3. I want the federal government to reverse its metastatic growth. The Obama/Pelosi Democrats have exploded the national debt. Since 2006 – when Democrats retook the congressional majority – federal spending has increased by nearly a trillion dollars. As early as May 2009, economist Michael Boskin noted that the President’s $3.6 trillion budget blue print not only redefined the role of government in Americans’ lives, it also more than doubled the national debt, adding more to the debt than all previous Presidents (George Washington to George W. Bush) combined. Only during World War II has the federal government matched current spending levels (25% of GDP) and deficits (10% of GDP). The Congressional Budget Office has projected that debt held by the public will rise from 41 percent of GDP in 2008 to 57 percent in 2009. It will then skyrocket to 82 percent of GDP by 2019. Our current course is not sustainable, as even Peter Orszag (the President’s former budget director) acknowledged, but the outlandish spending won’t stop as long as Democrats are in control.
4. I want a House and Senate that respects the popular will. Starting with heated town halls in the summer of 2009, House and Senate Democrats understood how unpopular ObamaCare was. The elections of Republicans Chris Christie and Bob McDonnell to the governorships of New Jersey and Virginia signaled public discontent with the Obama/Pelosi agenda. Finally, Republican Scott Brown was elected to the Senate seat held by Ted Kennedy – on the promise of being the vote that would stop ObamaCare. Instead, the President and congressional Democrats resorted to procedural tricks and paid off reluctant members – in knowing and outright defiance of Americans’ clearly expressed wishes. That kind of insolence from those who have a sacred responsibility to represent us cannot be rewarded with electoral success.
5. I want to be able to disagree with Democrats without being slandered. Remarkably, President Obama and the Democrats repeatedly extend the hand of friendship to an Iran seeking nuclear weapons in defiance of international law, even as they stigmatize fellow citizens who disagree with them. Americans who are part of the Tea Party – or even those who agree with some of its aims – have been characterized, without evidence or reason, as ignorant racists. Those of us who object to the construction of a mosque at the site of Ground Zero, or even openly acknowledge the threat of Islamofascist terrorism, have been accused of Islamphobia and bigotry – again, without a shred of evidence. By voting against those who have engaged in this kind of bullying discourse and their allies, Americans will send the message that the politics of smear and intimidation are unacceptable.
6. I want to be free. I am tired of a government that routinely favors the elite and/or connected, and which deems itself entitled to an ever-growing share of taxpayer money even as it seeks to exercise an ever-greater control over Americans’ lives. Republicans have pledged to reverse this approach and this attitude; it’s time to give them a chance to live up to their promises.
Vote tomorrow for a freer, more prosperous America – one which respects its citizens and believes in its own exceptionalism. Vote Republican.