Monday, June 12, 2006

Running as a Democrat?

Amata promises more taxpayer dollars to provide more healthcare, housing, education and jobs if elected this November. Isn’t this the same platform Faleomavaega and the Democrats run on? The promise of government “benefits” to keep our people in perpetual dependence on the political classes. The Republican Party espouses conservative ideas that revolve around self-initiative, limited government, traditional values and free enterprise, addressing issues like healthcare through market incentives instead of government. Now it’s either Amata is not Republican or she feels that our people are not ready to hear new ideas or approaches to solving our long-standing problems. Either way, why elect her to do something Faleomavaega has more experience and connections in doing by virtue of being in office for many years?

1 Comments:

At 9:56 AM , Blogger Stuart K. Hayashi said...

Hey Talirance! ;-)

You write, "The Republican Party espouses conservative ideas that revolve around self-initiative, limited government, traditional values and free enterprise, addressing issues like healthcare through market incentives instead of government."

When was the last time that a truly conservative Congressional Republican lived up to any of that?

The biggest increased in federal Medicare- and Medicaid spending in U.S. history took place under a Republican President with a Republican-dominated Congress. That's not addressing the issue of healthcare "through market incentives instead of government"; it's the opposite.

That same President and Congress passed the horrendous Sarbanes-Oxley Act that terribly constrains businesses and imposes needless new accounting rules on them.

Is the Republican Party really about self-initiative, limited government, and free enterprise? If so, then Republicans should commonly support the right of terminally-ill patients and their physicians to formalize contracts stipulating that the patient may request that the doctor assist in his or her suicide.

If the Republican Party is in favor of self-initiative, limited government, and free enterprise, then Republicans should commonly champion open immigration, marijuana decriminalization, the unilateral lifting of all U.S. trade barriers, the repeal of the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and the USA PATRIOT Act (particularly its antitrust provision), and a suspension of all warrantless federal wiretaps.

Watching the Congressional Republicans on the Fox News Channel gives me the impression that the Republican Party now revolves around (1) insisting that nobody should ever set a specific date for pulling troops out of Iraq, and (2) accusing anybody who wants a gradual withdrawal from Iraq of being a disloyal un-American who wants to "cut and run."

Party label is meaningless. I only care about whether an individual candidate supports freedom. :-)

 

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