Gus Brindi has a thoughtful rant on why he can’t bring himself to vote for any Republicans, even though he is a moderate and has no love for the Democrats.
For example, he points out that the GOP and “their mentally challenged little brother, the ‘Tea Party'” keep screaming about the issue of government spending, yet fail to say anything about the “big, bloated elephant in the room” — military spending. The US currently spends over a trillion dollars a year on “defense”. Yes, a trillion dollars a year. For comparison, the country with the next largest defense budget is China, who spends 78 billion dollars a year. We spend more than an order of magnitude more than China. In fact, we spend more on “defense” that the rest of the world put together. Reagan justified this spending by claiming that he was spending the Soviet Union into bankruptcy, but after the cold war ended, we just kept on spending (ourselves into bankruptcy).
And what do we get for our money? Does anyone think that the war in Iraq made us any safer? And yet, the Republicans keep making noise that we need yet another war, this time against Iran. The Democrats might not be the party of fiscal responsibility, but at least they don’t go starting stupid wars that cost trillions of dollars, not to mention lives.
Another example. The Republicans have sworn the repeal the health care reform law. Yet according to a Harvard Medical School study, nearly 45,000 people die in the US each year because they lack health insurance. That’s ten times the number of deaths on 9/11, every year. We now rank 49th in the world in life expectancy. Not only that, but the bill they want to repeal is basically the same bill the Republicans tried to get passed in 1993.
If you want my vote back, start sounding more like Eisenhower and less like Palin. As it stands today, no Republican will be getting my vote this fall. I have no love for Democrats, but I will be saying “no” to the party of “duh.” I literally have no choice.