Dollars and sense

English: Line graph showing the current top 5 ...

English: Line graph showing the current top 5 frontrunners of the 2012 Republican Primaries based on straw poll results. This includes Ron Paul, Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, and Mitt Romney. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Why did the GOP lose the presidential race in 2012? Partly the reason was their policy positions on gay rights, women’s rights, immigration reform, taxes and fiscal policy. But the primary reason they lost was that they chose the worst possible candidate in Mitt Romney, except for Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich or Herman Cain. They could have selected a sensible candidate like Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. Instead they spurned sense and tried to overcome Mitt’s weaknesses by the expenditure of vast amounts of dollars.

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People first

Governor Rick Perry of Texas speaking at the R...

Governor Rick Perry of Texas speaking at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. Please attribute to Gage Skidmore if used elsewhere. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Our society and nation are plagued by a number of problems which, I believe, have a common cause at bottom. That cause is putting other priorities ahead of people. We could solve many of our ills if we put the people and their concerns first.

George Romney, Mitt’s father, was a true conservative and a Republican. He believed in a smaller Federal government and believed that the way to achieve it was for the states to solve people’s problems at the state and local level. When states ignored the problems of their citizens, they invited the Federal government to expand and try to solve those problems. George Romney supported the 10th amendment for states rights, but he believed in putting people’s rights ahead of states right.

Penn State put its reputation and revenue ahead of people, in this case children. If it had put the children first, the Jerry Sandusky tragedy would have been taken care of many years ago and there would have been far fewer victims.

Mitt Romney‘s Bain problems arise from putting profit ahead of people. He could have been satisfied with a few million dollars less profit and thereby treating people, their jobs and their lives with more compassion. As Rick Perry famously put it, there is a difference between venture capitalism and vulture capitalism. Until Mitt comes clean, we rightly suspect that he was a vulture capitalist.

Mitt’s cabinet

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Inspired by Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin, I decided to post a list of suggested cabinet members for a Romney administration if elected.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

Secretary of Agriculture Michele Bachmann

Secretary of Defense Herman Cain

Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ron Paul

Secretary of Education Rick Perry

Secretary of HEW Rick Santorum

Press Secretary Newt Gingrich

Secretary of the Treasury Jamie Dimon

Budget Director Paul Ryan

Attorney General Darrell Issa

Jefferson Davis

Jefferson Davis, Präsident der CSA Deutsch: 18...

Jefferson Davis, Präsident der CSA Deutsch: 1861: Jefferson Davis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If Jefferson Davis, former president of the Confederacy, were alive today, what would he think of today’s GOP? He would think that the Republicans and the Democrats had traded policies. He would be more comfortable in the GOP than remaining a Democrat. He would embrace Rick Perry‘s threat to secede again. He would support the GOP effort to restrict the vote and the GOP war on women. And I’ll bet that he would support the Republican effort to repeal both the 19th and the 20th centuries.

Pollution, profits, people

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For polluters, profits come before people. That is especially true if the owners and managers of a polluting facility live at a distance. Profits are more important to the polluters than the health and very lives of people who are forced to live near the polluting facility because of economic factors. They cannot afford to live in a healthier, more costly environment.

The EPA, due to be eliminated by Ron Paul or maybe re-organized or eliminated by Rick Perry, is the government agency charged with protecting us from polluters. The EPA has an uneven record due to funding shortfalls and because it must work through the states. Some states are better than others in policing polluters.

I have a simple solution to the problem, probably unworkable, but it would produce quick results. Require the owners and upper management, together with their families, of the polluting facilities to live on the grounds of the facility or downwind nearby until such time as the pollution and health hazards are totally mitigated. I’ll bet that action will be fast and furious to cleanup the offenders.