Social Welfare or Corporate Welfare?

The election has boiled down to one issue, and one issue alone, for me. Do I want to vote for social welfare or corporate welfare?

Do I believe that the largesse of the government should go high or low?

Mitt Romney favors giving tax breaks to corporations. Barack Obama favors giving support to the poor AND tax breaks to the rich (witness actions over words).

As I see it from where I sit in the middle, I do not have a good choice in this election. I do not want people living off my tax money, high, or low and high.

I do not believe in trickle-down economics because that philosophy depends on rich people investing to assist the “little man” and the wealthy have not proven that assisting is their priority.

Look at Apple Computer which is making billions off cheap Chinese labor, employing Chinese people to do the work that Americans could do. Apple is paying people so little in China that there was a riot today at a factory that employs almost 80,000 people. Yes 80k people! That is almost 4% of the people unemployed in California.

We need those jobs! Nothing is trickling down but poverty.

Not only that, the company that owns the factory where this riot happened employs 1 million people in China making parts for the computer industry. Bring all those jobs to California and you have an almost 50% reduction in unemployment!

So do I think that corporate welfare should continue? Do I think that farm welfare should continue? Or, in a state with 2.2 million people unemployed, do I think that my tax money should go to feed the people who are unemployed because Apple chooses to go off shore for it parts?

The Chinese came here in the gold rush to do labor. They’re now able to do our labor without coming here. But we’re sending jobs over there that will never come back. We’re sending the inside knowledge on our technology over to China and it will never trickle back across the Pacific to us.

The US worker had better get used to Chinese wages and working conditions because those jobs will never come back here unless the workers here are so hungry they’re willing to accept wages that only keep them from starving.

Perhaps that is the real trickle-down the rich corporate folk intend. Trickle down poverty that demands people accept a wage that is globally sustainable. Perhaps this is the global economy that Obama and every other rich person talks about. If Americans aren’t willing to accept poverty wages, we’ll have to suffer the consequences of jobs going elsewhere to places where people are so poor that crap wages look good.

Perhaps social welfare programs will have to end with governmental bankruptcy. This way the corporations win either way. Perhaps it does not matter if Romney or Obama is in charge, perhaps the goal is the same, perhaps the only real argument is over now versus later.

So who do I vote for? A Libertarian. Someone who will stop giving all my tax money away to hostile foreign lands, stop waging wars we can’t win in places I don’t care to send our young people to die. Someone who will reverse the constant generation of laws that intrude on our freedoms.

I am tired of hearing Republicans say that voting for a Libertarian is a wasted vote. All it would take is for all Republicans to turn their votes to a Libertarian candidate to change that.

But that takes guts and it takes a REAL departure from the vested interests and a real step toward what they say they’re for, less government. But that is the issue, that is why Republicans don’t do it. They’re only committed to government doing more for their financial backers, more corporate welfare, not less government, just a different funnel to pour my tax money into. Different, but the same.

Republicans are going to lose this election anyway, and they’re going to lose every election going forward unless they actually stand up for the one key value they espouse – but don’t believe in, less government. Under GW Bush 50,000 new government regulations were put into place by Democrat and Republican lawmakers. This tells me that less government is not and has never been the real Republican agenda.

Republicans cannot favor corporate welfare and make me believe they want less government. Less government means no oil subsidies, no farm subsidies, no tax breaks for corporations, no tax breaks for anyone. A flat tax should be enacted where the Mitt Romney’s of the world aren’t benefitting from government give-backs and where they are not allowed to get away with a 14% tax rate while those of us who make a living wage are paying over 30% of our salaries in income taxes.

If Republicans are truly against giving away government money, then they should vote to stop giving it to anyone, rich or poor, foreign or domestic.

I choose to vote for neither social welfare, nor corporate welfare this time around.

Vote for a Libertarian, I dare you.