Trump/Clinton Presidential Debate

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As have an old TV and I don’t have cable or a TV or converter box, I went over to Marv’s to watch the first debate between Trump and Clinton as I had a feeling it wouldn’t be run or the mill one and I was right.

It is probably the oddest, yet weirdly engaging debate since the 1988 Vice Presidential between Lloyd Bentsen and Dan Quayle, what I refer to as the “Bentsen and Hedges” bensondebate as the fellow Hoosier didn’t really answer some of the questions put to him, most famously after Tom Brokaw brought back around the unanswered question of what he thought his qualifications for the Presidency would be and he compared his 12 years in the Senate against John Kennedy’s 14 years before coming President when Benston replied with his now famous quote:

“Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy.

This debate was like watching a political version of Jerry Springer.  Even in the above picture from the TV set, Hillary has the same look on her face as some of those women that are on Springer that starts taking off their earring and handing them to their nearby cousin or sister as in “Sheniqua, hold my earrings!” before she goes on the attack.  There were parts that were calculating on her part where she set up a verbal honey trap for him to walk into to make him look too unpolished and too much of a loose cannon to be the leader of this country then sort of smile and grimace when he did.  Other times she blinked a lot and she seemed flustered and trying to hold back the contempt and anger.

He seemed to be the same throughout with no apologies for anything, which makes him seem more transparent, which is why I think he garnered a following in the first place.   15 years ago if someone told me Donald Trump would be running for President for real, I would laughed.   His biggest asset seems to be he knows smart people and knows how to utilize them.

I can’t say either of them really won the debate, although when she got her jabs in about him filing bankruptcies and paying taxes he turned it around about how he came back from the bankruptcies and that he hadn’t paid taxes made him smart (in that he figured out how to use the system to his advantage).   He got his jab in about he would produce his tax returns when she produced the deleted emails.

She would keep referring people to a fact check website where she would have her people dispute different statements, but I think that weakened her position as most people won’t and would have preferred to see her deal with the questions head-on.

The big losers were the Moderators, that were not able to keep either candidate on schedule despite their best attempts, and we the American people, as neither seemed to have a clear plan.

His plan to Stop and Frisk” doesn’t give me warm fuzzies – would think there should be for just cause, not “just because”; think the situation and circumstances should warrant it…who will decide when it warranted?

Her plan for free college will just dummy down a college degree; people do not appreciate things they have not had to work for.  I would prefer mandatory life skills classes in Junior High and High School like we used to have with a basic business class where you learn how to balance your checkbook and make out a budget, understanding personal finance and credit cards, understanding insurance,  a Home Ec class where you learn basic food prep and how to cook basic meals along with basic first aid, child care, and general home repair/maintenance.

Her plan for free college will just dummy down a college degree; people do not appreciate things they have not had to work for.  I would prefer mandatory life skills classes in Junior High and High School like we used to have with a basic business class where you learn how to balance your checkbook and make out a budget, understanding personal finance and credit cards, understanding insurance,  a Home Ec class where you learn basic food prep and how to cook basic meals along with basic first aid, child care, and general home repair/maintenance.  These are skills nearly everyone will need as an adult but get rarer as budgets are cut.

We did have a gifted brain surgeon in the running at one time (Ben Carson), but this is what we have to choose between now.

 

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