Things Not SpokenPosted: 18 October 2012
We have had two debates and depending on your sway they were either good or bad….our two combatants spoke on many things……many attempted gotcha moments but personally, I heard nothing about the ideas to move this country forward…..lots of the other guy sucks!
There are some things that needed to be debated but for some reason they were not…..Michael O’Brien has given us a good idea of things not spoken…..
Regardless of the outcome of next month’s election, Obama or Romney would almost assuredly encounter a potential fiscal crisis immediately upon being sworn into office.
While the topics of taxes, spending and entitlements were rampant during the first two debates, the so-called “fiscal cliff” looming at the beginning of 2013 presents a far more beguiling challenge for either candidate come January.
The fiscal cliff is a shorthand way of referencing the cocktail of automatic spending cuts and tax hikes set to take effect at the beginning of next year, the by-product of legislative gridlock which economists warn could do serious damage to the recovery.
This is something whoever wins this lame election will have to face very soon into the year……why was it eliminated?
A troubled housing market and financial crisis related to over-extended mortgages are the root cause of America’s current economic headache, but the topic received scant attention during the first two debates.
But neither candidate paid lip service to the full severity of the housing market except as an aside in a larger discussion about the regulations on lenders included in the 2010 Dodd-Frank regulatory reform law.
Viewers looking for more details about how Obama or Romney would handle Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac – the troubled mortgage-lending giants that were taken into government conservatorship in 2008 — also might have been disappointed in the first two debates. Neither candidate explained how they would move the troubled companies off the government’s books.
IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN
The winding-down wars in Iraq and Afghanistan received more attention during the lone vice presidential debate than they did during the first two meetings between Romney and Obama.
American combat troops have been in Afghanistan since 2001 and in Iraq since 2003, and Obama has begun the process of ending the wars in each country — something of which he has been quick to remind voters during the debates.
Romney has sought to distinguish himself from Obama on both theaters, focusing his criticism on the pace at which Obama has withdrawn troops from both countries, and Obama’s decision to set timelines by which American combat troops would leave both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Personally, I think our troops and vets deserve a little more attention than being used as political prop.
EUROPE’S FISCAL CRISIS
The debt crises beguiling Greece, Spain, Italy and a host of other European nations have imperiled the health of the European Union and its currency, the Euro. Moreover, much of Europe has plunged into a double-dip recession, the effects of which have imperiled the American economic recovery.
But the still-serious situation in Europe has been little more than a punchline for the candidates through the first two presidential debates.
But the situation in Europe received no attention in the first two debates, even though the EU was just awarded the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize in part for its perseverance through a politically-trying period in its history.
If the economy is going to bite us in the butt again, then it will most likely start in Europe…..it needs a little more attention than it is getting now.
Just a few issues that both teams seem to be avoiding….why? The housing market is NOT stable in the least….Europe is far from stable…….and then there is the fiscal cliff….it was all the are a few months ago but now NO one seems to give a crap…..why?
The next debate is suppose to be about foreign policy, if that holds true then Europe may be the only issue we shall hear about and we can go into the November election with NO idea how either one of these men will handle the important issues mentioned above…..Now take a few moments and explain why you would vote for either candidate and please try to be honest……