I have come to the conclusion that who ever wins... things will not change much. Most of the big problem areas have no simple solution (and congress tends to be equally divided).
The only major change may be the posture on Iraq. Although the war on terror will still be full throttle. But even with Iraq any President is going to know that we cannot just cut and run.
I have 3 major concerns:
- Domestic economy (USA economic viability of our businesses)
- Domestic Health Care/SS/Taxes
- Energy Independence (reduction in foreign dependence). It is the cause of many problems for the us.
I will vote for the person that I believe has the best approach to these problems. Although, I am not sure any of them will be able to fix them.
I have many other concerns. Yes I believe in a strong military for defense.. on and on. The sobering reality of being President will soon curb the election year rhetoric of whomever wins.
I am an independent with a middle of the road point of view. I am just as likely to vote for McCain, Obama, or Clinton.
On the democratic side, I am leaning a bit more Clinton. But the truth is we have 3 candidates that are absolutely throw the bums out options. Obama is probably the most likely to introduce meaningful change. However, that change may not be in the direction that I would prefer. I have the perception that Obama is a bit further left than Clinton.
I was going to vote for McCain back in 2000. But things are a bit different now. I am an opponent to Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants. However, I am not opposed to increasing legal immigration (for lower paying jobs). The last thing I want to do is to have a huge influx of foreigners to take high paying jobs. My problem with this long drawn out Illegal Immigration issue is that anyone could come into the country and try to fake it and become a citizen. I believe we will have a huge inflow just to try to become a citizen (it does not matter what rules we set). Foreigners will think that it will somehow work out. Talk about a surge. This illegal immigrant thing is about votes and big business. Each parties want to win over the growing number of Latinos votes for the long haul.
Illegals will have to go home and try to enter the US legally. It is the only way to not encourage more of the same. Reagan tried the amnesty approach and it failed. We do not need to learn that lesson twice.