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1. “John McCain To GOP Senator: 'You Are Dead Wrong' On Ukraine”
1. “John McCain To GOP Senator: 'You Are Dead Wrong' On Ukraine”
Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Both are “Ps,” Perry and Paul, and both “Rs,” rerun Republicans and pretenders too. The pretense is believing that either one has a prayer of chance to win a national election. We have the dog candidate, Rick Perry, and the seeing eye dog, opthamologist Dr. Rand Paul. Just as Speaker John Boehner likes to use Op-eds to attack President Obama, Senator Paul likes to use the forum to attack Rick Perry.

Paul declares that Rick Perry is “dead wrong” about something. What could it be? (The associated annotated list is not a duplicate discussion as it adds more unique points of information.)

List of possible dead wrongs:

1. “John McCain To GOP Senator: 'You Are Dead Wrong' On Ukraine”

“A visibly angry Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) excoriated fellow Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions (AL) on the Senate floor Thursday ahead of his expected objection to a Ukraine aid bill.

"In a bit of preemption of the senator from Alabama, your argument is wrong that this is taking money out of defense," McCain said. "You are dead wrong."

He added, "I'll match my record with the senator of Alabama on defense spending any time, day or night. And the fact is that this money is taken out of programs that were already canceled and were going to be returned to the Treasury. And if they had been used for defense, then it would have busted the budget agreement that the senator from Alabama has so stoutly defended time after time."

Sessions soon mounted his objection but didn't want to get personal, asserting that if McCain had been elected president, Russia never would have invaded Crimea.”

2. Republicans dead wrong on Affordable Care Law

“The Republicans’ claim that the Affordable Care Act will cost too much--that it will mean additional government debt and, over the long run, more national spending on health care.

In theory, it should be a difficult argument for the Republicans and their allies to make, since the Congressional Budget Office looked at the Affordable Care Act very carefully and came to more or less the opposite conclusion. Specifically, the CBO predicted that the Act will reduce the deficit and reduce, albeit slightly, the rate at which health care spending is increasing.”

3. Perry claimed Paul dead wrong on Iraq

“Perry claimed Paul's position was "curiously blind" to the danger of the jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).

"It’s disheartening to hear fellow Republicans, such as Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), suggest that our nation should ignore what’s happening in Iraq," Perry wrote. "The main problem with this argument is that it means ignoring the profound threat that the group now calling itself the Islamic State poses to the United States and the world."

Perry described Paul's positions as "isolationist" and focused on "inaction." He also disputed Paul's claim Reagan would have supported his stance.”

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4. Paul claims Perry dead wrong

“Rick Perry Is Dead Wrong


July 14, 2014

There are many things I like about Texas Gov. Rick Perry, including his stance on the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution. But apparently his new glasses haven’t altered his perception of the world, or allowed him to see it any more clearly.

There are obviously many important events going on in the world right now, but with 60,000 foreign children streaming across the Texas border, I am surprised Governor Perry has apparently still found time to mischaracterize and attack my foreign policy.

Governor Perry writes a fictionalized account of my foreign policy so mischaracterizing my views that I wonder if he’s even really read any of my policy papers.

In fact, some of Perry’s solutions for the current chaos in Iraq aren’t much different from what I’ve proposed, something he fails to mention. His solutions also aren’t much different from President Barack Obama’s, something he also fails to mention. Because interestingly enough, there aren’t that many good choices right now in dealing with this situation in Iraq.

Perry says there are no good options. I’ve said the same thing. President Obama has said the same thing. So what are Perry’s solutions and why does he think they are so bold and different than anyone else’s?

He writes in the Washington Post, “the president can and must do more with our military and intelligence communities to help cripple the Islamic State. Meaningful assistance can include intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sharing and airstrikes.”

Here is something fresh: America doesn’t have enough economy to go around.

We can’t keep feeding dog candidates who have no forward thinking capacity for solution development. They should be talking about how to make the American economy sustainable for now and future generations. They should be talking about fast track extraction from the Middle East and how to transform the economy to one based on renewable energy. Implementing that transformation will require wholesale American renewal with new consumer product designs that includes entire communities and new ways of living. That would be exciting instead of hearing the dogs bark.


“Obama: U.S. Not A Nation In Decline, Republicans Are 'Dead Wrong'

SEMINOLE, Fla. — Eager to change the subject after a dismal jobs report, President Barack Obama tried to rekindle some of the enthusiasm of his 2008 campaign Saturday with a bus tour through a must-win swath of Florida, urging supporters not to "buy into the cynicism that somehow the change we fought for isn't possible."”

1. “John McCain To GOP Senator: 'You Are Dead Wrong' On Ukraine”
1. “John McCain To GOP Senator: 'You Are Dead Wrong' On Ukraine” Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

1. “John McCain To GOP Senator: 'You Are Dead Wrong' On Ukraine”

“Where Are the Russia Sanctions? Senate Hawks Ask Obama Administration


JULY 9, 2014 - 02:55 p.m.

Senators slammed State, Defense, and Treasury department officials Wednesday for not acting on U.S. threats to further sanction Russia if Moscow didn't help calm the crisis in Ukraine and stem the flow of arms across its border.

"I look at what the standards were.… I see no advance in any of those standards, so what are we waiting for?" Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) asked. The Wednesday morning hearing marked the second time he has publicly challenged Barack Obama's administration on a major foreign-policy issue -- the other being it's handling of Iran.
Less surprisingly, Tennessee's Bob Corker, the committee's top Republican, joined Menendez in pounding the administration for inaction on the sanctions front.

"I think that our country, acting like such a paper tiger to the world on this and so many other fronts, is doing incredible long-term damage to our nation," he said.

2. Republicans dead wrong on Affordable Care Law
2. Republicans dead wrong on Affordable Care Law She insists it isn't “Obamacare.” (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

2. Republicans dead wrong on Affordable Care Law

“PHOENIX (AP) — Republican Gov. Jan Brewer is working to spin her hard-fought victory over legislative conservatives who opposed her Medicaid expansion plan. She insists it isn’t “Obamacare.”

In an interview after pushing an expansion of Arizona’s Medicaid program through the Legislature, and in news releases sent from her office, Brewer made the distinction that growing the state’s health care program for the poor isn’t the same as embracing President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law.”

3. Perry claimed Paul dead wrong on Iraq
3. Perry claimed Paul dead wrong on Iraq Mark Wilson—Getty Images

3. Perry claimed Paul dead wrong on Iraq

The kennel is filled with barking dogs as we are in midterm election season. Perry is hawkish on Iraq and foreign policy. It might have to do with his state, Texas, being filled with defense contracts and being home to much the military industrial complex. Rick Perry was a cheerleader, an Air Force pilot, and a cotton farmer. He excels in yelling from the sidelines.

4. Paul claims Perry dead wrong
4. Paul claims Perry dead wrong Photo: Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images

4. Paul claims Perry dead wrong

“Rand Paul: I Don't Blame Obama for Iraq Turmoil


Sen. Rand Paul says he doesn’t blame President Barack Obama for the ongoing turmoil in Iraq and that former Vice President Dick Cheney and other proponents of the Iraq War should ask themselves the same questions Cheney is raising now about the conflict.
“What’s going on now -- I don’t blame on President Obama,” Paul said in an interview with NBC’s David Gregory to air on “Meet the Press” Sunday. “Has he really got the solution? Maybe there is no solution. But I do blame the Iraq War on the chaos that is in the Middle East."”

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