To those seeking my vote:
I don’t want a tax cut. The American tax burden is at the lowest rate it’s been in years. There are services I want from my government: lower class sizes, better transit, and more people with healthcare, and I am willing to pay for them. What I don’t want to see is an increase in the debt.
I don’t want you to promise to repeal Obamacare. This may be judgmental, but when I hear someone mention “Obamacare,” I wonder if the person has thought through these issues. To me, the term “Obamacare” suggests the worst of talk radio, punditry, hype, politics for politics sake, perhaps even hatred. Also, the term “Obamacare” is misleading. Healthcare is not Obama’s baby. There were a lot of us who believed something had to be done about healthcare long before Obama came along. I am not happy with the healthcare reform that passed Congress, but I don’t believe the solution is to get government out of healthcare. The solution is for us to demand that our representatives structure our government’s involvement better.
Although I consider myself conservative, I don’t want my representative to be the conservative voice on every issue every time. Conservative is not a synonym for right or good. I want my representative to make the best possible decision every time. I want her to be a voice for what is right, for what is good, for the powerful and for the powerless. If these decisions and opportunities coincide with conservatism, then great. If something else, then great. The label isn’t important, the thinking is.
I do want a simpler tax code. For the most part, government should avoid behavioral engineering. However, although a national sales tax would be simple, it would also be regressive. The wealthiest Americans currently bear the largest part of the tax burden by far, and it should stay that way.
I do want lower debt. It is wrong to sell our children into bondage tomorrow to pay for the governmental largesse we enjoy today. Every spending and taxing decision must be measured against this yardstick. There aren’t many things we can afford to do on borrowed money.
I do want a representative who understands where money comes from. Government agencies don’t grow the economy, businesses do. Business is not the enemy. Business is not a necessary evil. Business is the source of the nation’s economic power.