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Last night’s Republican debate in Vegas

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Are 8 minds always better than 1?

Are 8 minds always better than 1?

Politicians are breaking out all over this week as the 2012 Presidential Election is officially on.  First, there was the Republican Presidential Debate hosted by Brian Williams at the Ronald Reagan Library.  Then Obama’s pitch to Congress to pass his more than 400 billion dollar job creation package NOW.   You can go deep on both by following the links below and in the Daily Dose but just to get your attention – did anyone else notice that Michelle Bachmann wore the same blouse in Simi Valley that she wore for the debates in New Hampshire?  (A nod to austerity or a suspicion her campaign was about to be short lived?) Or that Ron Paul’s stylist needs to tell him to pull the seat of his jacket down so the gap between the back of his neck and the collar of his jacket isn’t an even wider gulf than the US debt?  I admit we have far bigger problems to worry about but on a totally superficial note, there seemed to be a “too worried to pay a tailor or stylist” air to the whole line of ’em.. 

So, who won the Republican debate?  I think it was Mitt Romney – and not by a little but by a lot.  Romney is fighting … and finally cutting through.  He looked positively presidential next to a slightly goofy Rick Perry who was beaming and giving the thumbs up, a little like an 11 year old being praised by his teacher, when Romney mentioned his book, “Fed Up.”  Perry is telegenic and came out slugging but never seemed as cerebral or convincing as Mitt Romney.  His arguments about job creation in Texas did fall flat when you consider his state also has among the largest populations without health insurance and that no other state has as many workers making at or below minimum wage.  And if Americans already thought Republicans were mean, I don’t think it helped when Rick Perry told Brian Williams he hasn’t lost any sleep over the 234 criminals executed under his watch as governor of Texas… and the crowd broke out in cheers!  The exchange that everybody loved was when Perry told Romney Michael Dukakis created jobs 3 times faster than he did and Romney shot right back, “Well, George Bush created them a lot faster in Texas than you did.”  That’s the Romney people have been waiting to see.  Just for fun, I went back and watched the New Hampshire debates and Romney was practically mute that night compared to this debate’s “Mitt This” approach.

The “not wild enough to be a wild card” Jon Huntsman continues to be a favorite if for no other reason, because he is so earnest.  I loved when he beefed up his internationalism by saying he would like to address the Chinese people with a speech he would give in China IN CHINESE.  He also gets kudos for being a Republican who takes global warming seriously – something his rival Romney doesn’t.  And Huntsman gets points for chiding Romney about his aggressive stance on renegotiating trade deals by saying, “It might not be a good idea to start a trade war in the middle of a recession.”

As far as Pawlenty and Santorum, I’m afraid they are morphing into the same candidate for me.  The whole time Gingrich was talking, I couldn’t get the song, “I’m still Standing” out of my head!  He has a sort of pasty, days of old look on his face but if you get past his likeability factor, he is saying some really smart things, like that this campaign has to be about more than the Presidency, it has to be about electing legislators who will support the President’s agenda to address our economic woes.  And that NASA needs to get out of the way and let private industry innovate and execute the future of space.  And you can mock Herman Cain’s candidacy but you have to appreciate his one liners.  I’m still laughing at “the Stimulus Plan didn’t stimulate diddly.”  But I loved last night’s 9-9-9 tax plan (9% income tax, 9 % corporate tax, 9% sales tax) because if 10% is good enough for God, 9 percent should be good enough for the Federal Government. 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/gop-debate-at-the-ronald-reagan-presidential-library/2011/09/07/gIQAmBJQAK_gallery.html

http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/story/2011-09-07/News-analysis-Perry-GOP-frontrunner-under-fire-at-debate/50307818/1?csp=34news

It's all about jobs

It’s all about jobs

Jobs, jobs, jobs … really job creation is all Americans want to hear from their politicians.  According to the latest polls,  Americans are the most pessimistic they’ve ever been.  Jon Huntsman published an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal blaming Obama for adding “zero jobs to the economy” in August.  A pro-environment, pro-gay moderate Republican, Huntsman may not be registering in the polls but his jobs program is eliciting cheers from Wall Street.  He wants to close ALL loopholes for the wealthy, lower the corporate tax rate and roll back Obamacare.  Where he might hit a roadblock is over his plan to eliminate the deduction on the interest you pay on your mortgage, one of the most popular – and the only in some cases – tax break for middle class families.  Romney hinted about his plan in a speech to Hispanic voters Friday, saying he is going to open up energy exploration here in the U.S., cap spending at 20% of the Gross Domestic Product and slash taxes at the same time.  In a speech on Labor Day, Obama talked about putting a million out of work construction workers back to work rebuilding our country’s bridges and schools and creating an infrastructure bank to pay for it that would draw on private funds.  His decision to abandon tougher restrictions on smog emissions last week was greeted on the left as heresy and on the right, as a small step that could free businesses up to focus on creating jobs instead of complying with new regulations.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903648204576552942759170496.html?mod=WSJ_WSJ_US_News_5

http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/story/2011-09-05/Romney-My-10-point-plan-to-create-American-jobs/50265720/1

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903895904576547014053423394.html?mod=WSJ_hp_mostpop_read

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904537404576552480448822072.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEFTTopOpinion

Labor Day Jobs Talk

Labor Day Jobs Talk

How to get Americans back to work or how to get our economy working again will be the focus of plans by both Republicans and Democrats that will be rolled out after this holiday weekend.  The Republicans are touting a “don’t tread on me” approach to regulations across the board, arguing that rolling back environmental, healthcare and labor relations edicts will free businesses up to … well, to do more business.  They’re also hoping to insulate small business owners by calling for a 20% tax deduction for them.  Republican strategists are warning candidates that addressing the debt ceiling didn’t really do it for voters.  Independent voters want action now to reverse a 9% unemployment rate that has been there for 25 of the past 27 months.  Obama is expected to unveil an infrastructure program to build new schools that would draw from moneys pooled from federal, state and local resources.  He wants to extend the payroll tax that dropped the payroll tax from 6-4%.  We’ll know more details when he releases his program next week.