27 October 2006

The vote

Heather and I have mailed our absentee ballots. We almost missed the deadline to request them because we've never had to do it this way. As you consider who you will vote for I would like to give you a couple of things to think about. I certainly don't intend to tell you who you should vote for, but I would ask you to vote with an open mind, considering these issues.
  • Budget
  • Economy
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Ethics
  • Foreign relations
  • Health care
  • Homeland security
  • Immigration
  • Iraq
  • Social security
  • Taxes
  • Terrorism
Decide what you think about each issue. Then decide why. If you are for/against school vouchers, why? If you think the US should/should not work more closely with other countries, why? If you are for/against socialised medicine, why? If you are for/against the Patriot Act, why?
Examine the candidates. Look at their websites: they all list their plans for each issue. Don't worry about party affiliation, just find the candidate that most closely matches your own views and vote accordingly. Or consider this: don't vote for what you want the country to be like today, but vote for what you want the country to be like for your kids/grandkids.

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