William Thien

I scored the debate this way: Bush and Rubio-1st place; Carson, Cristie, Cruz, Kasich, Trump-2nd Place.

There was a lot less energy in this debate. The candidates seem burned out a bit, except for Bush and Rubio, who came on fairly strong.

Why did I move Bush and Rubio in to first place?

The moderators began the debate with a statement that they were going to focus the debate questions on “what the American people” want to hear about, which of course was a presumption designed to control the debate and lead the candidates away from the reality of that truth. They were the same questions as during the last debate really, nothing new there, a waste of time in that regard.

The moderators said debate was to be about ISIS, race relations, and so forth. What the moderators really should have said is that these subjects are “sensational” and so we are going to focus the debate on them even though there are more pressing concerns such as the massive class of people now benefiting from the socialist system but not ever contributing to the socialist system (but of course that class of people are sitting home watching television all of the time and so the moderators are not going to go there with questions because it would mean a threat to one of their largest audiences, daytime television).

Bush attempted to bring that very subject up and the moderator quickly changed the subject back to terrorism. (Bush received 25 points for that attempt). It shows he has some intestinal fortitude (guts). That moved him in to first place right away. This is knock down, knockout stuff on my score card, ladies and gentlemen. It’s the stuff the candidates are all afraid to talk about because they know the media is protective of the big fat double udder cash cow called socialism to which many of their sponsors and advertisers (drug companies, fast food, you name it) tap into.

Rubio commented several times that the current administration “knows what they are doing” to the replies of several on stage that said the current administration is clueless. I side with Rubio on that matter. The current administration is quite efficient at achieving the outcomes it desires. We can see this in the advent of landmark legislation such as The Affordable Care Act and other such changes to national law. Rubio did not say “the current administration is doing the wrong thing,” what he suggested is that the current administration knows what they are doing when it comes to getting what they want. To me this suggests Rubio has the ability to analyze and explain the political behaviors of his competition and those who disagree with him on that point may not or may in fact be covering for the competition as politicians often do because, well, they are politicians and many are professional party straddlers. 25 points goes to Rubio as well. 1st place at that point and tied with Bush.

Carson, Christie, Cruz, and Kasich seemed to be playing a secondary role, attempting to focus their energy on another candidate on the stage, either in a support or attack role, and so I could not give them any major points for that reason.

Trump, the front-runner in New Hampshire polling, seemed distracted and wasn’t his usual abrasive self. He seemed to have lost a bit of his edge, something he himself would need because that is what the voter will be expecting of him and it may be a character attribute the country needs, a facet of his business acumen. Out of character and off message, he seemed distracted.

That’s how I scored it, ladies and gentlemen.

This is merely an observation on the “game changers” in the upcoming presidential election and does not directly correlate with whom I will vote for during the election.

I think it is safe to say there are only two “game changers,” one from each major party in the upcoming presidential election at this point and without mentioning them, if you take a moment their names should come right to you if you’ve been keeping an eye on things.

Clearly Trump is the game changer on the Republican side of the aisle, if he gets elected that is. With the Iowa caucus right around the corner, developments shall be interesting.

I think it is also safe to say that Bernie Sanders is the game changer coming from the Democratic party.

Clinton has already said she is going to perpetuate and fortify much of what the current administration has implemented, so that statement disqualifies her as a “game changer.” Clinton is a status quo candidate, not unlike an incumbent in a sense being that she has been directly associated with at least two current and recent administrations and served as a senator herself as well, in office in some context for a grand total of 20 of the last 24 years. Same as it ever was, same as it ever was, same as it ever was.

Both candidates are not without distinctions at their respective party platforms. But that is what makes them both “game changers.”

Bernie Sanders is an avowed “Democratic Socialist” and for me that disqualifies him. I would agree with some of his observations on taxation and regulation were it not for the fact that he is a socialist. The country is already heavily socialized though and it doesn’t need to go any further in that direction, quite the opposite.

And I’ll leave it at that for now, just like that, exactly like that.

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Like many of you I’m a bit burned out on the Republican and Democratic debates by now. It’s not a political event any longer, it’s a media event, a form of entertainment, complete with commercial breaks.

The media doesn’t seem to be asking any substantive questions outside of the mainstream and appears to be working directly in coordination with the various candidates albeit in a rather subtle way.

My general impression of the last Republican debate is that all of the candidates would make great administrators and one of them may very well end up being president but based on the responses to the diluted questions posed by the panel my final conclusion is that there were no game changers up there on that stage the other night when clearly many of us believe a game changer is exactly what the country needs.

I scored the debate like this Kasich-1st, a tie between (in alphabetical order since it was a tie) Bush-2nd, Carson-2nd, Christie-2nd, Paul-2, Rubio-2nd, followed in 3rd place by Cruz-3rd.

Copyright © William Thien 2016

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I was angered to hear that Congress was resisting Senator Patty Murray’s bill to cover “Reproductive Services for Injured Servicemembers, Veterans, and Their Families.”

While single women getting pregnant out-of-wedlock is a widely accepted behavior in The US and supported at every stage of the social safety net, lauded by the daytime media, and promoted by every so-called Democrat in office, a male or female soldier that seeks IVF (Invitro Fertilization) or other fertility treatment is ineligible. Soldiers stepping on landmines that have suffered multiple amputations are not even eligible for IVF treatments, but single civilian women can get most if not all of their medical bills paid for simply by getting pregnant and applying for public aid. It’s a travesty. Support Patty Murray’s legislation by calling your elected officials today.

For more information on Senator Murray’s bill, click here Bill to Cover Reproductive Services .

 

 

Here is another failure of monetary interventionism I’d like to describe to you.

One of the most disastrous effects of the FED’s extensive period of low interest rates is that it stimulated inflation on almost every product that wasn’t in the category of products subject to governmental price controls, such as basic food stuffs. Houses, cars, nearly all big ticket items doubled or often quadrupled in price during the last ten years while the median income of the American family has dropped. But this is not the only disastrous side effect of the FED’s policy.

The FED’s desire to keep interest rates low occurred during a period when Chinese imports flooded the US marketplace. What the FED’s policy did was to substantially increase the profits for Chinese producers while undermining the margins for US producers, not for the large ticket items but for the bread and butter products I’ve described previously in observations on this subject.

Now that the FED has moved to begin raising interest rates we should ask if such extensive influence over the economy is advisable? And should there be some option for intervention in the future if the FED sits on interest rates, high or low for that matter, for so long?

Copyright © William Thien 2015

 

 

One of the most interesting phenomena I’ve noticed lately is that the elderly, once skittish of the internet and any “new technology” have discovered smart phones and other electronic gadgets to while away their time in retirement. You can see them all over the place now fidgeting with phones and dragging their fingers across tablet screens in coffee shops and in malls all across America.

The elderly have discovered gadgets, hallelujah!

Copyright © William Thien 2015

Here is an interesting statistic that I believe will factor into the upcoming presidential election. Singles now outnumber marrieds with singles comprising 52% of the population in The United States.

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