If you’re anything like me, watching the presidential debates can be frustrating, annoying, and . . . well, insert your own adverb here.
Why didn’t he say this? How could he have missed saying that?
Well, I decided I couldn’t take any more of this so, I decided to list some rather obvious responses to some of the assertions that have been made thus far, and which I am certain will be so again.
First Assertion: President Obama is a failed president. He has reduced neither the deficit nor the unemployment rate. He promised so much and has delivered so little.
- Republican leaders stated publically that they would do everything in their to ensure that no piece of the President’s legislation would ever pass—not in the interests of the country, or because of ideology, but to deny him a second term. With the exception of the President’s healthcare and stimulus bills, the GOP’s strategy has worked almost flawlessly thus far.
Second Assertion: Mitt Romney is a compassionate and caring person, not the robotic über-technocrat he is sometimes portrayed as.
- Gov. Romney may have demonstrated that he cares for individuals in whom he is invested personally or emotionally, but that doesn’t necessarily translate into caring for a nation’s citizens. A president must show compassion for all Americans—not just a chosen few. His “forty-seven percent” comment strongly indicated that only fifty-three percent of Americans will be entitled to his attention.
- I’ll never forget when, during the administration of the first George Bush, he and Barbara were asked something along the lines of what they would do if their daughter told them she wanted to have an abortion. There response was that they would comfort, counsel, commiserate with, and console her—not treat her as a criminal. Why is it that people will make moral exception for those they know and/or love personally—but are unwilling to make exceptions for those they don’t.
Third Assertion: Look at the unemployment numbers. Under President Obama, more Americans—women especially—are out of work than ever before, and it’s all his fault.
- Republicans claim that under Obama, unemployment has increased in this country, notwithstanding the numbers of people going back to work. According to news reports, a disproportionate number of the job losses during the past four years, were in the public sector: teachers, social workers, and other civil servants—and overwhelmingly women, by the way. These new unemployed were, in fact, “furloughed” by Republican-controlled state legislatures.
Fourth Assertion: Under this administration, the deficit has ballooned.
- Sometime during the end of the previous administration—I believe it was during Bush’s second term—it was publicly acknowledged that the cost of the Iraq war had not been included in previous budgets, but had been part of a separate, secret one. The deficit that Obama inherited included those trillions.
Fifth Assertion: With the economy still sluggish the country needs somebody at the helm who is businessman, who knows how to create jobs, and who understands small business. That man is Mitt Romney.
- People continue to make this mistake; it’s called a false premise: The United States is nothing but a business; therefore, a businessman is in the best position to lead it. The United States is not a corporation and cannot be run like one. The president cannot fire members of Congress who disagree with or impede him, and he cannot govern by fiat. He must represent all Americans—not just his own “shareholders,” those who agree with or support him.
- Being a successful businessman does not automatically qualify somebody to be President. After all, Ross Perot had been a successful businessman before running for office, and George W. Bush’s résumé was even deeper: he had a Harvard MBA!
- From all the available evidence, Mitt Romney has never even come close to understanding small businesses: After graduating from from Harvard, he went straight to Bain. He never created a job, never had to meet a payroll. Even George W. Bush (God help us!) had more experience in running a business than Gov. Romney. And we all saw how well that one worked out <Insert sarcasm font>.
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