Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A clear choice?

Candidates and pundits alike have expressed the idea that this election offers a "clear choice" and have suggested that a "healthy debate" about meaningful issues could be had. While perhaps a bit too optimistic, I do think that in terms of a clear choice, the candidates have done a pretty good job of revealing that they mean what they say (whether intentionally or by foible).
President Obama
in 2012, "My attitude is that if the economy's good for folks from the bottom up, it's gonna be good for everybody. I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody." And in 1998 "I think the trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems that pool resources and hence facilitate some redistribution - because I actually believe in some redistribution, at least at a certain level to make sure that everybody's got a shot."  
Romney and Ryan
Romney's gaff- "There are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what...There are 47% who are with him, who are dependent on government, who believe that, that they are victims, who believe that government has the responsibility to care for them. Who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing." And Ryan's explanation, "President Obama said that he believes in redistribution...Mitt Romney and I are not running to redistribute the wealth. Mitt Romney and I are running to help Americans create wealth."
The race to make Romney's comments a big deal is just another squabble over the so-called undecided voters in those dozen or so swing states. This race continues to be a battle for an electoral edge. While those who support the President heap ridicule on Romney, Romney's people are all the more convinced of their choice.
To be clear, this isn't actually a disagreement over taxes. Its a disagreement over the philosophy of taxes and their purpose. That's a meaningful issue.  

1 comment:

  1. Yes that is meaningful, but when will we get to the real issue of "maintaining justice and doing what is right"?