Mr. Fu noticed the last post was some time ago. It is funny how life events can all conspire to drain away your free time, like someone pulled the stopper on the tub. And do children today understand that simile? There are some things that can pass away without much loss, bath tub stoppers are probably one of them. But time is precious and irreplaceable.
Speaking of precious, irreplaceable time, the Republican Presidential candidates debated last night. If we elected the Secretary of Homeland Security then Tom Tancredo would get my vote for that position. He was certainly on that message. “And how would you deal with the crisis in healthcare?” “I would close the border!” “How would you deal with the crisis in the price of turnips?” “I would close the border!” Mr. Fu likes Tanc, Mr. Fu likes his message, but he is just a bit more narrowly focused than Mr. Fu would want in a President.
Mr. Fu thought most of the candidates sounded weak and politiciany, and one was great on some issues and bat guano crazy on others (Ron Paul!). Fred Thompson was not as strong as he should have been, but he sounded a lot less socialistic than the non-insane candidates. There were lots of nibbling duck bits, like making everyone have health insurance and market protectionism, that turned the thing into mostly a debate among Democrats.
What the REPUBLICAN candidates (this means you Fred Thompson) should say when asked “What would you do about X?” is “Unless X is a interstate issue or an issue of national defense, as President I would try to get the Federal government out of the way so that the States and the People could solve X in the most efficient manner possible. Because it is not the Federal government’s job to handle X. Plus if the Federal government is involved then efficiency is not even a by-product.” The only one that really comes close to that is Ron Paul, but then he dives off into bat guano crazy land on half of the answers. Though with too many Americans being in the “cower in the corner, wait until I am shot, and hope the police get here to save me” mindset Mr. Fu does not believe that this message is sufficient to propel one to the Presidency. Hopefully Mr. Fu is, for once, incorrect.