There are several reasons people vote. Not all are good. Some vote based on party lines, some on the character of the candidate, some are one issue and some are for the underdog. I, however, vote based on the stand of a candidate on all the issues. The issues is what causes me to vote for someone for president/vice president.
Although some believe that we should only base the decision on the number one on the ticket, but the number two on the ticket must meet the same qualifications as they are in fact second in line should something happen to the number one. It has happened in our history that number two becomes number one without being elected in their own election to the position. So both the number one and the number two have the same or close to stands on the several issues I find important for me to vote for them.
Those areas of importance that I base my vote on are: education, economy, energy, health care, defense, government and civil rights. However, I do tend to groups some issues together. For me, economy includes corporations, jobs, budget and taxes. Another example of grouping on my part is defense; I include war, homeland security and immigration in this one. Health care includes (again for me) private and public health care, social security and welfare policy. Civil rights will include civil rights, family values, and abortion. In education I group technology and education together. Energy is both energy and environment. And last is government, where government reform, free trade, foreign policy, drugs, crime and gun control are lumped together.
I say all that so that the read will understand that every issue on the table is used to determine the best candidate for me. I have taken into account all issues on the government table and have grouped them together for ease of analysis. Once I have determined the stand of the candidates on the issues the issues themselves must be arranged in a way so that more weight is given to one over another. Therefore, I offer the next bit to understanding the priority of the issues as they pertain to me.
Weighted most heavily is education, followed by energy, then civil rights, next up is economy, then health care, followed by government, and defense. Now I will explain why I chose to put them in this order.
Without education we are a nation of idiots…as Benjamin Franklin said “Genius without education is like silver in the mine.” Nothing can be accomplished if the idiots make the choices as the statues quo will remain and we will fall behind the educated of the world.
Second on the list would be energy. I choose to give energy the second position because without a sustainable energy source we will destroy all that we hold dear (the planet and its resources) while we take ourselves back to the stone ages.
Third place is civil rights. If this great nation was in fact built with the individual in mind and that “all men are created equal” than we have to ensure that all rights are afforded to all citizens regardless of sex, color or gender.
Fourth is economy. Without a thriving economy we are dead in the water. We will be unable to have health care, the government will continue the shut downs and the defense will be unable to move from one land to another. But without the three above there can be no thriving economy, which is why its number four.
Health care is called the “entitlement programs” but in reality they are essential programs. If our citizens are unable to get affordable, excellent health care they are unable to stay in the labor force, which lowers the tax revenue the country makes which in turn limits the programs the government can sustain. But more than that, the health care group is a “pay for it later” program. There was money taken from the current tax payers to pay for elderly at the time…so the elderly never put into it. It is not a retirement program you put money in for yourself…you children have always paid for you. And the welfare programs are to aide those that need a hand up…I do understand that people take advantage of the program and are given a hand out at the tax payers expense, but for every one that is getting a hand out there are at least three that were given a hand up.
Government has a list of what they are to do and what they can’t do and if there is a need for clarification we have that branch too. Government is there because we as a nation of 300 million can’t possible get together once a week and go over all the foreign information needed in time. Personally, I don’t know enough about Turkey to determine if opening a trade route is beneficial. I don’t know enough about Finland to determine if we should ally with them. And I don’t know if all the states have enough money to pay for all the programs necessary to secure their people. And that is way we have a government. We have ambassadors to other nations for trade and security. We have committees to determine if there is enough money from the 670,000+ people in North Dakota to pay for the border security with Canada or labor cost.
The least weighted issue is defense. Now I am aware that defense is important which is why I do take it into account. But I also believe that the increase in defense spending is mostly greed on the part of the capitalistic society that we are. There is no reason for the defense department to have to pay $42 each for a hammer, when they could buy one from Home Depot for $10. I don’t think that they need to order and purchase 187 planes when the military itself is saying it’s not necessary then it’s not necessary to continue to pay for their production.
And so there is my list, my priorities in determining my vote.
Next time we will go over the GOP nominees…if they are ever really decided on.