It’s a paper plate. When you’re done with it, you crumple up and throw out Jeb Bush’s face. And (2), if you’re eating a medium rare steak, when you’re done, you have blood all over Jeb’s face. How weird is that?

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We can only envy the inroads Bobby Jindal has made with the African-American community.

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Ok, this is very weird. Marco Rubio underwear? As a man, I would feel more than a little homosexual wearing Marco Rubio underwear. They don’t look like they’re made for women; what kind of audience do you think he’s going after here?

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A Chris Christie doll, stopping traffic at the bridge! Just remember, though, that this is a doll doing this; the real Chris Christie has no knowledge of it.

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An interesting sticker!

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I think this is Lindsey Graham’s #1 constituency. I just hope it’s not meant to be taken literally.

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Ok, this is just weird. For one thing, Huckabee has a short Hitler moustache every day at 9 o’clock.

A closing note: I tried to find interesting products related to Scott Walker because, as many of you know, he’s my top favorite from my list of least favorites. However, all his products were decidedly ordinary and boringly normal. A harbinger of things to come?

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Scott Walker Just Made Some MAJOR Changes To Welfare… Freeloaders Hardest Hit

Wisconsin became the latest state to propose a mandate that would drug-test welfare recipients, with Governor Scott Walker announcing the proposal to coincide with the state budget.

“This is not a punitive measure. This is about getting people ready for work,” Walker said in a speech at WEL Companies, a logistics and trucking provider. “I’m not making it harder to get government assistance, I’m making it easier to get a job.”

“If you are able to work, we want you to be ready to work,” Walker said. “It’s a basic entry to the workforce; it’s a requirement that you are drug free.” He also added that there are over 67,000 listed jobs at Wisconsin’s state job website, meaning there was no shortage of employment.

The new measures would require drug testing for recipients of FoodShare, BadgerCare Plus health care, and Unemployment Insurance programs in Wisconsin.

Gov. Walker also added that the state would provide treatment and job training for those who failed drug tests. “If you want our help and we’re willing to help … our goal is to get people who are able back into the workforce,” Walker said.

Wisconsin would join 11 states that already have drug testing in place for welfare recipients, as well as an additional four that require it for unemployment benefits.

While the idea has been applauded by conservatives, Wisconsin progressives and liberal religious groups have attacked Gov. Walker’s plan, saying that drug testing for welfare is meant to “shame the poor.”

“In our respective religious traditions poverty and joblessness are not indicators of bad character,” read a letter signed by several liberal religious groups. “We do not believe it is just to craft policies that punish those who face these trials while also suffering from the illness of addiction. Nor is it fair to treat those who seek employment, health and nutritional assistance differently than those who need financial help with educational costs, starting a business or obtaining child care.”

However, Gov. Walker struck back at these criticisms, saying that “taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay for public assistance programs for individuals who can’t pass a drug test.”

h/t: Young Conservatives

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Record 51 Million Legal/Illegal Immigrants Expected In Next Eight Years

The Census Bureau estimates that a record 51 million legal and illegal immigrants are expected to reside in the United States by 2023. By that time, immigrants will account for more than one in seven members of the nation’s population.

Driven mostly by legal immigration, the Bureau predicts the immigrant population will increase to one in five by 2060, totaling 78 million people. The U.S. population is expected to reach 417 million by then, an increase of 108 million from 2010.

“These numbers have important implications for workers, schools, infrastructure, congestion and the environment,” said Steven Camarota, the director of research for the Center for Immigration Studies. “They also may have implications for our ability to successfully assimilate and integrate immigrants. Yet there has been almost no national debate about bringing in so many people legally each year, which is the primary factor driving these numbers.”

Center for Immigration Studies

Center for Immigration Studies

These statistics will likely have an impact on the 2016 Republican presidential primary. Candidates like former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., are seen as moderates on the immigration issue, having supported changes to immigration law in the past that would encourage greater legal immigration and grant resident status to illegal immigrants already in the country. Others like Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, have stood for stricter enforcement of the nation’s current immigration laws before considering any reforms.

Walker added to the debate this week, arguing that U.S. immigration policy should also take into account the impact of legal immigration on American workers:

Well the one thing they’re not saying is we need to make sure as part of that any future legal immigration system that goes forward has to account for American citizens and the workers of this country and their wages to make sure that even with legal immigration in this country we respond to it in a way that doesn’t take jobs away from hardworking Americans.

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, shared this concern in a letter to the New York Times published last week:

In 1970, fewer than 1 in 21 United States residents were born abroad. Five years from today, the Census Bureau estimates that more than one in seven United States residents will have been born abroad. Eight years from today, the share of the population that is foreign-born will rise above any level ever before recorded and keep surging.

It defies reason to argue that the record admission of new foreign workers has no negative effect on the wages of American workers, including the wages of past immigrants hoping to climb into the middle class. Why would many of the largest business groups in the United States spend millions lobbying for the admission of more foreign workers if such policies did not cut labor costs?

A Reuters poll conducted last summer found 45 percent of Americans want to see the number of legal immigrants reduced, while 38 percent believe the current number was appropriate; and 17 percent thought the numbers should be increased.

On average, 800,000 people immigrate to the United States annually. The Department of Homeland Security estimates there are 11.4 million people in the United States illegally, making up about one-fourth of the total foreign-born population. The United States has issued on average about 1.1 million “Green Cards” in recent years (for new legal permanent residents).

Do you believe we should reduce, increase, or keep about the same the total number of immigrants allowed in the United States each year? 

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Scott Walker Makes Clear Immigration Argument — Protect American Workers

The Left has been given a free pass by the mainstream press over the last decade with regard to their immigration agenda’s effect on the ordinary American worker. Huge legal immigration combined with gargantuan illegal immigration has put downward pressure on blue-collar wages and reduced the opportunities for Americans to find good jobs. This is an obvious consequence of millions of legal and illegal immigrants coming into America to compete with regular Americans looking for work.

Yesterday, Scott Walker told the mainstream press and the Left that their emperor has no clothes. A predictable liberal freak out followed.

Breitbart reports:

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a likely 2016 GOP presidential candidate, is marching forward with his bold new pro-American worker immigration policy. He’s not afraid to push for a legal immigration system that doesn’t box out American workers with a massive influx of inexpensive foreign labor.

After first rolling out his new ideas on Glenn Beck’s radio program on Monday, Walker appeared on Fox News’ Megyn Kelly’s show to further elaborate on how he hopes to protect Americans economically from special interests pushing for a massive influx in cheap foreign labor from around the world.

“When it comes to immigration, as a governor I don’t have any direct role in that—but having talked to border state governors and having talked to other people, seeing how screwed up immigration has become under this president, it was clear to me talking to them and listening on this issue, traveling to the border actually going there with the governor of Texas Gov. Abbott, seeing the problems there, yeah from my standpoint going forward we need to secure the border, we need to enforce the laws that we currently have with an e-verify system,” Walker said.

These are fighting words for the Left. Why? Because this is an effective way to grab hold of the populist reigns and effectively neuter the Left’s immigration argument that conservatives simply don’t care about the kids or are racist. When you are sticking up for the American worker, the liberal, multicultural argument simply doesn’t hold water.

Conservatives have been desperate for a champion to effectively and clearly make the conservative argument to the American people in a way they can simply understand how it affects them and their pocketbook. Scott Walker looks to be the candidate to take up the Reagan mantle as the great communicator. It’s about time.

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Conservatives Face Armed Government ‘Witch Hunts’ In Wisconsin

Since Scott Walker took office as governor of Wisconsin in 2011, he has faced the state’s bizarre “John Doe investigations”: witch hunts in search of a crime. They have expanded to include conservatives throughout the Badger State.

The tactics used in these investigations have often involved pre-dawn home raids by armed police officers. Those who are the subject of the investigations are prohibited, under force of law, from saying they are the subject of the state’s scrutiny to friends or family.

USA Today contributor Glen Harlan Reynolds, in a recent article entitled Wisconsin’s Dirty Prosecutors Pull A Putinwrote that the use of the government to go after political opponents is something that one expects under a dictatorship–but not something that should be happening in the United States of America.

A John Doe investigation, according to the statute, is a legal proceeding that a judge authorizes to investigate “any conduct that is prohibited by state law and punishable by fine or imprisonment or both.” It is like a grand jury investigation; but rather than falling on a jury of one’s peers to determine if there is likely criminal activity warranting prosecution, the entire process is overseen by a judge.

Wisconsin Democrats have consistently used it to go after Scott Walker under campaign finance laws. To date, they have failed; but they have also turned their guns to go after his supporters–and conservatives in general–in the state in search of any crime they can find. The key to the investigation going forward is finding an agreeable judge.

National Review’s David French, in his article Wisconsin’s Shame: “I Thought It Was a Home Invasion,” chronicles the case of Cindy Archer, an aide to Walker and one of the lead architects of Act 10 in 2011, Wisconsin’s Budget Repair Bill, which limited public-employee benefits and altered collective-bargaining rules for public-employee unions. She became the target of a John Doe investigation later that year. During the pre-dawn hours at her home (just months after the bill’s passage), she heard a loud pounding at the front door. Archer felt like her whole home was shaking. Her dogs began barking frantically.

Archer looked out to see a dozen officers at her front door with a battering ram and heard shouts commanding her to open the door. She was not dressed, and her body was in full view of police. French writes:

Some yelled at her to grab some clothes, others yelled for her to open the door. “I was so afraid,” she says. “I did not know what to do.” She grabbed some clothes, opened the door, and dressed right in front of the police.

The dogs were still frantic. “I begged and begged, ‘Please don’t shoot my dogs, please don’t shoot my dogs, just don’t shoot my dogs.’ I couldn’t get them to stop barking, and I couldn’t get them outside quick enough. I saw a gun and barking dogs. I was scared and knew this was a bad mix.”

The officers ordered her to sit on her couch while they searched her home. When she got up to get a cup of coffee, she was ordered to sit back down or be handcuffed. She was not allowed to call her lawyer; and she noticed a reporter outside, who she believed had clearly been tipped off about the raid.

Having conducted an extensive search through her home, leaving her belongings scattered on the floor, the officers left, taking only her phone and laptop. Archer was not charged with any wrongdoing.

French covers other instances of these kinds of violent raids, when political opponents used the John Doe law to go in search of criminal conduct. Dozens of conservatives have been investigated in this matter. He notes:

Largely hidden from the public eye, this traumatic process, however, is now heading toward a legal climax, with two key rulings expected in the late spring or early summer.

The first ruling, from the Wisconsin supreme court, could halt the investigations for good, in part by declaring that the “misconduct” being investigated isn’t misconduct at all but the simple exercise of First Amendment rights.

The second ruling, from the United States Supreme Court, could grant review on a federal lawsuit brought by Wisconsin political activist Eric O’Keefe and the Wisconsin Club for Growth, the first conservatives to challenge the investigations head-on.

If the Court grants review, it could not only halt the investigations but also begin the process of holding accountable those public officials who have so abused their powers. But no matter the outcome of these court hearings, the damage has been done. In the words of Mr. O’Keefe, “The process is the punishment.”

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