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Monday, September 26, 2016

Greatest political show on earth?

Tonight's debate might be billed as a "really big show."  However, the "the debate" is about how two very different candidates appear before the voter public. It is one small instance, a snapshot, along with a timeline that has produced "evidence" about them.

One organization and website that has served the U.S. voter public well is called, On the Issues, at Here, you can see the candidates' side-by-side.

What are the "Economic Issues," for instance?

Privatize Social Security: Clinton strongly opposes messing with Social Security, while Trump wants to privatize it.
Higher taxes on the wealthy: Clinton strongly favors higher taxes on the wealthy and Trump goes along.

Stricter limits on political campaign funds: Both candidates favor limiting campaign funds.

Stimulus better than market-led recovery: Clinton favors stimulus while Trump favors market-led recovery and strongly opposes government intervention.

Prioritize green energy: Clinton strongly favors green energy policy while Trump strongly opposes.

Lester Holt could ask the question, what is the role of government and the economy? (He won't, but let's say that he did.)

The answer should be that the Federal Government's job is to create an optimal environment in which individuals and their corporations can flourish.

Next question, "How is that accomplished?"

The answer should be an explanation about how government policy and leadership optimize return on national resources that include people, materials, technology, and infrastructure in public and private partnership.

Have at it.

1 comment:

  1. I think that we need fact checking.

    "When Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton face off for their first debate on Monday, a strict set of rules are designed to govern the event. Besides the candidates themselves, however, virtually no one actually knows what the rules say.

    It's a curious tradition in general election debates: The candidates' top strategists negotiate written rules and keep them a closely guarded secret.

    Those rules range from the trivial, such as how the candidates enter the room, to potentially pivotal restrictions on whether the moderator should correct false statements by the candidates.

    And while the Commission on Presidential Debates on Sunday morning announced some details about the basic timing of the debates, many potential other rules on big controversies are still unknown or undisclosed.

    This year, in a season of intense scrutiny on media moderators and complaints about a "rigged system," the debate structure could draw more attention than ever.

    Donald Trump laid down his line in a Fox News interview, arguing journalists leading the debates should be moderators — not fact-checkers.

    "You're debating somebody, and if she makes a mistake or if I make a mistake, we'll take each other on," he said.

    "I certainly don't think you want Candy Crowley again," Trump added."