GOP Debate in Milwaukee
Posted: November 13, 2015
I've been fascinated by the diversity of candidates who are running for the Republican nomination for President. As I watched the GOP debate Tuesday night in Milwaukee, I found it interesting that so many different personalities were on display. Don't worry: I promise I won't review every one of the 15 Republican presidential debates, but this week's debate is worth a few comments.
DONALD TRUMP: For the most part, The Donald was fairly contrite. Although he received a couple of "boos" from the audience, he is hell-bent on putting up a fence to keep out illegal immigrants. He also has a lame-brained idea that we could deport up to 11 million illegal aliens out of the country. I would shudder at the thought that Trump would run our foreign affairs. He still seems too much like a loose cannon to me.
BEN CARSON: He touted his 10 percent flat tax proposal and had some interesting ideas on how to deal with Iraq. But, I keep wondering if Carson is starting to fall asleep as he speaks.
MARCO RUBIO: He has some thoughts on repealing Dodd-Frank, the bill that Congress approved after the recession that bailed out big banks. He also forwarded some ideas about how to eliminate ISIS. He proposed a higher child care tax credit and a pro-family tax code.
JEB BUSH: He calls ISIS our biggest threat and was much more forceful than in previous debates. He predicted that his tax plan would provide four percent growth in the economy and a corporate tax rate of 20 percent. I especially liked his immigration reform plan.
CARLY FIORINA: "Take the government back" was her mantra. She believes if government went to zero-based budgeting and made health care available through the free market, instead of through ObamaCare, the country would be better off.
TED CRUZ: He also offered a 10 percent income tax and an increase in business and corporate taxes by 16 percent. He believes the retirement age should be raised gradually.
JOHN KASICH: He wants to balance the budget like he did when he was the governor of Ohio. I visited his website and although I was not a very good math student, his ideas make sense.
RAND PAUL: He proposed a 14.5 percent flat tax and 14.5 corporate tax. He condemned the Federal Reserve and wants to lower taxes and let the free market work its magic.
I watched a bit of the earlier debate for the undercard candidates. In my opinion, Chris Christie won that debate hands-down.