As always, Jennie did it first. She is running on the Wussy ticket.
I try not to talk politics. But I am getting in. I can’t take it anymore.
I get so annoyed that neither candidate ever says Yes or No when asked a direct question. They say “bladee bladee Tax Cut, Bladee Bladee Record, Blah Blah Main Street, Blah Blah Wall Street. Off the subject, can I just go back to, I want to make this one point.”
So here are my answers, to the actual questions, as briefly as I can manage.
What does the Bailout mean to me?
It will cost you. A lot. It may cost you your house, if you couldn’t afford it to begin with. It may cost you your job, if you did something bad to deserve losing it. Nothing we say tonight matters. Thats what it means. Because there is NO WAY we are cutting taxes, or adding new programs or spending more money for a long, long, time. We just filled up a whole bunch of fannie and freddie tankers with money and gold, and shoved them out to sea. And they sank. That ship? Sailed.
Prioritize Energy Reform, Health Care, Entitlement Reform:
Energy. Health Care. Entitlement Reform. In that order.
Will you give congress a 2 year window to reform Medicare and Social Security?
In the face of Economic Crisis, congress moved fast. How will you make sure congress moves fast for climate change and in creating green jobs.
Innovation. Markets. Regulation. Federal grants to scientists who create cost effective green technology, that will be brought to market at efficient rates. Congress agrees to allow competition from up and comers and to make the big guys let the little guys play. Otherwise, congress has to work at the South Pole next year to observe whether they believe climate change is actually occurring. The only allowed visitors? Scientists. A year in the arctic with science guys ought to get them moving. Maybe they can work on that entitlement stuff, too.
Do you think we should have a project to help with climate change somewhat like the Manhattan Project to develop Nuclear technology?
I think I just said that – Yes. At the South Pole. Congress’ participation mandatory.
Selling health care coverage has become profitable, do you think health care should be a commodity?
Yes. Everything is a commodity. A commodity is something useful that can be turned to commercial or other advantage. Capitalism works because people are motivated to take advantage of an opportunity. Opportunity creates markets, and markets work. The parts of health care that are broken, are broken because they aren’t markets. I will ask the Health Care market to figure out a way to improve the system – I think these folks are smart. They save our lives every day, let’s see what else they can do.
Health Care in the US – a privilege, right or responsibility?
A responsibility. Lets grow up here – you aren’t entitled to anything in this world. But health care is very important. Lets get everyone an opportunity to get covered, lets not penalize anyone who pays for someone else’s coverage (that’s you big business) and people who have health care should use that care for good and not evil. We’ll help the rest of you who aren’t covered, but you need to use it responsibly.
Stop running over your time.
How will all the recent economic stress affect our nations ability to act as a peacemaker in the world?
This is a tough one. Maybe we need to take a little time to let Wilsonism rest – lets focus on our economy, our education and our citizen’s well being. I think this will make us richer (not just financially), smarter, and stronger. Lets keep protecting our selves, and our friends where we can – freedom, all freedom, demands eternal vigilance. But lets worry about our freedom before we worry about someone else’s. Its like flying on an airplane we need to secure our mask first.
What is the Mostly Doctrine for World conflict – when will you intervene?
When I have to. When there is an economic OR emotional good reason. The standards for good reason are really, really high.
Should the US respect Pakistani sovereignty or invade their borders looking for bad guys?
We should respect their sovereignty. And invade their borders. But only if they leave us no other choice. Knock first, and then ask for permission to enter. When we can. But if we smell pot from behind the door, and a boy’s bike is in the driveway, we’re going in.
Stop Breaking Your Own Agreed Upon Rules for this town hall meeting.
How can we apply pressure to Russia for it’s humanitarian issues?
I think you are asking about Russia’s humanitarian issues. They are Russia’s humanitarian issues. Russia is responsible for their humanitarian issues. See Mostly Doctrine for World conflict.
Is Russia under Putin an Evil Empire.
Maybe. (and I typed that WAY before McCain said it!)
Last Question. What don’t you know and how will you learn it?
There is a lot I don’t know. I will try to learn any way I can. I can find almost anything on Google. I will learn everything I can from experts. I won’t always tell you why I make my decisions – that’s called national security. When I do learn something important (that won’t get you killed), I will put it on the blog so you can all learn it too. When the crisis is over, I will explain myself, and be accountable for things that went wrong.
I warn you, I’ve been told I am a micromanager, and I still have a hard time letting go of responsibility for things. Especially when people haven’t proven trustworthy. I will be working from home, mostly, so I don’t have to move. I like where I live. I don’t need a lot of extra stuff, and I won’t trash the White House when I leave, but I do want to wear designer dresses to some fancy parties.
So vote for me. I’ll do my best.
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Jenine for President! I SO wish someone would get up there and do just what you did…straight and to the point answers to questions many of us think about. Love it!!
Here, here…you have my vote. Common sense and knowledge should always win! Please forward this to out esteemed candidates. It could be a “lightbulb moment” Good job, Jenine
Who would you choose for Secretary of the Treasury – Warren Buffett or your own husband? Buffett seems to be a popular choice, but your husband has a solid background AND has been deemed responsible enough to hold the envelope containing the Mrs. America results.You’ve got my vote. I don’t want the job and Meghan just had a baby yesterday so she’s busy. So far, you have three votes in your corner.
Excellent answers, if our politicans would only be able to be this straight forward.
My biggest problem with Warren right now is that I have a buy order on his stock and it won’t go low enough for me to buy it. If he will announce something that drops it to my buy order price, I might lean his way…Besides, Phil might have issues keeping his hands off other peoples hips…
Not bad. You failed to address other serious issues, such as: 1. Will you accept public financing?2. Do you think people in Alaska talk funny?3. As the Chief Communicator, will you be able to communicate with those in Alaska? How about Alabama? How about Cold Spring MN?4. Will you or a staff member always cary a spare blouse into public rest rooms?5. Have you discussed the role your husband will play as the nations First Stud?
Madge! We’ve missed you (I say like there is a staff here at Mostly Jenine). My inner madge might find an appointment for you – you’re pretty straight forward, yourself! Plus, can knit cats. Those could help with diplomacy, or something.
1. I believe I will.2. I believe they do, but not any funnier than say, the average Minnesotan.3. I speak English, French, Pig Latin, Uthaga (kind of like Pig Latin), and Minnesotan. I will hire a translator for Alaska and Alabama. I have at least 3 translators identified for Cold Spring, as they have a unique dialect which differs slightly from traditional Minnesotan, at least thats what alot of fellows say.4. Additional blouses are a mandatory item for my staff. I will issue a presidential request for a bra with straps that don’t stray. They will call it the Star, after my favorite restaurant…and finally, Phil? He has it all going on. He’s running in 2020, when I am collecting millions on the speaking circuit.
Can I vote for you? Mom
If only our politicians could be as candid and fun as you! You got my vote!!
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Turn the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.
Sometimes love will pick you up by the short hairs…and jerk the heck out of you.
I said to myself, I have things in my head that are not like what anyone has taught me – shapes and ideas so near to me – so natural to my way of being and thinking that it hasn’t occurred to me to put them down. I decided to start anew, to strip away what I had been taught.
Fresh clean sheets are one of life’s small joys.
Have you ever observed that we pay much more attention to a wise passage when it is quoted than when we read it in the original author?
We require from buildings two kinds of goodness: first, the doing their practical duty well: then that they be graceful and pleasing in doing it.
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What would you have spent a million dollars?
Can not wake up until noon. Why?
I want the space! How much does it cost?