Wednesday, October 31, 2012

who should you vote for?


a fine article by professor gary gutting for the new york times. this one is for you undecided voters.

careful with what gutting calls the fallacy of the most recent information:
... you can’t make your decision through an assessment of the candidates’ competence in governing.  If their past records and actions over the long campaign haven’t convinced you that one will be more competent, deciding the question from what happens between now and the election will commit the fallacy of the most recent information.
for gutting this is an election deciding the fate of the new deal:
In response to the Great Depression, Franklin Roosevelt introduced the New Deal as a system of governmental activism to achieve social and economic goods. After the Second World War this system gained wide acceptance. Even Republicans like Eisenhower and Nixon initiated programs (the federal highway system, the Environmental Protection Agency) in the spirit of the New Deal.
republicans intend to achieve the same goals in a different way. through the private $phere instead of government action. but there is a caveat:
(...) the status quo is not, as Romney suggests, merely the policies of the Obama administration. A vote for Obama endorses what has been the governing structure of our society since the New Deal: a free-market system balanced with government regulations, tax-funded social programs and legislative and judicial guarantees of civil rights — all to protect citizens from the excesses of the private sphere.
we've seen romney at the debates repeating ad nauseam: "government is not the answer" (while running for the top job in government). his plan is that the private $phere regulates itself while solving our mounting social problems through increased production and wealth. thus, for gutting, "a vote for Romney may well be a vote for a major change in the longstanding role of government in our society. this is the new american revolution urged by the tea party."

& now the surprise:
Those who are conservative in the traditional sense of resisting abrupt major changes in established institutions should vote for Obama. Those who support a fundamental change should vote for Romney.  Oddly enough, Obama’s hopes for a second term may turn on the support of conservative voters.

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