11/19/15, "GOP group plans most aggressive anti-Trump campaign yet," Politico, Alex Isenstadt
"A pro-Kasich super PAC is on a mission to take down the real estate mogul once and for all."
The attack, according to a blueprint shared with POLITICO, will play out over the next two months on radio, TV, mail, and online in New Hampshire. Strategists with the pro-Kasich group, called New Day for America, say the budget for the anti-Trump campaign is likely to grow.
“We will be the tip of the spear against Trump,” said Matt David, a spokesman for the super PAC.
Rather than go after Trump for his business dealings or his past support for liberal causes, as some of his opponents have tried to do, the super PAC will paint Trump as someone who would be a deeply ineffective commander-in-chief and ill suited for the demands of the Oval Office.
Fred Davis, the group’s colorful Hollywood-based ad-maker who is best-known for producing the “Demon Sheep” ad in the 2010 California Senate race, is working on a pair of anti-Trump TV ads. The commercials, David said, are designed to “accelerate what we believe would be buyers’ remorse” that would arise from a Trump presidency.
The group’s first volley came Thursday, when it released an ad that pictured the billionaire side-by-side with President Barack Obama. “On the job training for president does not work,” says the ad, which invokes last week’s tragic Paris terrorist attacks. The group is currently spending about $600,000 to air the commercial, though David said more airtime is being purchased.
For all the nervousness about Trump’s candidacy, however, few in the GOP have directed resources toward defeating him. Prominent Republican groups such as the Chamber of Commerce and the Karl Rove-founded American Crossroads, both establishment vehicles, have not spent any money against Trump. (In September and the beginning of October, the Club for Growth, an anti-tax group, spent $1 million to air a pair of TV commercials in Iowa that criticized the front-runner. The group has not done any since.)
Yet with the Iowa caucuses just a little more than two months away, and with Trump still riding high, the calculus may be changing. This week, as top party operatives and donors gathered in Las Vegas for the Republican Governors Association meeting, many contributors privately expressed unease about Trump’s consistent lead in early state and national polling.
Trump’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In launching the campaign, the pro-Kasich group says it is responding to money players who are eager to take Trump's campaign down.
“Essentially, our donors are saying, ‘Enough is enough. Someone needs to take a stand,’” said David.
In the months leading up to the New Hampshire primary, which Kasich has made his focus, the group plans to air a mix of ads – some that attack Trump, some that contrast Trump with Kasich, and some that promote Kasich.
Kasich’s record as a two-term Ohio governor and as a House Budget Committee chairman, David argued, would make for a perfect contrast with Trump’s history of bombast. The two, he contended, were “polar opposite.”
“Kasich isn’t going to make a promise he can’t keep,” David said."
2010 article: Kasich was a managing director of Lehman Brothers from 2001 until shortly after its collapse in 2008:
4/2/2010, "Kasich made $1.1 M in 2008; no “golden parachute” from Lehman Bros, records show,"
daytondailynews.com, William Hershey
"Kasich, a former Columbus-area US House member, served as a Lehman Bros. managing director from 2001 to shortly after the firm collapsed in 2008."...
Rush Limbaugh responds to Kasich who says he 'has had it with these' Republican presidential candidates. Rush reminds Kasich that the direction of the Republican Party is tightly controlled by his Beltway pals:
10/28/15, "My Response to Governor Kasich," Rush Limbaugh
"RUSH: Now we move on to John Kasich. John Kasich is understandably angry. John Kasich is understandably frustrated. Let's go to back to the first debate. After the first debate, people like F. Chuck Todd and other experts in the media said that John Kasich won the first debate, and it wasn't even close. He won the first debate hands down. John Kasich was far and away the best Republican on the stage in that first debate.
You know why? Because they said, "John Kasich! Finally a Republican who shows he has a heart. Finally there's a Republican running for president who shows that he cares about people." And that's because of what Kasich said about expanding welfare, expanding entitlements, embracing and accepting gay marriage and all people and whatever they do, because we must love them. The media melted, and they thought that Kasich was gonna run away with it. And Kasich hasn't gotten beyond whatever he is: Three, four, maybe five percent.
KASICH: I've about had it with these people! We got one candidate that says that we ought to abolish Medicare and Medicaid. You ever heard of anything so crazy as that, telling our people in this country who are seniors or about to be seniors that we're gonna abolish Medicaid and Medicare? We got one person saying we ought to have a 10% flat tax that will drive up the -- the deficit in this country by trillions of dollars that my daughters will spend the rest of their lives having to pay off. You know, what I say to them is, "Why don't we have no taxes? Just get rid of them all and then a chicken in every pot on top of it!"
RUSH: Right. So the frustration is settling in because the "compassion" play isn't seeming to work. Kasich, the compassion play was gonna work. John Kasich was gonna show it. A lot of other Republicans who said they believe in "compassionate conservatism," but John Kasich was gonna demo it. And he did. And it isn't working. And so now he's lashing out. Now as best I can tell, I didn't know we had anybody who wants to abolish Medicare and Medicaid. The closest I can find is Ben Carson saying that he would like to gut Medicare.
But I can't find anybody else that said they wanted to gut both of them. But Ben Carson has said that he wanted to cut Medicare. "We got one person saying we ought to have a 10% flat tax that'll drive up the deficit in this country by trillions of dollars." No, the Republicans in the Congress, Governor Kasich, are doing that. You don't need to worry about raising the national debt. The Republicans in Congress, your buddies (sigh), they're helping the Democrats do that. Tax cuts, see? In these guys' minds, tax cuts -- you keeping more of your money -- that's the danger! Governor Kasich's wondering what happened to the conservative movement.
Yeah. (chuckling) We've been asking that for quite a while of people like him.
RUSH: Does anybody remember who's actually gutted Medicare? Can you say the name Barack Hussein Obama? Remember the $700 billion Obama cut from Medicare to take that money and spend it on Obamacare, and then they double counted it? If anybody's gutted Medicare, it's Obama. Now, here's the next Kasich bite. This one's aimed at Trump. These first two comments are aimed at Ben Carson, who is in the lead. Kasich's upset at Carson, thinks he's saying crazy stuff. This is aimed at Trump.
KASICH: (shouting) We know one guy that says we ought to take 10 or 11 million people and pick 'em up. I don't know where... We're gonna go in their homes, their apartments?
RUSH: Exactly right, Governor. You used to be a ranking member in the conservative movement. People without health insurance? Who the hell did that, Governor? Barack Obama! Obamacare. You signed onto it! Obamacare has left people without coverage. Obamacare has made it unaffordable. The premiums have skyrocketed. This ticks me off! I can't tell you how this ticks me off. The premiums have skyrocketed.
They're never gonna get treated! The enrollment rates are way below what was necessary as stated by Obama. Obama destroyed the health care system! We used to have a conservative movement that Kasich used to be a member of that was trying to stop this kind of stuff. But it doesn't exist anymore. And the people running for president understand that we need somebody that's gonna stand up to this stuff rather than agree with it and go along with it under the guise that we can do it smarter or make it better or what have you.
And if you don't understand how illegal immigration is perceived by the people in this country as the single greatest thing that could destroy it as it was founded, then you are more out of touch with people who vote for the president in this country than I can possibly believe....
RUSH: Governor Kasich, with all due respect, have you ever heard of Dwight Eisenhower? Dwight Eisenhower was a famous Republican president, famous general. Dwight Eisenhower deported millions of people in this country. We didn't have immigration in this country from 1924 to 1965. Eisenhower deported a bunch of people that were not assimilating. We used to do immigration the right way. Does everybody forget we're talking about illegal immigration here? We're not talking about -- which is bad enough as it is.
Do these people not know the numbers I cited to you yesterday: By the year 2022, an additional 12 million legal immigrants will be here? And everybody applauds that, claps their hands. "Yeah, yeah, 'cause we're a nation of immigrants. Yeah, yeah, right cool." Okay, fine. We're talking about illegals! But we've deported people throughout our nation's history. It isn't anything new. But, look: "We got people proposing health care reform that can leave millions of people without adequate health insurance"?
Who is already doing that? Barack Obama! The Affordable Care Act!
And everybody knew this is exactly what was gonna happen before it was signed into law. This is why everybody opposed it. It was based on a bunch of lies. It was no way gonna give health insurance to everybody. It was no way gonna be free. It was no way gonna be cheaper. It was no way gonna be everybody's gonna get more health treatment than they ever have had before. There was no way it was gonna improve because it was not constructed that way. Now we have people who are forced to pay fines if they don't have health insurance, and the fines are cheaper than what it would be to buy health insurance?
What do you think people are gonna do, particularly young people who are healthy? How about the statistic that half of the people in this country earn less than $30,000? We have got serious problems here that have been created by the Democrat Party. The last seven years of Barack Obama have been an absolute disaster economically, socially, and culturally. And what we've had is Republicans afraid to stand up to any of it. They go along with it and then try to get accolades and pats on the back for being compassionate.
This is why there's a disconnect between the Republican Party and its own elected officials.
And everybody knows Medicare is headed for collapse like everything else is. We're $19 trillion in debt! Half the people of this country make under $30,000 a year. How in the world are we gonna have any kind of a tax base that can support anywhere near the kind of economic growth that we need? And it's not just me speculating that Medicare's headed for collapse. The government tells us every different day, and then the next day they tell us Social Security's headed for collapse. At one point, it's going to be true.
We have the Baby Boomers who can't afford to retire, who want their Social Security.
You expand an entitlement, you put more people in the entitlement, put more people on the rolls, and somehow you're reducing costs? No, but you're really being "compassionate," showing you have a big heart and you love people. (snorts) And then after we expand the entitlement, then all these guys that do that, they tell us how humane it was. "Yes, it was the humane thing to do! I'm not one of those mean Republicans. I have a heart. I have compassion. I support an expanding entitlement."
It's been expanded to now include able-bodied young people, and it's also dropped the requirement to work in order to receive the benefit. What do you expect is gonna happen when you make freeloading easy? And then you call it compassionate! And if you don't like the term "freeloading," let's look at it the other way around: What has happened that makes all of these costs impossible for people to bear on their own? Who's responsible for that? Who is it that meddles in virtually every little thing? Do you know what happened?
Where's conservatism gone? I'll tell you where it is. We see a story that the donor class wants illegal immigrants 'cause they're cheaper to pay. You know what conservatives say? "No, no, no! That's not right. We believe in boundless opportunity. We believe in people showing up, working hard, educating themselves, using their ambition. We believe in people getting raises! We believe in people finding great jobs, great careers, increasing their pay, their wages, their standard of living. That's what conservatism stands for. To make that happen, you get government out of the way.
You turn people loose pick up you have faith in 'em. You trust 'em. You trust 'em, their ambition and their desire, the fact that they love their families and that they want to improve the lives of those that they support. We trust individuals to do the best for themselves, and that will raise everybody. We do not think people are incapable, incompetent, and need a government program in order to get through the day. But when you create all these entitlements, all these government programs and then you import 12 million, 20 million, whatever it is people that are not qualified to earn more than the minimum wage, what do you think is gonna happen to wages?
"What do you think is gonna happen to incomes? And the whole idea of people being self-supporting vanishes." The conservative movement looks at the news every day in this country and weeps, cringes, and cries. Half the country is making $30,000 a year! Full-time work has now been reduced to part-time work so that people do not have to provide health care, and all of this is 'cause nobody can afford any of it. The proof that nobody can afford any of it is that we're $19 trillion in debt giving it away.
We can't afford it, period. We don't have the money to do any of this "compassionate" stuff.
What you hear in Washington is the things I just said to you are troublesome. They're mean-spirited, extreme, and they're just undesirable. When in fact those of us who want the best for people actually are the ones with compassion. We are the ones who actually do love people. We're the ones who actually do want the best for people, and we understand that government cannot, will not, never has, done that.
RUSH: Have you heard about what's going on at Walt Disney? Walt Disney is importing new workers, legal immigrants, H1B visas. When I first heard about this, I didn't understand it. I didn't understand why Zuckerberg and these guys are running around pro-legal immigration expansion, until I figured out what was going on. They want recent graduates, high skilled, high GPA graduates from foreign countries. They want to employ them because they are cheaper than it is to hire Americans of the same qualifications, same experience.
At Disney, you know what's happening? Current employees are being forced to train the immigrants who are going to replace them at half, often, what they are being paid. And Disney employees are finally speaking up about it. The same thing's gonna happen at Facebook. The same thing is gonna happen wherever you have a high-tech wizard demanding that we expand immigration. They're looking for cheap labor. They want the same qualifications. They want the wizards of smart in the tech world. They want the brightest geeks they can get. They just don't want the geeks that can demand wages that are at present being paid....
Workers around the world make less than Americans do, and you can't compete globally if your labor costs are higher. This leads me to another problem. What's wrong in all of this immigration is a really out-of-focus focus. Milton Friedman, was he crazy, Governor Kasich? Was Milton Friedman crazy? Milton Friedman said you cannot have open immigration and a massive welfare state. The two together will destroy an economy.
Here's what I mean, by focus. When did this go wrong? When it comes to immigration, when did it matter what foreigners want, more than what Americans want? When did that begin? Because when it comes to immigration, the issue is not what foreigners want or what foreigners demand. The issue is what do Americans want. This is the United States of America and the people we elect and represent us in Washington are supposed to represent us. This is what's missing. They don't anymore. They are representing people who are not citizens. They are standing up for people who are not citizens.
They're not standing up for the American people who elect them anymore. As such, we don't have a representative government. We have a government governing against the will of the people. The will of the people is universally opposed. The Republican-Democrat Party policy on just this one issue, immigration, but there are others. Governor Kasich and Governor Christie and Jeb Bush and whoever falls in line here that foreigners and immigrants are far more important to America's future than Americans are. They spend all of this time telling us about the plight of foreigners. I realize foreigner is a dirty word, we're not supposed to say that. Okay. They tell us about the plight of people who live in Mexico, in El Salvador, and other poor nations around the world.
We have to hear about that. We know that. It's not our fault. We somehow, though, are gonna be blamed or punished or what have you. It's our responsibility somehow to change their circumstances, and we get to hear about how immigration's an act of love. Yes, it's what Jeb says. These immigrants, they love America. Oh, we don't? This has nothing to do, none of that, what the immigrants want, what the illegals want, what Jorge Ramos wants, nothing to do with what is supposed to be the basis of a nation's immigration policy....
The issue is what American citizens want and desire, and they express that by virtue of elections.
I have to take another break because I'm up against it on time. We'll be back.
RUSH: In the case of Disney, what they are doing, they're replacing highly technical IT workers who make around a hundred grand a year with foreign workers who make less than 60, plus the savings in payroll tax. They don't have to pay payroll tax for the three years they hire these people. And the people making a hundred, who have the jobs currently, are having to train their replacements."
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