The Arizona GOP primary will take place on August 28. Among the offices candidates are seeking, is the US Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Jon Kyl. Four men are running for that nomination, but two are way ahead: sitting congressman Jeff Flake and Mesa, AZ businessman, Wil Cardon.
Cardon’s campaign sent out a video of a recent debate held here a few days ago, which I watched this morning. The contrast between Flake and Cardon couldn’t have been more stark. Cardon attacked Flake’s record in support of amnesty, the “dream act” and etc. In his response, Flake resorted to legal technicalities followed up by accusations against Cardon. In his response, Cardon sounded like a person one could communicate with on a colloquial level. That is, one could easily understand his position and his approach. Flake on the other hand, sounded like the urbane and banal attorney that he is, aloof and carefully evasive: a perfect “creature of Washington”.
In watching the thing unfold – and no, I won’t bore you with the details of their conversation – I saw both the problem with the Republican Party and the solution. Flake is all about Flake, his power structure (he’s a McCain/Kyl disciple) and maybe a lot of his old clients from his days as a lobbyist. You see, Flake is lawyer who was also a lobbyist prior to going to congress. He represented special interests, the intent of which is always to secure advantages for them, which means by definition, that the American people – or other parties also citizens – become disadvantaged. He believes in such advantages, apparently, and it’s okay with him if what’s good for his client, say, isn’t good for the American people. His campaign ads are full of half-truths, deceptions and innuendo. That’s the Republican Establishment. That’s who they are. In Flake’s appearance, I saw clearly that he would quickly become an Establishment good ‘ol boy, only now in the senate where he’s fixed for six years. His “solutions” will be just about as good as the “solutions” Republicans have been handing us for twenty years – more government, more debt and less freedom.
Cardon, by contrast, spoke as a businessman, saying one of his greatest assets was that he had no prior government service! Whereas Flake visibly reddened (How dare he!) when Cardon revealed Flake’s record of promoting amnesty, Cardon stayed completely cool handling Flake’s allegations that, as a 2% owner of a chain of Subway stores, the stores had hired illegals. Well, with a 2% stake, Cardon is hardly a hands-on manager/owner. Cardon went on to explain that when the stores found out that some were illegal or questionable, they corrected the paperwork and fired people as necessary. He went to say that they should never have been there seeking employment in the first place and what had Flake done about that? Flake was blasé about our debt while Cardon pointed out that if a business owed 12 trillion dollars and cut the debt by 5 trillion, they’d still be bankrupt and out of business.
The one, Cardon, came across as a totally believable, regular guy who was very sharp and poised. Cardon’s passion showed. Flake on the other hand, came across as a stuffed shirt, coiffed professionally and trying very hard to be “cool”. Again, in contrast, he seemed almost passionless. I had the idea that he was thinking “I’m really above this little debate and certainly above these other people, but I’m going to do it because a man in my position, with my authority, has to do this for the little people. And besides, I’m going to win the election anyway … my SuperPac and our $5 million tells me so.”
So watch the resumes. Twenty four of our forty seven current GOP senators are attorneys. Attorney is an honorable profession, and necessary, for sure. However, in combination with public office and little or no meaningful private sector experience, it’s a recipe for legislative disaster. Vote for the guy who doesn’t have that sheepskin. Further to that, several years ago something going on in banking led me to research the resumes of all the members of the Senate Banking Committee. I think that only one had any experience as a banker and most had no meaningful private sector experience in their resumes. This is how we get legislation which kills jobs, stifles finance and cripples our nation’s economy. The people who introduce such legislation for the express purpose of wrecking the economy are opposed by people who don’t know that the proposed legislation will have that effect.
So ask yourself, how can people who have never held “real” non-government jobs in a responsible position, who have never had to meet a payroll or who have nothing but book-learning under their belt, understand what things mean in the real world when they vote on them? Answer: they can’t. So, when you vote for a congressman watch that resume. They might end up in the senate one day.
(If you’d like to see what I mean, here’s the vid you can peruse: https://www.geticontribute.com/wilcardon/initiative/gop-debate)
August 18, 2012