Now There Are 5

As I am typing….it is official!

Bachmann gone….Trump gone but not quiet…..Cain gone…..and now another victim of the process….Huntsman has decided to let the field snipe at each other….I mean Colbert was polling ahead of Huntsman….a real shame…the only sane candidate the GOP had in many years…..sad, so sad….but I think the polling prompted “Dad” to withdraw any cash and as we all know without cash he gots NOTHING!  Time for Huntsman to go home, lick his woulds and start preparation for 2016…….

But why did Huntsman not click with the GOP voters?

First Read: “Despite the attention his candidacy received from the Chattering Class and despite the help from a Super PAC financed in part by his wealthy father, Huntsman never took off. A big reason was tone. He was the only GOP presidential candidate who never adopted the Tea Party’s rhetoric. Besides Ron Paul, he was the only one calling for the U.S. to withdraw from Afghanistan. And he was the only one calling for civility in politics.”

Never fear…dear GOP…..you still have your “perfect” candidate no matter where you stand…..you have your pretty candidate….the game show kind, Mitt….there is someone for the whacky fringe….Paul….even a good one for the radical evangelicals, actually you have the choice….either Santorum or Perry….and finally there is Newt, the candidate that ALL can hate…..the perfect line up for a showdown in Florida……

Now, who will be the next to exit….as gracefully as possible?  My money is on Perry…..since his prayer vigil did not work…then his imagined biggest supporter was not listening…..but I could be mistaken…..

Who do you think will be the next causality of the 2012 GOP primary circus?

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Ask Your Candidate

The primary season for the 2012 election season is now in full swing….and we will be bombarded with more ads and more debates….so far the GOP debates have shown me nothing of substance….I blame the candidates but more I blame the media or whoever is the sponsoring entity……most question asked the candidates have been what I call “softball” question….that is question that allow a string of one liners and bumper sticker answer and disregard of position on certain issues…..also I believe that debates should have a theme….Health, education, foreign policy, so on…….a single issue and answer only on that issue….any deviation then the candidates mic goes dead……

I am a reader of the website for American Elect 2012….an independent try for political relevancy……..their members have come up with questions that they would like to ask the candidates, no matter the party, to hear solid answers to questions of the day…..

Economy

What do you think are the most important steps government can take to promote job creation?

How would you reform federal taxes?

Do you believe corporations should be more heavily regulated, even if it means higher compliance costs?

How do you propose we reduce the national debt, and how much should the national debt be considered in economic recovery plans?

Healthcare

What role should the federal government play in the healthcare industry? Is healthcare a right?

What do you think is driving the rapid growth of health care costs, and how would you slow it down? Would you support putting some kind of cap on what the government spends on Medicare?

Should the government require that all citizens have healthcare insurance? If so, what is your thought about a premium support model similar to the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program?
Education

Why aren’t our K-12 schools preparing graduates to compete in the global economy, and what would you do as president to lift their performance?

Why do you think college costs keep rising? Are students getting their money’s worth, and what would you do to slow down cost growth?

What would you do to improve workforce development and job training opportunities for U.S. workers?

Energy

Is U.S. energy independence a feasible goal and, if so, how would you achieve it? How would you reduce our reliance on foreign oil?

What steps will you take to make this nation’s growing energy demand more sustainable?

How important is reducing carbon emissions, and how would you go about it? In addition to renewable fuels, do you believe natural gas and nuclear energy should play a larger role in America’s energy mix?
Foreign Policy

What circumstances justify U.S. military intervention? Do you think America should continue to play a leading role in world affairs, or lay down some of those responsibilities?

Is America’s enormous trade deficit with China a problem? How would you boost U.S. exports and encourage China and other countries to buy more from us?

I believe it is a good list and are questions that need answers and would love to see a real effort to make a candidate, any candidate, have to answer these questions…..

If you are undecided which GOP candidate that you want to vote for then use these questions and e-mail him/her and see if you get a real answer or a bumper sticker….I would think that if the candidate answered all your questions with a solid answer…..then that would be the one to support with your vote…..

Just thinking!