So you may not be a Democrat or even a Republican, but you are a part of a democratic sytem. Think now of the near future and who would you like to see at the helm of your country's decision making ability. What are the qualities and qualifications that they should have?
I have already called for all senior Congressional Politicians to be ousted on their collective A$$!
Anyone, who has been in office for 10+ year or more- GONE!!
They are corrupted by business and do as business wants them to do. New laws are created, regulations established, regulation agencies developed and implemented, yet business continues to damage society, in almost every aspect of life.
The strangle-hold on Congress - which is the "status quo" Obama is suppose to be breaking is still in place.
It is absurd to think that the government is going to change things, and recent events have proven it to be true.
Oh, Please don't take that as an explanation of our system! His view is a cynical one at best. We have had a successful, stable and functioning government longer than many countries on earth, so it can't be as bad as Cagsil makes it sound.
I don't know why anyone would want that job. Congress is dysfunctional, and a significant percentage of the population is going to hate your guts no matter what. Americans want problems solved without being asked to sacrifice a damn thing personally. Whoever it is, I hope that it is a person who governs without obsessing about getting re-elected to a second term. (And for God's sakes, let it not be Sarah Palin. The U.S. would then officially become the laughingstock of the world.)
Indiana's governor is a likeable wonk. Can he save the Republicans from themselves and provide a pragmatic alternative to Barack Obama?
THE governor does not like to keep people waiting. On a recent morning this small man leapt out of a trooper’s Toyota (Indiana-made) while it was still moving. He burst into a tiny chamber of commerce and began joking with businessmen, teachers and farmers. He is comfortable with most people in most places. He can command a boardroom. He has moseyed through enough fairs to know how to sign a goat—on its left side, so as not to write against the grain of its coat. After some small talk with the chamber, he introduced himself formally: “Mitch Daniels, your employee in public service.”
Most Americans know little or nothing of Mr Daniels. He does not tweet. “I’m not an interesting enough person,” he explains. He is a Republican who had never heard of 9/12, Glenn Beck’s tea-party group, before The Economist mentioned it to him. But he is good at one thing in particular: governing.
Wonks have long revered Mr Daniels. Since February, when he said he would consider a presidential run, others have started to as well. The Weekly Standard, a conservative magazine, published a glowing profile in June. At Indiana’s Republican convention he was greeted by chants of “Run, Mitch, run!” Mr Daniels is an interesting model. But whether national Republicans will embrace him is less clear.
“I never expected to go into politics,” he explains. Born in Pennsylvania and weaned in the South, he moved to Indiana at the age of ten before a scholarship took him off to Princeton. Over the years he has worked for Richard Lugar, Indiana’s respected and moderate senior senator, served as Ronald Reagan’s budget director, run North American operations for Eli Lilly, a big pharmaceuticals firm, and, from 2001 to 2003, served as George Bush’s budget director. To these jobs he brought a decidedly dorky passion: a reverence for restraint and efficacy. This pervades his life. At 61, he runs or swims almost every day. He subsists, it seems, largely on oatmeal. On a recent shopping trip his credit card was declined for “unusual activity”. He is, in short, just the kind of man to relish fixing a broken state—or country.
The Nominees are already hand picked (Groomed) We have little to nothing to do with it. It's more a matter of picking from the lesser of two evils. I was extremely unimpressed by Obama... and equally unimpressed by McCain. The only person worse than McCain vs Obama would have been to resurrect Bob Dole. Between the two of them I don't think either has the physical capacity to scratch their nose.
People may not see this yet but Texas Governor Rick Perry is the likely Republican to rise once the real campaigning begins.
Good question though. Who would make a good president?
NGRIA, Rick Perry is my Governor and I hope you watch him pack his bags and leave the Governors mansion. This guy is renting an elaborate estate on the taxpayers dime, somewhere abouts $16,000 a month, while he has the mansion remodeled. He has spent very little time doing his job. He takes more 4 day weekends a year, than the average American in a lifetime.He talks of Texas leaving the Union, he cut back funding in education, he took us from a surplus to an $18 Billion dollar deficit. Sound familiar, yup, he learned from the best, his boss George Bush.
Sarah has been quite in the public view for weeks as always.....but I would agree that Hillary would be a good choice as POTUS candidate, thought so in the last election as well, and think she is lurking in the background now, gathering tools, BS, and facts that will astound most all of us.
But, Bobby Jindal is showing himself to be a strong and dogged politician of merit, and I would welcome his entry into the race.
I would welcome Bobby Jindal as well, though he is not an effective speaker. I don't think he would be taken seriously enough by the people, mainly because (in my own personal opinion) he just doesn't come across as strong. But his values are right, for sure.
If we really HAD a choice, it wouldn't matter because the real controlling parties (not the white house) would just pollute the outcome.
We have a real problem here in America and the only way we can fix it is to take the power away from the ones in power. Until that happens THEY will always put in office WHO they want and get who is in office to do what THEY want them to do.
The way to make that happen is to EXPOSE them for who they are and take their power away!
'real controlling parties' - undefined 'pollute the outcome' - what the frick does that mean? 'expose them for who they are" - wanna give us a clue who 'they' are? 'take away their power" - what power and how do you want to take it?
I'm all for election reform - there's way too much corporate funding in elections. But the problem with our elected representatives (usually) is that they are a true cross-section of America - uninformed and biased with lousy cognative skills. But there's no conspiracy - if you want to see what the problem is - look in a mirror. What we have is waht WE elected!
Also Bobby Jindal is a wonderful leader. A man. Imagine his frustration. Watching the oil encroach on his people and his state, destroying livlihoods. And everything the retarded federal government, under Barack Obama, does just exacerbates the situation.
Bobby Jindal is obviously a strong leader with experience under fire. He came into a corrupt state and is shining the light of day into dark places. He is a reformer and God knows we need reform in Washington.
In his congressional days, Jindal introduced a bill that would have opened up the entire US coast to offshore drilling. Among other things, it stated "(4) it is not reasonably foreseeable that . . . development and production of an oil discovery located more than 50 miles seaward of the coastline will adversely affect resources near the coastline."
When this proved unable to pass, he switched his support to one that opened up 8.3 acres of the Gulf of Mexico to drilling instead. The bill was passed, and the block currently wrecking havoc on Louisiana's "people and coast, destroying livelihoods" was sold the very first day of auctions.
Since the Deepwater Horizon spill began, he has continued to actively lobby for Obama to lift the moratorium on offshore drilling in the Gulf that was imposed in the early days of the spill.
Of course, none of this has anything to do with the fact that he has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations from the oil industry over the course of his political career.
Hmmmm, and you imply Jindal recieved more money than Obama from Big Oil, literally and/or quantitatively? Interesting.
And what about the MMS of the Dept of the Interior? Why is Birnbaum (a lifetime liberal in gov't service) not the one being grilled day after day for the American public to watch? Why not other Interior dept. Obama officals as well? They clearly turned a very blind eye to known issues with the BP Atlantis - oh the pockets run deep and have great trickling holes in a Democratic administration.
The following links are from a new hubber that looks to have signed on because of the oil spill, the letters referenced are enlightening, and one can only speculate why the US media has not put the Interior department's fanny to the fire:
I did nothing of the kind, and have been consistently critical of Obama over his handling of the spill. His decision to support offshore drilling has been one of the major disappointments of his presidency for me so far and I'm pleased it came back to bite him in the a**, though not about the way in which it did!
My post was simply a response to the ludicrous portrayal of Bobby Jindal as a people's hero and "reformer" given the not insignificant role he played in creating the crisis in the first place.
Well, to hear these people talk, Bobby Jindal walks on water. What they forgot to mention, he's under investigation for ethics violations. I know, we hear about Maxine Waters and Rangel, I guess the "liberal" media forgot to mention Jindal.
I like the idea of the two of them on ticket as well! Glad to see someone else with the same notion. I hope we see more of Michelle Bauchmann and that she continues to show herself an intelligent and effective Congresswoman.
Yes, I favored him too. What do you think of Nikki Haley? I think I understood Chris Matthews' shiver up the leg when I heard her primary night speech. Not for any physical attraction, but because she echoed my sentiments EXACTLY. I've also considered Star Parker as well.
I don't know anything about Nikki Haley. I haven't been keeping up with it much, I just remember that when the election was going on that Huckabee was the only one who explained things in a way I could understand. He just made more sense. Period.
Remember how persistent he was? Ha! I loved this cartoon!
Last time I checked, I don't think there's ever been a car crash that caused tens of billions worth of damage to people's lives and livelihoods across 5+ states, let alone resulted in 5-20 years of cleanup or potentially permanent damage to local ecosystems.
Cars also don't typically fail at the rate oil infrastructure does. For example, blowout preventers fail up to 28% of the time. If 28% of cars crashed, I think we probably would see the industry shut down!
Sure, the question is, how long it is going to take? More than 20 years later, you can still find oil from the Exxon Valdez in some areas of Prince William Sound, and the once thriving herring fishery has vanished completely. Never recovered, and shows no sign that it will any time soon.
More than 30 years later, you can still find oil from the Amoco Cadiz, though it never hit wildlife as hard as the Exxon Valdez. The site of the Lakeview Gusher remains mostly barren 100 years later.
If not Obama, then Hillary Clinton. Quite frankly, I like Joe Biden as a person (from what I've read and seen), but as VP..he's not seen much. If Biden stepped down, then Obama Clinton would be the perfect ticket to energize the Democratic Party. Not to mention, the possibility of adding an extra 8 years for the party when it's Hillary's turn to run solo. It's politics folks....anything is possible.
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