This is clearly a futile exercise for me. Your OP premise that we are definitely worse off now is flawed in my view. Fortunately, the entire economy
didn't completely collapse in early '09. Unfortunately, avoiding collapse has given the opposition a window to criticize the recovery. Which yes,
there has been a recovery.
1.) Obama is friendlier toward China. Building a cooperative US-China relationship now is essential to how this century plays out. The era of
unilateral dominance is over. The sooner we accept China as an equal(or at least near) world partner, the lower the risk of eventual clash.
2.) First four years were clean up. I say allow the next to decorate the place. It just doesn't make sense to me to give someone a job of initial
crisis management, and after crisis is generally averted, give the job to someone else. Once again, the economy did not collapse to the point many
feared and projected in '08. Maybe too much was spent, but is a fireman concerned about saving water when a building full of people is burning? The
debt, despite what the opposition would like to say, remains manageable long term. It's a 30-50 year problem. Without the massive stimulus spending,
maybe it's a 20 year problem but maybe we're at 15-20% unemployment and the DOW is at 6,000.
3.) The Democratic party has a superior vision of the American future, in my opinion, as shown by priorities. I don't like a Federal Health Care
system, but I would like a state public option. I think renewable energy is incredibly important and the GOP platform of directing energy toward
natural gas and offshore and stripping funding from renewable might stagnate development and give America a backseat in what will be a booming
industry in 30-50 years. No, I don't like how many receive benefits. But our society needs to provide assistance to the poor, sick, elderly, and
disabled. And the general population is horribly slacking. That's a good example to set by the Fed.
Balancing the budget has to combine increasing revenue with decreasing spending. Long term, low tax rates should be the goal. But there are payments
to be made and the wealthy can afford an increase in payment, as can corporations.
I'm voting for Obama, but grudgingly. I want to localize and reduce the burden on the government by promoting higher individual responsibility. A
culture change is needed more than a government change. Well, both go hand and hand really. People must see themselves as the government and take more
responsibility and increase participation in general society. The current Democratic party has a more clear platform and strong priorities despite
faulty implementation. The Republican party is too religious on some issues, and frankly more anti-Obama in rhetoric than pro anything. Republican
ideology at it's purest is a better example for the individual and community and I agree with many of it's premises. But, unless they come out with
clear plans for the transition from national to local with regard to social security, health care, and poverty assistance, then I have to take the
Dem's for now.
I don't see four more years of Obama as equaling collapse. I believe he is a superior diplomat and without the demand for political posturing this may
show through. Opposition has all of their talking points on that topic, and I'm not completely convinced either, but I'm cautiously optimistic about
Obama making significant progress in international relations. The debt will be pretty ugly after those four years, but it can be manageable and noone
is going to demand collection on it in the next ten years. Too much would be at stake in the interdependant global economy. Unemployment can easily be
down to 6.5 in four years.
The Republican party is seen as much more aggressive by foreign nations and things now are a little hot.
I'd love to be a Republican, I'm all for individual initiative and local over national. But they have to put out a better, more specific product and
eliminate some of the elements that are seen as extreme by many.
And Paul Ryan is not a VP. Maybe 8 years from now. That's not a deal breaker, though.
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