With so little of substance being offered up in presidential-candidate rhetoric, a lot of people are tuning candidates out.
But just look at the kinds of things they're saying on the campaign trail when people tune in .
In Iowa, Bill Richardson was touting his proposed national health care plan, and how he has made room in it for "holistic and spiritual medicine," according to The Wall Street Journal . He spoke to a small gathering in Des Moines:
"In my state, New Mexico, we've got more holistic healing than you do. I appreciate that kind of medical care. I appreciate dietary supplements. I appreciate oriental medicine. I think we have to open up health care delivery and access. You know how the doctors are. They want to keep it to themselves."
The issue of alternative medicine aside, think about those last two comments:
"You know how the doctors are. They want to keep it to themselves."
To him, physicians have some nerve, apparently. They barrel into the world of health care armed with years of professional training, just so they can treat ill patients and encourage healthier lifestyles. How dare they!
If some people think a particular branch of alternative medicine will improve their health, they should be free to choose that route if they wish. The government, however, shouldn't have to subsidize that quest.
Over at the Hillary Clinton campaign, the New York Daily News reported from New Hampshire, high oil prices will drop evidently at the mere sound of the senator's voice. Says the News:
"When the world hears her commitment at her inauguration about ending American dependence on foreign fuel, Clinton says, oil-pumping countries will lower prices to stifle America's incentive to develop alternative energy.
" 'I predict to you, the oil-producing countries will drop the price of oil,' Clinton said, speaking at the Manchester YWCA. 'They will once again assume, once the cost pressure is off, Americans and our political process will recede.' "
But that's not really how it works when it comes to oil. Countries themselves don't just "drop the price of oil."
When we see TV footage of all those burnoose-clad sheikhs gathering for an OPEC meeting, they're gathering not to set prices, but to set output. From there, the oil is sold in the free market. Supply and demand take it from there, among other economic factors. Oil-rich nations perhaps influence the price indirectly, but not to the point that the price can change at the drop of a "Hillary for President" campaign hat.
Are these kinds of remarks passing for sound reasoning these days on the campaign trail? No wonder groups of voters are throwing up their hands.