As a registered Republican I fear I must confess that I no longer recognize the party that I grew up with in Oregon. I voted for Mark Hatfield, Tom McCall and other Republicans who found enough common ground with Democrats to govern. Now I watch in dismay as those in my party boast that their primary objective is to defeat the President. Not to govern. Not to bring together a sense of responsibility and willingness to compromise to solve problems we face. Such as the budget. Such as bridges, roads and our electric grid that need maintenance and upgrading, which actually costs money. There is nothing wrong with achieving wealth, but must it be the only measure of success? Wall Street seems no different now than when Republican Teddy Roosevelt was taking on the robber barons (with regulation, by the way).
I don’t recall seeing Grover Norquist on the ballot anywhere, yet somehow he and the talk-radio crowd have cowed our representatives from both parties to agree even before being elected that they will close their minds to the concept of Americans paying a bit more in taxes. We all got tax breaks under President Bush that are not sustainable. We are retired folks but realize that our taxes need to go up some to fund our country. Is it right that the rich like Sean Penn and Michael Moore pay less? Under Republican Eisenhower the top rate was 90%.
It is truly sad that Governor Romney was selected to lead the party. He appears to be out of touch with the rest of us. I cannot vote for a man who asks to lead while he squirrels his millions of dollars in off-shore accounts and pays 14% on the rest. He would keep the wealthy paying a minimal tax rate, while his partner Paul Ryan proposes to balance the budget by neutering Medicare, Social Security and other programs. These wealthy folks are the ones dependent on the government for their special tax breaks to a far greater extent than those with the greatest need. So count me a Republican for Obama.