All of the Republican candidates for president agree that our Barack Obama-led country is in a big mess, but Donald Trump has captured the issue with voters, announcing that he will make us great again.
But the real problem for the Republican Party is not Trump. It is that the party’s primary theme is not true. The stock market is volatile and ISIL rampages, but the U.S. is not in big trouble.
Our economy is one of the strongest in the world. We lead in world-class innovative industries like GE, IBM, 3M, Google, Amazon, Facebook, motion pictures, etc. Rising domestic oil and gas production is creating thousands of new well-paying jobs. Major foreign companies, like Germany’s chemical giant BASF, are locating new plants in the United States, helping to create nearly a quarter million new jobs per month.
The much-maligned Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is adding nearly a million uninsured people every month to the roll of those with health insurance. It is not the job killer that Republicans have claimed.
There are still many large unsolved issues that Democrats and Republicans ignore as they focus on stolen voter lists, shoe styles, and bathroom breaks. Social Security and Medicare need major fixes, as too few younger workers support an aging population. Our neglected infrastructure has a growing repair bill. Unequal income distribution and the related education accomplishment gap are not getting much campaign attention. The national debt rises by trillions per year.
We have the assets to tackle those problems if we have effective and focused leadership. Finding that leadership among the current crop of bickering candidates in either party is a challenge.
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