Blogging The Iowa Debate Part IV

McCain’s answer on Vice-Presidential powers was actually pretty funny. “Only one President.” That is a strong answer.

Guiliani sounds like he’s pretty comfortable with Cheney’s roll, and Romney is defending G.W. Bush’s use of Cheney, saying it is entirely up to him.

If I were President, I’d have the Vice President make sure that I always have coffee and remove all of the green M&Ms from the bowl. I’d also let him go out amongst the interns and decide who gets backstage passes.

Ron Paul get interrupted by George Stephanopoulos when he tries to attack the present “conservative” platform.

On taxes…

The Fair Tax is getting some play, and Huckabee (correctly) observes that the current tax system penalizes productivity. Huckabee doesn’t admit that the Fair Tax would create a huge black market–23% discount and the black market sales people can sell it to you for the same price as the store. It’s still better than what we have though.

Romney doesn’t like the Fair Tax, Guiliani wants to eliminate the death tax and simplify the one that we have. He thinks it’s too complex to get to a Fair Tax. Yeah, that makes sense. Let’s make our current code more complex because changing it is too complex.

The accounting lobby will never allow a simple tax code to be implemented.

Tancredo actually makes a great point that the current tax system is a way for the federal government to control behavior.

What is your defining mistake…what a great question:
Huckabee gives a great answer about not taking care of his health…very personal.
Guiliani gives a comical answer, but doesn’t answer.
McCain volunteered to stay in combat and ended up a P.O.W. That is strong.
Tommy Thompson is going to end breast cancer. If he can do that I want him to be President for sure.
Most guys, Ron Paul included, give purely political answers. McCain wins.

Tancredo, I don’t think America is hopeless. I think you guys are trying to make it seem that way in order to distance yourselves from Bush because you can’t run on “more of the same”.

Tommy Thomson is hell bent on getting rid of political, and apparently grammatical, correctness.

Brownback is all about the family and overturning Roe v. Wade. Unelectable in every way.

McCain is running on nothing but the battle against radical Islamic extremists, and Guiliani wants to be the Mayor of The United States. Were you aware that he was the mayor of New York (during 9-11)? Just checking. People who watch national political coverage on a Sunday morning may not know that, right?

Romney wants strong _____. Fill in the blank–he wants everything strong.

I like Huckabee’s answer. I hope he really is aware of who his boss is and it isn’t just rhetoric. I think he’s done really well in this debate. I like a lot of what I’ve heard. I’m going to read more about him, especially what people in Arkansas think of him.

Ron Paul wants the government open and privacy for the people. I don’t think this is the strongest answer he could have given, even though I personally like it.

Duncan Hunter’s son should run for office. His dad’s entire platform seems to be based on the fact that his son is serving in Iraq.

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2 Replies to “Blogging The Iowa Debate Part IV”

  1. It sucks that Stooofinopolus didn’t give the ONLY doctor on stage a question about healthcare, or better yet, giving a tax question to the ONLY man on stage that is advocating abolishing the income tax/IRS and replacing it with nothing. Going to be an uphill battle for the good doctor. And people wonder why some people believe that the media is biased lol.

  2. It was a real yawner, I stopped watching after 45 minutes.

    You know how much I like the so called “Fair Tax”, I’ll just say that Huckabee – as a governor – increase taxes and government spending. So I suspect that his motivation isn’t to reduce government involvement, rather to make it somewhat more efficient.

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