Flyover country may not be the battleground for the presidential election, but there are many lessons the candidates could learn from the Midwest.
Over Labor Day weekend, I traveled through South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. I found almost everyone I talked to held conservative viewpoints.
That shouldn’t come as a surprise, but I only speak in whispers about my viewpoints in my home of Philadelphia, a city dominated by leftists.
At a party, I met someone whose business card proudly displays his email address from reagan.com. At the same soiree, I talked with two old friends from high school. One of them is a prominent businessman in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The other is a pediatrician in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Neither one embraces the candidacy of Donald Trump but will likely vote for him given the alternative.
The businessman complained about the government’s heavy hand in regulating his huge enterprise, which started as a string of pharmacies and now has dozens of retail stores throughout the Midwest. He’s amazed at how ineffectively the government performs its duties and how it spends money without much planning. If his operation were so inefficient and costly, he said he’d be out of business.
The physician noted that his practice saw fewer patients because the doctors spent so much time meeting government regulations. He has to prescribe numerous unnecessary tests just to protect himself from lawsuits.
Both of them asked me why colleges cost so much to attend. The problem at my school and others, I told them, was similar to their complaints: excessive government regulation. The administrative structure has almost doubled in the time I started teaching because of government oversight and rules. Because of their inefficiency, some colleges may be pricing themselves out of existence.
The presidential candidates would be well served if they actually listened to the issues on the minds of people in flyover country. Whatever the case, I certainly felt energized by my visit.
Christopher Harper, a longtime journalist with The Associated Press, Newsweek, ABC News and The Washington Times, teaches media law. Read more at www.mediamashup.org
Katherine McClintock: [after walking out of her bedroom to find G.W. and Mrs. Warren at the bottom of the stairs] What’s going on here? George Washington McLintock: [Intoxicated, with Mrs. Warren sitting on his lap] Now Katherine, are you going to believe what you see, or what I tell you?
While I was traveling to Alabama for the WQPH Pilgrimage retreat at St. Bernard Abbey & the EWTN Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament yesterday interviewing business owners and monks, Hillary Clinton was on the campaign trail and reminded everyone why her campaign doesn’t like questions about her health:
Now I give her full comic marks for the “Every time I think about Trump, I get allergic.” line, but this can’t be a good thing the weekend that an FBI report came out with Mrs. Clinton claimed her inability to remember briefings was due to a concussion and reports that Dr. Drew lost his CNN show for questioning her health.
Now of all the reasons why I object to Hillary Clinton as a potential president her health is the one I blame her the least for, it is what it is and that’s likely not in her control, but what I CAN do is call out NBC for this pathetic attempt to explain this coughing fit away:
That last line is pretty cute as it is Mrs. Clinton her own remarks to the FBI that has produced evidence that she is unwell not to mention that the article itself said the following two paragraphs previously
The former secretary of state has suffered from coughing fits at times throughout the Democratic presidential primary, but has not had a public coughing fit recently. However the frog in Clinton’s throat on Monday was one of the most aggressive she’s had during her 2016 run and left her almost unable to finish her remarks.
So I guess technically that line was true, her opponents have not produced evidence that she is unwell Mrs. Clinton has through her own testimony to the FBI & this public coughing fits.
But of all the lines in this story the most comical one was this:
After the event, campaign aides attributed it to allergies. Allergens were high in Northeast Ohio on Monday, according to pollen.com.
Well, if allergens were high in Northeast Ohio according to pollen.com and NBC is going to report this as the reason for her cough and then provide evidence to suggest it’s not odd that she’s coughing due to the pollen count there is one obvious question I have for them:
Where are all the other coughers?
It would seem to me that if a news organization is going to give credence “oh it’s just allergies” line and backs it up with a pollen count there should have been plenty of other people in the crowd coughing, or sneezing etc. In fact given that allergies are pretty common and a large crowd at such an event (at least large by Clinton standards vs Trump standards) it’s inevitable that there should have been plenty of people in the crowd coughing up a storm just like Hillary and not only in the crowd but among the campaign staff and with the press corps.
So I’d like to know where NBC has the video of all the other people so overcome by the pollen count in the crowd coughing, wheezing etc due to the pollen count? I’d be delighted to see it and I’m sure everyone else would too, unless of course you are going to argue that the members of the general pubic, the press corps and the Hillary Clinton staff has access to anti-allergy drugs that are either unavailable or more effective than those available to a former first lady.
Closing thought: How much to you want to bet that the next time this happens a member of staff starts coughing for the sake of the “pollen count” meme?
Update: A great question on twitter as I announced this post as upcoming
@DaTechGuyblog Plus, she's been in the public eye for 30 yrs. Previous indications of "allergies"?
Hey it’s not like we have 30 years of Hillary clinton video to look for this stuff do we?
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