reply to post by BrieBird
Yeah, as you can probably see I'm a bit torn. Obama's foreign policy showed a clear shift toward China in '09 but he seemed to pull back after
currency manipulation allegations made it politically questionable. I think he is the better choice to develop that relationship going forward. I also
think Obama is a better choice in handling the Middle East. I am voting primarily on international policy because I feel domestic issues are more in
the hands of the people and congress than the president. The one field where the executive has a stark influential advantage is foreign policy.
I think Romney's a pretty good candidate, but some elements of the Republican party concern me. I think they are a bit too aggressive in cutting
spending short term and favor religious views too much.
Regardless, there won't be drastic change with either candidate because there most likely won't be a super majority. I wouldn't have a problem with
Obamacare being repealed, and think it should eventually. But I also don't have a problem letting it stand for four years and seeing the effect.
It's a difficult election for me as a young voter and relatively new to political interest, but my state is safe Dem anyway. I'm more inclined toward
local politics where I will be voting for more than one Republican that will probably end up losing.
My main political motives are increasing the individuals responsibility in the community, decreasing lobbying, and somehow increasing awareness of the
flaws in the two party system. The two parties are way too uniform within. There's no reason why nearly every official that favors market regulation
should also be pro-choice.
Edit: Should be noted that TARP was Bush administration and supported by both parties. Also, there was some success in green energy stimulus projects.
More success may come in a lag effect as a lot of that money went to R+D and young companies.
edit on 10/3/2012 by PatrickGarrow17 because: (no