When he announced he was running for President four years ago, I barely humored my friend. All he would succeed in doing, I warned, is to live forever as “the economist who ran for President.”
He would be buried in that sound bite. The media wouldn’t even see him as the amazing economist he is. Our news media wouldn’t treat him seriously, I warned. For one thing, he didn’t have money behind him and TV, at least, is all about the money. Newspapers don’t do too badly in Presidential election years, either. Basically, the media are part of the problem.
Equally important, he wasn’t on the ballot. And even if he was on the ballot, the political duopoly that mismanages our country gets 99 percent of the votes. So why bother?
But I’ve changed my mind. Consider: In a nation of 320 million people all we could muster was 17 inadequate Republicans and 2 questionable Democrats. Really? Is this the best we can do?
So far, thanks to the infantile vulgarian, the person whose name should never be mentioned, we’ve had a virtually content-free election year. And since the person who won’t be mentioned annihilated the other 16 Republican candidates with mere facial expressions and finger pointing, we can be pretty sure that whoever wins the Democratic nomination won’t add any substance between now and election day.
Surely our wonderful country can do better.
Which brings me to professor Laurence J. Kotlikoff. He’s running for President, again, because he believes we need to discuss, and understand, the issues we face as a nation. Like the person who won’t be named, he’d like to make America great again. He’d start by making sure we don’t hand a debt-racked wreck to our children and grandchildren.
More important, he isn’t making it up as he goes along or offering the same-old, same-old, which is our apparent choice today. He has actual plans, grounded in years of experience and research. He’d put in place programs what would guarantee that our government could fulfill the promises our witless politicians have made.
How’s that for change?
I first learned about Kotlikoff through his academic research about fifteen years ago. What impressed me was his desire to see all sides of every issue and to find equitable solutions. I liked his heart as well as his mind: one of his early research studies was a survey. He wanted to know what factors could assure a person of care in old age? (Answer: marry, have at least one female child. Hope that she lives nearby.)
Kotlikoff seeks the wisdom of Solomon while our politicians would happily cut a disputed child in half.
I learned more while co-authoring three books with him. MIT Press published two: “The Coming Generational Storm” (2004) and “The Clash of Generations” (2012). Nobel laureates endorsed both. They outline the true economic condition of our country and detail how and where our politicians have lied, miss-represented, miss-understood or obfuscated on vital programs like Social Security and Medicare.
But don’t take my word on anything this important. Learn and decide for yourself. Visit his website (www.kotlikoff2016.com) and note what he says on the opening page:
Write Me In
But Don’t Send Me a Penny
He wants our votes, not our money. Then download his free book. It’s a PDF file with 129 short pages. Read it. It’s the content we’ve been deprived of by the vulgarian. And, trust me, its all straight talk, not econo-speak. Here’s a sample from page 3.
“These issues are too serious for politics as usual. But that’s what the two parties are offering. Their candidates… come with massive baggage, supersized egos and visceral contempt for opposing views. That would matter little if they understood our problems and how to fix them. They don’t. They spent the primary season mouthing sound bites, not hard truths or real answers. This helps explain why both candidates are exceptionally unpopular.”
Along the way you’ll learn how Kotlikoff would bring jobs and investment back to America, how he’d fix Social Security, Medicare and health care, and what he’d do to make everyday Americans safe from too-big-to-fail banks. And, yes, how he’d fix our stinking swamp of a tax system. You’ll also learn why North Korea is a bigger threat than Iran.
Kotlikoff could open the door to change wished for by so many people.