Being neither a Democrat or Republican will solve the problems facing the U.S. The problems our country face cross party lines, as well as social-economic lines, race, location, etc.
In several hubs, questions and forums issues have been raised about Social Security, the infrastructure, education, poverty, health care, military spending, nuclear threats, deadlock congress, partisan politics, and the list goes on and on.
There is no overnight solution. There is no free solution. The 2 percent tax cut in Social Security taxes was the most foolish thing that could be done. Social Security needs money. Cut the general tax rate, give a rebate, do something, but do not decrease funding to Social Security.
There are small things that can be done and big things have to be done.
Raise the cap on the amount of income that is subject to social security taxes to $200,000.
Develop an infrastructure update plan that is based on need and not partisan politics.
Cut the fat in the budget--it is kind of like going on a diet, you cannot eliminate all the fat at one time, but if you start and stick with it, you can reach your goal.
Party allegiance has nothing to do with these problems. Let the parties argue over gun control, gay rights and other issues which are either beyond their control or will ultimately be decided by the courts.
My state for years had an open primary system, where all candidates, regardless of party ran for election. We switched back to the closed primary system. Being an independent, my voting rights were limited. Wisely, our state is going back to the open system. In that system you compare the candidates and not the parties. If there are any debates, the candidates from all the parties are present, so you do not just hear the candidates from the same party playing to the audience in the state where the primary is being held that week.
People need to make choices about who they elect and in my opinion, the last item on the checklist should be party affiliation.