shostakovich wrote: A pox on all of them.
Understandable. I posted a while back about the Supreme Court ruling which rendered the concept of the Social Security "lock box" unconstitutional. Yet, every few years we hear politicians promising us just such a 'lock box'. Now, either they know the 'lock box' is unconstitutiona, and are lying to get votes, or they don't know it is unconstitutional, in which case they need to be educated.
Ross Perot, for all his faults, laid it all on the line for us. There was no discernable B.S. in his presentations. I didn't agree with him, but I applauded (and still applaud) his approach: Buy an infomercial and lay it all out in black and white. I proposed this idea to the Republican Party years ago, to no avail. I doubt I was the first or the last to suggest it, but it didn't fly. Sen. Obama tried the approach last night, but I neither believe he was being honest nor liked his proposals even if they were.
The problem, I suppose, with my approach is that it presumes that the party has a unified platform: most don't. The party platforms are more like guidelines, I suppose. Some candidates running under the party banner agree with most or, rarely, all of the platform. Some only part of it. Some, it seems, believe in none at all.
Newt Gingrich's Contract With America
was a stroke of genius, IMHO. He laid out what the Republicans would do if the people would give them a majority. They did, and they did. Not all of the contract passed, but that was never promised, only that they would present them on the floor, which they did.
I wish the parties would lay out their agendas each election year in a clear and concise manner:
We're the Republicans - this is what we stand for and this is why. These are the bills we'll propose, these are the measures we'll oppose.
We're the Democrats - this is what we stand for and this is why. These are the bills we'll propose, these are the measures we'll oppose.
We're the Libertarians - this is what we stand for and this is why. These are the bills we'll propose, these are the measures we'll oppose.
and so on and so forth.
It would turn the electoral system upside down, IMHO.