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One Opinion: Debating the debate

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October 14, 2015 | 1,335 views | 19 comments

How I tried listening to the Democrats’ debate last night! I really tried. But after an hour and 40 minutes, I just couldn’t take it.

My head hurt.

It hurt because all those who are running for the Democratic presidential nomination were on CNN trying to outdo each other to see who could make the most promises. Free college and free medical care were at the top of their list. (Apparently Obamacare is not good enough.)

The candidates were Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Jim Webb, Lincoln Chafee, and Martin O’Malley. Clinton struggled with socialist Sanders to prove who was the most “progressive.” The rest were not far behind.

Listening to these five was frightening because they are at war with global warming -- not too much with ISIS. They still blame the quagmire in the Middle East (as Sanders called it), as well as the stagnant economy, on President Bush.

They want to take guns from law-abiding citizens, while doing nothing to control criminals.

What I really can’t understand is how they expect to improve the economy by taking from the rich and giving to the poor. It doesn’t make sense to punish the wealth creators, because that would cripple the ability of Americans to grow the economy. Wealth creation has always been a big part of what made this country the envy of the world. America was the one place on Earth that people could go to seek a better life.

Taking from those who produce and giving it to those who do not is sentencing America to the same fate as other socialist countries from which people are trying to escape.

Why would they do this?

There is only one answer.

The more promises they make, the more votes they will get from those who expect to benefit from the largesse. People don’t vote against getting more free stuff.

These Democrats give credit to Obama for “setting the tone” in this country, but at the same time, lament the shrinking middle class.

Seems to me there’s been a lot of shrinking going on during the last seven years. But you know the definition of insanity. Keep doing what you are doing while expecting different results.

And that just about sums it up for last night’s debate on CNN.

Stay tuned. It’s a long way to 2016.
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Your Opinions and Comments

New Guy  
Wilson County  
October 18, 2015 9:11pm
Elaine: Your comment "detriment of consumers" does not hold water when 100% of us are being rewarded with $1.80 or lower gas prices, except the 4th who is concerned with the 6 percent'ers.

Bob Pritts  
St Hedwig, TX  
October 18, 2015 11:13am
New Guy, You always change the subject from the editorials and opinion pieces. Why is that? Is it because, in this case, the content of this debate is simply indefensible? You even say "You can't fix stupid ..." ... More ›

4th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Spriungs  
October 16, 2015 4:10pm
"new guy"....remember that YOU KNOW NOTHING. I read not long ago that the oilfield work force was down to 6% of the total work force in Texas from a high of close to 20% back in the 80's when we had the last downturn ... More ›

Elaine K.  
October 16, 2015 3:33pm
The oil boom is not over because we ran out of oil. It's only lagging because of political forces and that is to the detriment of consumers.

New Guy  
Wilson County  
October 16, 2015 2:45pm
6%? Everyone knew the oil fields were a temporary money source. Why do you think almost all the oil workers brought their RVs to Texas? Oil booms come and go, so do the towns and cities who make poor choices of focusing only ... More ›

Facts only please  
October 16, 2015 2:39pm
What "the oilfield" are you talking about? Where are you getting your facts?

4th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Spriungs  
October 16, 2015 9:18am
"new guy" you really believe that the only ones that make money from the oil industry are the oil companies? Have you considered that the oilfield in Texas provides jobs for 6% of the work force in Texas? ... More ›

New Guy  
Wilson County  
October 15, 2015 10:00pm
Elaine: You really don't understand the oil business. Chevron earnings from its refinery businesses, which make gasoline, lubricants, diesel and other refined products, were lifted by stronger margins to nearly $3 billion ... More ›

New Guy  
Wilson County  
October 15, 2015 9:56pm
4th, I know several farmers and ranchers are very happy with the low gas prices. Oil companies are making money, just look at their 3rd quarter profits. Maybe the price of beef will come down now that there is more money available ... More ›

Elaine K.  
October 15, 2015 5:55pm
Yes, 4th. And another consequence of low prices for oil is that it will cause some American oil producers to cease production. If enough American production ceases, we not only will have to pay the high prices again, but will ... More ›

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