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          My good friend, a fiercely loyal conservative Republican, stuck out his right hand to shake mine. “Is it a bet, or what?”
          I shook his hand and said, “You’re on.”
          “Okay, ‘Mr. Independent,’ we have a bet. You’re betting that Obama will win the election and I say Mitt Romney will be our next president.”
          “That’s the bet. Let’s make it for ten bucks, okay?”
          “Yup, ten dollars it is. Come the day after the election I expect you to hand me ten dollars in cash. No checks. No IOU’s.”
          And so went my bet with my good friend.
          I’m betting that President Obama will win reelection and be president for another four years. I don’t think the election will even be close.
          I’ve listened closely to what Mitt Romney has to say and I can’t find definitive answers to our country’s problems. Mr. Romney complains about the unemployment figures and says it will be fixed if he is elected. He also complains about the deficit, the war in Afghanistan, the standing of America in the world community, the schism between Democrats and Republicans, the lack of achievement in Congress, global warming, immigration and a proposed tax increase on the rich.
          He has mocked the president’s approach to correcting the problems of America, but he hasn’t provided us with concrete examples of how he would correct these national ailments.
          I’ve been waiting since early in the new century to see a bold, new approach to the correction and improvement of America’s issues. I’m still waiting.
          When George W. Bush was president he greatly increased our nation’s debt with outlandish spending, had two political parties that can barely speak with each other, the creation of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and a deficit that will be almost impossible to rein in during two or three lifetimes.
          Barack Obama campaigned on the promises that he will get the Republicans and Democrats talking and acting together for the good of the country. Wars will end. The deficit will be brought under control. The “old” politics would be a thing of the past and spending will be reined in and Americans will be back at work. Perhaps four years is not enough time to accomplish all of these goals. Perhaps.
           I don’t see much change between the George W. Bush years, the first four Barack H. Obama years and what four years of Mitt Romney would bring.
          What looms ahead for either Mr. Romney or Mr. Obama is the hardened positions between the two parties. What we need is a “real” second party. Republicans offering constructive, conservative programs on key issues. America needs a Republican party that offers logical, realistic, strategic compromises that will advance their own interests as well as those of the nation.
          Without a Republican party that offers intelligent, realistic and cogent ideas and programs the nation will continue to dawdle. We need a Republican party that rethinks its fundamentals. America is faced with enormous challenges and the current crop of Republicans is not offering realistic solutions to our problems. Criticizing the office holder is not going to get America on the move.
          Republicans need to create a platform that will result in improving our nation’s infrastructure, better our children’s education, limit government, improve our private-government relations. Republicans, as well as Democrats must work together to lower our long term debt and entitlements. We will have to reform our tax structure to raise more revenue.
          It is time for the G.O.P. to stop just being a radical group of obstructionists and return to being conservative. We need conservative fiscal policies, immigration policies, fiscal policies and that all important public-private policies – not just obstructions, endless fault-finding, niggling and carping.
          Our country needs an insightful debate performed by men and women of intelligence. America needs a thoughtful, judicious and realistic second party offering ingenious, well-thought-out programs from the Republican party and its candidates.
          And, unless Mitt Romney and his fellow Republican party members create a wise platform come November 7th I will be ten dollars richer.
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