Overall: This debate focused on domestic issues. I liked the format, and I think the moderator did a good job of keeping the debate moving and keeping the candidates on topic. On the various issues brought up in the debate:…
On the various issues brought up during the debate I have the following:
Auto Bailout: Rick Santorum said he opposed the bailout because he did not think that government involvement is not the best method for the restructuring. Mitt Romney said that he wrote an Op-Ed in the WSJ opposing a loan package, recommending a managed bankruptcy and help coming out of bankruptcy. He said he supported TARP in order to loosing all the banks and having the entire financial sector going down. Then later the companies actually went through a managed bankruptcy, and the President gave the companies to the UAW; which was a big part of the problem. Newt Gingrich said the problem with the US auto industry was a management system that could not deal with the UAW. Newt said that he agreed to with Mitt, and that President Obama violated 200 years of bankruptcy law in an unprecedented manner and screwed all the bond holders. Ron Paul that the government and politicians were the primary problem in the auto industry.
Overall: I was about 30 minutes late tuning into the debate, so I missed the a couple of the early items. Hats off to the crowd for showing their displeasure when Ron Paul was passed over on the Right to Life question. They forced John King to back up and include Ron Paul on the issue. I give the South Carolina crowds 5 Stars in these 2 debates……..
I am a firm believer that there is a message in most things, it is just a matter of being willing to see it. The world has entered an era where debt levels, at every level of economic activity, have taken on a new focus and level of importance. Everyone, everywhere is now concerned about debt. The financial crisis of 2008 has resulted in a world wide de-leveraging process.
This has been a long time coming as politicians at every level have attempted to bribe voters into believing that they could have their cake and still be able to eat it. This has been by spending far more than they receive in tax revenue. World wide politicians have been on a dangerous fiscal bender by ignoring the 1st Rule of Economic which is that there is no such thing as a free lunch.
As the week winds down, and I look back at the events of the week; the negotiations over the U.S. Debt Ceiling dominated the news. However in looking at the press stories concerning the negotiations, for the most part they seem about as informative as talking to my dog.
The vast majority of the stories I have reviewed are more focused on the petty aspects of the discussions and the ridiculous comments being made by Harry Reid. This is one of the most important issues of the year, and probably the next several years. These negotiations and their results have the ability to impact all of our lives for next several years, and there is almost no coverage of the real positions being taken by either side.
This is where I have a massive problem with the major media outlets. They have an inherent tendency to focus on sound bites and the quick and easy aspects of a story.
It did not take long to find a web site dedicated to it, www.cutcapbalancepledge.com The Pledge is very simple:
Cut – Substantial cuts in spending that will reduce the deficit next year and thereafter.
Cap – Enforceable spending caps that will put federal spending on a path to a balanced budget.
Balance – Congressional passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution — but only if it includes both a spending limitation and a super-majority for raising taxes, in addition to balancing revenues and expenses.
I think the pledge is the common sense position for a solution to our nation’s budgetary and debt crisis. Left unchecked
The issues and news surrounding the U.S. Deficit has been sort of like low-level background noise as ever since I was a child. However its size as a percentage of the Gross Domestic Product and the size of the interest payments on the debt as a percentage of the Federal Budget has been growing ever louder like the sounds of thunder on an ever approaching thunder-storm.
I thought I would to highlight a recent article on the topic by