It’s The Economy, Stupid

I’m finding myself in a bind right now. I’m really not sure whether it’s a good idea to vote for Mitt Romney as the next President of the United States or whether President Barack Obama is what’s best for the future of our nation.

Barack Obama, for the last four years, has brought a lot of positive things to our country. When I would travel outside of the U.S. during George W. Bush’s presidency, I found myself avoiding the question “Where are you from.” But with Obama as president, everybody really sees him as a positive force. I’ve found that people in other countries genuinely like him, and we’ve been able to get rid of that horrible feeling in the air that America was a country going down the wrong path.

But in the last four years Barack Obama has done absolutely nothing when it comes to something that scares me more than anything else, and that is an uncontrollably growing fiscal deficit. He continues to spend money we don’t have, much like Bush did, and has done nothing but expand government spending, much like George W. Bush.

The only difference I see is that Obama has expanded government with massively growing social programs, while Bush spent on war. Both of them participated in bailouts. When it comes to Republicans and Democrats, there isn’t a difference.
During the debates there was not one  question asked about the Federal Reserve’s putting our printing press in high gear, and I worry that this was deliberate on behalf of the media, because both sides don’t have an answer.

Four years ago, when I voted for Obama, I was absolutely sure that he was the guy I wanted as my president. I was certain that his heart was in the right place, that he was going to get us out of the war in Iraq, which was something that had bothered me the second we decided to go to war. But today the pressing issue that is in the air for all of us is what the heck is going to happen our nation’s economy during the next four years?

Barack Obama seems to be like one of these people who makes excuses why he can’t get things done. His hands always seem to be tied, and many thoughtful Democrats are getting tired of it. He’s the guy at the wheel now and he’s got to start taking some responsibility for what’s going on. The way I talk with my friends about politics today, you would think I am this crazy conservative, but I’m really not. I just think that we are in a situation now where it’s necessary to be fiscally conservative and neither side is willing to address this with any real solutions. We’re getting to the point where you can’t fake politics anymore with rhetoric.

This is the first time that I’m going to the polls and I’m really not sure who I’m going to go vote for. Obama is in real danger of becoming a one-term president and it has entirely to do with a lack of bold decision-making. We are in a time where we need bold thinkers and visionaries, a Steve Jobs type of guy, but I’m not sure either one of these candidates has that kind of soul.

I will say this: Whoever wins, he has one nightmare of a job in front of him, and I have a feeling that both candidates are starting to figure that out.

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