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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Democracy Review: Video: HBO's Real Time: Bill Maher on Un-Presidential Campaign For President


This post was originally posted at FRS Daily Press on Blogger

The leadership in the Republican Party in 2011 or so decided that Mitt Romney was going to become the presidential nominee in 2012. And that they decided that they were going to do whatever they could to make that happen. And now they are pardon the phrase, shitting bricks, because their guy, the supposed frontrunner Mitt Romney, has only won 1-3 of the first Republican contests. Hardly looking like a frontrunner. 

Mitt Romney, someone who won't even defend himself. By saying that "I was in corporate America, I made a lot of money taking failing companies and turning them around. And sometimes that means you have to lay people off, in order to save the company. And so you don't have to fire more people in the future and be able to hire more people. And I made a lot of money because I turned these companies around, that are now successful". That's called American capitalism, there's nothing wrong with being successful in life. 

Especially when others benefit from that success and you do it legally. Not by screwing people over, especially with a smile on your face. That's what Mitt Romney should be saying about his business career, but wait we are talking about Mitt Romney. Aka Flip Flopper, the man who feels the need to please everyone he meets, who can't come up with a simple answer to any question. 

I hate to say this because I have a lot of respect for Senator John Kerry. He's one of my favorite members of Congress, but Mitt Romney in 2012, is looking like John Kerry from 2004. And because of Mitt's inability to communicate to Republican voters, you know we aint talking Albert Einstein here, Republican Voters are fairly simple people. "Keep my taxes and regulations down, cut them whenever possible, defend the nation, Jesus, guns and country". And Mitt doesn't seem able to speak their language. 

And because of this, as well as being the master of flip flops and I'm not talking about feet, Mitt Romney finds himself in his political battle of his lifetime. Against someone with a 27% approval rating nationally and 56% negative rating in Newt Gingrich. On stage debating people like Michelle Bachmann, Herman Cain and Rick Santorum and hasn't really won a debate yet. At least since he came back against Rick Perry in September. If Mitt Romney is a frontrunner, I sure as hell would like to know what the joke candidate looks like. 

Well that would be Michelle Bachmann, but she's back in the nut U.S. House. So now we need someone else to take that role and that since Newt has already cut Mitt's big lead in Florida, the GOP establishment may be looking to replace Mitt and the GOP base which is different from the establishment. We are not there yet but if the Newter wins Florida and he'll have a couple of opportunities to do that this week, they are playing in Newt's territory with two big Florida debates, all hell could break lose in the GOP. 

Which finally gets me to Sarah Palin who I said a year ago would not run for president in 2012. Even though she would be my favorite Republican candidate, to make fun of. And be President Obama's personal escort to reelection, but she's not going to do us that favor. And put the country through the pain and embarrassment of her presidential campaign. But I could see a post Mitt campaign, a call to the bullpen if you will, if the GOP establishment feels Mitt is no longer up to it. Will either be beat by Newt, or get pushed by Newt to the Republican convention. With no one knowing who won, until they actually count the votes. 1976 all over again. 



CEA Chairman Alan Krueger on Income Inequality: How to fix that



Over the last thirty years or so, the wealth of High Earners has gone up while the Middle Class wealth has been somewhat flat. We did see a reduction of poverty in the 1990s after it rose in the 1980s. But thats now back up thanks to the recession of 2001-02 and the "Great Recession" of 2008. That we are still struggling to recover from and the Bush Tax Cuts of 2001 and 2003. Where the Middle Class did benefit from but where High Earners have done extremely well. And have been the only Economic Class that has seen their wealth increase the last ten years. Has contributed to our Income Inequality but that hasn't been the only issue. The last 10-20 years our Education System has declined, to the point that we are now ranked 39th in the World. So we are not producing as many qualified workers as we use to. So now fewer workers have the skills that they need to get a good job, join the Middle Class and move up from there. But if your wealthy and you went to good schools, Public or Private. You either live in an area with excellent Public Schools or you can send your kids to Private Schools. And they can get the skills that they need to go on to college and of course you'll be able to afford to send them to college. And they can get themselves the skills that they need to get a good job, join the Middle Class and move up from there. These are the issues we face and why we have Income Inequality in America.

There's nothing wrong with having a lot of wealthy people in America, as long as they earned their money. By being very productive and not screwing people out of their money. But by producing Quality Products and Services that people can afford to buy and want to have. What is bad for a Liberal Democracy, is to have a lot of High Earners and a lot of Low Earners. And fewer and fewer Middle Earners, where the High Earners see their wealth skyrocketing. The Middle Earners seeing their wealth flattening or going down and the Low Earners seeing whatever money they have dropping. To the point where they become even more dependent on Public Assistance for their Daily Survival. And more of a drain on society, what we need to do instead. Is have an Economic System that encourages people to get a good education, work hard and be productive. Lets those people create a lot of that wealth that they created but for the people that didn't get the skills that they need. To be successful in life and become Self Sufficient where they are not collecting Public Assistance to survive. We empower them to get the skills that they need to become Self Sufficient. And climb the economic scale.

We'll never have what would be called True Economic Equality, we will never have that in a Liberal Democracy with a Capitalist Economy. We wouldn't get there if we were a Socialist Democracy either, look at Scandinavia. They have High, Middle and Low Income people as well, just fewer Low Earners as a percentage then we do. But we can have lesser and more manageable Income Inequality with a better Education System and retraining our Middle and Low Income Workers. By increasing the size of the pot not by shrinking it and taking from the few to support the rest.