The GOP Presidential Debate last night at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley was Rick Perry’s first since throwing his hat in the ring to become our next fearless leader, and while he can tout his jobs record as current governor of Texas, he should be humiliated by other statistics from the Lone Star State. Problem is, there’s no way a candidate would dare show humility. Their M.O. is to boast, complain, and offer solutions, and with the exception of a very curious and scary Ron Paul, they did. Some generalities:
Every one of them HATE Obamacare. Mitt Romney had to backpedal on a Massachusetts policy he oversaw as governor that is essentially the same thing. Who cares if it’s found a level of success there? It was interested how many of the candidates, allowed to speak on the issue, made it sound as if we were fine before the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed. Our healthcare “system” was far from okay before PPACA, and nothing to gloat about now. Its success contracts and expands and contracts again. Let’s talk about jobs.
Michelle Bachmann claimed that Obamacare would eliminate 800,000 jobs nationwide. I’ll let PolitiFact address that stretching, bending, misleading interpretation of the facts. She also said that if she’s elected president, she’d get gasoline prices down to $2 a gallon. It’s a nice idea but ridiculously unachievable given our free market economy. (And her stylist really needs to tone down her hair.)
If I didn’t already know that Rick Santorum has some wacky ideas very different from mine, I would’ve put him near the top of my list last night. He came across as honest, intelligent, and naturally polished, unlike the sheen I occasionally squinted against while listening to Romney, Perry, and Huntsman.
Eight years ago, I kinda liked Ron Paul. Now, he just needs to go away.
Newt Gingrich is very angry and very straightforward – both qualities I adore in a politician even if I don’t adore Newt.
Herman Cain is a man focused on solutions. His fellow candidates should take note.
In other news:
Russian president Dimitri Medvedev visited the site of Wednesday’s fatal airplane crash at the Volga River and called for an overhaul in his country’s flawed air transportation industry. The crash killed all but one of a Soviet hockey team – two former Anaheim Ducks players – headed to their first game of the season.
No one yet knows why Eduardo Sencion opened fire at an IHOP restaurant in Carson City, Nevada on Tuesday, killing four before turning the gun on himself.
Somali pirates released a Danish family on Wednesday after being held captive for over six months. Jan and Birgit Johansen and their three teenage children were headed for home in Denmark after living through “the most horrible ordeal one can imagine.”
Carol Bartz is out as the CEO of Yahoo, claiming not only that she was fired over the phone but that her former company “f***ed me over.” But how do you really feel, Carol?
President Obama will speak tonight at 7pm Eastern (again, that’s 4pm here) on how he plans to help Americans get back to work. I hope it’s a good plan.
Now, let’s get our priorities straight and talk briefly about what’s really important. The NFL. It’s baaaaaaaack, and I couldn’t be happier. The New Orleans Saints head to Green Bay to take on the Packers in the season opener at 8:30pm this evening, which is 5:30pm in my living room. Dinner in front of the television this evening, please don’t call me.
Enjoy the day.