How will the next President tackle the ‘big beast’? The ‘big beast’… or deficit, to you… will be the major issue for whoever our next President is. Obama wants to spend our way out of recession. Romney wants to cut our way out of recession. Which is the better way? In my view, Obama screwed up from the ‘git go’ by focusing on healthcare instead of an economy in freefall. Yea, the healthcare thing needed fixing – and he promised his base that he would address that as a priority. Unfortunately, for Obama, he appeared to not notice that the world was collapsing around his feet. So, along comes the stimulus… for the record, I loathed the idea but agreed with him on that… we desperately needed to stimulate the economy. I had my reservations, because politicians generally have a habit of taking a good idea and completely fucking it up. Hey presto, that is exactly what happened with the US stimulus. Instead of being spent on infrastructure and value adding projects, he pissed away billion after billion of our money on pet projects that did next to nothing to ‘stimulate’ anything other than his left wing bullshit. So let’s look at Romney. Gaffe prone, clumsy, very much a self made multi-millionaire, a DC ‘outsider’, leader of a very liberal state. He says he’ll cut federal spending to 20% of GDP. Good idea, but is it practical to do that when our economy is already in the tank (and it is – despite the weeping, wailing and stamping of feet from the left insisting that it isn’t… get a clue, lefties… it’s tanking. And it will continue to tank for quite some time.) But how do you cut the federal budget when the country has no jobs, no prospect of jobs in the short-medium term and a growing… and aging… population? He says he’ll cut ‘entitlement’ programs (foodstamps, Medicaid, etc)… but, again, how can he do that when the country is facing such a bleak decade? OK… back to Obama… re-elect someone who fiddled while Rome burned? We cannot afford any more expansion of federal government. Anyone who says otherwise, can’t do basic math,. So, what say you… do we continue to expand federal government and implode? Or do we take our medicine in the hopes that our children will have it easier because we made the hard choice? Self Sacrifice Conservatism or Cradle to Grave Liberal Government? The size of the state: A big beast to tackle | The Economist For the record, I have not 'cut and paste' from the article... I've talked about the issues and this article gives some solid, factually accurate, balanced information regarding both Obama and Romney. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you open a debate.