With campaign season revving up, its time to get to know the ones that want to be President. Going to look at their record if they have one, what positions they take if they don’t. Coupled with my thoughts on the said candidate. I’m not going to list the party, because that’s just a banner politicians hide behind, look at person, not the party. To set the stage, here’s the link to his campaign website here. This has his positions, but I prefer to look at his record first.
Entitlements: In Massachusetts he pushed and passed Massachusetts health reform law. I’ve seen nothing in his record other than this. In the campaign its standard talking points, Fix Social Security without raising taxes, or privatize it. He’s against ObamaCare.
National Security: A Governor doesn’t handle this issue so we go by what he says. Strong military, dynamic diplomacy, steadfast alliances, expanding NATO.
Civil Rights: Was for same-sex marriages, then for civil unions, so he supported a constitutional amendment banning same-sex, but allowing civil unions. Then changed his mind on that and endorsed a total ban. Pro-life and says he is now for the Second Amendment. Became a lifetime member of the NRA during the campaign.
The Economy and Taxes: As Governor he raised fees and cut spending. Balanced the budget. Wants to cut taxes, red tape, open the markets and make us business friendly.
Government Transparency: He wants a balanced budget amendment, line-item veto, and never pardoned anyone.
PROS: He does know how businesses work, but so does Herman Cain. Has balanced government budgets, and on jobs and businesses he’s good. Strong military, I have nothing against. Its needed, just don’t use them as the world’s police force.
CONS: While he invokes the 10th Amendment constitutionality on RomneyCare, and I think he did have that authority. He has shown he has socialistic tendencies. I wouldn’t want to expand NATO, I subscribe to ‘fair trade for all, entangling alliances with none’ to paraphrase Thomas Jefferson. Civil rights, that’s whatever is convenient. Changing opinions is one thing, that’s fine. Just give your reasoning for it. Don’t change it to pander to this or that group.
Do your own research, see if you can agree enough with his actions to vote for him or not to. It’s up to you ultimately.