I just finished watching a debate between Jean Schmidt and
Paul Hackett, the two running for the 2nd congressional seat of Ohio.
After seeing this, I really see the even darker, and more blinded side of the
Republican ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Jean Schmidt.
Paul Hackett, who returned from Iraq this past spring, was
stationed in Fallujah helping to train Iraqi forces. As a Major in the Marines,
he has the inside perspective we need in Washington when it comes to this war.
He identified the problems facing the troops when it comes to training the
Iraqis and has suggestions on how to improve them.
Jean Schmidt on the other hand does not agree with her
opponent. She feels all Mr. Hackett is doing is parroting the Democrats points
of views on the war. She says this while continuously mimicking the PresidentÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s
address to the nation verbatim. She feels we are doing everything right and Iraq
is on course. Of course the fact that she attends the funerals of local fallen
soldiers makes her an expert on this matter, as she indirectly stated on
Hardball Friday Night (see the clip at
Crooks and Liars).
The most ironic part of the entire debate was on the issue
of social security. Paul Hackett sees a system that isnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t broken but rather
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œbentÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â. He feels the biggest improvements would come in more responsibility of
our government not to use social security as a ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œslush fundÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â. He also stands firm
on the ground that the cap should be raised on social security since every
American has an obligation to its people.