Oct 18 2011
First off, I am a political animal covering decades of the inside Beltway BS and I tip my hat to Anderson Cooper. For the most part, Anderson tried to give every candidate time on all issues, tried to give each candidate a chance to respond. He was excellent as a moderator (more please). Anderson teed up the question without any gotcha and passed it to the candidate to respond as they wished.
Excellent job Cooper.
Now, who won? No one really. If Cain had to prove he was for real and the rest had to hold their place – Cain succeeded. The attacks on 9-9-9 where pathetic. If you can’t realize the federal income and payroll taxes are replaced by a flat 9% income and 9% sales tax, you shouldn’t even vote. If I can trade 24% on my income for 9% on my income and 9% on new purchases count me in I do not spend 100% of my income on new products – therefore 9% incomes tax plus something like 70% of 9% sales (e.g., 6.3%) comes to 15.3%. Because the 9% sale tax is totally under my control as a consumer, unlike my income and payroll taxes as an employee. I DO NOT spend 100% of my income on sales tax (no one does). Everyone gets this – or better.. 15.3 is less than 24, last time I checked.
Cain is holding his own. Gingrich has proven he needs to be White House Chief of Staff, and other candidates could have some role in a Cain administration – but none of them represent the bold change voters want.
Herman Cain had the loudest applause. Romney’s groupies were the usual 23% of the audience – applauding alone. Romney lost a lot of ground, if not just for getting into bickering contests with Perry.
Ron Paul imploded. He attacked Reagan in the midst of his usual random ramblings. Kiss his candidacy good-bye. If we are looking for reparations for freedom (Iraq and Afghanistan) then we must begin with Germany and the EU, then look to Japan and South Korea. Then Yugoslavia and the Iron Curtain Nations. Then we can talk to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Santorum and Bachman: close but not there. We need to get those who get 60% of the way and fall short out of the mix. That means everyone but Cain, Perry, Romney and Ginrgrich. These two need to bow out.
But Cain not only survived, he won Palin’s first mention in her post debate commentary. He is not Robamaney. Romney has RomneyCare and Global Warming hanging around his neck. And Perry screwed up with in state tuition for illegal aliens. We don’t need to settle for less as long as Cain hangs in there and gives libertarian, tea party conservatives and independents a real choice.