Republican for 30 Years, But Voting for Obama
As a registered Republican for over 30 years now, I thought I’d share my thoughts.
- I like government that stays out of peoples' lives, and doesn’t dictate who we can and can’t marry for example.
- I believe in a clean environment, not one that is trashed for short term corporate profits.
- I think business interests are important, but giving them an overwhelming say in our elections (e.g. Citizens United) puts them at a disproportionate advantage. Corporations should serve people, not the other way around.
- I think everyone should pay their fair share of taxes, not 0% for the rich and up to 35% for us schmucks (as Romney stated with his push to 0% capital gains taxes). I think any talk about deficit reduction without associated talk about revenue increases (e.g. taxes) is just ridiculous.
- I would like to vote for someone who doesn’t hide their income taxes, move their wealth offshore, and has a real position on issues-- not “elect me and I’ll tell you later”.
- I’d like a real Republican candidate who shares my values, not one who is beholden to the extreme lunatic fringe of the party.
- I think health care is important for everyone, and ambulance rides to emergency rooms and bankrupting people isn’t the most cost effective or humane way to provide that to the nation.
- I think that everyone should be able to vote-- it is what our fathers fought for in wars, and right wing attacks on this basic freedom to manipulate political outcomes is beyond contempt.
- And speaking of fighting, I think a war should be a serious thing that requires serious involvement by our citizens, both from a financial (taxes) and social standpoint. And the troops who put their lives in the line should be thanked and helped, unlike what the Republicans did last week by killing the veterans’ jobs bill.