My Father once told me, “Opinions are like assholes, everybody has one and a majority of them stink.” Alas, with humanities’ huge frontal lobes we can’t stop ourselves from analyzing the world around us and ultimately placing value judgments on those observations.
I keep most of my observations relegated to comic books. It’s a topic I’m passionate about and I have a 30 + year history of wading through the excrement to the excelsior. I know comics, and I can say with certainty what they require structurally to succeed.
But comics are simple, the intricate machinations that keep a global super power up and running – not so much. I’m naïve to most of these machinations; I’m also an idealist which never fares well in solving real world problems with any levels of pragmatism.
Basically, should you listen to me? No. Plain and simple. I’m like Ann Coulter or Anderson Cooper, I’m a person who can string words together and spew them from a moderately comely piehole. Go out and form your own opinion, but please for the love of God perform an ounce of research before you come to that opinion.
I sadly know too many people who won’t vote for Obama because he’s black and even more people voting for Romney simply because he isn’t Obama. It’s ludicrous when put in black and white arial font, but sadly this is the case.
Here’s why I don’t want to vote for either man: How will you fix America?
Before you start bombarding me with links to their websites, don’t bother, been there and done that since both candidates had their campaign sites up and running. If you scratch under the surface, look beyond the promises, you will find there is a woeful lack on plans for execution.
Look I’m in marketing, I get the power of people registering and following you. I understand the wealth behind an inbound lead raising their hand and submitting their information. However, I hock mobile device management solutions, I don’t guide the future of humanity.
Both Obama and Romney make it veritably impossible to get to their stances on the issue from their respective .com’s.
Obama offers a teeny tiny link, and Romney forces yo;u to engage in a game of Where’s Waldo to find the entrance to actual information on his site.
Now, I’ll admit my boy Gary Johnson also goes for the registration, but his link to continue to his site is just as prominent. Gary wants to give you answers, not just get your money.
Your Web architecture speaks to your strategy. Your strategy speaks to the goal of your presidency.
Everyone agrees the economy is in the shitter right? Is it as shitty as it could be? No. Could it be less shitty? You bet.
Why on earth would Obama merely talk about what’s been done in the past four years when everyone agrees the past four years have been pretty shitty.
What have you done for me lately and what will you do tomorrow sir?
Romney on the Economy
Mitt Romney will approach retraining policy with a conservative mindset that recognizes it as an area where the federal government is particularly ill-equipped to succeed. Retraining efforts must be founded upon a partnership that brings together the states and the private sector. The sprawling federal network of redundant bureaucracies should be dismantled and the funds used for better purposes. One particularly promising approach that Romney supports and believes states should be encouraged to pursue is a system of Personal Reemployment Accounts for unemployed individuals. These accounts would facilitate programs that place individuals directly into companies that provide on-the-job training—as governor of Massachusetts, Romney helped create just such a program.
- Eliminate redundancy in federal retraining programs by consolidating programs and funding streams, centering as much activity as possible in a single agency
- Give states authority to manage retraining programs by block granting federal funds
- Facilitate the creation of Personal Reemployment Accounts
- Encourage greater private sector involvement in retraining programs
What the sweet fuckity fuck does this mean? So right now, there are no offices looking to retrain and place American Workers? I think some agencies would take umbrage with this. Now here’s my question, “How do you plan to pay for it Mitt, while you cut taxes?
Gary Johnson Plan
1 Cut Spending
THIS RECESSION HAS FORCED FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES across America to make hard choices and limit their expenditures. We must now expect our elected officials to make the tough calls that will keep our government on a sustainable path moving forward. We must restrain spending across the board:
- Revise the terms of entitlement programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, which threaten to bankrupt the nation’s future.
- Eliminate the costly and ineffective military interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan; limit defense spending to actions that truly protect the United States.
- Stop spending on the fiscal stimulus, transportation, energy, housing, and all other special interests. The U.S. must restrain spending across the board.
2 Cut Taxes
THE U.S. TAX SYSTEM IMPOSES AN ENORMOUS toll on productivity through high marginal rates, absurd complexity, loopholes for the well-connected, and incentives for wasteful decisions. A better, fairer system will be:
- Abolish the Internal Revenue Service.
- Enact the Fair Tax to tax expenditures, rather than income, with a ‘prebate’ to make spending on basic necessities tax free.
- With the Fair Tax, eliminate business taxes, withholding and other levies that penalize productivity, while creating millions of jobs.
- Suggested Reading: www.FairTax.org
3 Reduce Federal Involvement in the Economy
MUCH FEDERAL INTERVENTION IS A PAYOUT TO special interests or counterproductive meddling that stifles competition, innovation, and growth.
- Reject auto and banking bailouts, state bailouts, corporate welfare, cap-and-trade, card check, and the mountain of regulation that protects special interests rather than benefiting consumers or the economy.
- Restrict Federal Reserve policy to maintaining price stability, not bailing out financial firms or propping up the housing sector.
- Eliminate government support of Fannie and Freddie.
- Reduce or eliminate federal involvement in education; let states expand successful reforms such as vouchers and charter schools.
- Legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana, rather than wasting money on an expensive and futile prohibition.
- Eliminate needless barriers to free trade and make it easier for would-be legal immigrants to apply for work visas.
Radical? Yes. It’s called a Hail Mary folks and when your back is against the wall as America’s back has often been, leaps of courage and faith are what have separated us from the status quo.
- Asking millionaires to pay their fair shareNo household making more than $1 million each year should pay a smaller share of their income in taxes than a middle-class family pays.
- Investing in the middle classPresident Obama knows we can’t simply cut our way to prosperity. His budget includes investments in education, manufacturing, and infrastructure, while bringing discretionary spending to its lowest level as a share of the economy in more than 50 years .
- Reducing the deficit by more than $4 trillion over the next decade
President Obama has put forward a specific, balanced plan of spending cuts and revenue increases that reduce the deficit by more than $4 trillion over the next decade, including $1 trillion in spending cuts he signed into law last summer as part of a deal with congressional Republicans.
Hey, sounds awesome. Why wasn’t any of this done over the past four years? Oh, that’s right for the same reason I drive to work in a Nissan instead of on a winged unicorn with a care bear as my co-pilot. Reality is a bitch.
America’s individual tax code applies relatively high marginal tax rates on a narrow tax base. Those high rates discourage work and entrepreneurship, as well as savings and investment. With 54 percent of private sector workers employed outside of corporations, individual rates also define the incentives for job-creating businesses. Lower marginal tax rates secure for all Americans the economic gains from tax reform.
- Make permanent, across-the-board 20 percent cut in marginal rates
- Maintain current tax rates on interest, dividends, and capital gains
- Eliminate taxes for taxpayers with AGI below $200,000 on interest, dividends, and capital gains
- Eliminate the Death Tax
- Repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)
The U.S. economy’s 35 percent corporate tax rate is among the highest in the industrial world, reducing the ability of our nation’s businesses to compete in the global economy and to invest and create jobs at home. By limiting investment and growth, the high rate of corporate tax also hurts U.S. wages.
- Cut the corporate rate to 25 percent
- Strengthen and make permanent the R&D tax credit
- Switch to a territorial tax system
- Repeal the corporate Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)
Mitt, didn’t you want to just pay for a bunch of reeducation? How you gonna do that cowboy if we’re broke and you cut takes even more. And on the corporate taxes, don’t bother. There are more than enough loopholes right now to let companies like GE keep all of their ill gotten gains without ever giving back to the country that buys their goods.
Gary Johnson thinks…that’s right, he already told us.
We need an answer, we need a change, we need to think outside the current system.
WE NEED MORE CHOICES. I’m voting for 2016 tomorrow.
LOUD applause, Rob.
We’ll see whether this completely falls on deaf ears or not by Wednesday.