It is difficult to remember now why exactly I became a Republican. I remember in high school, thanks to peer pressure, supporting the moronic Jimmy Carter. A few short years later, after joining the military, I realized what a putz Mr. Aforementioned Moron was. My support turned to the Original Governator, Ronald W. Reagan. It was then and there (even though my dad was a life-long Republican) that my political philosophy was forged in the fires of Democrat-Socialist-HELL. I became a small government conservative.
Since then, we have been subjected to out-of-control spending, and the growth of the Nanny State. Cutting taxes creates revenue, Bush and the GOP got that right. But rather than using the increased revenue to grow us out of our deficits, and national debt, which would, in turn allow for the eventual elimination of those taxes (since they would no longer be needed), the GOP joined with Congressional Democrats in growing the Nanny State, just with a whole new Suckling Constituency – the Middle Class. After 28 years of Republican domination in politics (the little bit that Democrats controlled anything was overshadowed by their acquiescence to the GOP agenda; e.g., Clinton’s support of Welfare Reform), the largest recipient of the government largesse is middle-class America.
Even the talk today about education, college loans, health care, mortgage bailouts, etc. all center on how Nanny Washington is going to help the middle class. Both Obama and McCAin are talking about middle class tax cuts, and more benefits for the middle class. It will never end until the federal government completely controls our lives. Benefits which are handed out by the government are no benefit to our society – it erodes our infrastructure, and corrupts our citizens.
There is a difference in this election, however. Both candidates, as mentioned above, desire to give more entitlements (including lower tax rates – supposedly) to the middle-class, but Obama wants to penalize those who are creating the wealth in this country. McCain’s desire is to cut taxes on those Obama wishes to punish.
McCain has also promised spending cuts – that was the main reason that he opposed Bush’s tax cuts. He knew that once these politicians got more tax revenue, they would find new ways of spending it – so he insisted that any tax cuts be matched by spending cuts. This is something that he will do as the new president. Obama, on the other hand, will increase spending by 100s of billions of dollars. This will only create more national debt, and encourage the politicians to increase taxes (which Democrats think will raise revenue – they are wrong).
We have a choice this Tuesday. Larger government and higher taxes vs. Limiting government and lower taxes. Endless regulation and loss of liberty vs. Proper regulation and increasing liberty. Using war to help his Muslim friends vs. attaining victory and getting us out of the war. The choice is clear.
Vote McCain, November 4th.