1. Businessman - as I noted earlier, people who build their own businesses don't have to build consensus. The skills to build a profitable business don't necessarily apply to running a government.
2, 3 - Religion and family man. So's Obama; no difference. Neither are proof of the ability to effectively govern.
4 Debt - How exactly is he going to reduce the debt? Does he really think it can be done without raising taxes?
5. Israel - This is a non-issue for me. I confess I don't understand the importance of this country to our foreign policy. I understand the importance to politicians seeking the Jewish vote, just as I understand how the Cuban expatriate vote drives our policy toward that country; it's all about the campaign donations. Sorry, but I can't get past the notion that modern Israel was carved out so the WW2 allies could ease their guilt over the Holocaust at the expense of those already on the land. I'm open to enlightenment.
6 - Military - Romney wouldn't be sworn in before the sequestration cuts take effect, so I don't know what he can do about that. Both parties are equally guilty of wasting defense dollars by buying unneeded big ticket weapons systems in order to keep manufacturing plants running back home; see Congress's current demand to buy several hundred more M1 tanks the Army says it doesn't need or want. We could do to cut our military strength, especially those troops and dollars we waste deploying them to permanent bases in Europe and the Pacific.
7 - Iraq as a nuclear power. It hasn't become one in the last four years, so I'd say Obama was pretty successful on that count. How EXACTLY is Romney going to prevent it.
8, NASA - as big a fan as I am of the space program, this is a non-issue for me. We lost the space program long before Obama. It takes years to develop a manned launch system. Replacements for the shuttle should have been under development starting in the last Clinton or first Bush Jr. administrations. It's coincidence that the shuttle program ended while Obama is in office; it would have ended during this admin regardless of who was elected in 2008.
9 Paul Ryan - the vice presidency isn't worth a bucket of warm spit. Veep candidates are chosen strictly to attract those voters who are lukewarm about the head of the ticket. "It's not a great entree, but look at that side dish!" Ryan lost me when he criticized Obama for not taking action on something he wasn't authorized to take action on, a budget recommendation that Ryan himself voted against sending to Congress, the body that could act on it.
10. The rigors of campainging - plenty of people have stood up to the process of running; Obama did, and is doing so again. At least two people make it through the entire campaign season every four years. I stood up to the rigors of the Army's Officer Candidate School, but that doesn't automatically mean I made a good officer. (And I didn't.) I think part of the problem is the many indignities candidates have to put up with as part of that process. Fund raising, baby kissing, and other forms of pandering probably discourage many better qualified people from tossing their hats in the ring.
Regading Iraq and Israel, I see Romney as more likely than Obama to have energy policies that will continue our dependence on oil; all oil, not just foreign. if we ever wean off oil, we won't have to care about having an ally in the region or if Iraq can nuke its neighbors.
But it doesn't matter; Mitt Romney has already written me off, along with those servicemen who get paid so little they're eligible for food stamps and don't make enough to pay taxes.
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