Friday, September 16

Debate or Book Tour? Republican Presidential Primary Ponzi Tea Party Debate

I was lost in the first five minutes. I didn’t have the playbill for the cast of characters participating in the Republican presidential primary debate in Tampa. I couldn’t remember who was who or how they got to participate in the debate in the first place.
The cast of thousands included: Governor Rick Perry, Rep. Michele Bachmann, Rep. Ron Paul, former CEO Herman Cain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Governor Jon Huntsman, former Governor Mitt Romney, former Sen. Rick Santorum, former dancer Bristol Palin, former tweeter Anthony Weiner and former President George Washington. There may have been a few more, a few less, suffice to say there were a lot of “dressed for success” people on stage.
The debate was hosted by CNN and the Tea Party Express. I’m so confused. Is the Tea Party Express a subsidiary of the tea party? Is it similar to Holiday Inn Express — you pay less, you get less?
I had no idea there was required reading for the presidential debate. I felt just like I did my sophomore year in college when I showed up the first day and hadn’t done the summer reading. I didn’t know that Romney, Perry, Paul, Santorum, Cain and Gingrich have all written books. Their books were referenced continuously during and after the debate. I didn’t have the books so I had a hard time keeping up with the discussion.
No one however, had the courage to bring up the obvious white elephant in the room. When did these elected leaders find time to write a book? Don’t they have a full time job already? Do their bosses know that they wrote a book? I knew someone who maintained two jobs at one time. He was never questioned; he always appeared busy at his desk. He was busy alright — busy collecting two checks. I tried to write a book and my husband came home every day to dirty laundry and frozen pizza for dinner. That didn’t last long. It was suggested to me (as if I didn’t know) that these authors had ghost writers. I just hope they don’t have ghost voters as well.
Cain, who is the former CEO of Godfather’s pizza, was the only participant in the debate who has not held public office. His books were never brought up during the debate. Even without his book, Cain made the only comment I fully grasped. Cain said, “I’ve been told by some people, well, you can’t get that done. I say why? Well, because you don’t know how Washington works. Yes I do. It doesn’t.” I hope Cain stays in the race just for the endless pizza jokes. “How long would it take Congress to cut a square pizza, with a round pizza cutter, into 17 equal parts?”
A lot of time was spent debating Social Security and Perry’s infamous “Ponzi scheme” statement but the real issue behind his statement was blatantly avoided. If the name “Social Security” was an accurate description of the federal program then it wouldn’t have nicknames. “Social Security” simply doesn’t work and neither does “Ponzi scheme” for that matter. The program no longer imparts a sense of security and none of the participants feel like being social. My suggestion is “Some Pay Into It — Some Take Out Of It” otherwise known as SPII - STOOI.
None of the people I polled watched the debate yet all of the people I polled like to watch TV. Some of the people I polled watched football, some watched the Miss Universe contest and the rest went to sleep.

1 comment:

  1. Cain has mentioned his book over and over. The only one that hasn't is Ron Paul. All the candidates except Paul are on a book tour and are puppets repeating the ebstablishment rhetoric and there isn't a drop of spits worth of difference between them. Do your summer reading on the records of the candidates, the country's future depends on it.