I’m constantly deluged, from my Libertarian leaning friends, with lists of things that Obama and Romney have in common.
Okay fine. I won’t argue against the point that they have more in common than I’d like. But, I remind them that while apples and oranges are generally round-ish, have seeds, grow on trees, and may have many more things in common, it is the differences I focus on when choosing between them.
Before I go further, for perspective, I want readers to know I voted for Ron Paul in the primaries and, years ago, voted for Ross Perot, so I know what it is to support a 3rd party candidate.
Here are what I consider the top 4 reasons to vote for Romney over Obama even if, like me, you think Romney is far more of a Big Government Republican than you’re comfortable.
1. Supreme court justices: Even if you’re deeply disappointed with the bottom line decision supported by Roberts in the Obamacare case, a read of the opinions by Roberts as compared to Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan, within that ruling, make it crystal clear that we can’t afford more Obama appointed justices.
Here are a couple quotes from Ginsburg, who’s opinion was joined by Sotomayor and Kagan; for examples:
- “at the time the Constitution was framed, to ‘regulate’ meant, among other things, to require action.”
- “the Commerce Clause authorizes Congress to enact the minimum coverage provision”
In short, Ginsburg supports the notion that the Federal government really should have no bounds where it perceives need to act.
We truly cannot afford more Liberal justices like Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan.
2) Debt: Even with all the spending Bush did at the end, he “only” (there’s an ironic word) added about half a trillion per year to the debt. As awful as that was, Obama has added at over twice that rate (about 1.25 Trillion per year). Obama has added more in 4 years than Bush did in 8. While there can be no guarantee, I just don’t believe Romney will spend at anywhere near the rate Obama has.
Our country desperately needs to slow the rate at which we’re taking on debt until we can implement real and major reforms.
Did you know that if we completely eliminated the military and the government, the entitlements plus interest on the debt is still more than we take in with taxes each year? See here.. that’s a scary fact!
3) Obamacare: Simply put, constitutional or not, Obamacare is bad law. Key issues like tort reform and common sense solutions for pre-existing conditions have been proposed and can be put in place upon the repeal of Obamacare… which we simply can’t afford.
4) Energy: I’m all for alternative energy but there’s no reason to kill our economy by attacking coal and oil before alternative energy solutions are more mature. Obama will continue to attack American oil producers, even while supporting drilling for oil in Brazil. If he cared about the environment, why is drilling for oil to be supported in Brazil? Romney will support American energy production which will help our economy and create hundreds of thousands of jobs.
The bottom line…
If everything else is the same between Obama and Romney, the above are reason enough to vote Obama out this year by voting for Romney. Even if you don’t agree with all of the above, if you agree with some of it, a vote for Romney is the logical choice.
To be clear, a Romney win is a small step in the right direction but is not the end of the fight. Everyone should be contacting your local liberty groups like Libertas, Tea Parties, Ohio Liberty Coalition, etc. to learn about how to get involved in your local precincts to reform the Republican party from within and work toward a future where small-government candidates have a chance.
Please help remove Obama from office and give fledgling liberty groups a chance to grow, hopefully with your help, before we are buried in debt and unbridled government growth.. vote Romney.