By Rodney Johnson via Iris.xyz.
The recent Democratic presidential primary debates were a lot of fun… said no one.
As the process unfolds, I vote that Andrew Yang gets the first question at every debate, since he was given all of three minutes out of 120 on Thursday night. And Marianne Williamson gets to interject anytime she wants, because she’s so off the wall as to be entertaining during an otherwise dreadful affair. If she ever sings “All You Need Is Love,” a capella on the debate stage, I’ll strongly consider giving her my vote.
But back to the debates…
Positions of Presidential Candidates
It’s not the positions of the candidates that makes political debates so hard to watch. It’s the way the candidates pander as they use their time to puff up their chests and fake outrage at whatever crosses their minds. We don’t learn much about their policies and proposals. We just get a glimpse of who’s a better street fighter and quick with a pithy response.
We know – or rather can guess (because who really knows?) – Trump’s views as we march toward 2020. And we’ve got a fair idea of how the leading Democratic challengers view the world. Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren want to repeal the recent tax reform, add wealth taxes and higher income taxes. And they want to add regulations and bureaucracy in an effort to make education, health, wealth, and opportunity fair. Joe Biden will do some of the same, although not quite to the same extent. Great goals, but such programs typically fail when we add that fallible ingredient to the mix… people.
It turns out that the people determining what’s “fair” always have a different idea about it than those who are identified as the main source of new revenue — a certain group of billionaires raising their hands to be taxed notwithstanding.
The most interesting group that will sway the 2020 election wasn’t onstage. They were watching from home.
They are Millennial voters, and their political tastes are dramatically different from their parents and grandparents.
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