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Monday, May 2, 2011

Leader, Leader, Where Fore Art Thou?

Here are some rambling thoughts on the next presidential race.  Mr. Obama has not come close to being the president so many thought he would be.  He, like so many far on the left side of the program, believes the answer to all questions comes from government, either more government, larger government, or simply, government.  The problem with more, larger, or just, is that it has to be paid for, and that part of the equation is often not included in the program.

When Social Security began, and that was back in the 1930s, there really was a separate trust fund that wasn’t supposed to be messed with.  It survived WW II, but it couldn’t survive the combination of Vietnam and the War of Poverty.  LBJ and company wiped it out, and all of the funds that had been collecting interest were used up.  Now, Social Security funds come out of the general fund.  Medicare is a separate issue, and those funds come from the insurance payments made by recipients and from the general fund.

As long as the insurance companies and the drug companies write the laws, and don’t think for a minute that they don’t, Social Security and Medicare will be at their mercy.  There are some that insist on saying that Social Security and Medicare are entitlements, but unlike true entitlements, these are paid into by those collecting.  One pays into Social Security from the first paycheck to the last, and one pays Medicare Insurance every month once one becomes eligible.

Back to that election rant.  Mr. Obama is not the president he could be, and as long as he continues his current ways, won’t be for much longer.  Many people seem to be just about fed up with the concept of spending far beyond what can be paid for, and that will all but eliminate Mr. Obama from keeping his position.

From the standpoint of fiscal responsibility, that leaves just a few possibilities.  I am personally eliminating anyone running for the office based on some kind of religious blah-blah.  Donald Trump is nothing more than a spoiled brat who has always gotten his own way.  He’s a school yard bully, selfish beyond doubt, a racist in my mind, and a hypocrite.  I wouldn’t want my daughter to marry one.

In 2010, Ron Paul should have carried the GOP banner, but the Repub Gray Beards didn’t like the idea of someone not conforming to their ideologies.  He still has clout with the Tea Baggers, and they still have lots of clout with the general public.  Gray Beards are still afraid of the Tea Baggers.  A forty year old sounding a lot like Ron Paul would brighten up the next several months.

And, that just about leaves Mitt Romney.  So far, at least publicly, he hasn’t brought his religion into the campaign.  Mormons, too much like evangelicals, put their religion ahead of everything else, and I don’t believe that would work in the White House.  That was one of the big questions during the Kennedy campaign back in the 1960s.  Questions of whether he would be more of a Catholic than an American.  Would he answer to Rome before answering to the American public or government?  If Romney doesn’t bring his religion to the plate, he has a chance.

We need a real leader from the younger ranks of the party to bring some freshness to the campaign.  Somewhere in the midst of our three hundred million Americans is a young, fiscally responsible, eloquent, leader.  Please stand up now.

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