I wasn’t going to rant today, because I was in a darned good mood. The temp here was 80 degrees today. But then … I got mad.
I hate presidential elections. We are annoyed unmercifully by TV and phone for the entire year before the election, and the campaigns treat us like total idiots. I end up hating all of them by November. They lie, they take things out of context, they exaggerate. And they try to deflect by focussing on things that just don’t matter.
For example, why in the heck would I give a flying darn about Mitt Romney’s tax returns? I assume he paid what the IRS said he had to pay, or he’d be in jail. Is he supposed to argue with his tax preparer? “No, don’t take that perfectly legal tax deduction — I want to pay more!” He pays lower taxes because he invests. We lower the tax rate for investors because investment allows companies to buy more equipment, improve their facilities, and hire workers. If you think that’s unfair, lobby to change the tax rates, but don’t blame the investors for doing exactly what our law encourages them to do. If GE can pay zero taxes and their CEO can still be the chairman of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, then Romney paying 13% shouldn’t be an issue.
On the other hand, why would I give a flying darn about President Obama’s college transcripts or birth certificate? At this point, why would that possibly matter? I always tell my kids, your GPA matters right up until the day you get hired, and then, no one ever asks about it again. All they care about at that point is your work experience. Obviously, President Obama has the work experience that allows us to ignore his college experience. As for the birth certificate, folks, that ship has sailed. He’s the Prez now. His mother is an American citizen. If the law says he has to be born on American soil to be Prez, even if his parent was American and he was raised on American soil, then the law is stupid and should be changed. Or just ignored.
We’ve got crap-loads of people either unemployed or underemployed. Medicare is bankrupt in 12 years. Iran is marching in the streets, saying Israel has no right to exist; the Israelis are fitting their two-year-olds for gas masks and probably readying their nukes. The ice caps are melting. And the federal deficit is becoming absolutely terrifying.
We have more important things to talk about. Enough with tax forms and college transcripts. Get serious. We have some serious problems.