Saturday, October 11, 2008
Who will I vote for?
In presidential elections, I always vote Republican. In state and local elections, it's been a mixed bag. In this year's presidential election, I don't know what to do. I don't think either one of these guys understands what is happening to us right now, and I haven't seen anything from either one that gives me confidence they can deal with an economic meltdown successfully.
But, I have to be fair. No one person possesses all the knowledge and skill to fix this situation. It wasn't created by one person overnight, and it won't be fixed by one person overnight. Let's be fair: It is going to take a team of the best and brightest, and they better be able to communicate effectively, with integrity, so at least the fear that is present in the market can go away and give the world time to deal with the situation at a fundamental level. I want to know NOW who those people will be. I need to know who will have your ear on economic matters. So, Sen. McCain and Sen. Obama, here's how you can get my vote:
Put together your economic and financial team NOW. Behave as though you are already elected. Who is your Treasury Secretary? Who are your economic advisers? Who will administer the bailout plan?
You don't have time to wait for the election, then take two and a half months to decide on the team and begin the transition. You need them now, and they need to be attached to their counterparts in the Bush administration at the hip. I need to see that your team is qualified and prepared for what they will deal with.
In football, the more mature players will tell the flamboyant rookies this about how to behave after a touchdown: Act like you've been there before.
The guy that gets my vote is the one that starts behaving today like he has already won.