SOUND SPECIFIC


Sound specific.  Is that too much to ask?  None of the candidates have campaigned on specifics. Most of the candidates from all conceivable fractured directions are avoiding any specifics on how to restore the economy.  The only one with a plan is the president, but he’s not running at least for himself – and his own party has left him out to dry.  The reason being, there are no easy, painless answers to jobs and the economy.  We’re in for a long haul.

Specifics in a campaign become a matter of record, and no candidate wants to run on recorded specifics when you can use wedge issues, smoke screens and hide away from the press in an undisclosed location.

That’s because none of them have any answers.  Especially the Tea Party republicans who are entirely about directing the misdirected energy toward republican regaining power in 1012 — not in doing the people’s business.

Republicans and Tea Party clones chant on about smaller government and lower taxes – neither of which are valid plans, they’re sound-bites.  The fundamental need is a combination of things starting with allowing the Bush tax-cuts for the wealthy to lapse, returning them to the level they were back during the Regan years – or lower.  The money in this country is so dreadfully off-balance, with 2% of the nation controlling 87% of the wealth.  Most average Americans are completely unaware they’re actually GETTING a tax cut.  Only people earning over a QUARTER MILLION per year are facing tax hikes.  But all people need to hear is the words “raising taxes” (even though it doesn’t apply to them) and they’re all in a lather. 

People who don’t like health care reform fail to understand it, much as voters initially failed to understand Social Security when it was first passed.  The money you and your employer pay to insurance companies, does not in large part go to pay for your health issues, your doctor’s services or your hospital.  It goes to insurance company shareholders – the same top 2% who already have every spare penny in this country in lock-down.

Democrats need to get voters to understand how and where monies are best spent and which legislative changes are the correct fixes for the economy.  It’s a hard sell, because the benefits are not yet felt by the voting public. 

Patience.

Republicans need to stop leveraging wedge issues and “man-up” if you will, about how they’re in the back pocket of corporations and banks — their time-honored plan is to attack opponents with half-truths and blatant lies, drawing attention away from the realities by boonswaggling voters into believing gay rights, Muslims, immigrants or abortion are the real issues.  They aren’t.  The real issue is the imbalance of wealth in this country and how to level the playing field to restore the middle class.  Republicans stand for extending tax cuts for the wealthy, bleeding the middle class dry, out-sourcing jobs and taking us back to the days of George W. Bush.  Do you think for a minute the Republican Party is going to go on record as stating how they, and their own cronies need loosen their tightened fists off their bulging purses and put greed aside.  Not gonna happen.

Voters were already fooled once by the Bush Administration.  To quote the “master” himself:

“There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.” —President George W. Bush, Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002.  Yeah, what he said – hehehe.

‘Wash those neo-cons right out of your hair and send them on their way’ — at the voting booth this coming Tuesday…  Rain or shine.

2 thoughts on “SOUND SPECIFIC

  1. Ah my favorite musical "Sounds Pathetic" from that musical duo, Robbers and Handitover. The sound pf the old Ratpublic. I an still waiting for that Enchanted Evening to meet an honest politician across a crowded polling station.

  2. The brilliant & insightful commentator Fareed Zakaria aired a Special on CNN last night entitled "Restoring the American Drean." He interviewed four top CEOs of American corporations:

    - Eric Schmidt, Chairman and CEO Google
    - Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO of Coca-Cola
    - Klaus Kleinfeld, CEO of Alcoa
    - Lou Gerstner, who ran three American giants
    RJ Reynolds, American Express & IBM

    Excerpts of the broadcast can be found here:

    http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/fareed.zakaria.gps/

    A quick summary of their opinions on what it will take to 'restore' the American Dream are:

    - Education, including upgrading schools, paying teachers better, encouraging students to study math & sciences, & pointing students into the job fields of the future which will be in a knowledge & information based economy in the U.S.;
    - Continuing education for working age citizens, especially education to assist displaced workers in preparing for & finding the new jobs in the emerging knowledge based economy;
    - Investment in infrastructure, which includes not only the aforementioned schools, many of which are crumbling & antiquated, but also in repairing, upgrading & improving basic infrastructure such as streets, roads, highways, rail lines, power grids, water & sewer systems, etc.
    - Significantly MORE spending by Government in infrastructure, education, job training & retraining & ongoing on-the-job training to enhance worker productivity & job security;
    - Significant pull-back from a 'consumer-based' economy &, instead, a significant emphasis on saving & investment in America;
    - An end to American military intervention throughout the world, with the savings & manpower freed up being directed into growth of the American economy;
    - Development of leading-edge technology for the 21st Century so that America can regain a leading role in the future;
    - Immigration reform, so that while the U.S. has 19 of the top 20 universities in the world & bright students from around the world want to come to American & do come to American to study & earn advanced degrees, we do not then throw them out of the country – as we so often do now – & instead encourage them to remain here & apply their knowledge & innovative skills to growing the American economy.

    These are just some of the suggestions from the aforementioned four CEOs. Their points sound quite progressive to me & lead me to suspect they are not at all enamored of the Tea Party/GOP crop of candidates running amok in the country today. The general tenor of these CEOs comments seemed to be that government has been broken by ideological dogma in politics & that we must do something about that if we are to survive & grow.

    All-in-all, it was a very enlightening broadcast &, as usual, Fareed Zakaria did a superb job as host & commentator.

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