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Left Turns, Fireballs and GOP Debates

Why do people watch races? Of course it’s to see their favorite driver take the checkered flag, but also.. the crashes. Is that also why we watch political debates?

In the early debates, we might have been watching traded-barb after traded barb to mentally score the good answers and the bad. Race fans watch the constant stream of left turns, on the same track, lap-after-lap judging passes and tactics in much the same way.

We get a feel for the strengths and weaknesses of drivers and politicians both as they work through the otherwise unexciting event. But what really impacts us as we watch these otherwise disconnected contests?

It’s the wrecks – the fireballs – the strewn wreckage after someone makes a mistake.

In the case of both the politician and the driver, everyone wants to see them walk away with no physical or permanent injury – but the actual event is what shows up in the highlight reals on ESPN or CNN depending upon the event.

Bachmann tried to push Perry into the wall with the Gaurdasil thing and lost control. Rick Santorum has been bumping into everyone and is ending the race with a very banged-up campaign. Cain shot to the front of the pack while everyone else was blowing tires and then forgot he was in the race – foreign policy is part of the event Mr. Cain. Perry has managed to hit the wall in almost all of the turns, but he’s explained to us that staying on the track really isn’t that important because President Obama can’t do it either.

Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman  have driven similarly. Neither has made a tremendous mistake, they’ve both been consistent, but in the end their race plans still has them .. at the end.

The ones still racing at the front of the pack are the ones who have developed a winning plan, executed that plan, and shown experienced steadiness in the face of car wrecks all about them. While I haven’t picked a candidate as of yet, I admire the deftness with which both Gingrich and Romney handle the terrible questions from biased moderators. Mitt finds a way to not answer their question without the moderator or panelist even realizing it. Newt lets them know their question is childish and stupid while answering whatever important point he does find in the question – or that he decides should have been in the question.

Front runners, also-rans, banged up cars and blown engines abound. Just like NASCAR and IndyCAR, we don’t really watch the debates to see the track – we watch to the see who’s got it and who does not – oh, and the epic, tire-screeching, fiberglass-spewing, spark-generating crashes.

The result of the South Carolina Debate

William Way, Jr.

It is seriously time for the “Right” to move back to the right candidate.

That candidate is Michele Bachmann.

Last night, 11/12/11, Perry continued to stutter, but fortunately didn’t loose his place in his sentence. But he did overplay his debacle from Wednesday night. He can’t let it go and move on. Most people on Thursday said “That was rough…but, he had already lost my vote. Poor shlub.”

Finally, Ron Paul demonstrated, unquestionably, that he couldn’t follow a train of thought if he were riding in the caboose.

Jon Boy has spent too much time in the sun with his eyes open. All he can do now is stare straight ahead hoping to see some light at the end of a tunnel. Sadly for him he is in a cave with no backdoor.

I love Ricky Santorum, always have. Yet, even I have grown weary of his whining “Come on everybody. Don’t you see that the only good view of the sunset is from up here on MY perch.”

I have wondered for several months why my Mormon buddy Mitt never gets fazed by people poking him with a sharp stick. I figured it out. For a sharp stick to hurt, you got to have substance, some degree of firmness. He is rather flexible on both point and principle.

Really, that leaves us with only the professor and the mother of umpteen portable people she has raised. Either of which (if I had my drothers it would be both of them) would be an excellent replacement for for the current “occupier” of the White House.

Here is why. Professor Newt Gingrich has the intellect and skill to school the boy from Hawaii (maybe Indonesia). Mother Michele (the smiley one, not the sneery one) could give that boy the discipline he was sorely lacking as a lad.

Vote for Bachmann/Gingrich. Vote early and often…remember Obama is from Chicago, where you get to cast your ballot for five years after you’re dead.

Bachmann Campaign Releases CBS Email Indicating Bias at Debate

An email was inadvertently sent to the communications director of Michele Bachman’s campaign from CBS news that indicates that Bachmann was going to be officially minimized in the debate.

The email is actually a discussion of Rep. Bachmann’s possible appearance on a web show with John Dickerson and crew. John’s response demonstrates what all debate watchers have known – if you aren’t in the top 3 or 4 candidates, you aren’t going to get many questions. (click on email for larger version)

It isn’t news that the debate moderators ignore candidates that are faltering in the polls – but it is news when they decide to email the struggling candidate and tell them about it.

Oh, and Caroline, if you need a job, I am looking for someone to book guests. It wasn’t your fault John Dickerson failed to actually READ the part where you told him that you had cc’d Alice Stewart from Bachmann’s campaign.

John.. don’t bother.

Full Video of November 12th CBS/National Journal GOP Presidential Debate

Join CDNews for coverage of tonight’s CBS/National Journal Republican Candidate debate at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

The debate will be hosted by CBS News and the National Journal. The focus of tonight’s event will be on national security and foreign policy.

What to Watch For:

Rick Perry will need to have a strong performance tonight to overcome a string of debate mis-steps. He also has little foreign policy experience which may come through this evening.

Newt Gingrich will most-likely come on strong keeping-up with his strong debate appearances throughout the year. The former speaker has polled above all other candidates in the area of the military and international crisis handling.

While his domestic policies are popular among Republicans, views differ on his foreign policy and national security stances. This could be a differentiating moment for Rep. Paul, positive or negative.

Herman Cain’s business experience may not help tonight. The 9-9-9 plan will probably show up somehow, but overall expect Cain to focus on his “peace through strength and clarity” foreign policy. Specifics have been light the few times he’s mentioned it in campaign speeches and his foreign policy views have not been the subject of any real media focus or debate questioning.

Mitt Romney led the pack in a recent CBS News Poll that asked which candidate is best-suited to be Commander-in-Chief. Among likely Republican primary voters, 26% chose Romney to Gingrich’s 21%. Cain and Perry were 11% and 9% respectively.

This may be the last debate that features the entire current cast of 8. Future debates will start limiting invites to those with a larger share of support. Expect Huntsman and Santorum to miss future debate appearances as their poll numbers have stayed consistently below 5%. Bachmann could fail to receive invites shortly after that if her numbers continue to hold right at or near the 5% mark.

Where to Watch: Here is the Recording of tonight’s debate – full-length (long blank pauses are commercial breaks, be patient or forward through to the next segment)

Michele Bachmann's Chinese Chips Comment Ignored

Photo courtesy of Zephyris

While Rick Perry’s “Oops” moment is one of the most reported from Wednesday night’s debate, Rep. Bachmann dropped a bomb on the stage that seems to have largely been ignored by the media – Chinese counterfeit computer components are showing up in U.S. defense weapon systems.

As long ago as 2005, Bloomberg reported that fake computer components were causing failures in multiple military systems. Some reports say that as much as 15% of the spare and replacement components the military buys are counterfeit.

While reliability and safety are prime concerns, national security must also be considered. If it is such an easy matter to get a non-conforming component into a U.S. Department of Defense weapon system, it would be even easier to hide code in those components that might cause failure on command or under a certain circumstance.

Senator Carl Levin spoke at a hearing on Tuesday relaying that his committee had investigated 100 cases of suspected counterfeiting. More than 70% of the couterfeit components came from China.

One weapon system reported to have been impacted by Chinese knock-off chips is the P8-A Poseidon military patrol aircraft.  A chip in the de-icing system failed and upon inspection it was discovered that the system had a counterfeit chip.

Counterfeit transistors have also been found in the Navy’s SH60-B helicopter by Levin’s committe. Raytheon, the defense contractor responsible for the components, did not know about the fake circuits until the investigation by the committee revealed them.

The GAO has also reported that the Navy had purchased counterfeit routers that have a high rate of failure, the Air Force had bought counterfeit chips for use in F-15 flight control systems and unreliable oscillators had been bought from a “prohibited supplier” for use in Air Force and Navy navigation systems seemingly for use in unmanned vehicles.

Sen. Levin testified that the use of counterfeit Chinese components in an Air Force missile cost American taxpayers $2.7 million to repair. Sens. Levin and John McCain are working on legislation preventing Pentagon reimbursement when counterfeit components cause problems. “There’s no reason on earth that the replacement of a counterfeit part should be paid for by American taxpayers instead of by the contractor who put it on the system.”

Defense contractors Raytheon, BAE and Northrop all purchased counterfeit components through brokers such as VisionTech who, despite not employing a single engineer or quality control expert, was able to sell components to defense contractors.

CNBC Debate: Your Money, Your Vote, Perry's Senior Moment

CNBC hosted the “Your Money, Your Vote” Republican debate Wednesday night and Jim Cramer is a loud bugger, isn’t he?  The CNBC financial analyst who is famous for his apology tour after he criticized Obama early in his regime was one of 3 moderators in Wednesday’s debate.  He was also the loudest.  Cramer’s perpetual outside voice lacked no measure of righteous indignation as he attempted to shore up his lib cred by yelling at the candidates.  It was clear from the start that Cramer and his colleagues were thoroughly disgusted with the general conservative approach to the economy.  At one point the topic of student loans was broached and the disgust from the moderating panel was palpable.  Students pay for their own college?  The horror!

There wasn’t anything about this debate that would be particularly interesting to those outside the world of GOP primaries.  It was pretty much cut and dry economic policy questions.  Not the most exciting topic but one that is very important in the search for our next President.  For the most part the candidates all seemed solid and answered questions capably…with the possible exception of Rick Perry.  Perry started out the evening looking more competent than he has in a while but then stumbled into the most cringe-worthy moment half way through when he could not recall the third of three federal departments he would prefer to put an end to.  His fumbling only lasted a few seconds but in Presidential debate time it was an eternity.  Perry paused, stuttered, repeated himself, and even looked to his fellow candidates to help him remember.  A few did shout out some ideas to him, probably just hoping to put an end to his embarrassment.  Eventually Perry had to admit he just didn’t remember his third point.  As a regular person, Perry’s stumble was forgivable.  We’ve all had those moments when we’re put on the spot and can’t remember the simplest words or lose our train of thought right in the middle of a sentence.  However to see a Presidential candidate fumble so horribly for so long on the debate stage was excruciating and it was obvious the audience and other Republicans on the stage felt the same way.  It may not necessarily spell the end of Perry’s candidacy, but I wouldn’t be surprised to hear Herman Cain sent Perry a lovely edible arrangement the next day.  This will be all anyone thinks about when they hear Perry’s name for a long time.  He’s got a lot of work to do to erase that memory.

Speaking of Herman Cain, the big question of the night was how he would perform after a brutal week of shocking allegations and scandal.  Maria Bartiromo led off the night with a question aimed directly at Cain regarding the scandal.  The question was met by hearty boos from the audience, after which Cain reiterated he would not be distracted by attempt to assasinate his character.   The audience responded with great applause and from that point on Herman Cain was off and running.  At least for one night it seems Cain was successful in rising above the accusations. Also, Cain has a tax plan.  Its called 9-9-9.  And, oh yeah…9-9-9.

Gingrich continues to dominate as an intellectual heavyweight.  At this point I must admit that I am changing my mind about a Gingrich candidacy.  I’m not convinced yet, but I may end up eating a little blogger crow at some point.  The guy is good.  He made mincemeat out of every “gotcha” question that was thrown at him.

The rest of the field was fine, solid- there weren’t any surprises.  As always Bachmann is at her best when she is talking Obamacare repeal and Romney was as smooth as ever.  He is obviously fine-tuning his platform for generals, but it remains to be seen if the conservative wing of the party will bow the pressure of “electability” and “next in line”.

The winner of Wednesday’s debate was Newt Gingrich.  Cain comes a close second if for no other reason than he was able to rise above the media circus of the last week and stay on message for the whole night.  Losers were Rick Perry (ugh, I cringe just thinking of that moment) and Jim Cramer, because he’s a loud mouthed ass.  It wasn’t the most exciting of platforms but it was valuable in the sense that it gave the candidates a good opportunity to expound on their economic positions.

November 9th Republican Presidential Candidate Debate [full video]

On Wednesday, November 9th, Oakland University in Rochester Michigan hosted a Republican Presidential Candidate Debate.

The event was sponsored by the Michigan Republican Party, Oakland University and CNBC.

Attendees included Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, John Huntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum in another heavily-moderated game show-style format.

The focus of the debate was “jobs, taxes, the deficit and the health of our national economy”, and was moderated by Maria Bartiromo and John Harwood from CNBC. The panel also included Rick Santelli, Sharon Epperson, and Jim Cramer all from the CNBC network.

The twitter hashtag for the debate is  #cnbcdebate

Also of interest:

And here’s the complete video of the debate (3 parts):
Part One:


Part Two:

Part Three:

Mitchell & Ray October 27th: Perry's Plan, Student Loans, Amelia Hamilton

When: Thursday,October 27th, 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific

Where: Streaming Internet Radio

What: Join independent political commentators Rich Mitchell and Michelle Ray as they discuss Perry’s Flat Tax plan, Obama’s student loan project, and hear Obama sing.

Guest: Author Amelia Hamilton

Show Recording:

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Non-Flash show recording

Cain-Train Dodges Fruit – Cruises into First; Romney “Pantsed”

Herman Cain has claimed the position of frontrunner…. at least in one poll.  An average of polls provided by Real Clear Politics from October 7 – 16 has Cain in the slimmest of leads, just a half a point ahead of Mitt Romney, 26% to 25.5% respectively.  This is obviously well within the margin of error but it sends a clear message – Herman Cain is in this race to stay.

 

Of all the candidates in this race so far, Cain seems to be the only one whose meteoric rise has not been met with a total engine flameout, like Rick Perry and Michelle Bachman have experienced. The answer is quite simple. If one wants to achieve orbit one has to have a substantial vehicle and enough fuel to make it there. Simply put, Cain’s 9-9-9 plan has put him firmly into this race and in many accounts, controlling it.

 

While the two governors (Romney and Perry) were busy throwing mud patties at each other, Herman Cain was steadily making progress using a technique perfected by the great communicator himself, Ronald Reagan. Many of us know this as the KISS method – keep it simple stupid.  The 9-9-9 plan is more complex than three numbers, but it does resonate with a simple (yet not simplistic) idea of a flat percentage rate on taxes for everyone.

 

And while many of the other candidates spent a good part of last Tuesday’s debate picking up apples and oranges and attempting to throw them back in Cain’s face, nobody else offered up a straightforward, practical plan that actually and quite literally levels the playing field. In fact, with the exception of Romney’s 57 point plan, most of the other candidates have only given lip service to their economic plans for the country’s future. Ron Paul has posted his plan on his website but the fact of the matter is that Cain’s 9-9-9 plan is the one at the top of everyone’s conversation list.

 

As a legitimate frontrunner Herman Cain is now and will continue to be a target of the media as well as his Republican competitors. Yet as a successful businessman, Cain is experienced with the proven formula to become a winner. In the real world, it is not tearing down your opponent’s product that makes you a success; it’s creating a better product and promoting effectively. While Cain’s promotional skills could use some polishing, it is his product that seems to be doing well with more and more voters.

 

This is obviously a lesson the other candidates have not yet learned.  To a person, they all claim to be the best conservative and therefore the best Republican for the job.  Yet many, Mitt Romney in particular, demonstrated either a colossal level of ignorance regarding supply-side economics or a willingness to demagogue an opponent for their own political interests.  To have a so-called conservative (whose conservatism has been openly questioned by many) have Cain’s replacement tax analogy whiz right by him is the political equivalent of being “pantsed” in front of the entire school.  A true supply-sider can see how the dramatic decrease in Corporate and other embedded taxes will result in lower costs of good and services and thus counteract the increase in sales tax.  Romney, Santorum, Perry and Bachman either didn’t get it or they were merely engaging in demagoguery.   Not good either way.

 

So even while other candidates and pundits alike are still writing off the Cain-Train as a flash in the pan (offering up a wide variety of excuses) Herman Cain continues to dig it out towards the finish line. Now, an entire field of GOP hopefuls is counting on his tank to run empty.  What they may not realize is that the Cain campaign may very well have designed the ultimate fuel efficient vehicle. If this is the case, the rest of the field will only see dust from this point.  Time and, hopefully the truth will tell.

 

CNN Debate Recap: High Stakes in Sin City

CNN hosted the latest Republican debate in Las Vegas Tuesday night and many are hailing it as the best debate yet.  Perhaps it was the mere spectacle of debating in a city famous for excess, championship boxing events and gambling that inspired the candidates.  At points the debate took on the feel of a sporting event with candidates shouting over each other and trading personal barbs.  The audience responded with great enthusiasm to that atmosphere.  Americans love a good fight!

 Here are the highlights and lowlights from Tuesday’s debate:

  • Anderson Cooper took time out from quest to be the next Oprah Winfrey to host the debate.  Cooper is a liberal and it’s obvious he holds some disdain for the viewpoints of the GOP field, but he is one of the few liberal journalists who are able project a professional air through his biases.  He is a lot like Brian Williams in that respect.  Cooper was an adequate host and pretty much stayed away from the typical liberal funny business that tends to arise when they host events like this.
  • In news that no one cares about, Jon Huntsman boycotted the debate.  He claims his boycott was in protest to Nevada’s “leapfrog” of the primary process.  However, rumor has it Huntsman was taking time out of the Presidential process to mourn the recent, tragic loss of Steve Jobs.  Jobs actually created the original Huntsman prototype in his makeshift garage lab back in 1974.  All production at the Huntsman assembly line has been halted until further notice.
  • Michele Bachmann had a stellar night with her “sexy-librarian meets Isaac from Loveboat” terrycloth jacket.  As usual the tiny, tea party tactician exhibited an experienced understanding of the tax system and the lethal effects of over-regulation on the American economy.  She was one of the few candidates who actually called out Obama’s policies by name.  She looked strong and confident.  It was a good night for Mrs. Bachmann.
  • Herman Cain put in another fine performance, although perhaps not his best.  His meteoric, almost bizarre rise to the top of the field now puts him in the position of having a higher standard to perform to.  He did not reach that standard in this debate.  However, the most interesting thing about Cain right now is his 9-9-9 plan.  There has been considerable debate over the merits of his plan – in the media and among conservatives specifically.  Anderson Cooper started the debate with a question about 9-9-9.  The candidates spent nearly 20 minutes grilling Cain about the plan.  It was mentioned dozens of times in the first hour of the debate.  It might not be the best plan in the world but everyone is talking about it.   Everyone.  Its classic, brilliant branding from the man who turned around Godfather’s Pizza.
  • Rick Perry started out the debate with the energy of a man who had his first 5-hour Energy drink 20 minutes before the event began.  It was refreshing to see him so energized, but he quickly faded back into the Perry of Debates Past, stammering and struggling to form his thoughts and responses.
  • Mitt looked as solid as ever.  As the media-proclaimed front runner he was the most obvious target for all the candidates.  At times Mitt was forced to chastise his opponents for talking over him.  His exchanges with Perry were particularly feisty.  Romney is an experienced campaigner.  He is nearly unflappable in debates, but a chink in the armor may have been revealed Tuesday night.  He did seem agitated at having to answer question after question regarding Romneycare.  His colleagues should note that pressing Romney continuously about the same issue seems to be the key to throwing him off his game.
  • Newt is still super smart, but will Republicans vote for him?
  • Ron Paul put in the typical Ron Paul performance.  His supporters were out in full force, as usual.  As a physician and man of faith, Paul is unparalleled in his rhetoric on healthcare reform and individual freedom.  He’s the type of man who can have every person in the audience nodding their heads and cheering when he talks about the need for every person to take responsibility for their own decisions in life, and not wasting tax dollars trying to prevent people from making bad decisions.  Then Paul starts talking foreign policy and makes it painfully obvious that he has very little understanding of the nuances of foreign relations. Republicans don’t like that.
  • Rick Santorum probably had his best performance to date Tuesday night.  He was strong and pointed.  It is obvious Santorum is courting the family values vote.  He spoke about faith and the family as the bedrock of American society.  He was the only candidate who addressed the issue of eroding religious freedom in America.  Santorum is so far to the back of the pack it’s puzzling as to why he continues to push forward.  Could it be that Rick Santorum is actually running based on his own concerns, and not the polls? Gasp!

The GOP debate train rolls on with the next debate scheduled to be hosted in Michigan by CNBC, November 9th.  It remains to be seen whether or not Jon Hunstman will be finished charging his batteries and updating his software in time to participate.

October 18th CNN Republican Debate [Full Video & Poll]

Photo: Antoine Taveneaux

Overview

At 8pm on Tuesday October 18th, CNN and the Western Republican Leadership Conference hested the most recent in a line of GOP Presidential debates.

Many of the early front-runners have struggled in the most recent debates. Mitt Romney has seen his once-formidable lead become second pace to a rotating cadre of new blood. Rick Perry stumbled in the last two debates and Michele Bachmann never recovered from her Gaurdasil/autism claim. Herman Cain now enjoys front-runner status and seemed to hold up to the increased scrutiny in the debate on October 11th.

Tuesday night’s debate promised to focus on Herman Cain and Mitt Romney – the two front-runners. Herman Cain defended his 9-9-9 plan using fruit analogies and Romney fumbled on everything from illegal immigration to Romneycare.

This was by far the most argumentative and least informative debate of the season. CNN’s Anderson Cooper was out to get the candidates to wrestle – informing voters wasn’t in CNN’s interest.

Jon Huntsman chose to boycott the debate due to Nevada’s primary scheduling battle with New Hampshire. Huntsman will instead hold a campaign event Tuesday morning.

Participants

Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum

Video/Streaming

The debate was held at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada and aired on CNN.

Full Video of the Debate (from RCP):

The Debate in 100 seconds (TPM):

Cain and Romney in a fruit fight over 9-9-9:

Perry and Romney Spar on Illegal Immigration:

Ron Paul on Obamacare:

Santorum and Romney on Romneycare:

Herman Cain Negotiates With Terrrorists:
Wanting Cain to do well, this and the fruit exchange blew it. Listen as Herman Cain tells us that he wouldn’t negotiate with terrorists, except in certain cases. No negotiating with terrorists.. except?

and here’s the transcript:

Herman Cain, let me ask this to you. A few hours ago you were asked by Wolf Blitzer, if al Qaeda had an American soldier in captivity, and they demanded the release of everyone at Guantanamo Bay, would you release them? And you said, quote: “I can see myself authorizing that kind of a transfer. Can you explain?

HERMAN CAIN, PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: The rest of the statement was quite simply, you would have to consider the entire situation. But let me say this first, I would have a policy that we do not negotiate with terrorists. We have to lay that principle down first.

Now being that you have to look at each individual situation and consider all the facts. The point that I made about this particular situation is that I’m sure Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had to consider a lot of things before he made that.

So on the surface, I don’t think we can say he did the right thing or not. A responsible decision-maker would have considered everything.

 

Bachmann on Obama’s Illegal Immigrant Family:

Ron Paul on the 9-9-9 Plan:

Other stuff:

CNN’s full transcript of the debate

Debate Poll:

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Jobs, Creating Jobs

William Way, Jr.

It is hard to imagine a presidential candidate that is not focusing on a policy for Jobs creation.  It is the latest pet rock for the political rocket scientists.

Here is the flash that is in the pan: “What will you do to create jobs for Americans?”

That is what the 2012 presidential race is all about.  Sadly that is the worst thing that the race can be about!  Let’s examine reality.

Government, regardless of whether it is local city government or national government, is capable of creating jobs.  However, the jobs that governments create are NOT production jobs.  Government jobs are in fact production-regulating jobs.

Free enterprise creates products.  The demand for products drives the creation of jobs.  Then as the demand for production increases it also creates competition.  Competition creates two key elements; variety and efficiency.

 

Variety is simply product improvement; either by the first company in, or by new companies seeing opportunity to compete in the marketplace.  In order to compete all companies generate better products, with refinements.  It is not a far reach to suggest that refinement in production is the constant movement toward more efficient means of bringing a more diverse product to market at a more competitive price.

In free enterprise systems two phenomenon happen.  First, quality becomes a competitive factor.  Second, price becomes a competitive factor.  Some buyers want the bestest and latest new “version” to the point of sleeping on sidewalks overnight just to be able to be first in line.  However, there is another breed of consumer that is price conscious.  They are willing to accept slightly inferior products or wait until the better product makes its way to the “special price” display.

There are of course other factor at play in the marketplace, but for most intents and purposes free enterprise responds to and grows through the production cycle of competitive demand for improved product lines.  This process creates jobs.

As noted above governments also create jobs.  In some cases the jobs created by governments are service oriented jobs, such as solid waste management.  A public demand is for minimal cost of keeping streets and public areas clean and absent of obvious infringements on health and welfare.  Yet, even with public services in demand for this particular product (clean communities) more and more governments find that contracting these services is more effective and efficient when contracted to players in the free enterprise marketplace.

With services of this type, where production is most effective under a free market, governments inherently choose to assume some form of regulatory role.  Interestingly, generally governments expand to meet a greater and greater role for regulation.  Giving government their due, they actually are quite adept at creating regulatory jobs.  That should not suggest that governments are efficient in creating regulatory jobs.  From a long career in working within government, in top management, this author can verify from experience that public sector jobs creation and hiring is a tedious and expensive process, anything but efficient.  Why is this?  Quite simply because the government hiring process is highly regulated also.

Once jobs are in place and positions filled these bureaucratic positions function as a restrictive force to regulate free enterprise systems.  Examine this list of a few of the regulatory functions which inhibit the free enterprise system:

  • regulation of school curricula
  • regulation on housing construction
  • regulation of business licensing (sometimes to the extreme of controlling home occupations)
  • regulation of property rental
  • regulation of home purchases
  • regulation of banking
  • regulation on what type of trash container may be used
  • regulation of water
  • regulation of dental care
  • regulation of land development
  • regulation of every aspect of environmental impact, which adds hundreds of thousands of dollars to projects
  • regulation of household lighting
  • regulation of what insurance a person must buy
  • regulation of product labeling
  • etc. etc. etc.

There is another aspect to government jobs creation that is very popular among elected officials and most candidates.  It is the salacious idea that Keynesian theory was actually a serious economic concept.  In fact Keynes was really simply pushing the agenda for broader government control over people.

Striped of its academic allure Keynesian theory is quite simple, as well as simple-minded.  It can be stated something akin to the following.

When the free market is transitioning through product development and identification there will be fluctuations in price and demand for labor.  To correct those fluctuations it is essential that government creates public works jobs, in order to stabilize the economy.

From that simplistic view politicians have grown accustomed to the idea that governments, especially national governments, have an obligation to fix the economy.  They then begin pursuing adventures into stimulus packages, bailouts, and government run ventures.  These measures inevitably fail.  Why?  Because government bureaucrats instinctively push toward heavy regulation.

When elected officials realize the great disparity between producers and regulators, and the natural course of a shifting economy to have highs and lows they then attempt, under Keynesian philosophy, to force (regulate) marketplace equalization.  The vernacular for that is “A chicken in every pot and a car in every driveway.”

Because government is designed to be regulatory by nature all these lofty attempts to meddle in reality do not assist anyone in “keeping up with the Jones.”  Rather, the result is to regulate the speed of the Jones to drive only at the pace of the slowest car on the road.

There is no question that Barack Obama was saturated with Keynesian theory while in school.  It appears he cannot think past what his chalkboard cadavers preached to him.  Well, one thing about higher education that so many undergraduates camping out on Wall Street miss in those early college years is that when one reaches the point of a Master degree or a Doctorate it is incumbent to reason for themselves.  Mr. Obama, it appears, has stalled at the front end of that learning curve.

Yet, we ought not to hold him solely accountable for fractured common sense about the role and ability of government.  All but one of the Republican candidates running for president in 2012 have launched regulatory theories of jobs stimulation and growth.  Those with the more exhaustive plans are in fact quite liberal about maintaining exhausting regulations on business.  Their proposals all focus on the concept that somehow a regulatory system can be creative of jobs and a competitive marketplace.

That simply won’t happen!  The continued appetite by Democrats and Republicans both to regulate a stronger economy and regulate jobs creation simply does not pass muster.  As much as taxation schemes, lengthy (yet hollow) economic plans, boasting about running a big government state make nice ten second sound bites they all fall back to Keynesian theory that government can create a better mouse trap for the marketplace.  That is the trap for both job creators and job takers.  Government regulation is a failure.

Eight key concepts need to be pursued by candidates and supported by all Americans wishing to have a reliable economy.  Those eight concept are:

  1. REPATRIATION of foreign production gains
  2. CUT SPENDING AND GOVERNMENT
  3. REPEAL the personally regulatory system of OBAMACARE
  4. CUT TAXES
  5. REPEAL “DODD-FRANK”
  6. SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE REGULATION IN ORDER to encourage AMERICAN ENERGY PRODUCTION
  7. Open trade opportunities that would INCREASE EXPORTS
  8. UNLEASH AMERICAN INVESTMENT by returning control of the marketplace back to the producers, and I don’t mean Hollywood.

The field is ready to be narrowed among the Republican candidates for president.  There has been some fun with a variety of front runners.  But, now that time has come to stop playing and return to the serious candidates, of which there are only three.  Of these three there is one that replicates Barack Obama.  The field has been and remains quite narrow of those deserving serious consideration among the Republicans.

 

 

 

 

October 11th GOP Presidential Debate [Full Video]

Overview

Last night, October 11th, the remaining field of GOP candidates faced-off in a Republican Presidential Debate. The event was held in Hanover, New Hampshire at Dartmouth College.

Participating was Representative Michele Bachmann , Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, former Governor Jon Huntsman, Rep. Ron Paul, Governor Rick Perry, former Governor Mitt Romney and former Senator Rick Santorum.

Host of the PBS television program named after him, Charlie Rose was the moderator. Joining Mr. Rose to ask questions of the candidates was Karen Tumulty from the Washington Post and Julianna Goldman from Bloomberg TV.

The debate featured a round table format. Candidates were seated next to each other as they explained their stances on a single topic – the economy. The debate addressed the economy in the areas of jobs, taxes, deficit and future growth.

If you’re on twitter, you can tweet your observations and read those of others by searching for the official debate hashtag: #econdebate.

The Videos

Here’s the 100 second recap of the debate thanks to TPM:

The full debate from Bloomberg.com

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And.. The Washington Post Recap of the debate:

Who do you think won the debate:

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Next GOP Debate: October 18th, 2011

Full Schedule of GOP Debates

Michele Bachmann: 999 Is The Devil

Alright, maybe she didn’t quite say it that way, but in tonight’s debate, Michele Bachmann couldn’t help but take a swipe at Herman Cain’s notorious “999” plan.  Watch the video below, and you’ll see what I’m talking about.  When you view it, you’ll notice that she’s extremely proud of herself for making the joke.  It’s actually kind of funny to see how satisfied she is with that little nugget.

What do you think?  Was it a funny joke?  Or was it further proof that she needs to pack her bags and hit the road?  Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter or Facebook.

Bloomberg TV is an Actual Channel: GOP Economic Debate Recap

Tuesday night saw the latest GOP debate as the Washington Post teamed up with Bloomberg TV (it’s a channel; I looked it up) to present the first exclusively economic debate of the primary season.  Charlie Rose was fairly benign as the moderator of the literal round table debate.  The candidates sat at a large table and spoke face to face instead of the typical podium format.

Conservatives and Republicans across the nation were paying particular attention to this debate for several reasons.  This marked the first debate for Herman Cain as a viable frontrunner since his explosion in the Florida Straw Polls nearly two weeks ago.  Many were anxious to see how his newly minted “top-tier” status would change the dynamics. This promised to be Cain’s strongest debate, as many recognize he is quite experienced in matters of business and economics.  Cain did not disappoint.  As predicted, his economic shorthand was appealing and seemed to resonate in the crowd – or at least as much as one can tell, since Rose and company refused to allow the crowd to clap or cheer.  Why does Bloomberg TV hate fun, I wonder?  Cain’s 9-9-9 plan has come under some fire in recent days as impractical, but the beauty of that plan is its simplicity and sound-bite ready alliteration.  It’s a slogan -something voters and viewers can remember easily.  Cain managed to mention 9-9-9 twice in the opening thirty seconds of the debate.  He took every opportunity to mention it thereafter.  Other candidates mentioned the plan.  Cain even had the moderators saying “9-9-9”.  Now that’s branding!  At one point the whole debate began to seem like the 9-9-9 show, which I thought was rather brilliant on Cain’s part.  He may not have the political experience and temerity of a Romney, but as the former CEO of a pizza company, Cain knows the importance of branding.

Mitt Romney had a typically strong showing.  It is obvious Romney knows what he is doing.  He is extremely politically experienced, he understands the primary circus and he knows the rules and how to play the game.  He is almost a campaign machine, but without the outward mechanics of a Jon Huntsman.  There was nothing particularly moving or interesting about what Romney had to say in the debate.  His answers were pretty standard Romney fair, but the ease with which he answered every question and every challenge was almost disturbing.  His strategy was nearly flawless.  Clearly Romney understands Perry is falling and Cain is surging.  He chose not address Cain directly, but vaguely targeted Cain’s tax plan and economic focus.  The one opportunity he had to ask a question to another candidate, he used to address Michele Bachmann.  One might have expected him to take it to Cain, but Romney seemed to understand to do so would only serve to acknowledge Cain’s legitimacy and give him more time to highlight his own plans.  Well played on Mitt’s part.  I’m sure his hair was proud.

Perry did nothing to improve on the dismal performances of the last two debates.   It seemed a round table discussion might suit him more, but faced with very little time from the moderator, Perry seemed to wither.  His answers were warmed over and repetitive and he looked almost lost at times.  Perry has waned in the debate process.  The best President isn’t always the greatest debater, but Perry may not have a chance to prove that if he continues to slide.  He’ll need to show significant improvement next week if he wants to win over new support.

Michele Bachmann was in her element as she spoke about Obamacare and the crushing regulatory burden small businesses face.  Her background as tax lawyer for the IRS informs her opinion of the economic crisis we face and it shows.  She is rightly passionate about the need to repeal Obamacare and the horrors that are actually outlined in the bill.  Both she and Newt Gingrich took the opportunity to point out that the “Death Panels” concern is very real and should be taken very seriously.  That being said, every time Bachmann spoke she continued to make it clear why she would make a better fighter in the House.  Nothing is more important to the health of this country than the repeal of Obamacare and Bachmann knows more about the legislation than almost any politician out there.  Conservatives seem to recognize that.  Although Perry has dropped significantly, Bachmann hasn’t yet earned back the voters he siphoned off in the first weeks of his candidacy.  It would be surprising if her campaign survives until the first primaries in January.

Newt Gingrich is the smartest man alive.  Even his jowls are smarter than most people.  He should be working in any administration that comes to pass in 2012.  He adds a sense of gravitas and accountability to the GOP field.  He is not a great Presidential candidate, but he sure is a joy to watch, and I think it’s been good for conservatives to have him present during this process.

After a great showing in the last debate, Rick Santorum was once again relegated to the redheaded stepchild status.  He was hardly heard from and had to fight his way in once or twice to even be seen.  Santorum is fantastic on social issues and clearly he is a committed conservative.  He was the only candidate to (rightly) point out that the breakdown of the American family is one of the biggest reasons for economic failure in this country.  It’s hard to imagine Santorum fairing well in a general debate against Obama.  He is not nearly strong willed enough.  He’s nice.  He seems like a good man.  He does not seem like a strong personality, and that will be vital in the upcoming elections.  Still, he always makes good points and the crowds seem to enjoy his perspectives.

Jon Huntsman was there.  I’m tired of talking about him and his robotic candidacy.  This guy is not anywhere close to any Republican’s dream candidate.  He’s about the only person in the race who would hands down lose a head to head election against Obama.  I’m sure he was a good ambassador but he’s a terrible candidate and he needs to take his tools and his software package and his IT doctors back to Utah.  He has a record there.

Ron Paul hates the Fed.  Also, Ron Paul loves Austrian economics.  Ron Paul is raising a lot of money as I type this.

It seems that Mitt Romney is the man the mainstream media has anointed as the next Republican candidate for President.  While there is a raging debate among conservatives as to the validity of that position, one thing is for certain – the man knows what he is doing.  He is nearly unbeatable in the debate setting.  He is unflappable and even charming at times.  It will be very, very difficult to beat Romney on the debate floor.  Those vying for his status will need to find other ways to challenge him.   Romney wins the Post-Bloomberg debate.  Cain comes in right behind him.  And for as confident as Romney looked Tuesday night, there can be no doubt that he is looking over his shoulder at the tea party candidate, Herman Cain.

Bloomberg TV gets an honorable mention tonight for proving to the public that it actually is a real channel.  You can find it on cable…somewhere.

 

 

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