By Patricia L Johnson and Richard E Walrath
The day was set back in 1845 when it was determined by Congress that the election for U.S. President and Vice President would be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. That means the 2012 election will be held on Tuesday November 6, 2012, roughly 450 days from now or a little less than 1 year and 3 months from now.
Are we, as a country, really prepared to hear the ugliness for another 450 days?
Governor Rick Perry has formally been in the race for the White House for less than 72 hours and already he is suggesting that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s actions would be considered close to treason, in his opinion, if more quantitative easing were to take place.
At a Monday appearance in Iowa, the Texas governor took aim at Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke for taking actions intended to boost the economy out the worst recession since the Great Depression.
“If this guy prints more money between now and the election, I dunno what y’all would do to him in Iowa but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas. Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treasonous in my opinion,” Perry said when asked about his views on the Federal Reserve.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has kept this country from going into a major depression with the policies he has implemented since the major recession began in 2007. His efforts should be applauded, not criticized. If it wasn’t for Chairman Bernanke most Americans would be standing in soup lines.
The correct form of address for a Governor of the United States is “The Honorable”, just as it is the correct form for certain members of Congress and others. There is nothing ‘honorable’ about certain members of the Republican Party who claim to be Christians, yet fail to understand the meaning of common courtesy and respect.
In the confines of their respective offices they can criticize anyone they choose in private, but nothing gives them the right to criticize the work others are doing in public, especially when they offer no alternatives. Their failure to respect their fellow man shows they are not worthy of being called President of the United States.
If half as much time and effort had been spent by Republican candidates on offering suggestions on creating jobs as has been spent talking about the deficit, we would have more jobs now and less of a deficit.
© 2011 Patricia L Johnson and Richard E Walrath