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Election 2012 - Are The Real Issues Finally Before The Public?

Updated on September 23, 2012

Is the flag waving "Welcome" or "Goodbye"?

Americns for America?  or  Americans for themselves?
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47% + 47% + 6%....but what % will vote?

It took a taping made public to finally join the real issues that needed discussion this election cycle! (A taping for which someone or some political party donated $25,000 to the Romney campaign in order to be present and record at a Boca Raton Romney fundraiser.)

Now we are looking at the crux of Election 2012. What can we possibly do to end our spending beyond our means?

We might add, can either Romney or Obama, and the other Democrats or the Republicans successfully challenge Americans to anticipate and actually make the sacrifices which doing so will require?

Yes, immigration is also an issue, as are education, foreign wars, Guantanamo, foreign policy (Europe, Iran, Israel, Al Queda), and all the rest (even birth control). But if we don't stop shoveling out the cash, printing dollars like they are going out of style (and they are), borrowing from anyone who still has faith in the "full faith and credit" of a dysfunctional U. S. Government, nothing else is going to matter where America's future is concerned!

Whoever taped Romney's fundraiser pitch, and for whatever motive or motives they made it public, Americans can only benefit, if it finally forces Obama and Romney to address the long list of entitlements and the fact that politicians have for years bought votes by giving away America's future to the banks and foreign lenders.

The Poor Farm, and the Public Dole, used to be derogatory terms and still are, but from a bygone age. Folks who were down on their luck or at their wits end could go to work on the Poor Farm, while others sometimes could receive government funds which the government "doled out" starting with Britain's public money payments to her unemployed in 1918, and far exceeded by today's renewed, renewing, and apparently infinitely renewable U. S. unemployment compensation.

The New Deal which stumbled along to finally bring America out of the Depression in the 1930's, started a trend which brought my grandfather to comment that "They will never get the country back the way it was!" Grampa was right. The New Deal solved serious temporary problems by means which have brought us to today's long term consequences.

What questions must the upcoming presidential debates address?

How to finance a first class education for our children, when we are broke but won't admit it?

How to keep full faith with our Social Security recipients of today and tomorrow, when we spent all those funds yesterday?

How to maintain our military and secure our borders, when some of the funds for doing so are so desperately needed to repair our decaying energy grid, bridges, roads, and other infrastructure?

How to provide everyone with affordable health insurance, when hospitals are increasingly run by distant corporations focused on maximum profitability, with too few doctors and nurses to provide the quality care we want to promise Americans?

How to have strong unions and collective bargaining, when unions must become part of the solution at the same time they are part of the problem?

How to maintain the role of state government, when we make it so dependent on federal money and regulations?

How to insure farmers against droughts, floods, and over-production, when the rest of us are hurting too?

How to cope with lobbyists and their special interests, when the common good is in danger?

How to care for our veterans and citizens with special needs, when our workforce is shrinking and the available workforce is significantly unemployed?

The New Deal once promised a "death benefit" which would at least allow a decent burial for all Americans. But the present benefit of $255 which might have buried someone "decently" in the 1930's hasn't kept up with the times either. It has become a joke insurance salesmen tell.

Yes, times have changed.

Hopefully, the public debate over the Romney fundraiser taping has opened the door for the upcoming debates (including the added "Minorities Debate") to finally discuss not only the nation's symptoms, but the cures for the nation's sickness.

Pray for Peace


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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      That seems as if a rabid partisan is speaking there. The two men do have different attitudes to a wide range of subjects, but the president is going to spend a lot of time in military briefings, or he's not going to be leading, he will be following.

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      cleaner3 5 years ago

      Perspy, the difference between the two is that Romney will listen to his generals and pay attention to national security briefings as a very serious part of being president, where obama does n't feel that it is more important than playing golf or basketball...

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      poetvix: Whichever candidates is elected to be our Chief Executive for the next four years, it will take more than golf and Hawaii vacations to restore America's moral partnerships with the rest of the world, and more military knowledge than either of the two candidates have.

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      poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      I have to agree with Cleaner3's opening statement. It's sad, but true and it reflects more poorly on the American public than it does on the candidates themselves.

      I really like the questions you pose as being fodder for the upcoming debates for they encapsulate the issues rather well. Thank you for a most interesting read. I think these questions are going to roll around in my head for some time. God bless!

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Dennis AuBuchon Thanks for the thought you have given, your reaction, and the sharing. All make the time and invested thoughts worth the effort.

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      Dennis AuBuchon 5 years ago

      This is a fantastic hub full of great points and information. I voted up, pinned and tweeted. I enjoyed this hub. It is a great topic and great points were made.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Pessimism: An inclination to put the least favorable construction of actions and happenings. Our need for term limits is only exceeded by our need to make election campaigns affordable to the best among us. We have boxed ourselves into a corner where money, and the need for giant war chests, seem to rule out even a Hillary Clinton who ran out of money at a critical time in her contest with Obama for the 2008 Democrats nomination. The Republican primaries this year demonstrated that their winner had to be the one who could raise the most funds and outspend the other candidates by multiples. Thus we are left with one likable but incapable incumbent, and one semi-reclusive but capable challenger, each with other shortcomings of a less critical but distracting nature, the sum total of which leaves voters frustrated and increasingly pessimistic.

      Let's at least be sure that they both understand the challenges and the need for constructive progress on the essential issues. Then we can wish for real leadership from whoever wins. As it stands now, I'm certainly not optimistic.

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      Davesworld 5 years ago from Cottage Grove, MN 55016

      I for one am good and tired of always having to chose between the lesser of two evils, and am becoming increasingly pessimistic about the future of the country.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Keeping my fingers crossed for honesty and my eyes and ears pealed on the candidates.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Fingers, legs, and eyes crossed hoping someone who wants to lead us can be honest with us for a change!

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      It ain't going to happen Perspy, but carol is right . great write.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Well all this is well and good and passing the buck between parties....It is really about this country and who really cares about it!!!!!! The country appears to be broke but keeps spending and people have their hands out waiting for their share. At this point all of us just have an opinion and what is going to happen..who knows??!!! However you did a great job on this hub and I am voting up.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      They MUST discuss the way forward! It's even Obama's mantra this time around. Honesty is STILL the best policy. We've kidded ourselves, and the leaders of both parties have hidden the truths long enough. It's "Fess up time!"

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      niether candidate can discuss these issues with truth for they won't get elected if they do .! Obama can't run on his record ands won't comment publicly on anything of substance . romney can't comment on anything of sustance because the liberal media will tear him apart with inane questions that only serve to distract from the main issues.

      we are in trouble my friend , and whoever doesn't believe that this country is on the precipice, is fooling themselves . We need a new direction , we need change . If it takes a rich guy nto save our country from the destructive policies of this president . then so be it . Just one thing all know about this administration is that Kathryn Sebilius, (violated the Hatch Act,) broke the law , she should be fired . NOTHING HAS HAPPENED!

      Chicago politics as usual , is this what we are going to let our country be....? Corruption .. lies... appeasement ... . Pray for AMERICA.