For People Who Think

April 4, 2012

Fun, Fun, Fun…by Dan Lynch

Filed under: Uncategorized — 4peoplewhothink @ 12:47 pm

They’re both very bright guys – old friends with terrific educations who’ve been hugely successful in life, much more successful than I’ve been. We were sitting around the other day, just talking.

THEM: What do you think of the presidential campaign?

ME: It’s entertaining, at least. I have all kinds of problems with Obama, but all this primary season has done for me has been to tell me who not to vote for. Gingrich is a multi-millionaire influence peddler who’ll stick his legs in the air and say anything to get the nomination. Gas at two-fifty a gallon? Dreamland. Ron Paul is perfectly happy if the Iranians get a nuclear bomb, and Santorum isn’t running for President. Instead, he seems to be running for Pope. So, those guys don’t do much for me.

THEM: You didn’t mention Romney.

ME: I don’t know yet about Romney. He’ll probably be the nominee, as near as I can figure. Bright guy and all that, but all he’s doing now is sucking up to the nutball Republican right wing so he can get the nomination. I have no idea what he really stands for. I’ll have to see how he handles himself in a general election campaign before I can make a judgment on him.

THEM: What’s your problem with Obama?

ME: Well, let’s start with Afghanistan. We have 125,000 people there, directly in the line of fire, and to prop up that sleazy government? Our people are getting killed every week over there, and for what? If the idea is to keep terrorists from establishing bases there, we can do that with special forces and drones. You can ask Bin Laden about that. Well, no, actually you can’t do that, can you?

THEM: Obama didn’t do enough about jobs. He did too little to fix the Wall Street problem.

ME: I agree. The stimulus stopped the job loss, but it wasn’t big enough for an economy and a crisis this size. The jobs aren’t coming back quickly enough, either. He should have spent some of the money differently. In Germany, instead of middle-class tax cuts, they gave money directly to big employers to keep people on the job. They gave them low-interest loans and outright grants. It was cheaper than paying unemployment benefits, and it kept the Germans from having unemployment go as high as it did here.

THEM: It’s the Wall Street stuff that gets us. Obama just gave the banks the bailout money without any strings.

ME: He didn’t do that; Bush did it before Obama took office. But Obama hasn’t done much since he got in the White House to break up the big banks. The top 10 banks have assets equal to 80 per cent of GDP. In Europe, they did take steps to bring their banks under control so maybe the bottom won’t fall out again, but Obama didn’t do what they did. I don’t know what Romney would do on that score if he gets in, but I’ll be listening to hear what he has to say about that once these crazy Republican primaries are over. I also don’t like some of Obama’s appointments.

THEM: Like who?

ME: This guy Geithner, the treasure secretary. He was right there as boss of the New York Fed when everything got out of control on Wall Street, and his job was supposed to be to control that stuff. I would have named Sheila Bair, the woman who runs the FDIC, as treasury secretary, not him. I wasn’t consulted, though.

THEM: Who do you think will win in November?

ME: Who knows? It’ll be close, though. This won’t be any wipeout, like Nixon-McGovern or Reagan-Mondale. By all rights, the Republicans should be able to stomp Obama this year with the unemployment thing, the Afghanistan thing, the Wall Street thing. But the Republicans candidates have been catering to the screwiest members of their party as they go about selecting a candidate, and they’ve been so shameless about it that I’m not sure that any of those guys can win in November.

THEM: It’s all pretty sad, isn’t it?

ME: Yeah, for all of us in the great unwashed mob it’s sad. All of them to be having a terrific time, though. For the politicians, it’s just the usual fun and games.

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