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ELECTION: Don’t waste vote on the failed two-party system

Letter by Richard Shepard, University Place on Oct. 31, 2012 at 3:54 pm | No Comments »
October 31, 2012 3:54 pm

The major party presidential candidates take basically the same side on most issues. They argue who will spend the most on the military, who will create the most jobs and who will give the most benefits to their favorite constituencies. Both want to increase spending and reduce taxes. Neither of them talks about where the money is going to come from.

Libertarian Party candidates Gary Johnson and Jim Gray offer a meaningful choice. They will bring the troops home to defend our country. They oppose bombing Iran, the failed drug war, the Patriot Act and the National Defense Authorization Act. They support balancing the budget in 2013. They want to eliminate the income tax, the corporate tax and the IRS. They propose a flat consumption tax with no loopholes for the rich. They will never ask Congress to raise the national debt ceiling and plan to eventually pay it off.

On all these issues and more, they are on the side opposite Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Instead, they are on the side of the American people. Johnson was a Republican governor in a Democratic state, but didn’t feel the need to compromise principles like Romney claims he had to. He vetoed 750 bills and only two vetoes were overridden.

Einstein said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Don’t waste your vote on the failed two-party system. Vote your conscience and your vote is never wasted.

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