So we’re in the new place tonight, watching the presidential debate. Once again Senators Obama and McCain argue over minutiae and ignore the elephant destroying the living room furniture.
I am sick to death of hearing about a $5,000 credit for this and and $3,500 credit for that. Tell me, gentlemen, how you plan to keep this country afloat when we just doubled the federal debt as a percentage of gross domestic product?
The audience at Belmont University doesn’t look happy with either candidate. I don’t blame them.
Sadly, the questions coming to the candidates are missing some important points, too. For example, there’s been a lot of finger-pointing about who’s coddled the oil companies more. Then both candidates advocate spending billions of tax dollars to make us energy independent. Why doesn’t anybody ask, Who gets that money?
Seriously, if the government is laying out billions on domestic drilling or clean coal or nuclear power, who do you think is going to get that money? Who drills for oil? Is there a government-owned oil company I don’t know about? What’s the difference between giving Big Oil billions in tax breaks and paying them billions to drill new wells on the continental shelf?
I’d also love to hear, just once, somebody ask the candidates about the constitutionality of half the stuff they promise. You’re going to cut taxes? Really? How, since the Constitution gives that power to Congress? You’re going to buy me a house and give me free health care? On what constitutional authority?
Yeah, I know, I’m a wild-eyed radical, wishing that our government would actually consent to governing according to Constitution. What little hope I had of that was shredded last week when our federal government somehow found in its founding document the power to use public money to bail out privately owned corporations.
Sadly, these two guys represent more of the same: bigger, more intrusive government for the benefit of the ruling caste. Senators Obama and McCain shadowboxed for 90 minutes, but neither one explained how doubling the federal debt to bail out investment bankers and then laying out perhaps trillions for universal health care, military intervention in Sudan, and a crash energy independence program without cutting defense and entitlement spending — all without raising taxes! — is even possible.
What a sham.