Jay Fishman for President

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I have a very difficult time with politics.  I’m generally conservative and believe that government has to meet certain needs, but those needs have been clearly established in the Constitution.  For example, “promote the social welfare” is not the same as providing it.  The government is out of control in spending, size, and intrusion into absolutely everything.  Certainly, needs arise that were not anticipated by the Founding Fathers, but at every point, government takes responsibilities far beyond what is needed, and both Parties are and have been irresponsible in this fiasco for decades... just as a fawning press has chosen sides and vacated their essential role in educating the public by which the electorate is informed enough to choose their representatives and hold them accountable. 

There. Done with that rant.

But it’s obvious that other countries are faltering with economic conditions not unlike our own.  Maybe we’re “too big to fail” like the corporations we bailed out not long ago.  But we’ll need bailing out eventually, and by whom?

At times, the public has admired the appearances of candidates “outside of politics,” such as Ross Perot or Steven Forbes, or, more truly, candidates who haven’t sold their souls for Party supremacy and reelections for life.  But neither of those gentlemen had the personal charisma to persuade mass voters that they would actually make a good leader.

I think Jay Fishman has that.

He has a story, an American success story of very recent vintage.  He’s wealthy, so a portion of the electorate will hate him from the get go.  But he also cares and has the business acumen to consider and probe an issue, plan for it, and take action with a good measure of nimbleness. 

As an introduction, I’ve included a clip below that takes a while to listen to, dated sometime in 2010. 

What you won’t hear are platitudes, jokes to win an audience, name calling, or “advocacy” as he puts it.  What you will hear is someone speaking from the heart, without a speechwriter, without teleprompters, and without doubts, pauses, or filler words as he seeks to not offend or gain more ground.  It’s a straightforward narrative, albeit a lengthy one.   It’s the same earnestness that he uses with investors in his company, Travelers.

It’s interesting that based on the 2010 data that he uses, that our 2020 national debt is estimated to be $16 Billion and change based on CBO estimates.  It’s 16.7B as of today.  Click the link for whatever date you happen to read this.  The most recent estimate by CBO is that national debt will be $26 Billion in 2023, with very similar rosy assumptions that Fishman points out.

From 2010 to now is three years that Fishman has been an advocate for an economic reality check, coupled with a call for leadership.  Three years that in the political scheme of things that has had no influence over the President and Congress’ willingness to spend more.

Fishman passes my Presidential Prediction methodology.  Confidence, charisma, and smarts will do that.  But it’s time for him, or someone like him, to step up.

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  1. Coming from the opposite side of the political spectrum, I totally agree.