Also, every candidate down to the local sheriff has a web page that tells you enough about them- most likely more than you want to know- that you can decide between the candidates running for any particular office. If you don’t know what they believe, read up on them. The parties also have platforms, running to the point of making up a small book in each case. That’s what is required to make even a minimal effort to explain an opinion on the complex issues we are facing. Pat answers are for those who are either too lazy to try to understand what the &*^^&() is going on, or incapable of doing so even if they tried.
Bookworm You are absolutely right that the GOP is quite good at presenting a clear concise message that is easy enough for a person of limited mental ability to understand. This is necessary, considering their base. The problem is that the world is not a clear concise place. All they are doing is presenting a pat answer that takes into consideration none of the complexity of absolutely everything that has to be considered by the people who represent our country and any other country on this planet. If a decision is simple enough to actually be adequately solved with a pat answer, it would have never been an issue in the first place.
ZIPPYCATS No, it doesn’t. Not even remotely in your most fevered dreams. When your only defense of the amoral moron you are still defending is a knee jerk reaction that someone else is equally reprehensible, apparently without even considering the criticism sufficiently to determine anything more than that it is anti-Trump, you aren’t thinking. Are you capable of actually reasoning through what you are saying? Or is trying to pretend that either the Obamas or the Clintons came close to the level of degradation the Trumps exhibit daily so that you don’t have to actually reason the best you can do?
It comes from taxes. Instead of giving it to the companies who are complaining that they can’t find educated people for their work force, tax the companies and people who can afford it. It’s an investment that will pay off for those companies and for everyone. We have four years of investing, with no return. Then, the educated people start paying more taxes, which helps pay for the next crop of educated people. The other argument that doesn’t hold water is that we won’t have anyone to do menial jobs. First, there are enough people to do menial jobs simply because they either can’t make it in college or who simply don’t want to. And, menial jobs are being swiftly replaced with robotic devices, which will put more people on welfare, so we better have as many educated people as possible to pay the taxes to support them.
How about at least enough to teach you that English is capitalized?
This doesn’t even consider that with the degree, the person is less likely to ever need unemployment or welfare, that more students would complete high school if they could see a clear way to a really good job, and that they would be enriching the Social Security and Medicare funds. They would also be paying a larger amount in all other types of taxes.The best investment we could make to keep America strong is to not just forgive all student loans but to make all higher education, as long as the student is making decent grades, totally free, and increase the number of schools and teachers to make room for all who can profit from the education. We don’t, even at this time of high unemployment, have so much a lack of jobs as we have a lack of people who have the skills to perform the jobs that are available- in other words, a lack of education.
,IRON POUNDER Very few people choose to be uneducated. For anyone whose family isn’t already middle class, there is no choice. When I went to college, my yearly tuition was under $400. We rented whatever books we needed for $25.00 per quarter. It was possible to get the education for a decent paying job and still live in a dump and eat beans a lot. Now, a minimum wage job doesn’t even pay for the dump and the beans, and tuition at even a state college is beyond the means of a minimum wage worker. We have developed a caste system, and now you’re blaming the victims of that system.
They may not know the word, but they are doing a terrific job of teaching it to the rest of Americans.
Totally disagree. It is annoying to the people I want to actually talk to when I say “try that again” for the third time— which is when I generally give up to avoid being even more of an annoyance, and makes me feel cut off from the world. Making up versions of what you think was said in your own mind is just a form of isolation. Granted, there are quite a few people who I don’t especially want to hear from, but I miss the ones that I do.
I’d vote for the person who said, " Yeah, I used to be a teenager, I was dumb. You would also be dumb if you voted for that teenager. That’s not the person I’m asking you to vote for. Let me tell you who I am now, and why I would make a good representative."