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Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 11/02/2011

Truths candidates can’t utter

Ditto, Carter. I see your rant and raise you one.

Everything Carter says is true. President Obama did not get elected by promising to deliver the circumstances America faces today. He and the other candidates in 2008 pledged to deliver the opposite. But here we are. Clearly, something is very wrong. Not much appears to be making Campaign 2012 different from previous campaigns, in that current campaign strategies are not enabling or equipping those we elect to govern and solve problems.

We are in decline. It is easy to see it if you travel around the world, but congressional incumbents are attacked because of the “foreign junkets” they treat themselves to. Republicans can’t say we are in decline, in part because it seems unpatriotic to do so. Denial is preferable to ringing the alarm bell.

While we are at it, the truth is, a big part of our government revenue problem lies in that we have begun to rely on too few for too much. We don’t need fewer millionaires — we need more! Unfortunately, there is no meeting in Washington where millionaire creation is on the agenda. (I keep a mental list of meetings that don’t happen in Washington, and I will be talking about a few in the weeks ahead.) A specific example of our disconnect can be seen in Obama’s poll-driven faux populism about wanting to tax private jet owners. (Embarrassing disclosure: I don’t have one.)

Instead of constantly trying to get those fat cats, why doesn’t he hold a meeting to demand a concrete list of ten things the government can do to double the production of civil aviation aircraft in America? Figure out how America can corner the global market. What better manufacturing job could there be than civil aviation? What would the economic impact be? How many jobs would be created? But instead, pollsters tell our president and other candidates to be for the opposite.

Finally, I think all the televised debates that most of the candidates hate are good. The scripted ads and robo-calls let candidates hide, spoon-feeding selected voters in specific zip codes what they want to hear. At least the debates, especially those with effective debate moderators, force the candidates to prepare for and deal with “the inconvenient truth.” And, no, that was not a shout out to Al Gore.

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