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Two (More) Reasons to Vote for Bush
by Matthew Melone
26 February 2004

On the issues of social security and taxation, there is no viable alternative to a Republican administration.

As the Democrats' presidential candidate definitively emerges, one would expect that John Kerry will soon be facing the skeletons in his closet: a very liberal voting record in Congress, questionable marriages, some asinine quotes, and other unflattering associations and hypocrisies. Yet apart from issues of moral character, leadership, and a consistent ideology, are there other reasons not to vote against Bush, regardless of the candidate? I can think of at least two.

In this age of the smothering influences of multiculturalism, feminism, and moral relativism, many voters have the tendency to lean Right or Left due to divisive social issues such as affirmative action, immigration, or gay marriage, and they vote accordingly. Thus Americans are voting on issues of principle and not actual policy, which can be considered noble if not fruitless. This is not to say that these issues are unimportant, but I'm confident history will tell us that they pale considerably in comparison with the debates over the income tax system and social security. These policies may not get the media attention that WMDs and Bush's war record receive, but they represent two of the pivotal directions America's domestic policy could take in the next century.

Firstly, let's talk about the Clinton mindset concerning taxation. The government should hyper-tax the rich because, as Clinton himself put it, "that's where the money is." On top of that, it should also gouge big business, which is easy to do, considering the Left thinks big business is merely a collection of faceless skyscrapers overseen by fat cats.

This perspective completely ignores the fact that when industry is gouged, CEOs are among the last to feel the bite. Higher taxes simply force companies to slash expenses by denying raises, downsizing employees, and raising prices. This development, coupled with the fact that the nation is approaching a situation where less than half of its workers pay nearly 100% of federal income taxes, will create a country where Democrat politicians can create an electoral majority that's been liberated of income taxes and has grown fond of fat government entitlements. Democracy will be effectively bought.

Secondly, as a college freshman and teenager myself, here's a wake-up call to all my peers in what I believe is considered "Generation Y:" the Social Security Trust Fund will be bankrupt sometime before 2038. Enough said? Don't forget the Supreme Court's landmark decision in Flemming v. Nestor, 363 U.S. 603 (1960), that established that the government can alter the system's benefits and change the rules at any time. Hence the program has become devoid of any government accountability and stands as a testament to the socialist principle that the tax is for the "common good" of the nation and not necessarily you.

If you're one of those people who still believes privatization of social security is a crackpot idea, you should try looking at any instance where it has been implemented. Most likely you will see exponential earnings that make social security payments look like pocket change. Anytime you see a politician stand by social security, he or she is either in denial that the system is irreparable or simply catering to the votes of the current recipients.

Of these two issues, it doesn’t matter which Democrat runs against Bush. Kerry, Edwards, and Dean all cater to people who don’t pay income taxes and fear the wrath of elderly voters. For example, none of them had to think twice when the issue came to repealing the Bush tax cuts for those with incomes exceeding $100,000 a year. Their eagerness to profit off class warfare should be some inkling of what direction the Democrats plan to take this country.

George W. Bush, in his effort to undercut the Democrats' issues in the upcoming election, has been suffering the slings and arrows of the Right wing of his party for some of his more liberal initiatives and spending policies. However, in the struggle to avoid a great American socialist catastrophe in the 21st century, there is little alternative to a Republican administration. If nothing else, the devil who professes a belief in a minimal government is preferable to the devil who doesn't. 

Matthew Melone is majoring in political science and journalism at the University of Florida

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