Why I’m a Non-Partisan   1 comment

I am a registered non-partisan. More than 50% of Alaska’s registered voters do not declare a political party. This does not mean we don’t have views. It simply means we want to keep our independence and decide who we want to vote for, not have a political party tell us who the best candidate is.

For me, the two major political parties are simply in the business of being reelected. Both want to spend a lot of tax-payer money on issues their establishment considers important, but from what I can see, they don’t care what the tax payers want. A good example is the health care law. Voters have consistently polled as objecting to the law, but it passed Congress and was signed into office by the President when it was polling as unpopular with 3/4 of the population. It’s easy to blame Democrats for that since they were the ones in the cat-bird’s seat, but quite a few of the ideas stuffed into that behemoth were floated by Republicans not so many years ago. Moreover, the Republicans are just as willing to spend our money on projects they like as the Democrats.

The only time in my lifetime that Congress has shown any inclination to reduce spending was in the 1990s under the Contract with America. If Clinton can claim he (almost) retired our debt, he must do so with acknowledgment that Congress forced him to do so. That almost made me a Republican. But, then along came George W. Bush and that changed my mind. I understood the increased war spending — Clinton balanced the budget in part by raping the military and that needed to be corrected. However, when voters gave the  House to the Democrats, GWB decided to start spending like a drunken sailor. He doubled federal spending through war, education expansion and prescription drug benefits. It’s no surprise the economy tanked. You can’t increase spending, particularly through debt, without causing problems with the economy.

So the voters decided to give the Democrats a try. They promised to cut spending and spend it on the “right” things. It’s hard to know exactly how much money has been spent on what because they haven’t bothered to pass a budget in four years, but we do know that the President has tripled spending over the last four years and that one-third of what is spent right now is borrowed. The logical among us also know that an unprecedented expansion of government spending will be needed to cover the costs of the Affordable Act, so spending is increasing. Taxes are going up — not just on the wealthy, who actually do not make enough money to cover the current revenue gap, but on all of us. It’s the only way to sustain this level of spending.

So is there any sort of difference between the Democrats and the Republicans?

Not from where I’m standing.

Posted November 25, 2012 by aurorawatcherak in politics

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