The powers that be
Mr. Solano’s comments hit the nail on the head regarding Mr. Moomjean’s assertions about Reagan! (Power to Speak, 12/1)
But I would like to add just a few more thoughts . . . Until all the politicians have an honest dialogue with this nation (and I doubt Obama will dare do it), explaining the cold, hard facts of where we are headed; most people will still hold out hope that “the good times will return by electing the proper president” in the White House.
Until the American public understands, it should be prepared for a significant reduction in its standard of living when the money stops arriving from government safety nets in the near future. China and Japan can’t continue to loan us more money that will only make that hole deeper and deeper. We must dig ourselves out of. The corporations and wealthy who presently enjoy reduced taxes via Bush have made it clear they aren’t carrying the country’s burdens. The line has been drawn in the sand!
This notion our economy will somehow magically come screaming back and provide the tax base to save all these programs is simply a dream sold by politicians who see the writing on the wall but refuse to tell us.
Even the people receiving government pensions will be in for a wake-up call because many of their pensions are bankrupt and the Pension Guarantee Fund designed to protect them has been bankrupt for years. California’s entire safety-net system has been using federal “bridge” loans to pay for critical things such as disability, unemployment, aid for dependent children, etc. Remember, the federal government is bankrupt.
Any jobs left in this country will need to have wages low enough to beat our foreign competition and produce a product that can compete in places and markets we never cared about before. China has made it very clear it is going to be a tough competitor in all areas of business, and its refusing to play by the rules (if you can believe what you read) might give the next decision-makers reason to start another war.
Most folks forget (or aren’t aware) of the message big business sent us when Reagan took the keys to the White House and immediately removed the solar panels President Carter had installed to show the American people his commitment to changing American energy policy. It was a defining moment that will forever haunt us because no one really understood the implications it would have going forward. Dumb and Dumber making policy! Trickle-down theory” indeed.
Capitalism and big oil stop at nothing!
All the hate
“Right now Obama is hated on the left.” … Why would anyone read Paul Moomjean?
“Why would anyone want to be president?” The Right Persuasion, Dec. 8.
OK, I get that Paul probably wrote and submitted this piece before Cain actually “suspended” his campaign, so the error of timing in that regard is understood. It’s obvious that no one at the VCReporter is (or ever was) fact-checking Paul’s articles… you’d certainly go broke buying red pens.
Paul spends the first two-thirds of his rant dismissing, questioning the reality, suggesting who is responsible for placing the “blame or forgiveness” on a few of the “alleged” indiscretions of Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich … with a short graph or two focusing on the Clinton/Lewinski scandal still being in heavy rotation with late-night humorists (Leno, SNL). The only recent reference I’m aware of, however, is pointing out the hypocrisy of the right when it comes to condemning politician’s extra marital affairs.
Moomjean states that Newt “needs” forgiveness only from his wife (I believe that should read wives, plural, in Newt’s case.) In typical Moomjean style, of course, there is no mention of Newt’s far more serious ethics violations voted on by Congress overwhelmingly against him, levying fines of an unprecedented $300,000 against Gingrich. Of course, none of this is at all surprising as I skim Paul’s familiar words … “yada, yada, yada, blah, blah, blah,” … then quite suddenly he writes, “Right now Obama is hated on the left.”
Wait, what? Is this some kind of Mr. Subliminal message? Obama is NOT hated on the LEFT, he is only HATED on the RIGHT. The left is disappointed, mostly because the right has, to the very best of its ability, paralyzed any potential progress to the detriment of Americans and for the “good” of only the GOP and the top 1 percent! Most of Obama’s “broken promises” have been derailed by a greedy, stubborn Congress or manipulated by powerful lobbies. Regardless, Obama’s approval ratings are still approximately 50 percent of this polarized country.
I’m trying to remain confident that when it comes down to it at the ballot box next November, most Americans will realize that, as Paul claims, “nobody’s perfect” and choose the 100 percent American-born, honest, Christian, law abiding, loyal husband and father, non-robot humanoid with an untarnished personal past to continue to lead this country with intelligence and integrity out of the extremely deep hole that we’re in because of decades of the philandering right’s lies, greed and abuses. VOTE OBAMA 2012!!!
Three reasons to run for president
Once again, Paul Moomjean has gone off into his fact-free fantasy world that makes up The Right Persuasion. Moomjean claims that the allegations of an affair with Ginger White came right after allegations of sexual harassment while he was at Godfather’s Pizza. (Right Persuasion, 12/8) Factually not true, but, hey, if you’re a conservative, facts are liberal, right? Herman Cain was accused of sexual harassment while he was the CEO of a lobbying firm, the National Restaurant Association, and these claims were deemed so well-founded that the National Restaurant Association paid one claimant one year’s salary and the second claimant more than one years salary. Shortly thereafter, Herman Cain left the National Restaurant Association with more than one year left on his contract. The rest of Mr. Moomjean’s claims amount to a pile of sophomoric drivel.
There are three distinct reasons people decide to run for President.
First, to get rich quickly, see Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich. Even after announcing she was not going to run, Sarah Palin asked her supporters to continue to donate to her PAC so that she could take bus tour vacations on the faithful’s dime. Newt Gingrich has been king of the scammers, the Nigerian prince of the right wing. He ran the Patriot of the Year campaign, where, for a donation of $5,000, you could attend an awards dinner and receive a handsome certificate signed by Newt himself. This was followed by the Entrepreneur of the Year award scam; again, for $5,000 you could attend an awards ceremony and get a handsome certificate signed by Newt himself. In 2010, this was followed by the Medical Practitioner of the Year scam. Even now, Newt Gingrich is much more likely to hold a book signing or DVD-sales lecture event than a campaign event.
The second reason is just plain ego. Donald Trump toys with delusions of grandeur and periodically announces he might run for president to stroke his ego. Similarly, Rick Perry honestly believes his own delusions, which led to the great Texas Transportation Corridor fiasco. A state dead-last or near the bottom in numerous categories ranging from child health care to education.
The third reason is, there are true Americans who have visions for America that transcend the current state. Great presidents such as Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt come to mind. I believe that, though their visions were radically different, Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama will be evaluated by the same criteria.
Missing the essence of Reagan
Shane Solano in the deconstructive article on the “myth” of President Ronald Reagan missed the essence of the man, not seeing the forest for the trees. Reagan’s record was no “myth.” Solano was so busy scoring what he considers negatives about the Reagan administration, he overlooked the positive influence Reagan had on an entire nation left in a miasma of negativism and despair by lugubrious Jimmy Carter, a dire situation very similar to the current Obama administration.
Shane very much underestimates the benefits of Reagan’s optimism, which lifted people’s spirits. He calls it “sappy” and “emotional pap” to say Reagan “made Americans feel good about themselves” and “gave us confidence again.” A strong, confident leadership is infectious. Wouldn’t we all welcome Reagan’s kind of leadership today that could accomplish that task and set us moving together again?
The Reagan economic program ushered in a 25-year economic golden age. America experienced rapid growth and only two minor recessions in those 25 years, whereas there were four recessions in the previous 12 years, two of them big ones. He cut the top tax rate from 78 percent to 28 percent, and — lo and behold! — despite lower rates, the rich ended up paying a greater share.
Reagan, unlike President Barack Obama, had faith in the Constitution, pride in America’s accomplishments and didn’t run around the world apologizing for us. He strengthened our neglected military forces and commanded respect Where Carter’s pleas to free American prisoners in Iran were ignored, that country feared what Reagan might do and released the prisoners as soon as Reagan was elected. Whatever misjudgments Reagan may have made, his accomplishments by far surpassed them.
Shane sees Reagan’s morning in American as rather “dark.” If Reagan were to run again today, I wouldn’t doubt most people would “see the light” and rush to elect him once again.