Last Candidate Standing

Earlier this year I, somewhat sarcastically, tossed out the idea of using electronic shock in political debates with the idea that every time a candidate lies, they get a shock. The intent isn’t to physically harm anyone but to cut to the chase. Paul Ryan claims to run a sub 3 hour marathon – zing. Joe Biden speaks – zing. Eventually you have the last person standing and you have the one who lies the least.

A few passing thoughts –

  • Every time a chucklehead makes the socialist claim, they should be asked to asked to define socialism to see if they know what they’re talking about and then asked for their timeline for ending social security.
  • For every dollar a SuperPac spends, they should be required to spend $2 to help disadvantaged areas like eastern Kentucky.
  • It is amazing that no one gets asks for facts to substantiate claims. The closest we’ve seen if the dust up over Ryan’s marathon time. The conclusion is that we elect on perception, not fact.
  • Romney’s statement that job retraining will be the responsibility of States and companies means it won’t happen.
  • Neither candidate can create jobs, unless the Federal Government starts hiring. Cutting the corporate tax rate means more cash will be help by companies.

In short, the economic problems can be tied to housing, the largest asset for most Americans. Greenspan, Congress and Wall Street allowed mortgages to be extended well above what folks could afford, housing prices skyrocketed and then the bubble burst. People can’t afford their mortgages, they stop spending (not good in a consumer driven economy) and employers reduce workforces. No corporate tax cut will trigger hiring, only demand will.

Final thought – with few exceptions, Bernie Sanders comes to mind, the primary focus of elected officials is to get re-elected which rarely aligns with what is truly needed.

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