November 6, 2012


Marc Comtois

So today is the day. Big election. The fate of thousands of politicians is in our hands. And our own too. No matter what the result, life will go on, albeit with sunnier or cloudier skies depending on your outlook. It’s unfortunate that who we elect for President (or for any office) is as important as it is on our daily lives. Smaller government is less intrusive, which means those who would hold the reins would be less important and less impactful on the lives of everyday citizens. But that’s not the case, especially here in the Ocean State. So we make choices.

For me that means supporting those who would work to shrink government, yes; but also those who would work to make it more efficient and effective where it is needed. More than ever, I’ve come to appreciate competence. Most importantly, though, we need people who will lead. That means leading before a crisis hits, not just during or after. Leadership means taking steps to head things off at the pass, not taking the reins of the runaway stagecoach as it’s going over the cliff (and then being applauded when only 3 of the 4 wheels came off). So, competence and leadership.

One way or another, we’ll learn several things after this election. Big questions will be answered--smaller or larger government?--as will small ones--were the polls accurate?--but not everything will be determined for all time based on what happens on November 6th, 2012.

It may just feel that way for a while.

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My biggest concern isn't whether Obama or Romney will win per se. I don't particularly care about any one individual or whether they will continue to grow government 20% or "only" 10% over the 4-year term. My concern is that each of these candidates carries with them an economic narrative: Romney espouses free markets and Obama espouses Keynesianism and central economic planning. The economy is likely to recover on its own (to some degree) over the next four years, and it would be damaging for the stimulus/bailout narrative Obama carries to be credited for that natural recovery when it was actually destructive to it. If Obama wins, the Keynesians will control the narrative into the indefinite future and 2012-2016 will be cited as incontrovertible evidence by the interventionists. If Romney wins, there is a chance that people will credit the efficiencies of true market systems for the recovery and we can begin returning to our roots.

Posted by: Dan at November 6, 2012 11:23 AM

Too many moochers and maggots. Sodomites and leeches.
Too many people want "free" things-from junky Obamaphones to advanced college degrees,babysitters and birth control.
America is doomed.
Prepare for Four More Years on the inevitable path the Greek and Spanish socialist parties took those countries.
The Reckoning is coming though-have no doubt about that. When the REAL fiscal cliff comes, in 5-10 years this country will suffer a loss in standard of living that is going to cause more whimpering fireman's union meeting.

Posted by: Tommy Cranston at November 6, 2012 1:35 PM

Big Government _ I was reading an older John Sanford novel last night, the antagonist is a sort of mid-west Seed, Militia type. He explains that government starts small, such as burning leaves in the autumn. that is just to get us used to it,then it proceeds to bigger things.

It doesn't seem like fall anymore without the smell of burning leaves.

Posted by: Warrington Faust at November 6, 2012 2:49 PM

States need to start standing up to the Feds. Those in DC are too disconnected from the people and default to a "one size fits all" mentality that is a poor fit for most...see obamacare, EPA, Dept of Ed....

Posted by: Mike678 at November 6, 2012 3:47 PM
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