Politics Texas Billionaire T. Boone Pickens Trying To Rig GOP election against Donald Trump

Discussion in 'The Howard Stern Show' started by dawg, Dec 26, 2015.

  1. dawg

    dawg In The Dog House Staff Member

    Reputations:
    540,636
    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2010
    Messages:
    119,484
    Likes Received:
    90,774
    n-T-BOONE-PICKENS-large570.jpg

    T. Boone Pickens, who has thrown money at Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates only to see them wither in the face of the Trump onslaught. This is not the return on investment that Pickens was looking for, so he’s written a LinkedIn post or blog or whatever laying out his “big idea” for making sure that in the future we don’t just allow any old person to run for president: a bipartisan committee that will pre-approve acceptable candidates for the presidency:
    Certainly we can do better than what we’re doing. We now have a presidential election process that penalizes success and accomplishment and rewards those without battle scars from business or politics. You don’t have a record of achievement? Well, then the media shies from tough scrutiny.

    My big idea for 2016 is to put together a bipartisan screening committee that vets presidential candidates like we do anyone else applying for a job and recommends the best candidates possible. We have people running for president now who don’t even have experience running a lemonade stand.

    “We’ve turned our presidential selection process into a reality TV show,” Pickens complains, offering an unsubtle indication as to which candidate has gotten under his skin. “Right now we have a process that emphasizes accusation and innuendo… And just like reality TV, there is too much of an emphasis on the inconsequential and the irrelevant.” So this little committee of his is going to fix all of that by making sure only the serious people make it through.

    It’s a superbly undemocratic proposal and serves mainly to make official the fact that elite consensus is generally what motivates the candidate selection process. Pickens actually complains in his post that “pretty much anyone can run and be elected President,” but that’s not true – to run and win you have to ingratiate yourself to the wealthy and powerful to win their blessing. Pickens is having a moment of panic because Trump is winning despite not having gone through the appropriate channels for a presidential front-runner, so now he wants to set up an additional hurdle in the form of this silly committee.

    https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/big-idea-2016-lets-find-better-way-elect-our-t-boone-pickens
     
  2. dawg

    dawg In The Dog House Staff Member

    Reputations:
    540,636
    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2010
    Messages:
    119,484
    Likes Received:
    90,774
    Does this convince you of the dangers of billionaires trying to dictate politics? Probably not.
     
  3. dawg

    dawg In The Dog House Staff Member

    Reputations:
    540,636
    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2010
    Messages:
    119,484
    Likes Received:
    90,774
    I can just picture this committee. who would it be?

    The Koch brothers
    George Soros
    Michael Bloomberg
    T. Boone Pickens

    Do we really want these goons running our lives?

    @Bro
     
    Gigashadow, BethSucks, JFK and 8 others like this.
  4. Samurai

    Samurai Well-Known Member VIP

    Reputations:
    21,028
    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2012
    Messages:
    3,244
    Likes Received:
    5,050
    This is the same d-bag who wanted $$$billions in government subsidies to set up wind farms in west Texas. For which he would have pocketed substantial profits.

    I personally hate the phrase "crony capitalism" because it has almost nothing to do with capitalism. The "crony" bullshit hinders the free market and consumers from picking the winners and losers. Pickens is crony all the way.

    Screw him.
     
  5. dawg

    dawg In The Dog House Staff Member

    Reputations:
    540,636
    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2010
    Messages:
    119,484
    Likes Received:
    90,774
    He also bought up all the natural water in Texas, The Bush family did the same in another place.
     
  6. DDragon

    DDragon VIP Extreme Gold

    Reputations:
    49,909
    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2012
    Messages:
    7,221
    Likes Received:
    12,187
    He's a Jeb Bush fan :giggle:
     
  7. Turkeyneck

    Turkeyneck Howard's got one, not me VIP

    Reputations:
    41,544
    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2012
    Messages:
    3,071
    Likes Received:
    5,414
    Jeb fucking Bush...:haha:
     
  8. Getthepoisonout

    Getthepoisonout I regret my username

    Reputations:
    52,421
    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2012
    Messages:
    2,773
    Likes Received:
    6,079
    You may not like Trump but you certainly can't say the current process penalizes success and rewards those who are unsuccessful in business.
     
  9. kingship

    kingship Well-Known Member

    Reputations:
    59,380
    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2014
    Messages:
    2,445
    Likes Received:
    6,702
    George Soros
     
  10. fixer

    fixer I'm Retarded you Jerk. On the Power.

    Reputations:
    432
    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2014
    Messages:
    1,220
    Likes Received:
    2,136
    I would only vote for Black Bush

     
  11. dawg

    dawg In The Dog House Staff Member

    Reputations:
    540,636
    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2010
    Messages:
    119,484
    Likes Received:
    90,774
    I dont support Trump but i believe in fair play and not rigging the system.
     
    Graveyard, imissalison, ltd86 and 2 others like this.
  12. chrisfromvegas

    chrisfromvegas HOOLIGAN VIP

    Reputations:
    115,558
    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2010
    Messages:
    5,572
    Likes Received:
    6,948
    Jeb can do it...

    :cwl:
     
  13. Ba Ba Boolio

    Ba Ba Boolio VIP Extreme Gold

    Reputations:
    208,766
    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2015
    Messages:
    2,523
    Likes Received:
    2,732
    I'm going to make an exception in this circumstance and say he's doing this for the greater good but I don't think it matters. My guess is trump wins the nomination and loses the general election by a lot.
     
    BethSucks, Gusbuss and Vagineer like this.
  14. Pickle Jar

    Pickle Jar Well-Known Member

    Reputations:
    55,261
    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2014
    Messages:
    3,690
    Likes Received:
    5,494
    Jeb having no sex must be fucking funny. Borefeast
     
  15. ltd86

    ltd86 Racist Banned User

    Reputations:
    170,081
    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2013
    Messages:
    36,004
    Likes Received:
    35,131
    that's incorrect.

    the only question is if trump can win the nomination. if he wins that, he clobbers hillary - i guarantee it

    [​IMG]
     
    Chibbs and Pussy Tendon like this.
  16. ltd86

    ltd86 Racist Banned User

    Reputations:
    170,081
    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2013
    Messages:
    36,004
    Likes Received:
    35,131
    Trump needs food testers at this point. Every elite - the entire power structure in this country - is coming after him, which should tell everyone just how badly he's needed
     
  17. Stereophonic

    Stereophonic Well-Known Member

    Reputations:
    1,319
    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2013
    Messages:
    140
    Likes Received:
    308
    The rich white guys have been calling the shots since the beginning, his thought process is no different...
     
    FishySausage likes this.
  18. newcastlefan

    newcastlefan גֵּרְשֹׁם VIP

    Reputations:
    135,879
    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2011
    Messages:
    57,671
    Likes Received:
    16,993
    basically he wants to dismantle the Constitution based solely upon his wealth. Maybe he should change his name to "King George" since he wants to turn the clock back to the 1600s.
     
    babybear and basto like this.
  19. Ba Ba Boolio

    Ba Ba Boolio VIP Extreme Gold

    Reputations:
    208,766
    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2015
    Messages:
    2,523
    Likes Received:
    2,732
    I know you think so but you're a Trump guy. It's a matter of the lesser of two evils for me. It will come down to the moderates on both sides and Trump will continue to do Trump things, I say she wins by 10 points.
     
    Vagineer likes this.
  20. Dorb

    Dorb Lovable Old Pig VIP Gold

    Reputations:
    125,016
    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2012
    Messages:
    17,500
    Likes Received:
    18,544
    Strange logic!
     
    Ba Ba Boolio likes this.