After last night's debate I'm even more skeptical of Rick Perry's chances of winning a general election. Referring to social security as a 'ponzi' scheme is potical suicide and reconfirms my opinion that he is not that bright. In addition, he is a 'career politician' who swings which ever way the wind blows. It wasn't that long ago he was working on Al Gore's presidential campaign and supporting Hillarycare. That seems like a pretty wide swing to the right. I think he is following the money tree.
Isn't his 'executive' order to force vaccinations on 12 year old girls regardless of the 'opt out' clause pretty much the same as the mandate to buy health insurance? Shouldn't that be left up to parents to decide? Considering his state ranks among the highest when it comes to the number of un-insured, I have a problem convincing myself that he will 'solve' the healthcare crisis that is gripping the nation. I'm all for repealing Obamacare, but only if you are offering a real solution to make insurance 'affordable' and 'available' to all. His views on education are archaic and a complete disaster. The graduation rate in Texas is the lowest in the nation. Most of the jobs he has 'created' are minimum wage and he has taken a good number of workers from his neighboring states.
I think it's pretty clear by now that the 'tea party' is nothing more than far right Republican Christian conservatives, repackaged to appear to be nothing more than 'concerned citizens with no party affiliation' who believe in smaller government and less regulation. Just look at the candidates they support...Perry, Palin, Bachman, O'Donnell, Engles. They don't want anything to do with Romney or Huntsman...too moderate. The tea party is going to dash Republican dreams of taking the White House in 2012 just like they made the Republicans look foolish in the recent debt crisis debate.
We can't elect a president who is going to run away from science and technology. Creation is clearly possible...evolution is undeniable. Somehow the Christian right is going to have to reconcile the two. It is entirely possible to believe in both but that theory is not the subject of this blog. For now I'll stick to the upcoming election.
I think the Republicans have a big mountain to climb and time is running out. Most Americans believe the solution to our deficit is a combination of spending cuts and revenue. Most Americans think it's time to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Most Americans believe in the sanctity of Social Security and Medicare. Most Americans want affordable healthcare. Most Americans want less bickering and name calling... they want 'compromise'. So where does that fit into the current field of Republican candidates? It leaves us with Obama for four more years.