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At last, a debate that actually touched on some of the problems that our next President will have to deal with. None of them had the guts, or lacked the political self-preservation necessary to level with voters about these problems, but at least they were talking about them.
What dismayed me was how close the four candidates are on most issues, and that they all avoided the one subject that is at the root of all the problems they debated. The direct and measurable connection between how much the government spends, and how much the average American has left to live on.
I’m tired of politicians that preach tax cuts and a balanced budget, but don’t have the guts to tell anyone who is riding the gravy train, whether it’s the CEO of General Motors or a healthy twenty something on Food Stamps to get a real job.
I think Cruz is more likely to fight for a balanced budget than anyone we have had a chance to elect for a long time. But I have to wonder what he is going to say to the American people when most Republicans and all Democrats drag out the millions of starving children and dying seniors that is the presumptive motive of anyone who tries to cut a dollar from the budget.
He needs to make the case now, that when our nation’s wealth is controlled by the government, it ends up in the bank accounts of the politically connected. The evidence is clear. The government has spent more on entitlements over the last twenty years than the next twenty countries combined, and 45 million American families live in poverty. They have spent more fighting drugs than the rest of the world combined and the U.S. is the world’s largest consumer of illegal drugs.
They spend more on education than the next 16 countries combined and we rank 27th in math and 17th in reading. They spend more on national defense that the next 12 countries combined and every major war since WWII has failed and the world is more dangerous than ever.
In the debate, John Kasich said that he would take 125 federal education programs, put them in four buckets and send them back to the States. I’ve heard Kasich say stuff like that before. It almost sound reasonable, until you realize that he still wants all the money going to Washington first because he doesn’t trust the States without federal oversight.
The one place that can’t be trusted with our money is Washington. Kasich forgets that we have to send eight buckets of money to Washington to get four back to the States. That’s why Social Security shouldn’t be saved as it is. I know you probably can’t say these things and run for President, so we have to vote on our judgement of the character of the candidates. On that basis, I think the fact that either Trump or Cruz will likely win the nomination is the best thing to happen to American politics for decades.