Comment on 2012 Candidates

Michele Bachmann says if you turn Herman Cain’s “9-9-9″ plan upside down it becomes 6-6-6. “I think the devil is in the details,” she said at the GOP debate hosted by Bloomberg and Washington Post.


As a member of the , I worked at the , the real puzzle palace, from April 1973 – Oct. 1974.

Growing up during the Vietnam War, I recall watching Huntley-Brinkley and seeing the weekly American death toll while in grade school. In 1971, I enlisted in the Army and studied (hopped) Vietnamese (Zipanese) from Jan. to Dec. 1972. My orders to ‘Nam were canceled in Jan. 1973. Instead of serving in SE Asia, I served at a desk in the National Security Agency where I learned, from experience at age nineteen, the government lied.

During the Carter admintration, Common Sense concluded that there is no national leadership in this country. Ronald Reagan was a form without substance. Publicans invoke his name as though he is minor deity. Poppy Bush won a war and could not get re-elected. Clinton, Dubya, Obama, would you follow them into battle, across the Maas-Waal Canal on September 20, 1944, over the embankment and take the Nijmegen Bridge ?

Leaders know the way to achieve success whether it is on the battlefield, playing field, or to capture market share. George Bush, a history major didn’t know that invading Iraq was comparable to the French occupation of Spain during the Napoleonic wars: the Spanish hated the infidel French.

Napoleon’s “Spanish Ulcer”, as he chose to describe the Spanish response to his occupation, provides a myriad of timeless lessons for strategic and operational planners. The strategic gap that developed between Napoleon’s rapid conventional military victory and the immediate requirement to positively influence the population as part of post-hostilities stabilization operations serves to highlight the limits of conventional military power in post-conflict operations and the perils of forgetting “the people” in the initial and ongoing strategic calculus.

Clinton’s presidency benefited from low oil pries and productivity brought about by the introduction of computers into the work place. President Obama can project leadership on the campaign trail with shiny rhetoric but can not present leadership ideas, then execute them, from the Oval Office.

The current clutch of candidates for the Republican presidential nomination are – yawn, uninspiring – don’t see a Roosevelt or an Eisenhower among them.

Perry – Dubya redux, thinks entitlement programs are unconstitutional; Paul – an Austrian oddity; Santorum – nothing better to do; Bachmannget a clue, no accomplishments in Congress; Cain – flavor of the month – happy hands; Huntsman – no traction; Gingrich – consummate DC insider; liar and hypocrite; Romney – plastic fantastic, spineless – Kerry do-over. Sarah Palin still lurks about marketing her brand.

3:13 AM EST

The Rethuglican field summarized: 
Romney – Desperate flip-flopper with no core beliefs except “I should be President” 
Gingrich – Serial womanizer running a disorganized campaign with little ground operation 
Cain – Serial womanizer running a disorganized campaign with little ground operation 
Perry – Idiot (“… and the third is … I can’t. Oops.”) 
Bachmann – Crazy (says HPV vaccine causes mental retardation) 
Paul – Batsh– crazy (wants to eliminate the Fed and Medicare) 
Santorum – “Family values” homophobe polling at 3 percent 
Huntsman – Too sane to appeal to GOP voters, polling at 3 percent

Face the facts – wise up, wake up – there’s no leadership in this country because there is no politician who will risk the wrath of senior voters by telling them the truth.

Yet the ultimate cause of the economic malaise is not a political failure but a political choice. Since the New Deal — and especially since the Great Society — America has chosen an accelerating transfer of wealth from young to old. Some of this was necessary and desirable. Many seniors face a period of economic struggle toward the end of life, which entitlements have effectively, compassionately eased.

The choice is clear: individual hardship or collective catastrophe…

Until the Congress confronts reality – chisel, chop, and slashes unsustainable entitlement payments along with wasteful military expenditures, there will never be any meaningful reduction in federal spending.

I’m 76 years old, and I’ve been drawing benefits continuously, commencing in 2000. In those 11 years (through 2010) I have received 176 percent more than I have paid in payroll taxes for Social Security since about 1950. (Most of this information is available from the Social Security Administration.) In fact, I have received 38 percent more than the total of my payments plus employer contributions to my account. (It could be argued that an investment rate of return should be applied to payroll tax payments, but that raises the argument that an investment rate of return should also apply to benefit payments.)
Now, virtually every dollar in benefit payments to me is a dollar more than I have paid in payroll taxes. Am I entitled to this money? I believe that my experience is typical, if not average.

Multiplied by all Social Security beneficiaries lies a number that contributes significantly to the fiscal crisis. Payments to me…are not fully covered by the immensely increasing tax burden on our working children and grandchildren.

Social Security is great: I’m for it. But retirees have a responsibility to lend a greater wisdom to the debate about national debt than seems evident to me.



About Jerry Frey

Born 1953. Vietnam Veteran. Graduated Ohio State 1980. Have 5 published books. In the Woods Before Dawn; Grandpa's Gone; Longstreet's Assault; Pioneer of Salvation; Three Quarter Cadillac
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6 Responses to Comment on 2012 Candidates

  1. Mztroll says:

    5:42am – Mon Aug 15th, 2011

    Like Your Evaluations!
    There is NO republican “hopefull” (try hopeless) who has a clue about how to really “fix” our economy except to strip money from the poor and elderly to keep their corporate buddies in the clover.
    As a result, they are focused, at least Scary Perry and the Total Woman, have focused on the TRULY BEDROCK IMPORTANT ISSUES TO KEEP AMERICA GREAT: Same sex marriage and abortion. This will go a long way toward putting food on the tables of the unemployed and medicine for the elderly, it will be fundamental in the rebuilding of our deteriorating infrastructure, and keeping our schools competetive with the rest of the world.
    You betcha!

  2. MrGoblin says:

    @Mztroll: I’m sorry but you clearly don’t know what you’re talking about. There are two great GOP candidates who are not bought out by Wall Street and the banking cartels. Ron Paul and Gary Johnson. Both of whom know what is required to fix the economy and both of whom know that the federal government should not legislate morality (both these men support the freedom of gay marriage and ending the drug war).

    Since I can’t vote for both guys in the GOP primary, I’m voting for Ron Paul because this time around he has a serious chance at winning the presidency(if he can get past the GOP primary). In 2008 he was shut out of number of debates and scorned by the media. While he still faces many challenges with the media this go round – he’s doing 4-5x better than his 2008 presidential bid. In fact many things have changed in favor of Dr. Paul since 2008.

    He was correct when he predicted the housing bubble/crash way back in 2003-2005.
    He has voted against the wars in the middle east.
    He voted against the bailouts.
    He has never voted to raise taxes.
    He has never voted to raise congressional salaries.
    Every year his congressional office returns a portion of it’s budget (this shows at his local level he knows how to run a balanced budget instead of a deficit).
    He is an experienced and knowledgeable economist, Doctor, retired Military and has profound wisdom on nearly every topic you can think of when it comes to being the president of the United States.

    I challenge you to read his latest book “Liberty Defined” and not come away with new insights and a better understanding of some of the most important issues of our day.

    Or you can vote for Obama/Perry/Palin/Romney and support the Status Quo.
    More wars. More deficit spending. More wall street bailouts. More smoke n mirrors rhetoric. More empty suits.

    ‘Tis your choice.

    My choice – Ron Paul for President.

  3. Telescope says:

    Exactly right. Party conventions have also degenerated into spectacles for TV.
    Party conventions used to be news worthy because party conventions is where decisions were made. Party conventions are now nothing but a spectacle of flag waiving, choreographed for television viewers.

    Dan Rathers said party conventions are no longer news worthy events, and so he stopped covering them. They are just entertainment and propaganda.

    Large color TVs, in every home, are the worst thing that ever happened to politics. Prior to TV, politicians were judged by their words; not by their appearance and antics.

  4. Tygartman - says:

    Well there’s a Carter in the White House right now… anything would be an improvemen­t.

  5. timothy heck says:

    you can say no to any of the republicans but i promise you this. If the current occupant is not removed next year this country will face a depression which will make the 1930′s look like the good old days. Pick the one you like most and vote for him the winner must defeat Obama before it is too late.

    the truth is 99% of the people of this country are worse off then they were three years ago that should be enough for anyone to make a smart decision next November.

  6. LibInOH says:

    Best and most concise summary I’ve seen.

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