adropofvictoria asked: Hi Phaedrus! I just wanted to know, what are your opinions on our candidates and on any major laws that are going to be coming up in the election? I'm cut off from any kind of media including television, print media, online media, etc. and I would really like to know what you think about the social issues going on in our country right now. (aka, who should I vote for and what should I vote for?) Thanks!
My personal opinion is that Romney and Obama are almost equally terrible; the problem is that we actually have a track record for Obama and we can only predict what Romney will do.
That being said, Romney’s social stances are all-around worse than Obama’s. Both of them have pretty poor economic policies, but Romney’s include cutting marginal tax rates by 20%, which would kill $5 trillion in tax revenue. He has no plan other than vaguely “closing loopholes” for offsetting this. Romney also wants to give the Pentagon $2 trillion it isn’t asking for, and I never think that’s a good idea.
Other than that though, he seems like he might reduce federal spending and delegate some responsibility to the states, which is a practice I’m fond of. Romney flip-flops so much though, I can’t really get a read on him.
Obama, on the other hand, has a history of shitty policies, so he will undoubtedly have more stacked against him (even if he’s the better candidate).
Obama’s a warhawk. His drone campaign has extended far and wide throughout Pakistan, Somalia, Afghanistan, Yemen, and Libya. His redefinition of “militant” to mean “any military-aged male killed in a drone strike” indicates that the casualties our drone strikes have caused are overwhelmingly innocent civilians. He ordered the illegal assassination of not only Osama bin Laden but two American citizens: Anwar al-Awlaki and his 16-year-old son, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, without evidence and without trial. Obama signed the NDAA into law, declaring America a battlefield and permitting American citizens to be indefinitely detained without charge or trial, and he opened the legal doors for non-lethally weaponized drones to be used domestically by local police departments.
Obama silently cracked down on Occupy instead of supporting it. He bailed out AIG and the rest of the financial sector with our tax money (for years to come) instead of letting them fail. Deportations of illegal immigrants and medical marijuana seizures and arrests are higher now than they were under Bush, and that makes me fucking irate.
But I don’t know. If social issues are your deciding factor, you’ll probably wanna go for Obama (despite his history with illegal immigrants, medical marijuana, and gay marriage). But honestly, I don’t think it’ll be that different either way.