On one hand you have a man who portrayed himself as a centrist but then tact far to the left once in office. On the other hand you have a man who legislated from the center in the Governors chair but now running for the office of president is pandering to the far right.
Which is the worse offense? Both these men have shown their cards in my opinion. I won’t go by campaign promises, politicians will always say anything to get elected. I can only go by how they actually behaved when holding executive offices.
I’m going to vote for who I feel can better bring the country together over the next 4 years. We have this wonderful system of checks and balances in the United States. The President influences policy but he alone does not set policy. I try not get bogged down with individual issues when voting for the office of the President. The main reason being NO presidential candidate has ever been in lockstep with my personal beliefs which are admittedly varied to say the least and often cross party lines. I tend to vote for President because of broad philosophical issues.
In this election there is one issue of importance. And really it directly relates to a bigger structural issue. Our President has a signature piece of legislation. It’s a major systemic change in the way we provide healthcare. I’ve said many times before I don’t necessarily disagree with the general concept of this legislation. In fact I absolutely agree with much of what The President is trying to accomplish. What I do disagree with wholeheartedly is that it’s the federal government’s role in enacting this reform.
It comes down to states rights. I believe states are the laboratories of our Democracy. The appropriate place to fix the healthcare crisis is to let the states take the reigns. Laws should be created and enacted from the lower levels of Gov’t and filter up.
“It is one of the happy incidents of the federal system that a single courageous State may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.” – Louis Brandeis
For me tomorrow it’s:
Romney: President of the United States – Philosophical. Obamacare/Romneycare whatever you want to call it should be enacted by individual states not the federal gov’t. Romney will more likely govern as a centrist imo. He’s the better choice to represent the moderate majority.
Bob Casey Jr. PA US Senator: Tom Smith favors some of the most extreme ideas of the far (fringe?) right. I will not vote for a tea party member.
Charlie Dent US Congress: Dent is a Republican who keeps getting elected in a Democratic leaning district. He will work across party lines to get things done working across the aisle. I am least confident in this choice. This is the only vote I may change since I know next to nothing about Rick Daugherty. It would take alot to sway me. If I have time I want to watch one of their debates I will if I can find it online. Dent has always impressed me as a moderate who gets things done I respect members of the Republican Main St. Partnership.
Ryan Mackenzie State Representative: Ryan has done and continues to do important work on Unemployment Compensation reform. This is one of the most needed reforms state wide. I voted for Slattery in the special mostly because of Slattery’s ties to the community. Since then Mackenzie has been hyper visible out in the community. He’s clearly making an effort to be a hands on rep. Dealy seems to be a 1 issue candidate.