Do you use common sense when you go into the voting booth, or do you vote for the person you like most today, the one that said what you want to hear?
To vote with your head is to know what you are voting for…
To vote with your heart is to vote for what feels good today, forgetting about tomorrow. What will you do?
You may like the way a candidate looks or what he just said. But do you know what he stands for or what his record is? Have you really given any thought to what he has been saying?
Maybe he promised to pay unemployment benefits for two years, pay for your healthcare, and provide contraceptives.
This all sounds good, then he says that he will lower your taxes, the prices you pay for gas and your house note. Now you really feel good about him.
Then he tells you that he is going to do this by taxing the rich folks and the corporations that have some how gotten rich by taking advantage of you.
Do you think he can keep these promises? Do you believe he intends to keep these promises? He is after all a member of that same wealthy group.
But lets assume we can rely on him to do what he says he will do.
According to the Internal Revenue Service the so-called rich, those making over $250 thousand a year make up only 2 percent of households in America…
In 2010 there were roughly 114 million households in America and two percent of that number is 2.28 million
Our federal deficit as of March 14 2012 is over $1.3 trillion.
According to Gallup’s web site if our government taxes those making $100,000.00 or more at a 100% tax rate, the taxable income produces $1.62 trillion, a bit less than what our federal deficit will be for this one year.
Let’s say they tax the rich at the proposed 39% that would give us $6.31 billion.
Some of our budgeted items are already more than that…
• Medicare/Medicaid is over $800 billion.
• Social Security is over $700 billion.
• Defense is over $695 billion.
• Income security (which pays unemployment benefits) is over $390 billion.
• Our National debt is over $15 trillion.
National Debt Clock
So if our over promising candidate took every thing the rich have and gave it to us we still wouldn’t be able to pay off the deficit for one year, let alone provide all the promised benefits.
Who’s money or property will our government have to seize next to keep the promises that appealed to our hearts and not our minds?
It’s time we started looking beyond the feel good promises and start looking for common sense solutions.
Is it really important that Romney doesn’t eat grits?
Or that Santorum talks about social issues like abortion, birth control and gay marriage?
I hope all voters will be more interested in the issues that matter most, like the economy, national security, and jobs.