Friday, October 21, 2011
Mitt Romney and Rick Perry suck and Republicans would be fools to listen to the media and nominate either one of these sucky candidates. Now that you're paying attention let's get into the first issue on the agenda today, the last debate for the Republicans on October 18 in Nevada.
Of course as usual a good chunk of the debate focused on attacking Herman Cain's "9-9-9" tax plan. The reasons for this is obvious, it's simple and whether or not you support the plan one thing that's obvious is that most people understand it because of it's simplicity. Understanding the plan is one of the biggest reasons why it's so supported. After all, do you really understand Romney's 59 point plan or the tens of thousands of pages that currently make up our existing tax code?
Also, as usual Mitt Romney took a good deal of heat regarding his support of Romneycare in Massachusetts. Romney pointed out a statistic that I think most people are misunderstanding the significance of. Romney stated, "3 to 1 in Mass like the plan". Now, why is that significant? First of all I don't believe that's accurate but if it is then we can't forget that Mass is also nearly 3 to 1 Democrat to Republican. Congratulations Mitt, Democrats in Massachusetts love the big government plan you enacted here. The 3 to 1 statistic you champion should be a red flag to Republicans that you shouldn't be the nominee for the party. We'll see if Republicans realize that in the end, the recent rise of Herman Cain gives a glimmer of hope that Republicans are paying attention to who seems like the better candidate as opposed to who looks the most presidential.
Gingrich also nailed Romney with some facts about his big government plan here in Mass but Romney then hit back with Newt and the Heritage foundation's previous support of mandates during the Hillarycare debate back in the 90's. While it's no surprise at this point that Newt and Herman Cain are the dream ticket for me personally that criticism deserves to be looked at. However, one thing I find fascinating about criticism of Newt Gingrich is that it all stems from things that happened over 10 years ago.
All of Newt's actions in the last 10 years and throughout most of his lengthy career are positive and his knowledge and debate skill stands second to none. Sarah Palin after the debate also stated that she'd like to see Newt get the nomination because of how embarrassing for Obama a debate would be. It's also worth mentioning that Newt has challenged Obama to the "Lincoln-Douglas standard" of seven, 3 hour debates with no moderator. Obama would be a fool to accept that challenge as Newt would destroy Obama with history and facts but unfortunately he may not have to because Newt faces such an uphill climb in the run for the nomination. One positive thing though is Herman Cain's rise. Herman Cain said in a previous debate as a hypothetical that Newt would be his pick for vice so if Herman Cain manages to secure the nomination against the mainstream media's wishes then the ticket I support could also become a reality and we can say bye bye Biden and Obama. I'd just like to repeat that Perry and Romney suck.
Speaking of Perry let's focus on him for a second. His presidential prospects are all but over because of his immigration stances. To be fair most presidents suck when it comes to securing the border because they are so afraid of backlash within the Latino vote. In fact, I used to have a Bush/Cheney '04 sticker on my bumper until a speech where Bush pretty much stated that he'd do nothing about the border and immigration. Newsmax magazine reported a few years back that Bush's "virtual fence" of sensors etc. was all but a complete failure and that's what Perry seems to be pushing for more of. The problem is getting more dangerous as the various gangs and even terrorist organizations now realize that planes aren't our weakness, our political correctness and failures on our own border are.
On immigration Rick Perry claimed that a fence was impossible because it would take, "10 - 15 years and 30 billion dollars". Of all people it was then Michelle Bachmann who pointed out that benefits, incarceration, etc. for illegals currently cost much more than that. That was one aspect of why Perry called for more technology but as I said before so far that hasn't worked.
Here's another point about immigration and while it hits Perry more than most other candidates the point you are about to read you've probably never seen before. Think of this since the politicians from both sides won't get you to.
We've been told for years that we need illegals here to do the jobs Americans won't do, right? If that's the case then why do we push so hard for educating illegals and giving them breaks on getting into college, as Perry has done in Texas with in-state tuition? Wouldn't giving illegals a college education then qualify them for the jobs Americans would do? Think about that one and good luck ever getting a politician who supports illegal immigration, (or is soft on it), to answer that question.
There was a question asked about "anchor babies" and the 14th amendment of the Constitutions:
U.S. Constitution - Amendment 14 - section 1:
"All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."
Herman Cain and Rick Perry deflected the answers to this question and began talking about jobs instead. Here's the answer that should be given and that I would give, politicians are too afraid to say this.
The 14th amendment was ratified on July 9, 1868. At that time, there was no food stamps, no medicaid, no welfare, no in-state tuition. Anchor babies are a problem in this country. The 14th amendment was never intended to draw illegals to get pregnant and run across the border to have a baby, (not to mention that all hospital care related to that birth will be paid for by taxpayers), just so that baby can be a U.S. citizen and you can then stay and collect benefits. This should stop and we wouldn't have to repeal the entire 14th amendment just propose a simple new amendment to change only the first sentence of the 14th amendment to this:
"All persons born to United States citizens or naturalized citizens in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside."
Of course, this will never be done or even proposed but it'd be interesting to see the amount of support it would gain. That said my thoughts of the candidates haven't changed due to this recent debate.
Romney and Perry still suck and can't be trusted to maintain a Conservative message and policies.
Santorum is pretty good on social issues but unelectable and likely not good enough in debates to really take Obama to the cleaners. Also his refusal to take a serious look at cuts we could do within the military that would eliminate waste and not harm national security doesn't match reality.
Ron Paul's foreign policy views, while much of it does face reality, his support of cutting aid to Israel and other true allies and isolationist foreign policy make him typically unelectable within the Republican Party.
John Huntsman jr. and Gary Johnson....wait, who? Yeah, exactly, forget about them.
Michelle Bachmann is a fantastic congresswoman and is very likable among Conservatives but I'm sorry she lacks the experience and knowledge to be president, (It's nothing personal but it's the truth).
Herman Cain is great and the only reason that I'd rather see him as vice president instead of president is because of his lack of foreign policy experience. That could be learned throughout a term or two as VP thus making him ready for the top slot after serving as VP.
Newt Gingrich is clearly my pick for President. His knowledge of history and foreign policy issues are the only reason I'd prefer him to Cain at the top of the ticket. Republicans should wake up and make Gingrich/Cain the ticket. This would not only make the defeat of Obama and Biden, (you know a debate between Cain and Biden would be fun to watch but Cain would have to put some emphasis on researching foreign policy issues more), all but certain but the debate between Gingrich and Obama would show just how ignorant Obama truly is about damn near everything.
I was going to add my thoughts about the Obama non-jobs spending bill and the occupy Wall St. socialist protests but because of length and switching issues I've instead to turn those into another blog post that will be up shortly. No later than tomorrow.