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The Pot calling the Kettle Black

             Political candidates always argue over who makes more money, who pays more taxes, who’s telling the truth and who follows the rules.  This is done to attempt to hurt the opponents’ reputation and sometimes to even get that candidate to drop out of the race.  Most of these attacks occur during the beginning of primaries when there are a lot of candidates.  Usually the first punch thrown by candidates is pressuring other candidates to release their tax returns.  The next punch is usually consists of accusations and uncovered scandals brought to the light.  After these initial attacks are launched and a few candidates have dropped out, the attacks focus more on the actual political decisions of the candidates.  Every word, action and decision a candidate has ever made in his life is analyzed, criticized and bent around until no one knows what is true anymore.  I understood why candidates did this, but what I did not understand was why does this work so well?  By studying Government AND economics I have come to understand how social media blows everything up, how important the tax brackets are especially during a rescission and how impactful political primaries and debates are on a candidates future.

 “Who’s cheatin’ who, who’s being true

Who don’t even care anymore”

         More and more in recent elections candidates have prioritized their time in making opponents look bad rather than make them selves look good.  During this recent Republican primary, Mitt Romney was pressured by the other candidates to release his tax returns.  The other candidates wanted to use this as ammunition in an attempt to defeat Romney.  Romney eventually folded and released his tax returns, which showed that he had only paid a tax rate of less than 15% on $42 million dollars of income.  He was able to get away with this because of loopholes he had found; the tax rate is far less on investments than actual income that has come from a job.  It was also found that he had bank accounts in other countries to avoid U.S. taxes.  The other candidates did this in order to make Romney look bad, but he’s not the only millionaire candidate avoiding taxes.  Nearly all politicians pay about a 15% tax rate, because it requires wealth to run for office and is too time consuming to hold a job.  These means that the other candidates are most likely doing the same thing, but Romney is the only one who has released this detailed of a tax return.  By studying government and economics I have been able to look deeper than what the media tells me and form my own opinion that all of the candidates are hypocritical because they all find tax loop holes.

Another major punch that candidates throw at each other usually involves scandals and lies.  Candidates spend an enormous amount of money on private investigators to dig up the opponents past.  In this recent primary Herman Cain was forced to drop out due to accusations of him sexually harassing women in the 1990’s and having an affair.  This is just one example of how valuable these “one hit knock outs” can be to opposing candidates.

All candidates strategize and spend a great deal of time trying to get “dirt” on the other Candidates wit private investigators because it can drastically change the results of an election.  The ironic thing about this is that all of the candidates have secrets and no one is perfect.  So it all comes down to who can dig up dirt on the others the best… this is a prime example of the pot calling the kettle black.

  1. govandrewb
    May 16, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Bro, great reflection! The title was a great initiation for the post. It was very clever and got me interested in what you were going to talk about. You did a great job analyzing ways candidates attack each other and provided examples to back up your analysis. Your post got me thinking of all the ways candidates attack each other. I was enlightened to how attacking has become a big of a part of campaigning.

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