I almost never discuss politics because each person has and is entitled to their own opinion on how they think this country should be run. That's part of what makes this country great.
I'm a registered Independent and I believe both parties are so screwed up it is almost beyond belief. There is way too much extremism in each party, when the fact is that the majority of American's views are somewhere in the middle. Politics should not be like two sides of a coin like it is today and you should not have to flip a coin to pick your extreme. The chances of that coin standing on edge is virtually impossible, but that scenario would probably be the best outcome. The "You're either with me, or you're against me" mentality is too much like a dictatorship and has no place in this country or our society.
There are some good ideas in each party, yet there almost as many horrible ideas on both sides that can and have caused huge problems for this country, Each party has major problems and neither one suits or serves the majority of Americans well. I would prefer a more moderate third party as an option if for no other reason than to cause the extremists in each party to be forced to give a little. It is time to open season on lobbyists who bribe our elected officials to seeing things their way, and that's just plain wrong.
Bush would have had to work at it to screw things up much worse than he did and to allow deregulation so the Banks and Wall Street could play at will was an enormous error. We will be paying for that fiasco for decades. He was the one who refunded the budget surplus and started the bailouts in the span of less than 8 years. Just the same way that Obama's over-spending will end up costing us ALL for generations. Even though our budget was balanced once (and only once in the history of our country) it can happen again. Until we quit sending jobs overseas and allowing foreign companies to operate with such a huge trade imbalance here, we're screwing ourselves totally. I am also a believer in a flat tax rate, no matter how much money you make or how much property you own. If you're not paying your fair share, you should not be allowed to enjoy the freedoms of the country.
Do yourself and us all a favor and consider what you spend your money on. It is worth it to pay a few more cents to buy an American made product and keep our fellow citizens working as opposed to buying foreign goods and encouraging more of a trade imbalance. Buying American will increase competition, encourage growth in this country, and keep our money here. Do it for your self, your neighbors, and your friends.
Personally, I'm sick and tired of being bombarded by political ads on TV, radio, and on the internet. I would rather see the money that's pissed away on political advertizing go towards something constructive, like books for schools, or building the infrastructure of this country. Don't tell me how good you are for this country, prove it by doing good deeds with money that wasn't yours to start with. In England, they allow only 6 weeks for candidates to make their case and campaign to get votes & that's it. If a candidate can't make their case in 6 weeks, then they probably didn't deserve to be elected. Do we really need to here such marathon rhetoric as we are currently subjected to? Should our elected officials be allowed to spend so much time and effort away from running this country? I think NOT. They seem too willing to hijack the airwaves to lie about what they stand for or how qualified they are to run this country. It never works out the way they claim it will and reality is a terribly long way from reality.
Just how I see it.
*Stepping off my soapbox and ending my part of this political discussion*
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