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“A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.” ― Milton Friedman

What I look for in a presidential candidate

on November 28, 2007

This was a response I made at Daniel’s blog about Huckabee, and decided to copy and paste it at my blog, since it is my overall feelings about the presidential race. To me, this is just plain and simple common sense:

When looking at a presidental candidate, this is what I keep in mind: what does this person’s position on the issues really mean, and if this candidate became president what does his position really mean in terms of him doing his job? For example, Huckabee being in favor of smoking bans, on the surface does this issue seem like something a president shoud be considering? Not on the surface, but the underlying message is that he is willing to allow government to interfere with private businesses and impose itself on them. This is not cool in my opinion as a conservative.

A candidate’s position on abortion, many say well the POTUS can’t change the laws, no but he can use (or not use) the veto power when legislation involving life issues comes to his desk. And he may be appointing justices which could have a huge impact on many life issues.

As for taxes, a president does not decide how the taxes are assessed, does he? He presents a budget to congress, does it say how the taxes are determined? So just because Huckabee says he’s for a fair tax or whatever, all that really means is that he wouldn’t veto anything congress might bring to him to change our tax code.

A main thing about a presidential candidate for me is that they will be appointing the various cabinent positions, which is huge. Their administration together sets the policy for our country. This is especially important for our foreign policies.

Then on the domestic side, I want a candidate who will follow the constitution. This shouldn’t be a difficult thing to find in a candidate, yet it is.

I am still weighing all the issues and how the GOP candidates positions on them and still unsure of who I like.

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