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First, let me start by saying that I don’t think he’s a bad guy. He’s decently intelligent and wants people to get along. Most of the rest of the world no longer think that we’re jackasses like they did under Bush. However, is he President material or what we need right now?

Let  me use an odd example to start illustrating the problem: Drone attacks in Pakistan supposedly attacking militants – actually killing a few militants and a lot of civilians including innocent women and children who likely had hard enough lives as it was – on Obama’s orders.

Now this isn’t necessarily Obama’s fault – he’s following CIA intel. Except, wait a minute… Didn’t we spend a trillion dollars on a war on Iraq based on bad intel from the CIA that they had WMDs that they never had? What’s going on here? What’s going on is simple – its not that Obama is evil or that Bush was evil or even that the CIA is evil (Paranoid maybe, but not evil). The real reason is that there just isn’t enough accountability. We love going into things half cocked, before we know what’s happening.

Now, lets look at a very different example closer to home:

Last year, welfare cost the government an average of $60K per household. The amount actually given to those households on average? $22K. Balls!

Seriously, what the fuck?!

Does this sound like a very different issue? Its not. The key issue is the same. Our government is an expert at shoddy workmanship. They throw a ton of tax and debt money at a problem. And when that creates a bigger mess because they didn’t think things through, instead of going back and figuring out what happened, they throw even more tax and debt money at it.

Why is this happening?

  1. Lack of accountability.

And that is the problem. It takes a lot of experience understanding complex systems and getting results before you even understand how to try to fix something complicated. Before you even begin to understand what mistakes you don’t want to make. The only kind of person who could lead this country to a better future is someone who actually has skill in making things work better. And that person isn’t Obama.

In fact, its probably not someone charismatic at all since those people are usually very critical people who dwell on the minute details of problems instead of pretty rainbows. But that is what we need. And we don’t need just one. We need thousands that go into the various areas where things are going to shit and figure out how to fix things individually – you can’t just fix the country, you have to fix all the parts that make up the country.

And really, whoever wins the elections, we need to find such people fast because in all likelihood, neither Obama nor Romney is going to be able to pull our asses out of the fire in the long run. They may be well intentioned, but they don’t know how to get things done.

After all, lets say you had to put Romney or Obama in charge of Apple or just friggin’ Walmart! Would you even trust them to do a good job managing all the different services of any one of those companies, raising profits, making people’s lives better and providing the vision it needs to do better in the world tomorrow? No? Of course, not! Because they aren’t qualified, and its too big for them!

Incidentally, I don’t think we should elect Romney, not because Obama is so much better, but because he has four years of experience learning about and trying to fix the issues, and he has plans in play. Romney thinks he knows better without having any real experience, and he’s going to create his own half-assed changes that likely won’t be any better. So we won’t get anything great from Romney and he’ll fuck up what Obama had in progress so we won’t be able to gain from that either. This is not a time for indecision on top of weak action. Its better we at least stay the course and let him do his best.


Lets keep this short and painful.


“China has been artificially reducing the price of its currency and I will place tariffs on them”

Reality Check: That means that both US consumers and US businesses get to buy Chinese products for cheap, thus our money goes farther and our businesses can do more. 

Consequences of his brilliant idea: If we did this, Everything in America would be more expensive. Our businesses would have to pay more for anything they buy (laptops, printers, furniture), and most likely instead of local businesses forming to try to be competitive (unlikely and time consuming)… We’d likely have European countries or someone else just have China build them products and sell those to us so that the Europeans could make an extra buck for providing Chinese services to us indirectly. Are you going to put tariffs on England and France too?

Then, we have the problem that right now China and the US need each other and will help each other to some degree. Start an adversarial situation and China has to think about defending itself against us. Maybe offering services to other countries even cheaper so that they can move ahead faster than us. Maybe just by making some things more expensive for us that we don’t want to have be expensive – and seriously if prices are going to rise, China would no doubt prefer to sell at higher prices than let the US gov collect more taxes. Feh.

… And this bungling idiot considers himself a businessman. Where do they get these morons?

Ultimately China and their cheap labor is something we could use to save ourselves.

And here’s an example:

Now we know that people can have more money in two ways: “Make more money, or spend less” – one way you spend less is if stuff is cheaper so that you get as much for less.

So, what if we negotiate with China to help us produce vast numbers of trucks with hybrid engines so that they cost less fuel, and we negotiate down on the price so that its even cheaper than it would be otherwise? What would that do? Practically everything in the US could be a little cheaper because moving goods across the country costs money. We’d spend less to move stuff, so everyone could afford to sell it for a little cheaper… China makes money, and our lives become easier.

The point is simply to say that if we are creative, that cheap labor can be an advantage for us. A waiter in the US and a waiter in China may do the same work, but because our currency is valued higher, the waiter here can buy cooler stuff and overall has a better life. Businesses have similar advantages if they use their heads. If China artificially makes their stuff and services cheap so we can take advantage of them, lets take more advantage of them.