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The Choice is Yours

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On Monday, September 12, 2011, CNN hosted the Tea Party Republican Debate.  Hosted by Wolf Blitzer, the panel consisted of eight Republican candidates, contestants, if you will, for the 2012 Presidential race.

Each candidate was given one minute to respond to questions concerning his or her plans for remedying the broken government in Washington DC.  If the candidates came under fire, they were allowed 30 seconds for rebuttals.  The outcome, of course, was that more time was spent on rebuttals than questions.  With skeletons being dragged out of the candidates’ closets (the rattling bones of prior statements made by those hopefuls), it was a great day for the Democrats.  The only non-politician with no skeletons to rattle was Herman (Citizen) Cain.

Tea Party members from across the nation asked candidates what course of action they would take in certain scenarios.  Some answers drew applause, while others were booed.

One of the hotbed questions was how the candidates would address the ticklish issue of reforming entitlements, particularly Social Security, while still being accepted as runners in the Presidential race.  Some candidates viewed Social Security as a government-controlled Ponzi scheme.  Others spoke of fixing the problem by instituting age limits and “opt out” features.  Whatever the recommendations batted around on stage, it was clear that, going forward, Social Security would be a watered down version of the original system.  We cannot afford to pay out benefits at the rate we are currently doing.

President Roosevelt’s dream for a self-supported system of mandated retirement was based upon a pyramid payout system plan.   New American workers contributed to that plan in order to fund retiring American workers in an unending flow of revenue.  FDR’s plan worked beautifully until the advent of the global economy and the outsourcing of American jobs.  Once those jobs dried up, so did the revenue needed to sustain the plan. Although now considered an entitlement, it was really an annuity based upon the contributions of the workforce.  Social Security was, in essence, forced savings taken from workers’ paychecks, savings that enabled everyone — until now — to retire at the age of 65 and enjoy their Golden Years somewhat free of financial burdens.

Examined by other nations, Social Security was considered a model system because of the low administrative costs associated with providing pensions to American workers. Was candidate Rick Perry correct when he labeled Social Security a Ponzi scheme?  Or was Social Security the dream of an American President driven to improve the quality of life for the American people?

Right now, when all the chips are on the table, it looks as if Perry was right … but who should follow Bernie Madoff to jail?   Should it be our illustrious Statesmen in the Senate and the House — those who made Social Security a ghost of its former self?   Is not grand theft considered a crime, and are the people who commit such acts not considered criminals?  Under our justice system, are criminals not be tried and punished if found guilty?  And if this is an indication of the New World Order, is this the American spring?  If so, God help us all summer, fall, and winter come along!

Maybe the Tea Party should have asked how, if the nation’s coffers are so depleted, we can still afford to pay out Congressional pensions without benefit of scrutiny.  As they say in the provolone factory, “Something sure does stink here.”

Ben Franklin postulated that, when heads of State gather to debate an issue, “Neither a fortress or a maidenhead will hold out, once they begin to parlay.”  Ben’s is about the best advice we’ll get when it comes to reforming anything in this government.  As my old friend Al Nagle would say, “It looks like we’re done boys, done crisp!”

What will befall hardworking taxpayers who once looked forward to what they’d paid into and were promised?   At heart, the question is, “Who can we, the people, trust?”  Who indeed?  I guess we’ll find out when the 2012 election is over. 

Give ‘Em Hell, Sarah

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In 1948, during a speech by Harry S. Truman criticizing his Republican opponents during the 1948 Presidential election campaign, a supporter yelled out, “Give ’em Hell, Harry!”  Truman replied, “I don’t give them Hell. I just tell the truth about them and they think it’s Hell.”  Last night in the state of Delaware, Sarah Palin yet again flexed her political muscles and helped conservative candidate Christine O’Donnell defeat liberal Republican Mike Castle in the GOP’s primary for the United States Senate.

As the 2010 mid-term elections rapidly approach, the influence of Palin and the Tea Party Movement on the Republican Party and its slate of candidates has been telling.  From the outcome of a number of tightly contested races between Palin and Tea Party backed candidates against high-profile incumbents and party regulars, it is clear who and what commands the hearts and minds of the GOP’s voter base.

Like the Tea Party Movement, Palin is a study in contrasts, a gun-toting, moose-hunting mom of five, including a special needs baby with Down Syndrome.  She is a former beauty queen and hockey mom turned public servant and political reformer.  Her family exhibits many of the problems and dysfunctions that plague many American families.  Yet, like Harry Truman, she is a plain-talker, straight-shooter, and breath of fresh Alaskan air on the American political scene.

Her plain talk, frequent gaffes, and seeming naiveté in matters of state and international affairs hurt the McCain-Palin ticket in its bid for control of the executive branch of government in 2008.  Yet, her candor, personality, and unwavering support for conservative principles, coupled with vicious personal attacks by her political opposition and many in the liberal media, endeared her to millions of Americans.

Whether one likes her or not, it is inarguable that Palin has emerged as a major force in the Republican Party and American politics.  And, as she accumulates political capital from her support of candidates like O’Donnell, one wonders if Palin intends to expend that capital in an attempt to achieve her party’s Presidential nomination and face off against Barack Obama in 2012 as the first major party female candidate for our nation’s highest office.

One thing is certain: should she decide to pursue her party’s nomination, she will present a unique and formidable challenge to any and all opposing her.  And, if she does, I suspect that, regardless of party affiliation, somewhere Harry Truman will be smiling.

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