By Jedediah Bila
- What do you think will be the most important issues for 2012 GOP candidates to tackle? – Alan K.
Bringing down the unemployment rate and advocating pro-growth economic policies will be a top priority. Putting America on a real path toward energy independence is critical.
Our debt is horrifying. As revealed by The Foundry this week, “ … the national debt averages $31,871 for each American—nearly two-thirds of the median household income of $50,255.” 2012 conservative candidates must offer clear solutions, and must be willing to take on both the Left and business-as-usual Republicans in the name of upholding those solutions.
- I believe that in this presidential election cycle, much more so than in 2008, many are awake with respect to games being played by the mainstream media. Would you agree? – Donald F.
The results of a very interesting Rasmussen poll were revealed on June 22: “ … 67% of Likely U.S. Voters believe that most reporters, when covering a political campaign, try to help the candidate they want to win. Only 21% think most reporters put the emphasis instead on trying to offer unbiased coverage.” In addition, “Forty-eight percent (48%) also believe that most reporters would hide any damaging information they learned to help the candidate they wanted to win” and “A plurality (46%) of voters continues to feel that the average reporter is more liberal than they are.”
According to Rasmussen, the results aren’t much different from those revealed in November of 2008. The difference, in my opinion, is that many more individuals in new media are now speaking their minds, holding the mainstream media accountable, calling out misleading reporting, fact-checking errors, and letting it be known that the days of mainstream media-orchestrated outcomes are over.
- Is there a date by which Sarah Palin would be best served to announce and commit to a 2012 candidacy in order to galvanize all needed resources to assure success? – Juan L.
Announcing and committing are two separate things. She will first need to make the decision as to whether or not she is going to run—to personally commit—so that work can begin behind the scenes in terms of preparation, planning, etc. My guess is that she’s in the midst of that difficult decision right now. As far as the announcement, she has plenty of time for that. If she heads in that direction, only she can know when the timing is truly right.
- What can Herman Cain do to differentiate himself from the other confirmed or potential GOP candidates? – Josh B.
One of the things that makes Herman Cain unique is that he’s not a politician, but a businessman. In my opinion, that comes across very clearly in his interviews and speeches. His experience as the President and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza and President of the National Restaurant Association brings an interesting perspective to the table.
- What is your take on this whole John Ziegler $100,000 dollar bet that Sarah Palin can’t win in 2012? – Christopher H.
It’s absurd. I have seen time and again a desperation on the part of some to define Sarah Palin as unelectable before she has even declared herself a candidate. It’s silly, but it’s nothing new. Plenty of folks lined up to deem her unelectable in her race against Stein for mayor and Murkowski for governor. Interesting how that all worked out, ha?
- What did you think of the president’s speech about Afghanistan on Wednesday night? – Kayla C.
It was a political speech geared toward appeasing his anti-war base. Consider it part of his campaign for re-election. Mike Brownfield provided great commentary at The Foundry: “While U.S. troops have achieved successes in the region, their sacrifices could be squandered under a hasty withdrawal that is calculated for political gain, not for victory on the battlefield.”
In terms of the bigger picture, our president’s approach to matters of national security—his reasoning for our military’s involvement in some areas and not others—remains unclear and inconsistent.
- Have you heard about talks of a new stimulus plan? Are they kidding us with more spending? – Anthony K.
It’s astounding. President Obama’s $787 billion stimulus was a failure, stimulating nothing but the growth of our debt. According to The Foundry’s analysis of The CBO’s 2011 Long-Term Budget Outlook, “Debt reaches 101 percent of GDP by 2021—two years earlier than last year’s outlook reported—and would, if markets permitted it, shatter the 200 percent mark in 2037.” In addition, “Total spending remains well above its historical average of 20.3 percent, rising to nearly 26 percent of GDP by the end of the decade; it surges to 33.9 percent by 2035, climbing inexorably higher after that.”
Real solutions don’t involve more government spending. They include cutting tax rates, significantly reducing spending, deregulation, expanding domestic drilling and exploration, and embracing pro-free market alternatives to Obama’s crippling health care law.