By Wilton Hollins
If the presidential elections were tomorrow I would probably stay home. Neither of the presidential candidates have impressed me post the primary rhetoric. I’ve yet to hear proposals to solve issues that are front and center with most Americans; primarily the high cost of gas which has caused a ripple effect throughout the economy.
I will admit though if the congressional elections were tomorrow, I would be the first in line to vote for anyone but the incumbent. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House promised the American people in 2006 that congress would present an energy policy that would reduce the high cost of energy…a gallon of gasoline was about $2.39 then. Well since 2006 congress has delivered over sixty hearings and has subpoenaed hundreds of witnesses and provided zero legislation – and I don’t expect anything from congress this week because they are on vacation fiddling as Rome burns.
Go ahead pick either presidential candidate, can anyone tell me how he plans to: stem the rising cost of feeding your family, stabilize the housing markets, bridle oil speculation that’s artificially driving up the price of gasoline, become energy independent in the near future, not 50 years in the future, secure the borders, stem the proliferation of nuclear weapons, bring peace to the Middle East, develop equitable trade policies that will benefit the American worker, address the high cost of healthcare access, and oh yeah find Osama Bin-Laden? Don’t worry I’ll wait. These issues plus a plethora of others don’t appear to be on the front burner of the campaigns.
What I do hear is whether John McCain’s military record qualifies him to be president and if Barack Obama is patriotic enough. What I should be hearing instead is how they plan to “…form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…”
Until then, I vote for a third party.