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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Iowa Straw Poll

Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachman, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich and Texas' Governor Rick Perry.  

The unintentional comedy meter has never hit higher ground, although the fact the GOP dealt a ticket like John McCain (who turns 75 on August 29th) and Sarah Palin (no comment necessary) was enough to trip the UCM scales to record heights in 2008.

As this political campaign enters the preseason for 2012, the one thing I would like the 2012 GOP candidates to recognize and acknowledge, is the fact that the eight-year presidential stint of their fellow Republican George W. Bush has a lot more to do with the current state of the union and state of the economy than the more recent three-year administration of President Barack Obama.

Let me take a quick quote from an informative op-ed piece entitled "What Happened to Obama?" which appeared in the NYT last weekend to illustrate my point:

When Barack Obama rose to the lectern on Inauguration Day, the nation was in tatters. Americans were scared and angry. The economy was spinning in reverse. Three-quarters of a million people lost their jobs that month. Many had lost their homes, and with them the only nest eggs they had. Even the usually impervious upper middle class had seen a decade of stagnant or declining investment, with the stock market dropping in value with no end in sight. Hope was as scarce as credit.

Three quarters of a million jobs that month.  That month!

So, please GOP candidates, especially Gov. Perry of Texas who was patting himself on the back and stump-speeching a misleading statistic that 40% of the net new jobs in the USA have been created in Texas.  Please don't insult my intelligence, Mr. Perry.  Please include the caveat that most of those jobs are low wage jobs to the point where Texas has the highest percentage of low-wage jobs in our nation coupled with the highest number of uninsured workers among all the 50 States and maybe Perry should add the fact that the low wage earners pay considerably high state taxes, compared to the richest wage-earners in the great state of Texas. And let us not forget, Perry employed the one and only Karl Rove to assist his first campaign before he stepped up to replace another Rove candidate in former President George W. Bush.

Lastly, dear GOP candidates, whenever you speak of President Obama and the troubles this country faces in foreign policy and the war, please use the name of Donald Rumsfeld in the same sentence. On Sunday, this editorial will appear to address the issues of foreign policy the US fostered during the Bush administration.  See: HERE.

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