Re: my choice for president
- I also voted for Kerry (early voting) after years of supporting a
different party, the Greens. I know that some of my Green friends are
ticked off at me for it, are you facing similar problems from
Republican friends, Tony?
I also for the first time ever voted for a Republican. In the past
I've voted for Greens, Democrats, Libertarians, and independents, but
never a Republican. The one I voted for is a local judge, Richard
Roman, who several Democrats I know assured me is one of the best
local judges. And I know from reading the paper that he is fair and
willing to allow investigation of the massive corruption in my city.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "tonymaloley" <am7788zz@m...>
> As a registered Republican, I voted for Bush in 2000. I largely
> subscribed to the economic policies of Republicans at that time,
> mainly that lower taxes would create a stronger economy.
> Then I took some college economics courses, and looked more in-depth
> at the different factors that make up an economy. I realized I had
> never considered the stimulating effect that government spending can
> have on an economy. That when a government spends, the money doesn't
> just evaporate, it goes back into the economy. I also learned how
> the United States has much lower taxes than much of the civilized
> world. In Sweden, for example, people pay nearly 50% of their income
> in taxes. But they receive more services for their money, like
> public college education, which improves their quality of life.
> Up until two weeks ago I was undecided and didn't know whether I'd
> vote for president or not. (To me, not voting is noble if you are
> truly undecided.)
> This election came down to: Do I want Bush to be president, or not?
> On the one hand, voting for Bush could be the thing to do to protect
> America from terrorists, in that anyone who would strike us would
> know that a severe retribution would be coming.
> On the other hand, voting against Bush could prevent him from
> starting any more unnecessary wars. Bush told us that Saddam was
> building nukes, and Bush was wrong. 15,000 dead in Iraq - and
> counting - to me is unacceptable.
> I have for the last 2 to 3 years entertained the notion that Nader
> would make an excellent president, and that the best way is for
> people to vote their conscience, even if it makes the Democrat
> candidate lose. Ideally, this is true, because it could cause the
> Democrats to adjust their platform, to include more of the 3rd
> party's philosophy, and win their votes. That's how politics works.
> But this is not a perfect world, and until we institute a voting
> system that more accurately measures the preference of the public
> (such as instant-runoff voting), voters will feel compelled to choose
> between the "lesser of two evils," or to put it another way, to vote
> for the one who is really their second choice.
> I recently registered in my new county as an independent.
> What made up my mind two weeks ago is a story I saw on the evening
> news about the national debt.
> Under Bush, the national debt has grown roughly 2 trillion dollars,
> to 7 trillion. The gross national product of the United States is
> roughly 11 trillion. The federal budget is roughly 2 trillion. This
> is proportional to a person with a salary of $30,000, who borrowed
> $105,000 to buy a second home. The difference is, the person will
> have to make a regular minimum payment, and might someday repay the
> entire debt. The government, however, can continue borrowing until
> every lender loses confidence in ever getting paid back.
> Bush does not seem to mind the size of the debt. His arbitrary tax
> cuts and eager military campaigns leave me with no reason to believe
> that he will try to reduce the debt, and will likely continue his
> deficit spending at a similar pace. A 9 trillion dollar debt will
> harm our nation more than any damn terrorist can. Bush must go.
> I will gladly vote for John Kerry, and I encourage others to do so as
> I never thought much of him before, but I hope as president Mr. Kerry
> will change my mind. Any port in a storm.
Thanks for keeping an open mind and thanks for seeing through the
real issues that confront us in the most critical moment of our
lifetime. You are a friend.
> never a Republican. The one I voted for is a local judge, RichardActually many Yankee Republicans are quite liberal and likeable. The
judge you are talking about is probably one of those moderate-wing
By the way, I remember reading something about some moderate
Republicans in Colorado endorsing Kerry. Let me post that article