Substance Over Style

Surprisingly, none of the candidates seeking their party’s nomination for president (or any other elected position) have meaningfully addressed two of the nation’s most imposing problems.

While their rhetoric is long on delivery style – from squawking and honking to shouting and braggadocio – it’s been short on message content.

Leave it to the Blog format to begin to redress the glaring absence and gaping vacuum in substance.

Among the nation’s perennial, most vexing problems are two. More often than not, they’re kicked down the road in the dim hope they’ll belong to someone else. They won’t, of course.

Vigorous foot skill may go a long way toward enhancing NFL or MLS candidacy, but falls short in satisfying presidential aspirations.

By turning to stereotypes, though, solutions can be found.

Viewed frequently as something vicious, unfair, demeaning and the kind of global generalization as to be self-refuting, most stereotypes possess at least a grain of truth. Regardless of how microscopic the grain once was.

Energy and the national debt, much discussed since the late 1960s and early 70s have resisted both viable solution and an elected policymaking champion with the chutzpah to advance the solution.

Every Sunday, all across the nation, men sift through the newspaper’s advertising flyers and announce: “Oh, Quaker State motor oil is on sale. Think I’ll get a case.”

Men insist upon perpetuating the myth that all that oil will someday find its way into their cars when they change the oil in the backyard.

This will never happen. Ever.

Because quick-oil-change places have been invented.

And because no man today owns an oil filter wrench.

Now to the nagging matter of the national debt.

Nested at the bottom of every American woman’s purse is hundreds of dollars. All in change.

Pennies mix shamelessly with nickels, while dimes confuse themselves with quarters.

Everyone knows this.

Yet women persist in complaining about how heavy their handbags are – simultaneously demanding their husbands and boyfriends hold them as they try on one outfit after another.

Here, finally, the solutions.

First, all motor oil containers housed in American garages that have gone untouched for more than 12 months must be taken to the curb for pick-up, later to be employed in resolving the petrol problem.

Second, every 12 months, women must dump the contents of their purses with all currency deposited in the nation’s piggy bank.

Problems solved.

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