Politics is sometimes defined as a contest over who gets what from whom. The corollary is that voting is an attempt to get what you want for yourself, not for the other guy.
With this in mind, I urge my fellow U.S. expats to cast their votes for Mitt Romney in the upcoming presidential election.
No, Romney would not be good for the vast majority of Americans. His promise to cut $5 trillion in taxes for the wealthy without raising taxes on the middle class is for example premised upon forecasts of economic growth that no serious economist believes.
If these are the rules of the game, Obama could promise a $6 trillion tax cut simply by fudging his economic forecast.
Neither would Romney be good for the world. A “hawk” on the Vietnam war (even supporting it after his father turned against it) Romney spent his draft-eligible years as a Mormon missionary in France.
Uncle Sam gave him deferments for this dangerous but public-spirited work.
Yet as president he wants to increase military spending by $2 trillion, even though the Pentagon isn’t asking for it.
Yeah, Romney was a pretty good governor of Massachusetts, but Massachusetts hasn’t gone to war against anyone since the British in 1776. We don’t know what Romney would do if given command of the United States armed forces, but to judge from his background and campaign promises, we don’t want to know.
Plus, in Massachusetts Romney’s economic pipe dreaming was kept in check by a legislature that was 87 percent Democrat. They even persuaded him to pass Obamacare before it was Obamacare. God only knows what he will do with a U.S. Congress chock-full of like-minded rich Republicans (who hate Obamacare).
But these are the concerns of Americans who have to live in the U.S. For those of us in Costa Rica, the concerns are different.
According to Linda Gray, president of the Costa Rican Global Association of Realtors, “No matter who gets elected, there might be a mass exit from those who don’t have economic faith in the government.”
In other words, if Obama wins, Romney supporters will flock to Costa Rica. Heck, even Rush Limbaugh threatened to move here.
Gosh, who wants more of these types here? It’s long been a puzzle why so many pro-military economic conservatives move to a pacifist social democracy in the first place. Certainly we don’t want to encourage more of them to show up.
So let’s vote for Romney and keep the right-wing malcontents home. A Romney victory, after all, gets us what we want.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Sunday is the last day that this newspaper will accept endorsements of presidential candidates from readers. If any are emailed, they will be published in the Monday edition. Then this newspaper will give its opinion sometime next week.