If my task was to write an article on why “Romney”… that would have been easy; but when you introduce LGBT issues and abortion it becomes quite a complicated topic that needs to be approached in a delicate manner.
First, no one will ever agree 100% with an individual candidate’s policies. As a proud member of the LGBT community, I do not favor Governor Romney’s views on abortion and gay marriage. Second, President and Michelle Obama have brought a very refreshing, distinguished public appearance to the White House unlike anything I have seen in my lifetime. Third, I believe we should cast our vote on what’s best for the country as a whole, not what is best for yourself individually.
The original goal of the federal government was to defend the shores, establish a system of currency, and to protect individual rights. Our forefathers had a strong belief that less government was a better government. Republicans emphasize the role of free markets and individual achievement as the primary factors behind economic prosperity and usually favor the promotion of personal responsibility over welfare programs. Democrats emphasize community and social responsibility and have generally favored labor unions, progressive taxes, and business regulation. President Obama, in one his ad campaigns, stated this election was “… a choice between two very different plans for our country.” I could not agree more!
The US is in the middle of the worst recovery since the Great Depression: over 43 months of unemployment over 8% and even worse, the labor force is shrinking with the current labor participation rate falling to 63.5%. Under Obama, the median household income has declined more than $4,000 annually and more people are on food stamps than ever before. Our national debt has now exceeded $16 trillion with over $5 trillion (31%) under President Obama. He has offered us no credible plan for improving the nation’s long-term fiscal health and we are heading for a financial disaster in 2013. But don’t just take my word for it; study Gerald Celente (www.trendsresearch.com), a well-known trends forecaster or other well-known independent economists.
Outside of killing Osama Bin Laden, Obama’s foreign policy record has been largely one of indecision and weakness. He’s aligned with some of our enemies and turned his back on some of our allies. Then there is Obamacare: over 2,700 pages of complex rules and regulations passed behind closed doors and which will cause massive tax increases over the next 10 years. Don’t get me wrong, I think we have a major healthcare issue in this country but his solution leaves a lot to be desired.
Obama claims he wants to strengthen the middle class and at first glance his policies seem to do just that. But when you look deeper, you begin to understand that government borrowing will become a tax hike on future taxpayers. Whenever the Fed’s zero-interest rate policy ends, there will be massive tax hikes and/or uncontrolled inflation which will devastate the middle class. It makes you wonder… Is Obama really pushing us towards socialism? Billionaire Thomas Peterffy, a socialist émigré from Hungary, is spending millions of dollars of his own money to educate the public on Obama’s policies. And let’s not forget that Obama himself admitted to attending “socialist conferences” and reading Marxist literature. His childhood mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, is a registered member of the Communist Party.
It’s time to face facts: the American economy is in desperate need of a turnaround. Romney, once of the most successful venture capitalists of the 80’s/90’s, has made his career in the private sector doing exactly that – turning around failing businesses. During his time at Bain Capital, he was responsible for building many of the companies that you shop at today including Staples, Domino’s Pizza, Sports Authority, and Brookstone. In 1999, Romney transformed the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics from being in the red into a national success. As governor of Massachusetts, he worked with the Democratically controlled state house to close the budget deficit without raising state taxes. Romney has a proven track record of success with both the private and public sector. Even Bill Clinton called his business record “sterling.”
Based on his state-led health reform, Massachusetts had the lowest percentage of uninsured at 4.9%. Romney believes that “compassion isn’t measured by welfare of food stamps but by the ability to lift people off welfare and food stamps The Obama administration loves to tell you about all the “inputs” they make to society: how much spent on Medicare, government bailouts, etc. I find it perplexing that we never hear about the outputs of this spending. How effective was the result of the spending?
Specific details of Governor Romney’s plan can be found on his website and I encourage everyone to read Mitt’s Five-Year. Romney will cut federal spending as a share of GDP to 20% by 2016 and reduce the US corporate tax rate from 25% (highest in the world). Romney would transform our debt by giving more choice and responsibility to individuals rather than bureaucrats for managing their Social Security and Medicare. When is the last time you had to deal with a government organization where you received prompt, efficient service?
At this point in the article many of you are probably yelling at me saying “but what about LGBT rights?” Well, you have a valid point. Let’s remind ourselves that it was only when Obama found himself in a tough reelection campaign that he “evolved” and supported LGBT rights, including gay marriage. Or did he? President Obama stated that he would leave it up to the individual states to decide. A State issue President Obama? Don’t we need to file “married” on our federal tax return? We need more than just LGBT, civil, and gender rights: we need basic individual rights!
It all boils down to one simple question: bigger government/less individual responsibility or smaller government/greater individual responsibility. I will leave you from a quotation from 2016: “America has a dream from our founding fathers… together we must perfect liberty and America must grow so liberty grows. Which dream will we carry into 2016?” It’s simple: we are spending more than we are making. It’s time to plug the holes and “drain the swamp.”