Tuesday, January 29, 2008

It's been pretty interesting as of late with all of the election stuff going on. I can honestly say that none of the candidates really interest me too much. It seems like there are so many issues out there and none of them line up exactly with what I believe. I'm realistic though and know that this is never going to happen. There's never going to be that "perfect" candidate. I have certain issues that are important to me and certain issues that I really don't care too much about. I definitely know that I would never vote for someone based on one issue nor would I vote for someone that I know doesn't have the same morals as me. And there are certain candidates that I morally can't vote for. It's not necessarily about religion, it's about my moral beliefs being completely opposite of some of the candidates.

It's also interesting to listen to all of the promises made by the candidates. Everyone has the best solution during a political campaign. Free health care to all. Free college. Lower taxes. Increase the military by not increasing military spending. Balance the budget. Spending reform on political campaigns. Blah blah blah.

One big issue has been the idea of universal health care. Universal health care sounds great. Everyone deserves health care especially in a country like the United States, right? I guess this is why American hospitals can't refuse service to anyone whether they have insurance or not. This is also why we have non-profit hospitals as well as government run hospitals. And this free service includes all of the illegal immigrants who need medical care. Personally, I don't like paying taxes as it is. All universal healthcare does is create more control by big brother(the US government), less control by the individual(me), and less money in my pocket. I have no issue with the state governments stepping in and providing additional help as needed, but I don't think it's the federal government's responsibility to pay for everyone's health care. Our healthcare system isn't perfect and some parts of it need to be fixed. So let's fix what's broken and move on. I realize that universal healthcare works in other countries. That doesn't mean it will work here. Sorry.

I've also heard about free college for everyone. Who's going to pay for that? Lower taxes without making our current tax breaks permanent? How's that going to work? We're going to balance the budget? But we're not going to cut anything out of the budget? One US Senator has helped obtain over $1 billion for "projects" in his home state over the past 15 years. These "projects" include a high school, a park, a bridge, and an expressway all bearing his name. While I think it's great that we honor people for their accomplishments, I don't think it's necessary to spend over $1 billion naming 34 different "projects" after someone. Interestingly enough, this same Senator was once a member of the KKK. Not someone I would honor anyway, but that's just me. And we wonder why we can't balance the budget? I've got an idea. Why don't we take that billion dollars and put it towards something of importance? Just a thought.

Anyway, it'll be interesting to see what happens. Things are changing and I don't know if that's necessarily a bad thing. My one hope is that people don't vote for Hillary just because she's a woman or Barack just because he's black. I know that if I said I was voting for a white man b/c he was a white man, I'd be called racist and sexist. And I would call myself an idiot and lacking knowledge. Doesn't it work both ways? Look at all the issues and figure out who you line up with the closest. And if you don't know the issues, learn them. It's not that hard, I promise.

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