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Our flawed system gobbles up another candidate…and who makes jobs?

December 4, 2011

Herman Cain - best hat of the candidates by far!

Our current “system” – and I hesitate to use the word, because it’s not that organized – of selecting a Presidential candidate claimed another victim yesterday. Herman Cain “suspended” his campaign yesterday afternoon. I assume that’s the wording you have to use to still get matching Federal funds so he gets all his outstanding bills paid. To just drop out of the race would probably cut off all those funds immediately. I don’t know how that works, but otherwise it’s an odd choice of words.

Cain scared the White House. There was no doubt about that. He also scared the old mainstream Republicans. He pulled the media interest away from Santorum and Bachmann, making it more difficult for them to get their messages out. The guy was a lightning rod and I thought he did an admirable job of it, bringing a lot of ideas and attitudes to the table that were refreshing.

From a practical standpoint, his 999 plan had about as much chance of passing as 90 per cent of the ideas Newt throws out on a daily basis. But it got people talking about new solutions, and that was a very good thing.

I’m going to miss Herman Cain in the campaign. Now we’re stuck with the “business as usual” crowd, at least to an extent: those who believe in their hearts that there is a legislative and executive solution to every problem. As we found back in 2008 the hard way, sometimes the best solution is to sit tight and do nothing and let free markets take their course. But a government can’t do that, because the 47 percent who pay no Federal income tax won’t allow the government to stand aside. Government is supposed to “do something.”

I don’t see any of the current candidates making the case as Reagan did so eloquently: “The government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” link

I don’t know if any of the charges leveled against Mr. Cain have any truth behind them. Apparently we can’t wait for that. We have to judge immediately without knowing the facts and think the worst of everyone, except perhaps Bill Clinton and Barak Obama. That disappoints me. We will never get better people to run for an office like President as long as the bar is set so high that no one but Jesus Christ himself could ever reach it. “Excuse me, Mr. ben Yosef, that time when you attacked the moneylenders at the temple? Do you have a bias against the financial services industry? And what about this woman who is alleged to be following your campaign, one Myrim of Magdala? Do you have a statement on your relationship with her?”

Even Donald Trump didn’t want to put up with it. (Although, according to a recent interview he did with Rush Limbaugh in the Limbaugh Letter, he may still jump back into the race.)

Now Newt Gingrich is back in the race. Newt is a smart guy. He reminds me of Bill Moffit, the band director and arranger. A consummate showman, Bill had a dozen new ideas every day before breakfast. He just didn’t have a filter. He didn’t know which were great ideas and which weren’t! Newt seems like that. I’ve read accounts from a number of people who know Newt personally (among them, Rush Limbaugh and Jerry Pournelle). They agree that Newt is almost always the smartest person in the room. They also seem to agree that he is a fount of policy ideas, some great, some not so great. The trouble is that most of Newt’s ideas are policy ideas. I really believe that right now some of the best policy ideas we need is for government to not have any more policies. Just get the heck out of the way of free-market capitalism!

Government can’t create jobs in the public sector. I used to tell kids and parents I didn’t teach kids, I provided an environment in which kids could learn. Same thing here. Government can provide an environment in which free markets may flourish or be stifled. It can only create government jobs, and we don’t need more of those! I’m afraid that Newt’s hammer is government policy, so he sees every problem as a nail. We’ll see. I would be more comfortable with a President Gingrich than with a President Romney. I think a President Santorum or Bachmann would be better. And I agree with Mark Levin – I’d vote for a can of orange juice before I’d vote for Obama.

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