Last night I watched the 2nd GOP debate, all 3+ hours of it. As an American, I find it interesting, but in many parts embarrassing. The squabbling was admittedly fun to watch, but the real troubling parts were what passed as policy ideas. Below is a rough sketch of my overall impressions.
- I, like a lot of others, appreciate Rand Paul’s voice on foreign policy issues. I agree with him on the futility of most of US policy in the Middle East. Also, it was nice to see several candidates repudiating the Iraq War, however dubious many of these candidates are in general. Too bad Paul’s fiscal policy makes him unacceptable.
- Kaisch was good to have around to, if only to remind people that governance requires cooperation with the other party, as well as other countries.
- Glad the drug war came up, and that candidates were open to decriminalization and reform. Carly’s personal anecdote was understandable, but dumb and unhelpful. We never hear from the parent’s whose kids lives are ruined by criminal records or jail time, as if these people don’t matter.
- Trump is a pretty worthless candidate, but it is nice to hear someone speak up for progressive taxation, however how it is still controversial in the GOP is a disappointment.
- Huckabee. This guy is regressive as all get out. I wish the moderators would ask the flat taxers how they will make up for the massive funding losses their arbitrary numbered consumption taxes would cost. Also, if our economy is based on consumption (it is, the idea that you should not tax production is just another part of supply side mythology) wouldn’t taxing consumption (especially state sales tax on top of federal sales tax, resulting in a tax rate of something approaching/over 20% on everything you buy) discourage consumption? War on Christians, how these idiots can say this with a straight faces is beyond me.
- Vaccine drama- read a book, look at studies, stop being the dumb party, do not encourage this idiocy which has real world consequences.
- Ted Cruz/Global Warming- See above.
- Carly- She is really good at this, but her actual ideas are terrible, so this is dangerous. Also, we talked to and worked closely with the USSR on a multitude of issues throughout the Cold War, but she wouldn’t talk to Putin, really?
- Planned Parenthood- anyone who takes a partisan video seriously, especially after how many have been disproved, is either naive or a hack.
I am going to leave it here, I could add a at least a dozen more to the negative column but these were the ones that stood out the most to me.