Sorry…these presidential debates are supposed to pull the covers off of all the proposals coming from the presidential candidates. These debates are supposed to hold feet to the fire. These debates are not for a candidate to provide their talking points. Unfortunately, for the most part, these debates were just that.
We do have to hand it to Mr. Ramos for asking Biden about the Obama administration deporting 3 million people. We have to hand it to Linsey Davis for holding Kamala’s feet to the fire on her past as a prosecutor. But that’s all we got for you because the rest did not help.
Bernie Sanders was asked whether his brand of socialism is the same as Venezuela’s. Duh! What did you think he would say? But where was the next question? Where was the factual next question? “Senator Sanders, you say your socialism is different but your proposals are just about the exact same proposals as Hugo Chavez’ proposals. How do you square with that?” Nope! No follow up.
Did you hear any questions on debt and deficits? Nope. Did anyone even talk about jobs?
Did anyone ask about today’s economic numbers and that by just about every measure, unemployment for many areas of the economy are at their lowest ever? Nope! That would have not fit their template.
Was there a follow up to “hell yes, we are going to take away your AR-15, your AK-47? ” We are not even in the business of moderating but how about the simple follow up: “Who is going to do the confiscating? Are you going to send in the military to go door by door or a bunch of police? Are you worried this could lead to violence?” Maybe we missed those questions.
How about all the talk about getting rid of fossil fuels? Where was this question: “If you are going to get rid of fossil fuels, what do we do about air travel?” Nope!
How about asking Bernie the simplest of questions? “You say your healthcare program will only cost $32 trillion over 10 years…please name one big government program that has come in on budget?” Didn’t get that one. How about this simple question? “If there are no deductibles, no co-pay and no premiums, what is to keep people from visiting their doctors or emergency rooms or clinics as many times as possible with little cuts, with headaches or for things they may now need attention to?” Didn’t see that one. Did not see “Have you seen the numbers on wait times and shortages in the UK with their NHS program? Nope…didn’t get that one.
How about this list?
Leave the country wealth confiscation if you want to get out of Dodge tax
Financial transaction tax
Higher payroll tax
Higher Corporate tax
Higher estate tax
Higher income tax…including some proposals as high as 70%
Higher middle income tax
$1,000/month giveaway tax
Investment income tax
These are the taxes proposed at one time by any of these candidates. We left out the NYC Mayor’s “tax the hell out of the wealthy tax” because root canal polls better than him. But where was good old George Steph asking about all these taxes and whether any of these would hamstring the great unemployment numbers? Nope…not a damn word.
Where were the questions about the people being responsible for their own lives? Hard work? Sweat, toil, upward mobility, risk capital? Nope! Any questions on rugged individualism? Nope!
What about the question that should have been asked about dire predictions that “we have 10 years or else?” Where was the question “You know Al Gore, 13 years ago, stated we were doomed in 10 years, why should we now believe your prediction of doom in 10 years?” Nope! Nada!
And then there is “capitalist” Elizabeth Warren…the woman that says she believes in markets “from her head to her toe!” Interesting. A woman that continues to rip corporate America and again ripped corporate America at the debate, not one question about the greatness of corporate America, the wealth of corporate America, the new wonder drugs from drug companies, the new technological advances, the philanthropy, the enabling of upward mobility…nope! Just let her rip away with not one follow up question. Not one question of her, Bernie and a few others wanting to either break up, take over or downright shut down industry…not one question. We would have asked Senator Warren this simple question? “Can you name one major industry that you do not want to take over, break up or shut down?” Think hard now! After all, EDUCATION, ENERGY, HEALTHCARE, INSURANCE, TECHNOLOGY, BANKS, WALL STREET, AUTOS…that’s her list, not ours. Nope…nothing! When she was finally asked about whether she would raise taxes on the middle class…she would not answer. She would not have got away with that if we were doing the asking.
Almost 3 hours of blah blah blah. Almost 3 hours of talking points. Almost 3 hours of not digging deep, no simple and logical follow-ups. Almost 3 hours of boilerplate. Almost 3 hours that gave someone like me, that is looking for someone, anyone, any party to come around and be the candidate of efficient and effective government, balanced budgets, a candidate that understands it is WE THE PEOPLE, not WE THE DC. Looks like that ain’t going to happen and the national media ain’t helping. Let’s just say these candidates were lucky we were not asking the questions. We would have really represented the people.