Republican Candidate Analysis for my vote
Extremely wrong on banning by religion, EVEN on a temporary basis. He could have and should have accomplished the same purpose by other VASTLY more intelligent and pragmatic means.
As an American who happens to be Jewish, this triggers every warning bell in the SINGLED OUT FOR ANY REASON alarm system.
Glad he knows WHO is responsible for terror, but get smarter.
Alarmed that his attitude about Putin as someone he can DEAL with is almost PRECISELY the attitude LBJ had about Ho Chi Minh in 1965. It’s not all business. Sometimes it’s about the naked result of what all the business generates, and the means of its achievement become lost.
Gets the Chinese economic issue, and how that relates to military and other hard power 100%
Understand how to handle control of issues, leadership, and while he is a poll watcher it seems to be as justification that what he says and how he says it IS EFFECTIVE
But it may turn out to be impossible to vote for him based on his singling out a religion.
TED CRUZ - the conservative bona fides are attractive, without any doubt. However, during the govt shut down he euchred the House Repubs into voting that way based on him telling them he had senatorial support for the same thing and it just was not correct (to put it politely).
He also voted AGAINST BOTH the TAA, and then the TPP. This shows he understands the economic issues, at the same level, if not the same expertise as Trump. It’s on this issue I have a problem with conservative orthodoxy candidate tests.
My judgement therefore is that Cruz is conservative and PRAGMATIC.
Free Trade (the ideological position for orthodoxy) has TURNED OUT to be a system whereby modest gains in price, VERY MODEST GAINS in terms of reduced price increases have been paid for by the shipping of jobs and careers overseas to the lowest production costs, where working conditions are horrific because the poorest will tolerate them. The gain in production costs have gone to the boards, upper management, financial instruments, and LARGE stockholders. Arguments that this has benefited millions of 401k’s fall short because the people investing in those are the people hurt as those careers dwindle.
We have now reached the state where R&D, product design and engineering is going overseas along with advanced degree education in Asian nations replacing American.
The TPP could only be advanced be cause the TAA represented a one year security blanket of payments and retraining for the jobs ALL ACKNOWLEDGED would have disappeared to some Kuala Lumpur or Sri Lanka, and was supported by the Democrats as a sop to the unions, but in fact represented another payoff of SOME KIND to the political class …. i.e. Wall Street Democrats and and Corporate Republicans - which is why I have a very hard time with -
MARCO RUBIO - who supported the TAA and the TPP.
I agree with him on NEARLY every foreign policy issue. But his hard stances on this might turn the United States into a modern version of 18th century Spain, with a huge set of self imposed foreign responsibilities, and an economy no longer able to support them because the disposable income and profits (and therefore govt revenue) have migrated JUST ENOUGH to Asia.
While I have opinions on everyone else, unless something happens, THAT’s not going to happen.
I have NO IDEA who I’m going to vote for in the primary right now, and I might not until I stand in the voting booth.