Thursday, October 13, 2016

Lesser of Two Evils

I received my absentee voter ballot this week which got me to thinking about the two main candidates for president. You would think that in a country with a population of ~325 million we could have chosen two more qualified and likable individuals. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have major character flaws. This year it feels more like we will be voting to keep one candidate out of office rather than putting the other candidate in office.

How do you decide who to vote for? In my opinion, you have to look at the role you want government to play in your life. If you want bigger government, higher taxes and more regulation, you vote for Hillary and the Democratic Party. If you want smaller government, lower taxes and less regulation, you vote for Donald and the Republican Party.

In recent years, politicians have slowly moved our country in the direction of "socialism". Ironically, as Thomas Sowell said: “Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it”.

On the other hand, "capitalism" has been the greatest generator of wealth the world has ever known. Even communist countries such as China and Russia have moved in the direction of a free market system.

Unfortunately, professional politicians have found it easier to buy votes with taxpayer money by offering people "free stuff" rather than confront them with the hard choices that are needed to turn this country around. As a result our national debt is approaching $20,000,000,000,000 ($20 trillion). That's over $164,000 per taxpayer!

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