The great Republican debate is on TV tonight. It is being held at the Ronald Reagan presidential library. Perry may or may not show up. After all, his state is burning to the ground. Maybe instead of staying in his home state he should jet off to Martha’s Vineyard.
Anyway, in the lead up to the event tonight, I was reading an article on RedState.com posted titled: “Proposed Questions for the GOP Debate: Time for Specifics”. I picked a few (ok, more than a few) and answered them the way I think a candidate should. You know, one with actual stones.
Federal Reserve: Many conservatives have criticized the Fed’s interventionist policies as the culprit for a weak dollar and higher commodity prices. Q: What reforms would you impose on the Fed? Would you repeal the Fed’s dual mandate to achieve economic growth, leaving it to focus just on currency stability? A: The answer should be to dump it all together. Anything created in the Wilson Administration is by default, bad. Otherwise its single mission should be currency stabilization. It’s doing such a good job of it.
Taxes: Some candidates have offered a more specific tax reform plan than others. Q: What specific rates would you propose for the personal income tax, the corporate tax, capital gains & dividends? Should we abolish the death tax? Which tax credits and deductions, if any, would you keep? Do you believe in refundable credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Additional Child Tax Credit? Do you support Obama’s proposal to extend the 2% payroll tax holiday for another year? A: Don’t accept the premise of the question. I would go all in on the Fair Tax, a national sales tax to replace all other taxes. Damn the torpedoes! I used to advocate for the Flat Tax, but the Fair Tax is the only tax that is at least somewhat optional. With the fair tax, everyone will have skin in the game. Oh, and abolish the 16th Amendment.
Energy Subsidies: Q: Should we abolish ethanol subsidies, or merely reform them as some in the Senate have proposed? What about farm subsidies? Should government invest any resources in alternative fuels, or should that be left to private enterprise and the free market? A: Again. Faulty question. Abolish all subsidies. Read the Constitution. They (subsidies) aren’t in there. If a product can’t be developed in the private sector, it won’t be developed.
Healthcare: Presumably, everyone supports the repeal of Obamacare. Nevertheless, even before Obamacare, the cost of healthcare had been skyrocketing. Q: What do you think is the cause of the high healthcare costs and what conservative solutions would you implement to create downward pressure on healthcare costs? A: I agree, repeal Obamacare. It is unconstitutional & anti-constitutional. Health care is not a federal issue. It is a free market & state issue. The Feds should have no hand in health care except to allow for free interstate commerce of such.
Education: Q: Would you repeal No Child Left Behind? What role, if any, should the federal government play in education? A: Yes, repeal that horrible bill foisted on us by another progressive, George W. Bush. Again, read the Constitution. The Feds have no role.
Housing: Q: Should the federal government be involved in public housing, rental assistance, and housing finance activities? A: This is getting monotonous. Hello, Constitution!
I could on but even I’m getting bored with saying, “Constitution”.
Maybe someday I’ll see a candidate with the bolas to say what I’m thinking. I’m hoping to be pleasantly surprised, but I won’t be holding my breath.