To live the American dream

American Pride

Hope for my kids

As I started with this hub, I kept thinking back to 1980. Our country was struggling. Nobody could afford to buy homes; the UN-employment rate was in double figures. Gas was through the roof.

Morale was at an all time low. Families were stressed to make ends meet. Jimmy Carter was in the White House and it seemed as if there was one crisis after another. It was truly some troubled times. Our Nation needed some real leadership.

31-year later things seem very much the same as it did back then. No jobs, home sales are down and gas is once again through the roof. Our morale is as bad as it ever was, and the average American family is struggling to keep their bills paid. The White House is doing nothing but dividing this Nation. I’m sure this will open up MORE discussions, but I truly believe we MUST have new leadership before we can ever begin to mend this economy.

As Reagan was able to spur consumer confidence and restore national pride, I think that is the kind of leadership we must have next year. I often wondered how our nation would have been if Carter had won a second term. I think it would have only gotten much, much worse than it was. I for one do not have the stomach to see what becomes of this nation if we continue down this path we have been on for the last three years. Heck, to be fair, I will say the last seven years, because it all did not start JUST with this POTUS. I think he added fuel to the fire with no water hose nearby.

That is why, Peace through strength, smaller government and overbearing desire to obtain our own natural resources to fuel this nation from our very own ground is extremely vital to secure our Nation based upon sound principals. To allow American pride to flourish once again. Where jobs will be plentiful, homes that need built and for me personally, to realize that we are indeed living in a land of milk and honey. That God IS truly blessing our land...as we know it once was.

Hey, just speaking my mind about a very, very serious point of time. I want nothing more than for my kids to feel that same since of American pride and to have a real chance to live the American dream.

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stclairjack 5 years ago from middle of freekin nowhere,... the sticks

the GOP will tire of their token, and move on to their safe ball candidate,.... its what they do,...they most generaly bunt when they could have swung for the fence.

the DNC is no better,.... imagine what america would look like today if the DNC taliking heads would have had the courage to back howard dean,... but they didn't. when they at least had the wisdom to give him the chair, he delivered them the white house,... allbeit to the current ocupant,....

they all play safe ball,.... you can look forward to another bunt across the plate with romney,... and they'll still loose the game,.... and because of it, so will america,...

the DNC doesn't know how to bunt, and the GOP doesn't have the balls to do otherwise.

jack- sec. rep. cent. com. st.clair.co. MO


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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

I'm with you my brother. We NEED a strong leader who can rally people. While Cain is impressive, I'm not sure if he looks good because the rest look so bad. I hate to be negative, but I've got to be honest. I dunno. I may have to get in there and beat these bums AND Obama into the dirt. I'll make Gingrich my Vice President. He's got the brains and I have the balls.

Good work Chris. Keep em coming bro!

jim


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

stclairjack,

I appreciated your thoughts, I like your analogy, but I think it is time to give the green light and knock one clear out of the stadium.........Our country needs one bad....and I think the people are going to come up swining a year from now.

Thanks for coming by!


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Jim, my man if you get in there, I will drop my support for cain and become a campaign manager for YOU!!

Hey, I think Newt is one of the smartest political minded men to live in our lifetime and would love to see him get the opportunity, but I don't think it will happen.

I am ready to rock and roll with HC for now....he has a certain amount of integrity to him that is refreshing.

Thanks for your props.

Chris


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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

Chris, Herman Cain has a solid track record of being able to turn failing business's into winners. I think we can all agree our country is failing right now, and Cain just might be the answer to turning this around.

But, and there is always a but, other issues come into play. We have issues with Immigration, Foreign Policy, Education, and other things that need to be addressed. No one man can be an expert in all things. I would believe that Herman Cain could select experts in each of these areas of concern to guide him, and be the type of leader that would hold them accountable if things didn't improve. We all know that holding others accountable, other than Bush, is not one of Obama's strong suits. He picked some of the biggest losers this country has ever seen to guide and advise him.

I guess with all things considered I could sure use my vote on Herman Cain.


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Mike,

I agree and that is another thing that HC said that he knows how to surround himself with good people to help him make intelligent and informed decisions....ANOTHER trait of Reagans.

Thank you for coming by, I always appreciate any comments you have to give.

Chris


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I am a Herman Cain supporter. I believe that the man who has the ability to turn failed businesses around and make them profitable has the ability to do the same for our country. It is in a fail mode.


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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

Chris, if anyone in this country should worship Obama, it would be Jimmy Carter. Jimmy had to give up his trophy as the worst President this country has ever had, and he did so with a smile.


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gmwilliams 5 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

This is an excellent hub. This country needs to get on the road to prosperity. The middle class is slowly being exterminated. Something must be done before it is too late!


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sheila b. 5 years ago

I was registered democrat last time around, but I'll be changing my registration to republican so I can vote for Herman Cain. In the last election, at the last minute, I added up what I'd heard Obama say and feared he was reading from the black muslim playbook. (And now I'm sure he was) But what did the republicans offer? McCain. I didn't have any confidence in him, either. So I ended up skipping the presidential vote.

This time around, we all have to encourage everyone we know to vote for Cain in the primaries so we can get the candidate we want, not the one from the machine.


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SheriSapp 5 years ago from West Virginia

c,merritt,

I was quite young when Carter was the prez, but I have learned about his horrible failure at being a leader. The current situation does remind one of those dark days in our history. I would think Carter would be happy about Obumma because BO is DEFINITELY worse than Carter ever was!!


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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

Greetings, CM

Not to crash the party, Ronald Reagan was the father of deficit spending, what makes him a hero in all your eyes? I believed that Ron Paul said as much to your heir apparent, Mitt Romney, during one of the recent debates.

All this nostalgia for this guy seems quite displaced. But again, trying to understand the right has always been a challenge in itself.

Cain, come on people, first it was 999, now it it 909, next it will be 911? Mr. Cain says that so many of 'us' have been brainwashed. I and many of the rest of US will reaffirm for him that we are not voting for a reactionary just because he has brown skin. Mr. Alan Keyes of the GOP found that out to his dismay, many years ago.

For us, we want to get rid of the obstructionist congress so legislation could be passed to get people back to work.

But, you and I and our respective groups continue to be unfathomable to one other. How could we come up in fundamentally the same culture, yet be so different as to our view of the world? A mystery shrouded in an enigma?

From the left,

Have a nice weekend all!


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

I like Cain. He is an honest guy who actually answers questions. Imagine that! If he doesn't know something about a topic he has said that he will surround himself with the best minds in the country. All I am certain of is that Obama must be a one term president if we are to survive.


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Alexander Mark 5 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

Hopefully, things will swing in the reverse direction, but Obama has captured the people's heart, as always, he comes across as a compassionate people person and that's what seems to count these days: feelings over morality.


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Thanks Becky, I too believe that he is the right man, with the right experience to turn this nation around.

I appreciate your comments.

Chris


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Mike, you are so right, and boy did Carter have the smile!

Thanks for coming by.

Chris


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

@ gmwilliams,

Thank you for your kind words, and I too hope we can endure one more year, the bad thing is, it will probably get worse until then.


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

@ sheila b.,

I could not agree with you more. It would be nice to vote for a person you would LOVE to see in charge instead of voting the lesser of two evils.

Thank you for your comments.

:)

Chris


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

@ Sheri,

Yes, it was indeed a "dark" time as are these times...but, i think if we can endure a few more months and get the likes of Mr. Cain in office, we will see happier times once again.

Thanks for stopping by,

Chris


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Hi Creed, thanks for stopping by, I really do look forward to hear the other side.

As far as obstructionist as you like to refer the republicans to, I see it MORE as they are doing what they were elected to do. THAT is to do what is best for this Nation. Had they merely set back and allowed the liberal policies to happen we would be in much worse shape than we are now.

I also wonder as you do, about the amazingly division we now have between two parties. I wonder if we can ever find some common ground. My thoughts are, it is going to take a real leader to prove a particular ideology will prevail and allow this nation to prosper...as for this moment, I see this person being HC.

Thanks again Creed

Chris


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Bpops, I agree with the concept of having the RIGHT people around you to make intelligent and informed decisions....ONE TERM is a must.

Thanks Pops! :)


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

@ Alexander Mark,

Let's hope and pray that the pendulum begins to swing back to the right.

I appreciate your comments.

Chris


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

The best thing about Ronald Reagan was his open pride in all things American, especially after enduring so many years of left wing/hippie/Jimmie Carter negativity about America.

Today, we are seeing the same dismal, thing from the left, especially from their apologizing "messiah" in the white House. He has tied America hand and foot by prohibiting energy development, imposing Obamacare, and imposing the Dodd/Frank banking restrictions.

What we really need is another proud American leader, not some whiny, apologizing leftist. What we really need is someone who will cast off the chains and liberate the private sector.


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Knuckle bump to Mr. Will Starr...


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

To my favorite "ranter"'

I know most will not agree, but my two cent rant--It will never be right until Jesus Christ sits on the throne. That's what I'm waiting for.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

lifegate,

We have allowed the left to subdue our First Amendment right to practice our religion openly as a nation by letting them impose the first clause on the people while ignoring or violating the second clause:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, OT PROHIBITING THE FREE EXERCISE THEREOF;

The Bill of Rights was intended to limit Congress, not We, the People!


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Lifegate thank you for that kind remark...

and I agree with you that until Jesus Christ sits on the throne, only then will we finally have things right.


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Will again, another fist bump!


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50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

Chris, we are sitting in a pile of manure financially, Cain is a financial physician and not a dirty politician and that is our need right now, he can like said before cover his presidency with people who know and think their jobs. It is like the Generals in the command of our troops, they've made a life of knowing strategy, obama has short changed the Generals and they have either, let a story out that ended their putting up with barry or retired and both had obvious reasons. I think Cain will hear and weigh his intel at a briefing and decide or back the decision on the ground.

I don't have all the facts on his 999 program and have money that all taxes have been paid on. I see the 999 as taxing it again at the federal level when I spend it resulting in double taxation, but if enough hidden taxes go away, I may not care.

Regardless of that I'm in on advocating him as our next president. He is a Christian and I heard him make a statement right here about finding a perfect person who never misspoke and he will show you a man who was crucified 2,000 years ago. http://video.foxnews.com/v/1234698686001/is-herman... When have you heard a candidate refer to his beliefs and show that his thought process includes it. Now that sets him apart from the pack, and it's time that all who hold faith to pray that our leader is riding upon the shoulders of Christ. I will pray for Cain to be triumphant on that basis first and foremost as we move along. I totally agree that voting for a man as a man will be a great feeling over voting for the best of two evils. Right now I have faith that he is the man that has been provided to us and failure to recognize that and act on it will be free will and if the majority want to crash and burn, the rest of us need to pray they are distracted from voting at all. Just my thoughts and I wonder how many pray for leadership? It will make a difference.

He is low on funds and has run his campaign lean and at the end of each quarter so far he is debt free, not spending what he doesn't have. Another mark that he intends to day as president, stop robbing the right pocket to fill the left pocket of money neither have to spend. It will be an interesting time to be sure. You have produced a great hub here for readersto consider,

Blessings,

dust


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feenix 5 years ago

Hello, CM,

Terrific post and thank you very much the tribute to Ronald Reagan, America's greatest president ever, in my opinion.

And as was the case for Jimmy Carter, Obama is the president who is really NOT the president.

And all of the liberals out there can take that to the bank.


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

HI Feenix!

I appreciate you stopping by! We are absolutly on the same page...

We sure could use another great leader about right now.


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

Awesome, dude! I like Herman Cain very much. I love Newty. Got to meet him a couple times. Met Santorum quite a number of occasions. Ron Paul is a sharp guy. Bachmann is a good woman. I met Romney several times and even hosted a campaign rally for him in one of my aircraft hangars in 2008. He is a very good man and an excellent candidate. I met Rick Perry once over lunch and he was great then—friendly and charismatic—but he seems like a different person in these debates. He was my man the day he jumped in but now I'm not so sure about him.

I like 999 but I think the flat tax or the fair tax would be simpler—and harder to manipulate later on.


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

James, what a privilege it must be to have had that kind of exposure to those individuals. I too, love Newt. I think he may be the brightest political figure in our times. I think Santoriums best days are yet ahead of him. Ron Paul is different, but not that that is a bad thing, because he has much to offer as far as being reasonable and doing things that others are afraid to do. I think Bachmann is a bulldog, ready to tear into this mess. Romney is as polished, and very eager. Perry is the only person I cannot seem to find a comfort zone of enthusiasm for me.

I appreciate you stopping by and sharing with me. It is such a pleasure to be friends with you.


Sueswan 5 years ago

Well said.

Voted up and awesome.


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teamrn 5 years ago from Chicago

CMerritt,

What strikes me about the problems is that so many of the situations are the same (mortgages under water, high unemployment, high debt); with a BIG exception. The country is more divided, more polarized than I ever recall to the extent that so many people can't discuss their differences of opinion without apoplexy. And all adults know that solving problems requires real talking and real listening; both by those in the position to make decisions and by the people who elect them to office.

In the Carter years, and I was no Carter ideology fan, he called on Americans to hold down their use of energy. We need such leadership again, someone who can command the respect of the American people: even if they don't agree with his ideology.

It's not a 'we' versus 'they' thing. It is a 'command respect' thing; not invoking the WPA but invoking the Constitution. Americans will always rally around the flag, "and we'll rally round the flag, yes we'll rally once again, shouting the battle cry of freedom!'


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

teamrn,

I agree it is time for leadership. Obama has failed miserably at this. He has lead the division of this nation. I sadly do think, that IS a WE vs. THEY era. Those who hold the Constituion dearly and those who do not. It needs to be defined. I am still a firm believer in America and what she stands for. I think, this next election will be a "tell all" for this Nation.

I am happy you stopped by to express your thoughts on this.

Chris


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teamrn 5 years ago from Chicago

This next election, but I know that things can take a while. But, if you promise to change, the change you deliver needs to be CONSTITUTIONAL. Heck, his signature piece of legislation, Obamacare, may be declared UNconstitutional. The legislation he spent the lion's share of his first few years passing, that monstrosity that Nancy Pelosi said, 'we need to read it to know what's in it.'

In the past we've been somewhat okay with the Executive's choice of Supreme Court members. There were a lot of candidates saying how they've pick a justice. The 'I'd pick a strict constructionist is a line I've heard and WE, THE PEOPLE need to be more constructionists, and hold the feet of the sitting legislators to the fire when they AREN'T STRICT CONSTRUCTIONISTS.

I just found this; how it was published in the Washington Post last August; iI'm quite surprised that the Post published it; interesting read:

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/08/obama_the_a...


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Thanks teamrn, it seems as if the American Dream can be squandered through the corrupt political process. Obama IS living proof. We (amerian citizens) must wake up and take these manners serious and quit being so lathargic with our freedoms. One of these days, we could wake up and it may be too late.

That was a very interesting article...thanks for sharing.


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justateacher 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

I am not sure that I know enough about any of the candidates at this time to make an informed decision about who should be the next leader of our country. I do know that the next leader needs to be like Reagan and know how to bring all of the sides back together so that once again we can have pride in America. We need someone that is strong enough to challenge what is wrong and encourage what is right. Hopefully, one of the candidates will be the one to do that.

Great rant!


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teamrn 5 years ago from Chicago

CMerrit,

A good rant like justateacher says! I'm now going to insert my thoughts on the Republicans:

Herman Cain has shot himself in the foot one too many times but he has shown how far one who has not been raised in the political tradition, can come.

Rick Perry is persuasive at times, but doesn't seem ready for 'prime time.' He also gets his feathers ruffled easily. but when he does, he gets hot under the collar; where others maintain their 'cool.'

Rick Santorum, very knowledgeable and a definite conservative

Ron Paul; it is so unfortunate that he appears to be scatterbrained. He is a strict Constitutionalist and questions EVERTYTHING. We need more politicians to be like RP.

Michelle Bachmann is VERY interesting, and has legislative experience, but another (IMHO) 'not-ready-for-prime-time player.'

Newt Gingrich can do a split-second analysis of an issue and quickly respond in kind. He has knowledge and connections. The connections may be what we as a nation desire to get away from, those connections. What an idea man who is now running away in the polls and has shown that he can 'work/play well with others.' Mr. Gingrich would mop the floor in debates with President Obama. Whether or not he could win a general election is anyone's guess.

John Huntsman, former very successful governor of Utah has considerable experience as that and as an ambassador to China. He has a plan for dealing with all foreign nations and I must say, the more I read of him, the more he impresses me.

Mitt Romney could easily debate all issues with President Obama and like Gingrich and Huntsman, he would win a debate with the president. Many think that Mitt Romney doesn't connect and is too much a moderate, not far right enough to win the Republican base. He will continuously need to 'explain away' his implementation of Massachussett's healthcare plan.

Bottom line and again IMHO, our current POTUS won't be reelected with a joblessness rate of 9+ %, teleprompter or no teleprompter.


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

@ justateacher, I really appeciate you stopping by and commenting...thank you.

Chris


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

@ teamrn,

I think you just gave a brilliant observation of all of the candidates....I personally still like Cain, but Newt is probably more qualified all around...and he is extremely sharp and has tons of experience. I think he could make a difference in American about right now....

as always, I really appreciate you commenting...I value what you have to say.

Chris

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Allen Williams 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

Getting back to the original point in the hub, when Carter was President our country was in very bad shape. Reagan corrected the mess and put plans in place to keep us on a path of prosperity. Clinton glided through his presidency with a good economy because of the plans put in place by Reagan and Bush the elder. Clinton left his presidency with goodbye present of a recession that Bush the younger had to pull us out of. Before anyone contradicts that, please check the facts. It is true. Had it not been for the 911 attacks and having to go to war, we would have still had a good economy, that is why Bush was re-elected. He was doing a great job and was very popular by kicking the terrorist asses. People seemed to forget that they like what he was doing when the wars went longer than planned.

Like usual, the people that don't follow politics or the shape of the economy go with what the left media tells them and so once again a liberal was put into office. This time though the followers fell for something much worse, a Socialist. He has run our country down even further than Carter ever did and it is getting much worse. Now it will take another Republican to correct the mess that the Democrats did again. Remember the Democrats had power in both houses for at least 2 years. It is a vicious cycle in this country; the left cries for change, and followers vote for it no matter what the change is. They never even ask, they just go for it like puppets. After they realize the mistakes they made by voting in another liberal screw up, then they want to vote in a Republican to fix the mess.

Any of the Republican candidates can do a better job than Obama or any Democrat ever can, but since people want to vote for a Republican this time again so the problems can be fixed again, then vote for the only candidate that has the best and most experience and is the most powerful intelligent person running. Vote for Newt Gingrich and get this country back to what it can and should be. No other candidate comes close to him even though they are all better than the best Democrat you can find. I wish people would stop playing these games and just keep voting for Republicans for the next 200 years so this country can stay prosperous for our next generations to come. Keep the idiots out of office. This was a good hub and I voted up in spite of your support for Cain.


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Allen, I appreciate you coming by and leaveing a very detailed comment....and I completely agree with you, 100% spot on.

As far as Cain....I still like him, but am not happy with the way he has handled some of the recent issues....Newt would be fantastic, he is brilliant and perhaps the brightest leader this country has seen since Reagan.

I would have complete confidence with him as our next POTUS, and think America actually needs his leadership NOW.

Thank you again for your comments, I am heading your way now to check out your hubs.

Chris


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Allen Williams 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

I appreciate that Chris. I was just checking out some of your hubs. Keep up the good writing.


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Thank you...I want to tell others who stop by here to go check out your writings....very good work.

Chris


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teamrn 5 years ago from Chicago

Allen,

"Vote for Newt Gingrich" I couldn't agree more heartedly that Newt has 'it' in spades. He has the tenacity to call the liberal media out on its excesses and they've got to be put in check. They are to REPORT the news, not make up our minds and feed us the pablum.


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Allen Williams 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

Thanks teamrn; you are correct that they should report the news but not their own opinions.


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teamrn 5 years ago from Chicago

I think Chris Matthews, Dana Milbank and Rachel Maddow are the worst.


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moonstruck4ever 4 years ago from somewhere in upstate New York

I like your writings! I will be following you!


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

teamrn, I'm sorry I missed your comment, and BOY I do agree with your take on Matthews, and Maddow.

Thanks for coming by and commenting,

Chris


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

moostruck4ever,

Thanks for your kind words and becoming a follower.

Chris


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA

What you do not know about Jimmy Carter was that he was trying to bring down our foreign oil dependence, and help Americans find clean energy solutions. I think our country would be in a much better place today then if they had jumped the shark, and just elected the charismatic Reagan. People had more secure employment under Carter than under Reagan than during the Carter administration. More people lost their jobs and houses in the first years of the Reagan administration. Some of the hardest times for working families have been under Republican administrations. Paying a little more for gasoline really did not make life hard. In 1979 you could quit your job and find a new one the next day. Today that is not possible. I think people have lost perspective on things.


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA

You should also know Reagan was the consummate actor, and fooled a lot of people into thinking he was more competent than he really was. During the Reagan years we began many of the worst policies leading to our economic crisis today. Outsourcing of jobs, which both parties are equally guilty of. Reagan was suffering from dementia during his administration. Basically his wife and his advisers were running the show. People liked the decisions they were making, but I remember a lot of irritated and angry people that lost their small businesses during the early years of Reagan. Part of why the Republicans lost Congress in 84.


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

SweetiePie,

Just a quick response as to Jimmy Carter trying to bring down foreign oil…let’s take a closer look to what Jimmy Carter accomplished.

First he was the one who created the Dept. of Energy that NOW has a budget spending nearly 27 billion dollars a year. It has 16,000 permanent employees and over 100,000 contract employees.

It now has over 50 agencies that are supposed to make us less dependent, yet we (the U.S.) produce 3 billion barrels of oil in 1977 and today we only produce a little fewer than 2 billion.

Also while we are on it, under Jimmy we had over 14% unemployment, over 13% inflation rate and the prime interest rate was over 21%. Throw in a 33% poverty rate….well; I’m pretty certain that the Reagan administration cleaned up those numbers very well.

But, I appreciate your opinions and you taking the time to drop by and share….always welcomed.

Chris


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA

Actually, unemployment went up in 1982 under Reagan, and Democrats were voted back into Congress in 1984. Consumerism was at an all time high during the 80's, but it was during the Clinton years of the 90's that many Americans actually experienced far more prosperity. People losing their houses and jobs during the early years of Reaganomics can testify that his policies were not as squeaky clean as perceived. The beginning of out sourcing and deregulation during the Reagan years lead to the loss of American jobs in the long run. These are not opinions, this is how history played out.


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Okay sweetiePie, Yes, it did go up in 1982, but starting in Nov of 82, began the longest peacetime expansion of our economy ever…it created 20 million NEW jobs and unemployment then fell to 5.3% by 1989.

92 months without a recession! That is until the 1990 democrat led budget deal, RAISING taxes brought it all to an end.

As far as his deregulations were concerned it was his first executive order that he eliminated the control of prices on natural gas and oil, and the price dropped by nearly 50%, which restored the value of our dollar.

THAT is how history played out…even through the Clinton years, Reaganomics was felt and working.


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA

That is not accurate. Between 1982-84 there were a lot of people that lost their jobs. Reganomics were definitely not friendly to many small businesses. The Clinton years reversed a lot of policies of the Regan years, by actually increasing taxes on the most wealthy. Regan also began the grand scheme of outsourcing, and many other of the worst policies. Regan had no policies on making use energy independent, whereas Carter actually was working on this goal. History has shown Carter did things for people around the world after he left office, and Regan just gave a few highly paid speeches and retired. Electing actors is not good, and deregulation of the Regan years led to some of the worst policies of today.


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Sweetie, I am not sure WHAT you are trying to say, but in 1982 unemployment was at 9.7% and dropped in 1984 it was 7.5%, you are 100% wrong, a lot of people did NOT lose jobs.....During Reagans time... real gross private domestic investment expanded by 53 percent from 1982 to 1989, while almost 18 million jobs were being created.

Reagan wrote many of his own speeches too by the way...

But, HEY, THIS IS CHRISTMAS time, and I am not going to get all riled up today...

Merry CHRISTmas to you Sweetie.

Chris


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sen.sush23 4 years ago from Kolkata, India

I am neither too informed nor too close by to comment on this hub. But following on the proceedings of the Primary and the discussions, I am wondering on two fronts. Most often I find that personal charisma is being rated over political ideology or economic and political acumen. Even so none of the candidates looked so impressive. I am barring Cain, as I have not fact checked him. The other thing is, does not it occur to the electorate that American foreign policy can be an Achilles' heel for the economy?


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Foreign policy is very very important, but our over spending IS the Achilles' heel for our economy.

Yes, personal charisma IS over rated, but yet it is what people look for to find a leader.

Maybe others on here will chime in and give you a better response,

I appreciate your concern and your thoughts.


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sen.sush23 4 years ago from Kolkata, India

I agree about the over spending and if America can rein in that bull, the rest of the world will once more throw a salute - for teaching a lesson on political application of economic theory. Thanks for your welcoming mail, makes me feel not so outsider. :)


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

You are welcome, I hope you always feel welcome here.

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