GOP Candidates Look Great, Compared To Obama
- 11 December 2011 by Author 0 Comments
GOP Candidates Look Great, Compared to Obama
By Richard Larsen
Published – Idaho State Journal, 12/11/11
Liberals can find absolutely nothing positive about the remaining slate of Republican candidates for president. That shouldn’t surprise us; after all they have their messianic figure. I have a neighbor who still has a picture of him in their living room like most of us have a picture of Christ. I guess once you’ve been duped it’s hard to admit it.
What is surprising is the abject hatred displayed by some over the Republican candidates. Playing into the most predictable stereotyping, they’re portrayed as not just wrong, but evil. To one local columnist, Republicans are insultingly portrayed as either a Frankenstein-like amalgam that only people who “can’t think for themselves” would vote for, or as “kooks” in a reality cooking show, claiming none of them have any substance except a “Mormon waffle.” The attempt at humor does nothing to shroud the obvious disdain, which leaves all objectively thinking people wondering what precipitates such hate and anger!
While few Republicans may be totally enthralled with the available choices, any of the candidates would be far better than what we currently have in the Oval Office. I’ve heard it said that the only way to have a candidate that you agree with 100% of the time, is for you, yourself, to run. There’s a lot of truth to that aphorism.
Sometimes we have to take a little different perspective on candidates for public office, and this is a perfect time to employ such a paradigm shift. Let’s look at what none of the remaining Republican or even third party candidates have done, or any of the people that work for those candidates.
None of them have brought the nation to the brink of insolvency by nearly doubling federal spending in three years creating a “national security risk,” according to Hillary Clinton, by racking up so much debt that we’re left little wiggle room for dealing with any other threats to the republic.
None of them ramrodded an ideologically motivated health care takeover bill through Congress, virtually eliminating Medicare to make the CBO scoring look better, and got away with it.
None of them have taken over entire sectors of the national private sector economy, like the financial services sector and the auto industry. None of them have not run anything before. Yes, I know, it’s a double negative. Think it through.
None of them have proven for the past three years that they know absolutely nothing about basic economics. None of them have egregiously expanded government regulatory control over all components of the economy stymying economic growth and job creation.
None of them have presided over an economy that has lost 7.5 million jobs and has had 6.5 million people just stop looking for work. None of them have bailed out Wall Street firm after Wall Street firm, and bank after bank, claiming they’re doing right for the American people for doing so.
None of them have presided over an economy with runaway inflation, with gas 115% higher, corn up 78%, sugar up 164%, unemployment up 25%, food stamp recipients up 35%, long-term unemployed up 146%, poverty rate up 8.3%, and the highest misery index since Jimmy Carter.
None of them have claimed to be constitutional law experts while displaying complete ignorance of that document’s contents. None of them have hired a cadre of known socialists to run important components of the government and called them czars.
None of them shut down oil production in the gulf or prohibited domestic drilling and oil exploration contributing to record high gas prices nor did any of them ignore court orders to lift that ban. None of them have been using some guy’s social security number from Vermont. None of them have hoodwinked the mainstream media into portraying everything they do as successful.
None have run illegal gun operations over the Mexican border only to have the same contraband weaponry show up at the murder scenes of U.S. law enforcement agents.
None of them have jetted around the world apologizing for America. None of them showed up ostentatiously at G8 meetings in Europe during austerity talks due to excessive government spending, with an entourage of 500 people.
Not one of them promised to “bring everybody together,” and then violated that promise by engaging in the most divisive rhetoric of class warfare ever employed by a national leader. Not one of them have been implicated in making shady half-a-billion dollar loans to questionable “green energy” companies which went broke, and connived with them on layoffs to manipulate unemployment numbers.
See how a paradigm shift improves ones perspective? All of those “accomplishments” by the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue make any and all of those remaining Republican candidates look awfully appealing. Unless you’re an ostrich.
AP award winning columnist Richard Larsen is President of Larsen Financial, a brokerage and financial planning firm in Pocatello, and is a graduate of Idaho State University with a BA in Political Science and History and former member of the Idaho State Journal Editorial Board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.