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Opinions — 17 February 2012

By Nicholas Diamond

In 263 days, Americans will vote in the 2012 Presidential election. The deficit sits at $15 trillion, immigration problems loom, the Affordable Care Act divides the nation and the economy has exhausted thousands of American families. In some ways, this is the most important election in years.

I believe in fiscal conservatism. Government should serve to protect its citizens, promote the American Dream, and set up an environment that encourages economic competition.

In the next few months, the GOP will choose a representative who is posed to defeat President Obama in November. Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum won four state primaries, New Gingrich won in South Carolina, and Ron Paul has yet to win any. A new CNN/ORC poll shows that Romney and Santorum are tied in the GOP race.

In any case, voters ought to consider the implications of reelecting President Obama.

Yes, the new health care law provides insurance for the 16.3% percent of the population who doesn’t have coverage. However, repealing the Affordable Care Act would save the country $95 billion. The Medicare program is projected to go bankrupt by 2020. President Obama’s legislation takes $500 billion of funding from Medicare. We simply can’t afford this bill.

Bailing out GM and Chrysler was probably the right choice to make. Still, it exemplifies the Obama Administration’s tampering in the free market. Economists believe that an increase in government spending or intervention increases inflation. We need a fiscally conservative leader. We need someone who will reduce the deficit, simplify the tax system, turn around the economy, and repeal the Affordable Care Act.

American values have been at stake during this presidency. According to the Washington Examiner, “the Obama administration affirmed a rule that would force Roman Catholic hospitals, charities, and universities to purchase health insurance for their employees that includes coverage for contraception, abortifacients, and sterilization, in violation of their religious principles.”

Additionally, the Supreme Court is set to decide weather the Affordable Care Act is even constitutional. A Virginia federal district court judge wrote, “Never before has Congress required that everyone buy a product from a private company (essentially for life) just for being alive and residing in the United States.”

I’m not talking about gay rights, contraceptives, abortions, or other social issues. I’m talking about conservative economics – Reaganomics, if you will – and adherence to the Constitution.

During a Congressional voting, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “Just pass the bill and we’ll read it later.” I’m sorry, but this isn’t a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

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About Author

Nicholas Diamond

Nick is a junior from Rochester, Mich., majoring in French and minoring in cell and molecular biology. He has interests in serving Doctors Without Borders and in writing medical journalism. Follow him on Twitter @docteur_diamond.

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  1. “Reaganomics” – what a joke, you mean the guy who tripled the national debt and raised taxes 11 times? I’ve heard this line for my entire life and the only guy who actually paid down debt and created a surplus was Democrat Bill Clinton, then the GOP president and Congress blew the surplus and raise the debt to the ceiling and created the worst economic crash in our lifetimes!

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