I caught the last fifteen minutes or so of last night'S Democrat Presidential debates. It was about all I could take. The buzz in the MSM is how all the candidates attacked poor Hillary. (Playing right into her strategy of positioning herself as though she were a woman.) But I was disgusted by something totally different. Not a candidate on the podium had a single good thing to say about free markets and every candidate proposed more government to every problem posed. They took the opportunity to take cheap shots at Wal-Mart, free trade, hedge fund managers, the rich, the rich, oil companies, blah, blah, blah. They never really got around to explaining how these evil entities actually caused the problems America faces; us rubes were supposed to just take that assumption at face value.
Some gems: Kucinich: Wal-Mart is the reason we don't inspect container ships. Biden: I would shut down all imports from China, period. Edwards: [on hedge funds managers paying only capital gains tax rates on their filthy riches.] This is an example of the extraordinary corruption in the system. [without offering a scintilla of evidence.] But my favorite was from Hillary Clinton on what to do about the sorry state of math and science education in our schools, her reflexive "I'm from the government and I'm here to help" response included:
We need to really support it through nurse visitation or social work or child care. We need to do more with the pre-kindergarten program that I have proposed. In addition, though, this has to fit into an overall innovation agenda, which I have also set forth.So look out parents, government nurses are coming to make sure your kids eat your vegetables and that you're not teaching anything homophobic while they're at it. Heck, taking them to the wrong church might be bad for your kids self-esteem as well.
But as bad as all this was, I was also struck by the banality of it all. After each candidate proposed new government program after new government program, my eyes just started to glaze over and I couldn't stop yawning. It just seemed all so tired and boring and "been there, done that" have the copy of the check I wrote to the IRS to prove it. If you need to catch some Z's, you can read it all here.