I think this quote from an article in the San Francisco Chronicle (I know!) sums it up best:
This is what we need. Not sweeping promises of new programs and more spending, but reforming the programs we already have. To me, the Democrat/liberal answer to most problems seems to be either "create a new program" or "throw money at the existing programs".
What I've always been fascinated by is the contempt and distrust of most people for "government bureaucracy" but then they want it to run their health care, education, retirement plan, etc. While "privatization" is sneered at. Why? I don't know. Seems to me that the private market is where things actually happen because there are consequences for failure. If the government fails to build a bridge on time or public schools are failing, what are the consequences? Where do we go? Oh, right...to the government. It's a vicious circle that feeds on itself and accomplishes nothing.
As you might have guessed, I tend to be somewhat libertarian in my views. The government, in my view, should not be in charge of your healthcare, or where your kids go to school, or what food you eat, or what charitable work you should do (if any). I think the worst problem is the idea that "if OUR people are doing it, it will work"! Instead of getting involved ourselves with our communities and our children, we look to government (OUR people) to "take care of it".
I've been just as disgusted with Republicans, too. Expanding government where it isn't needed, backing down and giving in instead of fighting for reform (I'm talking to you, Arnold), spending like it's going out of style.
But McCain and Palin not only talk the small-government talk, they have walked the walk. They have gone up against their own party leadership, when they felt it was necessary to accomplish what was right. Obama has never done this. He says he'll reach across the aisle, but the only times he has were when nobody really disagreed with him.
Okay, let's discuss!