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For Undecideds, Time’s Quickly Running Out

Do you know who you’re voting for?

On the surface, it might sound like a preposterous question. But for that group of traditionally undecided voters, it’s not so preposterous, especially if the undecideds were hoping a clear consensus might emerge as a sort of “second opinion” for them.

But Election Day is tomorrow, and for those who’ve delayed any possible chance for early voting because they don’t know who they’d vote for if they were standing in that little booth, the clock is ticking more loudly than ever.

One can easily argue that if, by now, you don’t know for whom you intend to vote, you probably shouldn’t vote at all: by now, voters should have done their homework. I agree with that to a point, but at the same time, with so much back-and-forth and so much double-talk, not to mention the ever-increasing snark that tends to focus the attention away from real issues, it’s easier than ever to get distracted in the battles and lose sight of the war.

And let’s be honest: there are even politicians who hope you’ll do that and just go with them in a last minute coin flip.

So let’s suppose you were approached by a voter who was still on the fence: what advice would you give? Would you tell them not to vote at all, or would you tell them to focus on a specific issue?

What would be your response?

11 Comments

  1. “One can easily argue that if, by now, you don’t know for whom you intend to vote, you probably shouldn’t vote at all: by now, voters should have done their homework.” I agree with that statement with no reservations. I sometimes think we should get asked basic questions like who is the President? How many senators do each state have? How many judges sit on the Supreme Court, who appoints and who approves them? But unfortunately we must let everyone vote even those who haven’t done their homework and do not know how many senators have.
    Now to your question, I would tell someone that the Republicans talk about getting government off the people’s backs, but at the same time they want to do away with a woman’s right to choose and they want to tell you who you can marry. They say they want to balance the budget, but at the same time a Republican president had the largest deficit budget in history. Bush when from a deficit of $103 Billion at the beginning of his term to a deficit of $5.35 Trillion and this was due to cutting the taxes on the rich. The trickledown theory doesn’t work.
    The economist John Kenneth Galbraith wrote that,
       “Mr. David Stockman has said that supply-side economics was merely a cover for the trickle-down approach to economic policy—what an older and less elegant generation called the horse-and-sparrow theory: If you feed the horse enough oats, some will pass through to the road for the sparrows.”

    1. DianaCT   I’m no fan of Romney, and I’m likley voting 3rd part tomorrow. As an independent, I’m not all that concerned about social issues. Marry who you want. This election is about jobs and the economy.
      Presidents Reagan and Clinton took office in the middle of economic downturns and had thriving economies four years later. Reagan was able to reverse America’s standing in world capitals and pull it out of the post-Vietnam slump. Clinton was able to balance the budget and enact welfare reform proposals. If they could get results, it’s telling that Obama can’t. While Obama is fond of blaming his successor for his inability to get results, Clinton or Reagan didn’t do that. They did what real leaders do: they didn’t fix the blame – they fixed problems.

      1. TedtheThird DianaCT One of the problems that I see that Obama has that Clinton didn’t have is the Bush tax cuts. I read that the tax cuts results in a loss of $100 billion in tax revenue a year.
        Each year that Obama has been in office the size of the deficit has come down. Obama’s deficit for 2009 was $7,577 billion and now it is down to $5,351 billion so he is reducing the deficit each year and doing away with the Bush tax cuts would help a lot.

        1. DianaCT I guess I’m confused. I’m not trying to argue anything here, I’m just trying to understand. 
          If the deficit keeps coming down, why did congress need to ask for the Debt ceiling to be RAISED to 14 TRILLION dollars (along with the resulting sequestration coming in 2013)?

        2. TedtheThird DianaCT The deficit is coming down, but it is still a deficit and until it is a surplus the national debit will keep increasing.
          I just started to reading John Kennith Galbraith’s book “The Great Crash of 1929,” interesting.

  2. I would say that if you aren’t in a swing state, don’t worry about the Presendential election, but instead concentrate on the local races which in the end will probably have a much larger impact on your day to day life than which party holds the White House.

  3. Stop watching the ads on TV and do not allow this to be a single issue decision.  Neither candidate is perfect for everyone, which is always the case.  Decide which direction you want for the country.  One candidate wants a stronger government influence and the other wants a lesser government influence.  Decide which is best for you and vote accordingly.
    Of course, if you haven’t decided by now it is entirely possible that you haven’t been paying attention and probably shouldn’t make a call in the last 16-hours of a two-year campaign.

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