The Sum of the Parts…

The Sum of The Parts…

The saying goes: “The Whole is greater than the sum of its parts”, but if you don’t change the core ingredients, the whole may be different, but not substantially. The change that is necessary to alter this destructive path we are currently watching unfold is a wholesale change to the ingredients list. I have mentioned a few upcoming election races and cautioned to look closely at the candidates and attempt to ascertain what they hope to change, and how.

In some cases, people won’t care. The person previously elected is so abhorrent, any candidate will do. Case in point, Trump. For all the Trump lovers out there, there are many who simple despise the man. It has nothing to do with his policies, they hate the man. TDS is real. I have seen it first hand. It takes smart, rationale people who are excellent at developing and defending a position and turns them into blustering lunatics.

In other cases, the candidate is simply disliked or not trusted enough which leads people to vote for the other person. This is what happened, in my opinion, with Hillary. People I knew were as viscerally opposed to Hillary as other people are to Trump. People are trying to find change, but without success. I would say this distaste for the other guy(s) also applies to the first time Obama was elected. The second time was all Romney, remember this gotcha moment in 2012. This was what he said when he thought the microphones were off:

There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for Obama no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.

He was lambasted by the press for this comment and instead of doubling down and telling them to prove him wrong, he retreated. It was and is clear. Our policies have created a dependent society. As more and more money is required to maintain this “standard of entitlement”, the number of viable solutions narrows. Greater tax rate, fewer benefits or more people paying taxes. Choose your medicine.

As candidates emerge, they may be better than the catastrophe they are running against, but this does not suggest they will make changes to improve policies. Ask questions, find out where they stand. If they stand for everyone, great, ask them where will they cut the first ten billion. Since the budget needs to be trimmed (read hacked) to the tune of several hundred billion, the first ten should be an easy question. If it is not, perhaps this new candidate is not dissimilar to the existing one.

The changes needed are going to be painful and to quote a current meme: “Stupid should hurt”. There is no way out of this mess without some people being hurt; the stupid has been going on for far too long. Make certain the candidates will defend the working class as solutions are proposed.

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