A Common Sense Republican

I know. It sounds like an oxymoron. But this is the most sensible commentary on the election and it’s probable impact that I have read from either side of the isle.

I’m a lifelong Republican – a supply-side conservative. I worked in the Reagan White House. I was the chief economist at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for five years. In 1994, I helped write the Republican Contract with America. I served on Bob Dole’s presidential campaign team and was chief economist for Jack Kemp’s Empower America.

This November, I’m voting for Barack Obama.

Larry Hunter offers up a brief but down to earth, reasonable argument for his decision to switch sides for the good of the country. I like it and I think it’s well worth a read by repubs and dems alike. It’s about time that we crawled out of our political party boxes and started thinking about what is ultimately the best for the nation at this absolutely critical point in time.

These past eight years, we have spent over a trillion dollars on foreign soil – and lost countless lives – and done what I consider irreparable damage to our Constitution.

If economic damage from well-intentioned but misbegotten Obama economic schemes is the ransom we must pay him to clean up this foreign policy mess, then so be it. It’s not nearly as costly as enduring four more years of what we suffered the last eight years.

Here here. Read it. Pass it on.

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4 Comments on “A Common Sense Republican”

  1. Mockingbird Says:

    Will Obama order a complete pull-out of American troops from Iraq when he becomes president?

  2. expatbrian Says:

    Obama has stated publicly that he favors a withdrawal of the bulk of troops over a 16 month period. That sounds reasonable to me. No one expects that an immediate withdrawal of all troops is possible or prudent, mostly because it is vital that, as troops are pulled out, the ones at the end of the line are not placed in higher danger.

  3. Mockingbird Says:

    i just heard on the news that Obama plans to add more troops to Afganhistan when he wins the presidential election. Is that a good or bad thing?

  4. expatbrian Says:

    Afghanistan is where the fight was taken first and is where the fight should have remained. AQ was from Afghanistan, not Iraq and Bin Laden has been harbored there and in Pakistan, not Iraq.

    But it is coming up on election time in the US and the republicans will certainly do whatever they can to gain back the favor that they have lost during the Bush years. Expect them to make it look as if leaving Iraq is THEIR idea and that they are doing it because THEY have succeeded in Iraq and can now, per THEIR master plan, pull out.

    That’s all bullshit of course, but the propoganda will be handled in such a way that the gullible American public will believe it, as they have all along.

    I’ll put my faith in Obama to manage the wars responsibly and to try to regain a little of the honor and respect that Bush has destroyed around the globe.


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