I saw enough "debate"
What did I miss?
There are simply too many Republican candidates at this point. The number of questions and amount of time for so many candidates makes the forum unworkable. Mechanics aside, here are some basic observations:
1. I appreciated Herb Cain’s: 9-9-9 idea: 9% income tax, 9 % corporate tax, and 9% sales tax. Sales taxes are regressive and hurt poor people most, but wealthy people buy more and will pay more in volume. I don’t know how much revenue is actually generated compared with what is needed, so it is an idea without context in reality.
2. Rick Perry comes off as a patriotic light weight – a GW Bush with fewer brains.
3. Mitt Romney is a trustworthy sort who I think could lead corporate backers to help right the economy.
4. Jon Huntsman is a very smart, capable, trustworthy statesman who says he has a plan but never shoots the details. If he would itemize instead of short forming that would be helpful
5. Rick Santorum is frustrated because he feels he has been there and done that. The trouble is, nobody believes that.
6. Michele Bachmann has populist appeal among right wing conservatives. She says she’s a tax lawyer. Anyone ever say they just love a tax lawyer?
7. Newt Gingrich is smart and still has ideas and a memory for history. We don’t need another tired lecture from a too-old candidate.
8. Speaking of Ron Paul, he’s old and still has some honest ideas. He couldn’t lead a committee, let alone a nation.
As for Social Security, the up and coming work force had better start a retirement plan and open Swiss Bank Accounts.
So, what teams are playing tonight?
Wolf Blitzer did a good job managing that circus.