Monday, December 19, 2011

GOP Presidential Candidates Last Debate

Did you see the debate last Thursday night?

I had watched nearly all the previous debates and had found that each debate was worse than the one before it but each debate did confirm what I had thought for a long time which left me with this question. How can the Republican party, which speaks for many Americans, field a group of presidential candidates where you feel you are choosing the best of the worst rather than the best of the best?

As to Thursday night’s debate, these are some of my observations.

First and most important to me was that not one question was asked nor did one candidate ever refer to the plight of the middle class. The Republican candidates all live and think in a very small world.

The candidates discussed abortion, gay marriage, Israel, Jordan, general foreign policy, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and other issues that are all important but in these times, less immediately important than the horrible financial problems facing the American middle class who have had their businesses destroyed, their health care fall behind that of more than 40 other countries in the world, and their education system, both K-12 and higher education, no longer produces graduates who can compete against the college graduates from countries we previously considered second class. All of the discussions never concentrated on the most important issue, that is, “Why are the rich getting richer and everyone else getting poorer?” The man on the street now believes he has no place in the economic prosperity of the future.

I am disgusted with the constant argument that reducing taxes on the rich will create jobs.

I am fairly wealthy and have a very substantial income and am part of the top 1%. I can tell you I would have no problem paying more taxes if it would help the middle class.

As to my creating more jobs if I had more money because of less taxes, I can tell you that is simply not true.

If you reduce my taxes, all that will happen is that I’ll have more cash in my savings account.

The GOP must stop protecting their rich friends who now can’t spend what they make.
I am sickened by the morality which the GOP claims it has while it screws the little guy.

1 comment:

  1. The more things change, the more they remain the same

    This letter was published by the NEW YORK TIMES and other major newspapers in Nov. 2006. It still applies today.

    To the Editor:

    Now that the election is over, the Republicans might appreciate some advice: If you intend to regain power, consider getting back to basics. Lower taxes, more freedom and less government are what Republicans care about. Immigration and the Iraq mess are important, too.

    Instead of paying attention, the leadership allowed members to engage in self-dealing beyond comprehension, allowed out-of-control spending and looked the other way as the system was abused.

    More advice: Consider fielding candidates who care more about the people than lining their pockets with ill-gotten gains. It's amazing what a few honest people can accomplish.

    And finally, visit your G.O.P. Web site and read the section on what a Republican is, follow the basics and maybe, just maybe, you'll be back in power one day.

    Bruce Feher
    Las Vegas, Nov. 8, 2006