THE TABLE IS SET

You may have noticed that so far in this current presidential election cycle I’ve barely blogged anything about this contentious circus compared to my frequent musings in 2012.

After the last go around with Obama’s reelection I told myself, “never again.”  In addition, this current cycle of bomb-throwing, marginally qualified presidential candidates has been discouraging enough to just want it to all go away.

People keep saying how unusual this year’s presidential race is.  They’re wrong.  It’s an absolutely normal Third World election.

We have three candidates still standing:  a self-righteous socialist who’s learned nothing in 50 years except how to rally the economically illiterate and uninformed; an heir to wealth who’s done nothing impressive in 50 years except to hone his skills as a self-promoter and demagogue; and an insider who’s climbed the greasy pole alongside her husband, enriching herself and her family through 50 years of “public service.”  Welcome to the United States of Argentina.

At this point, the table is pretty well set.  We’ve labored through and survived the ugly primaries and have what are the two most disliked candidates in history.  Negative ratings for both are at 57%.

So like it or not, one of them will go to the White House.  If you grit your teeth, hold your nose and vote, here, in my opinion, is the critical measure of deciding who to vote for.

There are four really important and critical issues in this election.  No other issues really matter.

  1. The Economy – stagnant wages and our national debt approaching $20 trillion require a captain to try and steer the ship to a better recovery.Real GDP growth in the U.S. hasn’t cracked three percent in any year since 2005.  This protracted period of sub-par economic growth has created difficult times for many Americans, fueling the anger and frustration of the electorate.  I view this growth anemia is being made in Washington, not China or Mexico.  Some long-term trends are causing the growth environment to be more challenging, thus heightening the need to reduce the burdens—including regulation, record-high spending, an exorbitant corporate tax rate, and others—being placed on our economy by the government at all levels.  Blaming trade and immigration for today’s economic circumstances is a misdiagnosis.  According to Bill Clinton, “The problem is, 80% of the American people are still living on what they were living on the day before the crash and about half the American people, after you adjust for inflation, are living on what they were living on the last day I was president 15 years ago.  So that’s what’s the matter.”  By the way, raising the minimum wage may be popular, and even justified, but it will not improve the economy or ameliorate the income inequality gap in any way.
  1. Immigration – is a disgraceful vacuum of ignoring the law and any logical thinking. We cannot deport 11 million people, but we must have an actual wall or some way of controlling the continued flow of people who want to come across the border.  Sanctuary cities are an abortion that must be eliminated, as well as the birthing tourism that grants citizenship to all babies born here.  We need a guest worker program with annual adjustments to accommodate the need for low-skilled workers and an enforceable HB visa program that works.
  1. Terrorism – is a major problem all over the world and we’re not immune. We need to become more effective in helping to destroy the savages abroad and prevent the increase in isolated incidents here.  Unless we do more to defeat ISIS where they live, the refugee crisis will continue to expand and create problems for everyone standing by.  It should be the obligation of the “peaceful Muslim” countries to lead this effort, but we can’t wait because they have not stepped up.
  1. Appointing Supreme Court Justices – the next president is likely to name three new Supreme Court Justices and will set the direction of the Supreme Court for generations. We’ve seen how crucial the Supreme Court is with recent decisions such as overturning laws in 44 states to redefine marriage to include same-sex gay marriage—a ruling that would have been though unthinkable even a few years ago.  That’s just one example among many of the Supreme Court’s outrageous and unconstitutional rulings in the past few years.

We could spend a couple of blogs detailing all the negatives about each candidate, but it won’t help anything.  They are both almost equally flawed.

The non-critical issues:

  • Climate control
  • Income inequality
  • Women’s issues
  • Wall Street
  • Free college tuition

Everything else—all these other “issues”—are secondary and won’t materially affect our lives and that includes the negatives of both candidates.  I personally don’t like either candidate as a person.  The choice, however, must be which candidate addresses these four issues in a practical way that makes some sense.  I will choose to vote for that candidate I think offers the best hope in at least three or my four major issues.  I hope you will do the same.

ArtSchwartzSig

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