PRIMARY TALK: Primaries – should they be regulated?

I often hear people remark on the much maligned Presidential primary system that there is really nothing that can be done about it. Primaries are for private organizations and that’s that.

Well I 100% disagree.  First, the laws have been passed to favor the two-party incumbent system. Essentially, making it nearly impossible for a third party candidate to enter the race. There have been a few exceptions, Ross Perot being one. But most of the exceptions are usually a mere splinter segment of another party – “Bull Moose” anyone?

For that reason alone, and the affect it has on our presidential election, I would feel it acceptable to regulate the process.

But when you factor in the millions of dollars that is spent on such things as candidate security and conventions. Than I believe the case for regulation is even furthered.

http://go.bloomberg.com/political-capital/2012-06-08/who-pays-for-the-conventions-we-all-do/

Here are my thoughts:

All primaries occur on the same date. No more of this game where 20 candidates run, and by the time people like us Pennsylvanians get to vote we are left with one choice.  Perhaps let caucuses run one month prior. And while it’s not a total fix by far, this would do a LOT to clean up the American political system. And it’s not asking a lot.

And if this can’t be agreed to. Than ZERO public money should be used on the process. Yes, that’s right. Zero. And if Romney is afraid of being assassinated, than he needs to pay for his own security detail.  The Secret Service remain out of the process entirely until the candidates are officially candidates for the position of POTUS.

Published in: on June 20, 2012 at 2:36 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Is Romney really THIS stupid?

“‘You know, I think it’s about envy. I think it’s about class warfare,’ the leading Republican presidential candidate said Wednesday on The Today Show.” (See Article)

While there is class warfarism, and it is played heavily in politics. I think the Republican candidates need to quit with the universal deniability.

When Hermain Cain said “they just need to go out and get a job”. He demonstrated how far he was from reality. Romney is doing the same here. When McDonald’s had their “hiring spree” last year, they hired 62,000 new employees (probably at $8/hr). But the scary part was that they received something around 980,000 applications. That means nearly a million people were unable to get a job even at the largest fast food chain.

The stark reality is that most of those 900,000+ individuals need a job that pays better than an entry level fast food wage in order to survive and provide for their families. Could you live on $20,000 a year? And that’s assuming a $10/hr wage with a 40 hour week. I can bet you most of those 60,000 new hires did not see that. Most probably received an $8-$9/hr and were probably allocated part time hours scattered every which way of the week.

Meanwhile, the middle class and the working class have seen their places greatly eroded. The role of company man, working 30+ years and retiring with a pension is gone, and has been gone for a while. We were sold the 401K/IRA retirement funds.

Many saw those savings decimated, especially those close to retirement. Most of us never saw the promised gains. I started my retirement fund immediately after the dot com stock crash. I bought low, and should have seen good growth over the decade before the next downward cycle. But it never materialized. And for many, what little growth they had in the retirement savings was cashed out during prolonged periods of unemployment, leaving many individuals with a meager present and a bleak future.

Meanwhile, we reportedly see CEOs of failing & bailed out companies receiving huge bonuses. We see banks adding fees and engaging in unscrupilous practices. The truth is that the deck is stacked against the workers. And people are frustrated that their retirement funds have been decimated, their home values deciminated, their net worth, incomes, savings all decimated. While the elite are earning higher profits than ever.

THINGS NEED TO CHANGE

I am all for capitalism, but I am also for stiff protections against fraud, theft, and unscrupolous practices. I believe that is the only true role of government in commerce.

So no Mr. Romney, this isn’t just about envy. It’s about frustration. it’s about a deck that is pretty well stacked in your favor, and the favor of other uber-elites.

A simple example. Take the Social Security tax (and that’s what it is, a tax and nothing more). All the elite get to stop paying at $250,000. Why? Why do we have a tax that ends when you make enough money?

For Mr. Romney to be so out of touch with the average working American, shows an inability on his part to perform the role of President of the United States.

We can admit that there are serious flaws in our system without blaming it on capitalism. But we can’t laud capitalism and blame the current problems that exist in our system merely on envy. If you can’t even see the problems Mr. Romney, how can you fix them?

How can we tell people to just quit being lazy and get a job, if a hundreds of thousands of people couldn’t even get a job at McDonald’s?

Published in: on January 13, 2012 at 3:37 pm  Comments (2)  
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