onPresidential Candidates: Division and ClassificationYou could be the next presidential candidate! Sound good? You must filepapers with the Federal Election Commission to run.
You also have to pay thenominal filing fee charged to candidates entering the New Hampshire primary. That doesnt sound so difficult. Anyone who can accomplish these two tasks mayrun for President. Usually, some unlikely people do. This year, the candidatesinclude 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, otherscould win if the world knew them, and still others ( I am convinced) run for ouramusement. Clinton, Powell, and Dole have a decent chance at the Presidency. President Clinton remains the only democrat running. His experience andprominence will aid him in the 96 election. He spouts many unique, interestingideas. For example, he realized, “Well never get everybodys income up until weeducate everybody.
” Clinton is full of brilliant revelations like, “Racialdiversity is our great meal ticket to the future if we can figure out how to getalong and how to lift each other up. ” His bits of intellect might be useful ifhe proposed solutions to the obvious problems he presents. Bob Dole, arepublican candidate, has already done some work on welfare reform. He recentlypassed a bill which allows the state to create programs that will move peoplefrom welfare to work. His reform plan will effectively lower welfare recipientsby 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 andhas innovative ways of doing it. Powell has a large cult following and would bea great candidate. His only problem: he hasn’t decided to run yet. Arlen Spector believes the government should be “limited, but notuncaring or a do nothing government.
” His ideas sound good, but vague. Some ofhis ideas seem slightly less indecisive. He says American women should be freeto make their own reproductive choices. Senator Phil Gramm also has a remotechance at the office. He vows to balance the budget and cut government spendingand taxes. He is well known and says what people want to hear.
He would be theideal president if he could carry out his ideas. Dick Lugar wants to eliminatethe IRS and improve the economy. He has a lot of amazing goals, but lackspracticality. And now we have : “the few, the proud, the obscure. ” Remember, anyonecan run for president. Irwin Schiff knows how to present a good image.
He evenwrote a book about avoiding the inconvenience of paying federal taxes, I foughtthe law and the law won. Well, I’m sure his policies on reducing the nationaldeficit would prove interesting. John Safran, a man old enough to remember WorldWar 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 inTulsa, where she (Yes, we women have a representative!) bakes cookies for hergrandchildren and preaches good old republican values.
Fellow women, don’trejoice 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 candidates’successes will depend upon them being known.
The voters will have to choosebetween three realistic choices: Clinton, Powell, and Dole. The three have showntheir intelligence and problem solving techniques. They have definite opinionson the country’s problems and how to solve them. The rest of the candidates willhave four more years to bake cookies or fight the IRS.