COMMENTARY | Picking between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney is especially difficult for independent voters like me. I am typically very liberal on environmental and social issues. But I am usually very conservative on fiscal and moral issues.
On November 3, a few days before the election, I decided to vote for Romney. Below I detail why:
Compassion: Romney seems to care in practical ways. He cites the importance of charity and donates generously. He has experience as a pastor/leader in a church caring for the flock.
Defense: I hope Romney will use a strong military as a deterrent to wars rather than to fight wars. I am basically a pacifist and oppose Obama’s expansion of the war in Afghanistan.
Economy: Romney’s business background likely makes him much better suited to improve the economy.
Environment: Overall, I probably agree more with Obama on environmental issues. However, Obama wasted too much money on renewable energy sources that yielded few results.
Health Care: I commend President Obama for helping achieve major health care reform. But, I don’t think ObamaCare is economically feasible as it is written. And I abhor being forced to either pay money to insurance companies or pay a fine.
I hope Mitt Romney’s experience with health care reform in Massachusetts will help him effectively modify the federal health care reform. And I trust the U.S. Senate to stop President Romney from totally abolishing ObamaCare.
Moral Issues: I am pro life and support defining marriage as being between one man and one woman. Mitt Romney’s views on various “moral” issues seem more similar to my own.
Resolving Gridlock: Obama has not resolved the gridlock in Washington, D.C. between Democrats and Republicans. Maybe Romney won’t either. But he changed his views on certain issues recently, so maybe there is hope.
Taxes: The recent modifications of Romney’s tax proposal seem reasonable. I hope he follows them rather than his earlier ones that disproportionately favored the wealthy.
I feel Obama has performed better than his predecessor, George W. Bush. But I still feel Obama deserves to be “fired” for not doing well enough.
In the past four Presidential elections, I voted for Ralph Nader. I love Ralph Nader’s plans to cut defense spending and to institute single payer health care. But Nader is not on the ballot this year.
I feel Romney is better qualified than Obama or the other candidates on the ballot in my state (Kentucky). I voted for Mitt Romney this morning, Tuesday, November 6, 2012, in the United States Presidential election.
Note: This article was submitted to Yahoo! Voices on Sunday, November 4, 2012. It was last revised on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, about 12:20 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. It is adapted from one the author published on another website on November 4, 2012.