Noted Rihanna-disser and shameless plugger Gene Simmons appeared on Fox & Friends this morning, and after obligatorily talking up his new restaurant chain, Rock & Brews, the conversation moved to politics, which, like everything else, the KISS bassist has a definite opinion on. In regard to which way he was leaning in the presidential race, Simmons, who has made no secret of regretting his previous Obama vote, expressed these independent-minded thoughts:
"I'm American. I want both parties to appeal to me, and then I'll make my educated decision. Sometimes you're right, sometimes I'm wrong. In retrospect — hindsight's 20/20 — I have some real issues with the economy and how it's being done. America should be in business and it should be run by a businessman. That's my philosophy."
Though the U.S. government doesn't generate profit, the question of running it like a business is consistently broached in political discourse, prompting some wags to make unflattering comparisons to Bain Capital and its job-extirpating precedent. Simmons is a businessman in excelsis, so it's no surprise he would be a proponent of the America-as-business model. He said, "America is a business. If you can't afford to do something, no matter how much bellyaching everybody does — I'm so sorry, if you can't afford it, you shouldn't do it."
When asked who the better candidate between Romney and Obama was, Simmons replied, "Strictly speaking on the economy and in my humble opinion, Mitt Romney." (Romney's doing surprisingly well with the rock-star endorsements I must say, though Michiganders Ted Nugent and Kid Rock are to be expected. And he's got Foxworthy!) I'm beginning to think Simmons should just start an odd-couple political-consulting business with Alec Baldwin called KISS Intel. With a KISS logo of course.