Election Day is a scant 24 hours away – which means that it’s almost all over but the shouting. Most Americans long ago decided whom they will support. For those who might be wavering, here are a few reasons why Election 2010 is so important. Tomorrow, I will be voting a straight Republican ticket because:
1. I want to live in an America where economic success is celebrated – not penalized. From President Obama and his Treasury secretary – who actually argued that extending low tax rates for successful small businesses, investors and earners would threaten the economic recovery – to the rest of the Democrats, an anti-business climate has run rampant in Washington over the last two years. A slew of burdensome new regulations, health care and financial “reform,” the GM bailout putting unions’ interests ahead of bond holders’, and the usurpation of the student loan business by the federal government signals a clear animus among Obama/Pelosi Democrats to a robust American economy based on free enterprise. That needs to stop. Businesses that are constantly threatened by new taxes, regulations and other government mandates will not hire new employees – hence our unemployment rate of 9.6% (according to CBS News, the national unemployment and underemployment figures come out to a whopping 17.1%).
2. I want ObamaCare repealed. The full extent of the catastrophe that ObamaCare will visit on the American health care system is yet to be fully known. What’s already clear is that ObamaCare takes the unprecedented (and likely unconstitutional) step of forcing Americans to purchase a private product – health insurance – even against their will, thereby redistributing a cool $1 trillion from American taxpayers to insurance companies between 2014 and 2025. In the same period, it reduces Medicare Advantage benefits by an average of $21,000 per enrollee (except in South Florida). It limits competition and patient choice, and turns doctors into government bureaucrats. Oh, and it costs $2.5 trillion without doing anything to lower health care costs. It’s a disaster, and it needs to go. Obviously, without a veto-proof majority, repeal won’t happen so long as President Obama is in The White House, but a determined Republican majority can at least minimize some of the damage.
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.
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.