Why I Voted This Morning

I woke up an hour early, but there was no need to do so because I could have done this at any time. Regardless, I decided to head in to the polling place as early as possible. I was pleasantly surprised to see the lot was nearly full. At 7:00 AM.

People are out voting because they either approve of the way things are going or hope for a change in philosophy; either way, they’re there and doing the one thing average folks can do to participate in government: vote.

Personally, I didn’t vote for Change™ last time, though I wanted it in some form. And now that we’ve got it, I can’t help but wonder why anyone would want this particular brand. In some ways I understand the desire for social justice/equality. These are noble concepts, but the problem is, these concepts are used to justify things that are inherently bad for people in the long term. Sure, there are immediate benefits to be had, but these are fleeting.

Do not interpret this as approval of the record of Republicans either. They are as guilty as any Democrat of spending and approving intrusive regulations1. It is not the Bush agenda that I am seeking, but something entirely different.

This morning, I voted for divided government. A roadblock to the progressive/conservative agenda. I want the republic to do nothing over the next few years; maybe roll something back, keep expenditures down. Perhaps something classically liberal could take the place of the status quo.

In reality,we’ve got to start talking about reforming the social insurance framework we have in this country, because it is broken, and it will bankrupt us. This is worse for us than people think. I guess we could always inflate the dollar to pay down the debt right?

I think we have to take note of the dire situation we’re in fiscally speaking. So much debt that it’s barely serviceable. We’re adding much more than we’re paying down.

  1. In general, regulations that improve safety are often good in working environments, but when it comes to personal choice, I am responsible for that.