I won?t discuss my voting decisions here, but I have to say I haven?t been particularly happy with either presidential candidate.
The ideal presidential platform, in my opinion, would combine fiscally conservative economic policies with secular, humanistic social values. Neither of the recent candidates, or their running mates, fit those views closely enough for me to get terribly excited about them. But of course a choice is necessary, for better or worse.
One concept brought up in the recent campaign?and one which I particularly detest?is wealth redistribution. I don?t think anyone?s success, assuming it comes by honest and legal means, should be punished, which is precisely the effect such a scheme would have.
Imagine if we could somehow pool all the money in the country, and then divide it equally among everyone. I don?t know the precise amount each person would get, but it would be be a lot. Those who work hard would soon be back to having large amounts of money, but those who act as though the world owes them a living would soon be back to where they were before, waiting to be spoon-fed.