Punchinello’s Chronicles

September 11, 2008

Issues? What issues!?

The Republicans won the 1994 House using the Contract with America, a basic program of issues and what politicians intended to do about them. The Republicans ignored the entire thing, blew out the budget, and took a major loss when the public saw the results.

Ross Perot successfully split the Republican vote, ushering in the Age of Clinton back in 1992, by speaking directly to the public about issues. He primarily spoke about economic issues, but his straight talk, even though a little bit crazy, focused on what real people want to really know: issues.

Everywhere we look, people today are asking why nobody’s talking about real issues? Wanna know how Sara Palin became an overnight sensation? It’s because she began by speaking directly about real problems and solutions facing America as a nation. But what are these issues? What do people really want to hear about, assuming they’re not brain-dead following a childhood indoctrination under the American public school system?

  • Government Spending — never-ending, uncontrolled, increasing spending on the part of every politician, from city to state to federal bureaucracy.
  • Baseline Budgeting — Why do the state and federal governements get an exemption from budgeting the way normal American families budget? Where is the accountability and ROI (return on investment) for each and every program? Baseline budgeting means that when a program is started, it never-again stands a chance of being shut down, regardless of how useless it is.
  • Declining Standard of Living — Americans and the entire government are living on credit and borrowing. The interest on our national debt is being paid for by borrowing, just as many people use a credit card to pay the interest on bank loans, plus pay their necessary expenses. The result is less and less real cash to spend on real things. We may believe we have the highest standard of living in the world, but that’s a delusion, not to mention it being financed by borrowed money. When and how will we pay all this money back?
  • Integrated Energy Policies — Obviously, with gasoline prices we want more oil. Europe is using diesel fuel, thereby making way for a 65mpg car that Ford can’t sell here in the US. Alaska has all kinds of oil we can use for the short term, then there’s the Gulf of Mexico and other offshore drilling. But what happens after that? What about nuclear energy, along with the many forms of sustainable energy that actually can work?
  • Inflation, Production, Tort Reform — Americans want their wages to go up and up and up, getting standardized raises every year regardless of whether they’re doing a better job. Union contracts and wages are unrealistic, just as housing prices are unrealistic. Legal costs are wiping out the medical industry, and being passed on by corporations every time those companies are penalized for gigantic damages following a ridiculous lawsuit.
  • Education — Yes, we have the No Child Left Behind laws, and the result is that professional educators are trying to claim it’s impossible to actually educate our children, based on the standards, costs, and everything involved. How is the AFT (American Federation of Teachers) and the Department of Education helping to promote outsourcing, job loss, poverty, and welfare?
  • Competition — How will the United States recapture our competitive edge in a world economy? We have an example of the “brain drain,” as physicists everywhere leave the country to live in Switzerland, the location of the new Hadron Collider. That could have been built here in the US, except for “politics as usual” making it impossible. Then there’s the entire politically correct educational process by which we beat the competitive spirit right out of our children.
  • Government Regulation v. Deregulation — What industries should be regulated, and which ones should be deregulated, coming instead under a general oversight structure? Should we have government run medicine, mortgages, technological research, bailouts, and ill-defined environmental laws? What about the growing entrepreneurial and small business community?

We might want to have a discussion on term limits, school vouchers, bioethics, and how the Supreme Court has been making law rather than upholding justice. We could look at the rights of victims of crime in relation to criminal rights, and we might want to define what rights a citizen is entitled to. That would open up both the immigration and prisoners of terrorism topics.

But no, we’re stuck with a national debate about lipstick, experience, the difference between men and women, sexual preferences, and other such stupidity. It’s been said that Americans get exactly the government they’ve paid for. That’s never been more true than nowadays.


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