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For Your Consideration: Last Chance

By CHARLIE ALLO
Contributing Writer

This will be the last chance for this column to urge the electorate to get out and vote on November the 6th, if you have not already voted.
All elections are important, but many pundits have suggested that this one is critical. It is recommended that the electorate does some homework before casting a vote. There are clear distinctions between the two presidential candidates and the general principles of their respective parties.
The problem one has is that the only real evidence one has to judge a party by is the current administration as a result of its control over the past four years.
The opposing party cannot be judged by the actions of any past presidents of that party, because each executive has their own approach on how to manage and resolve problems; there is also the fact that the social and economic environment they are moving into is completely different than any previous executive.
The current administration appears to favor a large centralized government that places greater emphasis on its control over the control exercised by the states.
Its view of the Constitution is that it needs to reflect the views and positions of the populace at any given time; this position suggests a purely democratic condition where the majority rules, a concept that our Founding Fathers were opposed to.
A good example of where this view could take the nation can be found in many of the countries that have experienced the Arab Spring, something the President has touted as a positive movement in the Middle East.
The administration has not tried to hide the fact that it is in favor of income distribution; the problem is that the government decides where the income is going to go and this leads to conditions that are ripe for manipulation.
It also appears that this administration is opposed to a free capitalistic system, and would rather legislate what a business can and cannot do; this attitude towards business is preventing many business from expanding because they don’t know what to expect.
The opposing party seems to be suggesting that it’s in favor of giving more control back to the states, which is more in line with the views of the Founders.
There also appears to be more interest in establishing a balanced budget and a reduction of taxes; it should be clear that this cannot be accomplished without disrupting the current state of the social and economic environment.
The current administration has created a condition that is unsustainable; correction, this and previous administrations have created a condition that is unsustainable.
Correcting this problem is not going to be easy and there are bound to be some serious objections to many of the actions that will have to be taken. The hardships can be minimized with the proper and timely application of the corrective actions.
The problem one has in evaluating the opposition is that the only thing one has to go on is the past actions of the contender, and if Romney’s expression of working with the opposing Party can be accepted it is difficult to outline how everything is going to work out, or to imply a given timeline. There are many things that can be set into motion that will enable a healthy business environment in which to expand or establish new businesses. Romney’s emphasis appears to be on getting government out of businesses way and limiting or cutting growth in the public sector.
The two candidates are clearly diametrically opposed in their views of how the country should function, and the electorate will make their decision as to the direction the Nation will take for the next four years.
Regardless of the outcome, it behooves the electorate to continue its scrutiny of the government, because both political parties have shown that they are will to take advantage of any situation that will enhance their party’s power, regardless of the negative impact on the society as a whole. The electorate needs to become more critical of the government’s actions, regardless of one’s Party affiliation.