LOLs about Singapore bring Nunn’s campaign to a new low

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We have officially hit the stupidest moment in this U.S. Senate election … so far.

Supporters of Michelle Nunn are crowing about an article in the Huffington Post about the origins of David Perdue’s “five basic precepts of economic development: regulatory control, educated workforce, water, cheap power and infrastructure.” According to the HuffPo article, before becoming a candidate Perdue referred at least once to four of these “basic precepts” as having been touted by Lee Kuan Yew, the former prime minister of Singapore.

Cue the reaction from Nunn’s spokesman, Nathan Click, on Twitter:

LOL! OMG! Actually, a better Internet acronym here is TWSS: That’s what she said.

Why? Because Nunn advocates for the exact same principles on her campaign website.

That’s right: Under the “Jobs and Growth” heading of Nunn’s ideas, you’ll find the following things:

Infrastructure. We need to upgrade our aging roads, bridges, mass transit and rail, water and sewage lines, and port infrastructure. We should do this because our businesses depend on reliable infrastructure. If we cannot get our people to their jobs and our goods to market in a speedy and effective way, we cannot compete in a global economy. China spends three times more on infrastructure than we do; Europe spends twice as much. Our economy is capital intensive, and yet we are making spending decisions that undervalue infrastructure. This not only inhibits our growth but costs Georgia jobs.

Workforce Development. We need to do a better job of connecting our young people with jobs. As I travel around the state, business leaders consistently tell me that they need workers, but that they often can’t find those with the right skills. We must work to expand public-private partnerships to provide our young people with training, experiential learning and apprenticeships that better equip them to meet the needs of employers in Georgia.

Energy. The US now leads the world in oil and gas production, surpassing Russia and Saudi Arabia. North America could become energy secure by 2020, ensuring our independence from Middle Eastern oil. New energy technologies will further strengthen our position and deliver competitive advantages to both our energy companies and those that rely on affordable and sustainable sources of energy. Our energy policy must ensure that we maintain this competitive advantage internationally while we ensure that this growth is sustainable and environmentally sound.

Deregulation. We need to make it easier for self-employed workers and small businesses to work and create jobs. They are often overwhelmed by complicated regulations. We need to do a better job of assessing the cost of government regulations before any new ones are imposed as well as undertake a thorough review of the regulations that impact all businesses to ensure that they are necessary, streamlined, and have a minimal impact on job creation.

There’s nothing specific there about water, but I feel confident Michelle Nunn believes in having a reliable water supply, too.

Does this mean Nunn is some sort of aspiring Singaporean dictator — or whatever it is her campaign wants you to believe Perdue is — as well? Of course not. Like Perdue, she advocates for these things because pretty much everyone advocates for these things, even if the Democrats whom Nunn wants to join in Washington aren’t always good about delivering on ideas like affordable energy and deregulation.

Before someone points out Nunn lists other things under her “Jobs and Growth” ideas besides these, well, so does Perdue. He did call these basic precepts, after all. But he has not, to my knowledge, come out in favor of caning people who chew bubble gum on the street, or whatever it is HuffPo and Nunn would have you believe his previous reference to Lee allows us to divine about him.

And hey, you know who else once said nice things about Lee? Barack Obama. So, does that make Obama an aspiring Singaporean dictator, or Perdue an Obama sycophant? I can’t keep track; it’s all so confusing.

Here’s one thing I am perfectly clear about: This is the kind of thing you talk about when you run a campaign based on anything but actual substance.

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Trefusis
Trefusis

"Actual substance" is that NONE of this has to do with the actual substance of Singapore or of why any politician, right or left, might wish to associate with the undeniable and enviable success of that nation.  'Actual substance' is Water, and why nobody named Perdue, in his right mind, would wish to run for office in Georgia in any association with Water policy.  And look, I'm a Republican.  Don't you realize that Cousin Sonny was constitutionally recallable, on grounds of Nonfeasance alone, for lack of governance during a six-year drought on his watch?  The State remains enfeebled and even endangered by Governor Perdue's Water Plan, utterly lacking new provisions for water retention.  He gambled that he'd win treaties.  He failed.  No back-up in place. 

Trefusis
Trefusis

This has, I agree, very little to do with Singapore's actually priorities, dating back some 35 years.  Were we to borrow from them, then I agree we would look at their appreciation of Water--but also at things unmentioned by these Georgians--of the power of silicon chips and broadband fiber for the common good.  In that way the city-state of Singapore was far ahead of any city in our U.S.A.

RantNRave
RantNRave

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TomGaff
TomGaff

@RantNRave How many people lost their current coverage that they wanted to keep and how many of those enrolled in ObamaCare pay anything at all? I do not think your numbers are correct but it is possible I am wrong?

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

nunn's campaign flagged the islamic relief "charity" funding, if they hadn't, none of us would have ever known about it. This is what the liberals describe as Republicans making things up. They thought enough of it to write it down and unwittingly disseminated to the entire world. People reported what they read. Why all the steam? Did we strike a nerve?



TheRealJDW
TheRealJDW

It is called understanding your sleezy opponent.

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

@TomGaff ---   "Yes, you liberals elected a "wussy" and now the USA has absolutely no respect by foreign countries"


We elected a MAN.  Not a posturing, braying, jackazz so full of hubris and bravado that he allowed thousands of americans to die for NOTHING.


You republicans should actually change your mascot -- the elephant is smart and learns quickly; totally unlike real republicans.


I'm thinking that, for the GOP, your new mascot should be Daffy Duck --  an assertive, completely unrestrained, combative protagonist with lunatic vigilante psychosis and greedy gloryhound  id.


Yep, Daffy Duck -- the new republican mascot.  Fits perfectly!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjB9jlDvUNM

TomGaff
TomGaff

@DebbieDoRight @TomGaff You are entitled to your opinion, no matter how warped it may seem to the hard working,taxpaying citizens of the USA! At least admit it, you support the Free Stuff Democratic Party who you want to support you from cradle to grave! Get an education, work for a living to obtain what you wish to acquire in life! Is that so bad?

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

George W Bush's administration would have put islamic relief right onto the terrorist watch list but then again, Bush was serious about protecting American.


obama? Eh, not so much.

Captain–Obvious
Captain–Obvious

Erm, you be forgetting 'bout 9/11, OBL eluding capture, botched wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, another intifada, etc. Bush II did a heckuva job keeping us safe, indeed.

TomGaff
TomGaff

Look folks,(as Bill OReilly would say), it is not rocket scientist stuff here. If you like the way POTUS Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi does things with the Free Stuff Democratic Party voted Michelle Nunn! If you are not a moocher/parasite off the federal govt(us taxpayers) and believe people should work for what they wish to obtain in life, then vote for GOP's David Perdue! It is as simple as that, your choice!

TomGaff
TomGaff

@HeadleyLamar @TomGaff There you go again, trying to confuse the folks! You know I mean federal & state taxes, which most in your liberal Democratic Party do not pay! Face it, most of your party is made of of moochers & parasites who want to live off the govt(us taxpayers).

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

@InTheMiddle2 @GA Peach  --  As defined by the EEOC --


The Equal Pay Act requires that men and women in the same workplace be given equal pay for equal work. The jobs need not be identical, but they must be substantially equal. Job content (not job titles) determines whether jobs are substantially equal. All forms of pay are covered by this law, including salary, overtime pay, bonuses, stock options, profit sharing and bonus plans, life insurance, vacation and holiday pay, cleaning or gasoline allowances, hotel accommodations, reimbursement for travel expenses, and benefits. If there is an inequality in wages between men and women, employers may not reduce the wages of either sex to equalize their pay.



TBS
TBS

I'm not impressed nor will I be voting for either of these candidates.


While it certainly appears Perdue will win I find it interesting that this race is not basically over. 

Probably speaks more about Perdue as a candidate than Nunn that in a seemingly safe state for Republicans he hasn't totally closed out this race as of yet. 


With that said Democrats are still are a few elections away from being serious statewide contenders. 

Trefusis
Trefusis

@TBS  On election eve, though, probably you'll regret not having voted even on a hunch.  Clearly you care enough to go with your gut, last minute, no?

Don't Tread
Don't Tread

So this Democrat is doing the exact same thing Democrats have been doing since the 90s.  Somehow that's not surprising.


She says "The US now leads the world in oil and gas production, surpassing Russia and Saudi Arabia" on her website. Liberal Democrats (her party) have done everything under the sun to kill fossil fuel production, refinement, and usage in this country...and yet she brags about it like she had something constructive to do with that.

Tiberius Constitutionus
Tiberius Constitutionus

@DontTread Your first 2 sentences could just as easily read "So this Republican is doing the exact same thing Republicans have been doing since the 90s. Somehow that's not surprising," and be just as true.


They ALL do it.  Left, right, middle. Doesn't matter. It's a part of the game. 

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

No campaign should last more than 2 weeks, this proves the point once again.  Who cares about this trivia?  It is a choice for another Obama enabler, or someone who hopefully has more to offer America. 

TBS
TBS

@RafeHollister 

Hopefully has more to offer?

You would be out of a job if you were getting paid to sell Perdue to any undecideds.  

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@TBS @RafeHollister I'd rather work for a septic service, pumping tanks all day, than be involved in some politicians run for office.  Deception is not something that I wish to be involved with.

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

RE:  Nunn's so called involvement / funding of terrorists as stated by the Perdue campaign:


Neil Bush, Pres. GHWB's son,  not long ago said of Perdue: "To attack an organization founded by my father, whose integrity is unimpeachable, to smear our organization for political gain, is in my opinion shameful."



Trefusis
Trefusis

@DebbieDoRight  See?  You must be a part of it, or else you have overtaken my own role in so doing.  It was diminishing returns years ago, so don't sacrifice a life for it.  If you want to serve this country the first part is to overcome the harm we have done.  And if you can stomach that, then the rest is frightening and a staring-down of Fear, and the last part is sheer reward, confusedly.  The fact is, we won.  Don't tell nobody.


OH GOOD GOLLY, we still want the Socialist Internationalle, or something worldwide accord as to plastic bottles.  OK.  No kid these days can bring herself or himself to admit, much less to honor, how close we came to vaporizing enemies and each other.  The closest the kids can come is with vampires, werewolves and the rest.  Fantasy.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@EdUktr Pretty good.


Especially in a mid term in a traditionally red state.  That is a 1 in 8 chance which is doable. 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@EdUktr and 538 has her at a 28% probability of winning


and obviously Perdue and his supporters know they're not going to just win this in a walk.

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

@GA Peach  ---  "He thinks Georgians are dumb enough to believe all of his lies."



You mean the SAME Georgians who voted a "credibility challenged" man (with over $1m in debt) into the Governor's chair?


Wellllllllllllllllllllllllllllll...............................  Perdue may have a point......................

InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

@GA Peach  Define Equal Pay- I think that is why it has not passed yet, nobody can decide on "equal"

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

@Figmo:  “Even she wasn't certain whether her charitable efforts had funded terrorists.  Unaware? Not aware? Same difference.”

The lies an innuendo about Nunn are amazing:

The ad purports to cite that memo: "Michelle Nunn's own plan says she funded organizations linked to terrorist." So the Republican lie is really a two-fer. The memo didn't say that she funded such organizations; it merely anticipated that Republicans would twist her record to insinuate that she had done so, during her six-year tenure as CEO of the non-profit Points of Light Foundation.

Back in 2003, before Nunn entered the picture, a Points of Light subsidiary called MissionFish forged a deal with eBay: sellers on the site were invited to give their proceeds to various charities vetted as legit by MissionFish. Over the years (Nunn came on board in '07), the list has expanded to 20,000 charities. One of those 20,000 charities is a long-established non-profit called Islamic Relief USA, which has garnered $13,500 for its disaster relief efforts under the eBay-MissionFish program. Bingo, Nunn must be a terrorist paymaster! Because of that chain of, um, evidence. Because, if nothing else, that word Islamic sure sounds scary.

Thing is, the U.S. State Department does not list Islamic Relief Worldwide as a terrorist front or terrorist sympathizer. The United Kingdom Charity Commission, which regulates the group with charitable givers in mind, says the group is clean. And as for IslamicRelief USA, that group appears nowhere on the U.S. terrorist watch lists. Which is why eBay still lists IslamicRelief USA as an approved charity in its PayPal Giving Fund.

@Figmo:  “Kinda like Obama was unaware/not aware that ISIS was a growing threat because the NIA had let him down.”

Otayyyyy…..if you’re gonna hammer Obama about ISIS, you should also put a sidenote or an asterik in your comment about how GWB STILL hasn’t found those WMD’s ……and America has been looking for about 10+ years now…..

@Figmo: “I would argue that it was Obama's own intelligence that let him down. Just how stupid does he think we are?”

Welllll………………….Nah!!I won’t do it!!!I won’t say that you guys voted Bush BACK into office, etc. etc. etc……………….It’ll just be too easy to point that out……

@Figmo:  “His deflecting blame became tiresome during his first year in office. Now it's become laughable.”

OooohhhYou sure do tempt me though, Figmo……you sure do tempt me!!!

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@DebbieDoRight Let me take you back to 2005.

"It is true that much of the intelligence turned out to be wrong," Bush said during his fourth and final speech before Thursday's vote for Iraq's parliament. "As president I am responsible for the decision to go into Iraq. And I'm also responsible for fixing what went wrong by reforming our intelligence capabilities. And we're doing just that."

Unlike Obama, Bush was no blamethrower. 

The clarification on which Islamic Relief organization received charitable funding came AFTER Nunn's CLUELESS clarification.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@DebbieDoRight The NIA didn't let Obama down.  He refused to attend briefings for the most part and didn't listen to them when he did.  None of the agencies reporting to Obama are surprised by the rise of isis, just Obama...who seems to be surprised by....well, just about everything.  Except his tee time!  I'm pretty sure he hasn't missed any of those.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@Finn-McCool Pretty clear to me, Finn.

He was responsible for going into Iraq with faulty intelligence and he's responsible for reforming OUR intelligence capabilities.


FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@DebbieDoRight Again, Obama was pretty clear.

Steve Kroft: I understand all the caveats about these regional groups. But this is what an army of 40,000 people, according to some of the military estimates I heard the other day, very well-trained, very motivated.

President Obama: Well, part of it was that…

 Steve Kroft: What? How did they end up where they are in control of so much territory? Was that a complete surprise to you?

 President Obama: Well I think, our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that I think they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria.

Note the "I think THEY underestimated what had been taking place in Syria."

Now I'm trying to finish up some yard work. This new format along with the new rules doesn't allow me to blog AND work. While I'm working everyone else has moved on, which is what I'm trying to do.

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

@DownInAlbany  -- OMG DIA -- you're turning into the National Enquirer for the conned!  To type, without falling over in uncontrollable laughter, that our CIC REFUSED to attend safety briefings is classic!!  It's right out of "Breibart For Dummies" playbook!!


Wow!  Andrew, would raise up out of the grave to give you a standing ovation on that one!!  You made him proud!!


(eyes:rolling)

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@DebbieDoRight you guys voted Bush BACK into office

Yeah, Deb...we re-elected what you guys called a warmonger.

Turns out you liberals re-elected an anti-war warmonger.

schnirt

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@DebbieDoRight The "avenge a relative" claim is BS, Deb.

Didn't Obama say all that dying was worth it? Yes he did!

"We knew this day would come. We've known it for some time. But still there is something profound about the end of a war that has lasted so long," said Obama. "It's harder to end a war than begin one. Everything that American troops have done in Iraq - all the fighting, all the dying, the bleeding and the building and the training and the partnering, all of it has landed to this moment of success."

You need to get on board with Obama. Both he and Biden declared the Iraq War a success. Heck! Biden gave Obama credit for that success. Candidate Obama declared "the surge of American forces in Iraq has succeeded beyond our wildest dreams.''

Obama has failed where Bush and our troops had succeeded.



TomGaff
TomGaff

@DebbieDoRight Yes, you liberals elected a "wussy" and now the USA has absolutely no respect by foreign countries. Bowing down to foreign leaders, what a disgrace! Probably Hillary would not even do that? Can't hardly wait for Bill to be roaming the WH halls around those young female interns! Fun times are here again, and you libs thought he had changed, just wait and see?

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

@FIGMO2 @DebbieDoRight  Did Obama say he was NOT responsible (overall), or are you just projecting what you THOUGHT/HOPED he'd said unto what was actually said?

Finn-McCool
Finn-McCool

@FIGMO2 @DebbieDoRight


""It is true that much of the intelligence turned out to be wrong,""


Who do you think he is saying was wrong in that sentence? Himself? No, his sources of intelligence.


I'm beginning to think you are  a Fox News watcher.

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

@FIGMO2 ---- We liberals elected a man who doesn't wish to go to war, and definitely would not 'fake" a war with a country just to avenge a relative, but WILL go to war to safe his country.


It seems somewhere along the way, the republicans mistake stupidity and hubris for honor and valor.  A Patriot, a REAL Patriot, thinks about everyone -- the sailor, the soldier, the airman............everyone that he/she may have to send off to die on distant shores.


He/She does not think only of their "street cred" and their bravado.


Obama didn't go to war arbitrarily for stupid reasons -- he went to war to SAVE AMERICANS; there is  big difference between the two.


Perhaps one of you repubicans will pick up on that one day -- I doubt it, but one can always hope. 

HarryCrews
HarryCrews

@TomGaff @DebbieDoRight


Mr. Gaff -


I'm curious as to when was the last time you spoke to a person in another country? Your statement is not true.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@DebbieDoRight Now you're just being silly. Based on what I've read, both Bill Clinton and GWBush may have believed there had been an assassination attempt by Saddam Hussein, but once Baghdad fell, and Pentagon officials reviewed some 600,000 pages of Iraqi intelligence documents, there was no evidence to corroborate claims made by the Kuwaiti government.

Need I remind you of the topic at hand?

I don't mind in the event you've forgotten.

You're like a run-a-way train. Abandon your ridiculous conspiracy theory and get back on track.

TomGaff
TomGaff

@DebbieDoRight I doubt you know any thing about the military, have you ever served in any capacity? Or is your knowledge of it what you see on tv or read in the liberal blogs. As a former Viet Vet, USAF, I have walked the walk!

TomGaff
TomGaff

@HarryCrews @TomGaff @DebbieDoRight Harry - If you watch Fox News(where you get accurate and truthful stories) you would understand. But I know you are probably a CNN, MSNBC type person? Sorry, you are missing out on the number ONE VIEWED news station!