My Opinion

We need to rethink this voting thing

I took the following assessments of presidential candidates from a column in the Wall Street Journal by Bret Stephens 2-2-16

1) A com­pul­sive liar with a per­se­cu­tion com­plex, a ma­nia for se­crecy, and a bald dis­dain for rules as they ap­ply to lesser people.

2) A big­oted brag­gart with a laugh­able grasp of pub­lic pol­icy and leer­ing man­ners of the kind you would ex­pect from a barroom drunk.

3) A glib mor­al­izer who is per­son­ally de­tested by every sin­gle sen­a­tor in his own party, never mind the other one.

4) A Six­ties rad­i­cal preach­ing warmed-over so­cial­ism to peo­ple too young to know what it was or too stu­pid to understand what it does.

I think that about sums it up. Regardless of how you may vote, if it is for one of the above,  our national screwing will continue for at least another four years.😱. Where is the middle-of-the road, honest candidate who understands our Country, our economy and the world?

Let me take another drag before I vote

Let me take another drag before I vote


Needless to say, the only reason this collection of misfits can get anywhere is because of uninformed, short-sighted and gullible voters, including voters who haven’t lived long enough or who were texting during history class (if there is still such a thing). Make no mistake, the mess we are in is not because of big banks, Wall Street, China, billionaires, CEOs or any other scapegoat. It is our collective fault and the society we have created mostly since the end of the 1950s.

A second lesson is that voters don’t necessarily live in the real world. Sanders’ promises to do things that not even a Democratic president with a Democratic House and Senate could do in Obama’s first term are wildly unrealistic, not to mention unaffordable. But Clinton hasn’t found an effective way to say that, and many voters don’t seem to care. USA Today 2-1-16

imageHere’s one idea to fix this mess. Let’s raise the voting age to forty. Maybe by then common sense and real life will have cured the mushy naive brains that vote.

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  1. So, you’re not happy with Hillary (1), Trump (2), Cruz (3), or Bernie (4)?

    As Will Rogers once said, “thank goodness we are not getting all the government we are paying for”. Keep in mind that three out of four were in the Senate.

    Also, keep in mind that the one who wasn’t in the Senate, Trump, is much more like a current day senator than the other four.

    Even after winning Iowa, by 4% or so, it appears that Cruz is all but done for. That is, he won’t win in New Hampshire, and even in states with great concentrations of evangelicals, like South Carolina that is up next after NH, I think he has little chance, Tim Scott (R-SC) just endorsed Rubio, Lindsay Graham (R-SC) endorsed Bush.

    With respect to Trump, we’ll see how well he does when the others gang up on him. John Sununu, former New Hampshire governor, who endorsed Kasich, started it today: “… The guy has no substance, he has no plan, he’s all mouth,” “He’s thin-skinned. Putin proved that — Trump likes to brag that he can’t be bought he’s so rich — Putin proved that he’s the cheapest buy in politics today, with 10 cents of flattery, Putin had him sucking up all the way. … “All his life he’s been a lefty liberal,” “He supports Obamacare. He’s all for eminent domain. He has told us he’s very pro-life. Even on immigration this guy has been lifelong liberal on immigration and now he’s a conservative all of a sudden. He criticized Mitt Romney for being tough on immigration and said that Mitt Romney going to lose the Latino vote because he was so tough on immigration. This guy is a phony and I hope the voters will begin to see that. Maybe they’ll notice he really has a long history of losing. From Trump University, to his four bankruptcies, to the Trump magazines that failed, to Trump Vodka that went out of business, to Trump fragrances that went out of business, to the Trump mortgage company that collapsed, to a whole host of things that is a line of losing. So he’s been trying to convince people he’s magic and he’s always a winner and he’s not and Iowa might remind people that that’s not the case.” That’s funny coming from a guy who’s got four major billion-dollar bankruptcies. He screwed his stock holders. The bankers put him into bankruptcy. They said, ‘Donald Trump, you’re fired. You’re fired like a beggar,’” To use his words, they fired him like a dog. And he downplays these, but these are four major billion-dollar, multi-billion dollar bankruptcies.”

    So, we’ll see. Seems clear that Rubio, who avoided Bret’s criticism, was the big winner yesterday. We’ll see if New Hampshire’s voters can live up to the state motto “Live Free or Die”.

    If you want to reform the process or vote buying and bring the politician’s promises back down to earth, the process doesn’t require a change in the 26th amendment (age 18 voting). Instead, have everyone re-read Article 1, Section 2 of the Constitution, reverse Constitution Amendment #17 to go back to appointing the Senators by the state legislatures, and reform the income tax in Amendment #16. The Amendment #17 needs to pass so we stop having situations where the feds simply shift financial burdens to the states. In terms of vote buying, change amendment #16 so that each incremental amount of income taxes is specifically identified relative to the approved spending whenever the federal legislators propose a tax to fund some government program that is not specifically enumerated in the federal Constitution (defense, federal courts, Congress, etc.). Then, the necessary funding for the new program would start in the calendar year prior to the calendar year the program would take effect – and let’s see what gets taxpayer approval.

    I wouldn’t take away anyone’s right to vote, but, I would limit the federal legislature’s ability to spend other people’s money.

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    • Very well said, Jack. Cruz is a despicable domestic political terrorist who is ideologically addicted to destroying the American government. One of his most strident campaign promises is that he will never work with Democrats to accomplish anything in Washington. Cruz is an unabashed pathological liar and a huge threat to our nation who must be stopped and discarded like political road kill .

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      • Well, I don’t know Senator Cruz. So, I’ am not sure that he is as evil as you suggest.

        But, the politician who comes closest to attempting to accomplish what I suggested above without going to the trouble of amending the Constitution would be Carly Fiorina (sp?) who proposes something she calls “zero based budgeting”. Not sure what that is either.

        We need something that is not left to the political class de jour. Instead, we need changes to the 17th and 16th Amendments, approved by Congress and 38 states, or through an Article V convention and 38 states.

        Are Americans angry enough to force that change? Or, are too many Americans willing to allow the vote buying contest to continue?

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      • Jack, if you are an observer of current events in politics, you do not need to be personally acquainted with Cruz to know that everything I said is true. He orchestrated a shutdown of our government attempting to further his deranged conservative ideology and then denied it on national television. His standard stump speech regarding the PPACA is entirely patently false. He opposes the PPACA for purely personal ideological penchants with no regard for the impact on American citizens. The only time Cruz is not lying is when he is not talking.Carly Fiorina’s Teapublikkkan debate statements have all been fact checked to be totally or in part false. Her attacks upon Planned Parenthood were based upon falsified videos from people who have since been indicted. The board of directors of HP fired her for incompetency. Not only, as Trump said, is she too butt ugly to be president, but also she is a liar who closely rivals Ted Cruz with those skills. The top 1% have beaten down common American citizens to the point where they are working two or three minimum wage jobs to survive and they have no time to be politically well informed. Recent TV interviews of Iowa voters revealed that they have no idea what is happening in the real world. They voted against their own self interests when they voted for Cruz because they are totally clueless.Yes, Americans are angry, but they are too poorly educated or too poorly informed to really understand who is causing them to be angry. They have been beaten into submission and subjugation trying to survive in the face of incredible wealth inequality. They wouldn’t want the “vote buying” process to continue if they really knew what was happening to them. They don’t realize what the 1% is doing to them because they are working for mere survival in the most wealthy nation on earth.Best,Wilson

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    • Mark Twain, “If voting made any real difference they would not let us do it”

      The Big Banks and Wall Street are not blameless in the mess we are currently in. They created many of the conditions that tanked the economy in 2008.

      I like what USMC Major General Smedley Butler said in 1935. “I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902–1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.” Nothing much has changed in 85 years.

      The revolving door between Wall Street, The Military Industrial Complex and our government at the highest levels is well known. We no longer have a government that represents the citizens. The Corporations and Special Interest have used their money to influence what the government spends money on.

      I do not know if Donald Trump would make a good President or not, but the last 4 have not done a single thing that helped the average citizen. I do like Trump’s tax plan Exempt the first $25,000 – for singles and $50,000 for a couples, then limit deductions.

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      • Sorry, Trump believes in Kelo – government taking, eminent domain, etc. He does not believe in personal property – except, I guess, that which he calls his own. His tax plan is worse than today’s compromise – President Obama/Paul Ryan/Mitch McConnell crap. Can’t see why anyone would support Trump given his record (see my prior note) and what he promises (including his tax reform proposal).

        If you like Trump because of his tax plan, you need to take a look at Ben Carson’s outline of a tax plan – it is easily the best GOP plan out there (the D’s plan, is to tax as necessary to buy votes, to the extent they don’t provide tax expenditures to buy votes). Mr. Carson’s tax plan is a simple 14.9 percent flat tax, minimum of $100 per person (so all have some skin in the game), and the tax rate only applies on wage income > 150% of FPL (about $16,000 a year in 2016. His plan looks like the Hall-Rabushka 1981 flat tax design – where income is taxed only once (so, savings and investments are not double taxed). With low rates and an apparently neutral tax base, the Carson flat tax is pro-growth.

        What’s missing is Carson’s “Spending cut” plan – so, it looks way too much like a Reagan or Bush 1 concept – unless the tax reform is balanced with spending reform. Fact is, none of the Republican’s have truly identified their “Spending Cut” plan – deficits and increasing federal debt for as far as the eye can see.

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  2. “A second lesson is that voters don’t necessarily live in the real world. Sanders’ promises to do things that not even a Democratic president with a Democratic House and Senate could do in Obama’s first term are wildly unrealistic, not to mention unaffordable. But Clinton hasn’t found an effective way to say that, and many voters don’t seem to care. USA Today 2-1-16”

    “There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why… I dream of things that never were, and ask why not”
    Robert Francis Kennedy

    Come on, Mr. Quinn – FEEL THE BERN

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      • We are the same age. Have you lost your drive, lost your desire for a better America?, lost your belief in American exceptionalism? and lost your faith in our people? JFK put men on the moon. Have you no faith? Have you no optimism for our future? History shows that Americans can do anything that we want to do. Our “Greatest Generation” defeated Germany and Japan. Yes, we can succeed to the heights with the rest of the western civilized world and the young people supporting Bernie believe that, as do I.

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