The GOP debates continue to disappoint on all levels. The formats, the hosts, the questions and the sound bite speeches deprive us of the opportunity to discuss the important issues facing this country as we approach the one-year-to-go mark in the campaign.
They all seem to forget that they’re running for POTUS – not king. Gimmicks like Herman Cain’s “999” have zero chance of getting through Congress. The candidates need to offer simpler frameworks as a basis for a continuing conversation that will lead to real legislation. Insist on simplifying the tax code so we can all fill out our own returns in less than an hour. With the FairTax there are no more returns and no more IRS. That said, the attacks on Cain’s “999” plan were shameful, straw-man arguments. Mr. Cain anticipated this but did a poor job of pointing out that his opponents were attacking distorted versions of his plan. He should know better. This is the history of the FairTax he has supported for years. As for the other candidates, they have a choice: They either don’t understand the concept of replacing federal income taxes with consumption taxes (in which case they are too stupid to be dog catcher – let alone POTUS), or they are lying. Either way, Herman Cain missed a chance to expose his opponents’ unwillingness to honestly debate.
As for Romney and his health care disaster, why won’t any of the candidates make this key point: Government has no constitutional right to interfere in the health care or insurance markets at any level, state or federal.
The only thing that is going to bring lower costs is free markets and open competition. The notion that you are going to suspend the laws of economics and mandate pricing or participation is asinine. Let the liberals continue to make that mistake. The GOP needs to take the lead in clarifying the issues. Health care is the all-encompassing term for the goods and services provided by people who dedicate their lives to it. It’s their career. It’s a business. Profits are how those people are paid. The notion that 1/6th of our economy should function differently is ridiculous. The profit motive has been the motivating factor that has brought all the developments of modern medicine. The so-called “rich”, that are so maligned by the left, have paid top dollar for early access to expensive, experimental drugs and procedures. This is a crucial stage in the process that later brings us all the affordable, refined versions.
Health insurance is a risk management tool. We all need to stop using the terms health care and health insurance as if they are the same thing. The national audience that these debates bring is the perfect opportunity.
Mitt Romney’s unending attempts to split hairs here are despicable. His role as Governor in bringing about “Massacare” shows a serious and disqualifying lack of judgment and basic economic understanding. His ongoing effort to obfuscate the issue belies a lack of ethics.
When you add all this to his history of flip flopping and pandering it is clear that Mitt Romney is not a conservative and a poor choice to lead the GOP now or ever.
It is a sad state of affairs that this is the group battling for the GOP nomination. It is even more telling that every single one of them would make a better President than Obama.