The GOP debate started out like a trailer to an action movie. It had the guy with the “in a world” deep voice that preludes most films. The theatre in Milwaukee was nice, it was well lit. In the lighting business, there is a saying, the more overproduced, the less substance. In other words, if the production value is too flashy, it is there to overcompensate for a lack of something.
In this case, I think the debate lacked honesty. I think it lacked real vision. It saddens me quite frankly to have to “choose” between these candidates. Now there were moments that seemed to have some realness, but not many.
The first question was in regards to raising the minimum wage. Most states’ minimum wages are approaching $10 dollars/hour if there not there already. All of the candidates I heard were are all opposed to raising it any, much less to $15 as some of the Democratic candidates suggest. Now I get that raising the minimum wage by 50% roughly would have some dramatic changes, some not necessarily positive. It would raise the wage of most lower end jobs. One problem with that is, in order to pay for this increase, the companies who were forced to pay higher wages, would have to pay for the wage increase by making higher the cost of the goods and services that it was providing. Therefore it would make the goods and services less attainable for the newly raised minimum wage earners. On the other hand, with most of the new jobs that are being created being the lower earning kind, people do need more dough. Real inflation is taking its toll with lower wage earners.
All the candidates have a tax plan also. Each one is better than each others and most involve a flat tax of some percentage…to be fair they said. Senator Cruz
mentioned that his plan would eliminate the IRS. Sounds like Mr. Cruz will be getting audited soon. Maybe not though because his wife is a managing director at Goldman Sachs. Jeb Bush is trying so hard to be relevant and a leader that maybe his family inheritance is on the line if he loses! His lips seem to quiver while he is stammering out some of his very rehearsed rhetoric.
Carly Fiorina had some good “take our government back’ lines. She then continued to talk about increasing the military etc, so it seemed like she was speaking out of both sides of her mouth. Governor Kasich seemed frustrated. It seemed like maybe he wasn’t getting his fair share of time. But when he did get his chance, his comments didn’t mesmerize or cause one to ponder. Sen. Rubio is a very good speaker. He he has a very driven personality. I think he is too hungry for wealth and power, though. He is a guy from humble beginning and I feel as though he wants too much personal gain out of being a “public servant”. Public Servant, by the way, is a very Orwellian phrase these days. But I digress. Dr. Ben Carson has a very calm demeanor. Too calm maybe? He dodged the question about splitting up big banks like JP Morgan. He said he would make it so he wouldn’t need to. Not sure what that means. Right when that question about splitting up JP Morgan was asked, the internet stream of the debate that I was watching, scrambled so I couldn’t hear Dr. Carson’s full answer.
The best moment of the night came when Mr. Trump was pontificating on the merits of the TPP deal. He started going on and on with his candid, vague, answers about how China is a problem, then Sen. Paul jumped in and corrected Mr. Trump by reminding him that China was not in the TPP deal. That was a big moment for Paul which left typically outspoken Trump, silent. I am not a Rand Paul fan, but I believe he gained the most during this debate.
It seems the real winners were the broadcasters with commercial spots now cost upwards of $25oK….How many more debates are left to go? The Show goes on!