Trump for president? What's so funny about that?
Donald Trump is giving the Republican establishment cardiac arrest. It is trying to destroy his credibility as a viable presidential candidate in 2012. It is easy to see why: Mr. Trump is soaring in the polls. Over the past month, the billionaire real estate mogul has catapulted to the top of the prospective GOP field, closely trailing former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
One of the convenient things about having a lot of money is that you can have a lot of fun that the rest of us can't afford.
American businesses are not able to add enough jobs to offset growing unemployment. Americans who once took pride in what they produced know only too well what happened to their jobs. "Made in China" (or other countries) is stamped on just about every product. We do not make much of anything in this country anymore. When Ross Perot used to say, "That giant sucking sound you hear is the sound of American jobs going abroad," he sure was right. America's manufacturing is gone. The pending trade agreement with South Korea will contribute to that "giant sucking sound."
The difficult national discourse on ethnicity, terrorism and race jolts forward every so often, blasted by dangerous incidents or startling opinions, then ramped up in the hypersensitive press echo chamber. Juan Williams was the catalyst this week.
After two years of the Obama agenda and ever-waning Obamania, looming midterm election losses are crushing Democrats' hopes of keeping their party's control of Congress, numerous governorships and statehouses.
The theme of this year's election season is simple: Stop the spending now. The federal government needs to stop adding to its budget and stop funding new programs. Current expenditures should be rolled back. That's the message sweeping America's heartland.
Critics have accused the Tea Party of everything from racism to radicalism, but they miss the larger point. Tea Party adherents are angry mostly about the size of government and its mounting debt. The movement, at its core, expresses a deep and widespread dread about what is in fact a real problem that neither political party has been willing to address.
With several seasoned politicians seeking the Libertarian presidential nod, members of the nation's largest third party are hoping to fill the void among voters disgusted with Republicans and Democrats.