Watching the Republican Presidential debate last week in Las Vegas was somewhat entertaining but sort of like eating Chinese food, not very filling. Very little, if any, substance. Their bickering with each other seems to be a departure from the Reagan rule, “Thou shalt not speak ill of another Republican.”
Notably, to me, was the retort of Rick Perry to Anderson Cooper when Cooper pressed Perry to answer a question he had posed. Perry shot back “You have the right to ask the questions, but I have the right to answer with my own answer!” or words to that effect.
I thought Cooper was asking relevant questions. The voters would like to know the answers of the candidates to those questions, whether the candidates care to answer the question asked or not.
To me the most “business-like” answers came from Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich whether one liked their answers or not.
These Presidential debates don’t seem to be very productive in any event, whether they are Democratic or Republican. They seem to be more like an entertainment side shows for TV rather than educational.
Kind of like watching “Are you smarter than a fifth grader?” Brings back the memory of debates of the past, “Where’s the beef?”
Not much in the way of solving the jobs problem in the U.S. As to illegal immigration very little in the way of pragmatically resolving that situation except complete the fence between the U.S. and Mexico, perhaps doubling the fence and electrifying it similar to electrified fences to keep cows in their pasture. What is to become of all those illegal immigrants that are already in the United States and has been for years. And their children who were born here and are American Citizens with the same Constitutional rights as you and I. What about them. Those “anchor babies” Michele Bachmann so fondly calls them.
Being President of the United States isn’t easy. It isn’t just domestic problems, it’s foreign problems as well. The empire of the United States is spread world-wide. Much of what happens is currently occurring in the middle east. What are those candidates’ knowledge, understanding, and concepts of how to deal with the ever spreading “Arab Spring.”
Domestically, across the United States, thousands of Americans are demonstrating their discontent with life in the United States in the “Occupy (name the city” movement that has persisted now for weeks. Even Pahrump is an occupied town. Gary Mason, of Pahrump, single-handedly, demonstrates daily between Sonic Burger and Panda Express about jobs. He “Occupies Pahrump.”
Not much came out, to me, from those candidates about how to effectively deal with unemployment in the United States. Rhetoric such as “government is too big,” “we spend too much money,” “taxing the ‘job creators’” are just bumper sticker slogans—meaningless without detailed solutions being proffered to address those issues.
And the ineptitude of the United States Congress in intelligently dealing with the vast array of problems facing the United States, where are the proposed answers to handling that void of practical solutions?
That Mitt Romney may have had an illegal immigrant working on his lawn that Rick Perry was so determined to tag Romney with, so what? Like trying to kill a gnat with a sledgehammer. That isn’t the main problem that a President needs to handle. It is much more difficult than that—and its going to take a much bigger person than any of the candidates I saw in that debate to deal with.
In my view the political spectrum of the United States consists of President Barack Obama steadfastly trying his best to engage the GOP into mutually working to solve these systematic obstacles, being rebuffed at every turn, being forced to proceed on his own to devise and sell his own jobs plan.
The theme of the GOP has little to do with governing effectively. Their only goal is political, “Get Rid of Obama.” The question is will the unemployed voters agree with the GOP?Tweet