2011-10-19

A list of seldom spoken truths: politics

Mitt Romney will win the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. Michelle Bachman, Rick Perry, and Herman Cain are not serious candidates; even the Tea Party should know that, but I do hope that one of them is nominated because the resulting general election would be hilarious. After Romney, Ron Paul will most likely be second.

In the general election, Obama will win.

Ron Paul is the only potential Republican presidential candidate with honest, consistent, and coherent political positions. He also does not care about underprivileged people.

People who lie or mislead intentionally---even once---should not be elected. This is too common, particularly among potential Republican presidential nominees.

All political actions should be based on fact, not selfish agendas, not belief, and especially not religion. Anyone violating this should likewise not be elected.

President Obama, despite his failures and compromises, has been relatively consistent and productive throughout his term. The only gross misstep so far is the Solyndra debacle.

President Obama is pensive, patient, and sometimes indecisive---quite the opposite of G.W. Bush---which is a good thing.

Bill Clinton is smart. I did not realize this during his presidency.

Political and economic policy should not be purely relative. There is a "best" number or arrangement for taxes, social security, medicare, labor unions, corporate regulations. Let's find it instead of screaming "more" or "less" as an answer to every issue.

Corporations are not people. Corporations want money; people want a good life. It is not a tragedy if a corporation ceases to exist.

Money is not speech. This, like the previous statement, is often spoken, but it needs saying again.

We need laws and regulations that prevent lying, cheating, stealing, and harm to others in every aspect of life, and we need the ability to monitor related activities. Banks, hedge funds, political campaigns, politicians, media: I'm looking at you.