October 12th, 2015
in Op Ed
by Rodger Malcolm Mitchell, www.nofica.com
Look at the people running for President.
Most (all?) of them are dishonest, clueless and/or incompetent, and most of them know they cannot win.
So why do they run? Why do they waste their time and other people's money? Why do so many of us give them our time and our hard earned dollars?
Lindsey Graham: "I'm thinking about running for President. You get a house and a car and a plane. It's a pretty good gig."
And there you have it: The reason why dishonest, clueless, incompetent people, not only run for President, but run for political offices in general.
They get a house and a car and a plane. It's a pretty good gig.
For most of us, job hunting is an unpleasant chore. Calling, writing, waiting in reception rooms, answering questions about ourselves - and all the rejections, again and again - and no money coming in.
Nobody pays us to look for a job. In fact, it costs us money, what with travel, postage, printing, etc. We'd rather chew thumb tacks.
And if a potential employer finds we have been lying, or we have been fired from a previous job, or we say some really stupid things during our interview, our situation may become hopeless.
By contrast, you as a politician can do a "Fiorina": i.e., you can lie, be shown to be lying, continue to deny you're lying even after facing absolute proof you were lying - and still be "hired" (backed) by many thousands of people.
You can deny evolution and deny global warming. You can be an anti-gay, anti-foreigner, anti-non-Christian bigot, anti-gun control, thumb your nose at the Supreme Court because your personal beliefs differ from America's laws, and still be favored by the electorate.
And that is why incompetents run for President, knowing they can't win. "It's a pretty good gig. You get a house and a car and a plane" - and lots and lots of money.
If ever you're tempted to wonder, "Is this the best America can do"? remember, running for President is the perfect forum for an incompetent.
Good people don't want to dirty their hands.
THE RECESSION CLOCK
Recessions come after the blue line drops below zero.
Vertical gray bars mark recessions.
As the federal deficit growth lines drop, we approach recession, which will be cured only when the growth lines rise. Increasing federal deficit growth (aka "stimulus") is necessary for long-term economic growth.
- ·Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics.
- Liberals think the purpose of government is to protect the poor and powerless from the rich and powerful. Conservatives think the purpose of government is to protect the rich and powerful from the poor and powerless.
- The single most important problem in economics is the Gap between rich and poor.
- Austerity is the government's method for widening the Gap between rich and poor.
- Until the 99% understand the need for federal deficits, the upper 1% will rule.
- Everything in economics devolves to motive, and the motive is the Gap between the rich and the rest..