In a desperate move to try to get some right-wing bona fides; Governor Rick Perry is now questioning President Obama's birth certificate. Last week Rick Perry dusted off Steve Forbes's old flat tax plan to use as his own. For whatever it's worth, Steve Forbes endorsed Rick Perry. The flat tax will be 17% but that has to be without deductions because it has to be much higher if the deductions remain . Anyway a flat tax is regressive. Rick Perry came in and quickly zooms to the top at 38% as the GOP savior and the heir apparent to the presidency. Governor Perry is currently at 15% and trailing an unknown trying to peddle his book. Mr. Perry had a chance to right himself, but he chose to go after Romney on a 2007 incident. In the 2008 debate Romney was challenged about hiring a lawn company that employed illegal immigrants. Romney was vindicated of that, but his answer was not one that helped his cause. Romney said he went up to the owner of the company and said," I'm running for office for Pete's sake.".. Did that mean that if he wasn't running for office; it would have been OK? I guess that I will enjoy the rest the debates as well as the other 20 million who have viewed them. They are entertaining, but they are without substance. I imagine the DNC is cutting and splicing material from the GOP debates to use in their ads against Romney. That's the reason Ronald Reagan had the 11th commandment" thou shall not talk ill of a fellow republican."
I don't know why the GOP doesn't declare Mitt Romney the winner and stand behind him instead of all this maneuvering, that's leaving very little doubt about the vulnerabilities of the present GOP presidential candidates. Come on, Herman Cain is trying to win the evangelical base of the Republican Party, but he has the same position on abortion as I do. He believes it's supposed to be between the woman and her doctor without government intervention. Mr. Cain has already changed his 9-9-9 plan to a 9-0-9 plan, but it's still fruity, whether it's apples or oranges. Political parties go through this period. I wasn't all that enthused about John Kerry or Michael Dukakis but they did win out and I supported them.
Condoleezza Rice is coming out with a book contradicting President Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, and Dick Cheney. She has even stated that she called President Bush during hurricane Katrina, emphasizing that the administration had a race problem in the way the ordeal was being handled. I guess that she is saying that if the hurricane was headed towards the Hamptons; the administration would have reacted differently. The book will put the final nail in the coffin of one Mr. Cheney. The former vice president was a ruthless, power hungry, warmonger who had contempt for the rules of engagement and the constitution. I don’t think the details in the book will have any influence on the race.
Ron Paul was on Meet the Press, yesterday but in typical fashion, it was all about what the American people would do if we carried out his ideas. The only historical reference he used was the Great Depression of 1929 but even that was skewed. His ideas are not based on data because they have not been used in our country. He thinks that the free market and consumers will always do the right thing if we relieve them of government oppression. He takes the word “liberty" to extreme Fortunately, he will not be the republican nominee and in a few more months, we will not hear from Dr. Paul again, unless his son (who has not fallen far from the tree) decides to make a presidential run in the year 2016.
Then there is Rick Santorum holding onto his 1% for dear life, saying that President Obama's decision to carry out an agreement made by President Bush and the prime minister of Iraq to leave by the end of year " Just lost the Iraq War" for us. Huh? I have never heard a definition of winning. How can we win when we spend almost a trillion dollars, lost about 4400 of our forces just to remove a dictator who did not have weapons of mass destruction or had anything to do with 9/11?