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The third Republican Debate is history, and this one was a bigger circus than the other two. In terms of entertainment, the ratings were excellent, and everyone is pointing a finger at the mess on stage. But, this was CNBC’s most-viewed event in the network’s history, with 14 million viewers, and advertisements were ringing in at $250,000 a piece. Even though everyone in the Republican Party was embarrassed by their performance, everyone took a full suitcase of money home.

When the first question asked by the narrators was to ask Governor John Kascich of what he thought of Donald Trump’s unrealistic platform, he told the truth, and everyone knew the fight was on. To begin with, the Republicans candidates don’t like each other, and the two front-runners have no record in politics. There are 1,300 candidates in America who have filled out paperwork for the job of president, and it appears that the majority of them are Republicans.

When Trump the front-runner talks about rounding up 10 million illegal aliens and sending them home, the majority of Americans know this thinking is illusionary and a joke. When Ben Carson, the second leading candidate in the race says on national television that his tax plan is to use the 10% tithing approach, there is something fundamentally wrong with his math, and his thinking for America.

The Republicans may be outraged with the questions they were asked in the debate, but they were generated by the answers and viewpoints of the candidates. When the third leading candidate Marco Rubio has missed 34% of his votes as a new Senator, and his personal finances is in shambles, the narrators have a responsibility to do their job and ask hard questions. When there are 10 candidates on stage answering questions, it is hard to maintain control and the Republicans is the problem.

From the very first debate Trump showed little respect for his colleagues on the stage, and now the Republican candidates want a serious debate with easy questions, like the Democrats. They fail to understand that news moderators develop their questions from candidates’ record, websites, and what they say during interviews. When your numbers don’t add up or your statements don’t make sense, the narrators have an obligation to hold the candidates feet to the fire.

The Republican candidates have decided to blame the chaos and confusion on the Republican leadership, and CNBC. But, maybe there is something wrong with the Republican Party, when most of their plans are unworkable, and they refuse to tell the truth about the president’s administration. When the president has 67 consecutive months of private-sector job growth and created 13 million new jobs, it is time to start with the truth.

The Republicans can continue to lie to America, and Trump and Carson can start a revolt in the Republican Party. But, they will continue to look stupid and place the blame on everyone, but themselves.

After all the foolishness on stage, the GOP has a tax plan that favors the rich and wealthy, and it proves they don’t care about the needs of the nation. They only want to cut taxes for the large corporations and the upper percentage of the income population says the Conservative Tax Foundation. All the GOP candidates are working for the powerful and wealthy, and Trump is working for himself.

On many different levels politics is a game and it is very hard to separate the truth from a lie. But, debates give the voter insight on what the candidates stand for, and if they can think quickly on their feet. When Republican presidential candidates give silly answers, they must expect more silly questions.

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As Congress concludes its business for the 111th session, the “Bush Tax Cuts” will determine if taxes are raised, and hundreds of thousands of people are impacted by the loss of unemployment insurance. The Republicans and President Obama have made a deal that the Obama administration can work with, and they believe it is good for the country and our depressed economy.

President Obama is aware that the new Congress will have a majority of Republicans in the House, and it will be necessary to negotiate and compromise. As a pragmatic statesman, President Obama is reaching out an olive branch to let the Republicans know that he is listening, and he is their friend.

He is aware that there are ideological and core differences in their philosophies, but the goal is to make America better for all Americans. The president is ready to make concessions to move forward the committee meetings and debates. There are going to be intense discussions on the direction the new Congress will take, and the Republicans in the House possess the votes to have their policies accepted.

Nevertheless this week in closed-door meetings, the Democrats made it clear to President Obama that they are not in support of the tax deal he made with Republicans. The words “Just say no” were the new mantra being espoused by many of the Democrats. They felt that President Obama was changing boats in the middle of the stream, and they were angry and upset.

Many Democrats believe that the wealthy are in a position to pay higher taxes to help improve the economy. If the tax cuts are extended for two years, it will cost the economy $120 billion that it will be missing in tax revenue, and over 10 years it will impact tax revenue by $800 billion.

I have no idea how the Joint Tax Committee comes up with its numbers, but it was my understanding that extending the tax cuts were only for two years. President Obama’s plan according to most economists, is supposed to boost the economy. At the end of the two years, the administration and the Congress would sit down again and make an assessment of the economy and determine what direction to take.

At this point by extending the tax cuts, the administration would increase the money supply, reduce consumer uncertainty about raising taxes, and continue keeping the consumers spending money. In order for the economy to grow, it is necessary for the consumer to spend more money, and help put more Americans back to work.

President Obama understands that in politics, there are no permanent friends and there are no permanent enemies. In order to arrive at a compromise, everyone must be willing to give up something. Everyone has a wish list, but they understand at the end of the day they will only get a portion of their demands and wishes.

The tax cuts end on December 31, 2010, and the Democrats can be stubborn and refuse to compromise, or allow the wealthiest two percent of Americans keep their tax breaks. By letting the wealthy have their tax breaks, millions of Americans will continue to have unemployment insurance, and millions of Americans will not have to worry about their taxes increasing.

The Democrats need to get on board and support the “Obama Tax Cut Deal.” The Senate Democrats are on board but the House Democrats are angry and grand-standing. Many of these Democrats will not be back in the new session of Congress, because they lost their election.

It is my hope that the House Democrats support President Obama’s Tax Cut Deal, so everyone can go home and have a wonderful and healthy holiday.

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