I was thinking last night about what goes on daily with President Trump. It seems every day there is something new being brought up in an effort to, for lack of a better phrase, put him in his place. I was thinking about all of those commercials I recall years ago where the young boy or girl are told, “And one day you can grow up to be President of the United States”, and I realize, no. No you cannot. Oh certainly someone will have the job. But unless you have been groomed by either political party, or if you were born to a family of some means, the odds are really stacked against you. And even if you did somehow manage to pull off some grass roots effort, and got voted in, the entrenched political machine would chew you up and have you for dinner.
I am sure not many of you remember Ross Perot. He ran as an independent in 1992, actually got 18.9% of the popular vote. If anything, many will just recall that he was a billionaire, was short, and had a funny voice and big ears. And that was the image that was used to discredit him as a viable President. Do you want to know what his political views were?
He was seen as socially liberal and usually focused on his fiscal policies to keep support during his campaigns. He has supported abortion, supports gay rights, is in favor of stricter gun rights and increased AIDS research. Perot believes taxes should be increased on the wealthy, whilst spending should be cut to help pay off the national debt. Perot also believes capital gains tax should be increased, instead giving tax breaks to those starting new businesses instead of those ‘just shooting dice on Wall Street’ and states in his book ‘Not For Sale at Any Price’: “We cut the capital gains tax rate from a maximum rate of 35% to a maximum rate that got as low as 20% during the 1980s. Who got the benefit? The rich did, of course, because that’s who owns most of the capital assets.
Perot denounced Congress for its inaction in his speech at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on March 18, 1992. Perot said:
This city has become a town filled with sound bites, shell games, handlers, media stuntmen who posture, create images, talk, shoot off Roman candles, but don’t ever accomplish anything. We need deeds, not words, in this city.
And yet he received 0 electoral college votes. I think he is absolutely right. Washington is filled with rich boys and girls that have lived their lives in lifestyles that many of us will never see. I recall a documentary about the children of some of the most wealthy in the United States, like founders of Johnson and Johnson, Rockefeller, etc. And the father of one asking his son. “What do you want to do with your life?” He suggested maybe getting into stamp collecting, or some other collecting hobby, or perhaps you could even try running for political office. Becoming a Congressman, or Senator, even President is something that many of these people do, because they can. They play with Billions of dollars where we stress about buying enough food for the week, paying our electric, our mortgage. They play with money on paper, and our lives. To them quite honestly, running the United States is just a real life version of The Sims.
Every day I see the comments, did you see what Trump did? Can you believe he wants to cut the spending for this, wants to increase spending for that, he wants to take away my health care, he wants to kill 2 million people. I honestly do not believe he is Pol Pot. I doubt he wants to see people die. Like anyone that is put into that chair, he is in charge of figuring out how to make 326 million people happy. And has to look at how irresponsible those in Washington have been over decades. Here is what whoever takes that chair was faced with on day one.
On January 26, 2016, debt held by the public was $13.62 trillion or about 75% of the previous 12 months of GDP. Intragovernmental holdings stood at $5.34 trillion, giving a combined total gross national debt of $18.96 trillion or about 104% of the previous 12 months of GDP.
The debt is more that the previous 12 months of Gross Domestic Product. Decades of putting up plans and ideas for projects, or to help people out, to defend other countries, to be the worlds police force, to chip in for every world wide program there is has a bill. Would a bank lend you money to open a business if you owed more money than you would make in a year? Of course not. We have had decades of politicians that come from life styles where they have never had to work for anything unless they wanted too. And have a history of, just borrow the money, we will worry about it in 10 years, 20, 30.
So thinking about it, let me amend my title from No Virginia, you cannot grow up to be President, to No Virginia, you really don’t want to be President. Be a child, be a child as long as you can. Go out and play, have fun, make friends, soon enough you will be an adult, and being an adult is very scary, and can be very depressing, because most adults behave like spoiled little children, that have had their favorite toy taken from them. Enjoy the life of a child, worry not about what you want to be some day. Certainly you can dream and imagine, but the reality of that choice is far from the dream job you may think it is.