Ok, on topic...I pay my taxes just like anyone else in this country, I'm in the lower middle class, and this entire ticket, Romney/Ryan...is absolutely poisonous for anyone who isn't a millionaire. Seeing as how I actually LIVE in the US, I don't see, quite frankly, how anyone who DOESN'T has any frame of reference to even be in this conversation, much less insulting anyone's intelligence about it. And before you start up on things like "It will affect us indirectly" yes, you may have a point...but it will affect ME and other US citizens directly, so I'd say our voices are far more important on this issue.
Given I've lived over two decades in the US, am a dual citizen, only moving back to Canada last year, I'm pretty sure I'm well qualified to have an opinion on the subject, even though you wish to impose humorous conditions upon having an opinion so as there is nobody to disagree with you.
Of numerous issues, healthcare was the number one reason we moved back to Canada, anything short of universal is a joke, does not tabulate the actual costs of healthcare and the burden it provides not only upon the working class but taxpayers in general, and perpetuates private healthcare in the US which is far more costly and a worldwide joke. Obamacare is not universal healthcare, not even close. Obamacare is a subsidy to private insurance companies and a heavy cost to taxpayers without a "realized" (in monetary terms) offset, and is another corporatist piece of legislation. It's like socialising auto insurance in Ontario with the current state of anticompetitiveness and price gouging. The sooner Democrats begin to realize Obama is as much a spend thrift war mongering corporatist as much as Bush and Romney were/are (never), the better off they'll be in perhaps finding some other candidate to vote for (
Right now the US cannot afford the expenditures, the expenditures come first, which are realised before these supposed projected revenues the CBO is terrible at projecting come in, so if the revenues don't come in, surprise surprise, another trillion down the crapshoot. Before a single penny more is spent on health care the US needs a system that identifies and reduces the costs of providing healthcare and prescriptions rather than keeping it the way it is now, except mandatory private insurance, and just tossing the egregious bill to taxpayers and businesses. That's not a solution at all. That's making the problem way worse. I feel very sorry for people who still live in the US who are going to be levied with such an astronomical debt and valueless dollar due to voting for and allowing these politicians to get away with what they're doing. Even if Ryan's vision is short sighted to some degree, the best thing the US can do to salvage it's economic future is get it's deficits under control and offset them, tossing Obamacare onto the pile of debt already ridiculous amounts is a terrible idea.
Edited by zaibatsu, 12 August 2012 - 09:14 AM.