Published: Tuesday, Oct. 2 2012 11:00 p.m. MDT
I am just hoping that Gov. Romney steers away from throwing out numbers and
percentages like "16 trillion" and "over 8 percent" and comments
like "cheating China" and instead, right in his opening statement, in
the very first words out of his mouth, he looks right into the camera lens and
says things in personal terms, terms that you and I understand, terms that
pertain to you and me individually, such as:"My fellow
Americans, friends. I want to lead us back to greatness. You may not know this,
but just in the last year you fell $11,000 further into debt. You, yourself. If
you are watching this debate with a loved one, he or she, adult or child, also
now shoulder that new debt. And that's added to the same amount that was
heaped on you each year of the four years of this administration."You are less safe. You have experienced the first terrorist attack on
sovereign American soil, our consulate in Benghazi, since 9/11. You are watching
the unraveling of a foreign policy of appeasement and apology and your
international enemies are emboldened."It does not have to be
like this.""I will . . . ."
George Will, in his weekly political analysis column suggested the reason Obama
is doing as well in the polls as he is in spite the very weak economy, the melt
down in his foreign policies in the middle east and his domestic scandals is
that most Americans want our first black president to succeed and are willing to
accept less from him than they would any other leader. I think back to the days
of his inauguration and before when Obama said he wants to, “fundamentally
change America”. He talked about income redistribution and he talked about
getting us off our oil based economy. Obama has not failed at all! He has done
exactly what he promised. He has fundamentally changed America. He has succeeded
in getting in to law the largest redistribution of wealth program in the history
of America (Obamacare). He has succeeded in making oil much more expensive by
printing money (stimulus program) that devaluated the dollar against foreign
currency and denying the Keystone pipeline. The problem with Obama isn’t
that he has not succeeded, its that he has taken us the wrong direction!
I know what to expect. Both candidates will be asked questions. Both
candidates will morph their answers into sound bites and prepared talking
points. We won't learn anything from either of them.
Romney should say "we're both millionaires, how about we commit to
serving our country without pay?"
We've heard it all about what to expect in the debate. There's great
expectations, low expectations, who wins doesn't matter, the other guy is a
better debater, and so on. Here's my bold prediction. Seen from here,
Romney, who's name means 'the chosen one' in Utahonics, will win.
Is this a request by the Deseret News editorial board for specifics? Is it an
acknowledgement that a certain candidate has not been very forthcoming in his
response to questions posed to get an idea of what he would do if elected
president other than ask that the general public "trust" him? Is this
really a demand for honesty and straight talk or is it just more of the same?With spurious accusations thrown back and forth, with misleading
advertising and a campaign of "zingers", with surrogates mounting a
vigorous campaign of untruths and innuendo, with candidates taking statements
out of context and running for the gold (i.e. only interested in winning and not
so interested in providing a useful plan), one truly wonders what to expect this
election year.Does the Deseret News really want answers over
partisanship? Then let's demand this remembering that the real solutions
come when heads get together in cooperation. Saying one side of the other is to
blame for everything does not generated answers. Perhaps that is what the
partisans want: No answers. No movement. The just want to stagnate believing
that doing nothing is far preferable to doing something.
I'm voting for Romney. But I have no stomach for political blather, so I
will not watch the debate. What if we all vowed to watch until we heard the
first lie? I wonder how long the candidates could refrain from lie, omission,
misdirection, prevarication, etc.?
PART ONE OF THREEFor conservatives who commented on my editorial,
above. Hooray for conservatives who think outside the box, and see
tobacco taxes as a good tax. To those who remain rigidly opposed to taxes in
general, please read on. We live in an age of complex problems.
Complex problems require complex solutions, but most people don't have the
time to look deeply into the issues, and want a simpler way to understand them.
People are vulnerable to the oversimplified solutions offered by
conservatives, who too often insist that a simplistic approach of less
government, less regulation and no new taxes will make things better. Blind adherence to an oversimplistic ideology is dangerous. Complex problems
require complex, case-by-case pragmatic solutions. Some taxes are good, and this
reality gives the lie to the ideology of the Right.Obama has done
more than any US President to bring Big Tobacco to heel. In the editorial, I
pointed out that on his 17th day in office, he signed into law the 62 cent
Federal tobacco tax hike, and the higher price of tobacco immediately reduced
teen smoking by 10% to 13%, and there are now 3 million fewer US smokers.
Yes, Stephen Kent Ehat, I too hope Romney will speak the truth. But if he does,
it will sound like this:"My fellow Americans, friends. I want to
lead us back to greatness. You may not know this, but just in the last year you
fell $11,000 further into debt. You, yourself. If you are watching this debate
with a loved one, he or she, adult or child, also now shoulder that new debt.
And that's added to the same amount that was heaped on you each year of the
four years of this administration because of the burden placed upon them by
President Cheney and his little friend."You are less safe. You
have experienced the first terrorist attack on sovereign American soil, our
consulate in Benghazi, since 9/11. You are watching the unraveling of a foreign
policy of appeasement and apology and your international enemies are emboldened
because they are watching the deadlocks in our government caused by my
party's refusal to try to work with our President."It does
not have to be like this.I will make things a heck of a lot worse .
. . . "
"Our own scorecard will be looking for substance and leadership. Who has
command of the brutal facts? Who can speak frankly and persuasively to the
American people about our perilous domestic challenges? Who has a clear,
specific and pragmatically actionable plan for improvement?" Are you
kidding? After all the billions of dollars spent on campaign adds, sound bites,
speeches by the candidates, and the news media critques, if we are still
undecided on who to vote for... shame on us. How will a "staged"
performance add anything of substance.
Sadly I wish I could have high expectations for this debate but I know better.
It will be full of the same grandstanding, mischaracterizations and failed
attempts to villains the other side that we have seen throughout this election
cycle from both sides. reason has left the building before the debate ever
I understand that Obama is going to announce his new economic policy tonight to
cut taxes by 20% and open up energy production across the country .. from oil to
coal. He then decided to scrap Obamacare and go with something more common sense
that won't bankrupt our country based on the free market. Finally he
decided to beef up our military due to the increased threats around the world.
He also made the statement that "you did build that business after
all"!! Wow - those three ghosts of patriots past did the trick!!!
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