I hate to be a cynic, but it annoys me to no end that people on Facebook and elsewhere think that the President is elected based on popular vote. I live in Georgia – the Republican party will receive all of our electoral votes regardless of who is on the ballot.
Comments like: “Go out and vote, every vote counts!” and “We can’t let Obama get reelected!” made by people who clearly think there individual vote (in Georgia) will matter on a national scale are laughable.
I’m not downing the electoral process, we are a Republic and I accept that, but how are people this ignorant?
I should have pressed enter:
Also, I think Georgia should switch to a weighted electoral system – we should end the “winner take all” methodology. Why should 40% (or more) of a state be screwed over because the predominate political party controls the status-quo? Maybe that’s a post for another time.
I would also like to point out that well written articles about the electoral process are not easily searchable in Google – interesting.
Whoever you support in this presidential election cycle you should be upset at the Republican national convention’s treatment of Republican delegates and voters who did not support Romney – and there were a lot of them.
Upon further research you may be interested to learn the tactics the Republican party used to ensure Ron Paul would not have an opportunity to speak at the RNC.
A candidate must win 5 states to speak at the RNC – Ron Paul did that – that is until 10 delegates from Maine were replaced at the RNC giving Ron Paul only 4 states.
I do not think many Ron Paul supporters had any delusion that Ron Paul would come out on top in Tampa, but we wanted the message to be heard. This was just poor and disrespectful treatment to all the people who organized for a cause they believed in.
In my opinion it was spitting in the face of many Republicans who happened to support someone other than the candidate the RNC chose.
The Obama and Romney campaigns are almost a yin and yang when it comes to how the Government should spend our tax dollars to improve the economy. With all of this information and mixed messages being tossed around its hard for the average (or above average!) American to decide what to believe. In my quest to find answers I will be reading economic white papers from the Romney, Obama, and Libertarian party platforms and discussing here.
The Romney Camp
In the Romney camp’s white papers on what to do with the economy they argue a few basic tenants:
1. The Obama Administration’s policies have hindered growth by -
– Over regulation
– Over taxation
– Deficit spending
– Focus on ineffective short term stimulus rather than long term growth
– Ineffective job creation
2. The Romney camp plans to improve the economy by:
a. Stop Runaway Federal Spending And Debt.
- Reduce federal spending as a share of GDP to 20 percent – its pre-crisis average – by 2016.
- In so doing, reduce policy uncertainty over the need for future tax increases.
b. Reform The Nation’s Tax Code To Increase Growth And Job Creation.
- Reduce individual marginal income tax rates across-the-board by 20 percent, while keeping current low tax rates on dividends and capital gains. Reduce the corporate income tax rate – the highest in the world – to 25 percent.
- Broaden the tax base to ensure that tax reform is revenue-neutral.
c. Reform Entitlement Programs To Ensure Their Viability.
- Gradually reduce growth in Social Security and Medicare benefits for more affluent seniors. Give more choice in Medicare to improve value in health care spending.
- Block grant the Medicaid program to states, enabling experimentation to better fit local situations.
d. Make Growth And Cost-Benefit Analysis Important Features Of Regulation.
- Remove regulatory impediments to energy production and innovation that raise costs to consumers and limit job creation.
- Repeal and replace the Dodd-Frank Act and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The Romney alternatives will emphasize better financial regulation and market-oriented, patient-centered health care reform.
I’ll be honest – this first white paper leaves a lot to be desire. I found no specifics, but a lot of conservative talking points. It has become clear that to actually learn something further research is needed.
The Obama Administration
Paul Krugman has long been at odds with conservative economic principals. Here he rebuts the Romney white papers totally.