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Over 24 Political Topics and 80 Issues of Reform to Clean Up American Bureaucracy!  
by Stephen L. Rush

     
Premise For Reform

    When the President takes the oath of office, he swears to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States (Art. II, Sect. 1, Para. 9).   The Constitution is far more important than the office of the President, for without it there would not be a United States of America.   That document gives life and purpose to this great country.  
    Equally important is the Bill of Rights, the guarantee of how governance by this document is measured.   It is not sufficient to say that a new form of government has distinquished itself from the monarchy of England, but what kind of value this new government places on the people it serves.  
    From that perspective, anyone can say they can fix the problems within government, but the distinction is whether one actually serves the people they are sworn to.   For, any presidential candidate can declare that he or she has the best method to reform American government, but many fall short of being true public servants.  

Applied Quantum Politics


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2008 Presidential Campaign

Choose A Great Leader
    Americans desire a leader who is equipped to handle turbulent times and even cares about the people they serve.   One may recall California's Energy Crisis, the bankruptcy of Enron, 9/11 attacks, Quecreek trapped coal miners, Columbia Space Shuttle disaster, Northeastern U.S. snowstorms and blackouts, California and Arizona Aspen Wildfires, Indian Ocean Tsunami, Federal Budget record deficit, Pre-Iraqi war CIA scandals, and Hurricane Katrina.   Prior to these events, unprepared leadership slid under the radar of mediocrity and concentrated on making themselves look good.   Not anymore.  Now today's leaders have to resist getting broadsided by disaster, security, and issues of compassion.   Our leaders will be tested whether they have the internal fortitude to hold their ground during any crisis.  

Strange Turn In Politics

      Anticipating what lies ahead is not always a sure thing, even for a business strategist like myself.   Normally, one can use prior history to guage how the future events might sway, but not in the 2008 presidential election.   There are several dynamics to this election that are not merely different, it is a radical shift:
  • it is the first open presidential election in 80 years without an incumbant or apparent successor.
  • it is the first televised presidential election without clear favorites at the beginning of the race.
  • it is the first major election where the Republican contenders do not represent their party's core beliefs.
  • it is the first important election where the Democratic candidates do not represent the people they protect.
  • it is the first campaign that started a year early and will continue to be dragged on well into the convention.
On the other hand:
  • it is the first presidential election where a candidacy began on the site where refugees fled a hurricane.
  • it is the first truly internet-media based election where grievances were brought to the attention of lawmakers without the aid of lobbyists.
  • it is the first national presidential election where race and gender are not the issues, and quite simultaneously the top Democratic candidates happen to fill those shoes.
  • it is also the first presidential race where the fate of history has no candidate who understands the times in which we live, but at the same time all candidates are trying to exploit such changes in society and politics as the hallmark of their campaign.
Having said that, this is no ordinary bid for the presidency and this strange turn in politics must be treated cautiously.   It is not enough to merely report on this "turn in politics", but one must take a step back and ponder, "What in the deal is going on here?"   Without realizing it, America is facing more than just new faces on the stage: the stage itself has changed.
      In order for me to explain what all that means, I would have to tell you more than you are prepared to hear and more than I am prepared to write, but you can check out "The Fourth Turning" by Strauss and Howe, 1998.   However, a summary will suffice.   In sociologically technical terms, "this presidential election is a glimpse manifestation of Twoendism: the process where cyclical time reaches a pendulum climax that cannot be reversed and forms a new cycle in the original direction of its projected linear path".   Simply put in layman's terms, that means "nothing will ever be the same because it's all turned around, and while yet moving forward, our views have come face to face with a paradox that has forced us to reconsider old paradigms".   What has turned around is failed policies that stem from ideologies that no longer work.   For example, when President Bush said regarding Hurricane Katrina victims that people should not expect him to actually lift the hammer, Americans were torn between that and believing how government should do something.   Citizens of the United States have begun to grapple with political ideologies that affect every area of governance.   What was yesterday's standard of rallying speech is now today's disdainful rhetoric.  
      All these things listed above are mere external symptoms of what is really taking place underneath, and the sooner one realizes what is taking place then the sooner one realizes the 44th Presidency is going to be just one term - no matter who occupies the throne of the Executive Branch. Why that will become a reality is not easy to explain, except to point you to my articles on the "gauntlet of issues" both domestic and foriegn (see
Main Issues).   How we got here, though, is basic: there is a new generation that is not satisfied with the bread of yesterday's truth.   Our Republican President failed to provide lasting leadership, simply because he is not spontaneously inventive and can only rely on old world ideals and yesteryear's political tools, leaving his would-be successors to distance themselves from the fallout.   Disatisfaction has turned into defection of many staunch Republicans in recent polls.   Just as I have predicted, the Democratic nominees had to fulfill the role as change agents and unifiers when a tight race did not allow room for such maneuvering, and presumptive actions by members of the Clinton camp only appeared all the more insincere.   The American people are looking for their savior within the Democratic Party, and all eyes are on Obama.   The best thing for America and the survival of the Democratic Party beyond the 44th President is for Obama to select a business stratagist and scapegoat for the vice presidential slot, or select a cabinet among all the VP hopefuls - each according to their expertise - and rotate them in as co-presidents.   Given the predicted timing of critical issues, this cabinet of peers would look something like:

        Candidate   Major Platform   Critical Year   Cabinet Posts

        Biden        Justce/Humanty    2009     State & Justice Dept
        Rush         Economy/Hope    2010     Economy & NASA
        Clinton      Health Care         2011     Health & Education
        Gore         Environment         2012     Environment & Energy
        Edwards    Poverty               2009     Housing Dvlp & Labor
        Richardson Borders              2010     Immigratn & Homelnd
        Dean          Infrastructure      2011     Transportation & Vets
        Dodd         Budget/Privacy   2012     USTreasury & Comm
        Gravel        Resources      As needed DeptOtIntr & Agri

(Note: Out of pure hapenstance does my name comes up, as there is no one else according to my research who has as much of an extensive answer for the economy. There are several voices in economics and I do not trust any of them: 'Milton Freedmans' say the economy will correct itself, 'Ron Pauls' say the Free Market should not be stifled by government controls, and 'George W. Bushs' suggest giving tax rebates. I say the government needs to step in when citizens and businesses cannot "get their act together", but sufficiently to nudge them in the right direction without affecting other economies.)

It would not be beneficial for a third party to emerge out of failed policies of one party and failed actions of the other, but that's just me.   Whatever happens, as Boomers pass the baton to Generation X'ers, it will get interesting for sure.

      The following comparisons of candidates are based on the above understanding of the "Strange Turn in Politics".   The question is fundamental: "Do they have what it takes to be President?"   How that question is answered depends on the criteria.   The criteria for this publication is focused on their legacy as party unifiers, public servants, and policy inventors.   In the process they will be compared to the likes of Lincoln or FDR, and Gerald Ford or Martin Luther King Jr, and ultimately what they would do in preparation for the "Gauntlet of Issues" they would face if they became the 44th President.   Below is a critique of some of the front-runner candidates based on select issues that have come up on the campaign trail.

      Note:  Third party candidates are not featured because they would be running before the societal transition would empower the invitation.

    Democratic
    Barack Obama
   
    Republican
    John McCain
   
Barack Obama

This is a brief critique of the candidate's strengths and weaknesses, as well as character.   It is not meant to be exhaustive, but provides a glimpse of how they might react to a series of crisis.

Potential Running Mates
  • Evan Byah lost his own bid for election because he does not embody command leadership.
  • Tom Kaine has post-partisan appeal as a catholic, but on pro-life issues is a train wreck waiting to happen because he will not stay true to his party.
  • Joe Biden has the most has credentials, that is to say foriegn policy, and Obama stated in an interview in February that is not what he is looking for.
      In expectation of the gauntlet of issues to plaque the 44th President, none of these on the short list have crisis leadership background, and none of them have any real economic ideas.   In all honesty, I do not have an honest recommendation either - unless Obama were to pick an unknown that would be good for the country (out of pure concern for Americans struggling with the current economy).   But McCain, his opponent, would paint both of them so weak in experience that "business experience" and "transferrable skills" would get lost in the fastest PR backpeddling in history.   I believe in change, but does Obama?

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Economic Advisers

      As we reflect the days surrounding the election, the question remains what kind of economic leader Obama will be.   Obama has shown to pick leaders from several key economic positions with years of experience.   For example, in attendance at one economic policy meeting that Obama arranged for of Summer 2008:
  • Jared Bernstein, U.S. Labor Dept Deputy Chief Economist
  • William Bradley, NJ Senator
  • Robert Rubin, Treasury Secretary
  • Indra Nooyi, Pepsico Exec
  • Paul O'Neill, Treasury Secretary
  • Federico Peña, U.S. Transportation and Energy Secretary
  • Penny Pritzker, Finance Chairwoman for Obama
  • Robert Reich, Secretary of Labor
  • Eric Schmidt, Google CEO
  • Lawrence Summers, Treasury Sec
  • John Sweeney, AFL-CIO President
  • Laura Tyson, President's Council of Economic Advisers and National Economic Council Chairwoman
  • Paul Volcker, Fed Chairman
Other invitees that either were not reported as showing for this particular meeting on July 28, or were consulted by Obama at another time:
  • Warren Buffett, Stockbroker
  • Lael Brainard, Brookings Institution VP
  • Eli Broad, Broad Foundation Founder
  • Geoffrey Canada, Harlem Children's Zone CEO
  • Steve Case, Revolution Health and AOL CEO
  • Susan Hockfield, MA Institute of Technology President
  • Andy Stern, Service Employees International Union President
  • G. Richard Wagoner, Jr., General Motors CEO
If you'll take notice of the types of positions they've held, there is a fair representation of government economists and a smattering of other executives related to various pillars of the economy.   With the exception of Geoffrey Canada and tech companies, this lot represents much of the old politics.   I am not saying their expertise is necessarily bad, but their experience is somewhate dated.  
      This group gives an honest look at the choices that Obama has in mind for resolving the economic crisis.   Out of some of the advisers, it is apparent that some were chosen for their political clout and for not their contribution.   For example, the ties to union bosses are an obvious political gesture (for a Democrat especially), since the unions have not been able to successfully reinvent themselves in an economic decline.   There is an indication that some in this line-up are more prepared for the current economic trend than others.   For example, Rubin, Reich, Summers, and Buffett helped create the Reagan-era prosperity, while others still have faced some of the more recent economic woes such as tech stocks.   However, theirs is still not the vision of the future but merely what was learned the last several bumps in the road.
      Perhaps Obama is merely picking their brains for show, and then will use the information he has collected to abondon rear-view mirror thinking altogether and appoint advisers who actually know how to ride the current storm.   That scenario is unlikely and the American people will suffer the consequences of "what you see is what you get".   What do next-generation middle-class Americans see in this group?   What we do not see is the presence of innovators of our future, even though we do see some innovators of our time.   It provides an insight into the way Obama thinks, and at the very least he does want an economic cabinet that has shown to think outside the box at some point in the past.   That much is encouraging.  

Obama's Stance on Environment
  • Alternative Fuels: Has considered proposing 60 billion gallons of the fuel supply to be designated from alternative sources.  In other words, 2% of annual demand is lame.
  • Bio-remediation: Obama recognizes America has need of nuclear energy because other resources are limited.  However, saying that he doesn't know what else to do, is no different than the excuses of the Bush dynasty.
  • Coal: is willing to support coal-to-liquid fuels if their manufacturers produce 20% reduction in carbon emissions compared to natural gas.  Where is the incentive when 25% reduction is needed and the technological challenges have not been overcome?
  • Energy Use: has not even specified what % of skyscrapers should contain self-sustaining technology, nor how much new home construction should reduce their carbon footprint to.  We keep hearing about change, but don't see it.
  • Fuel-efficiency: is favorable toward increasing the current standard to 52 miles per gallon by 2026.  Simply a token gesture for any standard less than 50 MPG by 2012.
  • Greenhouse Gases: Wants cap-and-trade system to reduce emissions 80% of 1990 levels by 2050.  This sounds eco-responsible, but in reality trading carbon credits means someone else produces the same excess elsewhere and is not a realistic means of reduction.  In other words, a bunch of political talk.
  • Renewable Energy: Proposes that renewable energy should power 25% of America's electricity by 2025.  One must consider if that goal is even achievable in 15 years without subsidies.  Gee, that doesn't sound like much of a plan.
Potential
  • Obama is a concensus builder.
  • His message of hope and transition is fitting for a new generation.
  • Newsweek reported in mid-July last year, "Rush also recognizes that Obama has a rare ability to work comfortably in different worlds.  Barack has that capacity to move in and out of privilege and power."
Contentions
  • Obama has captured the message of change, but has no platform to accompany it.
  • He told his top advisors he would not go negative, but used opposition research against Clinton in a recent debate.
  • Barack Obama is quite intelligent, but does not know how to use that to his advantage and comes across as unprepared.
Legacy
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt was a President who made necessary changes relatively quickly, but Obama has shown resistance to personal transition.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. embodied the cry of the poor and oppressed, and although Obama has not specifically identified with the poor, he sees Clinton as an obstacle to progress on the racism front and what is now the new generation's turn.
  • Sadly, Barack does not have New Ideas to deal with the Gauntlet of Issues coming upon this nation, merely new dreams.
Overall
      Obama has several skills that are useful in recognizing when change comes, but does not have the experience to know what to do with it (See
Current Issues - Ethics).  





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John McCain

This is a brief critique of the candidate's strengths and weaknesses, as well as character.   It is not meant to be exhaustive, but provides a glimpse of how they might react to a series of crisis.

Potential Running Mate

      In expectation of the gauntlet of issues to plaque the 44th President, only one on the short list has crisis leadership: Mitt Romney.   In all honesty, I do not think McCain and Romney would get along, but Romney is McCain's "Economic Ticket".

  • Mitt Romney has a strong work ethic.
  • He believes strongly in family values.
  • Romney saved the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake from financial ruin.
  • However, he tends to compromise on legislation and lacks useful negotiation tactics.
  • Alienates core constituency of Evangelicals by not caring if religion matters to them.
  • Has selective policy record depending on situation ethics (ie. pro-choice and pro-gay Governor of Michigan turned pro-life and sanctity of marriage as Presidential candidate).
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  • Alternative Fuels: Favors increases bio-fuels, but rejects providing any government funding for them.  The free market isn't cheap, but McCain is.
  • Bio-remediation: Believes whole-heartedly in nuclear power as a component of energy independence.  That independence will cause his home state of Arizona to glow with appreciation, being downstream along the Colorado River from Yucca Mountain, and all.
  • Coal: Thinks anything but conventional coal is full of it.  Of course, so are our lungs.
  • Energy Use: McCaain has never mentioned any policy that confirms or denies the need to reduce one's carbon footprint.  He must like the desert a lot.
  • Fuel-efficiency: favors an increase in vehicle standards.  However, since he hasn't bothered to set a goal, that could mean 0.000001% of a mile per gallon.
  • Greenhouse Gases: believes the industry should propose whatever cap and trade it feels most comfortable with.  Maybe the question we should be asking is what oil lobby isn't endorsing McCain?
  • Renewable Energy: has mentioned that use of more renewable energy should be explored, but McCain has set no goals and no indication that he ever will.  Isn't real leadership supposed to face a challenge than to lie down before it?
Potential
  • John McCain has a better understanding of the military strategies being used in Iraq and Afganistan than any other candidate.
Contentions
  • McCain is spry for a 72 year old, but his health is a grave concern.
  • Voters remember his failings the last Presidential election and his slow start speaks to that.
  • It is difficult for him to distance himself from Bush's policies, because he has supported the President so many times.
Legacy
  • McCain does not resemble Lincoln in any way.
  • Gerald Ford represents a new political means, but a new path is not what McCain has in mind.
  • He does not just represent the old guard, he is the old guard and couldn't possibly be prepared for what is ahead.
Overall
      McCain has several skills that are useful in a war, but it will not help him on the domestic front regarding civil unrest and societal change.   Although not known whether McCain would or not, leaders with similar personalities (Hoover, Jackson) have launched pre-emptive assaults on people protesting peacefully due to the threat of unrest and rioting.





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  In attendance and positions they've held: Jared Bernstein, U.S. Labor Dept Deputy Chief Economist; William Bradley, NJ Senator; Robert Rubin, Treasury Secretary; Indra Nooyi, Pepsico Exec; Paul O'Neill, Treasury Secretary; Federico Peña, U.S. Transportation and Energy Secretary; Penny Pritzker, Finance Chairwoman for Obama; Robert Reich, Secretary of Labor; Eric Schmidt, Google CEO; Lawrence Summers, Treasury Sec; John Sweeney, AFL-CIO President; Laura Tyson, President's Council of Economic Advisers and National Economic Council Chairwoman; Paul Volcker, Fed Chairman.   Other invitees included: Warren Buffett, Stockbroker; Lael Brainard, Brookings Institution VP; Eli Broad, Broad Foundation Founder; Geoffrey Canada, Harlem Children's Zone CEO; Steve Case, Revolution Health and AOL CEO; Susan Hockfield, MA Institute of Technology President; Andy Stern, Service Employees International Union President; G. Richard Wagoner, Jr., General Motors CEO.   According to the top contrary economist Stephen L. Rush - who has the only comprehensive plan for the economy based on Kondratieff Wave theory, the Bank Bailout, or as it is also called, Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, is based on financial institutions having recourse for troubled assets, and of course the liquidity of banks is important to move money around, but not if Main Street cannot use it.   Troubled homeowners require financial stability as well, but as it is commonly understood American banks strove for the Senate's version of the bill, but you have to keep in mind the American economy now needs a Wall Street bailout, and the Troubled Asset Relief Program doesn't account for that.   When will Congress bailout Main Street? It is not certain how the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, or even the Committee on Finance, and of course the Committee on the Budget can account for additional funding without overburdening the already burdened taxpayer.   But you have to keep in mind Congressional support will have to come from the presidential candidates, as it is understood that Senator Barrack Obama, and the entire Obama campaign, with the support of Senator Joe Biden as his running mate, and of course including the top contrary economist Stephen L. Rush, along with the support of other democratic candidates may need to hold an early cabinet session to deal with the situation upon innauguration.   The Republican candidates comprising of Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin, and potentially Mitt Romney, do not stand a chance because the road to the whitehouse will not elect a president who makes rash decisions.   Aside from that, McCain and his team does not have a plan for the economy. So, it's a done deal.   Obama's economic advisers include: Jared Bernstein, William Bradley, Robert Burin, James Drew, Jok Koribe, Indra Nooyi, Paul O'Neill, Federico Perez, Joy Pritzker, Robert Reich, Eric Schmidt, Lawrence Summers, John Sweeney, Laura Tyson, and Paul Volcker.   About the trojan horse 2008 campaign for political reform and american social-political environment spectrum balanced supreme court representation but catastrophic disaster and clean up american bureaucracy and conservative liberal views for diffuse concentrated special interest and established political norm and legislating issues of reform of older schools of thought and presidential line item addition for constitutional public outrage and raising the legal standard because reform american politics bureaucracy and reinvent new political solutions and supported legislation when watchdog organization oversight.   john edwards senator barrack obama senator hillary clinton stephen rush trojan horse democratic party candidates It is easy to support a platform of political reform when one's reform policy creates government reform from a centrist methodology.   2008 campaign presidential election 2008 primary 2008 election 2008 presidential campaign The road to the whitehouse, with the 2008 presidential primary and the 2008 presidential election is all about presidential elections in the 2008 election, comprised of states 2008 presidential primaries and 2008 caucuses for 2008 presidential candidates and former presidential candidates who wish to run in 2008 as a 2008 presidential candidate for the 2008 presidential campaign as a 2008 presidential contender and the presidential bid in the national election for american politics to elect presidents.   senator john mccain mayor rudy giuliani mitt romney republican candidates republican party Many political races have elected president a democratic candidate for the democratic party, such as FDR who rush for reform and after 100 days rush campaign to fix the economy, his brush for president questioned his advisors. 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