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Democrat? Republican? Maybe I'll Just Stay An Independent.

Updated on April 29, 2011

When it comes to politics, choosing sides can be difficult.

Recently in my town's newspaper an ardent Democrat presented a most persuasive argument in favor of achievements of the Democrats in the last few decades. He reminds us that under Ronald Reagan top earners hit an all time low of 27% for taxes with the result that the national debt tripled. And when Clinton took over and raised taxes for the wealthiest unemployment dropped to 4%. At the end of the Clinton years we had a national surplus of $237 billion. Sounds pretty good, compared to our current national debt of more than $14 trillion and climbing.

Kind of makes a middle of the road Independent like me sympathize with the left wing.

On the other hand, an email from a right wing friend tells me that since Obama and the Democrats took over, things have gotten much worse. Looking at January 2009 figures compared to January 2011, according to her email, gasoline has gone from $1.79 a gallon to $3.59 (try to find that price now). Unemployment has risen from 7.6% to 9.4%. Those receiving food stamps have grown from 31,983,716 to 43,,200,878. And most alarming, our national debt has skyrocketed from 10.627 trillion to 14.278 trillion dollars.

Kind of makes a middle of the road Independent like me sympathize with the right wing.

Bottom line, I didn’t like George Bush, Dick Cheney, Halliburton and those unnecessary wars. And now I don’t like the Democrats, Obama and our rapid move toward socialism.

It’s enough to keep a guy awake late at night.

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