we move deeper into this year’s election… further along the
path of a hideous national embarrassment… I find myself thinking
about some of the things I’ve considered, both along the way
this year and over time.
always believed that Bill Bradley and John McCain… candidates
from almost two decades ago… were two of the best individuals
we had for consideration in quite some time. This may be true
for my entire lifetime. Brilliant men with incredible personal
histories and an unquestionable passion for the country. So
naturally, neither man won his party’s nomination back then.
you, this is not the John McCain of 2008 that I’m considering.
I’m looking at the man running during the 2000 election. And
there is a huge difference between that John McCain, the current
John McCain, and the John McCain that lost to Barack Obama in
twists and turns that most people never would have dared predict,
in 2004 many joked about how the Democrats couldn’t produce
a candidate to defeat George Bush. One significant twist came
when the Republicans were unable to find a candidate that could
defeat Obama in 2012. And for a major turn, if these candidates
had been in it from the beginning, you could make a fairly well-reasoned
and solid argument that a 2004 John Kerry or a 2012 Mitt Romney
would be on cruise control to winning the presidency in 2016
against the current cast of characters competing for the honor.
Yes, indeed… the twist in 2016 is that neither party can produce
a candidate that is worthy of a ticket to visit the White House
for a morning tour, never mind one worthy of moving in for four
can’t be the only one chuckling about Ross Perot, and how an
independent candidate on that level wouldn’t just be a viable
option this year, but quite likely would be solidly positioned
as the frontrunner.)
amazing thing about all of it is how everyone seems to believe
that voters are idiots that remember nothing. Unfortunately,
the results so far show that those beliefs may be well-founded.
As an example, Democrats want us to believe that we still need
to overcome the latest Bush double-term… even though they’ve
held the position for the past two terms, and four of the last
six. Yes, true, when the next American President takes the oath
of office, Democrats will at that point have held the office
for sixteen of the past twenty-four years. Exactly what party’s
politics do we need to recover from?
answer to that question is easy… because it’s both. Here we
are… again… being treated to promises, surely empty promises,
about returning America to greatness, the strength of hope and
the suggestion of change and blah-blah-blah in the next most
important election ever. Because… yeah… most important ever
of this moment, the only thing that seems pretty cool is electing
hold on… I’m not saying we should elect Trump. He is, in my
opinion, a jackass of gargantuan stature. There is no measurement
available to show exactly how big a jackass he is. I am, by
no means, advocating that anyone should vote for him, or be
pleased in any way about his campaign.
every candidate running for president right now looks
like something that is legendary for being placed in a bag,
brought to a doorstep, and set on fire. The scariest thing when
calling one leading candidate a misogynistic con man (because
that’s the nicest thing you can call him) has to be looking
around and realizing that none of the other candidates are worthy
of a more positive description. Different adjectives. Same burning
often said I’m not impressed with President Barack Obama.
remains true today.
has been my experience that most people cannot find full-time
employment, because most employers are only hiring part-time
staff to avoid the requirements for medical benefits. And here’s
the kicker… the Democrats brag about job growth numbers as if
it’s an apples-to-apples comparison, and I’m not so sure it
say you employed 500 full-time employees. New regulations come
out concerning medical benefits and your particular size of
a company. So you do some research, decide to drop the entire
staff to twenty-hours a week, cut their benefits, and then set
off to hire people to fill 500 additional part-time jobs you
just added. Then employment figures come out and say that the
country added 500 jobs since there are now 1,000 of them, completely
missing how many people lost income and medical coverage in
order for those jobs to be added.
I get it… “Bob, you’re an idiot. I see that you’re trying to
use one example that would multiply out to creating the national
employment figures. But that didn’t happen.” And to a certain
extent, you’d be right, it didn’t happen. Not specifically that
way. But let’s take a deep breath for a moment and consider…
– Companies had a transition period before they needed to comply.
And while yes, many people… most people… kept their positions,
I’d be interested in hearing how many of you saw no hiring changes
where you work. Because with almost no exceptions, I saw companies
let their staffing numbers drop through attrition while hiring
virtually nothing but part-time employees when they did bring
anyone on board.
it happen swiftly and clearly as I outlined a moment ago? No.
Of course not. But over a couple of years, it really sort of
did. Companies have been going through massive layoffs and letting
full-time staff leave, while bringing in mostly casual, temporary
and part-time staff in return. The shift in HR policies nationwide
under this administration has been immense.
– How many of you have the same medical you had six years ago?
I’d be willing to bet that even people that still have the same
general coverage have been hit by ridiculous increases in co-pays
and weekly contributions. They’re finding that procedures covered
in full a few years ago are now only covered to a certain level.
Deductibles have increased. And I’d guess that a substantial
number of you are confused by the company wellness programs
that arrived a few years ago, and each year become a just bit
more difficult to complete.
short, one of the promises was that those of us with medical
we liked could keep the medical we liked, but… yeah… not so
– You heard about the employment figures during the U.S. Census
a few years ago, right? Well, head out to a search engine… go
ahead and we’ll wait… head out and Google it, about employment
rates being altered due to the 2010 U.S. Census jobs.
you’re likely to find is that hundreds of thousands of temporary
jobs were added in the United States for Census workers. And
those temporary positions did alter the numbers for job growth
and unemployment and more.
while many decades of experience allow for those numbers to
be understood and even adjusted so they can be read in true
comparison, the reality is I’m a firm believer that numbers
absolutely do lie. They get shifted and altered and edited to
support what a person wants. And all of this, and more, is why
I don’t believe we are dealing with apples-to-apples.
thing is… I don’t want to publish a long essay about the Obama
Presidency and my difficulties with it, which would need more
research and time. And also because I believe Obama the man
is a worthy representation of our great country.
Obama, the man… I want to say something else…
may not be thrilled with the results of his years in office,
I do indeed respect the individual. He is intelligent, well
spoken, and I cannot even begin to imagine some of the pressures
he has been under during his years in office.
completely and whole-heartedly believe that in the years to
come, we will recognize Barack Obama as having the greatest
impact post-presidency of any U.S. President.
will roughly be 55 years old and in good health while going
through the transition from President to Citizen. With so many
presidents surviving decades after the Oval Office, I certainly
wish him the best, and a long life filled with health and happiness.
I think Jimmy Carter is near the top of the list of those that
have had an incredibly positive influence on the world after
leaving the White House. He has been a leader in charitable
efforts and hands-on in many ways, while generally avoiding
the spotlight or desire for recognition. For the most part,
we catch glimpses of him building houses while most others seemingly
make appearances only when releasing their new book.
believe Obama will follow in Carter’s footsteps, so to speak,
and we will witness one of the most brilliant runs of influence
ever on American youth and culture at the hands of a former
U.S. President. In short… his campaign promises of unity and
hope will ultimately find realization not during his terms in
office, but after.
from those wonderful thoughts, let’s swing the pendulum and
conclude with a return to Trump.
actually did use the phrase “pretty cool” with reference to
him. And here’s why… I believe his presidency would be a disaster
of incomparable proportions. Which could in turn be just the
inspiration we need as a country to finally begin a massive
correction of the politics as usual club.
so many reasons, I hope it doesn’t happen. But as we seem to
be failing in our attempts to put out the porch fire, I do so
enjoy at least attempting to be an optimist.