Election 2008: What’s Important To Me (Part 3)

Periodically, I’ve been posting about what’s important to me in this election:

  1. Health care
  2. Education
  3. Economy

And I’m finally to economy. This one is obvious: It has to do with issues that affect my pocketbook everyday. This year, the economy is big news because it’s struggling. Out of control inflation, crashes do to the excesses of a market with little oversight, and the list goes on.

Of course, health care represents part of the economy, as does energy policy. A reasonable approach to health care, as well as an energy policy that places more focus on alternative and renewable energy than on drilling, can be a great boost to the economy. Tax policy is another issue that needs to be addressed as part of the economy. Quite frankly, in all of these areas, I find John McCain decidedly lacking.

Another concern to many is the national debt. While plans from both presidential candidates will increase the deficit, it is interesting to note that right now the non-partisan Tax Policy Center estimates that John McCain’s plans will cause a greater increase. By about $1 trillion. So McCain’s policies (many of which are the very policies he derided back in the day when he actually was a maverick) will not only do little in terms of helping the economy, but will actually run up more debt than Barack Obama’s policies.

Here are some thoughts on the economy and Barack Obama’s policies:

Tags: economy, taxes, renewable energy, Barack Obama,
John McCain, economic plan, health care

2 thoughts on “Election 2008: What’s Important To Me (Part 3)”

  1. I loved reading your thoughts about the economy. I’d add more about how I feel but you seemed to share a lot of our same opinions. The only thing I will add is this: Our family was hit hard and are still feel the effects of the credit crunch and the real estate problems many other Americans have felt recently. I know many people hate when the Federal government “restrict” companies and industries by regulations but I really hope that the next administation and congress are able to pass regulations and laws on the mortgage industry so nothing like the subprime mortgage problems or like it occur again (I know thats a lofty hope)!

  2. Thanks for sharing. I’m sorry that you have had a rough time. Unfortunately, we have been operating in a very “trickle down” mentality for the three decades, and we found that Reagonomics really don’t work that well.

    Business doesn’t regulate itself, and then the “free market” slaps them down for their stupidity, the government bails them out…

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