Friday, October 19, 2012

Second 2012 Presidential Debate

“You don’t have to believe in your government to be a good American.  You just have to believe in your country.”  - Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

Watching the second Presidential debate is two hours of my life that I will never get back.  The questions were inane and the responses were 90% off point.  If I wanted to listen to fighting about who said what or who did what, I would just spend more time with my kids.

Between interrupting each other and arguing with the moderator, the candidates did make a few points clear.  First Romney is a one trick pony who better not be asked to remember more than 5 points.  Remembering what was said in the rose garden or what is in his portfolio is a bit confusing.  Second Obama cares about a level playing field, even if everybody is held back.  It is better to stick it to everybody equally than compromise to get something done.

The degradation of the questions was amazing.  The poor college student in an ill fitting suit cannot feel any better about finding a good job after he graduates.  Both candidates want him on an assembly line in a blue collar manufacturing job.  The lady who wants to make sure she gets her special interest loophole cannot be feeling too good either.  There are not enough wealthy people to make up the revenue gap, nor are there enough loopholes.  Everybody has to either suck it up or face high inflation, which actual transfers wealth from people who have cash to people who are up to their eyeballs in debt.

The “inequalities in the workplace” response was a pretty good farce.  The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act just clarified the interpretation of a 1964 law.  Equal pay for equal work is still very difficult to file and prove.  Hiring women for your cabinet and allowing them to have flexible hours does even less to address unequal pay for equal work. 

The Bush versus Romney question fared slightly better.  Both candidates made some clear answers.  Neither answer addressed whether the undecided voter would be better off.

I will lump immigration and AK-47s into the same question.  Both candidates are against gangbangers running around with AK-47s.  Both candidates like the laws we have now, but I am not going hunting with either of them.  Obama threw around scare words like self-deportation and NRA endorsement.  Romney didn’t have anything to say because this is a low priority for the Republican platform.  Lorraine is one confident Latino woman.  Neither the First Lady nor Ann Romney could have pulled off those pants.  They barely pulled off pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Diplomatic security was not answered.  Congratulations for taking the blame Mr. President, but we still don’t know what happened.  Foul Mr. Romney for bring Youtube up again.  That was silly then and silly now.

When I heard the biggest misconception question, I actually raised the volume on my television a bit.  Within 30 seconds I could turn in back down.  Romney loves 100% of American, particularly those in his congregation.  Obama loves all business.

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