Division and Classification
You could be the next presidential candidate! Sound good? You must file papers with the Federal Election Commission to run. You also have to pay the nominal filing fee charged to candidates entering the New Hampshire primary. That doesn¹t sound so difficult. Anyone who can accomplish these two tasks may run for President. Usually, some unlikely people do. This year, the candidates include people from Phil Gramm to Jack Mabardy(Who in the world might he be?). Only a few people have a genuine chance of winning the coveted office, others could win if the world knew them, and still others ( I am convinced) run for our amusement.
Clinton, Powell, and Dole have a decent chance at the Presidency. President Clinton remains the only democrat running. His experience and prominence will aid him in the 96 election. He spouts many unique, interesting ideas. For example, he realized, ³We¹ll never get everybody¹s income up until we educate everybody.² Clinton is full of brilliant revelations like, ³Racial diversity is our great meal ticket to the future if we can figure out how to get along and how to lift each other up.² His bits of intellect might be useful if he proposed solutions to the obvious problems he presents. Bob Dole, a republican candidate, has already done some work on welfare reform. He recently passed a bill which allows the state to create programs that will move people from welfare to work. His reform plan will effectively lower welfare recipients by requiring able-bodied people to work, single-teen parents to stay in school, and limiting welfare to five years. Dole knows what he wants to accomplish and has innovative ways of doing it. Powell has a large cult following and would be a great candidate. His only problem: he hasn¹t decided to run yet.
Arlen Spector believes the government should be ³limited, but not uncaring or a do nothing government.² His ideas sound good, but vague. Some of his ideas seem slightly less indecisive. He says American women should be free to make their own reproductive choices. Senator Phil Gramm also has a remote chance at the office. He vows to balance the budget and cut government spending and taxes. He is well known and says what people want to hear. He would be the ideal president if he could carry out his ideas. Dick Lugar wants to eliminate the IRS and improve the economy. He has a lot of amazing goals, but lacks practicality.
And now we have : ³the few, the proud, the obscure.² Remember, anyone can run for president. Irwin Schiff knows how to present a good image. He even wrote a book about avoiding the inconvenience of paying federal taxes, I fought the law and the law won. Well, I¹m sure his policies on reducing the national deficit would prove interesting. John Safran, a man old enough to remember World War One and model T cars, would provide an interesting addition to the ballot. He does have that experience thing going for him. I wonder if he, like Reagan, looks at the books beside his bed and calls them trees. Tennie Rogers resides in Tulsa, where she (Yes, we women have a representative!) bakes cookies for her grandchildren and preaches good old republican values. Fellow women, don¹t rejoice yet. We will have to wait a while longer for a female president. Unfortunately, Tennie only received twenty votes in the New Hampshire primary.
Everyone running has their good and bad points. A lot of the candidates¹ successes will depend upon them being known. The voters will have to choose between three realistic choices: Clinton, Powell, and Dole. The three have shown their intelligence and problem solving techniques. They have definite opinions on the country¹s problems and how to solve them. The rest of the candidates will have four more years to bake cookies or fight the IRS.
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