Mitt Romney’s name is once again in the forefront of the eyes of the country as he reaches to secure the 2012 GOP nomination for the most powerful office in the free world: president of the United States. Historically, New Hampshire has always been a high-profile state when it comes to voters, and taking hold of New Hampshire voters can be the first step in taking the pulse of voters throughout the country. In the 2012 primaries, Romney has already secured 40 percent of the votes, decimating Huckabee, Palin and Gingrich by over 27 points. It looks promising for Romney to make another run for president in 2012.
What do I think of all this? Well, voting as a whole for me has always been about selecting the lesser of two evils for a better candidate. In 2008, I felt that John McCain was the lesser of two evils, and he received my vote as a result. With President Obama’s approval ratings continuing to nose dive, I think I made the right choice.
Romney is conservative, and I like that about him. He holds many of the ideals that the Republican Party finds endearing, such as an opposing stance on same-sex marriages, abortion and prayer in school. While these particular policies don’t light my personal voting fire (as I oppose these stances rather vehemently), I look at Romney as a potential saving grace to our current economic chaos. Thus, for me, Romney is the lesser of two evils when comparing him to his front-running Democratic competition.
Romney exhibits proven success in business, and applies a levelheaded approach to fixing big government spending. He proved this with his rehabilitation of the Michigan welfare programs as governor, and I believe he proved it well. With Romney at the helm, I see less spending and more jobs. Frankly, these two things are the building blocks that the country needs in order to recover from the housing fallout and recession staring us plainly in the face.
Yes, it could be argued that Romney leans so far to the right that he is walking in circles. However, we have had nearly four years of left-leaning policy, and we have found no change, worsened economic conditions and broken promises. It is time to go back to basics, or to Reaganomics (which Romney is a proponent of).
Why vote for Romney when I disagree on some of the more hot-button political stances? Simple: When taking logic into account over political bias, it’s likely that Romney will be too busy mopping up the mess of our economic structure and vetoing previously passed ridiculous healthcare and financial legislation that, even with four years in office, he won’t have time to pass legislation about same-sex marriages, prayers in school or revoking Roe v. Wade. What about after four years? Well, thankfully we have a democratic voting system, so after that, we will have to delve into who the lesser evil is at that juncture. When it comes to 2012, Romney has my vote and my support.
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