What is really different between Romney and Obama?
What was different between Obama and Bush?
Sorry to say, I don't think much. When it comes to Democrats and Republicans, the differences seem as wide as those between the Yankees and the Red Sox.
There are many similarities, though.
Romney's healthcare plan as enacted in Massachussetts caused uninsured individuals to have to pay a fine for being uninsured. So instead of taking $200 and saving towards an unexpected illness or doctor visit, a person paid the state.
Obama's healthcare seems constructed to do just about the same thing: offer a penalty to persons unable to pay for healthcare.
It's funny too, how people equate both these identical plans with "universal" healthcare. Um...you're not getting it for FREE. You still have to pay for it, and a fine if you can't afford it.
I could go on forever with examples of similarities in corporate regulations, individuals' taxation, loss of privacy, ad hoc, etc. I could go on about how Obama really is for business (windmills, solar, etc) even though the implications are he's not a big business sell-out -- or how Romney sells himself as a pro-life, traditional marriage kind of guy even though he's been video'd promoting the opposite.
What I can't really wrap my head around, is people who trust either one of these guys. I mean, after what Bush did, and everyone hated him, and then Obama carried on with the war and didn't briing the troops home, and didn't stop the torture he said he'd stop. He got us embroiled in more military action. And then military action not even sanctioned by our congress.
If Romney promises to do the opposite of Obama -who promised to do the opposite of Bush, and didn't - are we to believe him?
Why on earth would we believe another politician? Why, after Collin Powel embarrassed himself to show the UN slides of Iraq supposedly proving there were WMDs there, and then Bush admitting there really weren't WMDs ?
Does anyone remember that the premise for which we began war with Iraq ended up being, according to the Bush administration, a mistake? And then Obama didn't repeal that decision by bringing the troops home. So he backs up this mistake? Should we expect any better of Romney, infamously known as a flip-flopper?
Time for a third party, at least. And time for an honest person. Not someone who's change is changing the framework of republican democracy by ignoring our Constitutional rights of self-governing, meanwhile schlepping along the same route as Bush.
This is a corrupt government with then, therefore, a potentially corruptible electoral system. Not much difference between the two major parties, and a joke to defend either one against the other.
I guess they are different if you look at Bush, a middle-aged rich hill billy in a jump suit who flew an airforce plane, , and Obama this cool secretly smokes cigarrettes, wears sunglasses and that JFK kind of skinny tie kind of guy. Or Romney who tilts his head like Ronald Reagan when he talks, softens his voice like that, combs his hair a little like the Gipper, and tries to tout the same kind of slogan that makes you think of the good ol' 1980s when we all had jobs and money.
Different faces, like the scruffy long haired Red Sox and their red B (liberals) vs. the clean shaven Yankees and their sleek pin stripes (conservatives). It's all just a baseball game with catchers, pitchers and batters to me.