I would invite anyone trying to decide how to vote in the general election to visit the sites of all the candidates to actually see the detail in their proposals posted there. You won't find much but a wish list from any of them.
As I see it, the main problems that need addressing are correcting
inequality, reducing foreign wars, and reducing the burden on the middle class
and small businesses. Correcting inequality boils down to shifting the tax
burden to higher income people and increasing wages for working people.
Eliminating duplication of government services should also be a top priority,
along with eliminating old government programs aimed at problems which no longer
exist, like expensive defense programs for aircraft and ships that were designed
to fight the last war, not the current conflicts.
I think we can forget about any new initiatives until until the country comes
back economically and the middle class is rebuilt to where it can sustain a
healthy demand for good and services, particularly those which can be produced
domestically. The most promising course to accomplish this is repairing our
crumbling infrastructure and passing a living wage. Forget about balancing the
budget until demand exceeds our capacity to produce, since only then will
inflation become a problem. Right now we are in greater danger of deflation. I'm afraid we're going to have to put major changes in health care and
education off until we solve these immediate problems. Of the current
candidates, Sanders program has the most detail but is a bit too ambitious,
Clinton and Trump the least and the most stuff that goes in the wrong direction.
Check it out for yourself.
I think we will be relying mainly on the current government staffing to
carry on. All of these candidates lack the experience to address our immediate
problems, including Clinton, who will likely continue what we've been doing
wrong all along. Sanders knows what needs to be done, but lacks the executive
experience to carry it out. Trump is promising some of the right things in the
area of trade and jobs, but the way he is proposing to do it will make things
worse. If he continues just blowing smoke like he is now it's hard to see how he
will accomplish any of the reasonable things he is proposing, and other things
he is proposing will be a disaster. Forget the other three. They're either
living in the past, governed by ideology, or lack any understanding of political
Thursday, March 03, 2016
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