It may be that I'm the only one who notices that every single presidential candidate running for office is "working on his plan for America's financial health"... except Herman Cain. The secret plans are getting a little old. When you announce that you want to be the leader of the free world, shouldn't you already have a plan?
Call me old fashioned if you will. (h/t Dale for the graphic, right)
The odious, coercive politics of 'pass the bill so you can see what's in it' is at the same time what we're seeing with the presidential field - none of whom want to come out with anything out of fear that it won't be popular.
America has seen Obama's plan and we know that it didn't work. By extension, we know that his new plans (more stimulus, more debt, more spending) won't work any better than his last one has. The hope and change fizzled and nobody in Europe is planning on pushing for another Nobel Prize or any other reward for Obama. He was acclaimed for the color of his (father's) skin. That's about as far as it's gone. Even though a black man can be president, we still have affirmative action and all of the welfare vestiges of Johnson's Great Society.
Secret Plan Example: We know that Obama and friends had a plan to institute tough gun control in America. They would sell guns from America secretly to narcotics mafia members in Mexico and then have the Mexican Army seize them and demonstrate that there was a NEED for gun control. However, the secret plan didn't work.
What I don't want to see is a field of Republican presidential candidates who all have 'secret plans' for America's economic recovery. There is no need for a secret. TELL US and we'll make up our minds for ourselves.
Explaining to me that you are working on a plan that I'm sure to like is not enough! Suggesting that once you're in the White House, you're going to unveil your new plan -- is a secret plan.
One parting shot: I hate the idea of a national VAT (Cain's 9-9-9) and would rather see a flat income tax of somewhere around 18% for EVERYONE who earns money in America. No deductions for anything. However, I'm sure that a lot of you will take exception with my suggestion.