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Mitt Romney, Big-Government Man

ericynot Wrote: Oct 10, 2012 9:55 AM
Bush=Obama=Romney. Despite all the wailing and gnashing of teeth about Obama's "socialism", there's not a nickel's worth of substantive difference between these three guys. Far too much spending, questionable and/or illegal warfare, no real long-term plan. I'm voting for Gary Johnson. I know he won't win, but you gotta start somewhere. And before I get the inevitable "a vote for Johnson is a vote for Obama" comments, remember that I live in Texas, so that's a non-issue.
Paulus Textor Wrote: Oct 10, 2012 10:05 AM
Absolutely right. The same thing holds in CA, IL, NY, and about 40 of the states: if you prefer Gary Johnson, vote for Gary Johnson. The only case where "strategic voting" makes any sense (and even here, it's very much debatable) is in the few "battleground" states.

If you vote for the alleged lesser of two evils, you still get evil.
mbenton Wrote: Oct 10, 2012 10:01 AM
No, you're voting for Obama. That's all anybody that votes for Johnson is doing. The rest of us that have good sense say "THANKS A LOT for putting Obama back in."
ericynot Wrote: Oct 10, 2012 10:04 AM

Romney wins Texas and its electoral votes no matter who I vote for. Do you not understand how the system works?
sashamanda Wrote: Oct 10, 2012 10:12 AM
Texas will vote Romney regardless of how ericynot votes. He cannot influence the election, because the electoral vote will be the same no matter what he does. He can, however, influence the popular vote as a token of support for a candidate.

President Obama tanked in the last debate. Good.

Now maybe people will listen when Mitt Romney says things like, "The genius of America is the free enterprise system, and freedom, and the fact that people can go out there and start a business. ... The private market and individual responsibility always work best."

They do.

But then Romney responded to Obama by essentially saying: I want big government, too!

We who hope for smaller government as a way to expand liberty and create prosperity are disturbed by what we heard last week. The GOP candidate painted himself as a big...