I have many conservative views.
I am against abortion.
I am against gun control.
I am against running huge deficits when the economy is strong.
I think that programs that profess to help the poor need to be completely re-tooled, but I believe that government has a role to play.
I think that there are many regulations that are misguided and counter productive.
I hate crony capitalism, and it really burns my butt to see competitors make use of government funding to compete with me when we do everything on our own dime.
But I am a firm believer in social security and medicare. I see payroll taxes as the government forcing folks to take responsibility for funding themselves in old age to a minimum extent so they are not a burden on the rest of us. It is a burden on them that conservatives don't seem to want to give them credit for, you know that 48%. And I don't think it should be privatized, it should not be handled by Wall Street, that is recipe for disaster. The losses taken by folks in the last meltdown should be a shining example.
And, based on what I learned from my economics professor in college, Romney/Ryan scare the daylights out of me. And I lived Romney's vision for sending manufacturing off shore. I helped move factories, and it totally changed my perspective. I used to view it as something that had to be done to keep us in the game. I was wrong, and I am very sorry that I ever participated in it... I think the economy does best when everyone does well, and I think that the vast division between the rich and poor is hurting us.
I can't understand how the recent transformation by Romney doesn't turn your stomach. If Romney believes that the country would buy what he was selling just a month ago, and what he peddles in private, why the change? It appeals to me as dishonesty on a grand scale.
I think you're right, we should stick to dogs. I have folks try and engage me in political talk at field trials and I stay away from it. I am there to enjoy the fruits of my labor, not argue with folks whose minds are made up.