Why I’m Voting McCain/Palin

So when Gov. Palin was chosen by McCain as a running mate I posted a little blurb about being excited about his pick. The response was somewhat predictable (“How could you!?!?!”, “That’s not very Ubuntu”), but overall not as negative as I expected. However, I did have a number of my Ubuntu friends ask me why in the world I would support McCain/Palin. Most of them are not from the US and I suspect that’s some of it. So, I promised Jonathan Carter that I’d do a full post detailing why I’m voting the way I am and that I’d do so before the election. So here it goes.

First of all, I really need to talk both why I’m voting for McCain and why I’m not voting for Obama. I’d like to focus on the pros of McCain rather than the cons of Obama, but in all honesty, I’m think I’m still voting against Obama more than for McCain at this point so I’m going to have to do it to explain my reasoning. Since I don’t have enough space/time to detail every issue I’m picking out the few that really effect me in my decision:

Economy

McCain supports the supply-side economics of Reagan where taxes a held low (especially corporate and top marginal rates) while lowering/reforming federal spending. Obama favors basically the opposite, “spread the wealth” by increasing the taxes on the “rich” and lowering them for the “poor”. Though I’m in the “poor” category and would love to get a nice check in the mail, I consider Obama’s plan “trickle-up poverty” and not a plan that will produce a strong economy. I don’t think it’s wise to punish people who succeed and the fact of the matter is that corporations and wealthy people are already bearing most of the tax load, invest in our economy, and provide jobs to millions of Americans.

Obama talks a lot about things he thinks the government should be doing, but the only thing I’ve ever seen him say about paying for it is that he’s going to tax the rich so he can “redistribute”. The federal government is already enormous and we need more than a “scalpel”, as Obama puts it, to make significant changes. I don’t want government hand-outs, I want to keep more of the money I earn. I can’t put it any better than a hero of mine:

In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. From time to time we’ve been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? All of us together, in and out of government, must bear the burden. The solutions we seek must be equitable, with no one group singled out to pay a higher price… Now, so there will be no misunderstanding, it’s not my intention to do away with government. It is rather to make it work–work with us, not over us; to stand by our side, not ride on our back. Government can and must provide opportunity, not smother it; foster productivity, not stifle it. — Ronald Reagan, 1st Inaugural Address

As I’ve looked at the economic plans, record, and history of Obama and McCain it sure seems to me that McCain fits that vision much better. Obama, with his “spread the wealth” undertones and socialized health-care, seems to be the antithesis what I’m after.

National Security

This one is sort of a no-brainer for me. Obama has no consistent Iraq policy that I can see, seems to think we can’t win on more than one front regarding Afghanistan, and doesn’t seem to take threats such as Iran seriously. Mostly I’ve seen Obama just jump on to whatever foreign policy bandwagon seems to be working at the moment and then claim he was right all along. Biden is at least as bad, given that he should have the experience.

McCain’s strong-point is national security. He’s not only been on the ground defending our country and a POW, but also has fought for a winning strategy in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other conflicts. He’s neither a warmonger nor a weakling.

Abortion

Obama supports abortion-on-demand, including partial-birth abortion, and Roe v. Wade. He was rated 100% by NARAL on pro-choice votes. McCain is pro-life, voted to ban partial-birth abortions and supports overturning Roe v. Wade so states decide. He’s rated 75% by the NRLC. I’m firmly pro-life and believe adoption/abstinence/prevention should be promoted and supported as the alternatives. even though I’m not too fond of McCain’s embryonic stem-cell stance, McCain and Palin score big points here for me.

Balance of Power

Even though I’m a registered Republican I do consider myself fairly independently-minded. I’d have no problem voting for a conservative Democrat if they were the better candidate. However, the idea of having Obama, Reid, and Pelosi in charge is downright scary (especially if Reid were to get 60 seats). The Democrat-led Congress has been an absolute disaster, I don’t see why they should get any more power. The Democrats have caused one of the largest economic crises in American history, despite efforts by President Bush, Sen. McCain, and others to right the ship. I see no reason to give them even more chances to send us down a path that leads to a weak defense, economic hardship, and corrupt government. We are better than that.

Conclusions

My basic conclusions in these last few days before the election are:

  • This election is important. We choose pseudo-socialism or capitalism, belief in government-rule or self-rule, placation of dictators/terrorists or diplomacy through strength. We will also see the future of the Judicial branch of government set for many years to come.
  • All politicians suck, McCain just sucks less. (to play off mutt)
  • The makeup of Congress is hugely important. As much emphasis as we place on Presidential races, it’s the Senate and Congress that basically make the rules.
  • I can’t wait until this is over …
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19 thoughts on “Why I’m Voting McCain/Palin

  1. Hi, I found you from Twitter. Your blog post was very well thought out. I just thought I’d say a few things.

    Don’t you think that successful people who make $250,000 or more a year (the top 5% in America) can afford to be taxed slightly more so we can give tax breaks to the other 95% of Americans? If I made that much, I’m not sure I would even notice. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Also, the thing about abortion is…. what if there is a complication during pregnancy that threatens the health of a woman? Don’t you think if abortion is necessary to save the mother that it should be legal? I don’t like abortion either, but I feel like there should be cases in which it is legal.

    Debate is good for a healthy democracy, so I hope that I can have one with you! ^_^

  2. @Mackenzie:
    Republican’s did push for deregulation (as a principle Conservatives favor deregulation where possible/prudent). But then Democrats pushed Fannie, Freddie, and other mortgage companies to make bad loans in a noble, but misguided, plan to get minorities and the poor into homes. Then the regulatory agencies that were created were getting money from the companies they were supposed to oversee. When Republicans (including Bush and McCain) called to attention the precipice Fannie and Freddie were standing on, and indeed pushed for more regulation, Democrats such as Barney Frank said everything was just fine and that Republicans were being racist. It’s clear that Republicans were ahead of the Democrats on this issue. Deregulation is not the direct cause. It’s bad loans and banks trying to deal with bad loans (by packaging them up and selling them to other financial institutions) that caused the crash.

  3. @Elizabeth:
    Thanks for taking the time to comment.

    No, I don’t know that they can afford more taxes *if* we’re trying to regain a healthy economy. That %5 are *critical* to the US economy. We already have high corporate taxes, etc. do we really want to make it harder for small business to employ people? Obama’s capital gains increases alone would only stifle much needed investment. Even though I make hardly anything, I have no confidence that I would see my taxes go down if Obama wins. He needs to pay for a large increase in spending, wants to let Bush’s tax cuts expire, and wants to increase taxes besides income tax (such as capital gains). Lastly, I don’t think it’s the job of the government to say “you make too much” and punish success. Obama’s $250k may easily slip to $100k, who’s to say. It’s a slippery slope to say that the American dream is great, until you make $250k a year.

    Regarding abortion, I can’t really think of a situation where you could not attempt to save all life. In the case of medical complications, though it’s incredibly rare from what I know, I believe it’s the doctor’s obligation to attempt to save both mother and baby. Perhaps an analogy would be separating conjoined twins. We don’t just kill one off to save the other. We attempt to keep both alive. One may sadly end up dying in the attempt, but when separation is needed we try to save both.

  4. Stephen:
    I basically agree with you. However, as I see it, we’re choosing between two parties and two candidates, so it’s important we try to figure out not only who made the problem worse or better but also who will lead us in a better direction in the future.

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  6. It’s the Democrats’ fault! It’s the Republicans’ fault!

    How about it’s all of our faults. We as a society love to live outside of our means. The more we pushed it, the more likely it was to break.

    Complex problems do no have simple causes. They have complex ones.

    Also, just blaming the other side is what 3rd grades do in the school yards.

    Just my $0.02.

  7. The most significant bank deregulation that contributed to the collapse of the mortgage market in the US was passed in 2000 and signed by Bill Clinton. There was plenty done in the 8 years since to make it worse, but the sources of the current problems are truly bi-partisan.

  8. I am voting for McCain for many of the same reasons. Nice to see another McCain supporter in the Ubuntu community. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    btw, where did you find the McCain web button for your site?

  9. I think you know where I stand already Jordan. I am a conservative, have been since the early 80s, however I am not 100%, actually not even 75% satisfied with the conservative choice at this time. I have been checking out Nader who is amazingly intelligent, McKinney who loves to be green, Baldwin who really enjoys the constitution, and Barr who is for out liberties.

    A lot of people are quick to point blame at Bush for the Freddie and Fannie issues, but for once Bush wasn’t at fault for this one. I worked at Fannie Mae, which is a majority democrat shop. I enjoyed the democratic parties they held in their ballroom there on Wisconsin in DC. I remember the bogus posters where they were being pushed by the administration at that time to push houses to those who really couldn’t afford it in the first place. I remember Dobbs and Frank, all the way through the “cooking of the books.” Which, funny, nobody really got in trouble for that did they? I remember Obama questioning Franklin Raines with a smile, and i remember Obama picking Jim Johnson to help him find Biden (who was pro-Clinton until he got picked for VP).

    I am from Chicago, where Obama calls home. Let me brief you on Chicago politicians. Actually in one word. CORRUPT! Every single one of them. Look at our mayors, how about our governor (hopefully he will be in prison soon), look at our board president, LOOK AT ARE DAMN TAXES! Chicago has the highest tax rate in the US, all due to democrats (Stroger is a bad one). Blagovejich (to lazy to find the proper spelling) said he wasn’t going to raise taxes, and he didn’t. He pushed the counties to raise taxes instead. 10% are my sales taxes here, a pack of cigarettes in Chicago costs more than $8, and property taxes…don’t even get me started.

    The problem I have noticed more and more is that people are getting their presidential advice from the likes of ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox. So lets see, that is Liberal, Liberal, Liberal, and Conservative media conglomerates.

    So, that pretty much sums up why I won’t vote for Obama, but now let me tell you why I don’t think I will vote for McCain….Palin! There was obviously a lack of homework done in this choice, and it was done for one reason, to cause a stir, and that it did, however it stirred me the wrong way. So this election, I am still not sure who I am going to vote for. I will attempt to find and read more unbiased things about everyone who is running before next week. Even though I am not voting for Obama, I do have my tickets for next weeks rally! That should be pretty cool.

  10. @Stephen: I agree that a lot of the problems due to come to our own greed for owning more then we can afford, but I have to echo Laserjock’s statement throughout the entire post.

    Jonathan

  11. My response to some of your points.
    Economy: Obama’s tax plan is a net tax decrease, and is less taxes than McCain. Obama’s increased tax on the rich is very small, I believe it was something like 35% for those under 250K and 37% for those over. Those numbers are not quite accurate, but I believe it’s something like that. That’s hardly punishing the rich.
    A strong middle class is not punishing trickle up poverty. The middle class supports the whole economy, both the poor and the rich. Strengthening the middle class allows wealth to trickle down and up, vs McCain who believes that those who are more (much more) than well off have wealth that will trickle all the way down.
    If the problem is redistribution of wealth, then the question isn’t who is going to do it, it’s clear Obama and McCain want to redistribute the wealth, but to whom. Obama wants to redistribute it to the middle class, McCain to the upperclass (who through the years increasingly own more and more of it while the rest of us own less and less of it.)

    * National Security: Look, Iran is not a real threat. That’s just that. Even more so, Ahmadinejad isn’t a real threat either, he just talks big, but he doesn’t hold real power in Iran, the supreme ruler does, and his stance is that Israel is unimportant. We have more foreign policy interests with Iran than we do conflicts, yet we are getting all riled up because their president who does not get to set policy makes outlandish remarks he has no power to act on. The nuclear issue is not a “non-issue” but it is not so big or bad that it overshadows our joint international interests, namely stability in Iraq. Our hot-headedness towards Iran has provoked Iran to being aggressors unnecessarily. This is all Bush & McCain policy created conflict where it is not needed and is very very dangerous.
    Obama is right in focusing on stabilizing Afghanistan and going after Osama. Nothing else should have ever been our mission, and we need to get back in focus. History shoes that when it comes to telling other countries what to do it only results in instability, dictators, and thousands (millions) of dead civilians caught in the cross fire. We need to stop playing Daddy to the rest of the world, it isn’t working.

    Abortion: I am also pro-life and do not agree with Obama on this point. BUT, McCain does not have the power to overturn Roe V Wade, and it is not clear that overturning it would actually halt abortions.
    However, a president that builds an economy that moves people out of poverty and other situations that is likely to reduce a woman’s desire to seek an abortion is going to reduce the number of abortions.

    Balance of Power: Under Bush the balance of power has shifted greatly towards a larger Federal Government and a more powerful executive branch. This is highly unconservative. With Bush’s new found powers he has wreaked havoc on our country. He has been irresponsible and downright dangerous. McCain is surrounding himself around the same people Bush surrounded himself, and was more-or-less on board with Bush on these terrible decisions. It does not seem likely that we can trust the Republican party to seek out a conservative view on the balance of powers. Not that the Democrats are much better, but they aren’t as bad. Simply put, McCain does not represent a conservative view of the balance of powers.

    Lastly, Obama represent a country moving forward. Forward with technology, energy policy, openness, social consciousness. He sees the problems of today and the problems of tomorrow and has surrounded himself with some of the most knowledgeable people in each arena and built well defined plan based on science, research, and practicality.
    McCain represents stagnation. He wants to keep failed policy, prevent effective solutions to a sustainable energy policy, keep funelling wealth up instead of towards the middle, pursue aggressive foreign policy, and has no vision for the future. He works on ideology and “gut feelings” instead of rationality and well researched solutions.

  12. Stumbled across your post on planet.ubuntu.com, since I’m not an American (Canadian) not sure how valid my points will be taken.

    Economy:
    I see this as a simple problem and it has been said before, ‘We as a society love to live outside of our means’. You don’t have to look far for proof (http://www.brillig.com/debt_clock/). According to the clock, your pushing 10.5 trillion dollars in debit, as a country, and still going up. How to fix it, again to me, is to stop spending. Of course it is not easy to do, in fact it is going to be hard. But I think the argument of ‘don’t tax me’ or ‘my money is my own’ is not the solution to your problems. Somebody has to step up to the plate and start paying your debit back. Do you not agree your should ‘spread the wealth (debit)’ around? I agree taxing more at the top, then bottem, because the top has more to spare. That is the truth. Sure, somebody over $250,000 maybe living on a budget, but compare that to somebody that makes $15,000. Do you think both have the same problems when living on a budget? I’m sure the person making $15,000 is not worrying about making a car payment, more like if he has enough money to get food this week. But increasing taxes is not the only answer, it helps but you also need to cut spending too. For me, I can’t seem to understand why your country is spending so much money in Iraq?

    National Security:
    You said ‘Obama has no consistent Iraq policy that I can see’, what do you see? Why do you feel fighting in Iraq is worth the ~$560 billion dollars (http://zfacts.com/p/447.html) it has cost your economy? To fight terrorism? To defend your way of life? For your freedom? I cannot reply to you specifically, since I don’t your know reason, but I can give my solution… Leave Iraq and save your countries money. No? How come? Don’t get me wrong, I agreed with the USA the first time they went into Iraq to defend Kuwait, in fact I think you should have taken Saddam out then. But the 2nd time around, I don’t see any real reason to be there. I do agree you should be in Afghanistan (as Canada is too) to help capture Osama bin Laden. As for Iran, like somebody said earlier, they are not a threat. The guy likes the sound of his voice and is going to say what he can to make the USA sound bad.

    Abortion:
    Simple, a womens’ right; her body, her choice. But the bigger problem is, give people birth control / sex education to stop the problem. No matter any way you slice it, terminating is not the ideal solution, and using it as a form of birth control is wrong (that simple). I would put more focus on preventing unwanted pregnancies then terminating them. Give every kid access to a condom / birth control pill and explain how and why to use them.

    Either way theses are my thoughts, just as your post is yours. While I disagree with some of your points, I do applaud you for posting them, sharing them, and sticking to them. But the most important thing is your taking the time to vote. In my eyes that is the biggest thing, if your party wins that is the bonus ;).

  13. On the banking deregulation. I don’t care who caused it, (I’m sure there is plenty of blame to go around, for both parties). What I did see was McCain blow his opportunity. First, he was against the bail out. Then for it. Then he suspends his campaign (political stunt imho). Spends 22 hours to get back to DC and doesn’t help the negotiations. Then shows up to the debate. I’m sorry. What the American people need in a time of crisis is leadership, not haphazard positions.

    In other news, I believe Obama has a better idea for the economy. If the middle class has tax relief, they can better afford their groceries, pay their bills etc. Taking care of the upper class is not the way to help the majority of Americans. The last 8 years seem to show that.

    On Palin, the woman is completely unprepared to lead this nation. Much less than when people argue about Obama. This is a woman that would favor teaching creationism in the classroom. As Biden calls ID/Creationism, “malarkey”. To name one issue, if not more.

    P.S. I’m an Obama supporter but I did like McCain as a pick 4 years ago. That man is no longer running for president.

  14. You probably don’t care, but I’ve lost all respect for you. There is too much here to address it all in a comment, but let me point to one thing – taxes. First, I fail to see why American’s get all upset about taxes. I don’t like paying them either, but I do like having roads to drive, police to protect the streets and a military to protect the country. We are not an overtaxed nation. However, I am fed up with hearing about how the rich need fewer taxes. I’m not rich so I don’t really care about them and Regan proved the trickle down theory doesn’t work. Our country is more polarized than ever and it’s growing.

    The biggest pile of BS however, is the corporate tax issue. Bush has given out 3 times the amount of corporate welfare than welfare to poor Americans. 3 TIMES! Oil companies are raking in HUGE profits and Bush (and McCain) think they need more tax breaks. That’s utter BS. The true socialist is Bush and the GOP. McCain only promises to continue this.

    And while were on the topic, the idea that the Dems are about big government is utter rubbish. It’s Bush that has grown government more than any other president in history and our deficit to boot. Republicans have no claim here and are flat out lying. Read an economics book if you don’t believe me.

    Under Obama I stand to pay about $1000 less in taxes (I’m a teacher and don’t make a lot). Under McCain I’ll pay about $250 less. If paying lower taxes wall I cared about I’d vote for Obama (which I am but not because of lower taxes).

    Oh, and McCain will probably die in office. I figured he’d die before the election. That means that moron Palin will be running the country. You think Obama lacks experience? She can’t even spell the word. What’s her background? She was a TV sportscaster. How does that prepare one for being president of the US or even VP? God help us if those two manage to win.

  15. Dear mister. Do you know the consequenses of socialized health-care? It’s horrible. Middle and upper class has to pay a little higher taxes so that when you break your leg so you don’t have to think about insurance and sky high medical bills. It’s simply free and not cooperating with insurance companies. Yes I’m from Norway and our government is even part socialist. We partake in the capitalist economy and use some of the fairness ideals of socialism. And WOW! It seems to actually work.

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