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ELECTION: More specifics from both sides, please

Letter by Michael C. McKeller, Fircrest on Sep. 4, 2012 at 1:59 pm | 51 Comments »
September 4, 2012 2:02 pm

Great cartoon in Saturday’s paper by Chris Britt about Clint Eastwood’s strange performance at the Republican National Convention. Of course, I’m sure the Democrats will also trot out their share of celebrities (though probably younger and more coherent) to tell us why they think we should re-elect President Obama.

I’m writing this not to try and sway anybody one way or the other, but to share a personal wish – simply that both parties give us more pertinent information on which to base our choices. To date, there’s been precious little in the way of specifics, just more typical name-calling, fear-mongering and vague promises.

To both candidates, please, just tell us:

• How you’d go about fixing the economy/deficit (and show that your numbers are defensible and actually add up).

• How you’d address the huge social issues facing the country – from Social Security and Medicare, to “correctional” facilities jammed to overflowing and the dismal global ranking of our public education system.

• How you’d do all of the above while protecting our seemingly increasingly fragile planet.

That’s it – just give us specific information in ways that allow us to make rational decisions, informed by logic and reason, and not by which side’s celebrities or politically successful has-beens or wannabes we find most appealing in a five-minute convention-stage speech or a 30-second TV ad.

Is that too much to ask? Of course not. But sadly, it’s probably way too much to expect.

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