|How Astute Are The Republican Presidential Candidates?|
That is a very broad and open question, so perhaps it's best to segment it in response.
For example: are the republican candidates "astute" when it comes to economics and our economy?
Here's one person's views: "The Republican presidential field's embarrassing response to China's financial shock",
Here's how this one starts out: "It's hard to know how much economic sophistication to expect from the average politician. We're talking about massive impersonal systems of modern economies here, which isn't the ideal fodder for those who go chasing cameras to score cheap political points."
"That's a problem for presidential campaigns, where constantly having something to say for the cameras is more or less a requirement for the job. Yet even by that low bar, the Republican candidates outdid themselves this time."
"A slew of major and minor GOP contenders — including Donald Trump, Chris Christie, Scott Walker, Carly Fiorina, and Mike Huckabee — have all popped up to offer their takes on the turmoil roiling financial markets in China, America, and the rest of the world. And the degree to which they indulged in economically illiterate gibberish is striking, even for the GOP."
I would also offer this data to supplement the above discussion: in 2008, China overtook Japan as the US' largest creditor; "China is now America's largest creditor",
"America is the largest debtor nation in history. And given the economic weakness in the global economy right now, the debt load is likely to get worse. Recently, China surpassed Japan to become America’s largest creditor." Note the date.
What nobody is talking about now, however, is another switch: "Japan just passed China as the biggest US creditor for the first time since 2008",
"WASHINGTON (AP) — Japan overtook China in February as the top foreign holder of U.S. Treasury securities, a position Japan last held in August 2008."
"In its monthly report on bond holdings, the Treasury Department said Wednesday total foreign holdings of Treasury debt dipped 0.9 percent in February to $6.16 trillion, down from a record of $6.22 trillion in January."
It's always fun to bash somebody and there has been no shortage of that regarding China, just like there was no shortage of it regarding Japan before them; but does verbally bashing another country by a Presidential candidate mean they are "astute" economically? Is the bashing now going to switch from China back to Japan?
Isn't the real issue our economy, which is the largest, most complex, resilient and productive on the planet by far? Isn't the real issue the complexities of our economy and the ability to drive it? Isn't the real issue here about how Congress has done nothing - nothing - to create jobs, or expand our middle class (let alone dwindle it), or fund projects that put more Americans to work (think Roosevelt & New Deal) for example?
So, how "astute" are the republican offerings for President? Judge for yourselves, and this might be a good starting point.