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America Deserves Better

I’ve always followed politics closely. The older I’ve gotten the more I’ve learned. These days it’s very difficult for me, mostly because of the current Presidential race. I have to say, I’m not happy with the choices available. As it stands right now I don’t want any of them to be President. I wanted to talk about why a little bit. So, as a summary, I will present some reasons why I don’t think either the top two Republican or Democrat candidates would be capable or effective leaders.

Note: These are personal observations and opinions supported by researched information. If you want to check anything written use the Internet. It’s not that hard. I don’t expect anyone reading this to agree with me because I’m essentially pissing off anyone that has a favorite political candidate.

Hillary Clinton: Ineffective Senator and Secretary of State

America Deserves Better

I’ve heard the name Hillary Clinton for most of my life. She has held positions as both Senator for New York and Secretary of State, and in both positions she fell short.

As a New York senator she sponsored 713 pieces of legislation. Of these 3 became law. One established a historic site, one named a post office after a Major in the Army, and the last named a highway. Not super impressive, but anyway.

She voted against two tax cuts (The Economic Growth and Tax Relief Act of 2001 and the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003). She justified this, in 2004, by saying, “We’re saying that for America to get back on track, we’re probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.” At that time the national debt stood at $7.3 trillion dollars, the current debt is $18.1 trillion. Again, not impressed.

As Secretary of State there’s quite a long list of issues but I believe the main ones are the withdrawal of US troops in Iraq, the Benghazi scandal, and a deteriorating relationship with Israel. There is also the question of whether or not she will be indicted over the transfer of top secret emails through her private email account, which if found guilty is a federal crime.

Personally, I find her unlikable and I don’t have a whole lot of faith in her leadership skills or decision making. She’s been involved in the political scene for over 20 years and has few if any noteworthy accomplishments. Next.

Ted Cruz: Unlikable, Untrustworthy, Kind of a Jerk

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In 1997, while he was the Solicitor General of Texas Cruz took a case to the Supreme Court to keep Michael W. Haley in prison. Haley was convicted of stealing a calculator from Walmart, a maximum sentence of two years, but because of a legal error was sentenced to 16 years in prison. Haley was released after six years, which seems a little excessive even if it was one of those calculators you could program to play games on.

During his 2012 campaign he failed to disclose his financial relationship with Caribbean Equity Partners Investment. Cruz said this was an inadvertent omission. Fair enough, I forget stuff all the time. But then in January 2016 it was reported that Cruz failed to disclose nearly one million dollars in loans from Goldman Sachs and Citibank. A spokesperson for Cruz said this was “inadvertent”. This makes me twitch because either he’s lying or really bad at financial stuff. Which is worrisome.

Honestly, most of the reason I don’t like Ted Cruz is because he comes off as a jerk. With the exception of taking 9 cases to the Supreme Court (5 won, 4 lost) his political career seems rather unexceptional. But when he speaks I have a hard time believing anything he says and he’s overly aggressive and comes off childish at times.

Bernie Sanders: Out of Touch Socialist, Possible Goblin

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I’m going to level with you. I don’t know a whole lot about Bernie Sanders except that he’s an admitted socialist. Which is fine, whatever, but it’s never going to work in a chiefly capitalist society. He has a history of alienating himself from both parties, which would make him rather ineffective as President.

Recently he tweeted, “It makes no sense that students and their parents pay higher interest rates for college than they pay for car loans or housing mortgages.”

Listen Bernie, I understand student loans suck, I do. I’ve been paying student loans for 12 years now and it’s terrible. But I also understand that cars and homes are collateral, that’s why the interest rates tend to be lower. If someone defaults on their student loans they can’t take your degree back. That’s how economics work. I’m a college dropout and I get it.

Bernie Sanders seems like a really nice guy. I believe he has some good ideas for change, but has no power or influence to implement them. When he talks I start to fall asleep, and he looks like a goblin from Harry Potter. Sorry Bernie.

Donald Trump: Failed Businessman, Manipulator, Cartoon Character

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Donald Trump wants to “Make America Great Again.” He waves his business accomplishments and celebrity status around like a ball and chain. But I seriously question his business acumen and his views.

First, Trump filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy four times in the past 25 years. Trump Taj Mahal, Trump Plaza Hotel, Trump Hotels and Casinos Resorts, and Trump Entertainment Resorts. Three of the companies were tied to the gaming industry, which has been doing poorly over the years. There are lots of complicated reasons a business might file for bankruptcy, and Trump may not be directly responsible, it still gives me a lot of pause that these four businesses accrued a combined $5.3 billion in debt. That’s…not great.

Trump bought Eastern Air Shuttle for $365 million in 1988 and renamed it Trump Shuttle. Trump then defaulted on his loans and the company went away in 1992.

In 2006 Trump launched Trump Mortgage. A year and a half later the company shut down.

Trump also had the Trump Entrepreneur Initiative (AKA Trump University), which offered courses in real estate management, entrepreneurship, and wealth creation. In 2013, the New York Attorney General launched a $40 million lawsuit for fraud.

Any of those alone I might forgive, life happens, but that is a lot of failed business ventures. I don’t have a whole lot of faith that he can take a country with so much debt and make it better.

I really can’t stand Trump. He’s said creepy things about his daughter, he changes his views and opinions constantly, and he’s an arrogant cartoon character. I also couldn’t take a reality TV star becoming the President. The only good thing to come out of a Trump presidency is four years of quality Saturday Night Live material.

Conclusion

If you’ve come this far you’re probably a little upset with me. Sorry, not sorry. With the exception of my colorful descriptions these are some of the facts about the candidates. You can research them yourself, in fact I encourage you to do so. The primaries are upon us, I want you to really pay attention to who you’re voting for. We’re not doing great as a country right now and we need strong leadership to get us out of the hole we’re in. The candidates all say some good things and some bad things. Measure what they say with what they have done. Think about the possible faults in their plans. Research the candidates, check up on what they say, and be informed.

If you have anything else to add to list feel free to comment. If you disagree with me on any particular point, feel free to comment. Vote wisely.

About Luke Geldmacher

I grew living on an island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. Currently, I live in a 40 acre farm in Cookville, TX. I sometime write about life issues, but my passion is sci-fi and fantasy storytelling.

4 Replies

  1. Linda Whiting

    Good to see you writing again. Very interesting article. Good research. It’s difficult to write about politics, so I’m waiting to see the comments you receive. Just keep writing!

    1. Thanks for reading. I’m waiting to see what kind of comments I get as well.

  2. CJ Gray

    Thoughts on Ben Carson?

    1. I have mixed feelings about Ben Carson.

      On one hand he’s a medical genius (first surgeon to separate twins conjoined at the back of the head), he supports a flat tax (which I think is a great idea), he has proved that no matter where you start in life you can rise to greatness (a real rags-to-riches story), and by all appearances he is a moral and family centered man.

      On the other hand, being a medical genius doesn’t mean you have a good political mind (he seems politically naive), many of the statements he has made have been false (source Politifact), he’s stated that the military should not be subject to war crime laws (please no), and during debates he appears rather timid and quiet.

      I think Ben Carson could be a good political figure, but based off what I’ve seen so far maybe in a smaller position until he really learns what that world looks like and how he can change it for the better (Senator, Congressman, Governor, etc). He’s not doing well in the polls and I don’t think he’s going to hang in much longer.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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