The debate Wednesday night was a pretty good one filled with the usual half-truths we've come to expect from the Republican and Democrat politicians. It did prove informative, and at least in one case, thought provoking. I'm referring to Romney's portrayal of the Federal Government as "trickle-down government". Considering the thousands I send in a year and the direct benefit I receive in return, I couldn't agree more. It definitely reminds me of the "trickle down" benefits of increasing the tax-free income of the Wealthy and waiting for it to find its way down to me. They get mucho moola and I get the pennies they drop on the floor!
As to Romney's proposal for a voucher for Medicaide, I like the idea really. He is right, when Big Business is forced to compete for their money, they find ways to lower their costs in order to compete on the open Market. Government has no competition and therefore no real motivator to cut costs or improve service. Your local DMV in a major city is a perfect example.
All in all, Romney came off as relaxed and in control. He didn't spend a lot of time hemming and hawing around when answering questions or stating his goals. There were few "uh's" while searching for "the right words" to express his thoughts. He came across as confident and he had his so-called "facts" organized in his mind. Too bad that he resorted to half-truths instead of sticking to true facts. Had he done so, he would have won many more points with the voters who watched the debate.
Obama, on the other hand, spent a lot of time searching for the "right words". His facial expressions came across as being pissed-off with the looking down with a frown on his face most of the time. Obama began with a confident tone expressing himself well in his opening statements but as the debate dragged on, it was apparent that he was having a difficult time expressing his version of the so-called "facts" . Even his body language at the end of the debate came across as irritated. One can only wonder if he knew he had been beat and exactly when it was he realized he was losing. From all appearances, it came early on, and continued throughout most of the debate.
All in all I would rate the debate as a "Win" for Romney on style, attacking of his opponent weakest points, and overall apparent confidence.;and a "Lose" for both candidates on presenting hard facts. I'm hoping Obama will be a little better prepared in the next debate and that BOTH of them will put honesty first and foremost since actual FACTS, not talking points, are what we need to make educated decisions in the polling booth.