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Hugo’s 2012 Voters Guide

October 21, 2012

Sometimes we are faced with tough decisions. This election is not one of them. Some think it’s tough, until they know what the choices are.

This is a ”forest” election. The trees, however, do make up the forest:

  • The number of long-term unemployed has increased by 85% since Barack Obama became President Obama. The unemployment rate was over 8% for 43 consecutive months during the president’s term.
  • There are 6 1/2 million more people living in poverty today than on January 20, 2009.  There are over 20 million Americans living in ‘deep poverty’ – the highest number in the 35 years that these records have been kept.
  • Food stamp recipients are up 46% since President Obama was inaugurated. In every year of his presidency food stamp use has increased and now sits at an all-time high.

Maybe these metrics haven’t impacted you directly yet. Perhaps they don’t move you. Read on:

  • The federal debt has increased 51% in less than four years. Fifty-one percent equates to nearly six trillion dollars. The congress under Obama has added more to the national debt than all of the previous congresses combined.
  • Another first in American history is the downgrading of the United States’ credit rating in 2011. The impact of even fractional increases in interest rates is substantial when applied to the  trillions that are owed.

I get it that the President alone does not have complete control over any one of these. However, the President, more than any other individual, is responsible for these results. And the results are poor.

Why have so many things gone so bad? This is where a tough decision becomes an easy one.

The deterioration of the economic indicators did not occur because some mistake was made in executing an otherwise robust and sound plan; it was not that an estimate was ‘off’ or that some other factor was erroneously applied. It is the underlying ideology – the one that drives the policies and practices that bear the rotten fruit – that is fundamentally flawed.

Now think about the candidates.  Now forget about them. The individual candidates for president are merely stand-ins for the government they envision.

See the forest.

If you agree that a dominant federal government, with its expert central planners making policies, regulations, and law far removed from its effects, is best for the nation’s people, then vote the modern Democratic party by way of Barack Obama.

On the other hand, you may know that as government expands, individual liberty contracts; that the only way to protect individual life, liberty, and happiness for all people is through limited, fiscally responsible, and constitutional government; that the stronger the government the weaker the people. If so, then your candidate is Mitt Romney.

Before us is a choice between two Americas: one in which the federal government administers natural rights to its citizens, or one in which the government protects those rights.  And if we’re not making our decision on how to vote in terms of these natural rights – life, liberty, pursuit of happiness – then we’re not talking about America.

Good, decent people will vote differently this election. But it should not be a difficult decision.

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